From Edinburgh: Loch Ness & The Highlands Tour

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness & The Highlands Tour

From $66.28 per person

Leave the city and head to the Highlands on a guided day trip that includes a visit to the famous Loch Ness.

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Duration 12 hours
Starting time 7:45 AM
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Live tour guide
Italian, English


  • Enjoy a one-day trip in Scotland with a professional tour guide
  • Visit the famous Loch Ness
  • See the beautiful Highland's landscapes
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Depart from the old town of Edinburgh in the early morning and travel by coach or minivan into the Highlands. The further you get away from the city, the more dramatic the scenery will become. Drive through the Stirling district and enjoy views of Stirling Castle, a famous royal abode that was once the home to the mighty Stuart monarchs. Pull up in the picturesque town of Callander and hop off to stretch your legs. Look out for shaggy Highland cattle grazing in surrounding pastures. Continue north and watch the magnificent terrain becoming more and more rugged. Pause in the middle of Glencoe valley, where craggy mountains rise sharply on either side. Admire the sweeping vistas and take photos of the dramatic natural surroundings. Arrive in Fort Augustus and spend some time at your leisure. Cruise the calm waters of Loch Ness (at your own expense), tuck into a spot of lunch or take a relaxing stroll along the Caledonian Canal. Next, head back on the road toward the Commando Memorial. Get a close look the World War II monument and listen as your guide explains its significance and connection to the area.  As you’re driven to the next destination, look out the window for Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. Hop off the coach once more at Loch Laggan to admire the powerful Laggan Dam. The next stop differs depending on the season. During summer, pay a visit to Dunkeld, where you can visit the historical cathedral and explore the pretty village. In winter, stop at Pitlochry and marvel at the salmon ladder, which helps migrating salmon navigate their way along the river, or if you fancy, sip on a dram of warming whisky in a local pub (own expense). The tour concludes later that evening back in Edinburgh Old Town.
  • Professional Italian or English speaking guide (depending on option selected)
  • Transport by minivan or coach
    Covid-19 precautions

    Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Customers must bring their own headphones
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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    Meeting point

    190 High Street ( Royal Mile) - Edinburgh. Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to tour start time.

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    Overall rating

    4.5 / 5

    based on 108 reviews

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    Loved this trip! Having spent almost a year and half in Edinburgh during lockdown I was excited to finally visit the highlands. This trip was beautiful and I feel like I've finally seen Scotland. It is a long journey on a bus though so if you don't like sitting I'd keep that in mind. Our tour guide Aliks was amazing, he knew so many facts and kept us entertained the whole time, which I appreciated as I can't nap on a bus, and his stories kept me from being bored. Fort Augustus was a nice place to have lunch, we had an hour to eat before we took the Loch Ness cruise, so there is plenty of time at the stop to eat and take the boat. We stopped in Pitlochry in the afternoon and had whiskey ice cream that Aliks recommend, which was a perfect way to end the trip. Overall it was a lovely way to spend a rainy day.

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    May 9, 2021

    the experience was very well organised, informative and enjoyable! The coach was comfortable and spacious. Our Italian guide, (who spoke in English very well) Serena was so lovely, very knowledgeable and approachable. We had enough time at each stop off point, with information of the history given along the way. Definitely recommend this experience!!

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    September 1, 2020

    Challenging but very pleasant tour, especially thanks to Serena, our guide, a well of knowledge regarding Scotland. Once inside the Highlands, the stages gave us breathtaking views. Loch Ness mini cruise recommended. Very comfortable coach and excellent driving by Tony, the driver. You will spend most of your time traveling, but it will not be heavy thanks to the stories, the themed music and the beautiful Scottish landscapes you will pass through.

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    January 10, 2020

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