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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

By Rabbie's
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Opt for a personalized experience of the Scottish Highlands on a small-group day trip from Edinburgh, limited to 16 people. Ideal for visitors with limited time, this guided tour transports you to Loch Ness and other Highland highlights with ease and efficiency. Stop at Glencoe, Cairngorms National Park, and Fort Augustus along the way, and upgrade to include a cruise on the legendary Loch Ness. Plus, traveling in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach means you can feel comfortable throughout the journey to and from Edinburgh.
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Ages 5-99, max of 16 per group
Duration:12h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Take a hassle-free day trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands
  • Let a guide bring the history of historic landmarks to life 
  • Travel comfortably in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
  • Upgrade upon arrival to include a sightseeing cruise on Loch Ness

  • Driver/guide
  • The chance to see "Nessie", the Loch Ness monster
  • Modern Mercedes minivan with air conditioning (maximum 16 people)
What's not included
  • Loch Ness Cruise
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks

Your tour begins with pickup from a central Edinburgh location. Board a top of the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach destined for the Scottish Highlands. On the way to Loch Ness, pass landmarks such as the Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle, and Linlithgow Palace. Stop at Glencoe to learn about the history of the Clan Macdonald massacre from 1692 before you journey onward through the town of Fort William. On arrival at Fort Augustus, disembark to wander around Loch Ness, or take a sightseeing cruise depending on the option chosen at checkout. Following a break for lunch (own expense), travel through Cairngorms National Park for panoramic views of Loch Laggan. Return to your original departure point in Edinburgh.

Departure details
  • Rabbie's Cafe Bar, 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 225005

  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years old. We do not carry children under the age of 5.
  • Check-in closes 15 minutes prior to departure
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • In order to retain the integrity of the tour and try to ensure that all our customers have the best possible experience, we do cap bookings from any one party to 8 passengers.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Loch Ness cruise – We reserve tickets for you. If you want to join the cruise, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
  • Government guidelines strongly recommended that you wear a mask on public transport and in crowded places. Masks are available onboard our mini-coaches should you wish to wear one. Important: Please be aware that some attractions and other venues may require visitors to wear a face mask.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh price starts from €69.55. Discover and book Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh on Tripadvisor
What is the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh cancellation policy?
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 225005

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Rabbie's Cafe Bar
    6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK
    See address & details
  • 1
    Rabbie's Cafe Bar
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 2
    Callander
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 3
    Glencoe Mountain
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 4
    Fort Augustus
    Stop: 90 minutes
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    Pass by
    Cairngorms National Park
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Harperclouser
Harperclouser
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The tour guide Grant Miller was a perfect combination of a Guide with a true knowledge of The Scottish people. Kudos !!!
Grant Miller is a keeper. Positive and gave us a true sense of the Scottish People. He was very connected to every
Anja Victoria B
Anja Victoria B
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Brielliant and lovely tour
Loved our brielliant tour guide and our time in St Andrews and the fishing villages! Very informative and interesti
19jaymess
19jaymess
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Great tour, A+ tour guide!
Wow… the tour itself was great, but the tour guide MADE the trip. If you have the option, Grant was phenomenal. He
BikingTejana
BikingTejana
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Poor office customer service
I was unable to contact the office because I’m calling from a Skype number. I was asked to call back on a landline
geobarter
geobarter
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Jim Divine was great.
Jim Divine was our gourde. He was over the top awesome. Friendly, knowledgeable, and articulate. I would book a an
S1862JJjoannac
S1862JJjoannac
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Very nice experience:)
Very pleasant trip! Our guide/driver shared a lot of interesting stories, really enjoyed the entire experience!
gunsue
gunsue
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Amazing Tour
We loved this tour it was great to see all the filming spots and our tour guide Graham helped us a lot with taking
Ann M
Ann M
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Great guide = great tour. Poor guide = poor tour. We had both
First, shout out to the BEST tour guide I've EVER had - Grant. Engaging, fountain of knowledge, great at telling st
kbassindale
kbassindale
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great tour!
I did two tours in Scotland and this one was far better. The tour guide gave a lot of information in between stops,
ElaineNg1311
ElaineNg1311
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands (1-day tour)
Rabbie's Tours came highly recommended by my daughter and it has proven to be an amazing and unforgettable experien
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907susanao
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Amazing experience
What an amazing tour we took the kelpies, Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle. We had enough time to look around the di
leisaw552
leisaw552
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Wonderful day, highly recommend!
I did this tour yesterday with Colin and had a wonderful time. The Kelpies were magnificent, I absolutely loved the
CAROL H
CAROL H
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Dream visit to the Old Course and Swilcan Bridge
We loved this day trip and Eric was a great guide. A very fun day! The smaller group is great for visiting so many
O5387XFbrucec
O5387XFbrucec
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Awesome Rabbies Tours
We recently used Rabbies on a 1d trip to St. Andrews followed by a 4d trip to the Highlands.  On the 1d trip, our t
Bird132016
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The Complete Loch Ness Experience - 1 day. Worth every penny, and more!
A fantastic day trip all around Loch Ness! We started off at Inverness bus station and, although ‘stance 7’ wasn’t
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T H
Montpellier, France8 contributions
Apr 2022
After checking different operators, we choose Rabbie's due to the reviews, the price and the itinerary offer. We think it was the best decision ever !
Our driver-guide Will was very funny and entertaining. As soon as he started to drive, he told us stories from Edinburgh and he kept going tailoring his speech to let us know about all the places we were travelling around. He was witty, easy going and he kept us informed at all times of when we will have the next toilet/food break. He even went the extra mile and prepared a playlist with Scottish songs related with the places we were visiting and driving through and telling us the stories behind them. It was like being in a Scottish movie ! We will repeat without doubts and especially if Will was to be our driver ! Thank you very much again Will.
Written 25 April 2022
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Kelly C
6 contributions
Sep 2022
Overall, my son, husband, and I enjoyed this day tremendously. The scenery was amazing, the commentary from Dave was informative, and the stops, especially in Glencoe, were breathtaking. We had two hiccups that I think are worth mentioning as they might help future patrons of this tour. First, the email information said to arrive at 7:45 AM for an 8:00 AM departure. We were at Rabbie's cafe by the required time, but the bus was already loaded so the three of us had to sit separately for the entire day. It would have been nice if our driver would have assisted in reorganizing some of the seating so we could have tried to sit together, or waiting to actually load the bus once everyone was there.

In Loch Ness, we opted to do the cruise (I don't recommend this add-on, by the way; not much to it at all), and Dave told us that we could order take-away food for the trip. We went into a cafe and ordered three sandwiches, but when we tried to take them onto the boat, we were told that hot food was not allowed on board. That wasn't posted anywhere and we just had three panini's well-wrapped so we didn't see what the issue was, but we still had to wolf them down before boarding the boat, which meant we were the last on board and again didn't get good seats!

So be sure to arrive well before 7:45 to sit together, and if you do the Loch Ness cruise, be sure not to take hot sandwiches with you!

Otherwise, we enjoyed this excursion very much.
Written 6 September 2022
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Chris K
Saint Louis, MO6 contributions
Sep 2022
Jim Scott ( The Scot) seasoned tour guide and photographer and Monroe climber made certain we all got our best Money shots all day long! Jim worked hard all day to share his knowledge and passion for Scotland from Edinburgh throughout the lowlands and highlands, sharing his personal experiences and in-depth historical and cultural knowledge of his treasured homeland. He had our multi national small group singing our countries anthems as we rolled back into Edinburgh following 12 packed hours on the sunniest day in weeks. Certainly a show stopper for our visit to Scotland.
Written 19 September 2022
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Jacobus L
1 contribution
This trip was fantastic. I can't imagine anyone going a better, more beautiful route. Our host, Graham, was excellent. He told us many informative bits of information throughout, as well as sharing exciting stories from Scottish history. He took time to answer every question and during the frequent stops, he was happy to help passengers get pictures and talk to them. Sometimes with tours like this, it's clear the driver just isn't enjoying it and wants to get done with it. Not Graham. He made the trip relaxing and fun for everyone and obviously enjoyed sharing gorgeous Scotland with us.

The only slight critique is the boarding process at the beginning. Many people were confused, because many coaches were there at the same time. I was told to go to the bus with Graham on a sign on the bus. But there wasn't any bus that said that. I asked the information steward who told me Graham must not be there yet. I stood around and waited. Turns out Graham was there the whole time, and the bus was already filling up by the time I finally went and asked again. I would have been one of the first on the bus and coupe have gotten a front seat, but thankfully I still managed to get a window seat, so all was well. I would advise them to clearly mark buses with drivers' names and to audibly announce the name of each driver every five minutes or so. The other slight negative was that the description makes it seem that the Loch Ness cruise is included, which is what I expected. It isn't. It's optional, and the driver subtly encourages people not to take it. But the extra time in lovely Fort Augustus is still quite nice, and you can leisurely stroll down to Loch Ness and even dip your toes in the water near Augustus Abbey if you wish. Gorgeous.

The tour was so good that I can't take away anything from the rating because of these slight negatives! If you're thinking about a trip to the Highlands and don't have days to spend there, I doubt you'll do better than this tour.
Written 25 September 2022
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Kathryn S
Milwaukee, WI1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Couples
My husband and I wanted to experience the Highlands while visiting Edinburgh and this was an amazing tour! We saw so much of the beautiful country and it was nice to be in a smaller group vs a large bus. Our tour guide (Stuart B) was one of the best I’ve had in all my travels. He included so many interesting stories and facts along the way and played music pertaining to the history he shared. Above and beyond - he even had a list of songs for us to take a photo of so we could listen back home.

We had so many chances to take amazing photographs during our stops and at most of them we also could use the facilities which is always a big benefit on a long day tour like this.

Not only did we get to experience everything on the itinerary but Stuart made some extra stops (and always made sure to ask the group first) which just added to this already pleasurable tour. We even had a quick stop off at a Scotch Whisky distillery as a bonus and near the end we got to feed the Highland Cows some carrots which everyone had a great time with.

The tour meeting point was easy to find to check in and it was a short to the buses - just make sure you are on time (or early) since the whole day is scheduled to make sure you get to see as much as possible. Definitely do not hesitate to book this tour!
Written 17 October 2022
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Charan
West Bromwich, UK20 contributions
Jul 2022
If you’re short on time, we highly highly highly recommend going on Stuart B’s tour of Loch Ness and Glencoe and the Highlands. I’d describe it as one of those tours where you get to see many breathtaking sights, and learn about so many fascinating things in the space of 12 hours, but it leaves you wanting to revisit again for a much longer stay! Stuart B was absolutely class and took really good care of us. I very much enjoyed his masterful storytelling of Scotland’s rich history, his funky playlist for the journey, as well as his jokes - some of which were so bad they were brilliant! Thank you Stuart! Overall, it was a long day, but it was also a very memorable and enjoyable one. Our guide made sure we had plenty of breaks, and the transport vehicle was comfy too which helped!
Written 2 August 2022
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John H
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Couples
We enthusiastically recommend Rabbie’s one-day tour of Loch Ness and Glencoe and the Highlands. For us it more than lived up to its billing as a great one-day introduction to Scotland, and left us eager to return for a more extended tour. The transport is fully comfortable for this 12-hour tour and the guide does an outstanding job not only driving but also providing the contexts that give meaning to the sights along the route.

Be sure to take this tour with Stuart B. if you can. He weaves the tapestry of Scotland’s history, literature, clans, leaders, geography, weather, and especially its music so that after perhaps 90 minutes the passage into the highlands proper packs a powerful punch. The momentum builds from there. A big thank you to Stuart B. from “Team Alabama”!
Written 2 August 2022
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Ben M
London, UK11 contributions
May 2022
This was the second highlands tour we have done, as family members were visiting and we wanted to show them the highlands. This tour was better than the previous one with a different company for a number of reasons:

1. Smaller bus, better experience: the smart modern buses had a smaller capacity, which was great. Almost felt like a private tour, and meant we could get to places the larger buses couldn’t.

2. Driver discretion: the tour guide was free to choose where we went and what we saw (within reason, and still in line with the overall itinerary) depending on the prevailing weather conditions. That’s important in a country with a high rainfall!

3. Music was ace, much better than someone scrolling through their Spotify account on a whim, it felt like a soundtrack to the day.

4. Dom, our guide, was knowledgeable, calm, passionate about Scotland (despite being an Englishman!) and gave just the right level of information to make it engaging. Not an easy task, so kudos for getting that right.

5. We saw everything you need to (could) see in a day to appreciate how magnificent the place is. It is a long day (8-8), so be prepared for that. But must be worse for the guides!!

Thanks Rabbie’s and Dom. Great experience.
Written 15 May 2022
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Patrick
10 contributions
Went on the 1 day tour of the Highlands with my husband today. We had Duncan as our tour guide. He was brilliant! Good music and brilliant stories. Even though we were wrecked tired he managed to keep us alert and entertained with tales of Scottish history between stops. Only thing is I would recommend bringing a packed lunch before hand and make sure you have a 50p for the 1st stop toilet 😂. The Loch ness boat trip is worth doing some nice sights. We saw the 3 sisters mountains too, amazing. While it was raining a bit and wasn't so clear, I would still recommend it and on a clear day I'd say it would be unreal!
Written 7 October 2021
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Tia S
Fredericksburg, TX14 contributions
My husband and I went on this tour and were lucky enough to have William as our guide. He was an absolutely fantastic story teller, it’s a 12hr trip and their was never a dull moment. You’ll learn about the rich histories and get to visit so many viewpoints, and stops along the way. He really makes you feel welcome, and really seems to care, makes sure you get a more intimate experience rather than a giant charter bus. We event got to pet some “Highaln Coo’s” on the trip. We were actually extremely excited to find out he was our guide for the second tour we took, because he was just fantastic.

As far as the tour itself, there are some really great stops. We started off at Loch Lubinag for a quick 15 minute look around, it was stunning, then as we drove towards Glencoe we got to stop at two vantage points to see some really wonderful scenery, and get some great photos. At Glencoe we got a wonderful opportunity for pictures before stopping for a snack and look around at the visitor center down the road. Then we headed of to Loch Ness where you’re given the choice to look around or go on the 50 minute boat tour (at your expense, but it was only about $40USD for two people). I’d highly recommend the boat tour. The sights are absolutely fantastic and the tour guides on board were great. Then on the drive back we were able to stop at the Scottish Commandos monument which was really gorgeous, and then back on the bus for a quick stop in Perth for restrooms and snacks if you want, but really it was one of the best part of the trips as THIS is where we got to pet the “Highland Coo” William even walked out with us to show us where they were and talk a little more about each of them.

All in all I think this is going to be our highlight of Scotland. I’m so glad we took this excursion, but more importantly had such a fantastic guide!
Written 12 March 2022
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