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From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe, & the Highlands Day Tour

Product ID: 13017
If you've only got a day, but want to get to the heart Scotland's history and mystery, this tour is for you. It's the 'monster of all trips,' offering you some of the most famous sites and scenery that Scotland has to offer.
About this activity
Duration: 12.5 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • See the best of Scotland, all in one day
  • Learn the true story of William Wallace
  • Look for the Loch Ness monster
  • Drive through the beautiful Cairngorms National Park
8.5 hours
  • Edinburgh

  • 2 hours
  • Pitlochry (coffee)

  • Loch Ness

  • Lunch

  • Boat cruise

    • Optional
  • Urquhart Castle

    • Optional
  • Commando Memorial (photo stop)

  • Glencoe (photo stop)

  • Coffee

  • 2 hours
  • Edinburgh

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Full description
Your day begins on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, where a coach will pick you up for your day of adventure. As you head towards the Highlands, you will see the amazing Forth Bridges. Then try some delicious home baking in the beautiful Highland town of Pitlochry.

From there, continue on through the Cairngorms National Park, where you will enjoy stunning scenery amidst the unique wilderness of the National Park.

Take a break for lunch at Loch Ness, which is famous all over the world for its beauty and mystery. From here, you will have the chance to take a 'monster spotting' cruise and visit Urquhart Castle (optional extra ticket) and look for the famous monster for yourself!

After lunch, visit Glen Coe, a broodingly beautiful spot that is steeped in history. As you stand at the mouth of the glen, you'll feel the past come to life as your guide tells you about the terrible massacre of the Clan.

On your way home, you pass by the beautiful city of Stirling, where you can see its stunning castle and learn more about the exploits of William Wallace that were dramatized in the film Braveheart.
  • Transportation
  • Driver
  • Guide
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance tickets
  • Loch Cruise
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at the check-in desk inside Caffé Nero, 1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile Edinburgh EH1 1RE.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Children under 3 years old are not allowed on the tour
• Please note that on December 26 you will be unable to visit Urquhart Castle or take the Loch Ness cruise
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 975 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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So very glad to book this tour, there was so much to see, the Highlands are breathtakingly beautiful, and we were lucky with a dry and sunny weather, our guide Morey told us many stories about rich Scottish history in an amazing scottish accent and drove us safely and comfortably for 12 hours. I recommend this tour to anybody who is perhaps short with time and want to experience Highlands.

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February 11, 2020

It was a nice trip, they guide was very friendly (Ivan), it's a bit little far (around 3 hours each way), it's worth it. At the end the offer you a boat which is not included in the price (costs 22 pounds) but for me it's not necessary, it's one hour in the boat with the same view as the castle, so you can save that money.

January 6, 2020

If you have only a day to explore the amazing nature of Scotland, you can’t miss the day trip. It includes the main picturing sightseeing points. Schedule was a bit tight due to long drive between the sites but you still have enough time for taking pictures and enjoy the views for a while. The driver/guide explained the history and introduced the places of interest along the trip. Also, he played some recordings of the Scottish music and history which was helpful to understand remember the highlights of the Scotland history and features. Highly recommend.

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January 4, 2020

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Highland Experience Tours

Product ID: 13017