Drive the full length of Loch Ness, see Cairngorms National park and the stunning Glen Coe, and pass Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument.
Loch Ness & Jacobite Trail
- Adult ages 16-59
- Child aged 3 to 15 inclusive
- Senior Seniors(s) 60yrs+ / Students
A Land of Steep Mountains, Beautiful Glens, & Mysterious Lochs
Enjoy two days of fun and adventure that immerse you in the best that Scotland has to offer. See world-famous lochs and imposing mountains and, if you are like most of our guests, find yourself falling in love with the Highlands.
- Glen Coe: Wonderful scenery and fascinating history
- Loch Ness: Monster spotting on a boat cruise
- Culloden: Visit the historic battlefield
- Glenfinnan Viaduct: Visit Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films
- Highland Village: A beautiful riverside stroll
Head into the Highlands…
Leaving Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh behind us, we first join with our fellow travellers from Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. The first leg of our journey north takes us in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park to the quaint village of Luss on the western banks of Loch Lomond, best known as a haven for wildlife and stunning flowers, so keep your eyes peeled. You can wander the shore, walk past pretty cottages and do a bit of shopping here if you like.
Experience the Great Glen & Glen Coe…
As we travel further into the Highlands, we visit Glen Coe, one of the most beautiful valleys in the world. Feel the past come to life as your guide tells you about the terrible massacre of the MacDonald clan. We then depart Glen Coe via the Great Glen, another one of Scotland’s majestic valleys which stretches 62 miles from Inverness all the way to Fort William.
See the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis…
Fort William, the second largest town in the Highlands, lies in the shadow of Ben Nevis. At an impressive 1,345 m tall, this is Britain’s tallest mountain. Over 100,000 people climb Ben Nevis annually, often as part of the 3 Peaks Challenge, making it a very popular mountain! Your driver-guide will decide the best spot for lunch depending on your group, weather and local events.
Glenfinnan Viaduct and Monument…
Our journey will continue west to Glenfinnan, made famous by the ‘Harry Potter’ films, which feature the iconic Viaduct. In the summer months, you may catch a glimpse of this magical train crossing the Viaduct, and you can imagine Harry, Ron and Hermione on their way to Hogwarts. Glenfinnan is also home to the impressive Glenfinnan Monument. Surrounded by spectacular Highland scenery at the head of Loch Shiel, the monument is a striking tribute to those who fought in the Jacobite Risings.
Overnight: Near Loch Ness
Go Monster Hunting on Loch Ness…
After a delicious Scottish breakfast, you have time to explore Loch Ness, Britain’s largest body of water by volume. More impressive is the fact that all lakes and rivers of England and Wales could fit in with room to spare! The size and depth of the loch make it a perfect hiding place for Nessie, the famous monster. Why not take a boat tour* from Urquhart Castle*, a ruined castle perched on the edge of Loch Ness, or monster hunt from the shore?
Through Inverness to Culloden Battlefield…
We then drive through Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, to visit Culloden*, the last stand of the Jacobites against the British government forces. With estimated casualties between 1,500 and 2,000 from a battle that lasted less than 1 hour, it was one of the quickest and bloodiest battles in Scottish history, and it changed the Scottish Highlands forever. A visit to the battlefield is a poignant experience; you can walk the earth where the battle took place and see the headstones that mark the graves of hundreds of clansmen who gave their lives for the Jacobite cause.
The Cairngorm National Park
Then we’ll travel south and enjoy the stunning scenery as we pass through the unique wilderness of the Cairngorms, Scotland’s largest National Park. Its mountain range has five of the UK’s highest mountains within its limits.
Before returning to Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, we will make one last stop at a beautiful Highland town chosen by your driver-guide.*
*You may be provided with complimentary train tickets for returns to Glasgow
Q. How does our accommodation booking service work?
We can book your accommodation for you, or you can choose to book your own, as long as it is centrally located at the overnight stop location. Your driver-guide will drop you off and pick you up from the accommodation and you will pay direct to your hosts.
Q. How much will the accommodation cost?
Accommodation is not included in the tour price, below is an estimate of the costs per bed or room night.
- Hostel: Shared rooms from £18 to £28 per single bed per night
- Bed & Breakfast: From £80 – £110 per room per night
- Bed & Breakfast Ensuite: From £110 – £150 per room per night
- Hotel: From £150+ per room per night
- Ensuite: This means you will have your own private bathroom/toilet/shower
All accommodation costs depend on availability and season – so it may be more or less than estimated above. Also, please be advised that many smaller accommodation providers only accept cash payments, and do not accept debit/credit cards as method of payment.
Q. If I wish to book my own accommodation is there anything I need to know?
Once you’ve booked your accommodation, you’ll need to contact us at [email protected]
highlandexperience.com and let us know where you have booked to stay. Please, only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. If you’re unsure, please check with us first.
- 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.