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Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh
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icon12 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover the dramatic beauty, history and mystery of Scotland on this full-day trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, wind through the Scottish Highlands and marvel at the majesty of Cairngorms National Park and the mysterious Loch Ness—fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie. Spot the famous Urquhart Castle en route and hear about legendary warfare like the battles of William Wallace and the massacre of Glen Coe in the 17th century.
  • Head into the Scottish Highlands and travel through the fantastic landscapes of Cairngorms National Park
  • See the famous Loch Ness, believed to be home to a mysterious sea creature
  • Visit Glen Coe, a place known as much for a horrific massacre as its gorgeous scenery
  • Explore the ancient Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Local live driver guide
Panoramic windows
Food and drinks
Loch Ness Cruise & Urquhart Castle Tour, £25 cash
Gratuities
Children under 3 years not accepted
1 Parliament Square , 1 Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK

Please check in with Highland Experience staff inside/outside Caffe Nero by 07:45

8:00 AM
Lawnmarket , Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1, UK

Please note: During August, and other times when there are events taking place at Edinburgh Castle we will use an alternative end point in Edinburgh's New Town.

Your full-day tour through the Scottish Highlands departs from central Edinburgh in the morning. Meet your friendly guide and settle in for the northbound ride toward Inverness. Along the way, pass the dramatic Forth Railway Bridge—a UNESCO-listed bridge that once boasted the largest cantilever span in the world – and pause in Pitlochry for some tasty refreshment (own expense). 

Continuing north, wind through Cairngorms National Park, catching lovely views of peaks and waterfalls rushing through craggy ravines. Soon arrive at the mythical Loch Ness, where you have free time to explore the surrounding countryside, visit Urquhart Castle, or grab lunch (own expense). Or purchase an optional cruise on the loch for some tranquil sightseeing and a cheeky search for the famed water monster, Nessie. 

Next, continue your coach tour to Glen Coe, a glen of breathtaking beauty that boasts high mountain peaks, ridges, bubbling rivers, and waterfalls. Hear about the historic MacDonald clan that resided here and suffered in the brutal massacre of 1692. 

From here, begin your return trip to Edinburgh, passing Stirling Castle on the way. Snap some photos of the historic site—former residence of Scottish royals including Mary, Queen of Scots—and learn about its colorful history, riddled with warfare such as the Battle of Stirling Bridge, led by William Wallace. 

Then relax for the return ride to Edinburgh, where your full-day trip ends back at the starting point in the evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pitlochry
The first stop of the day is in this charming little town - time to stretch your legs and grab that all important coffee or tea.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Cairngorms National Park
Through the Cairngorms and the wild wilderness.
Stop At:  
Loch Ness
Highlight of the day is Loch Ness where you can enjoy an option cruise on then loch for some monster spotting.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Urquhart Castle
Enjoy clambering around the ruins of the castle perched overlooking Loch Ness. Due to COVID 19 restrictions admission to the castle will not be possible for the time being.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Glen Coe
Listen to the tale or murder and massacre from your driver/ guide before you stop for those all important photographic memories.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 3 years not accepted
  • English Only
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • On 26th December there will be no cruise or castle visit available.
  • Please note this tour may operate in reverse
  • Check-in for the tour is 7.45am with departure at 8.00am sharp
  • On 1st January there will be no cruise or castle visit available.
  • Visit to Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness cruise £25 with Highland Experience discount, cash required. No need to pre book.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Highland Experience Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "This was a long day, but it was so worth it!" See review
  • "This is a really long day and if you don’t like coach travel it’s not for you, but we absolutely loved it." See review

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star-4
Great tour
Femila_A
, Aug 2022
Maj was a fantastic tour guide, knowledgeable, funny, and organized. The tour was informative, and covered a lot. My only feedback is that all the tours stop at the same stop locations, and it gets super crowded with tourists from all buses, the food and washroom lines are long and a lot of time is spent for that.
star-5
Steven B was an absolute...
Christa_M
, Aug 2022
Steven B was an absolute perfect guide. Very funny, entertaining and educational:) The additional boat tour on the Loch Ness was defenitely worth it.
star-5
Great value!
Jason_C
, Aug 2022
Great full-day trip! Brodie was very informative and entertaining, the time on the bus really flew by. Great value for the money.
star-5
Great trip. Brody was an...
Phyllis_S
, Aug 2022
Great trip. Brody was an excellent guide and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. One recommendation. Get a bagged lunch before your trip to enjoy your stops and avoid long lines and little time to eat.
star-5
Nice trip with fantastic...
Senthilnathan_G
, Jul 2022
Nice trip with fantastic views, wonderful driver Mr.William explained in detail and kids enjoyed a lot.
star-5
Very well organised and fun
Elisa_F
, Jul 2022
The tour was very well organised. We had a great time, the view was with the trip but our amazing tour guide Eddie really made the difference. Super recommended A++++
star-5
Storytelling is at the heart of this tour which makes it an unforgettable experience
salma_a
, Jul 2022
Highly recommended. Our guide , Stephen B is extremely helpful, informative and has a great sense of humor . He’s a true storyteller which made this Highlands tour an unforgettable experience. Thank you
star-5
Scottish Highlands trip
Vigil_J
, Jul 2022
This was a very well organised trip of Scottish Highlands and Loch Nes. Comfortable travel arrangements, good experienced driver/guide and timely breaks between the trip.
star-5
Go on the Boat Ride!
sylvevl
, Jul 2022
We really enjoyed this one! We especially loved the boat tour, which was an add-on, so make sure you get that. I think it was an extra $25-ish and totally worth it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
The Highlands' landscape,...
monica_m
, Jul 2022
The Highlands' landscape, which I couldn't properly enjoy, due to how short the stops were. The journey was too tight-up, no real way of getting to see the highlights mentioned, very poor alternative options to the boat trip across Lochness, no way to even get just a glimpse of the castle, feeling cast out. No way to get a mela at McDonalds, too crowded. I paid for it but had to go away without getting it, so as to be'back on time to the bus. I will never ever take such a trip again.
star-5
Amazing experience!
YewKit_T
, Jul 2022
Even though it is just a day's trip, we manage to cover a lot of places briefly. Steven (hope i spelled correctly) was an amazing guide. Great introductions and/or explanations were given and a great sense of humour
star-5
Great time on the highlands
Beth_T
, Jul 2022
We had a great time. It was a long day but worth it! The country is so beautiful and the bus was very comfortable
star-5
Excellent Day Trip
Carl_B
, Jul 2022
The day lasted about 13 hours but went quick, there were enough breaks so we were not on the bus for too long at one time. The sights and visits were very good. It was well organised. Brodie was a nice and knowledgable guide.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Breathtaking, memorable and worth every pound
Rachael_G
, Jul 2022
Rob was an amazing tour guide with so much amazing information and engaged us all. He brought the whole tour group together and really was the one that made this trip memorable.
star-5
12 hours of fun!
Ramin_M
, Jul 2022
It was a ride of about 12 hours, however, by the excellent entertainment of our guide William it was never boring. It is in the nature of things that such a journey from Edinburg takes just so long. We enjoyed the history telling skills of William with the music breaks in between. The landscape is incredible and breathtaking. The tour was well organised and is absolutely worth it to take.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
I just missed Nessie!
Barron_N
, Jul 2022
Alex was knowledgeable and punctual! He drove a bus pretty decent and knew how to keep everybody in line!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome
AlyssaRuth_L
, Jul 2022
It was a long drive but soo worth it. Every turn was just breathtaking. Our driver/tour guide was friendly and witty. I would definitely recommend 👍
star-5
Edinburgh has my heart
Prerna_J
, Jul 2022
I decided on visiting Edinburgh on the fly and what a wonderful decision it was. I did this highland tour on the first day and it was the best start to my edinburgh trip. Big shoutout to Chris, our guide, who gave us fab info
star-5
Excellent trip
Ruslan_T
, Jul 2022
It was an excellent trip with my family. Special thanks to Steven B who made our trip memorable and interesting with his stories and humor!
star-5
Good times
ChiroIslam_M
, Jun 2022
We traveled with Steven B. He was amazing and knows about Scotland history so well. We had a good time with him. I would definitely recommend others to go with them. Million thanks to Steven B.

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