Loch Ness Explorer

DAY TOUR

Trip Info


Adult
from$85
Concession
from$79

Enjoy a fantastic full day adventure in the Highlands, visiting mysterious Loch Ness, where you can go monster spotting on the shores of the loch or on a 1-hour boat cruise. Learn about our turbulent history while you soak in all the classic scenery for which Scotland is famed: Glen Coe, the Great Glen, Highland Perthshire and maybe even catching a glimpse of the mighty Ben Nevis along the way!

Highlights

  • Boat Cruise on Loch Ness
  • Fort Augustus, Highland Village
  • Glen Coe
  • Caledonian Canal and the Great Glen
  • Ben Nevis, Britain’s Highest Peak

Inclusions

  • Local Scottish Guide
  • Locally sourced freshly made picnic lunch valued at £4.50
  • Foreign Language Audio Guide
  • WiFi

Explore More

  • Boat cruise on Loch Ness (reserve at the time of booking)

Full Refund

  • If cancelled more than 24 hours in advance

 

Free 'Taste of Scotland' picnic lunch

Enjoy our locally produced ‘Taste of Scotland’ picnic lunch in Fort Augustus. Typical lunch includes a locally produced filled roll and shortbread. Take your lunch on the boat or enjoy a picnic by the canal or banks of Loch Ness.

You may wish to consider our 'Loch Ness and a Taste of the Highlands' Day Tour which includes a 3-course lunch option.

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Available
Full

Limited Seats

"Fantastic tour and excellent tour guide Rich. Beautiful scenery and great commentary about the history of the areas we drove through and visited. Rich was lots of fun. The optional Loch Ness cruise also well worth it."

Laura, January 2019

Itinerary


Heading north from Edinburgh we pass the imposing ramparts of Stirling Castle and drive through the Trossachs National Park, Rob Roy country. We cross the wilds of Rannoch Moor before stopping at dramatic Glen Coe, the scene of the infamous massacre in 1692. We drive through Fort William passing Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, before entering the Great Glen.

Once in Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness, you have the chance to take a boat cruise on the loch, go for a walk or just relax by the Caledonian Canal in this charming Highland village.

We journey past shimmering Loch Laggan before climbing over the wild and lonely Drumochter Pass in the Cairngorms National Park. Heading south, we enter Perthshire, a land of forests, rivers and mountains. We continue south over the Firth of Forth with views of the spectacular Forth Bridges, arriving back in Edinburgh at around 7.45pm.

(Routes are subject to change)

Tour Map

Select a date to book!


Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun

Available
Full

Limited Seats

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LOCH NESS CRUISE

A cruise on the mysterious and beautiful Loch Ness is an unforgettable experience, offering you the chance to catch a glimpse of Nessie. The boat uses the very latest hi-tech colour sonar and underwater imaging systems to enhance the hunt. You can also relax with a coffee or beer in the onboard bar. Reserve your cruise at the time of booking to guarantee your seat.

Cruise duration is approximately 1 hour.

Departure


Highland Explorer Tours Office

60 High Street (The Royal Mile)
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 1TB

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Departure Time

Please check in at 07.45am for tour departure at 08.00 am.

Return Time

Tour returns at 08.00 pm.

 

Please note: 

From the 1st of April 2023 all tours from Edinburgh will depart and end at:

Edinburgh Bus Station 
St. Andrews Square 
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 3DQ  

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Departure Time

Please check in at 07.45am for tour departure at 08.00 am.

Return Time

Tour returns at 08.00 pm.