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Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh

  • Full-day tour of the Scottish Highlands, from Edinburgh
  • Explore the spectacular and scenic Scottish Highlands via comfortable coach
  • Sample whisky and tour a working distillery, see the setting for James Bond and Harry Potter films and experience the legendary Loch Ness on an hour-long boat excursion
Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh
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Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh

Explore the stunning Scottish Highlands on a full-day excursion that includes Glencoe and Loch Ness. Set own from Edinburgh aboard a comfortable coach bus to experience some of the area's top sights and attractions. See Mary Queen of Scots' birthplace, tour Deanston Distillery and sample its whisky, learn the fascinating history of Glencoe—a village made modernly famous as a setting for James Bond and Harry Potter films—and take a boat cruise upon iconic Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the famous 'Nessie' as you go.

What to Expect
In the early morning, get picked by your local Scottish guide up at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh. Climb aboard the comfortable, air-conditioned mini-coach and head out of the city and into the countryside. On the way to Deanston Distillery, pass by Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Take an optional tasting tour of the working whisky distillery or have breakfast in the distillery cafe (both at own expense).

Head into the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park at approximately 10:30am, where your guide will tell you the story of Rob Roy MacGregor, the most infamous Highlander to have ever lived. Then, follow in the footsteps of James Bond in "Skyfall" and "Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban" when the tour travels to the haunting Glencoe. Learn the tales of this Highland valley and the Clan MacDonald massacre which took place there in 1692. After, travel through Fort William, home to Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, standing at 4,409 feet (1,343 meters).

Around 1:30pm, arrive on the southern banks of Loch Ness at the charming village of Fort Augustus. Have a relaxing lunch at one of the village's many restaurants and cafes (at own expense), and stroll along the banks of the Caledonian Canal. Experience the majesty of Loch Ness on an hour-long cruise (at own expense, from 2-3pm), where you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Nessie herself. After, visit the impressive Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge, and take in in the breathtaking views of the Nevis Range, a sight that will delight keen photographers.

Entering the beautiful Cairngorms National Park in late afternoon, drive along Loch Laggan before stopping at the Pattack Falls. A short walk here takes you to scenic waterfalls tumbling through a rocky gorge, as the river makes it way through the native forest. Look out for wild berries through spring and summer.

Then, make your way over the Pass of Drumochter, a mountain pass created by glacial flow during successive ice ages, which links the Northern and Southern Central Highlands. Stop in the town of Pitlochry, a popular Victorian tourist destination before heading back to Edinburgh's city center, arriving by approximately 8pm.
Reviews (57)

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great snapshot of Scottish Highlands

We did the one day tour in the smaller group with the 'hairy coo' tour bus. While a long day, it was a great tour that gave a good idea of Scottish Highlands in a scenic sense, and a interesting tour of a Whisky distillery....More

1  Thank Buck5208
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing day in the Highlands

I love a good full day tour and this is one of the best I've been on. Sean, our driver/guide, was great! He's knowledgeable, funny and engaging. He had us laughing and having fun all day while telling us stories of Scotland throughout the day....More

Thank duco721
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Some of the best scenery you will ever see!

We did this day tour up to the Highlands which was just brilliant. We got a perfect sunny day which made it all the better, although it would be just as charming if it was cold and snowy. If you like whiskey definitely do the...More

1  Thank AshashD
Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Great visit

Love the tour guide, Stephen, who was really funny and friendly! Such a tough job, to drive and to entertain us at the same time! In Hong Kong and in China, there would be a separate tour guide and a driver. Loch Ness is really...More

Thank Ruby L
Reviewed 9 July 2018
Great way to see the central Scotland countryside

We wanted to see the countryside of Scotland, and visit loch Ness. Our tour guide Mike did a fantastic job keeping us on our toes, and providing us with some history of Scotland as we meandered our way north from Edinburgh to loch Ness, and...More

Thank TRL_NE