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Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands Day Tour

Highlights:
~ Rannoch Moor
~ Glencoe
~ Great Glen
~ Fort Augustus
~ Boat Cruise on Loch Ness (optional)
~ Grampian mountains
~ Highland Perthshire

Our "Scotland in a day tour" covering the magnificent beauty of Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, the Great Glen, Loch Ness and Highland Perthshire.

We recommend this tour for those who are short of time and want to get a great sample of the Highlands. Steep yourself in the history of dramatic Glencoe and the chance to see Nessie!

Please phone us if the date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.

Departs: 08.00       Returns: 20.00 approx
Adult Prices:  £45 - £55
Discount Prices:  £42 - £52
Departing: Every day (All year)

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Your tour passes through magnificent Glencoe, scene of the clan massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells in 1692, and on through Fort William, the beginning of the “Great Glen” and the Caledonian Canal, which you follow up to Fort Augustus, nestling on the banks of Loch Ness.

Here you can enjoy your lunch, a boat trip (Easter to December - subject to availability) or take a wander along the lochside with spectacular views of the loch. From here you return south to Edinburgh via “Monarch of the Glen” country and Highland Perthshire.

Departure Point
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.

Return to Waterloo Place

Inclusions 
Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour. 
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life. 
Air Conditioning as standard. 
Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide 
Your chance to see "Nessie" 


Exclusions 
Lunch and refreshments. 
Entrance fees to any Visitor Attractions
Loch Ness boat cruise.
* Loch Ness boat cruise available from Easter to December. 
**The boat trip on Loch Ness may not always be available on busy weekends and bank holidays.. 

Discount Price
 
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 15 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

Important Information 
Because we believe in time off the bus we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!! The Loch Ness boat cruise only runs from Easter to December. Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

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Had a fantastic time thank to Jan who was very friendly and had a good knowledge of the areas. My niece didnt understand most of it due to language barrier until I translated but she found Jan very approachable and also enjoyed the tour a lot. She is hoping to do it again one she learnt some English. Thank you again. Rose
Posted by Rose and Huriye on 27/08/2015


During our citry trip to Edinburgh we had a great 1 day tour through the beautiful Highlands. Sandie was a great guy, telling us a lot about the history. Especially Glencoe was very impressive and unforgettable. The trip was very good organised, and I think well come back one day from Holland to make another - longer - trip with Rabbies.
Posted by Margaretha on 09/08/2015


The whole family had a great tour on Wednesday 5th August, Sandy the tour driver/guide was fantastic, very knowledgable and a great story teller. Will definitely recommend this tour to others :)
Posted by Keenan Family on 08/08/2015


My husband, my two children (15, 11) and I did the Loch Ness tour - it was great! Grant was our guide. He was a safe driver, excellent storyteller (thanks for Bloody Mary!), his jokes made us laugh a lot and we really liked the Scotish music. The landscape is breathtaking! We really enjoyed the trip! Thanks so much - greetings from Austria!
Posted by isabella on 25/07/2015


After 12 hours with our tour guide, Graham, I actually felt that if I entered a 1million pound competition on knowledge of Scotland, it would be a walk in the park! He had a story and better yet! a song from his iPod for every stretch of road - even Johnny who lives in his car on the road after his divorce! I unofficially crown Graham the best OAP and DJ in rabbies
Posted by Amaka Wemambu on 13/07/2015


It was a week ago (we think) that that our party of 4 took the Highlands-Loch Lomond-Loch Ness tour with Richard as our guide and Stevie as our driver. They both were great! Richard was knowledgeable and forthcoming with an answer to every question, unobtrusively engaging as a traveling companion. His timing was thoughtful with regard to his storytelling, which was was spellbinding enough to enrich our understanding of Scottish history. Stevie drove the bus as if it were a Formula One vehicle — with control and aplomb. They were both charming personalities and truly gracious. We were comfortable, edified and very pleased. Thank you so much. Please post this to your site if you can. Thank you, Daniel Chodos
Posted by Calum - General Manager on 24/06/2015


We did it with RN !! On 13th June , it was such an enjoyable tour , wish we had more time , wanted to stay there and enjoy it..as we found it more on the bus than outside....RN as a guide was too good, Great history teller, he could good play a drama I guess.
Posted by Arun Gupta on 21/06/2015


We went on the Loch Ness, Glencoe trip on 14/06/15. Our guide was Matt. He was fabulous!! Had so much information about all the area we visited. Shared with us many stories and the history about the places we were passing. He played scottish music for us during the times he wasnt talking. We really enjoyed it.
Posted by Cindy Gieschen on 18/06/2015


Went with Husband and 2 older teen daughters. Eric was great! Wonderful stories and cheerful comments throughout the trip. Loved the trip!
Posted by Tamara Hall on 17/06/2015


Thanks very much to both Gordon and Richard! Amazing knowledgable hosts! Made our trip through Scotkand most enjoyable! Cheers guys!
Posted by Kiralee Jury on 14/06/2015


I want to thank Grant for the great tour we had today, it was the most fabulous tour we had in Europe , the 12 hours passed so fast because we had lots and lots of fun hearing the stories and learning about Scotland history. You are the best
Posted by Samyah AlDubaili on 11/06/2015


It’s my first time to join Rabbie’s tour and its so lucky to have Ewan B as our tour guide! He is such a professional and friendly tour guide that introduces every spot and tells every story in a very interesting way!!!! The tour is never boring under his introduction! Ewan, thank you so much for your hard work and I will definitely recommend this tour to everyone without any hesitation.
Posted by Li on 03/06/2015


I joined this tour on May 14 together with my Italian friend. We were very lucky: great weather and great tour guide Ewan B. We learned later on that this was his second week in the job but that was absolutely not noticeable. He gave great info, made a small detour to show us a really old and beautiful castle and what we especially liked was the combination of him talking about Scotland but then illustrating certain events with local Scottish music and musicians. Not too much, but it gave a great atmosphere. So Ewan B thanx for that. The highlands were beautiful, we had enough time to see the different sceneries. The only thing that could be left out is the fifteen minute visit to a Mill, too commercial and completely out of tune with rest of the tour. All in all we got a perfect view of the Highlands and the history of Scotland.
Posted by natasja on 18/05/2015


I joined one day tour on 9th Apr and Alan is my tour guide . The trip was amazing and Alan is very professional and gave us a lot of fun. Really enjoy this tour! Once again, thank you so much, Alan!
Posted by Sophia on 23/04/2015


Amazing tour!!!
Posted by Anna Carolina de P. J. Naves on 01/03/2015


Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North, The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth; Wherever I wander, wherever I rove, The hills of the Highlands for ever I love. Chorus.-My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here, My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer; Chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe, My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go. Farewell to the mountains, high-cover'd with snow, Farewell to the straths and green vallies below; Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods, Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods. My heart's in the Highlands, &c. by Robert Burns
Posted by Kathy on 23/02/2015


Believe it or not, my favorite part was actually listening to the tour guide's colorful and interesting explanations and wonderful Scotland music during the ride. I loved listening to his Scottish accent and soothing tones as he told interesting stories. It was cool that he talked not just about the destinations we had signed up for, but the city, castles, or any other parts we happened to be driving through (compared to other tours where the tour guide was basically silent except when we got to our destinations). I also loved the CDs he played during the day; they showcased classic Scottish melodies and music which highlighted the beauty of the land. He even sang one of the songs himself, and it was just as beautiful as any of the songs he played. My mom even said my dad should like the music as well, so wanted to buy the CD as a gift for him. I am also glad that the Rabbi's had us meet at their cafe where we could buy breakfast and other foods for the trip. It was nice that the tour allowed for plenty of restroom breaks, unlike another tour that I was on, though the breaks were a bit too frequent and long somtimes.
Posted by Lydia on 05/10/2014


Robyn 's commentary, his quick wit and sense of humour. He truly brings this tour alive. Without his commentary and music, it would be nothing else but beautiful Scottish landscape. Robyn is truly an outstanding guide. He is patient, knowledgable and passionate about Scottish history.
Posted by Subhash on 22/09/2014


All the stories were interesting, however when we stopped to see Ben Nevis it was most beautiful and enjoyable.
Posted by Sarah on 22/09/2014


John is excellent! He knows the history of Scotland well and always share his life and experience to us. Even though our English are not good, he is very friendly and try to explain to us.
Posted by Chung Yan on 22/09/2014


What can I say - the whole tour was a successful. Even the sun was shining all day. Jonathan was amazing. No matter what we asked he had an answer to everything. A running lexicon it seems. The stops were well selected and there was no hectic at all. We normally cruise around with a rental car ourselves but due to lack of time we decided to take the bus tour. All we can say is that we came home all happy !!
Posted by Tania on 18/09/2014


all the tour was great, I was surprised by the music, I was expecting it. It was magic, the combination of information very interesting, wonderful landscape and music is amazing.
Posted by ELISE on 12/09/2014


Loved everything about the tour! Comfortable minicoach, frequent stops, Daniel a really nice and friendly guy, good amount of info about Scottish history and present.
Posted by Lucie on 27/08/2014


erik was a super informative guide with a good sense of humour and a nice singing voice. good stops, magnificent scenery.
Posted by Linda on 20/08/2014


We really enjoyed Martin as he was very knowledgeable and made the trip over the top great. Even though it was a long day, it didn't seem so.
Posted by Tamara on 27/05/2014


Jonathan had a lot of cool stories and appropriate music to compliment the tour. We were definitely not bored during the tour!
Posted by Azalia on 20/05/2014


John is a great driver and tour guide. He's so nice, knowledgeable, humorous. In a word, awesome!
Posted by YINGYI on 14/05/2014


Jonathan was a hilarious storyteller and all-around well informed about everything - from the stuff he actually prepares to guide the tour as well as in answering other off the cuff questions, including one about current events/politics in Scotland!
Posted by Minette on 20/02/2014


Everything was great! Eric our guide was amazing, he even sang for us! Loved and totally recommend this our.
Posted by Luisa on 20/02/2014


Jane is a wonderful guide!! She's very responsible for everything - local stories on the road, history behind those places of interest and also her excellent driving skills! My boyfriend and I love her soooo much! Best guide ever!
Posted by CHENG YAN on 05/02/2014


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Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

Depart Edinburgh 8.00 am and travel northwest past Linlithgow palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, and Stirling Castle. Stirling castle was once known as the 'Key to Scotland', with its imposing position in the centre of the country. To the north is the 220ft high tower of the National Wallace Monument commemorating Scotland's great hero William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson in the Oscar-winning movie Braveheart.

You pass close to the scene of Wallace's greatest triumph, the battle of Stirling Bridge, where he defeated the English army in 1297. To the south is Bannockburn where, in 1314, the great Scottish warrior-king Robert the Bruce defeated the English army of Edward II, restoring independence for Scotland. A little further on you will make a short stop for coffee at Callander, the 'frontier town' on the edge of the Highlands. Crossing the Highland boundary fault line the scenery changes quickly and dramatically, the flat fertile plains of the lowlands giving way to shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops and forest-filled glens. It's easy to forget that this was once thought of as a dangerous frontier, fought over by the fiercely territorial Highland clans such as the MacGregors, and made famous by highland folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor.

Travelling north through Breadalbane (meaning the 'High Country of Scotland'), you climb towards the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor. At an altitude of over 1000ft, covered by heather and peat-bogs and dotted with dozens of lochs, it's an unique landscape. This contrasts with the spectacular mountain scenery as you pass the majestic peak of Buachaille Etive Mor (meaning 'the great shepherd of Etive') and down into Scotland's most famous valley, Glencoe. Stunningly beautiful, with its dramatic cliff faces and steep slopes, Glencoe is infamous as the site of the Glencoe massacre in 1692. Following orders from King William, Scottish soldiers under the leadership of Captain Robert Campbell slaughtered 38 men, women and children of the Macdonald clan. This was especially shocking as the soldiers had been living with the people of Glencoe for 2 weeks and killed them in their own homes. No-one was ever punished for this crime, as the King himself had signed the order, but because it was murder under trust, the Highlands would never be the same again. Beyond Glencoe you will enter the Great Glen, a deep glacial valley following a geological fault line.

Passing through the town of Fort William you drive under Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis before arriving at Fort Augustus on the southern shore of Loch Ness. At 23 miles long and over 700ft deep it's the largest loch by volume in Scotland and contains more water than every lake in England and Wales combined! The loch is best known for the legendary sightings of the Loch Ness Monster ("Nessie") and you can take the opportunity of a boat cruise* on the loch to go in search of the monster, or simply to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Fort Augustus is a pretty little town in its own right, the Caledonian Canal which links the lochs of the Great Glen dominates the town and makes a great place to relax and watch the boats sail by. You will stop here for nearly 2 hours to give you time for lunch and 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 takes us alongside Loch Laggan (the setting for the BBC series 'Monarch of the Glen'), over the Drumochter Pass (1500ft above sea level) and past 13th century Blair Castle, ancestral home of the Duke of Atholl.  We continue south through the forests of Highland Perthshire making a short refreshment stop on the way and then on past Perth itself. Perth was the medieval capital of Scotland, where for hundreds of years Scottish monarchs were crowned at nearby Scone Palace. South of Perth you drive past Loch Leven, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned by her Protestant nobles, before escaping to England where she was eventually executed by her cousin Elizabeth I. Then it is over the famous Forth Bridge before returning to Edinburgh.

Return time - Approx 20.00

Photography Credits: Visit Britain, Visit Scotland, Britainonview, Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts

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