Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

From $69.67 per person

Enjoy a full day tour and experience some of the most dramatic scenery the Scottish Highlands has to offer. Spend time at mysterious Glencoe and have the chance to enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness and a visit to Urquhart Castle.

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Duration 12.5 hours
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9.5 hours
  • Edinburgh

  • 1.5 hours
  • Kilmahog (coffee)

  • Glencoe (photo stop)

  • Fort William (lunch)

  • Loch Ness

  • Boat cruise

    • Optional
  • Urquhart Castle

    • Optional
  • Pitlochry

  • 1.5 hours
  • Edinburgh

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • See the varied landscapes of the Scottish Highlands: mountains, bogs, moors, green hills, lochs, and more!
  • Stop in small, quaint villages nestled beneath the mountains
  • See Highland Cows
  • Visit Glen Coe, the site of the famous 1692 massacre of the Clan MacDonald
  • Spend a few hours at Loch Ness watching for Nessie, taking a cruise, or exploring the ruins of Urquhart Castle
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Get ready to explore the Scottish Highlands on a full-day tour. This tour will take you to many of the most dramatic and breath-taking places in Scotland, beginning in the beautiful old city of Edinburgh and traveling northwest through this mountainous, historic region. Pass the imposing Stirling Castle, the site where many Scottish kings and queens were crowned, including the famous Mary, Queen of Scots. Your first stop will be at Kilmahog, where we stop for some light refreshments, and the chance to see some Highland cattle up close. Continue on through the ancient ground of Rob Roy where the Clan Macgregor and Clan Campbell fought hundreds of years ago and over the desolate, though wildlife-filled, landscape of the boggy Rannoch Moor and the Black Mount mountains that lie along the moor. You will then stop at the breath-taking Glen Coe, one of the most beautiful sites in all of Scotland. This green, rolling glen is also called the “Glen of Weeping” and was the site of the 1692 massacre of the Clan MacDonald. Continue on and pass the blue waters of Loch Linnhe, stopping in the Fort William area for a delicious lunch and then moving on to the Great Glen, a series of glens and waters. You will pass beneath British Isle’s highest mountain at 4,409 feet (1,344 meters), Ben Nevis. Travel on to admire the Caledonian Canal at Inverness and the lovely village of Fort Augustus, enjoying spectacular views of Loch Ness as you drive along the shoreline to Urquhart Castle. Loch Ness is probably Scotland’s most famous landmark. This freshwater loch is incredibly deep and well known for the supposed sightings of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster. Surrounded by rolling hills, this is a natural wonder. You will spend approximately 2 hours at Loch Ness, where you have the opportunity to take a wonderful Jacobite 5 star Loch Cruise, if you so choose. You can also explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle. The ruins of this ancient stronghold sit beside the loch and a modern visitor center. Begin your return, crossing the Grampian Mountains and the varied, wooded scenery of Perthshire including the lovely Forest of Atholl. In the evening, you will stop at the Victorian town of Pitlochry and have the chance to admire the many remaining stone Victorian buildings. Your tour will end back in Edinburgh. If you are looking for a day-tour that includes a detailed overview of the Scottish Highlands, then this is your ticket.
Includes
  • Tour with an experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable driver and guide
  • Transportation
  • Cruise
  • Entrance fees (e.g. to Urquhart Castle)
  • Meals
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
Covid-19 precautions
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 are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

You can find the Edinburgh departure and return point outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Due to ongoing COVID-19 virus preventative measures, Urquhart Castle will not be visited until further notice
  • Note that children under the age of 5 cannot be accommodated
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2643 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5
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Alan you as an amazing tour guide. He was knowledgable and a safe driver. We experienced some circumstances that were out of anyone’s control. He went above and beyond to ensure we were safe, comfortable, and is a real expert of the roads and history of Scotland and England. I would highly recommended this trip to everyone you get to see Highlands in a day perfect for a quick day trip. I recommend bringing snacks, lunch, and water. We make a lot of stops but stops don’t give you much time to grab food except lunch. Loved this trip and am thankful for this wonderful company and tour guide. The coach was comfortable and very nice.

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June 20, 2021

I recommend this 12 hour tour. The guide (James) gives a lot of explanations with humor. Snowy road in the passes (March 1) which gives a very alpine aspect. The cruise is very short however. The site as well as the castle are magnificent. Not to be missed if you go to Scotland.

March 4, 2020

I booked the excursion for myself. I’m a university student who had never been to Scotland before. I had Paul as my tour guide. He was - without question - the best tour guide I’ve ever had in any experience I’ve taken in Europe so far. We got to see some of the most beautiful places in Scotland while learning about its rich history with an exciting and fun guide the entire route. I’d highly recommend this experience (and especially doing it with Paul!)

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February 28, 2020

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