Rabbie's - be a part of it!  
Forum & Blog • Agents & Affiliates • Careers • Cookies  Rabbie's on Facebook Rabbie's on YouTube Rabbie's on Tripadvisor

Award Winning Small Group Tours

 
 

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 - £52
Discount Prices:  £42 - £49
Departing: Every day (All year)



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

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" 


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)
Today my dream came true: Loch Ness, Highlands, heather... But the best part of the trip was our guide Glasgow John. He was our hospitable and warm host, and we were his welcome guests. His enthusiasm and love of Scotland affected us all. We are now Scotland's greatest fans! He is serious and funny, tells stories and histories, plays excellent music. And he wears a traditional Scottish outfit (a sexy skirt)! Thank you, John, for the best day in my life!
Posted by Elena Karpenko on 27/08/2014


My wife and I took the one-day tour of Loch Lomand, Loch Ness and the Highlands from Glasgow with our tour guide Murray in mid-August. What a fabulous day out. The bus was clean, safe and well ventilated; the itinerary was well thought out, interesting and really showcased Scotland's beauty; the day was bright, showery and tremendous value for money. Murray, our driver and guide, was quite simply superb. He was friendly, knowledgable and courteous. He played appropriate music, told fascinating stories and answered a wide range of questions. Most importantly, he was entertaining, never overbearing or pompous and he never took himself too seriously. His approach was to treat us all as his guests in his country. He made a really good tour become a really great day. Congratulations and thanks. We will be recommending this tour to all our Irish friends planning to visit Scotland.
Posted by Ken Moroney on 25/08/2014


We continued to learn new and interesting information on our second tour with Rabbie's. Our guide, Juliet, was WONDERFUL. She answered lots of questions and was very informative and helpful. We will forever be awed by the lushness of the Highland scenery. We recommend this tour and guide highly.
Posted by Bruce & Heather on 18/08/2014


I just arrived with my husband after a beautiful one day tour in loch ness. John was an amazing tour guide and Dj :) . He was entertaining us all the time through his music and the movie quizes. The sceneries i got to enjoy in one day cannot be described..It is a pity i cannot express in words all this Scotland's beauty i enjoyed today.. I totally recommend it to everyone and of course next week i will choose another day tour. Time and money really worth it! Once again thank you so much John! uve been the perfect tour guide.. i will see you soon with my friends! cheers!
Posted by ANNA-MARIA VASILEIOU on 17/07/2014


It was our first time in Scotland and on our second day we had a wonderful tour with Rabbies to Glen Coe, Loch Ness and the Highlands. Our tour guide Duncan was a perfect guide - Very kind and very funny. Just a perfect day.
Posted by Benjamin on 08/07/2014


Your tour guide and driver Mike made our trip to the highlands and Loch Ness a thoroughly enjoyable one.He is extremely knowledgeable about the rich culture and heritage of Scotland and a great story teller. His story of Mary , Queen of Scots was so nicely paced and told within this tour that it will be embedded in my memory along with the nice memories of scotland. thank you so much Mike
Posted by sitikantha pattnaik on 29/05/2014


We really enjoyed Martin as he was very knowledgeable and made the trip over the top great. Even though it was a long day, it didn't seem so.
Posted by Tamara on 27/05/2014


Jonathan had a lot of cool stories and appropriate music to compliment the tour. We were definitely not bored during the tour!
Posted by Azalia on 20/05/2014


John is a great driver and tour guide. He's so nice, knowledgeable, humorous. In a word, awesome!
Posted by YINGYI on 14/05/2014


We, a family of four took 2 one day tours; one of Lochness Glencoe and Highlands with Neil on 16th April and the other to Loch Glens and Whisky with Heather on 17th of April. The journey was very comfortable with stops in dramatic villages. Neil's stories and music would gel perfectly with his stories and the surrounding. What an experience. Neil and Heather were great friends to guide us, never felt like a tourist with them. Heather had lots to tell about the highlands from where she hails and the dramatic narration of the complicated life of Mary - Queen of Scots by Neil has etched in our minds. There narration is certainly commendable while driving safely. We have lots of spectacular photos to show back home. Many thanks to both of you. Worth recommending. Right from the onset of our tour, we knew we were with well organised people who loved their jobs and their country. Keep it up Rabbies and all the very best to your team.
Posted by MINAL DALVI on 06/05/2014


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


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 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


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