Explore the stunning natural beauty of Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands on this 12-hour mini-coach tour from Edinburgh. Accompanied by a guide, enjoy nature walks to see highland wildlife and opportunity for a boat cruise on Loch Ness, and an optional whisky-tasting at a traditional Scotch distillery.
In the early morning, get picked by your local Scottish guide up at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh. Climb aboard the comfortable, air-conditioned mini-coach and head out of the city and into the countryside. On the way to Deanston Distillery, pass by Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Take an optional tasting tour of the working whisky distillery or have breakfast in the distillery cafe (both at own expense).Head into the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park at approximately 10:30am, where your guide will tell you the story of Rob Roy MacGregor, the most infamous Highlander to have ever lived. Then, follow in the footsteps of James Bond in "Skyfall" and "Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban" when the tour travels to the haunting Glencoe. Learn the tales of this Highland valley and the Clan MacDonald massacre which took place there in 1692. After, travel through Fort William, home to Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, standing at 4,409 feet (1,343 meters).Around 1:30pm, arrive on the southern banks of Loch Ness at the charming village of Fort Augustus. Have a relaxing lunch at one of the village's many restaurants and cafes (at own expense), and stroll along the banks of the Caledonian Canal. Experience the majesty of Loch Ness on an hour-long cruise (at own expense, from 2-3pm), where you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Nessie herself. After, visit the impressive Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge, and take in in the breathtaking views of the Nevis Range, a sight that will delight keen photographers. Entering the beautiful Cairngorms National Park in late afternoon, drive along Loch Laggan before stopping at the Pattack Falls. A short walk here takes you to scenic waterfalls tumbling through a rocky gorge, as the river makes it way through the native forest. Look out for wild berries through spring and summer.Then, make your way over the Pass of Drumochter, a mountain pass created by glacial flow during successive ice ages, which links the Northern and Southern Central Highlands. Stop in the town of Pitlochry, a popular Victorian tourist destination before heading back to Edinburgh's city center, arriving by approximately 8pm.