Day trip

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Highlands Full-Day Trip

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Highlands Full-Day Trip

From $68.42 per person

Take the ultimate Scotland tour, experience the beauty of the Scottish Highlands and see for yourself if the Loch Ness Monster is lurking under the water.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Complimentary pick-up is available from the door of most hotels and guest houses in Edinburgh city center. If this is not possible, then usually the nearest main road, or a landmark within walking distance.

Experience

Itinerary
9 hours
  • Edinburgh

  • 1.5 hours
  • Kilmahog (coffee)

  • Glencoe (photo stop)

  • Fort William (lunch)

  • Loch Ness

  • Boat cruise

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Pitlochry

  • 1.5 hours
  • Edinburgh

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Travel through Glen Coe
  • Walk along the banks of Loch Ness, or take an optional cruise
  • Stop near Fort William for lunch on your own
  • Enjoy spectacular views
  • See the Forth Road and rail bridges
Full description

Explore the beauty of Scotland’s Highlands on a 12-hour scenic driving tour by comfortable coach. See historic sights and unforgettable landscapes on this guided day trip from Edinburgh.

Following a hotel pick-up in central Edinburgh, you will head towards Stirling, catching views of the Castle and Wallace Monument. Continue towards Callander, and stop for morning coffee, and the chance to meet “Hamish the Hairy Coo.” Head northwards over Rannoch Moor, and reach the dark, brooding Pass of Glencoe. Stop to learn the story of the massacre of 1692, before crossing Loch Leven. Stop for lunch in Fort William, then follow the Caledonian Canal up the Great Glen to Loch Ness. Here, you have the option to cruise on the Loch for approximately 1 hour, or relax in the tranquil village on its banks. After Loch Ness you will head South East and take in magnificent views of Loch Laggan. Marvel at the magnificent Blair Castle, home of the Dukes of Atholl for over 700 years, before moving onto Pitlochry, a delightful Victorian resort town. Then, head south through Fife, and cross the Forth next to the amazing Forth Bridge, before arriving back in Edinburgh.

Includes
  • Hotel pick-up (where possible)
  • Transportation
  • Guide
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 8 years
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Know before you go

    • It is not always possible to pick-up from the door of hotels or guest houses. The local tour provider will do its best to ensure you do not have to walk far to meet the tour
    • No guarantee can be given that you will be dropped off exactly where you were picked up. Sometimes you can be, depending on the route back into the city. Your driver will discuss this with you. Drop-offs are at convenient points back in the city center
    • This tour has an 8 passenger minimum requirement and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. In the unlikely event of such a cancellation, your choice of a refund, reschedule or alternative tour will be offered
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 825 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Transportation
      4.7/5
    • Value for money
      4.6/5
    • Safety
      4.6/5

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    We had an amazing time althroughout the trip! Jamie, our driver, was very informative and has a good sense of humour! We were on schedule with our stops, started the journey on time and ended on time as well. It was beyond our expectations! We will definitely recommend Grayline bus tours to our friends in England who are planning to visit Scotland. We had the best experience with you guys! Thank you. Jez, Bryan and Aireen

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    September 18, 2021

    We had a great knowledgeable driver called Dougie. We passed through historical highland places on our way to Loch Ness and Dougie kept us well informed. We had plenty of rest breaks. We had 30ins at our first stop, a photo opportunity with a Hairy Coo, shopping for souvenirs and a breakfast bap & cup of tea which very good. Dougie got our boat trip on Loch Ness tickets for us which were £16 each this included a discount. He looked after us all really well, ensuring we knew where the toilets and eateries were. A trip on the Loch on the boat was excellent and I would definitely recommend paying the extra to do this 50 min tour by boat. A great day out a must do trip when visiting Scotland.

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    September 12, 2021

    James was a great guide. We saw lots of the highlands on a beautiful clear day. It was a long day but it flew by as there was always something new to look at, hear about and do. Only reason for 4 stars was that some stops were rushed and could have done with longer to see more.

    September 1, 2021

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