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!
From the first moments, our driver and guide, Kenny, had us laughing. This very amusing man kept us entertained and intrigued all day long with his colourful stories. First class tour, well planned and executed. Highly recommended.
Excellent Tour Better than Others
I was nervous to book this tour company for our tour since I had not found much to review online. I'm happy I took the risk because for the price - I would actually consider this tour better than the tour I took with rabbies. It was a great variety of driving vs. Stops. Countryside vs. Fun! And Peter our tour guide was lovely. Polite, funny and personable.
Excellent Tour Guide
Excellent tour guide, Alan a very authentic and a knowledgeable historian. We toured the highlands and visited the castle and took the boat ride on the Loch to see Nessie! The trip was a wonderful trip and a tremendous experience that will never be forgotten! Thank you and God bless
Excellent 1 Day Trip
We went on the one-day trip to the Highlands and Loch Ness with Alan and Patrick as our guides. This is a must do while in Edinburgh, especially if you are there for only a few days. Alan was very knowledgeable, informative and a great entertainer. We stopped several times for coffee and food, but you have to be aware that you spend most of the time on the bus, as this is a very long trip. The scenery is wonderful, definitely worth the effort. I would recommend taking the extra tour of Urquhart castle and the cruise on Loch Ness, as they offer some beautiful views over the lake. Overall, a great experience. Highly recommended.
Knowledgable Guide - Elizabeth
The guide was very knowledgable about the area and I learned a lot. I recommend you bring food to eat. There are only quick stops with too many people trying to buy and eat. You run out of time very quickly. Otherwise I enjoyed the tour tremendously and would go again.
Bloody Good Tour
Bloody good tour. Oh, you want more? Um, bloody great tour even when the weather's rubbish?
In all seriousness this has been the best couple of days of my time in the UK, and I've done a lot. Craig, our driver, kept the moments on the road interesting with stories and tidbits of information. Bottom was boring, and the history was well delivered and fascinating.
Everything ran on time with perfect timing, right down to the conclusion of his story on Mary Queen of Scots. I'll leave you to find out why.
These guys are well worth it if you want a well organised tour through Scotland. Clean bus, pleasant people, well timed. This all adds up to a great tour.
Best Tour I have ever Taken - M from London December 2015
I enjoyed the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands one day tour with Gary as our driver-guide on a lovely Sunday in December. 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.
Great way to see all the Highlands
I did the on day trip to Loch Ness... The scenery was amazing and the guide super cool!
Scotland in a Day!
A fantastic trip from Edinburgh encapsulating Scotland in one day. The tour guide (Patrick) made the trip for us, his encyclopaedic knowledge of the areas we passed through kept us engaged throughout the day
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