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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

Diane B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Loch Ness was a great ride even in the rain! Though it did brighten up a bit once we got underway. The reason I booked this trip was for the boat ride alone so I cannot understand why some of the fellow passengers did not go. The bus ride up was comfortable and interesting for the commentary from the driver/guide who I am sorry I have forgotten his name as it was September when we did the trip. My first attempts at writing a review did not go well and I lost the words I had so carefully typed! But now with Viator's prompting, I am trying once again. It was memorable and I would go again and again! Plans for a return to the highlands of Scotland are underway! P.S. my lunch of 'a haggis and cheese toasty' as recommended by the guide was wonderful in a charming pub by the canal.

Wesley Jin Fai I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Juliet was an amazing tour guide. She was knowledgeable and a great driver. The scenery were amazing. Loads of wonderful spots to take pictures! Highly recommended

deb c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

What a Great way to see the beautiful highlands of Scotland.Graham our guide and driver presented the legends and history of the area with such knowledge and in an entertaining fashion - even my teen daughter had a great time. He is a credit to his company and would highly recommend Rabbies tour- he even stopped to let me take pictures of hairy coos when I mentioned I liked them. The music and the stories behind same all added to the day and nothing was too much trouble for him on the day. a fantastic experience

Rohini R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The Best Experience of our trip! Our tour guide was so nice and pleasant. She even had famous scottish music for us to listen along the way. The highlands were definitely a sight! We made a lot of photo stops along the way that were totally worth it. She even insisted we see a Hairy Coo and believe me it was an experience. We learnt so much history about Scotland, and the best part is I'm now addicted to Outlander

Kenneth D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Fantastic trip, great guide with lots of local history and knowledge. On a 12 hour trip we thought we would be bored but he made the commentary fun and engaging the entire time.

doddsy.wilcox Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a beautiful day. It was wonderful to see the wondeerful sights of Scotland .Our tour guide Grant I believe was amazing.His knowledge of history was outstanding! I would say this is a must do trip .What else did you come to Scotland for other than to see the most beautiful Highlands and some of the best history you will ever encounter !

jdonnachie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This trip was by far one of the main highlights of our 3 week stay in Scotland. The views at the stops in the highland were amazing, really breathtaking. The cruise on Loch Ness was great and really gives you a nice view of the surrounding area and the history.

The best of the trip, however, was by far our tour guide Ian. Wow, if you have a chance to go on a tour with this guy, wherever it is in Scotland, you will not be disappointed. Ian is INCREDIBLY knowledgeable about historical and modern day Scotland. His knowledge was only surpassed by his story telling ability. This man has perfected storytelling, sharing stories of Scottish history in such an emotional and engaging manner. Ian is a hero and deserves all the praise he can ever possibly receive. Simply said, not all heros wear capes.


Well done, mate.

Heide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I was really sarisfied with this tour, the tour guide is professional and knowledgable with the place. Was able to see the Urquhart Castle, Loch ness, heard stories on all the place during the trip, The Faith, Hope, and Charity Mountains, and etc. I highly recommend Rabbies Tours!!

Shannon K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Had a great time on this tour. Tour guide was super friendly, entertaining and knowledgeable.

SAURABH A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was amazing experience. The tour guide cum driver was very friendly and informative.

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