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Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

If you only have a short time in Edinburgh but want to see as much of the highlands as possible in one day, then our Loch Ness tour from Edinburgh is the tour for you.

This extended day tour to Loch Ness will take you to some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland. From lochs to glens, castles to battlegrounds and from ghosts to monsters!

Stunning but tragic Glencoe will take your breath away. While a short relaxing cruise on the mysterious waters of Loch Ness will leave you spellbound.

Tour Highlights
Callander, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, The Highlands, Ben Nevis, The Great Glen, The Commando Memorial, The Caledonian Canal, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness Monster Spotting Cruise, Cairngorms National Park and Perthshire.

Main Departure Point
Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh

Prices From: £44.00 per person

Please note we are unable to take children under 5.

See the Details & FAQ tab for optional extra costs and further information.

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Our Loch Ness tour from Edinburgh will take us past Stirling Castle, also known as the “key to Scotland”. Its location even rivals Edinburgh Castle for sheer magnificence as it sits high on a volcanic crag. There have been several Scottish Kings & Queens crowned at Stirling Castle, it also has a long and bloody history. Our first stop of the day for refreshments will be in the small highland town of Callander. We are now heading through Rob Roy MacGregor territory. Rob Roy was one of Scotland’s most notorious outlaws who gained notoriety as a bandit, a soldier, a clan leader, a castle raider, an outlaw and above all, a Scottish folk hero. He’s immortalised in the historical novel Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott and subsequently in the film by the same name.

Continuing north, our route will take us over the wild and desolate Rannoch Moor, one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. This bleak but beautiful place is filled with heather, rocky outcrops, birds and sparkling lochans (small lochs). We will stop at Glencoe, scene of the infamous Glencoe Massacre. We'll also have the chance to get off the coach to stretch our legs. You'll certainly want to take some photos of Scotland's most famous glen, its stunning beauty will take your breath away. From beautiful, haunting Glencoe we'll make our way through Fort William which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.

We’re now following the Great Glen, a deep glacial valley that follow's a natural fault-line that divides Scotland from coast to coast. It was in 1822 when one of the world’s great waterways, the Caledonian Canal was opened. This linked the Great Glen’s lochs so that ships could have safe passage across the country therefore avoiding the dangerous waters around the north coast. One of these lochs is the legendary Loch Ness and at its southern tip lies the historic hamlet of Fort Augustus. With around 2 hours here, you'll have time for lunch or enjoy a wander beside the Caledonian Canal watching the boats of all shapes and sizes passing through the series of locks. You will also have the option of taking a one hour monster spotting cruise on the mysterious waters of Loch Ness.

Back on dry land, our return to Edinburgh will see us travel through the Grampian Mountains and across sweeping ‘Monarch of the Glen’ country where once again you'll see the landscape change from mountain and moorland to lush forest and woodland. We’ll pass Blair Castle, ancient seat of the Dukes of Atholl and home to Europe’s only remaining private army the Atholl Highlanders. A little further on we'll enjoy our final refreshment stop in Pitlochry. This Victorian resort town was favoured by Queen Victoria and Scots novelist Robert Louis Stevenson. Finally, we return to Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh, ending our Loch Ness tour via the Queensferry Crossing. As you cross, look left for a great view of one of Scotland’s most iconic structures, the Forth Rail Bridge which has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site.

Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands 1 Day Tour Information

Departs Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place (opposite the Apex Hotel) Edinburgh
Check in 
07.30
Departs  07.45
Finishes  19:45

Important
Please note we are unable to wait past the stated departure time. In the event you are late for any reason in arriving at your departure point and consequently miss your tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.

Luggage
This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.

Tour Inclusions
Costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini coach and the services of an English speaking driver-guide.

Tour Exclusions
Lunch, refreshments, and entry to visitor attractions.

Children
We regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.

Optional Extras
Loch Ness Monster Spotting Cruise
Adults £14.50
Seniors £13.50
Students £13.50
Children £11.50

FAQs

Does this tour stop in Inverness?

This tour visits the southern tip of Loch Ness, therefore it does not travel as far north as Inverness.

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