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From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Day Trip

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12 hr. 30 min.
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  • Set off on a full-day guided trip to Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands where rugged mountains and sweeping moors await you.
  • Get ready to bask in the ultimate itinerary as the air-conditioned coach takes you over 15 sights including the historic Glencoe.
  • Spot the iconic Highland coo up close in Callander, adding a touch of local wildlife and uncovering stories with a guide.
  • Soak in the breathtaking views from the Urquhart Castle and cap off your trip with a Loch Ness cruise.
  • Set off on a full-day guided trip to Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands where rugged mountains and sweeping moors await you.
  • Get ready to bask in the ultimate itinerary as the air-conditioned coach takes you over 15 sights including the historic Glencoe.
  • Spot the iconic Highland coo up close in Callander, adding a touch of local wildlife and uncovering stories with a guide.
  • Soak in the breathtaking views from the Urquhart Castle and cap off your trip with a Loch Ness cruise.

Inclusions

  • Full-day trip around Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands
  • Expert English-speaking driver-guide
  • Digital translation in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian & Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Pick-up from Green Ensign Ewart pub in Edinburgh
  • Round-trip luxury modern air-conditioned coach transfer

Exclusions

  • Tickets to Urquhart Castle/Loch Ness cruise (available for purchase on-site)
  • Lunch and drinks

Meeting point

Callander

  • part of Trossachs National Park, first stop, light refreshments at your own expense, spot Highland coo

Glencoe

  • famous valley known for waterfalls and breathtaking trails, photo stop

Fort Willian

  • Stop for a lunch at your own expense

Loch Ness

  • Scotland’s most famous loch
  • Visit Urquhart Castle, tickets can be purchased on-site
  • Hop on a Loch Ness cruise, tickets can be purchased on-site
  • Simply hang out on the pier and grab a coffee with gorgeous views

Pitlochry

  • the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, stop for refreshments at your own expense

Ending point

  • Tip: You can carry a cold-packed lunch if you wish to make the most of your time at each stop.
  • Keep in mind hot food & beverages are not allowed on the coaches.
  • Safety is a priority so this experience is restricted for guests under the age of 4 years.
  • Parts of this experience are not accessible by wheelchair and pram/strollers.
  • Your guide dogs are welcome on the coaches.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Edinburgh: Loch Ness and The Highlands Day Trip with Lunch & Optional Cruise

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Free Cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
12 hr.
Audio Guide
  • Picture this, a 12-hour trip through the Scottish Highlands and the iconic Loch Ness from Edinburgh, sounds like a plan, right?
  • Travel in the comfort of a coach, across towering castles and charming villages.
  • Listen to tales of Scottish rebellion from the local Scottish guide or immerse in age-old folklore with your digital guide in 6 languages.
  • Arrive at Fort Augustus village, where you can take a stroll by the Caledonian Canal and savor a delicious lunch.
  • But wait, there's more! Upgrade your trip for a boat cruise across Loch Ness, offering you the chance to hunt for Nessie.
  • Picture this, a 12-hour trip through the Scottish Highlands and the iconic Loch Ness from Edinburgh, sounds like a plan, right?
  • Travel in the comfort of a coach, across towering castles and charming villages.
  • Listen to tales of Scottish rebellion from the local Scottish guide or immerse in age-old folklore with your digital guide in 6 languages.
  • Arrive at Fort Augustus village, where you can take a stroll by the Caledonian Canal and savor a delicious lunch.
  • But wait, there's more! Upgrade your trip for a boat cruise across Loch Ness, offering you the chance to hunt for Nessie.

Inclusions

  • Full-day trip around Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands
  • Expert English-speaking driver-guide
  • Picnic lunch
  • Audio guide in Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, French, German & Spanish
  • Pick-up from Radical Travel sales office
  • Round-trip coach transfer
  • Boat cruise on Loch Ness (optional)

Meeting point

Glencoe

  • famous for waterfalls & hiking trails

Fort Augustus/Loch Ness

  • southern-most tip of Loch Ness, optional boat cruise across the loch, walk by Caledonian Canal, picnic lunch

Pertshire

  • land of mountains, forests & rivers, quick stop in a wee village, continue South to Firth of Forth to view the spectacular Forth Bridges

Ending point

  • Tip: Keep your cameras ready and spot the filming locations of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at the Glencoe Valley.
  • Stay ahead of the game; download the audio guide beforehand to dodge any network glitches at the location.
  • Don’t forget your trusty earphones for an immersive audio guide experience.
  • Safety is a priority so this experience is restricted for guests under the age of 5 years.
  • This experience can accommodate collapsible wheelchairs only if accompanied by someone who can assist in boarding and disembarking.
  • You are allowed to carry 1 medium case and a small carry-on bag.
  • The tour operates on a minimum number policy.
  • There is no guarantee that individuals booking together will be seated next to each other, as seats are not allocated.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Everything you need to plan your Edinburgh to Lochness tour

Loch Ness, one of Scotland's most iconic landmarks, is located about 175 miles from Edinburgh. While it is possible to make the day trip, it is a long drive, and you will want to make the most of your time in the Scottish Highlands. Consider taking a two-day tour to Loch Ness from Edinburgh, which will give you more time to explore the area and see all that it has to offer.

Why take a Edinburgh to Lochness tour?

Lanscape of mountains in Glencoe Scotland
  • To stand where dinosaurs roamed: Loch Ness is situated on the Great Glen Fault, which was created 500 million years ago when 2 continents collided. This area was once home to a variety of dinosaurs, including the Stegosaurus and the Diplodocus. If you're a fan of paleontology, you'll love exploring the geological wonders of Loch Ness.
  • To see the world's largest freshwater waterfall: Steall Falls is located in Glen Nevis, just a short drive from Loch Ness. It is the largest freshwater waterfall in the United Kingdom and cascades down a series of cliffs for over 200 meters. The hike to the falls is challenging but rewarding, and the views are simply stunning.
Exterior of Loch Ness Castle in Scotland
  • To visit a secret castle: Urquhart Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Loch Ness, but there's more to this castle than meets the eye. In the 17th century, the castle was abandoned and fell into ruin. However, in the 19th century, a group of locals decided to restore the castle to its former glory. They built a secret staircase that led to a hidden chamber at the top of the castle keep. Today, visitors can climb the stairs and enjoy the panoramic views from the chamber.
  • To spot a monster: Of course, no trip to Loch Ness would be complete without trying to spot the Loch Ness Monster. There have been over 1,000 sightings of the monster over the years, so who knows? You might be the lucky one to finally catch a glimpse of this mythical creature.

Which Edinburgh to Lochness tour is best for you?

Edinburgh to Lochness tour

If you want to dedicate a day to dive into the feels

Go for: Guided Tour
Duration: 12 hr. 30 min

  • Venture on a one-day tour from Edinburgh through the mystical Highlands to the legendary Loch Ness, weaving through historical sites like Glencoe and Stirling Castle.
  • Travel in comfort in an air-conditioned vehicle with live commentary from an experienced guide.

Recommended tour:

Full-Day Guided Tour of Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands from Edinburgh

Cruise of the Loch Ness River in Scotland

If you want to unleash the adventurer within

Go for: Guided Tour
Duration: 12 hr.

  • Enjoy a day trip through some of the most beautiful parts of the Scottish Highlands, including the world-famous Loch Ness, with an English-speaking guide.
  • Enjoy round-trip transfers from Edinburgh and a delicious picnic lunch while an additional multilingual audio guide provides insightful information.

Recommended tour:

Day Tour of Loch Ness from Edinburgh with Lunch & Optional Cruise

Your Edinburgh to Lochness tour options

Guided Edinburgh to Loch Ness tour

Guided

A guided Edinburgh to Loch Ness tour is a great option for travelers who want to learn more about the area and its history. Guided tours typically include transportation from Edinburgh to Loch Ness and back, as well as stops at various attractions along the way, such as Urquhart Castle and the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition.

Non-Guided Edinburgh to Loch Ness tour

Non-Guided

A non-guided Edinburgh to Loch Ness tour is a great option for travelers who want to have more flexibility and control over their itinerary. Travelers can choose to rent a car, take a bus, or join a tour group from Edinburgh. Once in Loch Ness, travelers can explore at their own pace and visit the attractions that interest them most.

What to see in Edinburgh to Lochness tour

Here are some of the attractions you will get to see as part of your day trip to Lochness.

Loch Ness - freshwater lake

Loch Ness

Loch Ness, a legendary freshwater lake in the Scottish Highlands, is famous for the mythical Loch Ness Monster, Nessie. Tours include stops at the lake's shores for scenic views and visits to landmarks like Urquhart Castle.

Glencoe Scottish Highlands

Glencoe

Glencoe, a stunning glen surrounded by towering mountains, is known for its tragic history, particularly the Glencoe Massacre of 1692. Day trips feature stops at viewpoints to appreciate the dramatic landscapes and learn about the historical events that unfolded here.

The Scottish Highlands

The Highlands

The Scottish Highlands, a vast and rugged region of mountains, lochs, and valleys, are traversed on the journey from Edinburgh to Loch Ness. Day trips offer panoramic views of the picturesque landscapes, rich in history and culture, with guides sharing insights into the traditions and stories of this captivating part of Scotland.

Plan your visit to the Lochness

Getting there
Best time to Visit
Dine
Stay
Nearby attractions
Edinburgh to Loch Ness by train
  • Bus: CityLink, the primary bus company between Edinburgh and Loch Ness, departs from Edinburgh Waverley Bridge Station and reaches the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition in Drumnadrochit in about 3 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Car: The drive from Edinburgh to Loch Ness, approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes, involves taking the A9 road north to Inverness and then the A82 road west to Fort Augustus. For a more scenic route through the Cairngorms National Park, go north from Perth on the A93 road to Blair Atholl, then east on the A9 road to Pitlochry, and finally north on the A822 road to Loch Ness.
  • Train: While there's no direct train to Loch Ness, you can take a 3-hour and 30-minute train from Edinburgh Waverley Bridge Station to Inverness. From Inverness, a 1-hour and 30-minute bus journey will take you to Loch Ness.
Glencoe Scenery

If you want to enjoy the scenery: The best time to visit Loch Ness for the scenery is during the spring (April-May) and autumn (September-October). The weather is mild during these months and the crowds are smaller. The wildflowers are in bloom in the spring and the leaves change color in the autumn, making for some stunning scenery.

If you want to avoid the crowds: The best time to visit Loch Ness to avoid the crowds is during the winter months (November-March). The weather can be cold and wet during these months, but the crowds are much smaller.

Eating option near Loch Ness
  • The Boathouse Restaurant: The Boathouse Restaurant is located on the shores of Loch Ness and offers stunning views of the castle and the loch. The restaurant serves a variety of Scottish and Mediterranean dishes, as well as seafood and vegetarian options.
  • The Loch Ness Inn Restaurant: The Loch Ness Inn Restaurant is located in the heart of Fort Augustus and offers a variety of Scottish and international dishes. The restaurant has a warm and welcoming atmosphere and is a great place to enjoy a meal with family and friends.
  • The Lock Inn: The Lock Inn is located at the southern end of Loch Ness and offers a variety of pub food, as well as seafood and vegetarian options. The restaurant has a lively atmosphere and is a great place to enjoy a meal with friends.
  • The Fiddler's Restaurant: The Fiddler's Restaurant is located in the village of Drumnadrochit and offers a variety of traditional Scottish dishes. The restaurant has a warm and inviting atmosphere and is a great place to experience Scottish culture.
Urquhart Castle Loch Ness
  • Urquhart Castle: A large, ruined castle dating from 1509, overlooking Loch Ness, with visitor centre and cafe. It is located in Drumnadrochit, Inverness.
  • Falls of Foyers: A stunning attraction with walking trails to a picturesque waterfall amid a lush, green landscape. 
  • Loch Ness Centre: A state-of-the-art exhibitions about the geological formation of Loch Ness and its legendary monster. 
  • Nessieland: A family-friendly attraction with a variety of activities, including a Loch Ness monster boat ride, a Nessie museum, and a gift shop.

Visitor tips for Edinburgh to Loch Ness day trips

  • Take a boat cruise on Loch Ness: There are a variety of boat cruises available on Loch Ness, ranging from short sightseeing cruises to longer cruises that include stops at Urquhart Castle and other attractions. If you're lucky, you might even spot Nessie herself!
  • Visit Urquhart Castle: This ruined castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland. It's located on the western shore of Loch Ness and offers stunning views of the lake. You can explore the castle ruins, learn about its history, and even visit the dungeon.
  • Visit the Falls of Foyers: These beautiful waterfalls are located just a short drive from Loch Ness. You can take a walk to the falls and admire their power and beauty. There's also a cafe and gift shop on site.
  • Visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct: This iconic railway bridge is located about an hour's drive from Loch Ness. It's famous for its appearance in the Harry Potter films. You can take a walk across the viaduct, ride the Jacobite Steam Train over it, or simply admire it from afar.

Frequently asked questions about Edinburgh to Loch Ness tours

What is the best way to see Loch Ness from a unique perspective?

One of the best ways to see Loch Ness from a unique perspective is to take a kayak or canoe tour. This will allow you to get up close and personal with the loch and its stunning scenery. You may even be lucky enough to spot some of the local wildlife, such as seals, otters, and even (if you're very lucky!) Nessie herself.

What is the best time of year to visit Loch Ness for a unique experience?

The best time of year to visit Loch Ness for a unique experience is during the shoulder seasons (spring and autumn). During these times, the crowds are smaller and the weather is still mild, making it ideal for exploring the loch and its surroundings.

What is a great activity to do in Loch Ness that is not on the tourist trail?

One great activity to do in Loch Ness that is not on the tourist trail is to visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition after dark. The center offers a special "Night Explorer" tour, which gives you the chance to experience the loch and its mysterious atmosphere under the cover of darkness.

I'm a vegetarian/vegan, can I find food options on a Loch Ness day trip?

Yes, there are a number of vegetarian and vegan food options available on Loch Ness day trips. Most restaurants offer vegetarian and vegan dishes, and there are also a few dedicated vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the area.

I'm traveling with young children, is a Loch Ness day trip suitable for them?

Yes, a Loch Ness day trip is suitable for young children. There are a number of family-friendly attractions in the area, such as the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, Nessieland, and the Falls of Foyers. You can also take a boat cruise on Loch Ness, which is a great way to see the scenery and learn about the loch's history.

Can I buy same day tickets to the Cotswolds?

While it is possible to purchase same-day tickets, it is advised that you book tickets online, as most attractions follow the time slot ticketing process in order to get your preferred time slot for the visit.

What should I wear on a Loch Ness day trip from Edinburgh?

The weather in Scotland can be unpredictable, so it's best to dress in layers. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as you'll likely be doing a lot of walking. You may also want to bring a rain jacket and umbrella, just in case

How much does a Loch Ness day trip or tour from Edinburgh cost?

The cost of a Loch Ness day trip or tour from Edinburgh will vary depending on the type of tour you choose, the time of year you visit, and the number of people in your group. However, most tours start at around £55.8 per person.

Do I need to book my Loch Ness day trip or tour in advance?

It's a good idea to book your Loch Ness day trip or tour in advance, especially if you're visiting during peak season. This will ensure that you have a spot on the tour of your choice.

Are there Edinburgh to Loch Ness guided tours available?

Yes, guided day trips and tours are available if you're planning to spend an entire day exploring the riches of the place.