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Meet your guide and air-conditioned coach in central Edinburgh, and then set off to discover a handful of Scotland's most popular highlights.
Heading north from Edinburgh, we pass the imposing ramparts of Stirling Castle and drive through the Trossachs National Park, Rob Roy country. We cross the wilds of Rannoch Moor before stopping at dramatic Glencoe, the scene of the infamous massacre in 1692. Our journey takes us through Fort William and majestic Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak before arriving at the banks of Loch Ness.

Upon arrival in Fort Augustus you are seated by the friendly staff at the award-winning restaurant at the Lovat Hotel and treated to a delicious ‘Taste of Scotland’ lunch, which is the celebration of Scotland’s finest produce. You have an opportunity to indulge in the best local specialities like smoked salmon, haggis, wild game and whisky. After lunch you can go ‘Nessie hunting’ on a short walk to the shoreline or just relax by the Caledonian Canal.

On our journey back we travel east along the banks of shimmering Loch Laggan and witness more stunning Highland scenery. The next step of our journey takes us over the Drumochter Pass through the Cairngorms National Park and on to Perthshire, a land of forests, rivers and mountains. We view the spectacular Forth Bridges before arriving back in Edinburgh at around 8.00pm

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Glen Coe
Stirling Castle
Ben Nevis
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Explore the dramatic glens, glittering lochs and historic castles of the Scottish Highlands on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Admire some of the Highlands’ most famous vistas including Glencoe and Ben Nevis, and pass landmarks like Stirling Castle and Dunkfeld Cathedral. Tuck into a 3-course lunch of traditional Scottish cuisine in Fort Augustus, accompanied by a dram of Scottish whisky, then enjoy free time to explore Loch Ness, home to the legendary Loch Ness Monster.
  • Scottish highlights day trip from Edinburgh
  • Discover beautiful Glencoe and walk the banks of Loch Ness
  • Eat a 3-course Scottish lunch at an acclaimed restaurant in Fort Augustus
  • Choose to explore the small town of Fort Augustus or visit Loch Ness
  • Pass the imposing Stirling Castle and hear about its intriguing history
  • Learn about the history and culture of Scotland from the local guide
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Top day

I have visited this week Edinburgh together with my son. By coincidence we have seen this day tour advertised in the window of highland explorer tours at the Royal Mile and have decided to this tour and to get an impression of the Highlands. It...More

Thank Wakkershof
Reviewed 1 week ago
Beautiful Trip & Cool Guide

The Tour My friend and I did a one-day trip to Loch Ness (3rd August 2018). The meeting point was in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh at 7:45 AM. The tour started as scheduled at 8 AM with approximately 35 passengers on the bus. We...More

Thank Elisa_Mareike
Reviewed 16 July 2018
Awesome Tour

What a delight despite the weather! I have been to Loch Ness before when I was a lot younger but it was really interesting to learn more from our excellent tour guides, Holly and Colin, along the way. Would highly recommend!

Thank joseph339
ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for your great review of your trip to Loch Ness with Holly and Colin. I am so glad you enjoyed it and learned something along the way! Kind Regards, Stephanie

Reviewed 16 July 2018
Great day out!!!

Excellent tour and I really enjoyed the day! Holly was a fab guide and she cheered up the grey weather!

Thank helen2466
ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you for your five star rating! I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your overall experience with Holly - she can always help brighten up anyone's day! I hope that you can return to our beautiful country soon, Jenay

Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile
Loch Ness / Highlands Explorer 1 Day Tour

Had an absolutely incredible time today on our tour! The weather was beyond perfect, the sights impossibly beautiful, and the day as a whole was amazing! Our guide, Sandy, was incredibly knowledgeable about every detail, friendly and funny, and a good time all around! Would...More

Thank Monika B
ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Hi Monika, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a positive review! I am pleased to hear that your overall experience was enjoyable and that Sandy kept you thoroughly entertained - he certainly is charismatic! I hope that you can return to our...More

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