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Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Uncover the mysteries of Loch Ness on an exciting day-trip from Edinburgh. Set out north along Scotland's West Coast to experience one of the country's most iconic lochs, best known for the fabled 'monster' said to reside deep within its waters. En route, pass some incredible sights, including the ruins of Linlithgow Palace, Ben Nevis―Britain's tallest mountain―and dramatic Highlands landscapes recognizable from films like 'Skyfall.' Your guide regales you with stories about the area, making for an exciting, informative―and if you're lucky, truly legendary―trip.
  • Loch Ness and the Highlands small-group day tour from Edinburgh
  • Traverse one of Scotland's most stunning and stark landscapes en route to Loch Ness
  • Learn the true story behind 'Braveheart,' see the ruins of Linlithgow Palace
  • Board a boat or seek out Nessie from the shores of Loch Ness
  • Have a leisurely stroll through a Highlands village and drive across Forth Road Bridge
  • Enjoy fascinating facts and stories from an onboard guide
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Small group tour - 16 passengers or less
Live commentary on board
Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes mini-coach
Driver/guide
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Attraction Entrance Fees

Departure Point

Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh, UK

This tour departs from (and returns to) Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3BQ. Please arrive no later than 07.45

Departure Time

7:45 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Small group tour - 13 passengers or less
  • Minimum age is 5 years old
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions (unless it is unsafe to do so), please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please inform us 7 days in advance if you are bringing a service animal
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Heart of Scotland Tours Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

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Excellent day out
Nicola_C
, Sep 2021
Kevin our guide was fantastic, knowledgeable, friendly and all round nice man, the trip itself was brilliant, I’m so glad we did it and enjoyed the day
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Nicola, thanks for taking the time to review Heart of Scotland Tours and Kevin. It is very much appreciated.
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Not what we expected.
Cheryl_N
, Aug 2021
We booked the Highland day trip through Viator and they did not specify on the ticket which tour company we would be traveling with. Subsequently, at the meeting place I had to go to each tour operator to find out if we were in their group. Unfortunately our guide, Scott with Heartland a Scotland, was late and last bus to arrive. I picked the small group tour to limit exposure to Covid and the assurance they were taking precautions. All the passengers were required to wear a mask on the bus, but our tour guide did not and had his pulled down. At our first stop an hour into the trip, I had to ask him to please wear it properly while on the bus. Scott stated he could not because it causes his glasses to fog! Fortunately I had an anti-fog wipe that I gave him to coat his glasses. Much to his credit he did wear his mask the remaining 11 hours. I was astonished that the tour company had not made provision for drivers who wear glasses to see safely while wearing a mask. It was an interesting ride through the highlands but very few quick stops to see things. Scott was hard to understand and did not provide as much Scottish history as I had expected. I would recommend to a friend to skip a done day trip and take a two day trip to the Highlands to see things properly.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Cheryl, thanks for your feedback. I can assure you that our fully vaccinated tour guides have been thoroughly debriefed and trained on safety procedures but as someone who also wears glasses it's fair to say fogging can be a very tricky issue to deal with, especially when driving a minicoach... However, there are other ways to deal with this problem (such as face shields for those who wear glasses) and I will discuss this option with Scott. Scott also received a 5 star review for the same tour but we understand and appreciate social media is a forum for constructive feedback so thanks for keeping us in the loop.
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star-5
A wonderful trip with the highlights of the highlands
Lewis
, Aug 2021
We had the wonderful Helen as our tour guide / driver, the fact she managed both things whilst keeping us entertained was incredible. She was extremely welcoming, attentive and full of wonderful, amusing stories that allowed us to see some of the beautiful highlights that the highlands have to offer. It’s a very short tour to see some beautiful sites, well worth doing especially if you are short on time to see everything.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks for this lovely review of Helen and our Loch Ness & Highlands one-day tour. Happy days on the Wee Red Bus!
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Highly recommended
Fatma_f
, Aug 2021
Very beautiful place to visit. The tour guide was so kind and knowledgable. The price was fair as well.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Fatma, thanks for your kind review. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed Kevin's tour so much
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Fantastic Tour
Christopher_S
, Jul 2021
Our tour guide Euan Alexander was brilliant, very informative with the commentary, minibus was very comfortable, large windows to take in the stunning views. Plenty of photographic & refreshment stops along the way. And he even got us the tickets for the cruise on Loch Ness. A fantastic day out and the weather was great.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks for your kind words regarding Euan and our Loch Ness & Highlands day tour. The weather was lovely and it's great to hear you had such a good time on the Wee Red Bus
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Lochness and Highlands
Stephen_Sime
, Jul 2021
Our guide Keith was excellent, he kept us all well informed and amused, my wife was delighted to win the very large bottle in the quize, still has a wee hangover.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Stephen, thanks for your review of Keith and our Loch Ness and Highlands day tour. Sounds like a fun day was had by all in the Highlands!
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Kieth is a legend!
Katie_T
, Jun 2021
Amazing day trip with the very knowledgable and friendly Kieth. A 12 hour bus trip may sound daunting but there were so many stops it didn't feel like long at all! I Couldn't recommend it enough: book your tickets now!!!
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Amazing
Kelly_B
, Mar 2020
Gregor was polite, personable, and knowledgeable! The experience was amazing and memorable! Incredible views of the beautiful Highlands!
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Highlights of the Highlands
Connor_B
, Mar 2020
I can’t think of a better way to see the Highlands of Scotland in a day! This trip covers both national parks (Trossachs and Cairngorms), Glencoe, Loch Ness, and a few other stops along the way for well-timed breaks to stretch your legs or grab a snack/coffee. The entire drive through the Highlands was stunning, and Graham (our tour guide) provided insightful information about the history and geography of the places we visited. His enthusiasm for the Highlands and stories really added a lot to the trip as well. I highly recommend this trip for anyone wanting to see the Highlands in just a day!
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Amazing!
Diane_H
, Mar 2020
A wonderful experience and a big thanks to our knowledgeable guide Alan. It was a great way to see the Highlands and Lochness in a day. I’m so pleased to have booked this day trip!!
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