An optional boat cruise on Loch Ness. Will you spot Nessie?
The incredible natural beauty of Glencoe and the Highlands
An optional Whisky-tasting Tour at a traditional Scotch-Whisky Distillery
Fort Augustus, a charming village sitting on the southern shores of Loch Ness
Take beautiful nature walks and see Highland wildlife
5-Star rated, Experienced Scottish guides
This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to get a sample of the extraordinary wilderness of the Scottish Highlands and see 'Scotland in a day'.
Your Full Loch Ness Tour Itinerary:
Departing from Edinburgh, travel in comfort across the dramatic Highlands in our luxury, bespoke Ness Bus. You can relax watching the views from your window, while our Local Scottish Guides entertain you with enchanting tales of history and mystery.
8.00 AM: Departing Edinburgh, we travel up the Forth Valley towards the historic city of Stirling, where you’ll catch a glimpse of Stirling Castle and The Wallace Monument (weather permitting!). Be inspired by tales from your guide of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. We make our way North, before arriving in the village of Deanston.
9.00 AM: We arrive at the Deanston Whisky Distillery, located on the banks of the beautiful River Teith. You’ll have the option of taking an intriguing 45 minute tour around this working distillery, originally a cotton mill built in 1785, and converted to produce whisky in 1966. You will experience the whisky-making process from beginning to end, and learn why Scotch is such a world-renowned spirit. The tour finishes with a short whisky-tasting, a ‘wee dram’ to give you energy for the day ahead. There will be time to get breakfast, if you choose to do so, in the distillery cafe, before we depart at 10.15AM.
10.30 AM: We weave our way towards the Highlands, crossing the boundary in to the ‘Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park’. Admire the scenery as your tour guide explains the remarkable tribal ‘Clan’ history of the Highlands, and you hear about the most famous Highlander of them all, ‘Rob Roy MacGregor’.
11.45 AM: Follow in the footsteps of James Bond (Skyfall) and Harry Potter (Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban), as you discover the beautiful and haunting ‘Glencoe’, the most magnificent and famous valley in Scotland. The spectacular scenery will stay with you forever. Your guide will recount the tale of the infamous ‘Massacre of Glencoe’ that took place here in 1692, a tragic story of murder and intrigue, politics and tribal-hatred. We’ll spend around 15 minutes here where you can go for a short stroll, take some photos, and soak up the eerie atmosphere.
12.30 PM: We travel through Fort William, home to the largest mountain in the British Isles, standing at 4,409 feet, ‘Ben Nevis’ (The Venomous Mountain). Passing Ben Nevis to the West, we’ll join the Great Glen, Scotland’s longest valley at 62 miles long, which takes us all the way North to LOCH NESS, via some more stunning scenery.
1.30 PM: We arrive on the Southern banks of Loch Ness, in the charming village of Fort Augustus. There are lots of cafes, shops and restaurants here for you to have a relaxing lunch, and stroll along the banks of Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal. Experience the majesty of Loch Ness on a relaxing, hour-long Boat Cruise(from 2-3 PM), where you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Nessie herself! We depart Fort Augustus at 3.15pm, after a break at Loch Ness of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
3.45 PM: We visit the impressive ‘Commando Memorial’ at Spean Bridge, and indulge in the breath-taking views of the Nevis Range, a sight that will delight keen photographers. Here you will hear the tales of the Special Forces trained just a few miles away, at Achnacarry, battalions formed at the request of Winston Churchill himself, in 1942, at the height of World War 2.
4.15 PM: Entering the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, ‘Monarch of the Glen’ country, we drive along Loch Laggan, before stopping at the ‘Pattack Falls’. A short walk here takes us to pretty waterfalls, tumbling through a rocky gorge, as the river makes it way through our beautiful native forest. Look out for wild berries through Spring and Summer.
5.00 PM: We make our way over the ‘Pass of Drumochter’, a mountain pass created by glacial-action during successive Ice Ages, and links the Northern and Southern Central Highlands. From here, we make the short journey to the town of Pitlochry.
5.45 PM: We make a stop in beautiful Victorian town of Pitlochry. After Queen Victoria herself visited here in 1842, and remarked upon the beauty of the area, this caused great interest and has been a popular tourist destination ever since. You can grab a coffee or a quick bite to eat here, and stroll around this beautiful town, as we stop here for no longer than 30 minutes, departing around 6.15pm. We make our way back towards Edinburgh, and cross the famous ‘Firth of Forth’ as we travel South . Get a fabulous view of the iconic Forth Bridge, before we make our way back to the city.
8.00 PM: You’ll arrive back in Edinburgh City Centre. Please note that the arrival time is approximate, although we are rarely much later than this.
Please note that due to restrictions of daylight hours, the Pattack Falls stop will only be available from March through to October.
We promise you will LOVE your tour with us. If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with the tour or your experience with us, you can have your money back!
The Loch Ness Boat Cruise (£13 per adult/student, and £9 per child (under-16s), and Whisky Distillery Tour (£8 for over-18s, £5 for under-18s (no tasting)) are optional, and not included in the tour rate.
Full Terms and Conditions are available at point of booking.
Please note that due to the limitations of our insurance, we cannot carry children under 7 years' old on any of our tours.