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Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe, and Scottish Highlands Tour

Activity provider: Haggis Adventures

Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe, and Scottish Highlands Tour

Activity provider: Haggis Adventures
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Explore some of Scotland's most iconic sites and stunning scenery, including the dramatic Glencoe, the mighty Ben Nevis and the infamous Loch Ness.

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Duration 12 hours
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  • See the beautiful and historic Highland landmarks of Stirling, Glencoe and Loch Ness in this one-day tour
  • Feast on a locally produced picnic lunch
  • Learn about the area's history from one of our passionate local Guides, renowned as the best in the business
  • Stop at quaint Highland villages on the trip back to Edinburgh
  • Go monster-spotting on an optional Loch Ness boat cruise
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Head north from Edinburgh and pass the imposing ramparts of Stirling Castle. Skirt the Trossachs (Rob Roy country) before crossing the wilds of Rannoch Moor and moving on to dramatic Glencoe, the site of the massacre of the McDonald clan in 1692. 

The tour takes you past Fort William and Britain's highest mountain, the mighty Ben Nevis, before following the Great Glen and stopping in the village of Fort Augustus by the shores of mysterious Loch Ness.

You then have the option to take a boat trip on mysterious Loch Ness and hunt for Nessie, explore the shores of the loch, or simply relax and enjoy your free locally produced picnic lunch. 

A typical lunch includes a bottle of Scottish mineral water, a choice of freshly made sandwiches, and shortbread. Your return journey passes south along Loch Laggan stopping at one of the quaint Highland villages along the way. 

After one last look at the spectacular Forth Bridges, arrive back in the capital at around 8:00 PM.

Loch Ness Cruise option:

A cruise on Loch Ness is an unforgettable experience, where you might just catch a glimpse of Nessie. Locally owned custom-built boats are used, designed with sonar and underwater imaging systems, giving you a fascinating view of the terrain and life underwater. 

Enjoy the views with a coffee or beer from the onboard bar. 

Purchase your cruise ticket from your guide on the day of the tour. Tickets cost £12 (a savings of £1.00 on the standard ticket price) and allow you to board the boat immediately on arrival in the village without having to queue. The Loch Ness Cruise is subject to availability during winter months.

  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • Picnic lunch
  • Other meals
  • Loch Ness cruise fee (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Tours depart from 60 High Street, Royal Mile, in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please note Loch Ness is a long drive from Edinburgh but well worth it! Not only do you get a great experience of Scotland's most famous loch but you will travel in style on bespoke midi-coaches, which have been custom built for your comfort. There are stops along the way to stretch your legs and take in some quality Highland air.
  • Travel insurance is recommended.
  • Please note that children under 5 years old cannot participate in this tour.
Customer reviews

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4.3 /5

based on 193 reviews

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A fairly long tour (a good 560 km), but you can also see a lot of the landscape. I can only recommend the boat trip on Loch Ness, otherwise you sit around in a small village for over an hour. The sandwiches were tasty, all in all good value for 12 hours of entertainment.

9 August 2022

We left in June in Scotland, we did this excursion and our favorite moment was Glencoe. We were lucky because we had sun, and there was enough downtime to take pictures. Our guide played the bagpipes just outside Glencoe and that was one of my fondest memories. However, I think there is too much of a journey, and it is better to take a shorter excursion. The bus is comfortable but the driving time is significant compared to the visit time. It's quite tiring! But it's worth it and I don't regret it!

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7 August 2022

Thanks to the funny and informative anecdotes of our tour guide Lorna, the time flew by between the stops. Even after the end of the tour, she still took the time to answer the travelers' questions in a friendly and patient manner and still had good tips in store for the rest of your stay in Edinburgh. The seats on the bus were very comfortable, the stops and breaks were very well coordinated, so that sitting for long periods of time was not a physical issue. The Highlands are really breathtakingly beautiful, the small towns delightful. The Loch Ness area was pleasantly uncrowded. The tour was one of our absolute highlights in Scotland. Gladly again !

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2 August 2022

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