5. From Glasgow: Loch Ness, Glencoe, and Highlands Bus Tour
Embark on a Scottish adventure from Glasgow on a bus tour of Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands. Take a boat trip on Loch Ness's calm and deep waters, walk on Loch Lomond's calm shores, and see the grandeur of Glencoe up close. Learn about the country's rich and long-standing history from your local guide.
Set off from Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, and travel north into the Scottish Highlands towards the town of Fort Augustus and the famous Loch Ness. En route, stop at Scotland’s first National Park, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, for a 5-minute walk to see some panoramic views over Loch Lomond.
Continue north, along winding highland roads and the banks of Loch Lomond until you reach Rannoch Moor. This is one of the last remaining true wilderness locations to be found anywhere in Scotland. Marvel at this striking expanse of open boggy moorland, once home to a Caledonian Pine forest.
Carry onto the grandeur of the world famous Glencoe mountains and their turbulent history. Listen to your guide reveal stories of the MacDonald Clan who once made this stunning slice of land their home.
Next, make your way through the outdoor capital of the Highlands, Fort William, and progress north to the famous banks of Loch Ness, where mystery, folklore, mythical, or actual creatures await.
Board a boat and take a cruise in search of this elusive and shy creature, if you wish. Otherwise, wait or walk along the shores of the loch, keeping a watchful eye for any ripples on the calm waters.
Carry on and travel east towards the Cairngorms National Park. Here, take a short hike in the unforgettable Highlands before continuing one to Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, and Perth. En route, step out and see some dramatic waterfalls in their picturesque highland setting.
Continue south towards Stirling and learn how Stirling Castle is one of the most besieged castles in Scotland, how it is connected to Mary Queen of Scots, King Robert the Bruce, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the Jacobite uprising. Head back to Glasgow, reminiscing about your Scottish experience.