Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Tour - 1 day tour
Loch Ness and the Highlands 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 make our way northwards passing Stirling Castle, standing atop a volcanic core, guarding the city and the surrounding countryside. As we enter the village of Doune look out for the ancient castle overlooking the River Teith. Its had a starring roll in Game of Thrones and Outlander, as Castle Leoch.
Soon we enjoy our first stop of the day amongst the beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Shortly we cross into the Highlands and enjoy fantastic loch-side views of Loch Lubnaig.
There is a pause in our ascent of the “Black Mount” so you can enjoy the beautiful views of Loch Tulla below. The vastness of remote Rannoch Moor is next. It extends as far as the eye can see and is one of Europe’s last true wildernesses.
Listen in awe as your guide tells you the sad tale of the Glen Coe massacre then soak up the atmosphere for yourself when we stop in this majestic valley for photographs.
Fort William and towering Ben Nevis is our next treat. There’s a stop in the area for lunch before entering the glacier-carved scenery of the Great Glen.
Our main stop of the day will be in Fort Augustus which sits at the southern end of Loch Ness. There is plenty of time for a leisurely lunch and a stroll along the banks of the loch. Alternatively, why not take to the water on an optional cruise? Keep a careful watch as you sail over the dark and mysterious waters of Scotland’s most famous loch - was that the monster or just a trick of the light?
From Spean Bridge, we strike out through Glen Spean and make our way into the Cairngorms National Park. Along the way, we pass picturesque Loch Laggan and Ardverikie House, “Glenbogle” in the famous “Monarch of the Glen” TV series and “Balmoral Castle” in the latest series of “The Crown”.
The lonely village of Dalwhinnie means “meeting place” in Gaelic, and from here we start our descent through the Grampian Mountains to reach the attractive town of Pitlochry, a firm favourite with tourists since Victorian times.
The last part of our journey takes us through the gentle scenery of Highland Perthshire and onwards to the Kingdom of Fife. Look out for the historic Forth Railway Bridge to our left and the new Queensferry Crossing to our right as we cross the sweeping Forth Road Bridge and make our way back into Edinburgh.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Small Group Tour?
With a group size of just 16 passengers, 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 mini-coaches that feature air-conditioning, panoramic windows 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 £14.00 per adult; £13.00 Concessions and £8.00 per child (under 16)
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.
I don’t have a local telephone number. What should I do?
We ask that you provide us with a local contact number so that we can reach you if we need to discuss your tour. You can provide a mobile or cell phone number (please include the full number including country code) alternatively if you know where you are staying you can provide your accommodation provider's number instead.
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 mini-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 Bus Stand ZE
Edinburgh EH1 3BQ
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 5 to 17 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 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.
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,