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Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands Day Tour

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


Our "Scotland in a Day" tour covering the magnificent beauty of Rannoch moor and dramatic Glencoe. Travel the Great Glen to Fort Augustus for free time at Loch Ness before returning via 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: 19.45 approx
Adult Prices:  £39 - £45
Discount Prices:  £36 - £42
Departing: Every day (All year)

 
 
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Your tour passes through the remote beauty of Rannoch Moor and magnificent Glencoe, scene of the clan massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells in 1692. Then through Fort William to 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, before travelling the full length of Loch Ness to Inverness. Along the way you will have the opportunity to take a 5 star Jacobite boat cruise on Scotland's most famous loch, giving you a chance to search for the legendary monster, popularly known as "Nessie" and enjoy the views to the ancient stronghold of Urquhart Castle. From here you return south to Glasgow via “Monarch of the Glen” country and the Cairngorms National Park, stopping in Pitlochry and passing Stirling Castle on the way.

Departure Point 
Outside Monteith House, 11 George Square, Glasgow (next to Greggs). Click here to see map.

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.

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)
Our Guide (John I think), was great. I've been on similar tours like this in different countries but this one really broke through my expectations, by far.
Posted by benjamin on 23/01/2014


I will remember the beautiful landscapes of Highlands for a long time. The tour was very well organized and our driver guide John is very professional and friendly person. The music worked very well.
Posted by Riku-Pekka on 27/11/2013


Me and my wife have just completed our first tour of the Scottish Highlands. This turned out to be a fantastic traveling experience through a beautiful country with it's Valleys, Mountains, Villages, Lochs, Landscapes and even livestock of various kinds. I hope this is as good a place to live in as it is to visit. Our driver John proved to be a true master of his art. His knowledge, humor, music selection, not to mention the Quiz on the our way back made this a day to remember for a long long time. As an extra bonus for me it turns out that John is like my self a livelong fan of the great musician Gerry Rafferty. It can hardly get any better than this. I will gladly recommend Rabbie's and John to anyone that's thinking of touring the Scottish highlands.
Posted by Sigurdur on 29/08/2013


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


Juliette made it a perfect day! We also enjoyed the town we stopped in for lunch--lots of options AND the boats in the canal was very cool.
Posted by Patricia on 28/07/2013


The tour guide. Murray was a fantastic tour guide. Very friendly and knowledgeable. He's outgoing, but not over the top. He's very easy to talk to, to ask him questions and makes everyone feel very comfortable.
Posted by Eitan on 24/07/2013


Michael was an absolutely brilliant tour guide. We will be back in Glasgow in January next for a short break and hope to meet up with Michael again for another tour of the Highlands.
Posted by Mary on 15/07/2013


The whole thing was amazing micheal knew everything he was friendly funny and knew his history. He made the tour amazing well worth the money. Will definitely do it again
Posted by david on 15/07/2013


Hi, Niclola was an extremely friendliy and helpful tourguide. She alsways took pictures of us three, walked us down to somewhere, offered toffees, had music with lyrics adjusted to her information about for example the Highland Cleaning, the Massacre etc. And she had a seemingly endless fact knowledge of history, roumors and charming little stores. Give her a big hug from the three German ladies.
Posted by Marion on 07/07/2013


The commentary during the long drives is always appreciated. The location stops were excellent. The guide was very personable and fun. He was quite considerate of the group, ensuring everyone got what they needed. We had a great time!
Posted by Carmen on 02/07/2013


Our tour guide was just outstanding and blew us away. She was knowledgable, open to questions, and entertaining. She made our trip.
Posted by Deehan on 26/06/2013


Just finshed our second experience with Rabbie's and it was just as enjoyable as our first experience a few days ago. We did the Loch Ness tour with John as our guide and he was great. John shared great history of the area and introduced us to some amazing Scottish music and kept us laughing and enjoying our trip along the way. I highly recommend both Rabbie's and John to anyone interested in seeing the Highlands.
Posted by Kirsten on 24/06/2013


I was on a one day tour to Loch Ness, Inverness with my partner from Glasgow on 05/05/2013. I was on guided tour before already so I have some experience with this kind of tours. Our guide/driver was Mike ( I hope I spell his name right). Conclusion: he is simply THE BEST I have ever met. We have even fed deers on our trip!!! Unbelievable. He gave us so much information about basically everything and even more! I enjoyed every minute of this trip. My partner felt the same. This day of ours was simply perfect. I highly recommend to everybody.
Posted by Tibor on 06/05/2013


We were lucky enough to have amazing weather and only 2 other people on our tour group, so we had such a great time and could modify the day to see things we wanted to see, which included touching deer and highland coos! It was an amazing trip!
Posted by Kelsey Paulling on 29/04/2013


The overall tour was most enjoyable. I was travelling alone,but throughout the tour I never felt that. John was awesome.He made everyone comfortable and considered everyone's choice. Would like to do more tours with rabbies and definately with John as tour guide.
Posted by Ashlesha Dixit on 22/04/2013


the stop to Glencoe was amazing and the stories of the driver guide was really excellent.
Posted by vincent malnati on 05/04/2013


John McDermott was SENSATIONAL.....best tour guide ever any where in the world or other big place
Posted by Clem Randall on 25/03/2013


Thank you John for making or day the 28th of february! The day was fantastic, a scottish guide in kilt with fantastic stories during the ride in the bus. The music you'd put together to fit the different areas we passed made our impression even stronger. We still play your music back home in Sweden. Letting Felicia use the guide seat gave her the chance to take the most beautiful pictures. Thanks John, we will recomend you and hope to see you again! Annelie & Felicia
Posted by Felicia Andreasson on 21/03/2013


We loved the castle, but also the way our driver was telling stories.
Posted by Vincent van de Wetering on 20/03/2013


The tour guide. Murray was a fantastic tour guide. Very friendly and knowledgeable. He's outgoing, but not over the top. He's very easy to talk to, to ask him questions and makes everyone feel very comfortable.
Posted by Eitan on 24/07/2013


Michael was an absolutely brilliant tour guide. We will be back in Glasgow in January next for a short break and hope to meet up with Michael again for another tour of the Highlands.
Posted by Mary on 15/07/2013


The whole thing was amazing micheal knew everything he was friendly funny and knew his history. He made the tour amazing well worth the money. Will definitely do it again
Posted by david on 15/07/2013


Hi, Niclola was an extremely friendliy and helpful tourguide. She alsways took pictures of us three, walked us down to somewhere, offered toffees, had music with lyrics adjusted to her information about for example the Highland Cleaning, the Massacre etc. And she had a seemingly endless fact knowledge of history, roumors and charming little stores. Give her a big hug from the three German ladies.
Posted by Marion on 07/07/2013


The commentary during the long drives is always appreciated. The location stops were excellent. The guide was very personable and fun. He was quite considerate of the group, ensuring everyone got what they needed. We had a great time!
Posted by Carmen on 02/07/2013


Our tour guide was just outstanding and blew us away. She was knowledgable, open to questions, and entertaining. She made our trip.
Posted by Deehan on 26/06/2013


We were lucky enough to have amazing weather and only 2 other people on our tour group, so we had such a great time and could modify the day to see things we wanted to see, which included touching deer and highland coos! It was an amazing trip!
Posted by Kelsey Paulling on 29/04/2013


The overall tour was most enjoyable. I was travelling alone,but throughout the tour I never felt that. John was awesome.He made everyone comfortable and considered everyone's choice. Would like to do more tours with rabbies and definately with John as tour guide.
Posted by Ashlesha Dixit on 22/04/2013


the stop to Glencoe was amazing and the stories of the driver guide was really excellent.
Posted by vincent malnati on 05/04/2013


John McDermott was SENSATIONAL.....best tour guide ever any where in the world or other big place
Posted by Clem Randall on 25/03/2013


We loved the castle, but also the way our driver was telling stories.
Posted by Vincent van de Wetering on 20/03/2013


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

Depart Glasgow at 08.00 and travel north towards the Highlands along the “bonnie, bonnie” banks of Loch Lomond. This is Scotland's largest loch and it takes its name from the mountain Ben Lomond on the eastern shore.

Crossing the ancient natural fault line that runs across Scotland you travel into the majestic Highlands where the scenery changes quickly and dramatically - the flat fertile plains of the Lowlands give 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, made famous by the 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 a 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. Noone 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 which follows 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! Of course, the loch is best known for the legendary sightings of the Loch Ness Monster ("Nessie"). 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 lunch before travelling north the full length of the loch with the opportunity to take a 5 Star Jacobite boat cruise on the loch and view the ancient stronghold of Urquhart Castle.

Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart’s remains include a tower house that commands splendid views of the famous loch and Great Glen. Urquhart witnessed considerable conflict throughout its 500 years as a medieval fortress and its history from the 13th to 17th centuries was particularly bloody. Following Edward I’s invasion, it fell into English hands and was then reclaimed and lost again. In the 14th century, it figured prominently in the Scots’ struggle for independence and came under the control of Robert the Bruce after he became King of Scots.

From Loch Ness you continue north through Inverness before travelling south through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park. Your route takes you 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.

Following a short break here you return to Glasgow at approximately 19.45.

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