1 Day Loch Ness and Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

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Tour Skye

At Tour Skye we offer day trips and bespoke private tours of Scotland. We are based in Edinburgh, the stunning capital of Scotland, and offer Tours and excursions from all of Scotland’s major airports, ports and train stations. Using a fleet of small-group vehicles, ensuring that your experience is friendly, flexible and fun.

  • Departure Time:8am
  • Duration:12 Hours
  • Transport:Small Coach (8 or 16 seats)

Experience the beauty of the Highlands of Scotland in a day with interesting historical stories of Clans and Kings, the lavish scenery of Glencoe and the highest mountain of Britain, Ben Nevis and try to spot the Loch Ness Monster in the most famous loch of Scotland. This tour is perfect to get a sample of the extraordinary wilderness of the Scottish Highlands, and see ‘Scotland in 1 Day’.

Departure & Return

  • Departure days:Daily
  • Return:Approx 8.00pm

Starting Point

Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Bus stop in front of the West Register House, EH2 4DF

Please note

  • Minimum numbers apply.
  • The duration of this tour is approximate, the exact duration will depend on the traffic and weather conditions.
  • The price of your tour includes the services of a friendly, knowledgeable and experienced Driver-Guide, and transportation on one of our vehicles.
  • We welcome children over 6 years old on our tours, and children aged between 6-15yrs are eligible for the concessionary rate. We regret we are not able to carry children under the age of 6 on any of our tours.

Optional Extras

All optional extras (attraction entrance fees and meals) are not included in the price of your tour and are payable on the day of travel. This is to allow our guests the freedom to choose which optional extras they would like to take part in on the day.

Optional extras for your tour are as follows:

  • Loch Ness Cruise: £15.

Callander and the Trossachs National Park

Tour leaves Edinburgh New Town at 08:00am.

The first stop on this tour is Callander, a village founded by the Romans a few centuries ago. Here you will have the opportunity to have breakfast and enjoy the glory of scenery of the Trossachs National Park.

Glencoe and Ranch Moor

Our bus will then head through Hills, Mountains and Glens, places that were inhabited by Highland Clans.

After crossing the wild Rannoch Moor, at this point of the tour you will see various film locations, including: Outlander, Skyfall and Harry Potter. Here we’ll stop at the Visitor Centre to stretch our legs and take a few pictures of the stunning scenery. Glencoe was the scene of one of Scotland’s most shocking massacres, one of the worst acts of betrayal you’ve ever hear of, that will be thoroughly explained by our guide.

The tour then takes you through Fort William, where we’ll be passing the spectacular Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the British Isles. The ‘Nevis Range’ towers over the winding road as you continue your journey to Loch Ness.

Loch Ness

We’ll finally get to Fort Augustus where if you are lucky enough you’ll catch a glimpse of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. In the picturesque village of Fort Augustus you’ll have the opportunity to stroll along the Caledonian Canal, grab some lunch, and take the optional boat cruise from Fort Augustus. The sonar system onboard scans all 755-feet of the murky-depths, constantly searching for the presence of the Monster, so you can relax and enjoy the views.

You have around 2 hours to enjoy this enchanting village before heading to the Cairngorms National Park.

Commando Memorial and the Cairngorms National Park

On route, we’ll stop at the Commando Memorial. In 1942, this setting became the training ground for Britain’s Special Forces. A statue of the Commandos overlooks the Nevis range.

Your driver will take you along the banks of Loch Laggan and its dam and finally will enter in the Cairngorms, where if you are lucky, you might spot some of our magnificent wild-life during your drive south.


Last stop on this tour is in Pitlochry. It is largely a Victorian town, which developed into a tourist resort because of Queen Victoria visiting the area in 1842 and the arrival of the railway in 1863. It remains a popular tourist resort today and is particularly known as a centre for hillwalking, surrounded by mountains such as Ben Vrackie and Schiehallion.

The 3 Bridges of the Firth of Forth

As we re-enter Edinburgh from the North, you will be met with views of the three bridges that cross the Firth of Forth. The 19th Century Forth Rail bridge is Scotland’s greatest piece of engineering, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the 20th century ‘Forth Road Bridge’; as well as the 21st century ‘Queensferry Crossing’ which opened in 2017. Three spectacular bridges, from three different centuries span the Firth of Forth, connecting our Capital city and the Kingdom of Fife.

By 8:00pm you will be back in the Edinburgh New Town feeling to know a lot more of our beautiful stunning country.