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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 7 more
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Overview

This full-day Scottish Highlands tour takes you on a scenic drive from Edinburgh to the fabled Loch Ness. The journey travels by coach across Rannoch Moor to Glen Coe and through the Great Glen to Fort Augustus, where you’re treated to a locally made picnic lunch. Take an optional boat ride on the legendary loch in search of ‘Nessie’ before the return trip over the Drumochter Pass and through the forests and rivers of Highland Perthshire, with views of the UNESCO-listed Forth Bridge.
  • Soak up the unspoiled scenery of the Great Glen and Rannoch Moor with your expert guide
  • Admire spectacular views of the Caledonian Canal, Perthshire, Glen Coe, and the Forth Bridge
  • Take an optional boat cruise on Loch Ness to catch a glimpse of the legendary monster Nessie
  • Enjoy a locally produced sandwich picnic lunch in the quaint village of Fort Augustus

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour takes in the highlights of the Highlands and includes a picnic lunch with Scottish shortbread.
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Local guide
Picnic lunch - roll, shortbread and crisps
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Optional boat cruise on Loch Ness (from £16.50 for an adult) - can be purchased at check-in.

Departure Point

60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Tour the Scottish Highlands and enjoy an optional Loch Ness boat tour during this day trip, led by a knowledgeable guide who provides insightful commentary throughout the journey.

Start the excursion aboard your coach in central Edinburgh and travel north along the ramparts of Stirling Castle. Pass the Trossachs, cross Rannoch Moor and stop at Glen Coe—site of a legendary 17th-century massacre—before continuing on through the Great Glen via Fort William.

Arriving at the Highland village of Fort Augustus, situated on the banks of Loch Ness, you can opt for a leisurely walk or simply relax by the Caledonian Canal with your provided picnic lunch. Enjoy your choice of locally made sandwiches and shortbread washed down with bottled mineral water.

If you’d like, spend your free time aboard boat cruise on the loch (own expense). Go in search of the Loch Ness Monster named Nessie, a mythical creature said to inhabit these waters. The custom-built boat is equipped with underwater imaging technology, providing a fascinating view of the underwater terrain.

Afterward, re-board the coach for the return drive, passing Loch Laggan and motoring over Drumochter Pass, which connects the northern and southern Scottish Highlands. Your guide points out Perthshire and the lush forested landscapes of Big Tree Country. View the cantilever Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before your day trip concludes in Edinburgh in the evening.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Stirling Castle
Pass the imposing ramparts of Stirling Castle and drive through the Trossachs National Park, Rob Roy country
Stop At:  
Callander
Enjoy a comfort stop in Callander, a small highland town
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Glencoe
We cross the wilds of Rannoch Moor before stopping at dramatic Glencoe, the scene of the infamous massacre in 1692.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Ben Nevis
We drive through Fort William passing Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, before entering the Great Glen.
Stop At:  
Loch Ness Region
Once in Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness, you have the chance to take a boat cruise on the loch, go for a walk or just relax by the Caledonian Canal in this charming Highland village.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Cairngorms National Park
We journey past shimmering Loch Laggan before climbing over the wild and lonely Drumochter Pass in the Cairngorms National Park.
Stop At:  
Pitlochry
Heading south, we enter Perthshire, a land of forests, rivers and mountains. We enjoy a stop in Pitlochry, or a similar town in the area.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Forth Bridge
Pass by the infamous Forth Bridge on our way back in to Edinburgh.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 23 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended for travellers with mobility difficulties
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 41 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Highland Explorer Tours Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 41 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh.

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Traveler Tips


  • "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." See review
  • "If you take the cruise, it may not offer a lot of time to walk around town and visit those cute shops." See review
  • "Despite the great Scottish weather (it's the Highlands after all), this is a great day excursion if you're looking into learning a bit about Scotland history and admire the beautiful landscapes of the Highlands!" See review

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Spectacular
Anirban_C
, Jul 2021
That was the best trip ever I had it and loved it soo much, however i was thought I am gonna miss that cause My wover deiver cancel at the last min, my wife was thought we gonna miss this long trip and when I called and tell my my issue, they just given me the opportunity so a big thank you guys for showing the wonderful and spectacular trip I have ever had, I will see you guys maybe next year again thanks.
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star-5
Highly recommended.
Mike
, Jul 2021
Can't fault any aspect of this tour. Excellent value for money. Our driver (Calum) was very knowledgeable and gave an entertaining and interesting commentary. I never realised just how spectacular the Scottish Highlands are.
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star-5
Amazing, informative tour
GP3
, Jul 2021
Callum was a great tour guide, always kept the journey entertaining and knew a lot of great facts on the history of Scotland. Glencoe was the most memorable part of the trip, the scenery was beautiful.
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star-5
Brilliant tour
HappyKB
, Jul 2021
Great trip , thoroughly enjoyed it..made all the better with Charlie, our tour guide who was very good and informative and good fun.Highly recommend this tour.
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star-5
Worth it.
Josh_E
, Jul 2021
The whole experience was memorable, Steve our guide really made the highlands worth the visit. Just great. Never experienced landscape like it. Such history, culture and funny things to learn. I couldn’t recommend it more.
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star-5
Nice one!
Michela_I
, Jun 2021
The experience was really nice and the guide was funny and really helpful, I recommend this experience
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So glad you kept Caitlyn employed!
Oskar_N
, May 2021
So much better than what I had in mind, this is not a 12 hour bus ride. We stopped at quite a few destinations for extended period of time (plus the surprise of seeing Hamish and Honey!). This tour wouldn't have been the same without Caitlyn, I learned so much about Scottish history and the relevance of all the destinations. I've done tours before where the guide is unenthusiastic and sounds like they're reading from a book. Caitlyn however made everything come to life - just be prepared for dad jokes!
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star-5
A bit of history while experiencing the Scottish highlands with Scott
Rumana_Rafique
, Sep 2020
It was very nice to listen to Scott narrating the history of Scotland and the Scottish highlands while driving. Loved his singing as well. It was a great experience. Many thanks for stopping by the beautiful spots for taking pictures. Five stars <3
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Amazing
Maria_F
, Aug 2020
Really first class guide, made the trip really enjoyable. Stunning views, great experience. I would choose them without doubting
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Amazing overview trip
CarolinePBoyd
, 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!
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