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 wild 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!