Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands
1 day tour

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

Tour map


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 is perfect if you’re short on time and want to see as much of Scotland as you can.

Tour Details

08.00 - Rabbies Cafe, 6 Waterloo Place
20.00 approx

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 on 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


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

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

Anette Skjaervik Posted on 03/09/2016

We had a wonderful experience on our day trip to Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands. Our guide, Fergui, was sharing willingly of his rich knowledge and we got good advices at every stop. He played pleasant music throughout the tour with a comfortable sound level. Our driver drove nice and safe, considering riding for 12 hours. One downside with this trip was that we did not stop at Sterling castle, which we thought we would. We understand that stops must be prioritized due to the scarce time, but if this had been better shown on their website, this wouldnt had been questioned. On the other hand, a positive experience was when we drove by Doune castle, since we thought we wouldnt see this castle on this trip. An improvement in the future, would be to stop here for some minutes to take a picture or two. There were a lot of stops, even on places we didnt know we were going to stop Loch Lubnaig in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs national park, the three sisters of Glencoe and the forth road bridge among other places, which made the day go really fast, including our guide always explaning along the ride what we saw. This was just great! Since we were on this trip on a sunday almost everything were closed, but this was not an obstacle since we wouldnt had time for shopping anyway. Several and shorter stops were better, than less and longer stops after a long day in a minivan. Improvements of this trip could be to have better information on their website, which include where there will be stops and where there will be opportunities to buy food and beverages. In addition, the guides microphone didnt work properly several times of this trip, which made it hard to hear everything in the back of the bus. This should really be looked into. After all this was a nice trip where we saw a lot of the scottish highlands, which we really loved! We would recommend this trip!

Ingrid Wächtershäuser Posted on 01/09/2016

Highlands Spendor

Shannon MacArthur Posted on 31/08/2016

We took the Loch Ness Highlands tour on August 24, 2016. What an amazing journey into the Highlands of Scotland. It definitely didnt feel as though we had taken a 12 hour journey through Scotland. Our guide, Dougie , was an incredible wealth of knowledge! He entertained us all day long with amazing stories, history, music, off the wall info, and his all around terrific personality. He is a wonderful asset to your tour company!! We knew we were going to enjoy seeing the Highlands, but Dougie really made it an even more memorable experience. Our entire tour group seemed to feel extremely welcomed and at ease on this tour. We will absolutely book through Rabbies again where available for our Holidays :) Thanks so much for helping to make our trip so enjoyable! All the Best from Texas- Shannon

Great day of fun and amazing landscapes

Danijel Balun Posted on 29/08/2016

I took this tour wanting to see all of those amazing landscapes and those expectations very fully met. And a tour itself was even better thanks to amazing guide Douglas. His stories, music and knowledge about sights and scotish history was simply amazing and he himself is a great and funny guy. I especially liked the personal touch when we all introduced ourselves and were asked what are our expectations of the trip. It was an amazing personal touch and made us feel as a group. I will definitely recommend you and book another tour when Im back in Scotland. Well done Rabbies and Douggie Greetings from Croatia

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