Loch Ness and the Highlands - 1 day tour
Loch Ness and the Highlands
One day tour
There’s much more than Nessie though - the scenic delights of the Cairngorm National Park; the bleakness of Rannoch Moor and the majesty of Glen Coe are just some of the many highlights that you will see on this best-selling tour.
Price range: £45 - £57
Perthshire - discover “big tree” country and spend free-time in delightful Pitlochry
Loch Ness - enjoy a cruise on the loch or discover delightful Drumnadrochit
Great Glen - an unforgettable landscape of mountains and lochs
Fort William - savour the spectacular views of Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain
Glen Coe - experience the natural beauty and learn its tragic history
Forth Bridges - marvel at the engineering of the iconic Rail Bridge
Movie locations - Skyfall, Loch Ness & Harry Potter
Full Tour Itinerary
From Edinburgh, we head over the Forth Road Bridge and into the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Our route takes us past Loch Leven and the Fair City of Perth.
There is a stop for morning coffee in the delightful Victorian resort of Pitlochry before we travel through the dramatic scenery of Glen Garry to reach the wilderness of the Cairngorm National Park. The soaring peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains guide us through the Spey Valley and then our long descent of Drumossie Moor brings us to Inverness.
After a short panoramic tour of the "Capital of the Highlands” we make our way towards Loch Ness, Scotland's largest and most famous loch. Why not mount your own Nessie spotting adventure by visiting ancient Urquhart Castle and taking a cruise on the loch? Later we'll enjoy glorious scenery as we tour the length of Loch Ness and make our way through the Great Glen to Fort William, which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis - Britain's tallest mountain.
A real highlight is our time in haunting Glen Coe, 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.
The barren wilderness of Rannoch Moor extends for some 50 square miles and is one of the most desolate and unspoilt areas in Europe. Our descent of the Black Mount will afford wonderful views of Loch Tulla before we arrive in the little community of Tyndrum for a break.
We descend through Glen Ogle to reach Lochearnside. Soon we enter Rob Roy MacGregor country and make our way from the Highlands back into the Lowlands. From Callander, it is a short drive to reach the motorway and the direct route back to Edinburgh.
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.
The cost of the ticket is £20 per adult and £16 per child.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- 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 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:31 Jul 2021
Excellent tour to hit all the high points. The Highlands are absolutely beautiful and we loved having the time to cruise Loch Ness. Would highly recommend. Very comfortable coach and excellent guide.from Arnold, US
Rating:30 Jul 2021
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would do it all over again! The tour guide Steven was very friendly, entertaining and knowledgeable! The tour gave us good coverage of the Loch Ness and the Highlands within 12 hours. The trip is overall fantastic value for money !from Borehamwood, GB
Rating:27 Jul 2021
Very enjoyable. Our first time seeing the Scottish Highlands. Wow! Amazing scenery and weather was perfect. Didn't see Nessie though!from Newton Abbot, GB