Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands - 1 day tour
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Tour
One day tour
Discover Loch Lomond, Glen Coe, Loch Ness and the Grampian Mountains as well as Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands. You’ll travel through two National Parks and have the opportunity of taking a monster-spotting cruise too. It all adds up to a great Scottish experience!
Price range: £45-£51
Loch Lomond - enjoy time at Inveruglas to see the “bonnie, bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond
Glen Coe - take an amazing selfie when we stop in the heart of this magnificent glen
Loch Ness - a leisurely visit allows plenty time to visit Urquhart Castle and enjoy a cruise on the loch
Loch Ness Cruise - keep an close watch on the sonar screen as you sail the deepest waters of this enigmatic lake, just in case!
Cairngorm National Park - see Britain’s highest and most massive mountain range
Pitlochry - spend time in this popular Victorian tourist resort
Movie locations - Rob Roy, Being Human and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Full Tour Itinerary
From Glasgow, we travel to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park where we will drive the entire length of Loch Lomond. There’s a stop in the picturesque village of Luss where you can enjoy the panoramic views over the loch. As we cross into the Highlands you'll see a scattering of islands forming a line across the loch and Ben Lomond towering in the distance.
After crossing the bleak wilderness of Rannoch Moor we will make the descent into Glen Coe where the mountain grandeur that surrounds us offers exciting scenery and history. Glen Coe is most famously known for the massacre of the resident MacDonald Clan by Campbell troops in 1692. The story that led to this infamous act will captivate you. After time for photographs, our coach continues along the banks of Loch Linnhe to Fort William. After a break for lunch, we’ll stop to admire Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain.
Dark, deep and mysterious Loch Ness is bound to impress. It extends for 24 miles (38 km) and is up to 700 feet (212 m) deep. It's said that Loch Ness contains more freshwater than the lakes of England and Wales combined!
Loch Ness is, almost certainly, most famous for its elusive resident - Nessie. On this tour you'll have the option of enjoying a short sail on the loch where you can mount your own Monster spotting adventure. As well as sailing the dark waters of the loch the cruise will provide wonderful views of Urquhart Castle. This atmospheric castle was once one of Scotland's largest strongholds and it has had a long and bloody history.
We’ll have a panoramic tour of Inverness before heading for our second National Park of the day - the Cairngorm National Park is famed for its alpine-like scenery, crystal clear lochs and pretty villages. The four peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains will dominate our travels through the park - the remoteness of this area providing the ideal home for golden eagles, capercaillie and a host of rare wildlife.
After travelling through the Grampian Mountains we’ll make a stop in the pleasant Victorian resort of Pitlochry. The final part of our journey will take us to Perth then past the golf resort of Gleneagles and, later, Stirling with its majestic castle. From here it is a short drive back to Glasgow.
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?
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.
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 29 and 33 passengers. On the Original Loch Ness Tour and at times of peak demand (such as on public holidays) larger coaches may be used.
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 .
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.
- 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 outside The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, opposite Buchanan Street Bus Station
19 Killermont Street
Glasgow G2 3NX
Check-in: 07:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:45 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.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:11 Oct 2019
Fantastic way to see Scotland. Comfortable and full of great information. This is our third time using your service and would recommend to our friends and family.Laura from Cambridge, CA
Rating:14 May 2018
The trip in itself was amazing - great landscape, stories, and views. Having a charismatic and engaging tour guide made the tour even better. I would highly recommend to all considering expanding their Scotland visit to include these beautiful areas outside of the city.Ricardo from Florida ,
Rating:09 Apr 2018
Thank you very much for the wonderful time.Sin-Seock from Dublin,