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Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands Day Tour

Highlights:
~ Rannoch Moor
~ Glencoe
~ Great Glen
~ Fort Augustus
~ Boat Cruise on Loch Ness (optional)
~ Grampian mountains
~ Pitlochry

Our "Scotland in a day tour" covering the magnificent beauty of Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, the Great Glen, Loch Ness and Pitlochry.

We recommend this tour for those who are short of time and want to get a great sample of the Highlands. Steep yourself in the history of dramatic Glencoe and the chance to see Nessie!

Please phone us if the date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.

Departs: 08.00       Returns: 20.00 approx
Adult Prices:  £45 - £49
Discount Prices:  £42 - £46
Departing: Every day (All year)



 
 
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Your tour passes through magnificent Glencoe, scene of the clan massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells in 1692, and on through Fort William, the beginning of the “Great Glen” and the Caledonian Canal, which you follow up to Fort Augustus, nestling on the banks of Loch Ness.

Here you can enjoy your lunch, a boat trip (Easter to December - subject to availability) or take a wander along the lochside with spectacular views of the loch. From here you return south to Edinburgh via “Monarch of the Glen” country, stopping in Pitlochry on the way.

Departure Point 
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.

Return to Waterloo Place

Inclusions 
Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour. 
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life. 
Air Conditioning as standard. 
Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide 
Your chance to see "Nessie" 
Rabbie's Discount Card - For money off restaurants, shopping and attractions 

Exclusions 
Lunch and refreshments. 
Loch Ness boat cruise.
* Loch Ness boat cruise available from Easter to December. 
**The boat trip on Loch Ness may not always be available on busy weekends and bank holidays.. 

Discount Price
 
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 16 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

Important Information 
Because we believe in time off the bus we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!! The Loch Ness boat cruise only runs from Easter to December.

Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Jonathan was a hilarious storyteller and all-around well informed about everything - from the stuff he actually prepares to guide the tour as well as in answering other off the cuff questions, including one about current events/politics in Scotland!
Posted by Minette on 20/02/2014


Everything was great! Eric our guide was amazing, he even sang for us! Loved and totally recommend this our.
Posted by Luisa on 20/02/2014


Jane is a wonderful guide!! She's very responsible for everything - local stories on the road, history behind those places of interest and also her excellent driving skills! My boyfriend and I love her soooo much! Best guide ever!
Posted by CHENG YAN on 05/02/2014


Laura was a phenomenal guide, informing and entertaining us all at once. It was an amazing day out!
Posted by Raakhee on 21/01/2014


The tour was definitely the highlight of our trip to Scotland! I thought I would be a bit bored spending 12 hours on a mini bus but this was not the case! There were plenty of stop offs and Jonathan's commentary, whilst driving through the beautiful scenery, was informative and humorous. The Loch Ness boat trip was also very enjoyable (despite the weather). I will certainly be booking another Rabbie's tour when I return to Scotland in the Summer!
Posted by Kate on 08/01/2014


Our tourist guide is so nice that he had told a lot stories and information about every interests we passed by. He was quite professional.
Posted by Ye on 07/01/2014


Overall I was very impressed with this tour. Mike was a fantastic guide and had endless knowledge on all of the sites we went to and the history of Scotland. He was a great storyteller. In addition to the stories, I enjoyed the small stops we made along the way for landscape photos.
Posted by Leigh Anne on 04/01/2014


Mike was an amazing driver. I'm glad he promoted the cruise. We really enjoyed the way he told the historical details as he was clear with great timing. He was genuinely friendly and helpful.
Posted by Angela on 30/12/2013


Our driver guide was absolutely fantastic, incredibly friendly with a huge amount of interesting stories to tell us.
Posted by Kayla on 30/12/2013


Beautiful place
Posted by Edward R Sargent on 15/12/2013


Beautiful sights around the Scottish Highlands. Ally is a wonderful & friendly tour guide who kept us entertained with his great sense of humour.
Posted by Tan Ying on 15/12/2013


This tour was amazing. Our driver guide, Jane, was very friendly and told us about the history of Scotland and the clans who lived in the Highlands, all this combined with good scottish music :) We learned a lot about this country and also about their current wish of independence, Scots are really patriotic isn't it? Moreover, they are very friendly and hospitable. The landscapes we saw were breathtaking. Good job, Rabbie's!!!
Posted by Roberta on 02/12/2013


I loved passing through the highlands and stopping there, observing the nature and the landscapes (and the silence of course!) around me. I liked Loch ness cruise as well, and the villages visited during the tour.
Posted by ERNESTO on 02/12/2013


Loch Ness part was awesome.!! And I would never forget taking pictures at Glencoe.! I should have come for 3 days trip in summer. the day I came.. It was full raining and cold.! However, I enjoyed your 1 day trip. I think it's worth.
Posted by Afroz on 27/11/2013


My friend and I booked a trip to get the most out of our ONE full day in Scotland. To say that we were heavily banking on this being an awesome trip would be an understatement! We were NOT disappointed. Our tour guide was John, and right from the get go he made us feel comfortable and very helpful in explaining our options for the day. It needs to be said, that our tour had only THREE people in it. I would have thought that Rabbie's would have cancelled a tour with only three people in it, but was sooo very happy that they didn't. For the price of a tour with 16 people, we got our own personal guide to Scotland. The entire time I have been in the U.K., I was dying to get to Ireland. I thought it was beautiful. However, after ten minutes on our tour I realized that Scotland blew it out of the water! The sun was out and the wind was still and the Lochs looked like glass. The mist was hanging around the snowcapped mountains making the whole place seem like something out of a dream. John had a custom playlist to accompany our trip complete with songs about the different Loch's and stories about the mountains. ALSO, he did not hesitate to pull the bus over when there was a particularly cool thing we all wanted to get a picture of. He was even willing to climb up on rocks that we couldn't get onto ourselves. On the way home when it was getting too dark to see outside John even had a movie soundtrack game for us to play to keep us all entertained. I have had some great trips during my stay in the U.K., but Rabbie's and especially John made my short time in Scotland my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE place. I WILL be back, and EVERYONE should choose Rabbie's for their tour!
Posted by Erin Dick on 25/11/2013


our tour by euan hunter was brilliant, he was a great tour guide! It was the best tour I've been on and if I go on another tour with rabbie's I would definitely want euan to take the tour!
Posted by Adam Corbin on 28/10/2013


Thank you, thank you, thank you, to our awesome tour guide Jonathan. In the words of my wife 'you were the best tour guide ever'. Your knowledge of the highlands, the clans and their stories and everything in between was amazing. You came across as if you were just one of our group out on a day trip, rather that our tour guide leader and our very dedicated driver and your humour and musical interludes were just what we all needed to make such a long day fly past and never drag at all. Through out the day your directions and local knowledge of the best places to eat and find good coffee was very much appreciated as was your cool head and calmness in times of minor traffic dilemmas that seemed to pop up due to things beyond our control. You stayed professional and lighthearted through out and kept us all feeling as if we were in safe and capable hands all the time. To sum it all up, you were simply 'Brilliant!!' :-)
Posted by S&J SHAW on 26/09/2013


My husband and I were very much excited about this trip and Graham made it absolutely perfect. His stories, selection of songs and his oratory skills were just fantastic. He entertained us throughout with Scotland's history and also Rabbies' history. Highlands tour was extra special just for GRAHAM. Thank you Rabbies and Graham for such a memorable Scotland tour.
Posted by Chandrima Nag on 29/08/2013


My family is interested in taking a tour to see the beauty of the Highlands. We thought this would be the best tour from Edinburgh where we are flying into. There are four of us all adult age and we arrive in late November. We are interested in taking the tour on Sunday but given the time of year what is the weather/cancel policy if its bad that you can't see much of anything.
Posted by JP on 27/08/2013


A friend and I travelled from Edinburgh, through Glasgow and Belfast before ending up in Dublin. We both agreed that our Rabbie's tour from Glasgow, through the Highlands to Loch Ness and back was the definite highlight of our trip. The sights were fantastic, but the best part of our trip was our tour guide / driver, Murray. He had only been with the company a short time when we took our tour on July 8th, but his narrative throughout the trip was exceptional. He obviously loves not only his job, but his country as well. His pride in Scotland and the Scottish people could be heard in everything he told us. He certainly had his history down, and he told us personal stories as well which certainly added to the adventure. He looked after us with exceptional care and is certainly an asset to the Rabbie's team. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wishing to see something other than the cities of Scotland.
Posted by Sharron Riddle on 17/08/2013


Mac was so so so so wonderful ,his storytelling was superb,he also made it the more interesting with him blowing his blackpipe and him, wearing a quilt too.we hope to see him again and have him on our next trip
Posted by SEW YING on 04/08/2013


Jane did a great job. Scenery was spectacular. Nice variety of music. Enjoyed everything about it.
Posted by Elizabeth on 23/07/2013


The driver Mac was amazing-he brought the history of scotland alive with his stories... The music was also very good-very much in keeping with the tour's theme.
Posted by Sonali on 22/07/2013


Our driver guide was absolutely fantastic, incredibly friendly with a huge amount of interesting stories to tell us.
Posted by Kayla on 30/12/2013


Beautiful sights around the Scottish Highlands. Ally is a wonderful & friendly tour guide who kept us entertained with his great sense of humour.
Posted by Tan Ying on 15/12/2013


I loved passing through the highlands and stopping there, observing the nature and the landscapes (and the silence of course!) around me. I liked Loch ness cruise as well, and the villages visited during the tour.
Posted by ERNESTO on 02/12/2013


Loch Ness part was awesome.!! And I would never forget taking pictures at Glencoe.! I should have come for 3 days trip in summer. the day I came.. It was full raining and cold.! However, I enjoyed your 1 day trip. I think it's worth.
Posted by Afroz on 27/11/2013


Mac was so so so so wonderful ,his storytelling was superb,he also made it the more interesting with him blowing his blackpipe and him, wearing a quilt too.we hope to see him again and have him on our next trip
Posted by SEW YING on 04/08/2013


Jane did a great job. Scenery was spectacular. Nice variety of music. Enjoyed everything about it.
Posted by Elizabeth on 23/07/2013


The driver Mac was amazing-he brought the history of scotland alive with his stories... The music was also very good-very much in keeping with the tour's theme.
Posted by Sonali on 22/07/2013


Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

Depart Edinburgh 8.00 am and travel northwest past Linlithgow palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, and Stirling Castle. Stirling castle was once known as the 'Key to Scotland', with its imposing position in the centre of the country. To the north is the 220ft high tower of the National Wallace Monument commemorating Scotland's great hero William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson in the Oscar-winning movie Braveheart.

You pass close to the scene of Wallace's greatest triumph, the battle of Stirling Bridge, where he defeated the English army in 1297. To the south is Bannockburn where, in 1314, the great Scottish warrior-king Robert the Bruce defeated the English army of Edward II, restoring independence for Scotland. A little further on you will make a short stop for coffee at Callander, the 'frontier town' on the edge of the Highlands. Crossing the Highland boundary fault line the scenery changes quickly and dramatically, the flat fertile plains of the lowlands giving way to shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops and forest-filled glens. It's easy to forget that this was once thought of as a dangerous frontier, fought over by the fiercely territorial Highland clans such as the MacGregors, and made famous by highland folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor.

Travelling north through Breadalbane (meaning the 'High Country of Scotland'), you climb towards the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor. At an altitude of over 1000ft, covered by heather and peat-bogs and dotted with dozens of lochs, it's an unique landscape. This contrasts with the spectacular mountain scenery as you pass the majestic peak of Buachaille Etive Mor (meaning 'the great shepherd of Etive') and down into Scotland's most famous valley, Glencoe. Stunningly beautiful, with its dramatic cliff faces and steep slopes, Glencoe is infamous as the site of the Glencoe massacre in 1692. Following orders from King William, Scottish soldiers under the leadership of Captain Robert Campbell slaughtered 38 men, women and children of the Macdonald clan. This was especially shocking as the soldiers had been living with the people of Glencoe for 2 weeks and killed them in their own homes. No-one was ever punished for this crime, as the King himself had signed the order, but because it was murder under trust, the Highlands would never be the same again. Beyond Glencoe you will enter the Great Glen, a deep glacial valley following a geological fault line.

Passing through the town of Fort William you drive under Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis before arriving at Fort Augustus on the southern shore of Loch Ness. At 23 miles long and over 700ft deep it's the largest loch by volume in Scotland and contains more water than every lake in England and Wales combined! The loch is best known for the legendary sightings of the Loch Ness Monster ("Nessie") and you can take the opportunity of a boat cruise* on the loch to go in search of the monster, or simply to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Fort Augustus is a pretty little town in its own right, the Caledonian Canal which links the lochs of the Great Glen dominates the town and makes a great place to relax and watch the boats sail by. You will stop here for nearly 2 hours to give you time for lunch and take in the scenery around Scotland's most famous loch.

From Loch Ness you head south through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park. Your route takes us alongside Loch Laggan (the setting for the BBC series 'Monarch of the Glen'), over the Drumochter Pass (1500ft above sea level) and past 13th century Blair Castle, ancestral home of the Duke of Atholl. Your next stop is the Highland resort town of Pitlochry, built on Victorian tourism and nestled amongst the mountains of Highland Perthshire. After Pitlochry, you continue south through the forests of Perthshire, famous as Macbeth country, and past Perth itself. Perth was the medieval capital of Scotland, where for hundreds of years Scottish monarchs were crowned at nearby Scone Palace. South of Perth you drive past Loch Leven, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned by her Protestant nobles, before escaping to England where she was eventually executed by her cousin Elizabeth I. Then it is over the famous Forth Bridge before returning to Edinburgh.

Return time - Approx 20.00

Photography Credits: Visit Britain, Visit Scotland, Britainonview, Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts