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Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands from Edinburgh

Approx. 12 hours
From Edinburgh

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Choose between live guide on board or audio tour guide download for your smart phone.

Visit from Edinburgh the most spectacular landscapes of the Scottish Highlands with our excursion to Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands. Enjoy the forests of the Los Trossachs National Park. Crossing Glencoe, Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the United Kingdom, awaits us. Later, the Great Glen will welcome us. In its heart the waters of the great lakes of Scotland are immersed.

Go ahead and embark on a cruise on Scotland’s best-known lake, the home of the most mythical monster in the country: Nessie. To finish, he offers a pint in a pub in Pitlochry, a Victorian village on the banks of the River Tay.

A 190 High Street, The Royal Mile

Our meeting point is at 190 of High Street at The Royal Mile, Edinburgh where the tour to Loch Ness will start. After passing by Stirling, from the bus, you will be able to spot the impressive silhouette of the Stirling Castle and the monument of William Wallace. We will then go through The Trossachs National Park and after passing by Callander we will make a stop at the entrance of Loch Lomond National Park and The Trossachs: Kilmahog, where, if you’re lucky, you may see some Highland cattle.

B Kilmahog

We will arrive at Rannoch Moor, surrounded by mountainous landscapes, lochs and valleys. We will stop in one of the most beautiful and magical valleys in Scotland, Glencoe, where the bloody massacre of the MacDonald clan took place. You will be able to take some great photos of The Three Sisters and also try to spot some of the famous scenery from famous films such as Harry Potter and James Bond.

C Loch Tulla Viewpoint (optional)

If the time permits, we would make a quick stop at this viewpoint to enjoy the incredible views of a variety of lochs, forests and mountains.

D Three Sisters Viewpoint

We will make another quick stop to admire the Three Sisters, three unusual rock formations. The pointy ridges are named Gearr Aonach (short ridge), Aonach Dubh (black ridge) and Beinn Fhada (long ridge).

E Fort Augustus

We will then continue with our trip to Loch Ness and pass through Fort William. This huge Scottish mountains and Ben Nevis will take us into The Great Glen. The Great Glen Fault divides the heart of The Highlands and takes in Loch Linhe, Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness. The Caledonian Canal and the Fort Augustus lock system will be our next destination. There’ll be plenty of time to visit the canal, to have lunch at any of the places available and to go on the Loch Ness cruise if you choose to do so. Don’t forget your camera, from this viewpoint you can get some amazong shots of the lake and its landscape.

The ticket for the one hour cruise on Loch Ness is not included in the price of the day trip. (Ticket price for clients of the Loch Ness Bus is just – £18 adults / £16 students and senior citizens (over 60)/ £11 children from 4 to 15 years old / Free children younger than 4 years old. There is no family discount available. Payment for the attractions may only be made in cash in order to be able to get group discount.

On the south shore of Loch Ness you may spot its mysterious inhabitant Nessie, the monster of Loch Ness. During your stop at Loch Ness you’ll have time to go for a walk or relax by the shore of the loch. Another of the attractions in Fort Augustus is the lock system of the Caledonian Canal. This canal is considered to be the longest one of the country running along the Great Glen connecting the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

F Commando Memorial

After leaving Loch ness, we will make our way to the Commando Memorial, a monument dedicated to brave soldiers in World war Two. From here, if the mist allows, you can see the magnificent Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the United Kingdom.

G Pitlochry

Our journey will continue on Cairngorms National Park. Loch Lagann and Ardverikie Castle will be some of the places we will see on our way to Pitlochry. This village is full of beautiful Victorian houses and will be our last stop before our return to Edinburgh. You will have time to enjoy a drink in one of its many pubs.

H Arrival to Edinburgh

On our journey back to Edinburgh you will be able to enjoy the change in scenery between the Highlands and the Lowlands and also see the 19th century Forth railway bridge that crosses the Firth of Forth, yet another of Scotland’s contributions to the World Heritage List. Once back in the Edinburgh there will still be time for us to offer you sometips on how to spend your time in Scotland’s capital city.

12 hours
Transportation in vehicles of 16, 30 or 50 seats.
Lowest Price Guarantee
Departure Point
190 High Street (Royal Mile)
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Free cancellation (up to 24 hours before tour departure)
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What's Included
  • Professional driver and guide service.
  • Life Guide in English or Audio Tour Guide in English for your smartphone.
  • Transportation in vehicles of 16, 30 or 50 seats.
  • New high-end bus.
What's No Included
  • Loch Ness Cruise (optional subjet to availability)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks

3 October 2022

Pablo was absolutely amazing. So knowledgeable, funny, and kind with the best recommendations and history lessons. The bus ride was smooth and they gave ample time at each spot. The tour was a lovely way to explore the highlands and lowlands. I would absolutely recommend this to everyone and may even do it again if I ever make it back to Scotland. Thank you!

2 October 2022

Best itinerary and history well explained. Enjoyed every bit of the trip. Next trip will be with LochNess Bus only. -- Cheers, Mohammad

Ma Celina
29 September 2022

We definitely recommend Lochness Bus.Com Tour. The trip is very informative, fun and safe! The coach is very comfortable and you will enjoy the view through the big and clear windows. %u263A%uFE0F Moreover, our tour guide James made the long trip bearable!!! Much thanks to everyone who organize the trip and our driver for a safe and meaningful trip. %u2764%uFE0F%u2764%uFE0F%u2764%uFE0F%u2764%uFE0F%u2764%uFE0F

27 September 2022

We received an email the night before stating our start time was delayed from 7:30am to 8:30am. We booked with this company since it was so well-rated. I%u2019m not sure if this was a one-off experience but this was a combined English/Spanish tour (which was not stated on their website or in other reviews). There were two tour guides and everyone listened to their guide (either in English or Spanish) using headphones. My partner had a difficult time understanding the tour guide and only understood about 50% of what he was saying. I understood about 80% of what the guide was saying and thought the information was informative. He talked most of the drive. The whole tour was about 12 hours long but we were only off the bus for a total of 4 hours. Loch Ness was pretty underwhelming. If you want to eat lunch, you may not have time to eat and go on the boat cruise. The last stop, Pitlochry, was pointless since all the shops were closed (this was due to being an hour delayed and shops closing early on a Sunday). Due to my partner not understanding the tour guide for the history/storytelling aspect and the stops being underwhelming, I%u2019m not sure if this full-day trip was worth it.

24 September 2022

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