Loch Ness, Haunting Glencoe & The Highlands Tour from Glasgow
If you want to see as much of Scotland as possible in one-day, then our Loch Ness tour from Glasgow is the one for you. This extended day tour to Loch Ness showcases a little of everything the Scottish Highlands has to offer.
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 enthralled.
Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW
Prices From £48.00 per person.
Please note we are unable to take children under 5.
See the Tour Details tab for optional extra costs and further information.
Small Group Tours
Certificate of Excellence Winner 2011-2020
One of our most popular day tours from Glasgow, it’s not long before we reach the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. This was Scotland’s first national park, the second largest in the UK, which covers around 720 square miles of some of the most spectacular landscape in Britain.
With this in mind, we will make a stop on the banks of Loch Lomond to get pictures and some morning refreshments. Travelling north into the Highlands we'll travel the full length of Loch Lomond.
Our full day tour continues to 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).
Your driver-guide will point out the many rucksack-laden walkers on the West Highland Way as we traverse the moor. Each year, there are around 30,000 people who complete this famous 98-mile trekking route between Glasgow and Fort William.
A short drive later and we come across the Black Mount. Here you'll find a range of four Munros (mountains over 3000 feet high) that gives way to Glencoe. This was also the setting to one of the most shameful periods in Scottish history – the Glencoe Massacre.
In view of its history and stunning beauty, your driver-guide will stop here so we can stretch our legs to admire Scotland’s most famous glen. From beautiful Glencoe we'll drive through the Highland holiday destination of Fort William which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.
We’re now following the Great Glen, 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 Loch Ness monster spotting cruise on these dark mysterious waters.
Our return journey to Glasgow 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. Our final refreshment stop of the day will be at the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry before heading south through picturesque Perthshire.
We’ll pass Stirling Castle and you can glimpse the National Wallace Monument, a 67-metre high tower. This monument overlooks the site of the battle of Stirling Bridge where Scots patriot William Wallace defeated a much larger, advancing English army in 1297. From Stirling it’s a short drive to drop you off in Glasgow where your Loch Ness tour will end.
Departs Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW
Check in 07.45
Hotel Pick Ups
Discover Scotland Tours offers free pick-ups from many hotels, hostels, & B&B’s in and around Glasgow for this tour. Pick-ups from guest accommodations are earlier than if you were departing from Buchanan Bus Station. The departure from your accommodation time will be shown on your email confirmation. This is a pick-up service in the morning only and at the end of the tour, everyone is dropped off at Buchanan Bus Station, Glasgow.
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
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.
Costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini coach and the services of an English speaking driver-guide.
Lunch, refreshments, and entry to visitor attractions.
We regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.
Loch Lomond, 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
Optional Visitor Attraction Costs
Loch Ness Monster Spotting Cruise
All attractions are payable in cash on the day.
Does this tour stop in Inverness?
Our tour does not travel as far north as Inverness. We visit Fort Augustus at the southern tip of Loch Ness and then travel across the country to Perthshire.
Does this tour visit Stirling Castle?
This tour travels past Stirling on the way back to Glasgow but we do not stop there. However, you can visit Stirling on our Loch Lomond National Park & Stirling Castle 1 day tour.
Please have a look at some customer experiences with Discover Scotland Tours.
We also welcome you to check reviews and comments on our Trip Advisor Page.
01/05/21 – Rituparna via Google Reviews
Our tour guide was Jeff Carmichael who made our journey into a fun and informative one, giving us the real flavour and taste of Scotland by playing peaceful scottish music throughout while you capture the beautiful scenic highlands and lochs. Would highly recommend this day trip to anyone who is short on time bit yet want to know the real culture and history behind the beautiful Scottish traditions. This trip made me plan for my next trip to Scotland!!!!
29/10/20 – Rhian
I had an amazing experience on this tour! A big thank you to Nick for providing detailed knowledge, trivia and Highlands history facts, as well as a great Scottish soundtrack! He was very accommodating and friendly, and my friends and I felt the tour was very personalised, which made it more special. The places we stopped at along the way were absolutely stunning, and as someone exploring Scotland for the first time, I am left with a fantastic impression. We were also happy and comfortable with the health and safety measures in place.
28/10/20 – Diana
I would like to say that going in a trip with your company was a really lovely experience. Nick was super friendly, I am really glad we got to know such an amazing guide that knew a lot of history and funny facts (as the geese in the Valentine's whisky factory, I am telling everyone I know this funny fact btw). The driving felt pretty safe, and that is so important while you are traveling. Also the bus was super clean, and during this covid situation it is also super important too. I also loved the dynamics of the music Nick played during the bus, super fun! He also took us to the Beatrix Potter garden and that was super nice for him to do, as I did really longed to visit it. He also stopped in a place were I first saw a highland coo. So, indeed it was an amazing experience, I have been recommending your tours to my friends in the master programme. I hope they also get the chance to travel with such an excelent tour you give!
27/10/20 – Elisa
My opinion about the tour will be extremely positive: I really liked what I saw, the view was amazing. The organization is fine and precise, particularly about the timetable and the route. Not only did we several stops for taking pictures, but also for any other things that we needed. My tour leader was very nice and available; I liked the fact that he explained us the history or small fun facts about the places that we have visited and not only. As far as I concerned, the bus was comfortable and warm: I think that it can be important to know due to the fact that the trip is quite long and it will be probably a dreich day. I definitely advise this tour.
27/10/20 – Anastasiia
I truly enjoyed the tour and I cannot think of anything that I didn't like. The trip was very well planned and if you can, please give the warmest thank you to the tour guide - Nick, as I think it was partly because of his funny stories and kind attitude that I enjoyed my trip so much. You all are really doing a great job, thank you again!
29/09/20 – Isabella
Myself and my friend josie really really enjoyed our trip with you guys. Micheal picked us up right out front of the Euro Hostel ready for our big 12 our trip. Honestly we had the best time. Micheal was a great guide and super kind and funny. we learnt lots but didn’t feel like we had an overload of information. perfect amount of stops for toilet breaks and food on the way. we were impressed micheal could drive for as long as he did. The value of this tour way amazing, way less expensive then what we would have payed for trying to find a car and filling it with fuel all day. We heard about you guys through the hostel, will be recommending to anyone who comes to glasgow!
01/09/20 – Gabrielle
Cliff was my tour leader; he was very pleasant and shared so much information throughout the tour. I loved learning the history and trivia tidbits, hearing the bagpipe music, and I was very comfortable with his driving. Cliff was clear about the COVID precautions, and when I pointed out to him that someone in our party was not wearing their mask on the bus he spoke with them and they (thankfully) modified their behaviour. Cliff was truly a lovely guide; he accommodated requests from people in our group to stop for Highland coos and learn a bit more about Stirling castle. I moved to Glasgow just ahead of the pandemic, so this was my first opportunity to get out and see more of the country. Now I've got a general understanding of the Scottish landscape and lots more insight into the society and culture. Thanks to you and your team! I'll be recommending your company to any friends or family who are visiting, and have my eye on other trips in the future 🙂
23/08/20 – Nadi
This has been one of the best 1-day tours I have ever done. I have had a similar trip with your company few years ago when I first moved to Scotland. It was great at the time and hence I was keen on having my brother and friend do the same trip with the same provider. And you didn’t fail to amaze me and my guests. The tour guide, John, was very friendly and helpful. He was funny, knowledgeable and kind. Keep it up, team!
17/08/20 – Erika
My son and I enjoyed the tour very much. Our driver, I think his name was John, was very friendly and he told us a lot about the history of Scotland. I would definitely recommend this to a friend. Thank you so much!
01/03/20 – Ed
The Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands tour Sunday, 1 March 2020 was very nice. Jerry our tour guide was knowledgeable and informative in his descriptions of the places we went as well as providing insights along the way as to the history of the region. His blend of history, events and the interactions of the Vikings, Celts and indigenous people of Scotland was quite welcome. In addition his choice of music, some historic, some by local performers really helped to make for an enjoyable experience. A packed day and a good tour!