This is our most popular day trip the Highlands covering Loch Ness and Glencoe and taking in some of the most dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands. Visit Glencoe and perhaps a cruise on Loch Ness cruise and visit to Urquhart Castle. Runs 360 days a year
From Edinburgh we travel north-west, passing the imposing Stirling Castle (see above 1) before making a coffee stop the little village of at Kilmahog (2) (where you can pay a visit to Hamish the Highland cow).
We travel on through Rob Roy country of Clans MacGregor and Campbell, then over the desolate landscape of Rannoch Moor (3) and the Black Mount to Glencoe, (4) one of Scotland's most famous glens and the site of the 1692 massacre of the Clan MacDonald by the Campbells. We will pause for a photo stop, and to soak up the atmosphere in this most haunting of Scotland's glens.
Continuing via Loch Linnhe, we stop in the Fort William (5) area for lunch, then continue into the natural beauty of the Great Glen as we pass below Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Travelling on we can admire the Caledonian Canal, (6) the pretty village of Fort Augustus beside the western end of Loch Ness, and then enjoy the spectacular views of Loch Ness as we drive along its 24-mile shoreline to Urquhart Castle and Drumnadrochit. (7)
Loch Ness is 24 miles long and over 700 feet deep, making it the deepest lake in all Britain but is of course better-known for its sightings of the Loch Ness monster, affectionately called 'Nessie'. We Spend approximately 2 hours beside Loch Ness at Drumnadrochit, where you can choose to take a Jacobite cruise and explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle with its modern visitor centre.
Travelling a few miles further up the Loch we can come to Inverness, (8) capital of the Highlands where we start our return south for home, crossing the Grampian Mountains and the woodland scenery of Perthshire, including the Forest of Atholl, with an evening stop at the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry (9) en route back to Edinburgh.
Pitlochry High street
We arrive back into Edinburgh between 8 and 8:30 in the evening after a true odyssey of Scotland's Highlands!
Amazing Tour to Loch Ness
This really was the perfect 1 day tour to take. The Loch Ness tour was truly amazing. The landscapes were breath taking. we took this tour in early Nov and the colors were beautiful. This is the perfect tour for any photo junkie. The bus was also very clean and in good working order. With this tour you have a choice of taking a 1 hour boat ride on Loch Ness or going to the Urquhart Castle ending with a boat ride back to were the bus is waiting (this is what I did). The Castle ruins were awesome, the simple fact that you can walk in, around and on them is what made me pick this tour, no roped off areas, so you can really get a sense of what it was like back then. Over all I really would take this tour again.
Shannon - November 2015
It was a very entertaining and insightful journey thanks to our amazing tour guide, Patrick. He always had stories to share about the places we visited and passed by and kept us entertained throughout the bus tour with his jokes. He also got us to all the pit stops before other tour companies' buses.
Azraini - December 2015
Fabulous Experience - Tina (Jan 2016)
Wow! what a fabulous experience! so much packed into one day. We travelled Stirling - Glencoe - Loch Ness - Inverness - Edinburgh. Fabulous scenery, lots of tie ins with literature and film. Great value, and a great day out as well. We did not expect the Highlands were so close and so accessible from Edinburgh.
The best tour ever
Getting to see the Highlands was the best part of my entire week trip up to Scotland, and rattling through them in comfort with Gary's commentary was worth the ticket price in itself. Gary mixes historical, cultural and personal conversation into his commentary, which is delivered in a clear and enthused tone, not to mention his mixing in comedic touches. Put simply, the best tour I have ever taken!
Matthew December 2015
The Tour was awesome
The tour was awesome and the comfortable ride made it even more enjoyable. Our driver, Pat, was amazing. Very well informed, kept us engaged all through with history of every place we went to and with his jokes in between.
Anupam - December 2015
Well Worth the Money!
I took the day tour to Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands. It was well worth the money, the views were absolutely breath taking even in the grey, damp winter. My driver was Paul and he was great, very informative and gave us a few extra photo stop opportunities on the way as we were a small group
Meg Jan 2016