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Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands Day Tour

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


Our "Scotland in a Day" tour covering the magnificent beauty of Rannoch moor and dramatic Glencoe. Travel the Great Glen to Fort Augustus for free time at Loch Ness before returning via 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: 19.45 approx
Adult Prices:  £40 - £47
Discount Prices:  £37 - £44
Departing: Every day (All year)

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Your tour passes through the remote beauty of Rannoch Moor and magnificent Glencoe, scene of the clan massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells in 1692. Then through Fort William to 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, before travelling the full length of Loch Ness to Inverness. Along the way you will have the opportunity to take a 5 star Jacobite boat cruise on Scotland's most famous loch, giving you a chance to search for the legendary monster, popularly known as "Nessie" and enjoy the views to the ancient stronghold of Urquhart Castle. From here you return south to Glasgow via “Monarch of the Glen” country, the Cairngorms National Park, Highland Perthshire and passing Stirling Castle on the way.

Departure Point
Outside Parish Hall, 266 George Street (next to the City Chambers, between North Frederick Street and John Street), Glasgow.Click here to see map.

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 Atttractions
Loch Ness boat cruise.

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.

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


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


Graham our tour guide was 'Excellent', knowledge and passion of narration style very professional, humorous and engaging - made the tour enjoyable and gained much information of Scotland. Highly commended, and in agreement with other passengers: one of the best! thank you Graham (or Graeme).
Posted by Angela on 14/07/2015


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


George was an joyful entertaining guide provided detailed information on every locations and even more such as historical facts and local legends. The tour itself is incredible, but George made it even more enjoyable!
Posted by Stéphane on 12/07/2015


Seeing the beauty of Scotland was my favorite part.
Posted by Rachel on 10/07/2015


The friendly environment on the bus, the story telling was engaging and the music and landscape inspiring
Posted by Alice on 10/07/2015


Every moment was breathtaking and i enjoyed the entire experience.my guide tony made the whole trip enjoyable and his knowledge about the places was extremely interesting and factual
Posted by Louis F on 06/07/2015


Seeing the Scotish Highlands. They are so beautiful. Also the local history is so vast and interesting.
Posted by gerry on 27/06/2015


The information about Scotland history we got from our super friendly guide
Posted by Diego on 23/06/2015


Tour was great, Ian was very helpful and informative!
Posted by Brigita on 17/06/2015


The very good information/commentary and the mix of stops to appreciate the views or attractions
Posted by Rosienne on 16/06/2015


The tour guide's narration was absolutely excellent. Could not wish for better. Very knowledgeable. Great mixture of stories and music.
Posted by Jelena on 22/05/2015


Informative guide giving plenty of history associated with each place.
Posted by Nandish on 20/05/2015


The whole tour was great! Murray was a fantastic guide - great mix of history, humour and sightseeing. Even added in an extra tour stop because it was such a beautiful day!
Posted by Sarah on 19/05/2015


The scenery - stunning especially Glencoe & Rannoch Moor and the knowledge of our driver with his wealth of information about the history of Scotland and the areas we were passing through.
Posted by Frances on 19/05/2015


Our tour guide Mr M Anderson he was knowledgable, funny, helpful, kind, easy going .... he has really made the tour very memorable.
Posted by Regina on 18/05/2015


I found some of the background stories really fascinating. I feel there was a good balance of education and entertainment. I will never look at Braveheart in the same way again ;)
Posted by Chris on 18/05/2015


Seeing the Scotish Highlands. They are so beautiful. Also the local history is so vast and interesting.
Posted by gerry on 27/06/2015


The information about Scotland history we got from our super friendly guide
Posted by Diego on 23/06/2015


Tour was great, Ian was very helpful and informative!
Posted by Brigita on 17/06/2015


The very good information/commentary and the mix of stops to appreciate the views or attractions
Posted by Rosienne on 16/06/2015


The tour guide's narration was absolutely excellent. Could not wish for better. Very knowledgeable. Great mixture of stories and music.
Posted by Jelena on 22/05/2015


Informative guide giving plenty of history associated with each place.
Posted by Nandish on 20/05/2015


The whole tour was great! Murray was a fantastic guide - great mix of history, humour and sightseeing. Even added in an extra tour stop because it was such a beautiful day!
Posted by Sarah on 19/05/2015


The scenery - stunning especially Glencoe & Rannoch Moor and the knowledge of our driver with his wealth of information about the history of Scotland and the areas we were passing through.
Posted by Frances on 19/05/2015


Our tour guide Mr M Anderson he was knowledgable, funny, helpful, kind, easy going .... he has really made the tour very memorable.
Posted by Regina on 18/05/2015


I found some of the background stories really fascinating. I feel there was a good balance of education and entertainment. I will never look at Braveheart in the same way again ;)
Posted by Chris on 18/05/2015


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

Depart Glasgow at 08.00 and travel north 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 fertile plains of the Lowlands give 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, made famous by the 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 a 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. Noone 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 which follows 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! Of course, the loch is best known for the legendary sightings of the Loch Ness Monster ("Nessie"). 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 lunch before travelling north the full length of the loch with the opportunity to take a 5 Star Jacobite boat cruise on the loch 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 continue north through Inverness before travelling south through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park. Your route takes you over the Drumochter Pass (1500ft above sea level) and past 13th century Blair Castle, ancestral home of the Duke of Atholl. We continue south via the forests of Highland Perthshire with a short refreshment stop on route, returning to Glasgow at approximately 19.45

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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