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The Highlands, Loch Ness and Glencoe – Day Tour

Spend a glorious day discovering some of the most beautiful landscapes filled with mountains, legends and monsters! See if you can spot the legendary lake monster ‘Nessie’ as you visit the world-famous Loch Ness, and if monsters aren’t your thing, then why not seek out the many other forms of wildlife that Scotland has to offer.

Travel through breath-taking landscapes, via valleys, mountains and tiny hamlets. It may be a short tour but it’s filled with mesmerising beauty, and a fantastic way to cram in as much of Scotland as you can in a day.




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Tour Highlights

  • Great Glen Stretches from coast to coast across the Highlands.
  • Highland Perthshire Known for its wildlife, it’s home to many varieties of birds and mammals.
  • Fort Augustus: A historic and scenic hamlet beside the banks of Loch Ness.
  • Can you spot ‘Nessie’ as you either wander the bank or take an optional boat cruise on Loch Ness.
  • Glencoe A Glen of organic origins, this unforgettable place is known for its sorrowful past as much as its impressive scenery.
  • One of three major mountain ranges within Scotland with mesmerising views is the Grampian Mountains.
  • Rannoch Moor is one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe, this moorland stretches for 50 square miles.
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Tour Schedule

You’ll set off from the city of Edinburgh and journey past Stirling Castle and Linlithgow Palace. Standing on the summit of Abbey Craig to the north, is the National Wallace Monument, a tower which commemorates Scotland’s hero Sir William Wallace. You’ll travel close to the location where William Wallace defeated the English army in the 13th century, and stop for some refreshments for a short while at Callander, a small, bustling town.

Leaving Callander behind, you’ll be continuing your travels through the beautiful scenery until you reach Glencoe, probably Scotland’s most famous, scenic and historic Glen. Formed from the remains of an ancient volcano you’ll be mesmerised by its impressive landscape. Your next destination will take you through the Great Glen, passing through the town of Fort William. You’ll continue your travels past Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, before reaching Fort Augustus beside the famous Loch Ness.

No visit to Scotland is complete without the chance to hunt for ‘Nessie’ the Loch Ness Monster. Here, you have the option of wandering the stunning shoreline, enjoying the scenery, or soak it all up on a relaxing boat cruise. The historic and scenic hamlet of Fort Augustus offers spectacular views down Loch Ness and is a lovely area to stop and watch the world sail by. Here, you’ll have an hour and a half to enjoy some refreshments whilst admiring the view.

Your journey continues, travelling through the Cairngorms National Park alongside Loch Laggan, over the Drumochter Pass and past the white, 13th century Blair Castle. You’ll stop for some short refreshments as you continue south through the forests of Perthshire, travelling past Loch Leven, before crossing the Forth Bridge upon 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

  • Departs 08.00am Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG
  • Returns 20.00pm approx.

Tour inclusions

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a professional 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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Why stop there?


The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

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