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Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands Tour

1. Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands Tour

Head for the Highlands, whether in search of the Loch Ness Monster or just a scenic day trip from Edinburgh. After pickup, relax on the bus and listen to the guide’s entertaining commentary. Visit Kilmahog for an introduction to the famous Highland Cows and a cup of coffee. Discover what a ‘hairy coo’ really is. Next, travel up the road to Glencoe and enjoy a 10-minute photo stop in front of the unforgettable Highland views. Have lunch in the Fort William area, where your guide can advise you on where to eat. If you're interested in the mysteries of the kilt, you can even get a ‘wee’ kilt introduction here. Then be whisked to Loch Ness itself. Customize your experience at Loch Ness. Choose to visit the majestic Urquhart Castle, and hop on a boat in search of ‘Nessie’, as the locals call it. Or simply hang out on the pier and grab a coffee with gorgeous views. On the way home, make a short snack stop in Pitlochry, a beautiful village in the heart of the country, before returning to Edinburgh.

Edinburgh: Glenfinnan, Mallaig & Glencoe Adventure

2. Edinburgh: Glenfinnan, Mallaig & Glencoe Adventure

Depart Edinburgh and travel northwest, stopping for a coffee and refreshments at a small highland village. Traveling onwards, reach Glencoe, known to many as the location for the Massacre of the MacDonald clan in 1692. Take photos of this beautiful area whilst you learn about its turbulent past. After Glencoe, travel further north to Fort William. Stop for refreshments and perhaps a bite to eat before journeying down the Road to the Isles. Learn about the history of the area as you approach Mallaig, where you will spend time enjoying lunch and its sea views. From Mallaig, travel eastwards to the main attraction, Glenfinnan. Arrive right on time to see the Jacobite Steam Train (also known as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter Films) cross the bridge. Not only will you enjoy this iconic view, but the site is also known as the setting for many Harry Potter scenes, including Loch Shiel. From Glenfinnan, travel southwards, stopping for refreshments at the small village of Pitlochry before returning to Edinburgh, where your tour ends.

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glenoce & The Highlands Day Tour

3. From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glenoce & The Highlands Day Tour

Following pickup from central Edinburgh, you will head towards Stirling, catching views of the Castle and Wallace Monument as you venture to the Highlands. Visit Callander, and stop for morning coffee in this bustling town described as the gateway to the highlands. Head northwards over Rannoch Moor until you reach the dark, brooding Pass of Glencoe. Stop for lunch and free time nearby the Fort William area, then follow the Caledonian Canal up the Great Glen to Loch Ness. Here, you have some free time with the option to cruise on the Loch, or if you don't want to take the cruise you can relax in one of the bars or restaurants in the tranquil village or on the pier.  After Loch Ness you will head South East and take in magnificent views of Loch Laggan. On the way home, enjoy a refreshment stop in Pitlochry, a delightful Victorian resort town. Then, head south through Fife, and cross the Forth next to the amazing Forth Bridge, before arriving back in Edinburgh.

From Glasgow: Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Tour

4. From Glasgow: Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Tour

Embark on a full-day guided bus tour of the Scottish Highlands from Glasgow. Marvel at the wild beauty of the Scottish countryside and visit highlights, including Loch Lomond and Loch Ness. Head north towards the Highlands and admire the lush pastures of the Scottish countryside from an air-conditioned bus. Stop for a cup of tea or coffee at a café on the shores of Loch Lomond before ascending into the Highlands. Traverse the desolate landscape of Rannoch Moor and the Black Mount to Glencoe, the site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald clan. Learn about the events and history of the area from your guide. After lunch in the Fort William area, pass beneath Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and into the Great Glen. At Loch Ness, opt for a sightseeing cruise on the loch or choose to admire the views from the shore. On your way back to Glasgow, cross the Grampian Mountains and admire the woodland scenery of Perthshire, including the Forest of Atholl.

Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands Tour with Lunch

5. 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, shortbread, and chips. 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.

From Edinburgh: Magical Highlands Tour with Hogwarts Express

6. From Edinburgh: Magical Highlands Tour with Hogwarts Express

Pass some of the key film locations from all 8 Harry Potter movies as you lose yourself in the wilderness of Rannoch Moor. Discover the volcanic glen from "The Prisoner of Azkaban" en route to Fort William, where you will board the Hogwarts Express steam train. Cross the Victorian-era Glenfinnan Viaduct and get views of Loch Shiel from the "Chamber of Secrets." See the site of the Triwizard Tournament from "The Goblet of Fire" and continue to the fishing village of Mallaig to get some time for lunch.  From Mallaig, you will again board the train to enjoy the return journey back to Fort William where your driver and guide will be waiting for you to take you back to Edinburgh.

Glasgow: Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Glencoe Adventure Tour

7. Glasgow: Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Glencoe Adventure Tour

Enjoy a day tour exploring the Port of Mallaig, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, and reach Glenfinnan Viaduct right on time to see the Jacobite Steam Train (also known as the Harry Potter Hogwarts Express) crossing the tall bridge. Depart Glasgow and travel north, stopping for a coffee and refreshments at a small highland village. Traveling onwards, reach Glencoe, known to many as the location for the Massacre of the MacDonald clan in 1692. Take photos of this beautiful area whilst you learn about its turbulent past. After Glencoe, travel further north to Fort William. Stop for refreshments and perhaps a bite to eat before journeying down the Road to the Isles. Learn about the history of the area as you approach Mallaig, where you will spend time enjoying lunch and its sea views. From Mallaig, travel eastwards to the main attraction, Glenfinnan. Arrive to see the Jacobite Steam Train (also known as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter Films) cross the bridge. Enjoy the iconic view, known as the setting for many Harry Potter scenes, including Loch Shiel. From Glenfinnan, travel southwards, stopping for refreshments before reaching Luss for Loch Lomond. Spend time here to enjoy the beautiful lochside views before returning to Glasgow.

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Inverness, and Highlands Day Tour

8. From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Inverness, and Highlands Day Tour

Embark on a tour of the natural wonders of Scotland, visiting three of its most beautiful places: Loch Ness, Inverness, and the Highlands. Enjoy a day of unparalleled scenery and views. Depart from Edinburgh, and begin your scenic journey through the Scottish Highlands. Head first to Callander, a charming village that is located next to the Trossachs National Park. Continue to the Glen Coe Valley. one of the most beautiful areas in the Highlands, considered part of the National Scenic Area and the place of passage of numerous routes through the area. Admire the views of the valley and its trails. Continue to Fort Augustus, where you can enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore this charming town of 700 inhabitants. Located on the shores of Loch Ness, take your time to snap some fantastic photos from different viewpoints. Finally, visit the capital of the Highland region, the city of Inverness. Take a tour of the city, before heading to the small village of Pitlochry for a coffee. After this, return to Edinburgh.

Edinburgh: Glenfinnan, Fort William, and Glencoe Winter Tour

9. Edinburgh: Glenfinnan, Fort William, and Glencoe Winter Tour

The winter edition of our Glenfinnan, Glencoe and Fort William Adventure begins in the heart of Edinburgh city centre, at our departure point on the Royal Mile. Departing Edinburgh's bustling streets, passing some of its most iconic sights like Edinburgh Castle on your way out, and begin your journey north into the rugged Scottish Highlands. We pause for refreshments at Callander, the gateway to the Highlands, before continuing to Glencoe. The well-known, dramatic Glen features in many films, such as James Bonds' Skyfall, and is the backdrop to some scenes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, perfect to get you in the mood to visit the famous "Harry Potter Bridge" that you will see later in the tour. We pause here for photos and to learn all about the history of Glencoe, including the massacre of the MacDonald clan in 1692. From the atmospheric Glencoe, we travel further along the banks of Loch Linnhe to the Highland town of Fort William, which sits at the foot of Britain's tallest mountain - Ben Nevis. We stop here to allow you to stretch your legs and have an early lunch break, before we journey onwards to the Glenfinnan Viaduct. The Glenfinnan Viaduct was arguably made most famous from its scenes in Harry Potter and is surrounded by mountains on the stunning shores of Loch Shiel. Not only is this location famous for the Jacobite Steam Train (not to be confused with the Hogwarts' Express), Loch Sheil was the location of the "Black Lake". See if you can spot a "grindylow" causing trouble under the surface! It's also the setting for Buckbeak's beautiful flight, scenes from the Triwizard Tournament, and also the stunning loch on which Hogwarts sits. We take in the viaduct and a photo opportunity before a visit to the nearby Glenfinnan Monument, which symbolises one of the most important events in Scottish history; the 1745 Jacobite uprising. Departing Glenfinnan, we begin our return journey to Edinburgh, stopping along the way for refreshments at the small village of Pitlochry. Enjoy time to stretch your legs and grab a quick bite to eat before we return to Edinburgh where our Glenfinnan, Glencoe and Fort William Adventure will end.

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & Scottish Highlands Tour

10. From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & Scottish Highlands Tour

Head further afield from Edinburgh city and hike in the magnificent Scottish Highlands. Search for the Loch Ness monster and admire the remote moorland and dramatic mountainous landscape on this full-day excursion. Travel towards Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park where there’s a strong possibility to see some adorable ginger Highland cows that graze on these pastures. Continue north to the wonderful setting of Rannoch Moor, one of the most remote and wild locations in Scotland and also recently featured in the Netflix movie, "Outlaw King" among many other TV shows and films. Lay your eyes on the beautiful and dramatic Glencoe. Discover the dark and not so peaceful history significant in shaping Scotland and the world today. Learn about the tragic MacDonalds of Glencoe who once called this place home. Marvel at the ever-changing landscape, from green woodlands to rugged hills, long-shaped lochs and deep glens filled with mystery and intrigue. Hear a wealth of stories, myths and legends from your guide. Travel through Ballachulish, Onich, Fort William and then onto the banks of Loch Ness itself. Arrive at the picturesque Loch Ness and have the freedom to get out and enjoy a cruise on the water. Search for 'Nessie' the Loch Ness monster, undoubtedly a bucket list item for many visitors in Scotland. Or choose to sit back and relax at the water's edge and take in the panoramic views. From here, travel east over towards the Cairngorms National Park where your guide will take you on a short hike in the unforgettable Highlands. Next, head further south through Blair Athol, Pitlochry, and Dunkeld where you can revel in the beauty of waterfalls and crashing rivers.

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What people are saying about Fort William

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Best Guide in Scotland! Had a wonderful time and our guide Erin made the trip worth it. Learned so much from Erin about the history of Scotland as we drove through our journey and realized I really didn't know as much as I thought eventhough I read a lot of history. The use of scottish music on the tour was a great addition as I got to experience the culture and history in a unique way. Coming from Canada I also liked how knowledgable Erin was about Nova Scotia and it's link to Scotland, it was interesting to learn more about your own country from a different perspective. Our driver Michael was very knowlegable and I learned a lot from him as well. Highly recommend my fellow Canadians and everyone else to take this guide, money well spent and will leave you with a great experience

Fantastic trip we had on July 13th. Thank you Paul H for being the best guide ever with interesting stories along the way. Such a memorable and adventurous tour, a must-do when visiting Edinburgh, to get the full Scottish experience in a short amount of time. 12 hours have never gone by so fast, and the bus was also super comfortable. We did the castle visit and the Loch Ness boat cruise, would highly recommend!

A great day tour seening the most beautiful parts of Scotland. Brendan was a fantastic guide, giving a lot of info about the places we visited. Plenty of stops along the way for coffee and food and to strech the legs The coach is comfortable, having a toilet on the bus there was quite handy too :) It's a long trip overall of course but with frequent stops and with commentary all the way the day passed quickly

Everything very well planned and organized. Magnificent, impressive landscapes! A wonderful experience. Absolutely to recommend!

It was a beautiful tour, the driver was so great. Only wish there were more photo stops