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 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 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 Cafe 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 an English-speaking 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 Queensferry Crossing before returning to Edinburgh.

Customer Reviews

Scottish Delights

Malcolm and Alison Posted on 25/10/2018

Fantastic tour to Loch Ness, Glencoe, Oban, little gems and Ben who is knowledgeable, funny and has the best playlist ever!

Day Tour

Nabendu Das Gupta Posted on 27/09/2018

Highly professional and well organised. Find they stops unique sites to view.

Loch Ness tour

Mara Sosare Posted on 19/08/2018

This tour (right after the Hadrians Wall tour was to Loch Ness. Leslie, our guide, was a very nice vivid personality, but she could have told us more. There are long stretches on the highway during the tour, and there was lots of time that could have been filled with more information.She sure could have worked a bit harder. I also think the stretch was too long for a day. Not enough time to look at places.

Amazing experience

Cat Hastings Posted on 15/08/2018

Im Scottish but wanted to take my American husband on a trip of my home country. Couldnt have picked better than Rabbies tours! Alasdair was fantastic, a real mix of factual information, anecdotal stories and good humour which made what could otherwise have felt like a very long day (a 12 hour trip) absolutely fly by. We will definitely be doing another tour next time we are back. Thank you for a fab day out!

Honeymoon in the Highlands!

The Hansens Posted on 10/07/2018

We took two Rabbies tours during our honeymoon in the UK and by far the Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands tour was our favorite. It was a beautiful, serene day driving through the most picturesque landscapes imaginable. It felt as though every moment was postcard worthy. Our tour guide, Erik (the Viking) was AWESOME and really made the long drive seem to fly by. He was fun, knowledgeable and taught us a great deal about Scottish culture as it related to our journey and otherwise. People warned against us taking this tour because you spend so much time on a bus, but I have to say it was beyond worth the experience and we are so glad we did it! The Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness (said with lots of phlegm in my throat, per the recommendation of several Scotsman) and Glencoe are magical places that you surely dont want to miss. Thank you to Erik and Rabbies for such an amazing experience and congratulations on your soon to be baby Erik!

Tour

Steve Neil Posted on 10/07/2018

The tour was great. We saw so much in one day

Scotland beauty

The Sabovik Family Posted on 03/07/2018

Erik (with the long blond hair) was a great tour guide. He made us feel at ease as he drove us on our magical journey. He both educated and entertained us in between our destinations. He allowed time for us to enjoy the stops, and yet kept us on schedule. We could not have experienced as much of Scotland on our short time frame if we would not have done this tour.

Full day tour to experience Scotland

Andrew Chen Posted on 04/06/2018

I was on Eric Murdochs 1-day tour recently and it was truly amazing. First off, he is an extremely passionate tour guide and provides wonderful insights into all things Scotland. He also gets to know his tour guests and is very accommodating to their asks! As far as the tour goes, we went all around Scotland as the tour name suggests and got to stop at many places to take some scenic photos. It was a long day in the car, but we were able to stop frequently to get out, stretch, and wander around. Eric even took us to some other stops along the way, which was very kind and quite amazing. I would definitely recommend this tour if youre looking to see the rest of Scotland!

Wonderful tour

Juliet James Posted on 17/05/2018

It was a fabulous trip, Colin was very informative, professional and cheerful

Loved it!

kimberly hisington Posted on 01/05/2018

I absolutely loved every moment of this tour! To be in a van for 12 hours but for it to fly by is an accomplishment! Our tour guide David F. was fabulous and knew so much history and had so many stories to tell. What a beautiful route and comfortable ride. Highly recommend.

FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance. You can click here for excellent rates.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com, or check out our full FAQs.

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