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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

Highlights
  • Discover Loch Ness without renting a car on a day trip from Edinburgh
  • Travel between highlights of the Scottish Highlands with ease 
  • Escape the city, and explore Scotland's rural countryside 
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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands
From US$ 62.70
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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands
From US$ 62.70
Overview
Unless you rent a car for the day, getting to Loch Ness from Edinburgh is an arduous task. Escape the city, and travel to the Scottish Highlands with ease on this day trip, ideal for travelers with limited time. Avoid the hassle of navigating rural Scotland’s winding roads, and save your energy for the unspoiled scenery of Great Glen, Rannoch Moor, and Loch Ness. Plus you can also upgrade to include a cruise on Loch Ness.
What to Expect

Climb aboard a climate-controlled coach in central Edinburgh and begin your journey to the Scottish Highlands. Your guide provides a historical overview of the region as you pass Stirling Castle and Rannoch Moor. Stop at Glen Coe, the site of a legendary 17th-century massacre.

On arrival in Fort Augustus, located on the banks of Loch Ness, enjoy free time relaxing and indulging in a provided picnic lunch. Opt for a cruise on Loch Ness (own expense) for a panoramic view of the area.

On the return drive back to Edinburgh, pass Loch Laggan, the Pass of Drumochter, and Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tour concludes at your original departure point in central Edinburgh.

Reviews (336)
1 - 5 of 107 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
worth every penny!

Calum was our tour guide and he was simply the best! He gave such interesting history talks along the way. the views were spectacular. And the lochness trip was absolutely wonderful! We stopped couple of times along the way where we took great pictures. I...More

Thank Shafaq M
Reviewed 1 week ago
Wonderful day in The Highlands, just soaking in the views

Apart from the almost never-ending panoramic views of spectacular hills, snow-capped mountains, lochs, rivers, streams and tine villages, Michael the driver kept us entertained with his historic, geographic and humorous tales of Scottish life and legends. Thanks everyone involved in making this a really great...More

Thank Bob S
ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Bob! Thank you very much for reviewing Highland Explorer Tours! It looks like you had an amazing time exploring the beauty of the Scottish landscape and listening to Michael stories. Hope you will travel with us soon! Safe travels, Karolina.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A lovely day

This trip was perfect. We loved the stories which Liam (the guide - I am not sure if the name is well) tell´s us. The boat trip was lovely and interesting as well. It is well worth it. The views were gorgeous- Scotland is a...More

Thank mariajoaog801
ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for showing your appreciation with a 5-star review. We are glad that you had a fantastic time exploring Scotland with Liam. Safe travels! Karolina.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Absolutely amazing

I didn't have much time in Scotland and my kids were desperate to go look for Nessy. This trip was perfect. The bus trip was long but I knew this before booking and geared my 6 and 11 year old up and brought some electronic...More

Thank Vistor5001
ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello :) Lovely to hear from you! It is great to know that you and your family had an amazing time. Our Loch Ness tour is an all-day tour, but you have a chance to experience Scottish highlights with a fantastic commentary of our guides....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Too little time given

Had a Highland day tour at a discounted rate, which was not that cheap at all compared to other companies. Traveled in a large vehicle full of people without any single seat left. The guide was okay, but it was quite difficult to concentrate the...More

Thank Ji Hyun S
ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Ji, Thank you for taking the time to review Highland Explorer Tours. The 1-Day tour to the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness is a huge day. We do our best to inform everyone that there will be a lot of driving as that is...More

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YukFongMaggieM
12 November 2018|
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Response from Shafaq M | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can get audio guide with different languages in it.
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zeweic2016
9 October 2018|
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Response from delphi927 | Reviewed this property |
Scotland is such a gorgeous country - I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed at any time of the year. It may not be as green in December, but it’ll still be beautiful in its own right.
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Aistas
23 July 2018|
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Response from Phoenix_AZRew | Reviewed this property |
Our experience was the same as above. We left around 8am and got back about7pm. There are a few short toillet breaks on the way (10-20minutes) and a longer break at Loch Ness. We had another 2 short breaks on the way back... More
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