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Scottish Highlands & Loch Ness Trip w/ Lunch

On a full-day tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness, keep an eye out for Nessie and pay a visit to Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain. After a picnic lunch in the Highlands, go on a cruise to find Nessie! Travel back to Edinburgh via the well-renown scenic Perthshire region.
Mini group
12 hrs
Group size up to 10 persons
Mobile ticket
Full refund for cancellations up to 24 hours
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What is included in activity
Local Scottish guide
Transportation by air-conditioned bus with WiFi
Picnic lunch
Loch Ness boat cruise (if option is selected)
Downloadable Audio Guides Available
What is not included
Hotel pickup

From Edinburgh, take a full-day guided tour of the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness. Take a boat cruise to see Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, look for Nessie, and eat a picnic lunch.

From Edinburgh, travel north, passing Stirling Castle's impressive ramparts. Before arriving at Glencoe, traverse the wilds of Rannoch Moor and the Trossachs Rob Roy country; the location of the notorious massacre in 1692.

You'll pass through Fort William on your way there. Before entering the Great Glen, you must pass Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.

When you get to Fort Augustus, a charming Highland village on the shores of Loch Ness, you can have a picnic with chips, shortbread, and freshly made sandwiches. Your tour guide is happy to recommend some excellent local cafes if you want something more substantial.

Relax by the Caledonian Canal, go on a scenic hike, or take an optional boat cruise on the loch. It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to sail along Loch Ness's waters.

You can get a fascinating look at the underwater landscape and life with your boat's cutting-edge color, sonar, and underwater imaging systems. Nessie might even be there! In addition, you can unwind with a beer or coffee at the onboard bar.

After seeing the best of the Scottish Highlands, it's time to return to Edinburgh via the wild Drumochter Pass and the sparkling Loch Laggan.

Enter Perthshire, a region of mountains, rivers, and forests, by traveling south. Before returning to Edinburgh around 20:00, take in the stunning Forth Bridge.

Important Information:

  • This visit includes a drawn out day of driving, and covers north of 300 miles (500km) in 12 hours
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended
  • Visitors aged 5-17 must be accompanied by a grown-up person
in a mini-group
Small group
There will be a maximum of 10 members in the group with you
More benefit
It will cost less than an individual one, but will pass in the same comfort
Guide near
In a small group, you will get more attention from the guide
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Adult (Age 18-59)
per person
Children (Age 5-17)
per person
Senior (Age 60-99)
per person
Student (with ID) (Age 18-99)
per person
For any payment method you must book a ticket through the booking form below and receive confirmation by e-mail and (or) SMS.
What places you will see

Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands

Activity book period
You can book tour up to 6 hours in advance.
Languages in what activity is performed
Directions to meet your guide

Edinburgh's Old Town

How long your tour will be
12 hrs
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Reviews by travellers
4.9 out of 5
812 reviews
Robert J.
Really great tour! Euan our tour guide was very well spoken and educated on Scottish history. The bus ride was a little long, but was well worth it because of the frequent outstanding stops for pictures and snacks. We spent the extra 20 quid for the Loch Ness boat tour and that was also well worth the cost.
3 days ago
Cole M.
Excellent tour - a long day, but you see loads and there are regular stops along the way to stretch your legs and take a closer look at particular points of interest. Colin, our driver, was very knowledgeable and made the day come alive. The boat trip was excellent. Definitely recommend; well worth the money.
10 days ago
Ewan N.
The tour guide, Michael, was excellent. Great driver, entertaining and knowledgeable. Felt 4.5 hours on a bus one way to look at a lake and a fair bit of commerce was a bit much. The info along the way and the highlands saved the day. I think the tour company should have warned about boat ride tickets before we left Edinburgh as we couldn't buy them later as they were sold out by the time we got to Fort Augustus.
11 days ago
Lyall W.
The highlands is a spectacular experience. The stories behind it makes it more meaningful and interesting. Our driver Calun is very funny and knowledgeable. He loves his Scottish heritage and it shows in how tells his stories. Make sure the weather is clear and bright to fully appreciate this tour.
13 days ago
Keegan B.
Very good tour in general, spectacular landscapes to take your breath away, but most of the time is spent inside the bus, understandable by the distance between round trip. A trip worth it to get to know the highlands and Loch Ness region. However, there are some points that are worth highlighting so that it can be improved, the "Lunch" that actually shouldn't even have that name, in fact is nothing more than "bread, ham and sauce" besides potato chips, should be informed better in the details, it is not worth taking this option. For the price you pay on the tour, at least they should offer water and they didn't even have that. Another thing that bothered me a lot was not being able to recline the seat, informed by the guide (so as not to disturb the colleague in the back). I've never seen a situation like this, I thought it left something to be desired due to the long journey. In the most worth it for the landscape and the place. And the option with cru
14 days ago
Dexter B.
Saw a lot of the Scottish Highlands even in 12 hours, beautiful sceneries, informative and helpful driver who didn't speak too much or too little. I just wish we had more time to explore the loch area, we only had 60-70 minutes, and if you did the boat trip, you didn't have time to walk around the lake or the village after, or grab some local food, because you had to get back on the bus immediately. Also, instead of the many photo stops we took, I would put more frequent bathroom breaks. We only had 3 in 12 hours and they too were unevenly spread out.
15 days ago
Danny S.
Chris P was an amazing driver. He knows all about his country and history. His way to speak it is a lot of fun. This guy has a lot of humor. Be aware that the trip is rather long (500 km) but the good thing is you will see a great variation of the highland. Enjoy
15 days ago
Vincent M.
We had an amazing day! It was such a wonderfull surrounding to be in and we have had enough time to get off the bus at the best spots. A great thanks to our driver Sandy as well for his kindness and hughe enthousiasm. He mad us fall in love on Scotland. He was such a joy to have as a driver!
29 days ago
Amelia I.
It was a rainy day but our driver was so interesting and told us about extra details along the route to Glencoe and Loch Ness. The only challenge was we had inconsiderate other riders who talked the whole way making it difficult for some of us to hear him. I don’t think he could hear them, but maybe drivers could just remind bus riders to consider others if they wish to converse. I moved to the back of the bus behind the rude passengers where I could hear his comments/answers better.
about 1 month ago
Ruben L.
We had a lovely time - the trip was very well organized. Our guide/driver Kristy (I hope I'm spelling her name right) did a phenomenal job with her excellent driving, great storytelling and overall nice personality. We'll definitely recommend this trip to our friends!
about 1 month ago
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