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Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands Day Tour

~ 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 - £52
Discount Prices:  £42 - £49
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

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" 

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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We knew we were In luck when our tour began with the sighting of three rainbows. We soon discovered why we were in luck -our tour guide was totally awesome! Dougie is not just a safe and careful driver, he is an amazingly gifted storyteller, and an accurate one to boot. His love for Scotland, its land, peopleculture and ihistory was the best thing about the tour so we promptly signed up for another one! Nothing on our trip has given us more pleasure. I just wish I could upload my pictures. Will try using my cell phone.
Posted by ChristinaJeffrey on 31/01/2016

We loved our tour! The small group size was so much better than a big bus (couldnt help but feel a bit smug when wed get in and out of a bathroom stop so much more quickly). Dougies amazing breadth of Scottish knowledge was wonderful. He kept us entertained with history, geography, personal insights, great music (including, by request, some of his own!) and even some true spooky personal tales that my sons loved. We were so happy we decided to book this tour! Would definitely book with Rabbies again.
Posted by Julia Slatcher on 04/01/2016

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!
Posted by Joseph Pierce on 03/01/2016

This one day tour gives you a flavour of entire Scotland. The Highlands is a beautiful place and the beauty of Scotland intensified with the Rabbies tour. Our tour guide Douglas was knowledgeable and funny. Just when you are immersed in the beauty of nature, a soft traditional scottish music soothes your ears with Douglas providing information in the background about the place---ah, a perfect unforgettable experience, pure bliss!! A friend of mine from India took the 2-day Rabbies tour last year and I am so glad she recommended me this tour. I am definitely going to come again next year and will probably take the 3-day or 5-day tour. Thank you Rabbies and Douggie for an amazing time!
Posted by Sanket Pandya on 22/12/2015

A wonderful journey around Scotland! Thanks to Graham and Rabbies.. :)
Posted by Agata Marchetti on 07/12/2015

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.
Posted by Ernesto Roque Gutierrez on 18/11/2015

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!
Posted by Iva Lesanovska on 25/10/2015

Thanks Rabbies for the wonderful tour you ran to the Highlands. Our guide Gordon was just terrific, very informative and knowledgeable and extremely patient with the guests. The places we were taken to were just amazing and the history which was explained to us on the different clans as we travelled through the Highlands was so interesting. It was definately great value for money and gave us a wonderful view of some parts of the Highlands. The cruise on Loch Ness was also great and 1 hour was a good amount of time to see some of the Loch. The tour vans were very comfortable and clean. I highly recommend Rabbies Tours and if you only have a short amount of time in which to fit in the sights which we did, this is a great tour to take. I will definately be trying to get back to see more of Scotland and will also try and take another tour with Rabbies.
Posted by Tracee Hall-Davis on 20/10/2015

We had a beautiful dayout on 6th september. Our guide Richard made the tour of more than 500 kms look easy and enjoyable with his trivias and snippets. We were travelling with my twin boys of 5 years and they thoroughly enjoyed the ride, comfortable so much to see that you get tired of seeing. Come soak in a bit of scotland. Thanks rabbies, Thanks Richard . Thank you Scotland.
Posted by Bibhu Acharya on 11/09/2015

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

Jan's unexpected stop off to an off-the-track viewpoint - really was lovely and made my day! Jan was lovely - really enjoyed having him as a guide!
Posted by Danielle on 10/07/2015

As a first time visitor to Scotland it was great to get out and see the countryside and highlands
Posted by Bernard on 29/06/2015

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

Eric was a pleasure to be with. He had excellent knowledge of the sights along the way and his love of Scotland was apparent. I really appreciated his reflections on the environment and sustainable practices (ie coach efficiency, energy and livestock production). We have a good sense too of the wild country in the Highlands. Inspires us to want to come back and hike the West Highland Way!
Posted by Bruce on 17/06/2015

Highlands were amazing, but Jan really brought it to life. We have toured 12 European countries and he was one of, if not the best tour guide we've had.
Posted by Cheryl on 03/06/2015

The tour guide is brilliant, very welcoming and talked passionately for the whole day.
Posted by Yunyi on 03/06/2015

I really enjoyed the fine nature of the Scottish Highlands, also we had a fantastic guide, Eric, who delivered history lesson after history lesson in an interesting and humorous way that made you want to listen to every word. (Give him a rise!)
Posted by Andre on 27/05/2015

Overall it was a great experience.
Posted by Ryan on 25/05/2015

The Highlands were beautiful and our guide Gillian was so nice, knowledgeable, and funny.
Posted by Sam on 24/05/2015

I thought Heather did an excellent job. The tour was a perfect combination of music, information and site stops.
Posted by Darcia on 22/05/2015

Watching the Scottish landscape from the bus window was wondrous. Gail's incredible knowledge about the country's history and folklore made it even better!
Posted by Jacqueline on 21/05/2015

Found the whole tour very informative and Ewan very intertaining & knowledgable.. The driver was also helpful & accommodating for photo shoots..glad I chose your company and will suggest to people I no to do the same..
Posted by Glennis on 19/05/2015

Just spectacular !!! all the amazing views
Posted by John on 10/05/2015

The staff were very friendly and fun. The scenery along the route, though, was the most memorable part of the trip.
Posted by Michael on 04/05/2015

The scenery was spectacular, well chosen route.
Posted by Alicia on 28/04/2015

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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


*** Due to an unexpected closure of the Forth Road Bridge the itinerary for this tour is subject to alteration. Start and finish times will be the same and we will try to visit all the usual locations but some stops may have to be a little shorter than normal.***

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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