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From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glenoce & The Highlands Day Tour

1. From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glenoce & The Highlands Day Tour

Following pickup from central Edinburgh, you will head towards Stirling, catching views of the Castle and Wallace Monument as you venture to the Highlands. Visit Callander, and stop for morning coffee in this bustling town described as the gateway to the highlands. Head northwards over Rannoch Moor until you reach the dark, brooding Pass of Glencoe. Stop for lunch and free time nearby the Fort William area, then follow the Caledonian Canal up the Great Glen to Loch Ness. Here, you have some free time with the option to cruise on the Loch, or if you don't want to take the cruise you can relax in one of the bars or restaurants in the tranquil village or on the pier.  After Loch Ness you will head South East and take in magnificent views of Loch Laggan. On the way home, enjoy a refreshment stop in Pitlochry, a delightful Victorian resort town. Then, head south through Fife, and cross the Forth next to the amazing Forth Bridge, before arriving back in Edinburgh.

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe, Highlands & Ben Nevis

2. From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe, Highlands & Ben Nevis

Depart Edinburgh on an air-conditioned luxury coach (max 57 seats). Pass Stirling Castle and hear your tour guide tell tales of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce and the bloody battles fought out on these lands. First, arrive at Callander town, nestled at the foot of the Trossachs. Next, drive through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Your Scottish guide will tell you about Rob Roy MacGregor, the infamous Highlander. Follow in the footsteps of James Bond ("Skyfall") and Harry Potter ("Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban") as you travel to the stunning Highland valley of Glencoe. Hear the eerie story of the Clan MacDonald massacre of 1692. Travel through Fort William, home to Ben Nevis, which at 4,409 feet is the highest mountain of the British Isles. Arrive on the south bank of Loch Ness in the charming village of Fort Augustus, where lots of cafes, shops, and restaurants offer a relaxing lunch. Stroll along the banks of the Caledonian Canal, then experience Loch Ness on an optional 1-hour boat cruise. Try to catch a glimpse of "Nessie," the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Admire the impressive Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge with views of the Nevis Range. Enter the Cairngorms National Park and discover "Monarch of the Glen" country. Drive along Loch Laggan before the roads climb above the Grampian Mountains. Travel over the Pass of Drumochter, linking the northern and southern Central Highlands. Experience the majesty of a mountain pass created by glacial activity during successive Ice Ages. Finally, stop briefly in the beautiful Victorian town of Pitlochry before heading back to Edinburgh city center, arriving at approximately 8:30 PM.

EDI Edinburgh Airport: Plaza Premium Lounge

3. EDI Edinburgh Airport: Plaza Premium Lounge

Avoid the crowds and chaos of the public departure lounge and relax in style before your flight from Edinburg Heathrow Airport. Choose the duration of stay that best fits you, then make yourself comfortable the Plaza Premium Lounge. Plaza Premium Lounge at Edinburgh Airport provides an interactive space for travellers to relax or get work done, while junior travellers can enjoy some playtime before their flight. The lounge features the stylish gin bar, a collaboration with Edinburgh Gin, an award-winning premium gin distilled in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, who have created three exclusive gin cocktails for Plaza Premium Lounge guests. Decked with Scottish accents from local traditional tartan fabrics to woods and selected local artwork, the lounge’s interior references some of Scotland’s key landmarks and iconic imagery. The “quiet zone” by the bar, invites business or leisure travellers to unwind with views of the runway and Edinburgh Hill.

Edinburgh: 'Firth of Forth' Three Bridges Sightseeing Cruise

4. Edinburgh: 'Firth of Forth' Three Bridges Sightseeing Cruise

Your boat tour will depart from the South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland's bustling capital city of Edinburgh. Your tour will include magnificent views of the "three bridges", including the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Forth Railway Bridge. In addition, you can take in the beautiful panoramas of the Edinburgh skyline, the Kingdom of Fife and the historic island of Inchcolm with its medieval abbey. As part of the tour you will stop at the island to drop off and pick up visitors. Cruise along and discover the magic of the red railway Forth Bridge, the Forth Road suspension bridge, and the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world, Queensferry Crossing. For your comfort, relax onboard in the heated observation lounge or on the outside decks, and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy a drink from the bar. During your tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to both see and photograph a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds, porpoises and seals.

Firth of Forth: Sightseeing Cruise with Cream Tea

5. Firth of Forth: Sightseeing Cruise with Cream Tea

The Firth of Forth is simply overflowing with myths, turbulent history, and fascinating marine wildlife. Join this boat tour on a 90-minute cruise onboard a superb vessel. Depart from South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland's bustling capital city of Edinburgh. Take in views of Blackness Castle, the ship that never sails and featured in Outlander and the Outlaw King. There are also views of Limekilns village, mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped'. It was from Limekilns that David Balfour and Alan Breck were carried across the Forth in a rowing boat. You will also see the Three Bridges as you have never seen them before including the UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge. For your comfort relax onboard with friends and family in the observation lounge or on the outside decks and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy your complimentary cream tea. Spot the marine wildlife, during your tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to see a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds and seals.

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We had an excellent day out, Brian was our guide - he gave a fantastically detailed and often entertaining commentary on the places we visited, and made sure everyone knew what was going on, the meeting times and how long we had at each location before the coach was set to leave again. He was also incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. The tour itself kept us entertained, and was a well planned route, the opportunity to go on an additional boat tour of Loch Ness was amazing and being able to purchase the tickets for the boat tour onboard the coach made for a much easier experience.

If you want to choose seat n the bus come at least 30 min before departure. Most attractions are on left side of the bus. Boat ride is cash only payment to bus driver, starts at 2 pm so you can book on-line elsewhere

We had Colin on our tour who was amazing! He was so enthusiastic and his story tellling was amazing! Definitely looking forward to booking his 5 day tour! Amazing tour and the views were so beautiful!

It was a amazing tour. The tour guide Steve was really knowledgeable and very engaging throughout the trip. Excellent driving and navigation throughout the snowy Scottish highlands.

We have a great time while visit scottish higland Tour , it’s spectaculer view at Glen Coe