Loch Ness Explorer

1 Day Tour Departing From Edinburgh

Price from $89.00 USD

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1 Day

Free Audio Guides

24 Hour Cancellation

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 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!


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Passionate Local Guide

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Freshly Made Small-Packed Lunch

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Foreign Language Audio Guide Available

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What Other Explorers Say

This tour was absolutely incredible! We had a blast from start to finish. The views were incomparable and we still can’t believe we got to experience this. Our tour guide Louise could not have done a better job, she is so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate about the information that she is providing which made all the difference. We will absolutely be recommending this to our family and friends. You’ll love it too!


Amazing day! Saw some cool things and learned a ton from Tim. He was so knowledgeable (like very impressive!), and had good stories, facts, and music!


The tour was amazing! Our driver and tour guide Tiegan knows a lot about the history of Scotland and also recommended us places in Edinburgh to go to or where to eat. She was very nice and used humor along the way which made it pleasant to listen to her stories. Would definitely book a tour here again!


Where does the tour depart from?

Your Loch Ness tour departs from Edinburgh city centre. For departure details and pick-up location, visit our Departure Info page.

How long is a day tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness?

With plenty of comfort breaks and photo stops along the way, our Loch Ness tour from Edinburgh is approximately 12 and a half hours long*.

 *Length of tour may vary depending on traffic and weather conditions.

Is the Loch Ness boat tour included in the price?

The Loch Ness boat cruise is an optional add-on and is not included in the tour price.

You can add a ticket for the Loch Ness boat tour at the time of booking, at an additional fee. The journey on the Loch Ness boat cruise is approximately 50 minutes long and offers spectacular views of the loch and the chance to learn about the mysterious Loch Ness Monster.

What if I choose not to do the Loch Ness boat tour?

If you don’t do the boat cruise then you have free time for a relaxed walk along the shores of Loch Ness, the Caledonian Canal, or around the Highland village of Fort Augustus.

Will I see Nessie?

Since Nessie has been a bit camera-shy lately, we can't make any promises. Your Loch Ness tour offers stunning views and intriguing stories about this legendary creature. However, capturing a selfie with Nessie might require a touch of Loch Ness magic!

If you are still determined to see Nessie, consider adding the Loch Ness boat tour as an optional add-on (reserve at the time of booking). The boat comes equipped with a sonar system, giving you a peek beneath the waves for any monster-related activity!

Are there toilet facilities on the coach?

While our coaches don't offer onboard toilets, rest assured that our itineraries include regular comfort stops, allowing frequent access to restroom facilities.

Are your tours accessible?

Our guides are unable to assist with wheelchairs or provide physical assistance during boarding or disembarking from the coach. Passengers should be capable of boarding and disembarking independently using the access stairs or with the help of a traveling companion. Foldable wheelchairs can be stored in our onboard luggage storage during travel.

Please note that some stops on our tours may involve rough terrain or only be accessible by steps.

It's important to be aware that your accommodation may have limited accessibility for wheelchair users. More info can be found on our Accessibility page.

Can I purchase snacks or souvenirs at the stops along the way?

Yes! Our routes include stops where you can grab a snack or recharge with a drink. Occasionally, we pause at shops offering local souvenirs as well. For precise details about timing and stops, don't hesitate to inquire with your guide.

Where can I get a more detailed itinerary?

Although our tours follow a structured plan with key stops, part of the excitement comes from unexpected surprises! We refrain from providing additional details beyond what's outlined here, as factors like weather, traffic, and the preferences of our driver guides may lead to slight deviations. Trust that your journey through Scotland will be unlike any other!

What if I need to cancel my tour?

If you need to cancel your tour, you will need to inform us in writing by sending an email to info@highlandexplorertours.com. You can find our cancellation and refunds policy in section 3 in our Terms and Conditions.

I have more questions. How can you help?

Feel free to visit our general Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to common queries, or reach out to us directly via our Contact Us page.