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Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands Tour with Lunch

1. Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands Tour with Lunch

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 eqipped 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 on board 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.

Edinburgh: Isle of Skye and Loch Ness 5-Day Highlands Tour

2. Edinburgh: Isle of Skye and Loch Ness 5-Day Highlands Tour

Day 1:Leave Edinburgh and head to the iconic Kelpies. Travel north to Stirling and the towering Wallace Monument, taking in stunning views of the Castle along the way. Enter the Highlands heading through wild Rannoch Moor and Glencoe and on to the fishing port of Oban, where you'll stay overnight. Day 2: Take the steam train from Fort William, crossing the viaduct featured in the Harry Potter movies, where a monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s campaign now stands. Take the ferry to Skye where you can explore striking cliffs and mountains, before driving north to your overnight destination. Stay overnight in the Isle of Skye. Day 3:Explore more of the mysterious island that's full of awe-inspiring mountains, myths, and legends before returning to the mainland to view Eilean Donan Castle and wind your way along the Great Glen to the infamous Loch Ness. Stay overnight in Inverness. Day 4:Hunt for the elusive monster with a cruise on Loch Ness before turning northward and the stunning beauty of the northwest Highlands. Take in the beautiful town of Beauly with its Priory dating back to 1230. The day ends with a visit to Culloden Battlefield, where Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites were defeated in 1746. Stay overnight in Inverness. Day 5:Leaving Inverness, visit the Highland Folk Museum to get a real taste of Highland life from the past centuries. Next, head to a local whisky distillery for a tour and a taste of the so-called water of life. For the final stop of the tour, visit Dunkeld and take a walk through the quaint village. Stroll along the River Tay and see the cathedral. Return back to Edinburgh in the evening.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 536 reviews

The 5 stars review is for the guide Callum and the driver (I would say Jade, but I can't remember her name anymore). Full of knowledge, entertaining and well driven. Otherwise, it would have been a 3 to 4 stars review, as you spend way more time on the coach, than visiting the sites. I know it can't be helped, due to the distance to cover, but what would, will be, if the driver legal's breaks were taken at more scenic locations. Toilets on the bus would be nice too, for older men with bladder issues ‍♀️ N.B. : Do yourself a favour, get those Loch Ness tickets, it's cold on the loch but worth it, you get a really nice view and you can enjoy a hot cup of coffee or a cheeky whisky. If you want pictures without reflection on the coach, put your lense directly against the glass.

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!

The trip was well planned, covering the vast essential attractions in the Scottish Highlands, as well as extra viewpoints. We also had some time to spend in small local villages and bask in the atmosphere. Steve was a wonderful guide, very entertaining and informative. Even though the group was a bit quiet, he still managed to remain spirited and kept up the cheer with his amazing Scottish music playlist.

a long day travelling but still brillant. just wish we had longer at Loch ness as after our cruise we didn't have time to look around

Great experience and the drive/guide was superb - extremely knowledgeable