Loch Ness, Glencoe and The Highlands from Edinburgh

Created with Sketch. 190 High Street, Edinburgh, UK
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Duration

Day Tour (dep. Edinburgh)

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Experience

Culture Vultures, First Timers

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Languages

English

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Check In Time

7:15am

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Departure Time

7:30am

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Return Time (approx)

8:30pm

Overview

Visit from Edinburgh the most spectacular landscapes of the Scottish Highlands on this one day tour to Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands.

Take in the scenery as you travel through the forests of the Los Trossachs National Park. Then, cross Glencoe, known for its awe-inspiring views and sorrowful past. And did you know that the Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the United Kingdom? See this mighty mountain next. Continue your journey to the Great Glen, the heart where the waters of the great lakes of Scotland are immersed.

The Caledonian Canal and the Fort Augustus lock system is your next destination. Here, you can admire Scotland’s best-known lake, Loch Ness; home of the most mythical monster in the country: Nessie.  There will be plenty of time to visit the canal, to have lunch at any of the places available and to go on the Loch Ness cruise if you choose to do so.

The journey continues through the Cairngorms National Park and stops in Pitlochry, a Victorian village on the banks of the River Tay. This is the last stop before retunring to Edinburgh. Why not enjoy a drink in one of its many pubs?

Heading back to Edinburgh, you will be able to enjoy the change in scenery, while travelling from the Highlands to the Lowlands. Enjoy an unforgettable day!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Admire the awe-inspiring scenery of mountainous landscapes, lochs and valleys.
  • Enjoy the sight of Highland cattle along your journey
  • Admire the Three Sisters; three unusual rock formations
  • Take in the views of The United Kingdom’s largest mountain: Ben Nevis
  • Stroll along the shores of Loch Ness, where you might be lucky to spot its mysterious inhabitant Nessie
  • Visit the Caledonian Canal and see the impressive lock system in Fort Augustus
  • Relax and enjoy a drink in Pitlochry, the beautiful Victorian village on the banks of the river Tay

Itinerary

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190 High Street, The Royal Mile

The meeting point is at 190, High Street on The Royal Mile, where your tour to Loch Ness starts. The bus takes you past Stirling, where you will be able to spot the impressive silhouette of Stirling Castle and the monument of William Wallace.

Then, the journey continues through The Trossachs National Park. After passing through Callander, you will make a stop at the entrance of Loch Lomond National Park and The Trossachs: Kilmahog, where, if you’re lucky, you may see some Highland cattle.

Kilmahog

The next stop is at Rannoch Moor, surrounded by mountainous landscapes, lochs and valleys. Here you will stop in one of the most beautiful and magical valleys in Scotland: Glencoe, where the bloody massacre of the MacDonald clan took place. You will have the opportunity to take great photos of The Three Sisters. And you may spot scenery featured in the famous films, such as Harry Potter and James Bond.

Loch Tulla Viewpoint (optional)

If time permits, the bus will make a quick stop at this viewpoint to enjoy the incredible views of lochs, forests and mountains.

Three Sisters Viewpoint

The next stop is to admire The Three Sisters; three unusual rock formations. The pointy ridges are named Gearr Aonach (short ridge), Aonach Dubh (black ridge) and Beinn Fhada (long ridge).

Fort Augustus

The journey continues to Loch Ness and passes through Fort William. Surrounded by huge Scottish mountains and the Ben Nevis, you will travel through The Great Glen. The Great Glen Fault divides the heart of The Highlands and takes in Loch Linhe, Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness.

The Caledonian Canal and the Fort Augustus lock system is your next destination. There will be plenty of time to visit the canal, to have lunch at any of the places available and to go on the Loch Ness cruise if you choose to do so. Don’t forget your camera, from this viewpoint you can get some amazong shots of the lake and its landscape.

The ticket for the one hour cruise on Loch Ness is not included in the price of the day trip. (Ticket price for clients of the Loch Ness Bus is – £18 adults / £16 students and senior citizens (over 60)/ £11 children from 4 to 15 years old / Free children younger than 4 years old. There is no family discount available. Payment for the attractions may only be made in cash in order to be able to get group discount.

On the south shore of Loch Ness you may spot its mysterious inhabitant Nessie, the monster of Loch Ness. During your stop at Loch Ness you’ll have time to go for a walk or relax by the shore of the loch. Another of the attractions in Fort Augustus is the lock system of the Caledonian Canal. This canal is considered to be the longest one of the country running along the Great Glen connecting the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

Commando Memorial

After leaving Loch ness, you will make your way to the Commando Memorial, a monument dedicated to brave soldiers in World war Two. From here, if the mist allows, you can see the magnificent Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the United Kingdom.

Pitlochry

Your journey will continue through the Cairngorms National Park. Loch Lagann and Ardverikie Castle will be some of the places you will see on your way to Pitlochry. This village is full of beautiful Victorian houses and will be your last stop, before returning to Edinburgh. You will have time to enjoy a drink in one of its many pubs.

Arrival to Edinburgh

On your journey back to Edinburgh, you will be able to enjoy the change in scenery between the Highlands and the Lowlands and also see the 19th century Forth railway bridge that crosses the Firth of Forth, yet another of Scotland’s contributions to the World Heritage List.

Included

  • Professional driver and guide service
  • Live Guide in English or Audio Tour Guide in English on your smartphone
  • Transportation in vehicles of 16, 30 or 50 seats
  • New high-end bus

Excluded

  • Loch Ness Cruise (optional, subjet to availability)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Meeting Point

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