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 coming in from 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 crumbling castles.


Your journey


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

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


Tour Details

Departs
08.00 - Parish Hall, 266 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1QX
Returns
19.45 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
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
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Loch Ness boat cruise
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Itinerary

Departing from Glasgow you travel 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 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.

Travelling north through Breadalbane (meaning the 'High Country of Scotland'), you climb towards Rannoch Moor. This 1000ft plain is covered by heather, peat-bogs, and dozens of lochs. You’ll love how it contrasts with the spectacular mountain scenery of Buachaille Etive Mor (meaning 'the great shepherd of Etive').

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 under 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 one hour to give you time for lunch and and time to take in the scenery around Scotland's most famous loch. After lunch, you travel north the full length of the loch with the opportunity to take a five Star Jacobite boat cruise 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 head south through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park. You continue south through the forests of Perthshire and make a short refreshment stop on route, before returning to Glasgow.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful day out in Highland Scitland!

MILIND KSHIRSAGAR Posted on 17/10/2017

Me and my wife took this tour on 10th October. It was thoroughly enjoyable experience! Graham, our tour guide was wonderful and very energetic, stocked with lot of stories about Scotland, places visited, Scottish people/culture and wonderful Scottish music! He made our day most memorable. Grahams candid views about the options as to Loch Ness Cruise and Loch Ness Cruise + Castle visit were certainly useful in we opting for combination of Cruise + Castle visit. It was very good to explore the Castle and then enjoy 30 min Cruise, probably only Cruise could have been a bit boring. We will certainly opt for 3/5 days tour with Rabbies ,in Scottish Highlands surrounding areas on our next trip to Scotland! With best wishes, Milind Kshirsagar

Great Tour Guide!

Pamela Posted on 22/07/2017

Fantastic tour, made more enjoyable by our entertaining guide, Gordon, who was not only knowledgable, but spoke fluent Gaelic!

Tour Through the Highlands with Graham

Danielle Carreiro Posted on 17/10/2016

This is a day I honestly will never forget. Not just because we had great weather a sunny day through Scotland and the Highlands, but because of the tour and our Guide Graham. It was amazing the stops through the Highlands and the fun facts that came with it. If we had a question it was answered and with a great story of history. I absolutely loved all I had to do that day, and eat!!! The stop in Inverness was great you had your selection of food for lunch for all. Whether it be fish and chips, to a salad, sandwich, and even haggis. It was a great way to experience another part of the culture. It was a great day and I looked forward to our second tour which went just as well.

Scotland in a day with Iain.

Aynsley Bell Posted on 22/04/2016

Born and raised in Glasgow and never seem further than Loch Lomond. Today I saw my amazing country with an amazing tour guide Iain. I could listen to his stories all day. Glad I got to do the tour, on an unexpected sunny day! Would recommend this to everyone I know.

Scotland in a day with Iain.

Aynsley Bell Posted on 22/04/2016

Born and raised in Glasgow and never seem further than Loch Lomond. Today I saw my amazing country with an amazing tour guide Iain. I could listen to his stories all day. Glad I got to do the tour, on an unexpected sunny day! Would recommend this to everyone I know.

Scotland in a day with Iain.

Aynsley Bell Posted on 22/04/2016

Born and raised in Glasgow and never seem further than Loch Lomond. Today I saw my amazing country with an amazing tour guide Iain. I could listen to his stories all day. Glad I got to do the tour, on an unexpected sunny day! Would recommend this to everyone I know.

Graham

Joseph Pierce Posted on 03/01/2016

Our tour was fantastic mostly due to our tour guide. The places we stopped were beautiful but Our tour guide Graham made the tour! He was full of information, made us laugh, played us great music, and gave great tips on our choice of karaoke songs! Thank you for a fantastic time we will be back for sure!

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands

Agata Marchetti Posted on 07/12/2015

A wonderful journey around Scotland! Thanks to Graham and Rabbies.. :)

best tour ever

Ernesto Roque Gutierrez Posted on 18/11/2015

Weve done free walking tours, bike tours, cruise tours weve gone punting weve been in big groups, medium groups and small groups we have tried agri-tourism, archeological visits and the list goes on and yet our trip to the highlands with Murray stands as one of the most comprehensively informative, adventurous and fascinating experiences weve had in our lives.

Amazing experience

Iva Lesanovska Posted on 25/10/2015

I booked 1-day tour for myself, my mum and my cousin. We went to Highlands from Glasgow on 20th October 2015. Our tourguide Ian (but I not absolutely sure spelling) was just amazing. You could feel that he really liked his job and was passionate about sharing his experience. As the only one from my family who can speak English I had to translate everything to my family. Ian was evrythoughtful and even if they were not able to understand they could feel his great attitude. I will definitely recommed Rabbies company to all my friend who will come to Glasgow or Edinburgh. Thank you for this wonderful day!

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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