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Loch Ness and Scottish Highlands Tour - 1 day (Highland Explorer)

Loch Ness and Scottish Highlands Tour - 1 day (Highland Explorer) Loading
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This tour packs a large amount of the Scottish Highlands’ most beautiful scenery and famous landmarks into a single day. It has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013 for its outstanding reviews.

  • Includes return travel from Edinburgh city centre in an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz coach
  • Expert tour guides give insights into the region’s landmarks and tales of its history
  • Go hunting for Nessie on Loch Ness with a  lunchtime cruise for a small extra fee
  • Includes free ‘Taste of Scotland’ picnic lunch

You will see:

  • Loch Ness, and the charming Highland town of Fort Augustus
  • Glencoe – a volcanic glen with a rich history. Site of the grisly massacre of 1692, and a Harry Potter film location
  • Ben Nevis – the UK’s tallest mountain
  • The iconic Forth Bridge
  • Stirling Castle – one of Scotland’s most beautiful castles

Audio guide available to download before departure (details on the booking confirmation) in the following languages:

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Adult (17+) - Travel from 1/11 to 31/3£43.00
Concession - Travel from 1/11 to 31/3£40.00
Adult (17+) - Travel from 1/4 to 31/10£47.00
Concession - Travel from 1/4 to 31/10£44.00

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Arrive at 7.45am for an 8am start at 60 High Street, within Edinburgh’s Royal Mile – and hop aboard the coach to meet your friendly local tour guide 

Setting off, you’ll head north, pass the imposing Stirling Castle and skirt the Trossachs– known as Rob Roy Country for its association with Scotland’s most famous outlaw

Glimpse the sparkling Rannoch Moor with its waterfalls, mountains and wetlands. The beauty of this area is truly unspoilt due to its marshy conditions, and it’s quite a remarkable sight to behold.

Stop and admire haunting Glencoe, famous for both the grisly 1692 massacre and its scenery. The area is accustomed to stardom – parts of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban were filmed here, as were Monty Python and Highlander. Next, you will pass mighty Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. The peak attracts thousands of climbers each year. Beyond it lays the Great Glen and miles of lush green landscape


Arrive at Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness and enjoy your picnic lunch, have a look for Nessie, or simply relax by the Caledonian Canal in this charming Highland village.

The ‘Taste of Scotland’ picnic lunch typically includes Scottish mineral water, a choice of freshly-made sandwiches, fresh fruit and shortbread. Or if you’d rather visit a local café, just ask your guide for recommendations!

Climb aboard an optional Loch Ness Cruise for a small extra fee (around £12-14 – subject to change) to explore the mysterious Loch and maybe even spot a monster. The tour takes around one hour and includes commentary from knowledgeable staff.

Relax with a drink from the on-board licenced bar, and discover the hi-tech sonar and underwater imaging systems on-board which help the hunt for Nessie!


After exploring and enjoying your lunch, you’ll set off again and pass the shimmering Loch Laggan. You’ll see the Drumochter Pass, the main gateway to the mountains, and the iconic Forth Rail Bridge, described as the Eighth Wonder of the World by some!

Heading south, you’ll enter Perthshire and see magical forests, rivers and mountains before arriving back in Edinburgh at around 8pm.

  • Under 5s cannot travel on the tour
  • Concessions: Child (5-16), Senior (65+) or Student

Upon booking you will receive an immediate confirmation of payment from VisitBritain. You will then receive a separate email from Highland Explorer Tours within 2-3 working days confirming your date of departure.

  • Loch Ness tours depart daily except between the 22nd of December until the 2nd of January
  • Optional Loch Ness cruise takes around one hour and costs a small extra fee (around £12-14 – subject to change), payable to your driver on the day
  • Check-in at 7.45am – 60 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TB
  • Return at approx. 8pm – 60 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TB

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013

Customers consistently praised this tour for the knowledgeable, passionate and humorous tour guides, and the amount of beautiful scenery they were able to see in just one day.

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