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From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glenoce & The Highlands Day Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line Scotland

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glenoce & The Highlands Day Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line Scotland
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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.

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Duration 12 hours
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9 hours
  • Edinburgh

  • 1.5 hours
  • Callander (coffee)

  • Glencoe (photo stop)

  • Lunch, free time

  • Loch Ness (free time, boat cruise)

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Pitlochry

  • 1.5 hours
  • Edinburgh

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
  • Enjoy a photos stop at Glen Coe
  • Travel through the Highlands and enjoy spectacular views
  • Stop near Fort William
  • Walk along the banks of Loch Ness, or take an optional cruise
  • See the Forth Road and rail bridges
Full description

Following pickup from central Edinburgh, you will head towards Stirling, catching views of the Castle and Wallace Monument as you venture to the Highlands.

Visit Callander, and stop for morning coffee in this bustling town described as the gateway to the highlands. Head northwards over Rannoch Moor until you reach the dark, brooding Pass of Glencoe. Stop for lunch and free time nearby the Fort William area, then follow the Caledonian Canal up the Great Glen to Loch Ness. Here, you have some free time with the option to cruise on the Loch, or if you don't want to take the cruise you can relax in one of the bars or restaurants in the tranquil village or on the pier. 

After Loch Ness you will head South East and take in magnificent views of Loch Laggan. On the way home, enjoy a refreshment stop in 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.

  • Pickup from many departure points in central Edinburgh
  • Scenic tour through the Highlands
  • Journey through Glen Coe
  • Refreshment stops
  • Stop at Loch Ness
  • Driver/Guide
  • Transportation
  • Lunch or refreshments
  • Loch Ness Cruise (Optional, payable to driver on the day)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years

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Important information

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Boat cruise tickets are available for purchase on the day from your driver/guide.
  • Bringing some snacks or a packed lunch is advisable, but there are places to buy food on the day
  • A large portion of the tour is spent on the bus, enjoying the views of the Highlands with tales from the driver/guide
  • A small number of participants are required to run the tours. In the unlikely event this is not met and your tour is cancelled, a refund, rescheduled date, or an alternative tour will be offered
  • Several city center drop-off points are available at the end of your tour and your driver-guide will discuss the best options
  • Pickup times will vary depending on your chosen departure point
Customer reviews

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4.6 /5

based on 1391 reviews

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We had a great trip to the Highlands and Loch Ness with Willy today. From the pick-up to the end, the excursion was a complete success and Willy was not only a great driver but also a great entertainer and storyteller. To get a first impression of the area, we can unreservedly recommend the excursion. Greetings to Willy from the Berliners!

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January 30, 2023

It was such an amazing experience, our guide Willy was awesome! He was keeping us entertained literally all day with historic facts, jokes he even had prepared a soundtrack with Scottish music plus songs from movies that were filmed in the Highlands as we drove past them. It's a long driveway with several stops, the views are breathtaking. Mind that the driveway has a lot of turns and can be quite dizzy (someone got sick on our way to Loch Ness). Overall it was worth it and I fully recommend booking this trip!

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January 29, 2023

the trip was amazing, recommend with no reservations. we left early, got bits and pieces of stories a long the way; our tour guide brian was really knowledgeable and crafted an experience with history, pop culture and even music. there was adequate time to stop for food, rest and photos. if you want to get out of the city and see the highlands, this is the way to do it. (p.s two tips-- if you are considering taking another loch trip to see the kelpies, this one takes you right by them. bring a cold lunch/snacks if you are picky and/or want to save time)

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January 19, 2023

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