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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

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Go on a fantastic tour from Edinburgh to explore the legendary myths of Loch Ness and enjoy the diverse range of Scottish Highland scenery. Drive through the forests and rivers of Highland Perthshire and get a glimpse of dramatic Glen Coe – the site of the Massacre of Glencoe. See Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, and enjoy a typical Scottish picnic lunch before taking in magnificent views of the Forth Bridge.
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Highland Explorer Tours
60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
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  • Pass by Stirling Castle
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    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 2
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    Pass by Ben Nevis
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    Loch Ness Region
    Stop: 90 minutes -
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    Pass by Cairngorms National Park
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    Stop: 30 minutes -
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    Pass by Forth Bridge
You'll return to the starting point
  • 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 
  • Picnic lunch included; 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Highland Explorer Tours, 60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
Departure Time
8:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local guide
  • Picnic lunch - sandwiches, shortbread and bottled mineral water
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Optional boat cruise on Loch Ness (£15 for an adult) - can be purchased at check-in.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 23 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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It was really interesting and fun. Charlie was a really good guide telling us lots of different facts about Scotland and letting us stop to take pictures at really scenic places. It was definitely worth it. A great way to see the highlights of Scotland, get some history,
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This tour was good. The guide was knowledgeable and engaging and shared a ton of information about the towns and sights we were passing. Loch Ness and the Urqhart castle were beautiful. I was disappointed however that the other stops were at what seemed like truck rest stops.
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Response from Highland Explor... T, Public Relations Manager at Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands
Responded 2 Jan 2020
Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us, we are sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with your experience. Our Loch Ness tours are not scheduled to visit Urquhart Castle, and we would like to confirm if you have traveled with us before we proceed further. Would it be possible for you to provide us with your booking reference number? You may reach us by email at info@highlandexplorertours.com. We're constantly striving to improve our tour itinerary and if you have traveled with us, your feedback would be greatly appreciated. We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Richard.
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I've got no complaints. It was on time. Coach condition was excellent. The tour guide and driver are both friendly. The information shared was great. The stops and times were fun and convenient. I recommend. I took the trip on spring.
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We were enjoying the Ness tour today under our professional tour guide and driver Michael. The only pity is that it was raining all day, otherwise the tour will be much much better. Michael is a very professional and responsible tour guide and we hope his mother could see this
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Amazing day up in the Scottish highlands! Even with a bit of rain on the way up and at the first stop it was still such an enjoyable day. Kirsty was an incredible tour guide - so much knowledge shared and organisation was faultless, the day ran so smoothly. 10/10 would recommend
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By: Highland Explorer Tours
Sherly S
Parnu, Estonia
Beautiful nature
Defnently can sujest, it is beautiful natuure mazing how it can täke Your mind away from all everyday mind, it is
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Very fun tour
It was really interesting and fun. Charlie was a really good guide telling us lots of different facts about
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Petra M
Bus tour
Unfortunately the weather was pretty bad, so Stevie P. the driver had to find some alternatives. Fortunately for
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Emma H
Melbourne, Australia
A Helly-Aa of a time
Perhaps it's the 'Shetlag' speaking, or maybe I'm just sleep deprived after festival celebrations, but as I start
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J K Devon
Negombo, Sri Lanka
A truly amazing and unforgettable tour experience !
This was our first time visiting Scotland and we were searching for a one day tour and then we found out an info
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Chuck W
Salisbury, Maryland
Gillian is Awesome
Toured Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle, Kelpies, National Wallace Monument with a group of American college students
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Oakland, California
Wonderful tour with Kirsty
Highly recommend the Isle of Skye and Highland Tour with Kirsty! This is the way to see the highlands, listening
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Angelique V
Gillian, our guide was fantastic. Amazing experience with beautiful scenery and fun, Scottish music and stories
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Christine B
Highlands Tour
This was a great way to see a lot of Scotland in just a few days. The accommodation was good, and our tour guide
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Lesley D
Houston, Texas
Best Way to Experience the Highlands
Amazing! Travel through the most beautiful landscape. Frequent stops to take pictures and explore. We never felt
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  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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