Private Tour to Loch Ness
Join a private tour and visit Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands in one day. This tour is great for those short on time who wish to see as much of Scotland as possible. Sparking lochs, dramatic glens and majestic Munros await.
Our passengers have the opportunity to spend some time on the waters of famous Loch Ness. There are 2 monster spotting cruises to choose from, maybe you’ll even spot Nessie! Thrill-Seekers instead may choose an adrenaline pumping RIB ride as their transportation.
We can personalise our private tour itineraries to suit each group’s interests and needs. This tour can also depart from both Glasgow and Edinburgh providing you more flexibility on where to begin exploring. 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. This links the Great Glen’s lochs so that ships could have safe passage across the country, avoiding 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 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. On the other hand, 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 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. Travelling 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.
This tour takes around 11 hours 45 minutes to complete. You can select your departure time when making a reservation. The options given are:
Depending on the itinerary chosen, times may be flexible.
Private tour 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.
If attractions require advance payment then we can add them to the tour cost.
We can take children of any age on our private tours. However, please note that we are unable to provide or fit car seats. Our passengers must therefore must supply and fit their car seat if a child on board requires one. Please inform us in advance if this is the case.
Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Fort William, Ben Nevis, The Great Glen, The Commando Memorial, The Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness Boat Cruise, Inverness, Cairngorms and Perthshire.
How far does this tour travel?
Depending on where you start/end your tour, the journey to Loch Ness is 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 remember however that there are only so many hours in the day. Your Tour Leader will have a limit to how far their can drive/work each day. We therefore have to plan the itinerary carefully ensuring we aren’t 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 there is a change you would like to make it’s great to let us know prior to departure. This way 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. This is helpful 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:
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