- duration 12 hours
- tour type Group Tour
- age requirement 18+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Visit Glencoe and learn its history from your guide
- Take in spectacular views of the Scottish Highlands
- Explore the famous Cairngorms National Park
- Get a chance to spot the Loch Ness Monster on an optional cruise
Take a personalized tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness on this day trip to the Scottish Highlands. See wooded lochs and tucked-away villages as you journey through spectacular scenery en route to Glencoe, Cairngorms National Park and Fort Augustus. Enjoy an optional boat tour in search of the Loch Ness Monster, marvel at the mountain peaks of Craig Meagaidh and traverse Drummochter Summit to Pitlochry.
Get comfortable inside your Mercedes minivan and depart central Edinburgh to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands, stopping along the way to hear insightful commentary from your guide.
Pass by Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and Linlithgow Palace — the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots — en route to Glencoe, a Highland glen filled with eerie tales about the Clan MacDonald massacre of 1692. Journey onward through the 18th-century Fort William, and gaze out at the Scottish Highlands, including the Great Glen. Reaching Fort Augustus, disembark on the shores of Loch Ness, where you can opt for a seasonal 1-hour boat ride on the loch and listen for the Loch Ness Monster ‘Nessie’ on the sonar system. (Cruises run from Easter to the end of October.)
After you purchase lunch (at your own expense), continue your drive to Cairngorms National Park via Spean Bridge village. Take in the views of Loch Laggan and the windswept mountains, including Craig Meagaidh, where the TV series Monarch of the Glen was filmed. Your scenic journey continues over the Drummochter Summit to Pitlochry. After exploring this Victorian town, your tour concludes with the return drive to Edinburgh.
- The chance to see "Nessie", the Loch Ness monster
- Modern Mercedes minivan with air conditioning
- Loch Ness Cruise
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Food and drinks
- All the tips to the guides are optional and not included
- Optional gratuities
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A deposit of 38 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 89 days before departure. For any departures within 16 January 2020 full payment is required.Travel Insurance
Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands Day Trip tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands Day Trip tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.Other Practical Information
There are opportunities to take short walks, it is recommended to bring suitable clothing and footwear. Scotland can be a wet place!
The Scottish Highlands and Islands are Europe's last great wilderness! This personalized tour is as close as you can get to touring in your own car, with the added benefit of gaining intimate knowledge of Scotland. Traveling in a small group means you have more time off the bus to discover the real Scotland.
Minimum age is 5 years
This tour is not wheelchair accessible
Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.