Day trip

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Highlands Full-Day Trip

Activity provider: Gray Line Scotland

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Highlands Full-Day Trip

Activity provider: Gray Line Scotland
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From £60 per person

Take the ultimate Scotland tour, experience the beauty of the Scottish Highlands and see for yourself if the Loch Ness Monster is lurking under the water.

About this activity

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Duration 12 hours
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9 hours
  • Edinburgh

  • 1.5 hours
  • Kilmahog (coffee)

  • Glencoe (photo stop)

  • Fort William (lunch)

  • Loch Ness

  • Boat cruise

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Pitlochry

  • 1.5 hours
  • Edinburgh

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
  • Travel through Glen Coe
  • Walk along the banks of Loch Ness, or take an optional cruise
  • Stop near Fort William for lunch on your own
  • Enjoy spectacular views
  • See the Forth Road and rail bridges
Full description

Explore the beauty of Scotland’s Highlands on a 12-hour scenic driving tour by a comfortable bus. See historic sights and unforgettable landscapes on this guided day trip from Edinburgh.

Following pickup from central Edinburgh, you will head towards Stirling, catching views of the Castle and Wallace Monument. Continue towards Callander, and stop for morning coffee in this bustling town described as the gateway to the highlands. Head northwards over Rannoch Moor, and reach the dark, brooding Pass of Glencoe. Stop to learn the story of the massacre of 1692, before crossing Loch Leven. Stop for lunch nearby the Fort William area, then follow the Caledonian Canal up the Great Glen to Loch Ness. Here, you have the option to cruise on the Loch for approximately 1 hour, or relax in the tranquil village on its banks. After Loch Ness you will head South East and take in magnificent views of Loch Laggan. Marvel at the magnificent Blair Castle, home of the Dukes of Atholl for over 700 years, before moving onto Pitlochry, a delightful Victorian resort town. Then, head south through Fife, and cross the Forth next to the amazing Forth Bridge, before arriving back in Edinburgh.

  • Pickup from many departure points in central Edinburgh
  • Scenic tour through the Highlands
  • Journey through Glen Coe
  • Refreshment stops
  • Stop at Loch Ness
  • Driver/Guide
  • Transportation
  • Lunch or refreshments
  • Loch Ness Cruise (Optional, payable to driver on the day)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Boat cruise tickets are available for purchase on the day from your driver guide
  • On occasion, the itinerary may change due to situations out of our control, such as weather, availability of attractions, and road conditions
  • A small number of participants is required to run the tours. In the unlikely event this is not met and your tour is canceled, a refund, rescheduled date, or an alternative tour will be offered
  • Several city center drop-off points are available at the end of your tour and although it might not be exactly where you were picked up, your driver guide will discuss the best options for you as many convenient points are available back into the city center
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 1043 reviews

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the ride is longer than you think but it's easy to catch some sleep or just enjoy the views as you go along. plenty of stops for the bathroom and food, and a bathroom on the bus in case you need it, so everyone was comfortable. great guide and just a really nice day out

11 June 2022

Getting to see the gorgeous moors and mountains of the highlands has always been on my bucket list! The stops along the way also gives you a glimpse into how the locals live. Brendan, our guide, was not only informative on the history, he was funny and he gave helpful tips for each stop we took.

27 May 2022

Really enjoyed myself. Our driver and guide Brian was a pleasure to spend the day with and his knowledge of Scotland’s history obviously deeply personal to him. I sat up front and I was in awe of his ability to handle that huge machine all the while informing us of geography, movie trivia and personal anecdotes. He kept our tour on schedule and made special efforts to accommodate drop-off requests. Great memories and money well spent.

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16 May 2022

Product ID: 3403