Day trip

Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands Tour

Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands Tour

From $68.69 per person

See the best of Scotland's Highlands on a guided day trip from Edinburgh. Search for 'Nessie', meet some 'hairy coos' and see some stunning landscapes with your expert guide.

About this tour

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Duration 12.5 hours
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The Original experience

9.5 hours
  • Edinburgh

  • 1.5 hours
  • Kilmahog (coffee)

  • Glencoe (photo stop)

  • Fort William (lunch)

  • Loch Ness

  • Urquhart Castle

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Boat cruise

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Pitlochry (free time)

  • 1.5 hours
  • Edinburgh

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
  • Tick off the Highland’s main sites on an eco-certified full-day trip
  • Explore Scottish traditions, nature and legends with an expert local guide
  • Give the tour your personal touch with customizable features
  • Get to grips with everything from Nessie, kilts and ‘hairy coos’
  • Snap your own momentous memories of the Highlands’ beauty
Full description
Head for the Highlands, whether in search of the Loch Ness Monster or just a scenic day trip from Edinburgh. After pickup from the meeting point, relax on your group’s bus and listen to the guide’s entertaining commentary. Your first stop is Kilmahog for an introduction to the famous Highland Cows and a cup of coffee. If you’ve ever asked yourself what a ‘hairy coo’ is, this is a real treat. Next, travel up the road to Glencoe. Enjoy a 10-minute photo stop here as the unforgettable Highland views wow you. Lunch is then in Fort William, where your guide can advise you on where’s best to eat. If interested in the mysteries of the kilt, you can even get a ‘wee’ kilt introduction here. You’ll then be whisked to Loch Ness itself.  Best of all, customize your experience at Loch Ness with some personal touches. Visit the majestic Urquhart Castle, and hop on a boat in search of ‘Nessie’, as the locals fondly call it. Or simply hang out on the pier and grab a coffee with some fantastic views. On the way home, make a short snack stop in Pitlochry, a beautiful village in the heart of the country, before returning to Edinburgh.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Services of an expert guide
  • Live onboard commentary
  • Loch Ness boat cruise (if option selected)
  • Urquhart Castle ticket (if option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Meals
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • We’re enforcing extra health and safety measures for GetYourGuide Originals
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

• Meet at 2 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW • Your coach will be waiting for you opposite the Little Inn Café, next to the Hub • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure. It is important to leave the meeting point on time

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • The tour involves cross-country driving, taking up a noticeable portion of the trip. Duration is dependent on traffic and delays
  • Your guide can recommend where to grab lunch, such as pub lunches, sandwiches or, a nice hot soup
  • The total duration is 12.5 hours to have adequate time at Loch Ness, so please be prepared for a long day
  • Customers with mobility issues are welcome, as long as they are able to climb the stairs into the coach. Foldable wheelchairs can be stored in the hold
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 359 reviews

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Taking time to look back on a great tour which was excellent value as is the optional extra of the cruise on Loch Ness. The day was spent seeing some of the most most wonderful scenery and hearing fascinating commentary with a lot of history and added humor from first class guide called David. Our coach was very comfortable, driven by a very professional and friendly driver called Kenny. The interaction between these two guys was something totally unexpected yet added that warmth and that ‘wow factor’ to the tour. Plenty stops to get out of coach for fresh air, photographs, eat and even feed the hairy coos. First experience of visiting Scotland and wondering why not been there before. Will be back for sure and hope to travel with you two guys again. Cheers to both David and Kenny as you were indeed one of the highlights of the tour, and by the response you received at end of the day, I guess that was a unanimous opinion. Would highly recommend this tour.

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September 17, 2021

My boyfriend and I went on this day trip yesterday and it was one of the most fantastic and memorable days we've had in the 2 years we've been studying here. Our tour guide was Paul E. and he was phenomenal- He told us many fascinating stories and historical info along the ride, answered questions, and had the entire bus laughing countless times. He was extremely kind and offered to take photos for everyone, got to know everyone on the tour, and made recommendations for what to do at each stop. The highlights for us were the beautiful sights between Kilmahog and Loch Ness, as we stopped several times to get out for photos of the breath-taking views. My boyfriend and I paid for the optional boat tour around Loch Ness, and it was definitely worth the money. If you can plan to take this tour on a sunny day, I would recommend that as the weather was beautiful and made the trip all the more enjoyable. Bus driver Martin was also a delight! Great way to see the highlands in just one day!

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September 17, 2021

If you are hard of hearing arrive early to get a seat near the front of the coach Lots of useful historical information but ended up at the back and missed most of it A little rushed at times but a great experience Make sure you book your boat trip in advance on LochNess

September 17, 2021

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