Loch Ness, Glencoe and The Highlands - 1 day tour
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!
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 this once mighty fortress
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 into Stirlingshire, catching the arresting view of Stirling Castle before stopping at Kilmahog for refreshments and an opportunity to say hello to some long-horned “Hairy Coos” (Highland Cattle).
We cross into the Highlands then travel by the banks of Loch Lubnaig into the area that was home to the folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor.
Soon we reach the rugged wilderness of Rannoch Moor and arrive at Glen Coe, 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, seeing Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain.
We follow the remarkable Caledonian Canal to reach the attractive, bustling small village of Fort Augustus.
Loch Ness is 38 km (24 miles) long and over 213 m (700 ft) deep and is mainly 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 we are here, you will have the chance of taking a fantastic cruise to enjoy stunning views of the Loch and the iconic ruins of Urquhart Castle.
Later we drive on to Inverness, known as the Capital of the Highlands. From here, our tour will begin to head back home, taking in the Cairngorms National Park, Grampian Mountains and Perthshire’s stunning Forest of Atholl.
We stop for a refreshment in Pitlochry, a resort 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.
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 the 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.
Loch Ness Cruise
Take a cruise sailing the deepest waters of Loch Ness to enjoy amazing views of ruined Urquhart Castle.
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 on this tour?
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 4 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 4 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:(4 /5) 20 Aug 2023
Tour entièrement en anglais. Malheureusement nous étions installés au dernier rang et tous les sièges étaient vendus. Nous étions donc très serrés à 5 à l'arrière et nous avions peu de visibilité. La rentabilité avant le confort des voyageurs !Morgane from TOULOUSE, FR
Rating:(5 /5) 30 Jun 2023
Highly recommend this tour for a quick yet thorough glimpse of Scotland most famous scenery. Our coach driver also tour guide Jimmy is very professional, full of humour and passion throughout the trip makes us a memorable journey.Rowena from NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, GB
Rating:(5 /5) 19 Jun 2023
I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Scotland for the beautiful scenery, Ben Nevis and the other mountains, the hairy coos, Loch Ness, the cruise and Urquhart Castle. Loved every minute.Janet from Gladstone, US