Journey deep into the Highlands of Scotland on our monster-sized day tour. You hear the legendary stories of the Jacobites, gaze into gorgeous Glencoe, and get a chance to spot the mythical Loch Ness Monster.
It’s a tour packed with bewildering beauty and perfect if you’re short on time and want to see as much of Scotland as you can.
Days of Operation: Daily
Edinburgh Departure point: Rabbie's Café - 6 Waterloo Place - Edinburgh EH1 3EG
Glasgow Departure point: Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont Street, Glasgow, G2 3NW (Tours will depart from a stance between Stances 23 to 32)
Check in: 7:45am
Departure time: 8am
Return time & Location:
Edinburgh Tour - 8pm (approx.) at Rabbie's Café
Glasgow Tour - 7.45pm (approx.) at Buchanan Bus Station
Departs only from Edinburgh.
Days of Operation: Saturdays & Sundays
Departure point : Edinburgh Bus Station (Stance J & K) - St Andrew's Square - Edinburgh EH1 3DQ
Check in: 7:45am
Departure time: 8am
Return time & Location: 8pm (approx.) at St Andrew's Square
Tours will not operate between 24th to the 26th of December and 31st December to 1st January.
You’re required to wear a face covering onboard our mini-coaches.
Tour capacities are temporarily limited to 12 passengers per coach.
You receive a quick temperature check at your departure point.
There’s a short COVID-19 questionnaire to answer when you arrive.
Please take a lateral flow test before you travel with us.
We provide hand sanitiser onboard our mini-coaches.
Please reconsider your travel plans if you're feeling unwell.
Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.
We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.
Luggage allowance :You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands tour - Departing from Edinburgh
You leave the cobbled streets of Edinburgh and travel past Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle. This region is soaked in history, so sit back and relax as your driver-guide entertains you with the tales of Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace, and Scottish folklore. If you keep a look out, you can catch a glimpse of the Kelpies. These 30-metre tall horse head sculptures need to be seen to be believed.
Your first stop is in the town of Callander on the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. You can grab coffee here and peruse the yummy local delicacies on offer. After this stop, it’s time to get your camera ready. Because as you travel north into the Highlands, the landscapes suddenly become more provocative.
Shimmering lochs, rugged mountains, forest filled glens: it’s all so beautiful that it’s easy to forget these were once battlegrounds for fiercely territorial Highland clans.
Your stop in Glencoe, one of the most famous natural landmarks in all of Scotland. This beautiful area boasts steep slopes and photogenic peaks. Your driver-guide may reveal to you the tragic tale that’s haunted this valley for over 300 years. You then enter the glacial valley known as the Great Glen and pass under the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain.
After this visual feast of mighty inclines, you arrive in Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness. At 23 miles long and over 700ft deep, Loch Ness is the largest loch by volume in Scotland. You have around one hour and a half here. You can search for the infamous monster on a relaxing boat cruise, wander around the shores of the loch at your own pace, and grab a bite to eat.
Your journey south is packed full of classic Highland scenery. You travel through the curvy Cairngorms National Park, along Loch Laggan, and past Blair Castle. Amongst the tall trees of Perthshire, you have a final refreshment break before journeying alongside the UNESCO Forth Rail Bridge and back into Edinburgh.
Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands tour - Departing from Glasgow
You depart Glasgow and travel towards the Highlands along the “bonnie, bonnie” banks of Loch Lomond. This is Scotland's largest loch and it takes its name from the mountain, Ben Lomond, on the eastern shore.
You cross the ancient natural fault line that runs across Scotland and venture into the majestic Highlands where the scenery changes dramatically. The flat plains of the Lowlands transform into shimmering lochs, rugged mountains, and forest-filled glens. The alluring beauty makes it easy to forget this was once a battleground of the fiercely territorial Highland clans. Travelling north through Breadalbane (meaning the 'High Country of Scotland'), you climb towards Rannoch Moor. This 1000ft plain is covered by heather, peat-bogs, and dozens of lochs. You’ll love how it contrasts with the spectacular mountain scenery of Buachaille Etive Mor (meaning 'the great shepherd of Etive').
You then head down to Scotland's most famous valley, Glencoe, where you’ll be mesmerised by the beautiful cliff faces and steep slopes. After Glencoe, you enter a deep glacial valley, known as the Great Glen. Passing through the town of Fort William you travel under Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, before arriving at Fort Augustus on the shore of Loch Ness.
Fort Augustus boasts the Caledonian Canal, which is a great spot to relax and watch the boats sail by. You stop here for one hour to give you time for lunch. After this, you travel the full length of the loch and get the opportunity to take a five star Jacobite boat cruise. Taking to the waters is the best chance you'll get to spot the monster and take in the views of Urquhart Castle.
From Loch Ness, you head south through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park. You continue south through the forests of Perthshire and make a short refreshment stop on route before returning to Glasgow.