Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands

1 Day Tour from Edinburgh

Overview

If you only have a short time in Scotland but want to see as much of the Scottish Highlands as possible in one day, then our Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands tour from Edinburgh is the one for you?

Travelling deep into the Highlands, stunning but tragic Glencoe will take your breath away. You’ll also have the chance to spot the mythical Loch Ness Monster with a boat cruise on these deep and mysterious waters.

Prices from £55.00per person

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Tour Duration
07:45 - 19:45

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On our Loch Ness tour from Edinburgh, we’ll pass Stirling Castle. It was here in 1543 the 9-month-old Mary Queen of Scots was crowned. We'll journey through the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park to the small Highland town of Callander where we'll enjoy our first break of the day.

This area is also known as Rob Roy MacGregor territory. One of Scotland’s most notorious outlaws, your driver-guide will tell you more about the exploits of this Scottish folk hero.

On this day trip we head into the Scottish Highlands over desolate Rannoch Moor to spectacular Glencoe. Setting to one of the most shameful episodes in Scottish history the “Glencoe Massacre”. It was on 13th February 1692 when the Clan MacDonald of Glencoe were slaughtered while they slept by Captain Robert Campbell and his men.

We’ll pause here to admire the stunning beauty of Scotland’s most famous glen. From here we’ll journey through Fort William where Great Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis rises.

Cutting through the Great Glen is the Caledonian Canal, considered by many as one of the greatest waterways of the world. 60 miles of outstanding beauty best describes the Caledonian Canal.

At the southern tip of Loch Ness lies the historic hamlet of Fort Augustus. We'll have around 2 hours here for lunch and there is time to take an optional Loch Ness cruise, or you can enjoy a stroll along the shores of Loch Ness where you can keep a lookout for the legendary Loch Ness monster.

Our return south will see us travel through the Cairngorms National Park and across ‘Monarch of the Glen’ country, travelling alongside Loch Laggan. We’ll pass Blair Castle on our way to our evening stop at the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry.

Declared as a UNESCO world heritage site, you’ll get a great view of one of Scotland’s most iconic structures, the Forth Rail Bridge as we come to the end of your Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands tour from Edinburgh.

Please Note:
This tour may sometimes be done in reverse order.

1 Day Loch Ness Tour from Edinburgh

Departure & Return

Departs Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place (opposite the Apex Hotel) Edinburgh

Check-in 07:45

Departs 08:00

Ends 19:45 (approx).

Returns to Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place (opposite the Apex Hotel) Edinburgh


Late Arrivals

In the event you are late for any reason in arriving at your departure point and as result miss your tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.


Children

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


What’s Included

 Transport in a 16-seat mini coach

Coach Air Filtration System as standard

 Air Conditioning as standard

 Services of an English-speaking driver-guide

  Loch Ness Cruise

  Meals & Refreshments


What to Bring

In Scotland we can get 4 seasons in 1 day, so we suggest bringing suitable clothing for all conditions, including a waterproof jacket and layers of clothing.

Shoes that are suitable for short walks on uneven paths and rough terrain. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and your camera to capture fantastic memories you’ll make on tour with us!

Most attractions & eating establishments we visit accept card payments, however we recommend bringing some cash with you.


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.


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel this tour 48 hours or more prior to departure – you will be refunded 90% of the tour price.

Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to departure – no refund will be due.

Cancellations must be made in writing. For further information please refer to our terms and conditions.


Tour Highlights

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

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Please have a look at some customer experiences with Discover Scotland Tours.

06/03/22 – Harry & George

Just wanted to say a BIG thank you - our day tour from Edinburgh was really great value for money and the tour bus was really comfortable, spacious and clean. Most importantly, our driver and guide (John) was really great - knowledgable, helpful and all with a great sense of humour!


30/12/21 – Maria

The tour was absolutely fantastic, the first thing we said after doing it was : it was really worth it. John the driver was so nice and explained a lot of things to us, very useful to get to understand the culture and to know new and amazing places. We were only 4 people so the van was great and so comfortable. Thanks!


17/12/21 – Lais

We had a trip to Glencoe and Loch Ness on December 17th and it was an amazing experience! Our tour was so great! Our driver was Jerry and he was incredibly helpful. We got lost when trying to find the meet-up place and he was kind enough to pick us up at our hotel. Throughout the trip, he was also patient as I had to translate what he said back and forth to my godmother who doesn’t speak English. We really loved how as we went through all the different locations, we also got to listen to the soundtracks of some of the movies that were recorded there, such as the Harry Potter and Skyfall soundtracks. It added a lot to the overall ambience and enjoyment of the trip. The tour was my favorite part of this Edinburgh trip and I’d definitely recommend Discover Scotland Tours. Thanks for your kindness and patience!


11/11/21 - Derek & Yvonne

We booked tour as a good way to see the highlands. The mini bus was warm and extremely comfortable and we were comfortably spaced. The driver/guide John was informative and knowledgeable. The stops were timely and well chosen for their outstanding beauty. The cruise was informative and seemed over too quickly. All in all a great day out and guided by John who was a joy to spend time with. Would recommend highly and would book another if we pass this way again.


10/09/21 – Bharti

Thank you discover scotland tour team we had a brilliant time. We are happy with your tour company. This will also give us opportunity to book another tour next time we come to Edinburgh. Driver was very good and looked after us very well. Thanks once again 😊.


20/06/21 – Josh, Mandy and Jalynn

My family had a great time during the tours. We scheduled two different tours, "Highland Lochs, Glens & Castles" and "Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands". We had no issue finding the pick-up/drop-off location and the guides greeted us immediately upon arrival. Our tour guides were Nick and Michael, both were fantastic and very knowledgeable of historical events, locations and traditions. The tour included plenty of stops throughout the day to grab a cup of coffee, walkabout a bit, take photos and do some shopping. My family and I enjoyed the tour and do not have suggestions to make it better. Both tours are wonderful! My wife and daughter enjoyed Glen Coe, viewing the Three Sisters and Doune Castle. Thank you for making our holiday a memorable one. Cheers!


31/10/20 - Emilie via Tripadvisor

I very highly recommend this tour. Our guide, Nick, was fantastic - keeping up commentary on the scenery along our route, checking everyone was okay, joking with the kids. Despite it being a long day (12 hours) none of the drives between stops were more than 2 hours. This made it very manageable. We even made such good time that we could squeeze in an extra few stops for photos. Safety on board in terms of COVID is top-notch. Nick explained what precaution we would have to take but these never felt too restrictive or as if the hindered our experience. So would definitely recommend.


25/10/20 - Diana via Tripadvisor

The tour was really amazing! Nick is such a great guide! The best of all! He has much knowledge of history and he even plays on the bus really cool music (including the loch ness monster song). I highly recommend this tour to all.

FAQ's

We don't visit Inverness on this tour. We stop at Fort Augustus at the southern tip of Loch Ness.

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