• Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
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Discover the dramatic beauty, history and mystery of Scotland on this 12-hour trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable mini coach, wind through the Scottish Highlands and marvel at the majesty of Cairngorms National Park and the mysterious Loch Ness – fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie! Spot the famous Stirling Castle on route and hear about legendary warfare like the battles of William Wallace and the massacre of Glen Coe in the 17th century.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Edinburgh to Cairngorms National Park, Loch Ness and Glen Coe
  • Head by coach into the Scottish Highlands and travel through the fantastic landscapes of Cairngorms National Park
  • See the famous Loch Ness, a body of water some believe is home to a mysterious sea creature
  • Visit Glen Coe, a place known as much for a horrific massacre as its gorgeous scenery
  • Spot the cliffside castle in Stirling and learn of the adventures of William Wallace, whose life was depicted in the movie Braveheart

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What You Can Expect

Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh

Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle

Your full-day tour through the Scottish Highlands departs from central Edinburgh in the morning. Meet your friendly guide and settle in for the northbound ride toward Inverness. Along the way, pass the dramatic Forth Railway Bridge – a UNESCO-listed bridge that once boasted the largest cantilever span in the world – and pause in Pitlochry for some tasty refreshment (own expense). 

Continuing north, wind through Cairngorms National Park, catching lovely views of peaks and waterfalls rushing through craggy ravines. You’ll soon arrive at the mythical Loch Ness, where you’ll have free time to explore the surrounding countryside and grab lunch (own expense). Or purchase an optional cruise on the loch for some tranquil sightseeing and a cheeky search for the famed water monster, Nessie. 

Next, continue your coach tour to Glen Coe, a glen of breathtaking beauty that boasts high mountain peaks, ridges, bubbling rivers and waterfalls. Hear about the historic MacDonald clan that resided here and suffered in the brutal massacre of 1692. 

From here, begin you return trip to Edinburgh, passing Stirling Castle on the way. Snap some photos of the historic site – former residence of Scottish royals including Mary, Queen of Scots – and learn about its colorful history, riddled with warfare such as the Battle of Stirling Bridge, led by William Wallace. 

Then relax for the return ride to Edinburgh, where your full-day trip ends back at the starting point in the evening.

Customer Reviews

caldararok

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Very great and informative trip. Our guide, Andrew was excellent.

Marli A C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was amazing!

Rick R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

I knew I wanted to see Glen Coe, and figured this tour sounded good. I wasn’t sure whether Loch Ness would be worth seeing, but decided to risk it. Glad I did. A moody place like this would be worthwhile even without monster stories. A very good day.

mjm3863

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

What an amazing, breathtakingly beautiful country! Our tour guide, Rob, was absolutely incredible: engaging, personable, and so much fun! The tour was on Boxing Day so a lot of things were closed. Rob made sure that we found a great place to eat and adjusted the tour so that we would not miss anything. I would recommend this tour to anyone wishing to get a taste of the incredible Scottish Highlands in one day.

Naomi H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

A long but fantastic day out.
Our tour guide, the kilted Stephen, was amusing, and full of information.
The scenery is spectacular of course, particularly if you are from the flattest part of the UK, as I am.
Do take the Loch Ness cruise, it's well worth the extra money.

Elena M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Very informative guide, beautiful views and lots of laughs onboard! Came with my daughter for my birthday and would gladly do it again next time around!

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This was a wonderful experience. Our guide, David, was funny and informative. He saw that we had some good leg stretch time and ability to spend some time in the highlands. We really enjoyed our day. My daughter especially loved meeting some wildlife up close as a part of our experience.

Susan J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

The trip took you through the most beautiful landscape. The tour guide was very informed and the information he gave us was both interesting and entertaining. Loch Ness was amazing and the cruise added expense, but worth it on the loch was very nice, comfortable and informative about the loch. We only had three days in Scotland and this was a great way to see it. I would recommend this excursion.

Meghan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

The tour was amazing! We were able to see so much in one day. Our tour guide Steven was the best!! I highly recommend this tour.

Grace E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This trip was a great way to see the highlands of Scotland in a short amount of time. Our tour guide Russell was very knowledgeable. He told entertaining stories along the way as well as important historical facts about the places we traveled to and passed on the roads. There were lots of stops for refreshments/food/restrooms. The day was long but well worth it, I would highly recommend the tour. There wasn't a lot of walking which made the tour friendly for small children and older people as well. The coach we took was nice with enough room for everyone. One of my favourite parts of the trip was visiting Glen Coe and taking in the beautiful mountain landscape.

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