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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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icon12 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Take a personalized tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness on this day trip to the Scottish Highlands. See wooded lochs and tucked-away villages as you journey through spectacular scenery en route to Glencoe and Fort Augustus. Enjoy an optional boat tour in search of the Loch Ness Monster and traverse the picturesque Cairngorms National Park. Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach with a small group limited to 16 passengers.
  • Small-group day trip to Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands from Edinburgh
  • Visit Glencoe and explore the famous Cairngorms National Park
  • Take in spectacular views of the Scottish Highlands as you travel
  • Enjoy a chance to spot Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, on an optional Loch Ness cruise
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
  • Travel comfortably in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour crams a lot into one day, but travel time between stops is never more than two hours.
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Driver/guide
The chance to see "Nessie", the Loch Ness monster
Modern Mercedes minivan with air conditioning (maximum 16 people)
Loch Ness Cruise
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks
Rabbie's Cafe Bar , 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK
8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Get comfortable inside your top of the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach and depart central Edinburgh to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands, stopping along the way to hear insightful commentary from your guide.

Pass by Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, and Linlithgow Palace—the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots—en route to Glencoe, a Highland glen filled with eerie tales about the Clan MacDonald massacre of 1692.

Journey onward through the 18th-century Fort William, and gaze out at the Scottish Highlands, including the Great Glen. Reaching Fort Augustus, disembark on the shores of Loch Ness, where you can opt for a seasonal boat ride on the loch and listen for the Loch Ness Monster ‘Nessie’ on the sonar system. (Cruises run from Easter to the end of October.) 

After you purchase lunch (own expense), continue your drive to Cairngorms National Park via Spean Bridge village. Take in the views of Loch Laggan and the windswept mountains, including Craig Meagaidh, where the TV series 'Monarch of the Glen' was filmed. 

Your tour concludes with the return drive to Edinburgh.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Rabbie's Cafe Bar
Check-in at least 15 mins prior to published departure time and meet with your driver for the day.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Glencoe Mountain
Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tales of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fort Augustus
Fort Augustus boasts the Caledonian Canal, which is a great spot to relax and watch the boats sail by. You stop here for nearly 1hour 30min to give you time for lunch and time to take in the scenery around Scotland's most famous loch.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Loch Ness
Take a chance to go on an optional boat cruise or wander around this alluring and eerie loch.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Cairngorms National Park
Travel through thick pine-clad slopes and take in views of fast-flowing rivers.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years old. We do not carry children under the age of 5.
  • Check-in closes 15 minutes prior to departure
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Near public transportation
  • In order to retain the integrity of the tour and try to ensure that all our customers have the best possible experience, we do cap bookings from any one party to 8 passengers.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Loch Ness cruise – We reserve tickets for you. If you want to join the cruise, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The tour departs from Rabbie's Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage with me on the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?
A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for lunch, optional admission tickets, etc.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are admission fees included in the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?
A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of vehicle is used during the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring a wheelchair on the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available on the bus during the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?
A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?
A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.
Jun 2021
Q:
Should I bring my own lunch during the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?
A:There is no need to bring lunch. The group will make a lunch stop where you can purchase a meal suitable to your taste and budget.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.

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Traveler Tips


  • "You have to understand that you are covering a great deal of the country in just 12 hours - so dress appropriately and bring your camera." See review
  • "Final tip would be wearing comfy shoes and a warm coat as the forecast can change quickly, and especially on the boat as it can be windy." See review
  • "However, it's worth it, as the beautiful scenery of Glencoe and Loch Ness are not to be missed." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Fantastic and unmissable trip…Graeme was amazing!
Hari_P
, Jul 2022
The Scottish Highlands are amazing and our amazing guide Graeme made it all the more interesting…he started with stories about Edinburgh and slowly weaved in various clans, their exploits and travails! The super beautiful locales and photo ops were just perfect. Me and my wife enjoyed the romantic outing and it remains the highlight of our Scottish holiday! Highly recommend it…unmissable
star-1
Too much driving, not enough sightseeing
58ysgwf2fq
, Jul 2022
We drove 12 hours in van for 3 hours of sightseeing outside the van. If you like driving in a van forever, this is the trip for you otherwise pass on this trip. Desmond did as good a job as possible but he did not design the trip. I would not recommend this trip.
star-4
Best way to see Scotland
Brian_A
, Jul 2022
Mac was a wonderful guide, a fabulous story teller. I learned so much about Scotland that I didn’t know on this trip. This is the best way to see the country as a visitor. I do wish we had more time at Glencoe, that stop was a bit rushed.
star-5
Amazing trip! Amazing views!
Jacob_V
, Jul 2022
My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, especially the epic views of Glencoe. After a few days seeing Edinburgh, this day trip offered the perfect chance to see some of the beautiful wilderness of the Scottish Highlands, and our tour guide helped to broaden our perspectives by talking about Scottish history. My only advice for potential day trippers is to make sure to sit near the front or bring some Benadryl if you get car sick. The Highland roads are winding, and the driver takes them at speed, so I imagine that might make some passengers feel ill.
star-5
It was a great tour and...
angelatranmedia
, Jul 2022
It was a great tour and we loved it. Nick, our tour guide is friendly, funny and made the long trip enjoyable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
More than expexted
James_C
, Jul 2022
Great tour. Lots of ground covered but so interesting and scenic! Driver was great and we got more than what we paid! The highlands were gorgeous and worth the trip alone.
star-5
Worth it!!!
Lindsay_W
, Jul 2022
The Scottish Higlands were absolutely beautiful! This trip is well worth the money with many stops for picture opportunities and a nice lunch break at Loch Ness to look for Nessie and do a little bit of shopping. I highly recommend this!
star-5
Excellent tour
mazurenko
, Jul 2022
Had the best time exploring the Highlands with James Dean Devine as our guide. He was awesome! The sights we stopped at were breathtaking! On our tour we learned so much about Scottish history and were told some very interesting, sad and funny stories. Highly recommended!
star-5
It is a great way to see the highlands if you don't have much time
Milagros_P
, Jun 2022
Definitely is a long trip, you seat for many hours in a van, luckily was not full, so we have room to stretch, but it's a lot to pack in one day, mostly because the time spent in the road. Driver/guide Keith was super knowledgeable and made the driving time easier with his stories and history. I was expecting we would do some walking but not, we didn't do any hiking or walking.
star-4
Good trip but very long
John_K
, Jun 2022
The highlight of the trip was the smaller villages we drove through to get to Loch Ness. Unfortunately, the roads prevented us from going to Glencoe. Though Dave did a good job improvising on the way back to show us other great sights in Scotland. Traveling with kids made it a long day.
star-5
Scotland in a day
Russell_B
, Jun 2022
This trip lived up to its reviews from in every way. Duncan, our tour guide, gave a comprehensive tour of Scotland in a day: the sites, history, culture,. It’s a full day but loved every minute of it! Thoroughly recommend!
star-5
Fab day of touring the beautiful Scottish landscape!
Emma_C
, Jun 2022
It was a great day out exploring the beautiful Scottish landscape. Our tour operator Mike was brilliant and also full of knowledge, I thoroughly enjoyed his historical knowledge of the areas will visited along with his knowledge of Scotland as a whole. Would definitely recommend!
star-3
Love this tour company...
Diane_M
, Jun 2022
Love this tour company but this guide wasn’t as warm as others and didn’t share as much. Also because of traffic accident we missed the end of the trip to glencoe so was disappointing.
star-5
Incredible
WendyWoonLi_T
, Jun 2022
Lovely tour with Nic who is so full of energy! Loved his stores and his enthusiasm for finding us good photo spots
star-3
Beautiful Scotland
Suyash_S
, Jun 2022
There are some good memories about this trip. 1. Wonderful trip guide and driver 2. Awesome landscape and spots. What could have been better: 1. There should be availability of water bottles in the van. 2. Time to stop might be increased in major sopts rather then short breaks.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent trip day,...
Yohanna_O
, Jun 2022
Excellent trip day, beautiful spots, Im happy to have been there… thanks I recommend this option……..
star-5
Highlight of my friends and I Scotland trip.
Jaida_C
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Stuart was very fun and engaging and made the trip alot of fun. We made alot of stops that were very beautiful. The highland coos weren’t there which was disappointing but the overall trip was phenomenal.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great day activitu
Hachadur_H
, Jun 2022
Well organized with good number of stops along the way. Friendly driver. For a day activity it is a nice experience to see the beautiful sceneries of Scotland.
star-5
Excellent tour of Scotland's beautiful Highlands
Rohit_R
, Jun 2022
The tour took us near beautiful lakes and mountains with plenty of photo opportunities. There were plenty of stops with access to bathrooms. Our guide and driver Duncan kept us entertained with stories, jokes, and Scottish music. Buses left sharp at 8am and arrived exactly 12 hrs later.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Worthwhile
leslie_m
, Jun 2022
Tour guide excellent. Itinerary was just right. Lots if stops to experience Scottish history and countryside. Loch Ness worth the trip. Just the right amount of time at each stop

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