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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
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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands
From US$64.47
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.

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Reviewed 1 week ago
3 day tour of the Isle of Skye and the Highlands

I am so glad I booked this tour, it was an incredible way to see the Scottish countryside and the Isle of Skye. Our tour guide/bus driver, Lee, did a phenomenal job describing the places we visited and the history behind them, along with humour...More

Thank _jennwilkes33
ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to rate us. Great to hear you had a great time exploring Scotland with Lee. He sure is an amazing storyteller! Hope you will return to Scotland soon. Best regards, Siiri

Reviewed 1 week ago
Great fun, thank you Mahri

We went on this trip a couple of years ago (April 2016) and Mahri still stands out to this day as being the best tour guide we've ever had, hands down. Between her entertaining, comprehensive and detailed stories, and the lovely contemporary music, we had...More

Thank J D
ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for leaving us a great review. I am glad you have great memories on the tour with Mahri. Hope to see you in Scotland again one day! Kind regards, Siiri

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
An unforgettable experience

It was a 12-hour unbelievable experience with lots of picturesque landscapes. Even if we were the bus for many hours, it was worthwhile. One of the most significant reasons why it was a so pleasant trip was the driver Krsty. She was very talkative, nice...More

1  Thank Maria K
ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave such kind words! I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the breathtaking views of Scotland and your overall journey with Kirsty. I hope that we can welcome you back soon. Best, Jenay

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A gorgeous day

Excellent full day tour, with incredible places and beautiful landscapes, we were lucky with a sunny day .Lakes, mountains, good roads and an interesting guide who let us have a short idea of the Highlands. We need more than one day.

1  Thank Silvia E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Amazing tour!

The Highland Explorer one day tour was brilliant! The tour guide Jim and driver (sorry I can’t remember his name) were outstanding. It is a long day - we started at 8am and were dropped off just before 8pm. The commentary was really good and...More

Thank Carmypug
ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you for the 5 stars review. We understand it is a long drive to go to Loch Ness and it is great to hear that Jim and the driver were good company. Seems like you enjoyed the Scottish stories and Landscape. We...More

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Raheel B
2 May 2018|
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Response from popsNcass | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't advise it with a 2 year old whether you're allowed to or not. It's a VERY long day with an early start and a late finish and an awful lot of time is spent sat on the coach. Not ideal for a 2 year old at all.
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