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

A great experience

John and jemma Davis Posted on 17/08/2017

My wife and I went to the Rabbies Day Tour from Glasgow on Saturday 12th August 2017 to Loch Ness,Glencoe and the Highlands. It was a very rewarding experience.The tour guide John Mc Dermott was excellent ..and the places we went were well chosen and very scenic ..He gave us lots of information on all aspects of the tour .He gave us Scottish history as we passed through the Highlands, near the Castles and viewed the Lochs.He told us about the Clans and the Kings,the past owners of the castles and stories about the Lochs.He also spoke about the culture and customs how they make a kilt and the joys of a good Scotch Whiskey.We note how he was very attentive to the lady in the wheelchair.He even made up a game to pass the time in the long stretches It was a great tour and everyone departed in good spirits

simply the best

Emma Drummond Posted on 01/08/2017

Best day Best guide Best weather Best memories Ally- you are amazingly, brilliantly,wonderful and entertaining. Didnt realize wed get a one-man comedy festival included in this package- a thousand thankyous.

Fantastic tour!

Kayleigh Posted on 19/06/2017

Myself and my partner went on the 1 day tour of Loch Ness, Glencoe the highlands in May and thoroughly enjoyed it! Our tour guide was Gillian, who made the history of the highlands come alive, and made us fall in love with its its beautiful sights as well as its history! She offered a unique experience and made our trip that even better! Would throughly recommend Rabbies tours for anyone interested in exploring the highlands! We are already planning a 2 day highland tour with Rabbies for the future to explore more of its gorgeous scenery!

Fantastic tour!

Kayleigh Posted on 19/06/2017

Myself and my partner went on the 1 day tour of Loch Ness, Glencoe the highlands in May and thoroughly enjoyed it! Our tour guide was Gillian, who made the history of the highlands come alive, and made us fall in love with its s beautiful sights as well as its history! Would throughly recommend Rabbies tour for anyone interested in exploring the highlands! We are already planning a 2 day highland tour with Rabbies for the future!

Great day out!

Maggie Posted on 30/05/2017

Our driver was Bobby and yesterday we went on a day tour from Glasgow to Loch Ness etc... he made the day a memorable one for the three of us. His sense of humour, great driving and historical knowledge was excellent! Would highly recommend this tour if you only have a day to explore this part of Scotland!

Great experience

Tunde Posted on 11/05/2017

Our driver Sean was amazing and I really had a great time on this tour. Glencoe is unforgettable. I highly recommend this tour :)

Disappointing Tour

vandan hatkar Posted on 08/05/2017

Tour Date: May 3, 2017 My family from India were part of this tour. They were not satisfied with the tour at all. The driver didnt allow for boat cruise on Loch Ness as they were stuck in traffic in the morning hours. It was the main attraction that was missed. The bus halted at each spot only for 10 minutes and halted at the last point for the entire 40 minutes. As per my family, the last point had nothing to offer. If that time was utilized in cruise then it would have been worth. Also, they were not asked to enter the castle but only to have a view from outside. We feel cheated as we didnt pay only to sit and enjoy the bus ride!

fantastic tour with james

Sara Posted on 07/05/2017

It was a wonderful 1 day tour on May 4, 2017 Our guide was James he was very funny and nice Thanks james for the interesting stories, we learned a lot and we visited amazing places We loved the tour. We will go back one day and recommend the rabbies tour :)

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!

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