Day trip

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

From US$ 60.92 per person

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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Live tour guide
English
Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese

Experience

Highlights
  • 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
Full description

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, fresh fruit, shortbread, and Scottish mineral water. 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.

Includes
  • Local Scottish guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus with WiFi
  • Picnic lunch
  • Loch Ness boat cruise (if option is selected)
  • Audio Guide (subject to availability)
  • 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 663 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Safety
    4.4/5

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The experience was phenomenal! The whole process and journey was SO organized!!! Connor and Sandi did an enxellent job with the tour! Connor was a really great driver and you could easily spot the experience with the driving, he got is to the destination safely. And during the ride Connor and Sandi were telling is details of each stop and fun facts about the various places. Would recommend this trip 100%!!! Phenomenal experience and definitely would do it again :)

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May 15, 2022

I LOVED this tour. Rich was our guide and he was fantastic, he had a bunch of wonderful stories about the highlands to share. The natural beauty of Scotland is really worth seeing- I highly recommend this as an activity. I didn’t choose the boat tour option and I still had a lovely lovely time walking around and seeing some of the shops. Each of the stops we took on the tour was worth while, at our last stop I bought some ice cream!

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May 10, 2022

If you are only planning a short stay, this day trip is recommended to collect short beautiful impressions. You have to be aware before you travel that you'll spend most of your time on the bus... but it's still worth it. The trip is very well organized with a stop every 1.5 hours at the latest.

May 9, 2022

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