Day trip

Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands Tour

Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands Tour

From $68.96 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

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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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 352 reviews

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the trip was well worth the money. our guides were David and Kenny. they were very friendly and helpful. they kept us entertained all the way. David was very knowledgeable about Scottish history. I would recommend the trip. the only thing we missed was a charging port on the bus

September 16, 2021

Recently went on this tour to Loch Ness and the Highlands. The Scottish scenery is awesome and Glencoe is thought provokingly beautiful. Would highly recommend the cruise on Loch Ness as the views of Urquhart Castle from the boat were As David said Scotland may be a small country but has a lot of history to celebrate, and how well he explained it to us in the way of stories, music, well timed anecdotes and humour. Kenny our driver was excellent and I am sure made everyone feel safe on some of those twisty highland roads. This was undoubtedly the best tour ever, which had a lot to do with having 2 “bonnie” and friendly Kilted Scotsman looking after us so well the whole day. David and Kenny you are both amazing and a real five star duo, and still talking about you. One disappointment though was you never did those handstands you promised. Thank you guys for a memorable day, Anyone considering taking this tour, don’t be put off seeing it lasts over 12 hours long as it i

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September 16, 2021

It's definitely a must do tour. The views are great, there are many places included. What we expected to be a bit different was the fact that it's mostly a bus tour, not at all a walking tour. The guide speaks to the audio system in the bus, so we didn't have much contact with him. I think Kelly was his name, he really was a nice guy, but as visitors coming from abroad, the Scottish accent was a bit too much for us and couldn't quite get all the information and not being able to have eye contact with him made it even more difficult. All in all we enjoyed the tour and would recommend it. We also enjoyed the cruising on the Loch Ness even though we didn't spot Nessie .

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September 16, 2021

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