About The Loch Ness & Highland Experience Tour:
See, feel and taste the very best of the Scottish Highlands on this 9 hour 45 minute tour departing Edinburgh city centre. Meet your professional Lothian Motor Coaches guide at Charlotte Square. As well as insightful English-language commentary you can expect quality on board amenities including: air conditioning, reclining seats, footrests, Wi-Fi, USB charging and even a washroom.
The tour starts with a north-westerly drive past Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument - passing into the Trossachs National Park towards the first stop in the town of Callander. Located about a 30 drive from Stirling, Callander acts as a stepping stone between the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands. Your brief stop here will allow you enough time to admire the wonderful local scenery and grab a few refreshments.
Next you'll head through the valley of Glencoe, a place whose history is as captivating and dramatic as any legend. From the infamous 1692 Massacre to its inclusion as filming location in the James Bond movie Skyfall, your guide will help put this fascinating area in its proper context. Before moving on there will be a few stops for photos.
Winding through mountains roads en-route to Loch Ness, your guide will paint a vivid picture of the Highland's cultural history. From the Picts of the Iron Age to Jacobean rebels and warring clansmen, who fought battles on these very hillsides.
Your stopping point on the banks of Loch Ness is Fort Augustus, site of the Caledonian Canal and its 29 locks. Use this opportunity to grab some lunch before embarking on a sightseeing cruise. The boats are equipped with a sonar system that allows you to search for the legendary 'Nessie' with the help of a live guide. Or if you’d rather just take in the view, you can relax on the upper deck.
Upon returning to dry land the journey continues by coach through the Cairngorms National Park.
Your final stop will be the resort town of Pitlochry. Nestled on the banks of the River Tummel, flanked by wooded mountains and dotted with fine Victorian-era buildings, Pitlochry is, as far as towns go, the epitome of 19th century Scottish romanticism. In fact, it was one of Queen Victoria's favoured stops on her 1842 visit to Perthshire. With free time to explore as you will, be sure to check out the local tea rooms, Blair Athol Distillery or the famous Salmon Ladder & Hydro-Electric Dam.
- April 1 - October 31, 2019 | Mon, Thu, Sat and Sun.
- Nov 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020* | Tue and Sat.
- *Note: No tours run between Dec 23, 2019 and Jan 06, 2020.
- Live English-speaking guide.
schedule Tour Times:
- Depart: 07:45.
- Return: Approximately 20:15.
place Departure Point:
- Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.
- Approximately 12.5 hours.
- Lunch And Refreshments.
- Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise Fee.
- Visitor Attraction Admission Fees - However, these can be purchased at a discounted rate.
- 1) Charlotte Square, Edinburgh (Depart).
- 2) Callander.
- 3) Glencoe.
- 4) Fort William.
- 5) Fort Augustus.
- 6) Loch Ness.
- 7) Pitlochry.
- 8) Charlotte Square, Edinburgh (Return).