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
Boat Cruises

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 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

Starts
Check-in closes at 07:45 (tour departs at 08:00) - Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station Pick Up, Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station (Stance between 23 to 32), Killermont Street, Glasgow, G2 3NW
Finishes (approx.)
19:45 - Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station Drop Off, Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont Street, Glasgow, G2 3NW
Luggage
You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
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 an English-speaking driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Loch Ness boat cruise
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Itinerary

You depart Glasgow and 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.

You cross the ancient natural fault line that runs across Scotland and venture into the majestic Highlands where the scenery changes 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.

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.

After this, you travel the full length of the loch and get the opportunity to take a five star Jacobite boat cruise. Taking to the waters is the best chance you'll get to spot the monster and take in the views of Urquhart Castle.

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

Enjoyable, informative tour with Stewart

Seryung Lee Posted on 18/05/2021

I joined this tour on 16th, May with the guide, Stewart. I am very grateful for Rabbis as they arranged the tour regardless of small number of attendees on that day. Steward was very kind and open-minded to communicate with foreigners and his explanation about Glasgow, lakes and the cities in Scotland was interesting and very informative. Due to Covid restrictions and limited time schedule, it was hard to make a plan to travel around Scotland but I was very glad that I could visit almost famous places in Scotland and fully enjoyed the great nature. Taking a Cruise at Lake Ness was unforgettable, it was so nice. This tour is well-organized and recommendable for those who wants to see Scotland in 1 day. Thank you very much for your amazing trip, Stewart!! Seryung

Enjoyable, informative tour with Stewart

Seryung Lee Posted on 18/05/2021

I joined this tour on 16th, May with the guide, Stewart. I am very grateful for Rabbis as they arranged the tour regardless of small number of attendees on that day. Steward was very kind and open-minded to communicate with foreigners and his explanation about Glasgow, lakes and the cities in Scotland was interesting and very informative. Due to Covid restrictions and limited time schedule, it was hard to make a plan to travel around Scotland but I was very glad that I could visit almost famous places in Scotland and fully enjoyed the great nature. Taking a Cruise at Lake Ness was unforgettable, it was so nice. This tour is well-organized and recommendable for those who wants to see Scotland in 1 day. Thank you very much for your amazing trip, Stewart!! Seryung

Great one tour with our knowledgeable and awesome tour guide (Garant Scott)

Pankaj Shegokar Posted on 23/12/2018

Our tour guide Garant Scott, made this trip memorable for me, not he gave us all the information or history behind all the places we visited but was equally very funny. Garant Scott would love to have one more such trip with you. Thank you very much.....

Great one tour with our knowledgeable and awesome tour guide (Garant Scott)

Pankaj Shegokar Posted on 23/12/2018

Our tour guide Garant Scott, made this trip memorable for me, not he gave us all the information or history behind all the places we visited but was equally very funny. Garant Scott would love to have one more such trip with you. Thank you very much.....

A pity we could not navigate the lake ness

virginia Olmos Posted on 16/09/2018

On August 30th, we did the highlands and loch ness tour, we were 5 friends, when we arrived at the lake, we went to buy the boat tickets, and they were sold out. In the ticket office told us that the guide should have called to book, we were 8 people from the 13 that we were at Van that we were interested in doing the boat ride. We look helplessly at the guide who name is Alan. When it came time to leave we complained to him for not having booked, he said he could not call because he was driving, very poor excuse, for us a shame from Uruguay we hardly came back to see it. Too many stops, at least 7 that were not so necessary and little time in each.

Most Amazing Day-July 6, 2018

Andrina Posted on 20/07/2018

Our tour guide, Grant, made mine my Daughters first full day in Scotland most memorable. Even though our tour started a wee bit late (through no fault of Grants), we had an awesome, wonderful day. Was a great start to our UK vacation. Thanks a million Grant, you were the best!!!!

Fantastic expirience

Kruti Sawant Posted on 06/03/2018

This was our second tour with Rabbies and as expected it was a lot of fun. Enjoyed taking lovely landscape pictures as I am a photography hobbyist. It was very enjoyable experience overall.

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.

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 48 hours for our one day tours, 15 days for two to nine day tours, and 21 days for 10+ day 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.

Can Itineraries change?

Your tour will always follow the itinerary as closely as possible. While there are ongoing coronavirus restrictions throughout the UK and Ireland, itineraries are more likely to change than usual as opening hours and capacities at many visitor attractions are reduced and subject to change. Your driver-guide will keep you up to up to date on the road, and we'll try to get in touch about any large changes prior to your departure.

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.

How do you cater for people with accessibility needs?

We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.

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.

What is ABTOT?

You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.

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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