Loch Ness, Glencoe And The Highlands Small-Group Day Trip From Edinburgh

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Explore Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands on this 12-hour tour from Edinburgh. Depart from Edinburgh by air-conditioned minivan and travel out into the Scottish Highlands to Glencoe with your guide. Stop at Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness at marvel at the spectacular scenery, then continue on to explore the Cairngorms National Park. Admire the majestic mountain of Craig Meagaidh and continue through the Drummochter mountain pass to visit the Victorian town of Pitlochry. Group size limited to 16 to ensure a personalized experience.


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Receive discounts at selected restaurants, shops and attractions

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Depart from central Edinburgh by air-conditioned minivan in the morning and pass Linlithgow Palace the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument en route to the most dramatic of all Highland glens, Glencoe. Hear the truth about the infamous 1692 massacre of Clan MacDonald from your knowledgeable guide, and learn of the areas fascinating history and heritage.

Journey onward through Fort William, site of the military post built during the Jacobite Rebellions in the 18th century, and continue up the Great Glen between Fort William and Inverness. Take the time to capture the stunning Scottish Highlands scenery from the comfort of your coach as you travel.

Stop at Fort Augustus, by the shores of famous Loch Ness, and enjoy breathtaking views out over the loch. Pause for lunch by the waterside at your own expense, or enjoy a 1-hour boat cruise on the loch to appreciate the beautiful views from the water (not included). The boat has a sonar system, so if Nessie is down there you wont miss her! Loch cruises run from Easter to the end of October.

Hop back aboard your minivan and continue on through the village of Spean Bridge to the Cairngorms National Park. Take in views of the spectacular Highlands scenery along the shores of Loch Laggan and marvel at Craig Meagaidh, one of the areas impressive mountains. It is here that TV series Monarch of the Glen was filmed. Continue over the Drummochter Summit where herds of red deer often graze and visit the Victorian town of Pitlochry, the final stop for the day.

At the end of your time in Pitlochry, head back by minivan to Edinburgh where your tour will conclude.

Inclusions for Loch Ness, Glencoe And The Highlands Small-Group Day Trip From Edinburgh

  • Driver/guide
  • The chance to see "Nessie", the Loch Ness monster
  • Modern Mercedes minivan with air conditioning (maximum 16 people)

Exclusions for Loch Ness, Glencoe And The Highlands Small-Group Day Trip From Edinburgh

  • Loch Ness Cruise (approximately £12.50)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Minimum age is 5 years

Not wheelchair accessible

There are opportunities to take short walks, it is recommended to bring suitable clothing and footwear. Scotland can be a wet place!

The Scottish Highlands and Islands are Europe's last great wilderness! This personalized tour is as close as you can get to touring in your own car, with the added benefit of gaining intimate knowledge of Scotland. Traveling in a small group means you have more time off the bus to discover the real Scotland.

The First Edinburgh tour operator to be awarded 5 star status by the Scottish Tourist Board.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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1995 reviews by the users

  • This trip was fantastic!! Our driver was incredible, very funny and so full of knowledge. Loch Ness was good but Glencoe is a MUST-SEE!
    I would definitely use Viator for another trip

  • Vale a pena visitar.
    Passamos por sítios lindos, mas é muito cansativo mesmo. Passamos muito tempo no autocarro.
    Apanhei muita neve, mas acho que torna as passagens mais bonitas ainda.
    O nosso motorista/guia, o dave, era espetacular.
    O passeio de barco no lago, vale muito a pena.

  • What a great day into the Highlands. Our tour guide, Nick, was so knowledgeable and such a good story teller. I learned a lot about Scotland. He made the whole trip. When I told him Im an Outlander fan he made a detour and took me to Doune Castle. I was thrilled! Thanks again, Nick! We loved the Highlands and we loved our tour. I just wish we had more time in the little towns. Planning on coming back soon! Terri

  • What a great day out. One of the best tours i have done with Viator.

    Audrey was in charge and she was brilliant. Full of beans from minute one and she did everything she could to make the trip enjoyable. Great driver, very knowledgeable and a great story teller bringing the scenery to life brilliantly. The day is long but the time flew by.

    Lots to see, plenty of stops for a mini explore or picture and the main event being Loch Ness. We went on the boat, which is extra, but it was fantastic to be out on the legendary Loch.

    Brilliant tour, highly recommended!

  • ONE OF THE BEST VIATOR TRIPS I HAVE BEEN! I have been on several trips with Viator, including a hike at Cinque Terre on the same trip but I would say this is hands down the best one!

    Our driver was Barney and he was one of the most engaging, perky drivers/guides we have ever come across. He shared many folktales, stories about the Scottish, and even prepared some Scottish music for us to listen. He was extremely engaging in his sharing, doing many impersonations and making all of us feel like home - his recommendations about food/things to do/what to see during the trip and in Edinburgh itself was spot-on!

    One main thing that enhanced our experience was the fact that this was a small tour bus - maximum for 16 people only. A group of 6 didnt turn up as they missed the 8am check-in time note to those who are interested - be punctual and report at 740 am as they do not wait for you once it hits 8am!!! so the bus was cosy and comfortable for all of us. There were great sights on both sides of the bus so doesn't matter where you sit. My fiance tends to get motion sickness which Barney warned us of but because this was a small bus, the motion sickness was a lot less/minimal in this sense. Barney's driving was also great and safe, so any issue to do with the motion sickness really has to do with the winding roads and occasionally bumpy ones.

    Great views of the lowlands and highlands, Barney also gave us sufficient time to take pictures although 3-5 minutes more wouldn't have hurt. We only had 2 days in Edinburgh so this was a great chance for us to see the outskirts and having come from singapore, such views were most definitely welcomed by us. Also a good change from the buildings as the scenery was AMAZING. A pity we can't join the tour for the Isle of Skye but we will definitely be back to visit Scotland again!!

    Thank you Rabbies for a good trip - this won't be our last!

  • Very pretty scenery and great tour guide. However, we did not enjoy the Loch Ness part of the tour as the boat was crampt and we were unable to see anything.

  • Great tour. Very long day, but very nice tour. Informative and we got to see more of Scotland, especially the highlands.

  • I was a bit nervous purchasing this tour as I didn't know what the cancellation policy was, and up until the last minute wasn't completely sure about whether I would be travelling to Scotland or not. But that aside, let me tell you that this was probably in the Top 3 of tours that I've done in any country. Very well organized from when we arrived at the determined location. Guide was an absolute legend and pointed out all the sights and things to take note of - very informative. We got to make a lot of stops for photos - and believe me you're going to want to make sure you have a battery pack or power bank on hand to keep the phone charged.

    It's an amazing tour and filled with rich cultural heritage and vast, awe-inspiring scenery. The tour is 12 hours, but it didn't feel like that as we had plenty of stops which allowed us to walk around and grab something to eat for lunch and dinner.

  • The whole trip was fantastic from start to finish and stunning views,the tour guide Martin and driver Boom made our day the best day we could have had and were very helpful.this is a trip not to miss would come back and do it again

  • We were lucky that we travelled on a sunny day. The weather was fine and the wind was not strong. Our driver as well as the tour guide was gentle and caring. He drove safely over those zig-zag roads at Highlands. It was a great experience. You will see a lot within a day.

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