Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands
1 day tour

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Myths, monsters, and mountains: this tour is the best way to see ‘Scotland in a day’.

Tour map

Highlights

Nessie
Lochs
Mountains
National Parks
Film Locations

Places you'll explore


Rannoch Moor - Admire unforgettable views at this epic expanse of untouched wilderness.

Glencoe - Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tales of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.

Great Glen - A humongous fault line through the Scottish Highlands; it’s a location that’s as historically important as it is beautiful.

Fort Augustus - This wee town of 650 inhabitants is a great spot to watch boats traversing the Caledonian Canal.

Loch Ness - Take a chance to go on an optional boat cruise or wander around this alluring and eerie loch.

Grampian Mountains - Enjoy classic views of one of Scotland’s most mesmerising mountain ranges.

Highland Perthshire - Travel through thick pine-clad slopes and take in views of fast-flowing rivers.


Your journey


Journey deep into the Highlands of Scotland on our monster-sized day tour. You’ll hear the legendary stories of the Jacobites, gaze into gorgeous Glencoe, and get a chance to spot the mythical Loch Ness Monster.

It’s a tour packed with bewildering beauty, and perfect if you’re short on time and want to see as much of Scotland as you can.


Tour Details

Departs
08.00 - Rabbie's Café Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG
Returns
20.00 approx
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • Loch Ness cruise available Easter to December
  • Loch Ness cruise may not be available at busy times
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Itinerary

You depart Edinburgh and travel past Linlithgow palace and Stirling Castle. To the north is the National Wallace Monument, which commemorates Scotland's great hero William Wallace.

You pass close to the location where William Wallace defeated the English army in 1297, and after this take a short stop for coffee at Callander.

The scenery changes dramatically as you venture further into the Highlands. The flat plains of the lowlands transform into shimmering lochs, rugged mountains and forest-filled glens. The alluring beauty makes it easy to forget this was once a battleground of the fiercely territorial Highland clans.

You then head down to Scotland's most famous valley, Glencoe, where you’ll be mesmerised by the beautiful cliff faces and steep slopes.

After Glencoe, you enter a deep glacial valley, known as the Great Glen. Passing through the town of Fort William you travel in the shadow of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, before arriving at Fort Augustus on the shore of Loch Ness.

At 23 miles long and over 700ft deep, Loch Ness is the largest loch by volume in Scotland. The loch is best known for the legendary Loch Ness Monster ("Nessie") and you can take the opportunity to go in search of the monster on a fantastic boat cruise. Or you can simply enjoy the beautiful scenery on the banks.

Fort Augustus boasts the Caledonian Canal, which is a great spot to relax and watch the boats sail by. You stop here for nearly 1hour 30min to give you time for lunch and time to 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 travels alongside Loch Laggan (the setting for the BBC series 'Monarch of the Glen'), over the Drumochter Pass and past 13th century Blair Castle.

You continue south through the forests of Perthshire and make a short refreshment stop on the way. South of Perth you drive past Loch Leven. Then it’s over the famous Forth Bridge before returning to Edinburgh.

Customer Reviews

sabrina Posted on 26/04/2017

Great day tour! we saw amazing surroudings and had a wonderful trip with our funny guide Steven! If you get the chance to take the boat on the loch Ness do not hesitate , Shawn will make it so funny in his story about the lake and the famous Nessie! we enjoyed the day discovering Scotland in an other way! thanks

Amazing honeymoon

Ashley Bauerle Posted on 08/04/2017

Our Scottish honeymoon was delayed by four years due to work and other commitments. Our guide, Arran, heard that we were on our honeymoon and immediately planned a traditional hand fasting ceremony for us right there on the banks of Loch Lomond. What he couldnt possibly have known was that the one thing Ive always regretted from our wedding four years earlier was not being able to include a hand fasting ceremony to honor my Scottish heritage. That tartan now sits next to the other treasured keepsakes from our wedding as if it were part of the original ceremony. It was completely unexpected and absolutely magical. Thank you so much for making our honeymoon perfect and for granting a brides long lost wish!

Beautiful Tour Awesome Guide - Highly Recommend!

Emma Trottier Posted on 20/03/2017

My friend and I did the Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands day tour on March 19. Its a packed day of seeing some of the highlights of the Highlands. If you want to see the Highlands, but dont have lots of time, this trip is for you. Our guide was Ewan B. and we couldnt have asked for a funnier, more awesome story-teller. We learned so much of Scottish history and Scottish-isms, all thanks to Ewan. Would highly recommend this trip!

Jeff Adams made our day Grand

Moore Canada Posted on 06/03/2017

Our first introduction to Scotland was made so much better with the inexhaustible information provided by Jeff. The day trip itself was just stunning and it never felt like we were jostling for space with other car loads of people. Cant wait to take the tour again with my husband and kids.

13 Feb Highlands trip

Saaraunsh Rege Posted on 15/02/2017

Me and my wife has one of the most memorable trip with Rabbies. Stefan was really very entertaining and had a great knowledge about the history of Scotland. He also had a music playlist which was played as per what he shared the scenery around.

Wonderful and memorable tour with James !

Geraldine from Lyon Posted on 09/01/2017

We had a great tour on January 2nd with James. The landscapes are breathtaking! James was so nice and funny, we learnt so much thanks to him. We really enjoyed the stories and ambiance he created. Thank you very much ! We will definitely come back and we highly recommend rabbies tours!

Beautiful day!!

Mandy Grim Posted on 08/01/2017

I recently went on this tour and it was amazing!! Aaron was the best guide and was so informative and funny! You see so much in 1 day. It was a long day but Aarons insight and the surreal scenery along the way made the trip so worth it! Highly recommend Rabbies for any tour and will continue to use them in the future!!

Highlands with Ewan B

Zuzka Posted on 11/11/2016

We took one day trip to Loch Ness and Highlands and it was really amazing, interesting, funny and unforgettable. Our tour guide Ewan B is great storyteller and made our journey very exciting and we learnt lots of scottish history. He was really excellent. I will definitely recommend you. I really miss Scottland and all the amazing people I met there.

Highlands with Ewan B

Zuzka Posted on 11/11/2016

We took one day trip to Loch Ness and Highlands and it was really amazing, interesting, funny and unforgettable. Our tour guide Ewan B is great storyteller and made our journey very exciting and we learnt lots of scottish history. He was really excellent. I will definitely recommend you. I really miss Scottland and all the amazing people I met there.

Sunny Scotland in October

Monika Posted on 20/10/2016

Thanks to Jeff for making this amazing tour even better by going the extra mile. We particularly liked the little stories you wouldnt find in a guide book. All the best

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