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From Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Highlands Full-Day Trip

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Highlands Full-Day Trip

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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
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
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.


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
  • 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.

  • Hotel pick-up (where possible)
  • Transportation
  • Scenic tour through the Highlands
  • Journey through Glen Coe
  • Coffee stop in Callander
  • Lunch stop in Fort William
  • Stop at Loch Ness
  • Guide
  • Lunch
  • Boat cruise
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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Important information

What to bring

  • Cash

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
  • Lunch is not included
  • Boat cruise tickets are available for purchase at the location
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 876 reviews

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We spent 4 days in Edinburgh and used one of our days for this tour. We had Dougie as our guide who made the day. We were so lucky with the weather and it was an amazing day. I would recommend this trip if you have the time. Extremely worthwhile and some of the photograph opportunities are breathtaking.

November 10, 2021

The tour was amazing, too bad is was raining almost all day and we couldn't see properly the mountains. The landscape is breathtaking, the stops were not very crowdy(probably because of the weather), so we did enjoy for a few minutes the surroundings.Our guide, Jamie, was really passionate about Scotland's history and he did impressed us with some very funny stories. We spent a very nice day!

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November 7, 2021

Absolutely fantastic day, Dougie our driver & guide was brilliant. He was very knowledgeable & has a quirky personality, keeping us all entertained throughout. The Highlands are truly stunning and this trip was a great way to see a few highlights, W will return to spend more time though. The only downside I guess was it would have been nice to have an extra 30 minutes for the Loch Ness stop .

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October 8, 2021

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