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Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh
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Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh

By Highland Experience Tours
Recommended by 92% of travelers
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Get acquainted with the must-see Scottish Highlands―home to Loch Ness, Cairngorms National Park, Urquhart Castle, and Glen Coe―on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. It's a great way to see more Highland highlights in less time. Traveling with a guide means you won't have to worry about navigation, and you gain deeper insight than you would exploring on your own.
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$63.39
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Ages 3-99, max of 32 per group
Duration:
12h
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Ticket type:
Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Combine the sights of the Scottish Highlands in a single tour from Edinburgh
  • Eliminate the need for renting a car with round-trip transportation
  • Focus on scenery and guide commentary while someone else drives
  • Opt to take a cruise on Loch Ness at an additional cost

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local live driver guide
  • Panoramic windows
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Loch Ness Cruise & Urquhart Castle Tour, £25 cash
  • Gratuities
  • Children under 3 years not accepted
  • Entry/Admission - Loch Ness
  • Entry/Admission - Urquhart Castle

Meet your guide and group in central Edinburgh to board your vehicle bound for Inverness. Enjoy the fact that you don't have to puzzle over logistics or traffic. Pass the Forth Railway Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stop in Pitlochry for a snack (own expense). Drive through Cairngorms National Park, where you can focus on taking in the views while your guide narrates information about the landscape. At Loch Ness, spend some free time to visit Urquhart Castle and eat lunch (own expense). Cruises on the loch are available at additional cost. Move on to Glen Coe, a landscape composed of waterfalls, rivers, ridges, and mountain peaks. Your guide fills you in on the ancient MacDonald clan that resided here before turning back toward Edinburgh. Pass Stirling Castle, and learn about its history with William Wallace and the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Return to Edinburgh for drop-off.

Departure details
  • 1 Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK Please check in with Highland Experience staff inside/outside Caffe Nero by 07:45
Return details
  • Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1, UK Please note: During August, and other times when there are events taking place at Edinburgh Castle we will use an alternative end point in Edinburgh's New Town.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5256HLOCHNESS

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 3 years not accepted
  • English Only
  • On 26th December there will be no cruise or castle visit available.
  • Please note this tour may operate in reverse
  • Check-in for the tour is 7.45am with departure at 8.00am sharp
  • On 1st January there will be no cruise or castle visit available.
  • Visit to Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness cruise £25 with Highland Experience discount, cash required. No need to pre book.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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How much is Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh?
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What is the Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh cancellation policy?
Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh?
Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh is hosted by Highland Experience Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Highland Experience Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5256HLOCHNESS

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    1 Parliament Square
    1 Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
    Please check in with Highland Experience staff inside/outside Caffe Nero by 07:45
    See address & details
  • 1
    Pitlochry
    Stop: 40 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Cairngorms National Park
  • 2
    Loch Ness
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 3
    Urquhart Castle
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 4
    Glencoe National Nature Reserve
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Lawnmarket
    Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1, UK
    Please note: During August, and other times when there are events taking place at Edinburgh Castle we will use an alternative end point in Edinburgh's New Town.
    See address & details
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Chisann
Chisann
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Great day trip to Stirling and beyond
We had a great day trip from Edinburgh to Stirling Castle, Dunfermline Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel. Our driver was ch
katiedG5566KZ
katiedG5566KZ
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Saint Andrews, Falkland, and Fife from Edinburgh
Al was a fantastic driver! He was knowledgeable and professional and also hilarious! The tour itself was great and
Amy H
Amy H
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Great history, architecture and nice guide
This was a great day trip. Our tour guide James was very nice, knowledgeable and a good storyteller. We visited all
889orvilleg
889orvilleg
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Trip of a lifetime
This tour took us all over Scotland and included incredible scenic vistas, castles and ruins, waterfalls and whisky
Diana G
Diana G
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Amazing!!
Jamie and this tour was incredible! Best way to travel the highlands in a short period of time. All the places we v
marine-csttn
marine-csttn
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Des paysages incroyables et un bon conteur !
The entire tour was amazing and we've seen so wonderful landscapes ! Our guide, Maj, was funny, friendly and a good
WalaSaii
WalaSaii
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Mesmerising
Our guide Chris was a great storyteller! We had enough stops to walk around and explore. The entire tour was amazin
janisg900
janisg900
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5 day highland tour
Glen Coe and the Isle of Skye were beautiful. Actually the whole trip was fantastic. Our bus driver/tour guide was
spdiane
spdiane
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Recap
Lovely day in the country side. Nice weather comfortable bus Very knowledgeable and friendly driver Village of
Habib R
Habib R
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Great places, great tour guides and great people!
Had a blast on this trip. We went so many places and had so many stops on the tour and the tour guide Eddie was ver
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J532UJrobertp
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Very nice tour
The hotel is very nice and very good breakfast, the guide is very funny and responsive. Thanks for this fabulous to
TravelBugsince96
TravelBugsince96
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The best private tour ever
We did a private tour as we were traveling with our dog. Our guide was Catherine and she was incredible - from the
astridn2019
astridn2019
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Good tour guide who handled well problems ( door of the bus broke on the way). Stirling Castle and Rosslyn Chapel a
lucymayo
lucymayo
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Lovely day trip
Very enjoyable trip. The three locations were fantastic. Stephen, our guide was great. Lovely gentleman who was cha
kayjay0403
kayjay0403
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As far as typical tours go, this was up with the best.
This tour was what it said it would be and more. I felt we had plenty of time at each location and if you wanted to
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4.5
1,146 reviews
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Daria S
2 contributions
Friends
Long tours can get tiring and boring after a while but not with this one! The guide (Rory) was a very cool and sympathetic man with great sense of humour! My mum and I had lots of fun and laughs with him and it was a very nice atmosphere in general. Not only do you get to see some of the most beautiful sceneries of Scotland, but you’ll also get to know some historical facts and interesting stories of this country.
The weather was on our side and when we went to Loch Ness, we took a tour through the nearby castle and a tour on the lake which was amazing as well! (This tour price is excluded)
So all in all, I highly recommend this tour to anyone who likes history, nature and also lots of fun!
P.s.: the short breaks are a great time to take pictures of the beautiful mountains and scenery + sheep herds everywhere (depending on the season) ♥️♥️
Written May 8, 2022
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Hi there, Thank you for your 5 stars feedback! We are glad you had a great time with Rory! Best regards! Maria
Written September 1, 2022
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Emma G
Cork, Ireland3 contributions
Couples
William was a great guide! From start to finish he shared interesting stories about the surrounding areas as well as a chronological account of Scotland’s history. In between this, he played a variety of Scottish music/bands including traditional and contemporary songs. While the weather wasn’t great (luck of the draw!) he and the other guides tried their best to keep us entertained.

Just note that you will spend a lot (!) of time on the bus and little time at attractions (this trip covers 500-600km over 12.5 hours). However, there are frequent stops - every 30 minutes to 2 hours allowing for plenty opportunities to buy food and stretch your legs. If you don’t take the Loch Ness boat trip (25£) you won’t get to visit the castle and will instead spend about 1.5 hours in the small village of Drumnadrochit. If you would prefer to spend more time at each stop or if you are prone to motion sickness it might be best to organise a trip yourself. If you have little time in Scotland and want a taste of the Scottish countryside this trip is perfect!
Written June 9, 2022
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Hi there, Thank you so much for your positive and constructive feedback! We are glad that you enjoyed the tour with William. Best regards, Maria
Written July 27, 2022
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Tim S
7 contributions
Our time in Scotland was short, but we wanted to explore the Highlands at least a bit instead of just staying put in Edinburgh. This tour was perfect for that! We had a funny and knowledgeable guide, William, who taught us a wealth of information about the history of Scotland and the Highlands specifically.
Do be aware that the stops everywhere except Loch Ness are brief, so it may be a good idea to pack some small snacks in a bag if you think you will be hungry for much more than quick bites of food here and there. I believe this is mentioned in the listing, but also be aware that the boat trip on Loch Ness is optional cost extra (however it is a discount from what you would pay if you just took the boat trip yourself). We though the boat trip was well worth it and were glad we paid for it.
If you want an easy way to see the Highlands, especially if you don't have your own car and are short on time, this is a good choice!
Written August 3, 2022
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Thank you very much for your positive feedback! We're glad you enjoyed your trip up to the Highlands and hope you decide to visit again!
Written August 11, 2022
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Francesco P
1 contribution
Couples
Not to recommend. It is essentially a full-day drive in uncomfortable small bus. The driver stopped in ugly places for coffee and lunch - not towns, just big bus parkings with huge queues for toilets and coffee. It is not possible to visit Urquhart castle without purchasing also the cruise on Lochness, which is nothing special. The stop in Pitlochry, nice small town, is only 30 mins and you are not able to see anything.
Written May 22, 2022
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s. Iqbal
6 contributions
Family
Highly highly recommended!! Even if you are staying in Scotland for a couple of days I’d absolutely recommend you book yourself one of the highland tours it will be worth it! This day trip was the highlight of our trip to Scotland. The staff are incredibly accommodating. Our driver Brodie was amazing he went above and beyond to ensure we got the most out of our trip by keeping us entertained and sharing his Scottish history knowledge with us. Seeing the amazing and stunning scenery really made the trip feel like it was a journey. Five stars!
Written July 21, 2022
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Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience with us. We're delighted to hear you had a great time with Brodie! We do hope to welcome you on another tour soon. Kind regards, Clare
Written July 21, 2022
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Charles H Boniske
2 contributions
Young immature driver/tour guide. Did not know much Scottish history and said “I’ll have to look that up” multiple times. Played inappropriate music. Drove too fast and, on one occasion, needed to slam on the brakes (“glad you All were wearing your seatbelts”).
The driver was unfamiliar with how to get the air conditioning to work for the first several hours so we had a hot stinky small bus with every seat filled.
We had no actual quiet periods… the driver played music the whole time that he wasn’t talking.
The 13 hour round trip gave inadequate time for getting food and most stops had inadequate toilet facilities. We arrived back at 9pm hungry with few resturant choices.
I would not recommend this trip with this company
Written June 28, 2022
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Andrew R
Somerville, MA3 contributions
Steven B was an amazing tour guide and gave a memorable, exciting trip into the highlands. He knew the best places for photos, gave interesting facts and stories, and accompanied it all with an awesome playlist or silence for naptime after a boat ride and beer on Loch Ness. If you are traveling solo to Scotland for the first time and want to get out of Edinburgh without driving yourself, I would highly recommend this tour. And definitely try to get Steven B as your tour guide (and his kilt).
Written April 4, 2022
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Thank you for your fantastic review! We are glad that you had a lovely time travelling with us!
Written September 20, 2022
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Stacy B
Pensacola, FL101 contributions
While the tour guide was knowledgeable and kind, she was boring. The bus was crowded (told 16 guests when there were 21), a rattle trap and very noisy, uncomfortable and the sound was AWFUL! The speakers buzzed and the volume varied wildly. Theme music was undiscernable. The "cruise" on Loch Ness was a rip off; very short and crowded. It was 12.5 hour day packed full if time on the bus and a few stops on the road side to snap photos. The first stop in Calandar was too early and everything was shut tight. The last stop was in Piltchary and was too late and everything was shut tight. We stopped in Fort William only long enough to get take away. The driver and the guide are the same which seems very dangerous. She would stop talking in heavy traffic, which is reasonable and safer, bit not what you expect on a tour. Very disappointing.
Written July 8, 2021
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Thank you for taking your time to write this review. We're glad to read your guide knowledgeable and kind. You would have been on one of our 32-seater vehicles, which with 21 passengers would allow for distancing. This tour is fairly long due to distance of over 500km that is covers within the Scottish Highlands. Most people request to see Loch Ness due to the mystery of the monster and the popularity of the loch. To be able to see Loch Ness in one day, it does require a bit of driving to reach from Edinburgh. Our itinerary is designed to allow short photo opportunities with lengthier comfort stops and attraction stops. We try to ensure driving time on the tour is no more than 2 hours at once so you can get off the bus as frequently as possible. Our route covers the two main routes through the Highlands and includes the Cairngorm National Park, Loch Ness, Ben Nevis, Glen Coe, the Rannoch Moor. These places are always highly enjoyed by our passengers and receive lots of positive comments. Although, you do spend a large amount of time travelling on the bus for this tour, it is for the intention of covering a large distance in one day and to be able to see as much as possible of the beautiful Highland scenery during the journey. Perhaps our 2-day Loch Ness Shore Experience would have been a better option for you as this allows for more time off the bus and an overnight stop near Loch Ness to really enjoy the Highlands of Scotland. Thanks again for your feedback, we are constantly looking to improve our tours and as part of our customer experience review will include your valuable feedback. Kind Regards, Highland Experience Tours
Written July 21, 2021
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Nicolas
Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile65 contributions
Our guide was doing, I think and he said, his first solo guiding tour and from the beginning was clear because he repeated constantly that he have to look that later. He also was a little bit reckless at driving, we almost fell of the road one time. Anyway, probably he was nervous or not ready to go alone, which was bad because we didn’t learn anything about the places we where visiting and totally killed the experience.

Despite all the places are the ones that you have to visit in the highlands with a 12h tour, he experience was not what we expected for the price.
Written July 1, 2022
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Patrick B
1 contribution
Couples
In total spent only about 5 minutes at Glen Co. 25 minutes at the castle. The boat ride was nice, but we only paid for it as we were told otherwise we couldn't see loch Ness. If you don't pay for the boat ride (you also have to pay for the castle in a combined ticket) then they told us we would be dropped off in a small town 2km away and miss out on loch Ness completely. This was just completely misleading to what was advertised.
You spend about 25/30 minutes in a couple of small towns along the way, which is just about enough time for a toilet break, but over the course of the 12.5-13 hours you will not get a chance to have a meal that isn't a quick ice cream or snack.

This doesn't feel like a Highlands tour. It feels like a coach trip in which you jump off the boat for a few minutes for a photo and then back on the bus to go home. This needs to be clearer in the description and priced accordingly as the £68 (not the advertised price) and then the £25 ticket to see loch Ness (bringing it to £93 per person) is just too expensive for what is essentially a couple of minutes taking photographs and 11 hours of coach riding.
Written July 9, 2022
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