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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

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Unless you rent a car for the day, getting to Loch Ness from Edinburgh is an arduous task. Escape the city, and travel to the Scottish Highlands with ease on this day trip, ideal for travelers with limited time. Avoid the hassle of navigating rural Scotland’s winding roads, and save your energy for the unspoiled scenery of Great Glen, Rannoch Moor, and Loch Ness. Plus you can also upgrade to include a cruise on Loch Ness.
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Highland Explorer Tours
60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
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    Stop: 30 minutes -
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    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    Loch Ness Region
    Stop: 90 minutes -
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    Stop: 30 minutes -
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You'll end at
Highland Explorer Tours
60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
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  • 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
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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled 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.
About the operator
By: Highland Explorer Tours
Anne-Lise B
A cheerful taste of Scotland
Went on the one-day Loch Ness tour from Edinburgh to Fort Augustus. My first steps in the Highlands, and it was
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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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Key Details
  • Duration: 12h
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  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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