This full-day Scottish Highlands tour takes you on a scenic drive from Edinburgh to the fabled Loch Ness. The 12-hour journey travels by coach across Rannoch Moor to Glen Coe and through the Great Glen to Fort Augustus, where you’re treated to a locally made picnic lunch. Take an optional boat ride on the legendary loch in search of ‘Nessie’ before the return trip over the Pass of Drumochter and through the forests and rivers of Highland Perthshire, with views of the UNESCO-listed Forth Bridge.
Tour the Scottish Highlands and enjoy an optional Loch Ness boat tour during this day trip, led by a knowledgeable guide who provides insightful commentary throughout the approximate 12-hour journey. Start the excursion aboard your coach in central Edinburgh and travel north along the ramparts of Stirling Castle. You’ll pass the Trossachs, cross Rannoch Moor and stop at Glen Coe — site of a legendary 17th-century massacre — before continuing on through the Great Glen via Fort William. Arriving at the Highland village of Fort Augustus, situated on the banks of Loch Ness, you can opt for a leisurely walk or simply relax by the Caledonian Canal with your provided picnic lunch. Enjoy your choice of locally made sandwiches, fresh fruit and shortbread washed down with bottled mineral water. If you’d like, spend your free time with a 1-hour boat cruise on the loch (own expense). Go in search of the Loch Ness Monster named Nessie, a mythical creature said to inhabit these waters. The custom-built boat is equipped with underwater imaging technology, providing a fascinating view of the underwater terrain. Afterward, re-board the coach for the return drive, passing Loch Laggan and motoring over the Pass of Drumochter, which connects the northern and southern Scottish Highlands. Your guide points out Perthshire and the lush forested landscapes of Big Tree Country. View the cantilever Forth Bridge, a World Heritage site, before your day trip concludes in Edinburgh in the evening.