Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Tour
One day tour
Discover the stunningly beautiful and unspoilt Scottish Highlands. Experience an ever changing panorama of mountains, lochs and glens with the highlight of this popular tour being an extended stop at enigmatic Loch Ness. What a monster day out!
Price range: £47-£57
Rannoch Moor - tour through this sprawling wilderness of lochs and moors
Glen Coe - stop to capture the breathtaking beauty of this famous valley
Loch Ness - take the chance to cruise the dark and deep waters of this mysterious lake
Urquhart Castle - explore the ruins of the greatest castle in the Highlands
Inverness - enjoy a panoramic tour of the Highland Capital
Perthshire - discover the charming town of Pitlochry in the heart of “Big Tree Country”
Movie locations - Main Solah Baras Ki, Brave and The 39 Steps
Full Tour Itinerary
We leave Edinburgh and head north west into Stirlingshire, catching a view of the arresting Stirling Castle, before stopping at Kilmahog for a snack and an opportunity to get a good look at some long horned “Heilan Coos” (Highland Cattle).
We continue on our journey passing through the area that was home to the folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor. Soon we reach the rugged wilderness of Rannoch Moor and the Black Mount, arriving at Glencoe, possibly the most well-known of Scotland’s glens and the location of the massacre of Clan MacDonald in 1692. We stop here to give you a chance to take some photographs, and to fully appreciate the melancholic atmosphere of this legendary glen.
By way of Loch Linnhe, we arrive in Fort William where we’ll have a stop for lunch and then journey on through the exceptional scenery of the Great Glen and Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain.
Further on we pass the remarkable Caledonian Canal, and the attractive, bustling small village of Fort Augustus. As we travel along the shoreline of Loch Ness we are afforded stunning views of the Loch, on the approach to iconic Urquhart Castle. Loch Ness is 24 miles long and over 700 feet deep, and is mostly known for reports of the appearance of its famous resident, ‘Nessie’, the Loch Ness monster. You’ll have the chance to do your own Nessie spotting as we linger at Loch Ness for roughly 2 hours. While here, you have the option of taking a fantastic cruise or the opportunity to walk around the predominantly ruined Urquhart Castle, and discover its history in the visitor centre.
After we drive on to Inverness, known as the Capital of the Highlands, our tour will begin to head back home, taking in the Grampian Mountains and Perthshire’s stunning Forest of Atholl.
We stop for a refreshment in Pitlochry, a Victorian era town famously admired by Queen Victoria, before commencing our return to Edinburgh and the end of the Loch Ness tour.
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.
What are my sightseeing options at Loch Ness?
No visit to Loch Ness is complete without sailing the dark and enigmatic waters of Scotland’s most famous lake.
Visit to Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Cruise
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 short cruise on Loch Ness.
Cost: £19 per adult and £17 per child
Loch Ness Cruise
Take a cruise sailing the deepest waters of Loch Ness to enjoy amazing views of ruined Urquhart Castle.
Cost: £13.50 per adult and £12.50 per child
You can purchase tickets for these options from your driver/guide on the day of the tour and payment is in cash only. For operational reasons it’s not possible to visit Urquhart Castle on its own. You must purchase the Castle and Cruise ticket option.
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!
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 .
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English.
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From The Ensign Ewart
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh EH1 2PE
Check-in: 07:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 20:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 15 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.
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.
Rating:04 Nov 2019
Mr. Douglass was fantastic, however finding out that it was cash only to ride the Loch Ness ferry was upsetting. No credit card accepted. Thank goodness there was a passenger who gave me an extra £4. Pheeeeew! I would have been bummed not to ride a boat on Loch Ness.Baltazar from Carson, US
Rating:06 Oct 2019
Long drive. Beautiful scenery. Boat ride was nice change. Felt rushed sometimesNINA from Brownsville, US