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Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands Tour

Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands Tour

From US$ 68.83 per person

See the best of Scotland's Highlands on a guided day trip from Edinburgh. Search for 'Nessie', meet some 'hairy coos' and see stunning landscapes.

About this tour

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 12.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

The Original experience

Itinerary
9.5 hours
  • Edinburgh

  • 1.5 hours
  • Kilmahog (coffee)

  • Glencoe (photo stop)

  • Fort William (lunch)

  • Loch Ness

  • Urquhart Castle

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Boat cruise

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Pitlochry (free time)

  • 1.5 hours
  • Edinburgh

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
The experience
  • Tick off the Highland’s main sites on an eco-certified full-day trip
  • Explore Scottish traditions, nature and legends with an expert local guide
  • Give the tour your personal touch with customizable features
  • Get to grips with everything from Nessie, kilts and ‘hairy coos’
  • Snap your own momentous memories of the Highlands’ beauty
Full description

Head for the Highlands, whether in search of the Loch Ness Monster or just a scenic day trip from Edinburgh. After pickup from the meeting point, relax on your group’s bus and listen to the guide’s entertaining commentary.

Your first stop is Kilmahog for an introduction to the famous Highland Cows and a cup of coffee. If you’ve ever asked yourself what a ‘hairy coo’ is, this is a real treat. 

Next, travel up the road to Glencoe. Enjoy a 10-minute photo stop here as the unforgettable Highland views wow you.

Lunch is then in Fort William, where your guide can advise you on where’s best to eat. If interested in the mysteries of the kilt, you can even get a ‘wee’ kilt introduction here. Then be whisked to Loch Ness itself.

Best of all, customize your experience at Loch Ness with personal touches. Visit the majestic Urquhart Castle, and hop on a boat in search of ‘Nessie’, as the locals fondly call it. Or simply hang out on the pier and grab a coffee with some views.

On the way home, make a short snack stop in Pitlochry, a beautiful village in the heart of the country, before returning to Edinburgh.

Includes
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Services of an expert guide
  • Live onboard commentary
  • Loch Ness boat cruise (if option selected)
  • Urquhart Castle ticket (if option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Meals
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • We’re enforcing extra health and safety measures for GetYourGuide Originals
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

• Meet at 2 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW • Your coach will be waiting for you opposite the Little Inn Café, next to the Hub • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure. It is important to leave the meeting point on time

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • The tour involves cross-country driving, taking up a noticeable portion of the trip. Duration is dependent on traffic and delays
  • Your guide can recommend where to grab lunch, such as pub lunches, sandwiches or, a nice hot soup
  • The total duration is 12.5 hours to have adequate time at Loch Ness, so please be prepared for a long day
  • Customers with mobility issues are welcome, as long as they are able to climb the stairs into the coach. Foldable wheelchairs can be stored in the hold
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 518 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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Ok so due to circumstances beyond our control, we missed the pickup time for this tour - however Getyourguide sorted us on another one an hour later (lucky!!) And honestly it was fabulous. We ended up doing the Loch Lomond, Kelpies and Stirling castle one instead, with Andrew J (great tour guide!) and I do not regret missing the other one. It was a great time for all. The Kelpies are amazing, we did a boat cruise on Lomond (optional extra, recommend) and Stirling castle is ace.

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October 25, 2021

This tour is wonderful beyond words - the scenic routes will leave you speechless. Stuart, our bus-driver and tour-guide is the best! Very funny and informative at the same time. If you are not picking this tour, then my question to you is why? Would definitely recommend! Thanks again, Stuart!

October 24, 2021

The tour was awesome! It’s a must to see these places when you visit Scotland. A lot of extremely nice views. Tour guide was very knowledgeable about the tour. Tho I felt the ride was too long for me, especially that I can get car sick on long travels. But the tour was worth it! We availed the option with the 1hr cruise. It was enough for us, but I think it can also be nice if you avail the one with the castle tour. Up to you. But doing this tour will make you feel that you’ve accomplished so much on you Scotland trip. Just do it :)

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October 20, 2021

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