The Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness Tour from Edinburgh

Day Trips & Excursions in Edinburgh

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from$57.56
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Join this small group tour (maximum 16 passengers) for a classic one day tour to Loch Ness. Traveling through spectacular Highland scenery, this tour is the perfect way to see lots of Scotland and search for the famous Loch Ness monster. Highlights include stunning Glen Coe and an optional boat cruise on Loch Ness, the world’s most mysterious stretch of water. This twelve hour adventure represents great value for money.
The day begins by travelling past Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, towards historic Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument. Your guide will explain the real story of 'Braveheart' and William Wallace's victorious tactics against the English invaders.There's a brief glimpse of Doune Castle for Monty Python, Game of Thrones and Outlander fans before a morning coffee stop in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The options here include the Highland gateway village of Callander or the mountain views at beautiful Loch Lubnaig.The journey continues to a stunning viewpoint and photo opportunity at Loch Tulla and across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor to famous Glen Coe. The notorious massacre of the MacDonald Clan was carried out amidst this beautiful and dramatic scenery on the 13th February 1692. You may recognise this part of the Highlands, used in the movie 'Skyfall' and 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'. A majestic setting in any season!After travelling along the west coast towards Fort William you stop for lunch. Continuing towards Loch Ness you will then have an opportunity to view Ben Nevis (highest mountain in Britain at 1344 m) from the famous Commando Memorial. Here you can admire the spectacular views over the rugged landscape of Lochaber.The journey takes you along the Caledonian Canal before arriving in Fort Augustus on the banks of legendary Loch Ness. Here, on the banks of the world's most mysterious stretch of water, you will have time to monster hunt by boat or from the shores of the loch itself.Your return to Edinburgh takes you through Glen Spean and alongside Loch Laggan. As you enter the Cairngorms National Park you may have time for a short woodland 'walk and talk' in this beautiful part of Scotland. On the way south you'll travel past one of Scotland's highest distilleries at Dalwhinnie and through the Grampian mountains towards Blair Castle, home of the Duke of Atholl.The final stop is in the heart of the Highlands (Big Tree Country in Highland Perthshire) where you can enjoy an early evening stroll through one of the picturesque villages or a quick refreshment before the journey home.On the approach to Edinburgh you travel across the Forth Road Bridge from which you can see the magnificent Forth Rail Bridge.  Considered to be the greatest engineering achievement of the Victorian age, it is one of Scotland's most impressive landmarks.

What’s included

  • Small group tour - maximum 16 passengers
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes mini-coach
  • Driver/guide

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Highlights

  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by a local guide
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