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From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glenoce & The Highlands Day Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line Scotland

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glenoce & The Highlands Day Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line Scotland
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From US$ 73.07 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
  • Callander (coffee)

  • Glencoe (photo stop)

  • Free time, lunch

  • Loch Ness (free time)

  • Boat cruise

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Pitlochry

  • 1.5 hours
  • Edinburgh

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
  • Enjoy a photos stop at Glen Coe
  • Travel through the Highlands and enjoy spectacular views
  • Stop near Fort William
  • Walk along the banks of Loch Ness, or take an optional cruise
  • See the Forth Road and rail bridges
Full description

Following pickup from central Edinburgh, you will head towards Stirling, catching views of the Castle and Wallace Monument as you venture to the Highlands.

Visit Callander, and stop for morning coffee in this bustling town described as the gateway to the highlands. Head northwards over Rannoch Moor until you reach the dark, brooding Pass of Glencoe. Stop for lunch and free time nearby the Fort William area, then follow the Caledonian Canal up the Great Glen to Loch Ness. Here, you have some free time with the option to cruise on the Loch, or if you don't want to take the cruise you can relax in one of the bars or restaurants in the tranquil village or on the pier. 

After Loch Ness you will head South East and take in magnificent views of Loch Laggan. On the way home, enjoy a refreshment stop in 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
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Boat cruise tickets are available for purchase on the day from your driver-guide.
  • Bringing some snacks or a packed lunch is advisable to allow you to enjoy the time at each stop. There will be options of places to buy food on the day
  • A large portion of the tour is spent on the bus, enjoying the views of the Highlands with tales from the driver-guide
  • A small number of participants is required to run the tours. In the unlikely event this is not met and your tour is cancelled, 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 1051 reviews

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It was almost a 12 hour journey on and off the bus. However, it did not feel tiring or mundane during this trip. It was quite exciting and informative as well. Beautiful breathtaking scenery along the way! The only thing that was a minus point was that : our bus tour guide did not stop talking. He was talking non stop (only kept quiet when he played some songs), but the worst part of all was when he didn't allow us to talk on the bus. We weren't even talking loudly where it would interrupt him talking. He just didn't like it at all and told one of the passenger " you should have taken a train if you wanted to chit chat".

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June 27, 2022

Loved every bit of our trip to Loch Ness & Highlands! Our driver and guide Dougie was phenomenal. The scenery is spectacular and through Dougie’s stories we learned a lot about the history of the place. We even stopped at a few places to take stunning photos. Wish certain people in the front of the bus were more respectful and quiet! If you are not interested in finding out more about Scotland and Scottish Highlands, this is not a trip for you!

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June 26, 2022

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

June 11, 2022

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