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Experience rugged and mythical Scotland on this 12-hour trip from Glasgow. In a small group, explore the Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms National Park and the famous Loch Ness — fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie! Visit historic battle sites like Glencoe, Fort Augustus and Stirling Castle, where legendary hero William Wallace commanded an infamous fight against the British. Along the way, enjoy free time for optional cruises or tours. 

Highlights

  • Small group day trip, with a maximum group size of 16
  • Visit Loch Ness, Glencoe, Fort Augustus and Pitlochry
  • Optional cruise on the Loch Ness (not included)
  • Gain intimate knowledge of the Scottish Highlands - Europe's last great wilderness!

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What You Can Expect

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow

Glencoe Mountains, Scotland

Meet your guide bright and early in central Glasgow for your full-day tour. Grab a comfortable seat in the luxury coach for the northbound ride toward the Glencoe, a glen of breathtaking beauty that boasts high mountain peaks, ridges, bubbling rivers and waterfalls. Along the way, you’ll pass the ‘bonnie, bonnie’ banks of Loch Lomond for some stunning views of Scotland’s largest loch. 

In Glencoe, enjoy a scenic stroll to stretch your legs, and learn about the historic MacDonald clan that resided here and suffered in the brutal massacre of 1692. Afterward, hop back in the coach for to continue your journey through Great Glen and past Fort William, a key military post during the 18th-century Jacobite Rebellions.

Sidle up to the banks of Loch Ness, where the tour will break for some free time. Explore Fort Augustus, grab some lunch or take an hour-long cruise on the loch for a chance spotting of the famous Loch Ness monster (all activities at own expense).

After your lunch-time break, continue back toward Inverness and wind through Cairngorms National Park. Catch lovely views of peaks and waterfalls, and hear about the series Monarch of the Glen that was filmed here. You’ll head over Drummochter Summit and soon arrive at the charming Victorian town of Pitlochry, where you’ll have free time to explore before heading to Perthshire.

From here, begin you return trip to Glasgow, 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 Glasgow, where your 12-hour trip ends back at the starting point in the late evening.

Customer Reviews

Cyntia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Even with the long way to get to the loch Ness, time fly by so quick! Very nice day! Our guide was fantastic!

Angela P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our trip was most enjoyable even with the rain . Our bus driver and guide Graham was very knowledgeable about the history of Scotland and encouraged us to ask questions . We couldn't have asked for a better guide.

Patrick L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Tour ran like clockwork, driver was super informative and extremely friendly and have already recommended the trip to my family who want to come next year..

Eleonora B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful, outstanding tour! The guide Graham was excellent, knowledgeable, the best really! I felt like I saw Scotland in one day. I greatly enjoyed this day experience. Highly recommend it.

Silvana C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I loved it! I had so much fun. The tour guide was amazing I don't remember his name, though and the places we visited were stellar. I totally recommend this tour.

Dirk H United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic trip! Our tour guide, Grant, was awesome. And, what a beautiful country.

KHOLOD A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Amazing trip .. The guide tour who's the driver was professional, nice and had lots of interesting stories and historical information to tell

Hing Shan T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our tour guide cum driver was James and he was superb! Although it was quite a long trip, I was never bored because James kept sharing what he knew about the highlands, Scotland, and practically everything he knew, in a humorous fashion. I and #39;m glad that I joined this tour.

Jennifer D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I was very excited to go on this tour especially to potentially see Nessie :-. Our tour guide made the experience far more entertaining than I would have imagined. He Ean, I believe knew so much history and told us stories throughout the tour that made the experience so much better. I've continued to tell his stories to my friends back home!

Donna C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Graham was absolutely amazing! His stories were funny and his choice of music to accompany the history really made the difference. I enjoyed the tour. I wish there were more time at the castle. It's just not possible to really see it in the short time we had. Seriously, I enjoyed every part of the day.

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