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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.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My daughter and I had an amazing day in the Highlands. Our Tour guide Holly and driver Mark made it a really memorable experience. We got to take in some of the beauty of this area. Holly shared her knowledge of the history of Scotland...More

Thank Zeina N
Reviewed 1 week ago
12 hours is a very very very long time

The day started chaotic because there were about 4 groups and queues inside and outside of the office of the Highland Explorer Tours. Which one is for my tour? Pretty confusing for me and other people. The tour is with a pretty large bus (about...More

Thank walvis32
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Lochs ness and highlands working with haggis adventures

I went on this all day tour on a Sunday. My tour guide informative and historical guide HOLLY had great anecdotes and stories about Scottish History. She knew the vibe of the tour group and her stories were timed perfectly. She made the long trek...More

Thank Samantha S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Take a break from the city vibes!

Booking this trip was a last minute decision that we definitely couldn't recommend more. Yes it is intense and yes it may look like an early start but you won't regret spending a full day touring through some of the most beautiful and peaceful Scottish...More

Thank CDRss
Reviewed 1 week ago
This is what WE Came for !!

Highland tours After having missed this trip on our second day in Scotland me and my friend went on this trip on Aug 2nd and in a nutshell, this trip is what Scotland calls you for. From our perspective, if you have not seen the...More

Thank Delwin C
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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|
Response from janebplumley |
Hi we are coming from South of England( Essex) and I want to know the coach include toilet? Is there provide lunch. Let me know before I book and we will go to Edinburgh next Tuesday. Thanks Jane
Raheel B
2 May 2018|
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Response from popsNcass | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't advise it with a 2 year old whether you're allowed to or not. It's a VERY long day with an early start and a late finish and an awful lot of time is spent sat on the coach. Not ideal for a 2 year old at all.