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Our Loch Ness tour from Edinburgh is the best way to visit Scotland’s most magical locations. We’ll discover incredible countryside, see local wildlife, pass by ancient castles, visit pretty towns and more! Spend a full 90-minutes by the shores of Loch Ness, with plenty of time to try and spot the Loch Ness monster or take an optional boat cruise along the lake. Our tour departs every day with pick-up from the Royal Mile, the main street located in the heart of Edinburgh. Accompanied by an expert tour guide in comfortable transportation, get ready for an unforgettable trip to Loch Ness!
Itinerary: Loch Ness Tour from Edinburgh
1. Leaving Edinburgh
The Kelpies – the largest sculpture of horses in the world!
We leave Edinburgh at 7:30am, driving past Edinburgh Castle as we exit the city. The roads that lead to the Scottish Highlands take us past some important sites, including Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle. We even pass the point where two Scottish legends, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, defeated the English armies back in 1297!
We will also see The Kelpies (pictured above) from afar. This is the world’s largest sculptures of horses and an unmissable part of the landscape!
2. Callander – Gateway to The Highlands
See a real Hairy Coo!
The “Highlands” is the name given to the breathtaking countryside of Northwest Scotland. This is where Loch Ness is located, and is the land that makes Scotland so famous, with mind-blowing scenery that has inspired generations of travelers. You might even get to meet a traditional Scottish Cow along the way, nicknamed a Hairy Coo 🙂
The pretty town of Callander is known locally as the gateway to the highlands. This was once the frontier of the Roman Empire, and there are plenty of Roman ruins and ancient castles dotted around. We’ll stop at Callander for about 30-minutes, with time to have breakfast or even try some Scottish Haggis!
We’ll drive along windy county roads, past Scottish farmland and through sweeping valleys on this magical journey into the Highlands. Your expert guide will explain the long history of these lands, which are inhabited by the clans (Scottish tribes) of McNab and Cambell.
We’ll stop for 20-minutes to appreciate the magnificent views, with the landscape full of tall mountains, dramatic waterfalls, lochs and more! You might even see some more Highlands Cows, which are raised by Scottish farmers for their premium quality beef.
4. Amazing Views: Loch Tulla & Ranooch Moor
A Scottish deer with Raanoch Moor in background
The road to Loch Ness passes through Loch Tulla, which rivals its more famous sister in terms of beauty and incredible rugged landscapes! We’ll stop here for 10-minutes to admire the breathtaking view and take in the mountains, forests and rolling hills.
And even more spectacular views await at nearby Ranooch Moor. We’ll stop for around ten minutes to take it all in, and might even get to see some Scottish red deer that roam freely in the valley!
5. The Valley Of Glencoe
From here, we continue the drive into Glencoe Valley. This is probably the most famous and iconic view in the highlands, and was used in the filming of several Harry Potter movies and the James Bond movie “Skyfall”. A famous massacre took place here in 1692, and the site has become an important part of Scottish legend.
Spectacular, unbelievable and amazingly beautiful, we’ll stop for 10-minutes to admire it all!
6. Loch Ness – can You FinD Nessie?
Welcome to Loch Ness, home to the legends of the Loch Ness monster!
We’ll spend 90 minutes by the shores of the Loch, with plenty of time to try and spot Nessie! In fact, the first recorded sighting of the Loch Ness monster was in 565 AD, and thousands of visitors have come Nessie Hunting ever since. And while many people have claimed to have seen a monster, others are less convinced, calling it a hoax or a trick of the light…. we’ll leave it for you to make up your own mind 🙂
Your time at Loch Ness:
We stop at the small town of Fort Augustus, which lies at the tip of Loch Ness. You’ll have around 90 minutes to explore Loch Ness, with several things to do:
Have lunch, with lots of cafes and restaurants in Fort Augustus
Go on a boat cruise which sails into the heart of the Loch
Walk along the shores of the Loch and enjoy the beautiful Scottish countryside
See the impressive Caledonian Canal, which runs through the centre of Fort August Village
7. Ben Nevis & Memorial Site
Commando Memorial Site with Ben Nevis behind
As we begin our return journey from Loch Ness to Edinburgh, we’ll make some awesome stops along the way!
We’ll make a 10-minute stop at the memorial site dedicated to the men of the original British special forces who served during World War II. In the background, you’ll find stunning views of Ben Nevis, which is the highest mountain in Britain!
8. Whisky Country
We’ll drive into Cairngorms National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. This area is famous for its whisky, and we’ll visit the small town of Pitlochry which is home to two whisky distilleries. Why not try a traditional Scotch Whisky, which is aged for a minimum of 3 years in oak barrels. The locals are so crazy about the drink that there’s even a local ice cream that’s made with whisky from the area!
And if whisky is not your thing, there are plenty of pubs in the town where you can have a drink, or you can visit the “Salmon Steps”.
9. Returning to Edinburgh
Forth Rail Bridge, oldest metal bridge in the world
Our return to Edinburgh takes us alongside the Forth Rail Bridge, the oldest metal bridge in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll arrive back in Edinburgh at around 8pm, after an amazing day trip to Loch Ness & the Highlands!
The tour lasts approximately 12 hours 30 minutes. This includes approximately 8.5 hours on the bus and 4.5 hours off the bus.
Very occasionally, we may alter the itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control
We offer free cancellation up until three days before the tour
The minimum age is 5 years old
The Best Loch Ness Tour from Edinburgh
And finally…we know that there are lots of Loch Ness day tours to choose from. So what makes this the best Loch Ness Tour from Edinburgh?
We are flexible! We will always try to make extra stops if time permits. It’s our goal to show you the best of Scotland, and whenever possible, we will surprise you with extra stops. This includes sites that others won’t go to!
All our tour guides are passionate, friendly, and love what they do!