Drive the full length of Loch Ness, see Cairngorms National park and the stunning Glen Coe, and pass Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument.
- Adult ages 16-59
- Child aged 3 to 15 inclusive
- Senior Seniors(s) 60yrs+ / Students
Nessie and Nature
Loch Ness is world-famous due to its beauty and mystery. Our small-group Loch Ness tour allows you to see the most of Scotland you can see in a day and experience stunning lochs and mountain landscapes whilst traveling deep into the Scottish Highlands.
- Cairngorm National Park
- Loch Ness
- Ben Nevis
- Glen Coe
Small-Group Loch Ness Tour *16 Passengers Maximum*
Our journey North begins…
Your small-group tour begins taking you past the beautiful city of Stirling and its stunning castle, which is one of the most important castles, both historically and architecturally, in Scotland. Several Scottish kings and queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary Queen of Scots. Not far away from here, William Wallace had one of his greatest triumphs at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in September 1297. His exploits were dramatised in the award-winning film ‘Braveheart,’ starring Mel-Gibson. On this journey, you may even catch a glimpse of the Wallace Monument as we pass by this historic town.
Relive the Glen Coe massacre…
As we head further north, we’ll reach Glen Coe, broodingly beautiful and steeped in history. It is in the centre of an extinct volcano that exploded millions of years ago, leaving the rocky mountainous place we see today. As you stand at the mouth of the glen, with its majestic mountains, hypnotising waterfalls and enchanting lochs, you’ll feel the past come to life as our guide tells you about the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan. The other side of Glen Coe is Rannoch Moor, one of the last great wildernesses – 50 square miles of peat bog and marsh, and a site of special scientific interest. It is also where part of the James Bond film ‘Skyfall’ was filmed. Along this journey, your driver-guide will find the perfect spot for a photo stop.
Nessie spotting on the shores of Loch Ness…
Leaving Glen Coe behind, our next stop of the day will be Loch Ness, justly famous all over the world for its beauty and mystery. Loch Ness is the largest body of water in Britain by volume; incredibly, all lakes and rivers of England and Wales would fit in it. With these dimensions, it’s not surprising that a monster is believed to live in the depth of the Loch. The famous “Nessie” was first seen by St. Columba in the mid-6th century. But it wasn’t until the 1930s that the mysterious creature came to widespread notice when it was seen again by an American couple. Since then, there have been thousands of sightings, and who knows? Maybe you will be the next to spot it.
Here we’ll visit the pretty village of Fort Augustus. You’ll have the option to join a cruise for a spot of monster hunting and take in stunning views of Loch Ness as well as journey past Cherry Island and the striking Fort Augustus Abbey. If you’d prefer to keep your feet planted on the ground, explore the town or walk part of the 60-mile Caledonian Canal, which links Inverness to Fort William. From here, we’ll begin to make our journey south.
A journey through the Cairngorms National Park…
Enjoy the stunning scenery as we travel via the spectacular and unique wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park, located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and the location of a quarter of Scotland’s native forests. Catch a glimpse of the highest area in Scotland, home to five out of six of the UK’s highest mountains, or possibly even a wildcat. This mountain district is the home to most of Scotland’s wildcats. We may be lucky enough to even see some snow! It’s known that more people come to ski in these mountains than any other ski resort in the UK.
Highland towns and famous bridges…
Continuing south, we’ll head to the geographical centre of Scotland and one of the gateways to the Highlands, Pitlochry, perched on the banks of the River Tummel. Pitlochry has been a tourist centre since the 1860s thanks to Queen Victoria and Sir Walter Scott, who popularised the Highlands that boomed with the railways of the 1870s. From here, we’ll continue our journey south back to Edinburgh’s City Centre, where we’ll see the amazing Forth Railway Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as Scotland’s newest bridge, the spectacular Queensferry crossing.
- No matter when you visit, the weather in Scotland can be “changeable”, to say the least. We suggest that you bring suitable clothing for all conditions, including a waterproof jacket (it has been known to rain in Scotland), sunglasses and plenty of layers.
- Ensure you bring shoes suitable for short walks, on rough or uneven terrain.
- Although most attractions & eating establishments we visit accept card payments, we would also recommend bringing cash with you.
- Don’t forget a camera to snap the fantastic memories you’ll make on tour with us!
- Please limit your luggage to 1 x small/medium piece per person (no more than 15kg), along with 1 x small handbag or daypack.