Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands

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    Rabbie's

    We relieve you of your travel worries. Our friendly guides ensure you don’t miss-out on the fascinating facts. Our carefully-crafted routes take you to both the classic sights and lesser-known locations and our business model reduces your journey’s environmental impact.

    • 12 hours approx
    • Mini Coach Tour
    • Scotland

    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.

    Tour Details

    • StartsCheck-in closes at 07.45 (tour departs at 08:00) - Rabbie's Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG
    • Finishes (approx.)20:00
    • LuggageYou’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.
    • DiscountsStudents, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
    • Important informationPack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes. Loch Ness cruise may not be available at busy times.

    Highlights

    • Nessie
    • Lochs
    • Mountains
    • National Parks
    • Film Locations
    • Boat Cruises

    Places you explore

    • Rannoch Moor Admire unforgettable views at this epic expanse of untouched wilderness.
    • GlencoeBe moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tales of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.
    • Great Glen A humongous fault line through the Scottish Highlands; it’s a location that’s as historically important as it is beautiful.
    • Fort AugustusThis wee town of 650 inhabitants is a great spot to watch boats traversing the Caledonian Canal.
    • Loch Ness Take a chance to go on an optional boat cruise or wander around this alluring and eerie loch.
    • Grampian MountainsEnjoy classic views of one of Scotland’s most mesmerising mountain ranges.
    • Highland PerthshireTravel through pine-clad slopes and take in views of fast-flowing rivers.

    Price Includes

    • Transportation by a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
    • Air conditioning as standard
    • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide

    Price Excludes

    • Entry fees to visitor attractions

    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.

    You 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.

    FAQs

    Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

    The UK and Ireland’s historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What’s more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

    Is there parking close to the departure point?

    We don’t recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

    When should I get to the departure point?

    Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can’t wait for you if you’re late.

    What happens if I’m late or miss the tour?

    If you’re late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

    What are your cancellation policies?

    We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we’ll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion.

    What is a guaranteed departure?

    It’s simple: you book, you go. This means we’ll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

    Can I pre-book a specific seat?

    Due to logistical reasons, we’re unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you’ll always get a good view.

    Are there toilets on the bus?

    Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you’ll have regular comfort breaks.

    How do you cater for people with accessibility needs?

    We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.

    Do you take children on your tours?

    We regret we don’t carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

    You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

    How much time do I get off the bus?

    We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

    Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

    We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

    Do we need to bring our own lunch?

    You don’t need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

    Should I tip the driver-guide?

    Let’s be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it’s up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

    What about travel insurance?

    We advise you take out travel insurance.

    What is ABTOT?

    You’re protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you’ve paid us if we become bankrupt. 

    I have more questions, who can help me?

    If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email [email protected]

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