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Private Tour to Loch Ness from Glasgow

A private one day tour taking in Loch Lomond, haunting Glencoe, the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness.

All our private tours can be personalised to each group’s interests and needs. Please see below an example of what a private tour to Loch Ness from Glasgow could look like.

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Leaving Glasgow on our Loch Ness private tour we head north through Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. A beautiful location to stop for some morning refreshments. Alternatively, you may choose the perfect location for a photo stop before we leave the loch behind and delve deeper into the Highlands.

Traversing the wild and desolate Rannoch Moor the landscape dramatically changes as we enter Glencoe where tragic mountains tower over us. We’ll choose a spectacular spot to stop and remember a shameful period in Scotland’s history, the Glencoe Massacre of 1692.

Through the Highland resort of Fort William, in the shadow of Great Britain’s highest peak Ben Nevis, we follow the Great Glen a natural fault-line that divides Scotland from coast to coast. In 1822 one of the world’s great waterways, the Caledonian Canal, was opened, linking the Great Glen’s lochs so that ships could have safe passage across the country and avoid the dangerous waters around the north coast. One of these lochs is legendary Loch Ness and at its southern tip lies the historic hamlet of Fort Augustus.

Fort Augustus gets its name from the fort built to help suppress the Highland Jacobites after their uprising in 1715. Later transformed into a Benedictine Abbey, the gothic style buildings are now a holiday destination. Today’s tourists often enjoy watching the boats of all shapes and sizes passing through the series of locks on the canal. This is a popular lunch stop due to the number of cafés and restaurants in the area. You may have already chosen to pre-reserve a restaurant lunch or a quick sandwich while exploring might be more your style, either way you’ll have a number of options to choose from. Scattered with gift shops and trinkets of local wares, any shoppers in your group will also be more than happy to have some extra time planned to browse the delights on offer.

We also can’t forget the option to explore the lochs waters and go on a hunt for Nessie our famous Loch Ness Monster. 1 hour cruises complete with commentary leave the harbour or if you enjoy getting the adrenaline pumping, then there’s RIB rides here too.

From Fort Augustus our luxury mini coach hugs Loch Ness’s northern shores and we encounter ruined Urquhart Castle

From Fort Augustus you may choose to travel north, hugging the shores of the loch towards Urquhart Castle which sits to the loch’s deepest point. The castle can be an attraction in its own right or there’s another cruise harbour situated to the north, offering the opportunity to join a 30 minute cruise from the castle back to land after your visit. 1 hour cruises from this harbour are available too if you would like to sail the northern loch waters without a castle visit.

Following this route, we will travel through Inverness, the ‘Capital of the Highlands’ and onwards to the Cairngorms National Park. We’ll pass the historic monument of Ruthven Barracks which you can’t miss atop its mound. Built by George II’s government to police the area after the 1715 Jacobite rising, it was later taken by the Jacobites and was their mustering point after their defeat at the Battle of Culloden

Alternatively, we may wave goodbye to Loch Ness from its Southern tip and cut across the country through the Grampian Mountains and past the forests and moors of ‘Monarch of the Glen’ country. This route is slightly shorter allowing more time to be allocated to one of your other chosen stops.

An evening refreshment stop is a perfect way to round off the day on route to Glasgow. A popular place to visit is the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, the largest town in the area. Pitlochry has something for everyone whether you would like to try a dram of whisky or sample the local ice cream.

Heading south through picturesque Perthshire. We’ll pass Stirling Castle and you can glimpse the National Wallace Monument, a 67-metre high tower which 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.

Departure & Return Information
Passengers can choose their own personalise pick up/drop off point based on where they are staying.

Tour Times
This tour takes around 11 hours 45 minutes to complete. You can select your departure time when making a reservation. the options given are:
Departure: 08:00/09.00/10.00
Return: 19:45/20.45/21.45
These may be able to be amended depending on the itinerary chosen.

Tour Inclusions
Private tour 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.
Excluded costs can be added to the tour balance where advance payment is required. 

Children
We can take children of any age on our private tours. However, please note that we are unable to provide or fit car seats therefore these must be supplied and fitted by the passenger if a child on board requires one. Please inform us in advance if this is the case.

Tour Highlights
Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Fort William, Ben Nevis, The Great Glen, The Commando Memorial, The Caledonian Canal, Loch NessUrquhart Castle, Loch Ness Boat Cruise, Inverness, Cairngorms and Perthshire.

FAQs

How far does this tour travel?

Depending on where you start/end your tour, travelling to Loch Ness can often mean you are on the road for around 350 miles.

It is one of the longest tours offered in the UK.

Can I add/remove places from the listed itinerary?

Yes, our private tours are personalised to each group and their interests so we are happy to make changes were possible.

Please note however that there are only so many hours in the day and your Tour Leader will have a limit to how far their can drive/work each day. This does mean that the itinerary has to be planned carefully to ensure we are not trying to fit too much in. Our team are very experienced with this so will be able to help you if you find you do have too many locations in mind.

How do we reserve attractions for our tour?

The attractions on tour often have different booking methods.

Some attractions do not require an advance reservation at all whereas others may need advanced booking and/or advance payment.

If your attractions require advance reservation then we will be able to arrange this for you.

Can we change our itinerary on the day?

Yes, as long as it is safe to do so and you have time within the day then our Tour Leaders can be flexible.

Photo stops in particular are often chosen on the day based on traffic & weather but other things such as the lunch location can be confirmed while travelling.

If you do have an idea of a change you may be interested in ahead of departure it's great to let us know so your Tour Leader can come prepared with some ideas. They are very knowledgeable about the areas we travel and may have some suggestions too.

We are travelling in a group and would like to make a lunch reservation, can you help?

Yes, many larger groups often choose to make reservations rather than risk their chosen location being busy on arrival.

We are more than happy to make a reservation on your behalf. Pre-reserved meals are also sometimes an option if you would like your food to be ready close to your planned arrival time. Please just ask if you would like to explore this option.

What happens if we need to cancel our tour?

Our Private Tour cancellation policy is as follows:

You can view all our T&C's here: https://discoverscotlandtours.com/about-us/terms-and-conditions/

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