Day trip

Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands Tour

Activity provider: Timberbush Tours

Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands Tour

Activity provider: Timberbush Tours
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From US$ 79.77 per person

See the best of Scotland's Highlands on a guided day trip from Edinburgh. Search for 'Nessie', meet some 'hairy coos' and see stunning landscapes.

About this tour

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Duration 12.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

The Original experience

Itinerary
9.5 hours
  • Edinburgh

  • 1.5 hours
  • Kilmahog (coffee)

  • Glencoe (photo stop)

  • Lunch

  • Loch Ness

  • Urquhart Castle

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Boat cruise

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Pitlochry (free time)

  • 1.5 hours
  • Edinburgh

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Tick off the Highland’s main sites on an eco-certified full-day trip
  • Explore Scottish traditions, nature, and legends with an expert local guide
  • Give the tour your personal touch with customizable features
  • Get to grips with everything from Nessie, kilts, and ‘hairy coos’
  • Snap your own momentous memories of the Highlands’ beauty
Full description

Head for the Highlands, whether in search of the Loch Ness Monster or just a scenic day trip from Edinburgh. After pickup, relax on the bus and listen to the guide’s entertaining commentary.

Visit Kilmahog for an introduction to the famous Highland Cows and a cup of coffee. Discover what a ‘hairy coo’ really is. Next, travel up the road to Glencoe and enjoy a 10-minute photo stop in front of the unforgettable Highland views.

Have lunch in the Fort William area, where your guide can advise you on where to eat. If you're interested in the mysteries of the kilt, you can even get a ‘wee’ kilt introduction here. Then be whisked to Loch Ness itself.

Customize your experience at Loch Ness. Choose to visit the majestic Urquhart Castle, and hop on a boat in search of ‘Nessie’, as the locals call it. Or simply hang out on the pier and grab a coffee with gorgeous views.

On the way home, make a short snack stop in Pitlochry, a beautiful village in the heart of the country, before returning to Edinburgh.

Includes
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Services of an expert guide
  • Live onboard commentary
  • Loch Ness boat cruise (if option selected)
  • Urquhart Castle ticket (if option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Meals
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Date

Meeting point

• Meet at 2 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW • Your coach will be waiting for you opposite the Little Inn Café, next to the Hub • Please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes before the activity starts

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Packed lunch
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Bringing a packed lunch is recommended in order to make the most of your time at each stop. Alternatively, you will have the chance to buy food on the day
  • The tour involves cross-country driving and a large portion of the trip is spent on the bus, taking in the views of the Scottish Highlands with live commentary
  • Please be prepared for a long day with up to 2 hours between stops
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 1791 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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It was a very great tour. Our tour guide Fraser was very helpfull and very professional guide. We started earlier than planed but because of this we got extra stops which added a lot to the tour and made it feel much shorter. We didn't feel that it was a 12 hour trip.

June 24, 2022

Enjoyed the tour. Maybe a bit too long for me but it was well prepared. Our guide David was very entertaining and provided a lot of information. There was only one not such a positive experience: the last stop. 30 min was not enough as there were too many coaches at the same time. Maybe bring snacks with you as we felt hungry and didn’t have a chance to eat properly on the way back. Other than that it is a really nice tour. Recommended

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June 20, 2022

I enjoyed it so much. It was INCREDIBLE!! Although it was lightly raining in the morning it was unforgettable day. I would recommend everyone this tour, just incredible. Even though its a long drive in a bus, it is worth everything. Very well organized, our driver John was great, he told us history of places and Scotland we were passing by, stories, was funny and the best driver, very safe drive. When there was something interesting he slowed down, so we could see or take photo. I was disappointed we did not have a guide, other buses had a driver and a guide in kilt, so I do not understand why we did not. Shame. But John made great job. The Highlands are the most beautiful "place" I have ever seen. If you want to see Castle on Loch Ness, you must order it in your ticket, if not, you will not have the chance to see it, and avoid misunderstandings. Stops were ok to visit toilettes, possibilities to buy food or souvenirs as well. The best way to "know" Scotland. Thank you and John!!

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June 20, 2022

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