The Original Loch Ness Tour
One day tour
Scotland’s rural splendour unfolds on this epic quest, which starts on the dramatic shores of Loch Lomond and continues to Glen Coe and its centuries of gripping history. After lunching in the shadow of Ben Nevis, enjoy a boat trip across the icy depths of Loch Ness, before meandering gently homewards through the Cairngorms and beautiful leafy Perthshire.
Price range: £42-£42
Loch Lomond - discover the scenic beauty of the “bonnie, bonnie banks”
Rannoch Moor - experience this great wilderness, one of the last in Europe
Glen Coe - stop to take in the views of Scotland’s most famous valley
Ben Nevis - see the towering peak of Britain’s highest mountain
Loch Ness - relax in the pleasant village of Drumnadrochit or take to the waters on a Nessie-spotting cruise – the choice is yours!
Cairngorm National Park - tour through this picturesque landscape of mountains and lochs
Movie locations - Skyfall, Harry Potter and Outlaw King
Full Tour Itinerary
Leaving the streets of Glasgow, our day begins among the splendour of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, snaking north along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and pausing to admire the sweeping views at Inveruglas.
With Rob Roy Country a-calling, we press forward across the splendour of Rannoch Moor and towering crags of Glen Coe, scene of the grisly 1692 Massacre of the MacDonald clan.
From here, the road twists north until Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, rises before us. Nestled at its foot, the town of Fort William is the perfect spot for lunch. Suitably refreshed, a photo at Spean Bridge is essential before glassy lochs herald our arrival in the Great Glen.
Hugging the shore of the Caledonian Canal we continue to Loch Ness where you’ll have the chance to spend time in delightful Drumnadrochit or take a mini-cruise and explore the tumbledown ruins of Urquhart Castle.
Turning homewards, we journey through the Highland capital of Inverness and the Cairngorm National Park before descending through heather-covered mountains into the ‘Big Tree Country’ of Perthshire.
Our final stop of the day is the quaint town of Pitlochry, before we pass the landmarks of Perth and Stirling Castle as we return to the city lights.
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.
Will there be stops for meals and are they included in the price of the tour?
Meals are not included in the tour price, but we will make stops where you can get refreshments and something to eat. If you wish, you can bring a packed lunch or pick up lunch items at a previous stop. Vegetarian food is widely available in Scotland.
Will there be a tour commentary?
Each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide an informative and entertaining commentary in English. You’ll hear tales of the Clans, bloody battles and the famous characters that have shaped the history of Scotland. You will learn too of the landscape that surrounds you and of the nature that makes Scotland so special. Be ready to have a laugh as well - you’re bound to be told some really corny jokes!
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 coach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of an experienced driver/guide
• Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From Parish Hall Coach Tour Stop
266 George Street
Glasgow G1 1QX
Check-in: 07:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 20:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive. There are no Senior and Student discounts available on this tour.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
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.