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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. 


  • 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

Kate A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was an amazing tour. Highly recommended but be prepared for a long day. The tour was only a few minutes short of 12 hours. It was worth it though. There were a good number of sights to see, very interesting stops like that quaint city of Pitlochry and just enough perfectly timed stops for bathroom breaks. Our driver and guide, Stewart, was funny and very knowledgeable. He had great stories and made learning about Scotland fascinating. The traditional Scottish folk, celtic and more modern tunes during the ride made the entire tour a great sneak preview of Scotland.

maddison c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Really good long day tour , it was snowing and very interesting. great if you dont have much time and want to see everything,


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Really nice day. Ewan did a really nice job. Very knowledgeable. Lots of beautiful stops. Long day but worth it. Got to see the Scottish Highlands, Fort Williams, etc. Fairly priced for sure. Highly recommended.

Paula L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

My two friends and I totally recommend this tour, mostly because it includes amazing landscapes, you are able to see a great part of the country in one day but with enough time to visit each stop. Furthermore, the driver George was VERY friendly and we learnt a lot talking with him about Scottish history and other topical issues.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great trip, we had an amazing tour guide Stewart who was really friendly and informative. The tour lasted a long time but we got to see lots of sights and feel it was worth every penny. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone with a short stay in Scotland. Fantastic day out!

Timothy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very good tour with friendly staff and great driver / operator. HIGHLY recommend very good value!!!

Daveen USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Awesome Tour, Awesome Scenery. Loved the cruise on Loch Ness. Was a little cold and rainy, but it was still enjoyable.

Juliette m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour! If you don't have much time in Scotland but want to discover the beautiful Highlands, this tour is for you!
Great Tour leader/driver, who has great knowledge about history, he talking all along the journey so that the time spent in the minibus seems shorter, he was great all the way!
A lot of stops are made for picture purpose, the landscape is worth it! The highlight of this tour is Loch Ness. You have the possibility to go on a boat tour 13 supplement or/and visit of Urquhart castle. Boat trip is a must do, the lady on the boat gives you so much information about the Loch and Nessie!
We didn't have the best weather to visit the region but it was really worth it, especially with a tour leader like this one!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent trip. Beautiful views. Friendly guide providing information and stories of the Scottish Highlands and Lochness.
Highly recommended.

John H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

My wife and I visited many places on our vacation and I wanted to say that this tour was a highlight of the trip! The drive was fantastic and while the subject of the trip was the highlands, the star of the show was Iain.
His knowledge was unbelievable and his method of storytelling was stunning.
I could listen to that gentleman speak for hours we did and want more. we did.
The drive was spectacular and filled with sights that take your breath away.
The history was fascinating and listening to that rich history while traversing those beautiful mountains is inspiring to say the least.
There are enough bathroom breaks but there are always a need for more on this trip but we can stop if you really need to.
If we could've added one thing to the tour, it would be to pull into the grounds on which the Monarch of the Glenn's filming location, or at very least, to slow the tour waaaay down in case there are some fans aboard.
Other than that, my wife and I will be seeking out more tours with Rabbies and we will be requesting Iain by name!

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