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Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

Product ID: 12651
Enjoy a full day tour and experience some of the most dramatic scenery the Scottish Highlands has to offer. Spend time at mysterious Glencoe and have the chance to enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness and a visit to Urquhart Castle.
About this activity
Duration: 12.5 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
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  • See the varied landscapes of the Scottish Highlands: mountains, bogs, moors, green hills, lochs, and more!
  • Stop in small, quaint villages nestled beneath the mountains
  • See Highland Cows
  • Visit Glen Coe, the site of the famous 1692 massacre of the Clan MacDonald
  • Spend a few hours at Loch Ness watching for Nessie, taking a cruise, or exploring the ruins of Urquhart Castle
9.5 hours
  • Edinburgh

  • 1.5 hours
  • Kilmahog (coffee)

  • Glencoe (photo stop)

  • Fort William (lunch)

  • Loch Ness

  • Boat cruise

    • Optional
  • Urquhart Castle

    • Optional
  • Pitlochry

  • 1.5 hours
  • Edinburgh

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Main stop
Other stop
Full description
Get ready to explore the Scottish Highlands on a full-day tour. This tour will take you to many of the most dramatic and breath-taking places in Scotland, beginning in the beautiful old city of Edinburgh and traveling northwest through this mountainous, historic region.

Pass the imposing Stirling Castle, the site where many Scottish kings and queens were crowned, including the famous Mary, Queen of Scots. Your first stop will be at Kilmahog, where we stop for some light refreshments, and the chance to see some Highland cattle up close. Continue on through the ancient ground of Rob Roy where the Clan Macgregor and Clan Campbell fought hundreds of years ago and over the desolate, though wildlife-filled, landscape of the boggy Rannoch Moor and the Black Mount mountains that lie along the moor. You will then stop at the breath-taking Glen Coe, one of the most beautiful sites in all of Scotland. This green, rolling glen is also called the “Glen of Weeping” and was the site of the 1692 massacre of the Clan MacDonald.

Continue on and pass the blue waters of Loch Linnhe, stopping in the Fort William area for a delicious lunch and then moving on to the Great Glen, a series of glens and waters. You will pass beneath British Isle’s highest mountain at 4,409 feet (1,344 meters), Ben Nevis. Travel on to admire the Caledonian Canal at Inverness and the lovely village of Fort Augustus, enjoying spectacular views of Loch Ness as you drive along the shoreline to Urquhart Castle.

Loch Ness is probably Scotland’s most famous landmark. This freshwater loch is incredibly deep and well known for the supposed sightings of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster. Surrounded by rolling hills, this is a natural wonder. You will spend approximately 2 hours at Loch Ness, where you have the opportunity to take a wonderful Jacobite 5 star Loch Cruise, if you so choose. You can also explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle. The ruins of this ancient stronghold sit beside the loch and a modern visitor center.

Begin your return, crossing the Grampian Mountains and the varied, wooded scenery of Perthshire including the lovely Forest of Atholl. In the evening, you will stop at the Victorian town of Pitlochry and have the chance to admire the many remaining stone Victorian buildings. Your tour will end back in Edinburgh.

If you are looking for a day-tour that includes a detailed overview of the Scottish Highlands, then this is your ticket.
  • Tour with an experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable driver and guide
  • Transportation
What’s Not Included
  • Cruise
  • Entrance fees (e.g. to Urquhart Castle)
  • Meals
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years

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Meeting point

You can find the Edinburgh departure and return point outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash
Know before you go
• Unfortunately, children under the age of 5 cannot be accommodated
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2661 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Very entertaining guide, good audio, well orchestrated, and he was a safe driver. It was all great until we went through Inverness on the way back to Edinburgh; Kenny clearly doesn’t like that town. He called it a “crappy” town more times than I can count. That was very unprofessional. It was especially discouraging since I am going there for two nights tomorrow. If you don’t like a place, either say something neutral or nothing at all - really tainted my entire experience.

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March 8, 2020

I booked the excursion for myself. I’m a university student who had never been to Scotland before. I had Paul as my tour guide. He was - without question - the best tour guide I’ve ever had in any experience I’ve taken in Europe so far. We got to see some of the most beautiful places in Scotland while learning about its rich history with an exciting and fun guide the entire route. I’d highly recommend this experience (and especially doing it with Paul!)

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February 28, 2020

Our guide, Martin, have a tour with an exceptional blend of Scottish humor with information. He had a great respect and love for the country - and it definitely showed. There was never an information overload, but we definitely got to know the significance of every site! The pacing of the tour was really good - we never felt rushed at any given site. The sites themselves were really well-chosen and we were able to get some great photos! We ran into a few weather problems, but that's not the tour's fault (and honestly, added to the tour experience for us! )

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February 27, 2020

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Timberbush Tours

Product ID: 12651