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Discover the dramatic beauty, history and mystery of Scotland on this 12-hour trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable 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! Visit the famous Stirling Castle and hear about legendary warfare like the battles of William Wallace and the massacre of Glen Coe in the 17th century. 


  • 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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The scenery on this trip is phenomenal and the history is gripping. It all makes for an unforgettable day – especially if you spot the Loch Ness Monster!

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What You Can Expect

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

Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip

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 lakeside town and grab lunch (own expense). 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, paying a visit to 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

Mihails M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Andrew the tour guide was simply amazing, he is a great storyteller and made my trip amazing : very passionate person and has a great sense of humor


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Met Highland Experience Tours at Cafè Nero, The Royal Mile. Enjoyed an espresso and pastry before we got going. Early morning and long day but SO worth it!! First stop was Kilmahog, Woollen Mill for bathroom stop, snacks, drinks and beautiful scarfs!! Then stopped by Loch Leven for some photos. Next stop at Glen Coe our wonderful guide explained more about The Three Sisters Hope, Faith and Charity in the valley of tears. Next was Fort William The Home of Ben Nevis for bathroom and snacks/drinks. Then on to Loch Ness for an optional cruise, so fun drinks/snacks for purchase on board. Warmed up with some whisky at Loch Ness Clansman Hotel. Along the Inverness drive we learned of the Battle of Culloden, Jacobite rising of 1745, highland clearances and evictions, breaking of clans and banning tartan and bagpipe playing. Final stop was at Pitlochry, Mckays for Fish and Chips. From the Lowlands to the Highlands thru glens to lochs and bens! 400 miles of an absolutely gorgeous countryside!! Loved our guide!!

Jianxiang Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very good tour! Had a chance to view the beautiful highland! Tour guide was fantastic!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fabulously beautiful the day was long but went so fast , you owe it to yourself to do this tour. Scenery is breathtaking.

Jo United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a very good tour. We did it on probably the hottest day of the year, but we saw and did so much that it was all worth it. The stops were brief, but we covered a lot of miles. The driver was very good and added a bit of humor to the tour. He also made a couple of unscheduled stops that were very interesting to see. If you're only in Scotland for a short time, this is the best way to see the highlights!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide, Barney with the fluffy hat, was amazing and supportive the entire trip. He really made it that much more enjoyable with his funny commentary about historical sites and the folklore behind the place. He painted the picture of Scotland which was the reason we set foot in this country.

Maricarr A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Highly recommended

Patricia T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a wonderful, sunny !! day tour with our driver Kenny. He provided a comfortable ride and a combination of real time description and history, recorded history and wonderful Scottish music. For a 12 hour trip we had a sufficient number of touring, stretch and toilet stops. I have already recommended this tour to others.

Esther B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great way to see main highlights of Southern Scotland!

Allyson C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Got to cover a lot of ground in one day. Absolutely amazing sites!!

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