Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands
from USD $70.66
Go on a fantastic tour from Edinburgh to explore the legendary myths of Loch Ness and enjoy the diverse range of Scottish Highland scenery. Drive through the forests and rivers of Highland Perthshire and get a glimpse of dramatic Glen Coe – the site of the Massacre of Glencoe. See Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, and enjoy a typical Scottish picnic lunch before taking in magnificent views of the Forth Bridge.
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In Brief

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
12 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Stirling Castle, Castle Esplanade Upper Castle Hill, Old Town, Stirling FK8 1EJ Scotland

Pass the imposing ramparts of Stirling Castle and drive through the Trossachs National Park, Rob Roy country

Stop At: Callander, Callander, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland

Enjoy a comfort stop in Callander, a small highland town

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Glencoe, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

We cross the wilds of Rannoch Moor before stopping at dramatic Glencoe, the scene of the infamous massacre in 1692.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Ben Nevis, Fort William Scotland

We drive through Fort William passing Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, before entering the Great Glen.

Stop At: Loch Ness Region, Loch Ness Region, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Once in Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness, you have the chance to take a boat cruise on the loch, go for a walk or just relax by the Caledonian Canal in this charming Highland village.

Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes

Pass By: Cairngorms National Park, PH22 1QH Scotland

We journey past shimmering Loch Laggan before climbing over the wild and lonely Drumochter Pass in the Cairngorms National Park.

Stop At: Pitlochry, Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, Scotland

Heading south, we enter Perthshire, a land of forests, rivers and mountains. We enjoy a stop in Pitlochry, or a similar town in the area.

Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Forth Bridge, North Queensferry KY11 1HP Scotland

Pass by the infamous Forth Bridge on our way back in to Edinburgh.


  • Local guide
  • Picnic lunch - sandwiches, shortbread and bottled mineral water


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Optional boat cruise on Loch Ness (£15 for an adult) - can be purchased at check-in.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Point

Highland Explorer Tours, 60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 23 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Our guide Caitlin was very informative, and knew how to keep her group awake on a 12 hour tour. She played Scottish music for us, and told us fascinating tales of Scottish history while we drove around. Caitlin honestly made the trip for us!
• Submitted 26 Nov 2019
Our trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands was fantastic! Everything was so enjoyable and well planned. Our driver, Rich, was entertaining, knowledgeable and funny. The stops along the way let us really experience the different landscapes. We are so glad we chose this trip!
• Submitted 17 Oct 2019
Excellent tour, fun and informative. Murray our guide was not only very knowledgable but also lots if fun with trivias, singing and his artistic accordion music
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
Our guide was absolutely hilarious. Highly knowledgeable and very fun. We had such a great day and we highly recommend doing this trip with the Loch Ness cruise too!!
• Submitted 19 Jul 2019
Our driver James was very knowledgeable and very pleasant. It was raining our whole trip that day, but I guess that's the norm here and explains why everything is so green here. Since it was raining we opted not to take the Loch Ness boat ride.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
We had the lovely Jo as our driver for the trip to the Highlands and Loch Ness. She was knowledgable and unlike other drivers (often who bore you with stories during a coach trip) she was very well spoken and entertaining. We had a fault on the coach, on our way back to Edinburgh, but she dealt with it very professionally, didn't alarm us and the problem was dealt with swiftly. My only suggestion would be that perhaps the stops could be at better locations. The last stop we had was in a town that had hardly any places open, so would be good to have another location, but I understand that isn't always be possible.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Even though it's a long drive to Loch Ness, the beauty of the highlands and the nice (and funny) information from the guide are worth it. We got lucky with great subby weather as well as a wonderful guide like Fiona. I will definitely recommend this tour to anyone.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This is a day tour starting from Edinburgh and visiting Glencoe, Loch Ness. The 12-hour tour with Tour guide Michael was very enjoyable. Michael drove the bus most of the tour, but at the same time he was trying his best to inform travelers about Scotland. He had a very thorough knowledge of Scotland as a whole and added a funny explanation of the excessive city, castle, and even sheep as we move on. He was a very pleasant and passionate guide. Thanks to him, I got to know more about Scotland, which helped me greatly with my schedule in Edinburgh later. By the time the tour was over, he even recommended some restaurants and bars in Edinburgh. The Highland Tour with Michael was fun enough to invest a whole day of my three days in Edinburgh. and I am willing to rejoin if there is another Scottish tour with him.
• Submitted 02 Apr 2019
Our tour guide/bus driver was Michael. He was personable, informative and a wonderful guide. Kept us informed, and even gave us extra info and picture stops since we were ahead of schedule. The tour itself was wonderful, would have loved to have more time at Loch Ness, but all in all, was able to enjoy all the aspects of the Scottish Highlands.
• Submitted 26 Mar 2019
Loved the tour and the experience of the highlands. Tour guide was Glenn and he was awesome. Loved his Scottish music and his knowledge. I sat up front and talked his ear off. Great location to start and easy to find.
• Submitted 03 Dec 2018
Excellent time. Finally got to see the highlands and visit Loch Ness. Of course it's never enough time.To see everything.
• Submitted 18 Sep 2018
Our party of 6 with adults, children and seniors had a very enjoyable trip with Calum as our driver/tour guide! Calum was funny, informative and kept us entertained on the long bus ride. Even though it was over 350 km of travels within 11 hours, we made a couple of quick stops on the way to Loch Ness and one stop on the way back to Edinburgh. The actual time at Loch Ness was about 1.5 hours. If you take the cruise, it may not offer a lot of time to walk around town and visit those cute shops. The lunch sandwich provided was quite good too, it came with a non-plastic bottle water and shortbread. I'd recommend Highland Explorer if you only have 1 day to see the Highlands. Hope you will get Calum too!
• Submitted 04 Aug 2018
Great tour, Highly recommended
• Submitted 31 Jul 2018
My friends and I were on a travel break weekend and went on this tour through the Highlands and Loch Ness. Everything was absolutely wonderful and our bus driver, Graham was the best! Highly recommended!
• Submitted 30 Jul 2018
Very good tour . Beautiful scenery. Our guide Sergio was excellent !
• Submitted 27 Jul 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 22 Mar 2018
The beauty of the landscape was incredible! We went in a bus tour with locals and foreigners. We stop for pastries and coffee in a small town before arriving to the lake. The Loch Ness ride in the small cruise boat is a most if you want to enjoy this part of the trip and learn about the famous monster or simply enjoy the wonderful vistas. The only bad thing that happened was that we were seated on the second row from the back of the bus, and on the first road from the back there was a couple of gypsies that were very noisy, filthy and inconsiderate. I gave it 5 stars because of the beauty surrounding us.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2018
An amazing day trip to see what Scotland has to offer outside the cities.
• Submitted 25 Dec 2017
This was a great tour. The driver was interesting. The Highlands were sooo beautiful! Make sure you bring snacks. The lunch included was sufficient, but if you were really hungry, you'd have to buy something more. The boat ride at Loch Ness was lovely. It was a longish day, but it was worth it. I'd highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 20 Dec 2017
It is very worth the money, the scenes were beautiful. The couch was comfortable and the driver Julian was very knowledgeable. The only thing is that on our way back we stopped for bathrooms which the ones locally were closed, some of the restaurants didn't except us to use the bathroom, if only the ones locally will be opened for more time. But overall very nice experience.
• Submitted 04 Dec 2017
This is a great way to see some of the Scottish Highlands and of course Loch Ness. Our guide Duncan was very personable and knowledgeable, making the trip interesting and fun.
• Submitted 11 Oct 2017
The tour was amazing. The driver, Scot, kept us informed and entertained through it all. I'd do it again!
• Submitted 09 Oct 2017
Amazing Trip
• Submitted 08 Oct 2017
We had an amazing day. Gill, our guide, was fun and lots of great information about the villages, lochs, the highlands, etc. we want to go back to the highlands.
• Submitted 30 Sep 2017

In Brief

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
12 hours

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