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Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: Highland Explorer Tours

Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: Highland Explorer Tours

From US$ 61.46 per person

Look out for Nessie on a full-day tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness, and see Ben Nevis which is the highest mountain in the UK. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Highlands, then find Nessie on a cruise! Head back to Edinburgh via beautiful Perthshire.

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Duration 12 hours
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  • Drive through the Scottish Highlands on a full-day tour to Loch Ness
  • See Ben Nevis; the highest mountain in the United Kingdom
  • Go monster watching on an optional Loch Ness boat cruise
  • See the underwater life at Loch Ness via hi-tech imaging systems
  • Enjoy Scottish shortbread and sandwiches with a complimentary lunch
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Embark on a full-day guided trip to Loch Ness from Edinburgh and tour the Scottish Highlands. See the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, keep an eye out for Nessie on a boat cruise and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Head north from Edinburgh and pass the imposing ramparts of Stirling Castle. Skirt the Trossachs Rob Roy country, and cross the wilds of Rannoch Moor before stopping at dramatic Glencoe; the scene of the infamous 1692 massacre.  Your journey takes you through Fort William. Pass Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, before entering the Great Glen. Arrive at the pretty Highland village of Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness, and enjoy a lovely picnic with freshly made sandwiches, shortbread, and chips. If you fancy something more substantial, your guide will happily recommend some great local cafes.  Take an optional boat cruise on the loch, go for a scenic hike, or just relax by the Caledonian Canal. If you choose to sail along the waters of Loch Ness, it really is an unforgettable experience. Your boat is equipped with the latest hi-tech color, sonar, and underwater imaging system, giving you a fascinating view of the underwater terrain and life. You might even see Nessie! You can also relax with a coffee or beer in the onboard bar. Having seen the best of the Scottish Highlands, it's time to head back to Edinburgh via shimmering Loch Laggan and the wild and lonely Drumochter Pass.

Head south and enter Perthshire, a land of forests, rivers, and mountains. See the spectacular Forth Bridge before arriving back in Edinburgh at around 20:00.

  • Local Scottish guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus with WiFi
  • Picnic lunch
  • Loch Ness boat cruise (if option is selected)
  • Downloadable Audio Guides Available
  • Hotel pickup
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Tours depart from the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, not far from the intersection of the Bridges and the Royal Mile.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • This tour involves a long day of driving, and covers over 300 miles (500km) in 12 hours
  • Travel insurance is recommended
  • Anyone aged 5-17 must be accompanied by an adult
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 752 reviews

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We had a great day in the Highlands. Our tour guide / driver was very knowledgeable and outgoing, he shared interesting tips about sightseeing in Scotland and Edinburgh and we used them even after the trip. The trip itself was fairly well organised, although the stops are rather short and there isn’t much time for shopping or ordering food. I was a bit disappointed with the Loch Ness cruise, so I’d rather skip it and spend the time roaming around Fort Augustus and getting fish and chips. The lunch provided was tasty, but more of a snack than actual meal. It helps you save time if you get on the cruise, though. Remember that hot food is not allowed to take on the boat. The best part of the trip we’re the views and the photo stop near Glencoe.

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November 7, 2022

Lots of hours on the bus but to get a glimpse of the Highlands in one day it's worth it. The landscapes of Glencoe are breathtaking. The driver was super friendly and spoke very clearly so the time passed relatively quickly. The stops are short and the last 2 are just for a break. A little disappointed with the cruise because I thought I could see the Château d'Urquart.

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October 28, 2022

It was a rainy day but our driver was so interesting and told us about extra details along the route to Glencoe and Loch Ness. The only challenge was we had inconsiderate other riders who talked the whole way making it difficult for some of us to hear him. I don’t think he could hear them, but maybe drivers could just remind bus riders to consider others if they wish to converse. I moved to the back of the bus behind the rude passengers where I could hear his comments/answers better.

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October 13, 2022

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