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Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: Highland Explorer Tours

Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: Highland Explorer Tours
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Look out for Nessie on a full-day tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness, and see Ben Nevis which is the highest mountain in the UK. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Highlands, then find Nessie on a cruise! Head back to Edinburgh via beautiful Perthshire.

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Duration 12 hours
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  • Drive through the Scottish Highlands on a full-day tour to Loch Ness
  • See Ben Nevis; the highest mountain in the United Kingdom
  • Go monster watching on an optional Loch Ness boat cruise
  • See the underwater life at Loch Ness via hi-tech imaging systems
  • Enjoy Scottish shortbread and sandwiches with a complimentary lunch
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Embark on a full-day guided trip to Loch Ness from Edinburgh and tour the Scottish Highlands. See the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, keep an eye out for Nessie on a boat cruise and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Head north from Edinburgh and pass the imposing ramparts of Stirling Castle. Skirt the Trossachs Rob Roy country, and cross the wilds of Rannoch Moor before stopping at dramatic Glencoe; the scene of the infamous 1692 massacre.  Your journey takes you through Fort William. Pass Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, before entering the Great Glen. Arrive at the pretty Highland village of Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness, and enjoy a lovely picnic with freshly made sandwiches, shortbread, and chips. If you fancy something more substantial, your guide will happily recommend some great local cafes.  Take an optional boat cruise on the loch, go for a scenic hike, or just relax by the Caledonian Canal. If you choose to sail along the waters of Loch Ness, it really is an unforgettable experience. Your boat is equipped with the latest hi-tech color, sonar, and underwater imaging system, giving you a fascinating view of the underwater terrain and life. You might even see Nessie! You can also relax with a coffee or beer in the onboard bar. Having seen the best of the Scottish Highlands, it's time to head back to Edinburgh via shimmering Loch Laggan and the wild and lonely Drumochter Pass.

Head south and enter Perthshire, a land of forests, rivers, and mountains. See the spectacular Forth Bridge before arriving back in Edinburgh at around 20:00.

  • Local Scottish guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus with WiFi
  • Picnic lunch
  • Loch Ness boat cruise (if option is selected)
  • Downloadable Audio Guides Available
  • Hotel pickup
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Tours depart from the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, not far from the intersection of the Bridges and the Royal Mile.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • This tour involves a long day of driving, and covers over 300 miles (500km) in 12 hours
  • Travel insurance is recommended
  • Anyone aged 5-17 must be accompanied by an adult
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 717 reviews

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Really great tour! Euan our tour guide was very well spoken and educated on Scottish history. The bus ride was a little long, but was well worth it because of the frequent outstanding stops for pictures and snacks. We spent the extra 20 quid for the Loch Ness boat tour and that was also well worth the cost.

September 12, 2022

Very good tour in general, spectacular landscapes to take your breath away, but most of the time is spent inside the bus, understandable by the distance between round trip. A trip worth it to get to know the highlands and Loch Ness region. However, there are some points that are worth highlighting so that it can be improved, the "Lunch" that actually shouldn't even have that name, in fact is nothing more than "bread, ham and sauce" besides potato chips, should be informed better in the details, it is not worth taking this option. For the price you pay on the tour, at least they should offer water and they didn't even have that. Another thing that bothered me a lot was not being able to recline the seat, informed by the guide (so as not to disturb the colleague in the back). I've never seen a situation like this, I thought it left something to be desired due to the long journey. In the most worth it for the landscape and the place. And the option with cru

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August 23, 2022

Very enjoyable trip. We loved the coach trip with Owen our driver. During the whole trip there and back he talked to us about Scotland. Whether it's history or gastronomy via cinema, everything was very interesting and very funny. Without Owen our trip would not have been so good. The only downside is the time spent on the cruise which is very short. We can't do otherwise given the kms to be covered during the day, but it's really fast.

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June 8, 2022

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