Loch Ness and the Highlands by Small Group - 1 day tour
The Highlands and Loch Ness Small Group Tour
One day tour
See some of the finest scenery in Europe including the breath-taking beauty of Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe and the Cairngorm National Park. At Fort Augustus enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness or take a relaxing stroll. Later visit delightful Pitlochry. There’s no better way to discover the true beauty of the Highlands!
Price range: £47 £57
Small Group Tour - travel in an intimate group of just 16 passengers
Glen Coe - experience the stunning scenery of Scotland’s most famous glen
Great Glen - an unforgettable landscape of mountains and lochs
Loch Ness - enjoy an extended stop in Fort Augustus where you can take an optional monster-spotting cruise
Perthshire - discover “big tree” country and spend free-time in delightful Pitlochry
Forth Bridges - see the three bridges that span the Firth of Forth
Movie locations - Skyfall, Loch Ness & The Queen
Full Tour Itinerary
From Edinburgh we head northwards to ancient Stirling where you’ll get a good view of the magnificent castle and monument to Sir William Wallace, the real Braveheart!
Our ascent of the Black Mount will afford wonderful views of Loch Tulla before we reach Rannoch Moor. This barren wilderness extends for some 50 square miles and is one of the most desolate and unspoilt areas in Europe.
Haunting Glen Coe is known as the "Glen of Weeping". In 1692 40 of the resident MacDonald clan were massacred in cold blood by the Campbells for not forswearing the Jacobite cause. It is said that you can still hear their cries! We'll make a stop in this awe-inspiring place so that you can marvel at the natural beauty of the glen for yourself.
Next we travel to Fort William, which sits at the foot of Ben Nevis - Britain’s tallest mountain. From here we enter the Great Glen which provides timeless vistas of soaring mountains, sparkling lochs and ancient woodlands.
Mysterious Loch Ness has fascinated visitors for centuries so we’ll make an extended stop in the pleasant village of Fort Augustus. Here you can enjoy a stroll along the banks of the loch; watch the boats navigate the locks of the Caledonian Canal or take a short cruise to discover more about Nessie’s home!
The next part of our journey takes us through scenic Glen Spean and into the wilderness of the Cairngorm National Park. We’ll make a stop in the popular town of Pitlochry before making our way towards Perth and through the Kingdom of Fife.
As we cross the Firth of Forth you’ll get wonderful views of the iconic Forth Rail Bridge, now a UNESCO heritage site. From here we make our way into Edinburgh and, sadly, the end of our wonderful Highland adventure.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Small Group Tour?
With an average of 16 passengers (and never more than 20) a Small Group Tour will provide a more intimate and flexible travelling experience. These tours are carefully planned to travel off the highways so you’ll discover quaint villages and picturesque vistas that other tours just can’t access. All the small group tours that we feature are operated by purpose built luxury minicoaches that feature air-conditioning, panoramic windows, wifi, usb charging points and comfortable seating. Each group is led by an experienced driver/guide who will entertain and inform you with stories of our history, nature and folklore.
What options are available on this tour and what is the cost?
A short cruise sailing the deep and mysterious waters of Loch Ness is a real highlight for many customers. On this tour you’ll have the opportunity of mounting your very own “Nessie' spotting experience so don’t forget to bring your camera, just in case!
The cost of this option is £13.50 per adult and £12.50 per child
On board your cruiser you’ll find comfortable seating inside and out; on-board sonar, as well as toilets. Refreshments are available for purchase or you can bring packed food.
You can purchase your cruise ticket from your driver/guide on the day of the tour and payment is in cash only.
Tell me more about the optional Loch Ness Cruise?
Mount your very own Nessie adventure by taking a one hour cruise to explore the deep, dark and mysterious waters of 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 a ticket from your driver/guide on the day of the tour and payment is in cash only.
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.
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 .
- Small group of just 16 passengers
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned minicoach equipped with wifi and USB charging points
- Live commentary in English
- Free bottle of water
- 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 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 discounts apply 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:15 Mar 2018
The Tour was amazing!! The guide was even better, his wealth of knowledge that he shared created an amazing experience. can't wait to get back!Chad from California,
Rating:11 Oct 2017
Lizzie was AWESOME!!! She was extremely knowledgable and was able to answer all of our questions. We will definitely recommend this tour to our friends when they head up to Scotland. Cheers, JeffJeffrey from IA,
Rating:02 Oct 2017
Had a great timeMrs from VIC,