Loch Ness Explorer - 1 day tour
Loch Ness Explorer
One day tour
Tour through the Highlands to see wild Rannoch Moor and haunting Glen Coe. Discover Britain’s highest peak: Ben Nevis, go monster spotting at Loch Ness and admire the beauty of the Cairngorms National Park and Highland Perthshire.
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park - experience the stunning scenery as you tour through ‘Rob Roy country’
Glen Coe - stop at Scotland’s most famous Glen, scene of the massacre of the MacDonald clan in 1692
Ben Nevis - spot this majestic icon, the highest peak in Britain
Loch Ness - get up-close to the mysterious waters of Loch Ness on an optional ‘monster-spotting’ cruise
Cairngorms National Park - discover the towering mountain peaks and shimmering lochs
Forth Bridges - enjoy spectacular views of the rail and road bridges as you return over the Firth of Forth
Movie locations – Skyfall, The Queen and Monarch of the Glen (TV)
Full Tour Itinerary
We bid goodbye to bustling Edinburgh and head for the Highlands.
Our journey continues through Callander to the village of Tyndrum, where we will make a stop for refreshments.
The next part of our journey will start with a dramatic ascent of the Black Mount to reach the vastness of Rannoch Moor, one of the last true wildernesses left in Europe.
We’ll stop in haunting Glen Coe so you can capture the scene and hear the story of the infamous massacre.
Next, we travel to Fort William and see, if the weather is kind, the soaring peak of Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in Britain.
The Great Glen provides an ever-changing vista of lochs and mountains. Soon we’ll arrive in Fort Augustus, where we'll have the chance to explore the mysterious banks of Loch Ness.
There's the chance to take a 50-minute “monster-spotting” cruise across the deep and dark waters of the loch. During the sail, enjoy an engaging commentary from a crewmember and watch for unexplained happenings below on the state-of-the-art sonar system!
Our return journey will take us through Glen Spean, where we follow the banks of Loch Laggan past stately Ardverikie House. This grand house has starred in several films and TV series, including Mrs Brown, Outlander and The Crown.
The Cairngorms National Park is famed for its natural beauty, as we will discover as our journey continues towards Dalwhinnie then on through the Grampian Mountains.
We’ll make a final stop for refreshments in a wee village in Highland Perthshire, an area of tall trees and fast-flowing rivers.
The last part of our journey is through the Kingdom of Fife, then across the Forth Estuary, where there are fantastic views of the iconic Rail Bridge to enjoy.
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.
Tell me more about the Loch Ness Cruise?
A short cruise sailing the deep and mysterious waters of Loch Ness is a truly memorable experience. Enjoy extraordinary loch views and including Cherry Island, the only island on the loch.
Of course, Loch Ness is famed as the home of “Nessie”. Discover the legend of the Loch Ness Monster with a fascinating live commentary from an experienced crewmember. At the same time, the latest hi-tech colour sonar will enhance your chances of spotting the ever-elusive creature.
On board your modern cruiser, you’ll find comfortable seating inside and out, toilets and a bar serving hot and cold drinks.
You can purchase tickets from your driver/guide or the tour staff at check-in.
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!
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 you and your party arrive at the boarding point together so that you can be seated in the same part of the coach.
I’ve missed my tour because I was late, can I get a refund?
We’re sorry but refunds or credits won’t be issued if you miss your tour because you are not at the departure point on time.
In fairness to all our passengers coaches will not wait if you are late.
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- A light “Taste of Scotland” packed lunch.
- 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 tour host
Edinburgh Bus Station
26 Elder Street
From Monday, 05 February 2024
this tour will depart at 07:30hrs from:
60 High Street
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 16 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.
A light “Taste of Scotland” packed lunch is 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:(4 /5) 19 Aug 2023
We had a lovely tour guide who told us a lot about the history of the high lands while driving through, which was good fun. Overall the tour was quite nice, the boat trip was a little underwhelming, because there were so many tourists one the boat.Katja from Ziefen, CH
Rating:(4 /5) 01 Aug 2023
Nice tour but without too much time for any stops - "just in time" approach is required at very single moment of the tour.Przemyslaw from ,
Rating:(5 /5) 20 May 2023
I highly recommend this tour to absolutely anyone, even those people living in Scotland. This tour is a great day spend learning about and seeing the beautiful country that Scotland is.Anne from Peoria, US