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The very best of Scotland in a single day! On this magical Loch Ness Tour from Edinburgh, discover the beautiful Scottish Highlands and impossible places that others simply can’t offer.

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What will you discover?

Before you see in detail the itinerary of the Loch Ness tour from Edinburgh, we offer you a summary with the main points:

  • Loch Ness – Walk the shores of Loch Ness or take a boat tour in search of Nessie.
  • William Wallace – See Stirling Castle and discover the true story of Scotland’s Braveheart.
  • Glencoe Valley – The awe-inspiring beauty of one of the most unforgettable places on earth.
  • Typical Scottish farm – Take a picture with our very own Highland Cows!
  • Rannoch Moor – Walk on one of the most inhospitable places on earth.
  • Fort Augustus – Enjoy this beautiful Highland town on the shores of Loch Ness and enjoy a picnic lunch or a Loch Ness cruise.
  • Pitlochry – Admire the beauty of this Scottish Victorian town made famous by Queen Victoria.
  • Extras? – If time permits, our experienced guides will surprise you with some extra stops that you will love!

Summary

The Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands tour is easily one of the best 1-day trips you can choose when you are visiting Scotland.

From Edinburgh we embark on an unforgettable day tour adventure towards Loch Ness, seeing the friendly creatures of the Highlands, dramatic landscapes of extreme beauty and charming Victorian towns, with your driver guide narrating the magical history of Scotland.

On this exciting full day trip to the Highlands from Edinburgh, we create an unforgettable tour with a difference, with expert tour guides taking you to the best and most beautiful places, off the guidebooks.

If you are interested in knowing more details of this tour please read the Full Itinerary section.

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All you need to know

Tour Details

Price

  • £50 39 adults.
  • £47 £37 children, seniors and students.

Duration

12 hours 30 minutes approximately

Departure 7:30 am | Return 20:00 pm


Language

Live guide in English 


Included

  • Transport.
  • The safety and professionalism of your driver-guide to ensure you experience the most incredible Scottish stories.

Not included

  • Food and drink.
  • Optional entrance and guided tours to the attractions. Loch Ness Cruise (£ 14 adults).

How to book

  • Online: click book now and select the day to check the availability. Make the payment using a credit or debit card.
  • By phone:  +44 (0) 131 202 9020 using a credit or debit card.

We recommend booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Instant confirmation

  • Once the payment is completed, the receipt and details of the tour will be sent to you in the confirmation email.
  • It is not necessary to print the receipt.

Important information

  • The minimum age is 5 years old. You would need to book a private loch ness tour if your child is younger (child seats will be available).
  • Scotland’s weather can be very unpredictable. We recommend that you bring warm waterproof clothing and comfortable, appropriate shoes.
  • This is a long trip of about 8.5 hours in which we will cover the most incredible Scottish landscapes during the day. We will spend the rest of the time at the scheduled stops.
  • The Loch Ness cruise may not be available on certain occasions.
  • The itinerary and stops may vary due to circumstances beyond our control.

Cancellations

Free! Cancel free of charge up to 3 days before the activity. If you cancel after that, no refund will be offered.

Full Itinerary

Edinburgh is the starting point of this great 1-day tour, although if you want to make the Loch Ness tour from Glasgow contact us to talk about that possibility.

Below, we show you the full itinerary of this incredible tour in more detail.

Departure from Edinburgh

Start our Loch Ness trip from Edinburgh! We depart at 7:30 from Edinburgh’s Lawnmarket and past the world-famous Edinburgh Castle, the volcano at the heart of this vibrant city, heading towards the mystical Highlands.

Leaving the city, we pass by Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and into Falkirk to see the awe-inspiring Kelpies with their famous legend. At Stirling, we see the incredible Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument and hear the tale of the greatest Scottish heroes, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce as we travel over their famous battlefields of Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn.

Callander

We enter the Trossachs National Park, home to Loch Lomond and the town of Callander, gateway to the Highlands and frontier of the Roman Empire.

See ancient castles, Roman ruins and hear the tales of the Picts before we make our first stop for breakfast at 9:00. Grab some coffee, perhaps try the national dish Haggis and take a picture with our Highland Cows (April to October).

30 minute stop

Scottish farm

Your tour guide will take you up close to the Highland Cows, to lochs, waterfalls, ancient ruins and more, as we pass through the Scottish farmlands, through the lands of the clans McNab and Campbell as well as the Icelandic Vikings who have still left their mark on the landscape, as the road heads up into the misty Highlands, which have earned Scotland the title of “The most beautiful country in the world.”

20 minute stop

Loch Tulla

We will continue our adventure towards Loch Ness and the Highlands, where the landscape will soon begin to change drastically. The southern plains will be transformed into beautiful lakes, enchanted forests and rugged mountains full of history and mystery.

Then, just when you think you’ve seen it all in the Highlands, we’ll make a stop that will make you fall in love: the vantage-point at Loch Tulla. Look back over the mountains of the foot-hills and the crystal loch itself, set amongst the forests and fields, and realize that you are in a place like no other on earth. Here you will take some pictures that will make you remember this wonderful landscape all your life.

10 minute stop

Rannoch Moor

Once past Loch Tulla, we are now officially into the Scottish Highlands and heading across Rannoch Moor, one of the most dramatic landscapes ever seen.

Described by Sir Walter Scott as a desert of water, Rannoch Moor is open and wild. Follow the famous road to ‘Skyfall’ past ancient man-made islands and perhaps get a chance to meet our personal friends, the wild deer of the moors.

10 minute stop

Glencoe Valley & The Three Sisters

Heading up into the mists of the mountains and through the magical “Meeting of the Three Waters” into the land of the clan MacDonald, we come to one of the most breath-taking sights on the planet: the valley of Glencoe and the Three Sisters. This awesome landscape, which has inspired poets and film-makers, artists and adventurers, is yours to admire and a moment to treasure.

10 minute stop

Loch Ness & Fort Augustus

Through Fort William and up into Glen Nevis at the heart of the Great Glen, the magical Highlands are laid out before you as your guide tells the tale of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites, and the road winds up past the Isle of Skye towards the famous Loch Ness.

At Fort Augustus, on the shores of Loch Ness, we take our lunch break and you have time to relax, see the Caledonian Canal, stroll along the shores of the shimmering Loch or take a Loch Ness Boat Tour to go hunting for the famous Loch Ness Monster (boat cruise is £14 and your guide will have passes).

1 hour 30 minutes Stop

Commando Memorial

Leaving Loch Ness, we head to our next stop and discover the place where the training camps of the special forces were established in World War II.

The Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge lies in the shadow of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, providing dramatic views. Admire the scenery and hear the tales of the men who liberated a continent.

10 minute stop

Pitlochry

Through the mountains towards the Cairngorms National Park and through Loch Laggan, admiring the Laggan Dam and the Palace of Ardverikie, home to the clan Macpherson as well as the forests and waterfalls of this majestic landscape, we reach Pitlochry, a beautiful Victorian town, where we stop to refresh ourselves. 

Visit the world famous Salmon Steps or the traditional local pubs, taste a good Scotch whisky or try a homemade ice cream made with whisky from the area, from the most famous ice cream shop in Scotland.

30 minute stop

Forth Bridges

We journey into the ‘Kingdom of Fife’ and over the famous Forth bridges. 

The 19th century Forth Rail Bridge crosses the Firth of Forth here and is the oldest metal bridge in the world. Depending upon extra stops, we aim to be back to our departure point in Edinburgh by around 20.00.

Extra stops?

Depending on weather conditions and the time, our guides will always try to make extra stops and will always do everything they can to make your visit to Scotland the most memorable of your life. Visit our Instagram or search the hashtag nessiehunters to see just some of the places your adventure of a lifetime could take you.

Departure Point

The departure point for all our day tours from Edinbugh is the Lawnmarket Bus Stop (Royal Mile).

310 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PH

FAQs

Do I need to bring my own food?

Lunch time is in a place where you can choose between restaurants, cafes or supermarkets. On the other hand, if you want to bring your own food you are more than welcome.

Can children travel?

Unfortunately, we regret not being able to take children under 5 years of age on our regular tours. In the case of our private tours, you can travel with children under 5 years old. We have child seats available.

In what type of vehicle are the tours made?

The tour will take place in vehicles of 16 to 49 seats equipped with the latest safety devices. In the case of small group tours the trip is guaranteed in minibuses of 8 seats.

Is the payment secure?

Our online and telephone payment system is 100% safe and encrypted against fraud or unauthorised transactions. In addition, we do not have access to your credit card information.

We are certified under a Comodo SSL protocol of 2048 bits.

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Customer reviews

It is very gratifying for us to read the positive reviews that our clients write after having made our tours. Our staff work with real passion every day so that this tour to Loch Ness and the Highlands is the best you will have.

Great tour with a very informed guide

The tour itself was very interesting and the landscape was breathtakingly beautiful. The guide told us many stories from Scottish history and was very kind and friendly towards all the people. Even though we were waiting until everyone arrived (and didn't threaten to leave anyone being for being late), we still made good time and came back by 8:30 pm.

Prireeka – TripAdvisor
Great tour with a very informed guide
22/04/2019
Excellent Tour

Funny and informative, very Scottish. The time on the bus is significant that’s why the bus must be improved: no air con and the toilet leaves much to be desired. But the tour itself and the guide were amazing.

Eva C – TripAdvisor
Excellent Tour
22/04/2019
Fantastic excursion to the Highlands

We enjoyed the excursion as we were really lucky. The temperature was about 20 grades, Sunshine, beautiful landscape and Harry was an excellent driver-guide. He was very quiet and told us interesting stories about the places we passed by. Thank you! It was really a lovely excursion.

Erna M – TripAdvisor
Fantastic excursion to the Highlands
20/04/2019
It was Ok

As mentioned above, it was ok. It would have been great to have more stops during the journey to Loch Ness. The audio system didn't really work properly either. Bus was old but ok.
Finally I have to say that I was a little bit upset about the tour guide/bus driver - he wasn't unfriendly, however, he wasn't interested in talking to us more than necessary and wasn't really friendly either.

Hannah S – TripAdvisor
It was Ok
20/04/2019
So amazing

I really enjoyed this tour. We learned about history dating back to the Vikings and battles that were fought. The remains of ancient times. Great tour guide and bus driver.

Freedom12862340666 – TripAdvisor
15/04/2019
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