Full-Day Trip To Loch Ness And The Scottish Highlands - Edinburgh

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  • Duration: 12 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Highland Explorer Tours, 60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
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    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Go on a fantastic tour from Edinburgh to explore the legendary myths of Loch ness and enjoy the diverse range of Scottish Highland scenery. Drive through the forests and rivers of Highland Perthshire and get a glimpse of dramatic Glen coe the site of the Massacre of Glencoe. See Ben nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, and enjoy a typical Scottish picnic lunch before taking in magnificent views of the Forth bridge.

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Take a day trip from Edinburgh to discover the Scottish highlands and the famous Loch ness. Begin your journey by bus heading north from Edinburgh along the imposing ramparts of Stirling castle. Pass the Trossachs, cross Rannoch Moor, and stop at the dramatic Glen coe, the site of the infamous massacre in 1692. Pass through Fort William, one of the largest settlements in the Scottish highlands, before driving through the Great Glen. All the while your guide will talk you through the most important and interesting sights of the region.

When you arrive at Fort Augustus, a charming Highland village on the banks of the famous Loch ness, take a leisurely stroll through the village or simply relax by the Caledonian Canal. Enjoy a locally produced Taste of Scotland picnic lunch that includes a bottle of Scottish mineral water, a choice of freshly made sandwiches and shortbread. If you want to learn more about Scottish cuisine, your guide can direct you to some great local cafs for more tasty treats.

You also have the opportunity to take a 1-hour boat cruise on the loch (own expense). Discover the mysteries of the legendary Nessie monster on a custom-built boat designed specifically for sailing on this loch, equipped with the very latest underwater imaging technology, giving you a fascinating view of the terrain and life under the surface. Relax with a coffee or beer at the onboard bar.

Your journey continues past the shimmering Loch Laggan and then over the Pass of Drumochter, the main mountain pass connecting the northern and southern Scottish highlands. Heading south, pass Perthshire and Big Tree Country, filled with lush forests, rivers and mountains, before getting an impressive view of Forth bridge. Your Loch ness and Scottish Highlands day tour ends in Edinburgh around 8pm.


Local guide

Picnic lunch - sandwiches, shortbread and bottled mineral water


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Food and drinks, unless specified

Optional boat cruise on Loch Ness (15 for an adult) - can be purchased at check-in.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Minimum age is 5 years

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  • 26-Nov-2019

    Our guide Caitlin was very informative, and knew how to keep her group awake on a 12 hour tour. She played Scottish music for us, and told us fascinating tales of Scottish history while we drove around. Caitlin honestly made the trip for us!

  • 17-Oct-2019

    Our trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands was fantastic! Everything was so enjoyable and well planned. Our driver, Rich, was entertaining, knowledgeable and funny. The stops along the way let us really experience the different landscapes. We are so glad we chose this trip!

  • 26-Aug-2019

    Excellent tour, fun and informative. Murray our guide was not only very knowledgable but also lots if fun with trivias, singing and his artistic accordion music

  • 19-Jul-2019

    Our guide was absolutely hilarious. Highly knowledgeable and very fun. We had such a great day and we highly recommend doing this trip with the Loch Ness cruise too!!

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Our driver James was very knowledgeable and very pleasant. It was raining our whole trip that day, but I guess that's the norm here and explains why everything is so green here. Since it was raining we opted not to take the Loch Ness boat ride.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Our driver Richard made the very long drive quite enjoyable with his humour and knowledge. Not much time to do things especially if you book the Loch Ness boat option. We had 20 mins at our first stop, 90 mins at Loch Ness (the boat tour is about 60 mins) and another 30 mins at a stop on our way back. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous, but be warned that you are seeing the majority of it through bus windows. The included lunch is a premade sandwich, a shortbread cookie and a small bottle of water.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    We had the lovely Jo as our driver for the trip to the Highlands and Loch Ness. She was knowledgable and unlike other drivers (often who bore you with stories during a coach trip) she was very well spoken and entertaining. We had a fault on the coach, on our way back to Edinburgh, but she dealt with it very professionally, didn't alarm us and the problem was dealt with swiftly. My only suggestion would be that perhaps the stops could be at better locations. The last stop we had was in a town that had hardly any places open, so would be good to have another location, but I understand that isn't always be possible.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    This is a great tour to sit back and relax while you enjoy the scenery. The tour has A LOT of driving time, due to the distance between Edinburgh and the highlands. However, if you have a great guide like Gillian, the time will be filled with great stories, historical reference, interesting stops along the way, and of course, amazing scenery. St. Augustus is a nice area to walk around in if you do not want to to take the boat trip. The only letdown was the sandwich lunch which we ate on the bus. It was ok, but that was about it. Otherwise, the tour and chance to see the highlands was amazing and I highly recommend this tour.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Even though it's a long drive to Loch Ness, the beauty of the highlands and the nice (and funny) information from the guide are worth it. We got lucky with great subby weather as well as a wonderful guide like Fiona.
    I will definitely recommend this tour to anyone.

  • 02-Apr-2019

    This is a day tour starting from Edinburgh and visiting Glencoe, Loch Ness. The 12-hour tour with Tour guide Michael was very enjoyable. Michael drove the bus most of the tour, but at the same time he was trying his best to inform travelers about Scotland. He had a very thorough knowledge of Scotland as a whole and added a funny explanation of the excessive city, castle, and even sheep as we move on. He was a very pleasant and passionate guide. Thanks to him, I got to know more about Scotland, which helped me greatly with my schedule in Edinburgh later. By the time the tour was over, he even recommended some restaurants and bars in Edinburgh. The Highland Tour with Michael was fun enough to invest a whole day of my three days in Edinburgh. and I am willing to rejoin if there is another Scottish tour with him.

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