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From Edinburgh, Loch Ness, Glencoe and The Highlands

Myths, monsters, and mountains: this tour is the best way to see ‘Scotland in a day’.  Journey deep into the Highlands of Scotland on our monster-sized day tour.  You’ll hear the legendary stories of the Jacobite’s, 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.




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Tour Highlights

  • Rannoch Moor - Admire unforgettable views at this epic expanse of untouched wilderness
  • Glencoe - Be 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 Augustus - This 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
  • Loch Ness - TaGrampian Mountains - Enjoy classic views of one of Scotland’s most mesmerising mountain ranges
  • Highland Perthshire - Travel through thick pine-clad slopes and take in views of fast-flowing rivers
  • Nessie Lochs Mountains National Parks Film Locations
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Tour Schedule

Highlands

You depart Edinburgh and travel past Linlithgow palace and Stirling Castle. To the north is the National Wallace Monument, which commemorates Scotland’s great hero William Wallace.

You pass close to the location where William Wallace defeated the English army in 1297, and after this take a short stop for coffee at Callander. The scenery changes dramatically as you venture further into the Highlands.  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.

Glencoe, Great Glen and Loch Ness

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 in the shadow of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, before arriving at Fort Augustus on the shore of Loch Ness. At 23 miles long and over 700ft deep, Loch Ness is the largest loch by volume in Scotland.  The loch is best known for the legendary Loch Ness Monster (“Nessie”) and you can take the opportunity to go in search of the monster on a fantastic boat cruise.  Or you can simply enjoy the beautiful scenery on the banks.

Fort Augustus and Cairngorms National Park

Fort Augustus boasts the Caledonian Canal, which is a great spot to relax and watch the boats sail by.  You stop here for nearly 1hour 30min to give you time for lunch and time to take in the scenery around Scotland’s most famous loch. From Loch Ness, you head south through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park.  Your route travels alongside Loch Laggan (the setting for the BBC series ‘Monarch of the Glen’), over the Drumochter Pass and past 13th century Blair Castle.

You continue south through the forests of Perthshire and make a short refreshment stop on the way. South of Perth you drive past Loch Leven.  Then it’s over the famous Forth Bridge before returning to Edinburgh.



Important Information

  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes.
  • Loch Ness cruise available Easter to December.
  • Loch Ness cruise may not be available at busy times.
  • Discounts for students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old).

Departure Information

  • 08.00 – Café Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG.
  • Returns 20.00 approx.

Tour inclusions

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
  • Air conditioning as standard.
  • The stories and services of a driver-guide.


FAQ’s

Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.



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