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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

  • Discover Loch Ness without renting a car on a day trip from Edinburgh
  • Travel between highlights of the Scottish Highlands with ease 
  • Escape the city, and explore Scotland's rural countryside 
Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands
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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands
Unless you rent a car for the day, getting to Loch Ness from Edinburgh is an arduous task. Escape the city, and travel to the Scottish Highlands with ease on this day trip, ideal for travelers with limited time. Avoid the hassle of navigating rural Scotland’s winding roads, and save your energy for the unspoiled scenery of Great Glen, Rannoch Moor, and Loch Ness. Plus you can also upgrade to include a cruise on Loch Ness.
What to Expect

Climb aboard a climate-controlled coach in central Edinburgh and begin your journey to the Scottish Highlands. Your guide provides a historical overview of the region as you pass Stirling Castle and Rannoch Moor. Stop at Glen Coe, the site of a legendary 17th-century massacre.

On arrival in Fort Augustus, located on the banks of Loch Ness, enjoy free time relaxing and indulging in a provided picnic lunch. Opt for a cruise on Loch Ness (own expense) for a panoramic view of the area.

On the return drive back to Edinburgh, pass Loch Laggan, the Pass of Drumochter, and Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tour concludes at your original departure point in central Edinburgh.

Reviews (330)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
The Loch Ness tour

Loved it! Will surely do that again and again. Gorgeous sceneries, beautiful mountains on the way back. Loch Ness is a peaceful place to walk around.

Thank oodkr
ExplorerTeam, Retail Team Member at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, We are really happy to know that you enjoyed the tour so much! We agree that the Scottish landscape is beautiful, peaceful and exciting all at the same time. We hope that we will welcome you back one day! Paula

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
An Eye-opening Scottish Experience

Knowing Scotland only from books and movies, the Highland Explorer trip we took today was an eye-opening experience, even if it was only a bit of a wee glimpse, into the beautiful Scottish landscape and friendly people. Our bus driver/ tour guide, Glenn, was extremely...More

Thank Gina A
ExplorerTeam, Retail Team Member at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Gina, We are so happy to hear that you could finally experience Scotland in real life. Perhaps if you come back in the future Nessie will be around... We agree that some local knowledge makes Scotland even more beautiful! Thank you for your review!...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Real Scotland as is seen in Rob Roy

We took full day trip with Highland Experience Tours. We travelled by small coach and the driver was also a guide. The trip is really long - 12,5 hours but I strongly recommend it. Fascinating landscapes. small towns, rich history. The true spirit of Scotland...More

Thank Yordan D
Reviewed 10 September 2018
Excellent trip + guide, Well worth the effort

Just completed the one day trip from Edinburgh to Loch Ness, yes it's a long trip but no gain without pain !! The trip is well worth doing as you see so much in 1 day. Fiona was an excellent tour guide, informative, funny and...More

Thank Galmoy81
ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you for a five-star rating. It is fantastic to hear you enjoyed exploring Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands with us. The scenery is amazing! I will pass on your feedback to Fiona, she will be so pleased. We hope you can...More

Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile
Terrific TommEy

Really enjoyed the trip, a long day but well worth it. It flew by because we were kept well entertained by our lovely bus driver Tommy. Our only regret was we didn't do any whiskEy tasting. Ann & Eamonn from Wexford Ireland.

Thank Ann D
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9 October 2018|
Response from delphi927 | Reviewed this property |
Scotland is such a gorgeous country - I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed at any time of the year. It may not be as green in December, but it’ll still be beautiful in its own right.
24 July 2018|
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Response from Phoenix_AZRew | Reviewed this property |
Our experience was the same as above. We left around 8am and got back about7pm. There are a few short toillet breaks on the way (10-20minutes) and a longer break at Loch Ness. We had another 2 short breaks on the way back... More
17 July 2018|
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Response from Aron S | Reviewed this property |
Yeah it stops a lot very good