The Original Loch Ness Tour - 1 day tour
The Original Loch Ness Tour
One day tour
Explore some of the finest scenery in Europe - The Scottish Highlands, a land of sky-high mountains, tranquil sea lochs and fairy-tale castles. The main attraction of this popular tour is the leisurely stop at Loch Ness. Discover the highlights of Scotland in just one-day!
Price range: £45-£57
Rannoch Moor - experience Scotland’s natural wilderness at its very best
Glen Coe - savour the views when we stop in this legendary valley, scene of the infamous massacre in 1692
Ben Nevis - admire the soaring peak of Britain’s tallest mountain
Loch Ness - during our leisurely visit explore impressive Urquhart Castle and enjoy a cruise on the loch
Cairngorms National Park - enjoy a scenic drive through this beautiful land of mountains and lochs
Pitlochry - spend time exploring this delightful Victorian resort in the heart of Highland Perthshire
Movie locations - Loch Ness, Restless Natives and Centurion
Full Tour Itinerary
Leaving Edinburgh behind we head towards Stirling with its ancient castle then stop for morning coffee at Kilmahog. Next, it's Rob Roy Country and dramatic Rannoch Moor before arriving at the Weeping Glen – Glen Coe, the infamous site of the 1692 Massacre of the resident MacDonalds by Government troops of the Campbell Clan.
After a short drive, we arrive at Fort William which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. After time for lunch, there's a photo stop at Spean Bridge before we enter the scenic beauty of the famous Great Glen, a landscape of soaring mountains and shimmering lochs.
Our journey follows the route of the Caledonian Canal to Loch Ness and the impressive ruins of Urquhart Castle. The Castle provides a superb vantage point to see the deepest part of the loch. Here you can enjoy an optional visit to the castle and take a short cruise on the loch.
On our homeward journey, we pass by Inverness then enter the wild beauty of the Cairngorm National Park. Our descent through the Grampian Mountains takes us into scenic Perthshire, "Big Tree Country”. The last part of our tour takes us through the ancient Kingdom of Fife to the famous Forth Rail Bridge and the conclusion of our tour in Edinburgh.
Please note that this tour may operate in reverse.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness. During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more. Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English. There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks. Please note that tours to some destinations, particularly to Loch Ness, can be faster paced so the number and duration of stops may be limited.
Tell me more about the optional visit to Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Cruise?
You can maximise your time at Loch Ness by purchasing the optional Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Cruise combination ticket. Visit hauntingly beautiful Urquhart Castle, once one of Scotland’s largest castles. The castle boasts a commanding presence overlooking the loch. After time to explore the castle and admire the views take to the water for a cruise on Loch Ness. The cruise boat is equipped with on-board sonar, comfortable seating inside and out as well as toilets. Refreshments are available for purchase or you can bring packed food. You can purchase this combination ticket from your driver/guide on the day of the tour and payment is in cash only. For operational reasons it’s not possible to purchase the cruise or admission to Urquhart Castle separately.
Do you offer a hotel pick-up service?
We know that you will want to start your tour straight away rather than spending valuable time travelling around hotels. By offering a single centrally located departure point we can get you to Scotland’s best scenery as quickly as possible .
Can I book seats on the coach?
The seating on the coach is not allocated so you are free to sit in any vacant seat. We recommend that groups arrive at the boarding point together so that you can be seated in the same part of the coach.
I am travelling on a budget. Can I do the same trip by public transport?
Almost certainly not! Our tours are designed to maximise your sightseeing opportunities so we frequently head off the main road and take routes where there is little or no public transport available. Please also bear in mind that the tour commentary that you will enjoy is designed to bring Scotland’s history, nature and scenic beauty to life as you travel around. Reading about your surroundings from a guide book will just not be the same!
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midi coach
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced guide or driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From 1 Parliament Square
Royal Mile/High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1RE
Check-in: 07:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 20:00 hrs
Concession discount applies to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Book by paying a 20% deposit. Make date changes or get a full refund with 48 hours notice before travel. Click here for more information.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:24 Feb 2020
Wow - a day with Ian was magical and we saw so much. A whole day that felt like a couple of hours, did not drag at all. Our first visit to Scotland, and being based in Edinburgh we wanted to feel that we had seen the Highlands. This was the right choice, and gave us history, culture, geography and humour all in one.Heidi from Jersey, GB
Rating:26 Jan 2020
Wonderful experience! We booked our tour the day before the departure and we've been really amazed by the beauty of the Highlands sceneries and the magic you feel once at Loch Ness! And the tour guide was excellent, telling us the whole history behind the places we met during the journey! We were just a group of 12 people, but it's been beyond our expectation!Maria Grazia from Manchester, GB
Rating:07 Oct 2019
This was a great tour, highly recommendTheresa from Parker, US