1 Day Tour – Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands

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11 hours

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16

Min Age

5+

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Overview

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime on our Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands tour.

Departing from the vibrant city of Glasgow. This day-long Loch Ness, Glen Coe and the Highlands adventure will take you on a historical odyssey, immersing you in the wonders of the Highlands, the majestic mountains of Glen Coe, deep lochs and the most famous one in Scotland, Loch Ness. Will we see the Loch Ness monster today? Let’s find out, lets go.

Loch Lomond

Setting off from Glasgow, we journey northward, heading towards the enchanting "Bonnie, Bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Scotland's largest Loch, spanning an impressive 71km² (27mi²). Along the way, we offer a chance to pause and enjoy a light refreshment. So, if you are still feeling a bit groggy and need to shake off that morning drowsiness, you can grab a coffee and a bite to eat.

Glen Coe

We venture deeper into the magnificent Scottish Highlands, traversing the awe-inspiring Rannoch Moor adorned with its breathtaking lochs. Our path leads us to Glencoe in the Scottish highlands. Here you will witness the grandeur of majestic mountains and haunting glens while delving into its somber history. Among the area's renowned peaks stands the iconic Buachaille Etive Mor, soaring proudly at 3351ft (1021m). Just wait until you behold its magnificence firsthand—the scenery is truly otherworldly!

Urquhart Castle or Fort Augustus

A thrilling decision lies before you! We can opt for a pit stop at Fort Augustus, where you'll relish a delightful lunch while marveling at the boats navigating the canal. Feeling adventurous? You can even embark on a Loch-faring escapade aboard a boat, enjoying lunch with stunning Loch views.

Alternatively, we can journey to the renowned Urquhart Castle, an iconic medieval fortress and Scotland's 3rd most frequented castle. Here's the extra perk: you can physically connect with Loch Ness within the castle's confines, providing an intimate encounter with the legendary Loch. Should the Loch Ness monster grace us with its presence, this vantage point offers the ultimate front-row seat for the spectacle!

After lunch

Prepare for an exhilarating journey as we embark on an adventure heading south towards the vibrant city of Glasgow! But here's the best part: our route is sprinkled with numerous captivating photo opportunities that will leave you in awe.

One of our stops is the charming and picturesque town of Pitlochry, a place that seems to have been frozen in time since the Victorian era. While you're there, you'll have the chance to indulge in delicious snacks and refreshing drinks, all while immersing yourself in the town's quaint and historical atmosphere.

As we continue our expedition, we'll traverse the stunning Perthshire countryside, where rolling hills and lush landscapes unfold before your eyes, painting a vivid and breathtaking picture. We then head to the vibrant city of Glasgow, where adventure and excitement await around every corner. Get ready for an unforgettable journey that will ignite your senses and leave you with cherished memories to last a lifetime!

 

 

Included/Excluded

  • Transport in an air conditioned 16 seat mini coach
  • Bottled water
  • Air Filtration system onboard
  • An amazing Knowledgeable English-Scots speaking driver guide
  • Laughs along the way
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Loch Ness Boat cruise/Urquhart castle
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments (additional fee for refreshments)

Tour Plan

Tour Details

Check-in at at 7:45am

The Check in Location is outside of Citizen M hotel at 60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3BW

Departure time 8:00am 

Bus leaves at this time, so make sure you are here 15 minutes before, that way you’ll get your pick of seats and if you sit close to the driver you’ll get aw the banter. The patter. (The laugh and jokes).

End of tour 7:30pm (Approx)

Late Arrivals

In the event that you are running late PLEASE give us a call and let us know, If we don't hear from you by 7:50am, we will attempt to call you, (we really don't want you to miss your tour). If by 8am you haven't arrived we will have to leave and you won't be refunded. (Please be on time) so that we can all have a Craicin Tour.

Children

We do not carry passengers under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.

What's included in the price

  • Transport in an air conditioned 16 seat mini coach.
  • Bottled water.
  • Air Filtration system onboard. (WEBASCO or similar).
  • An amazing Knowledgeable English-Scots speaking driver guide.
  • A very warm welcome and many laughs and stories along the way.

What's not included in the price

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions.
  • Loch Ness Boat cruise/Urquhart castle.
  • Lunch.
  • Refreshments (additional fee for refreshments).

Recommended items to bring on the tour with you

  • Waterproof Jacket.
  • Warm Clothing (You can always take layers off if it's too hot).
  • Comfortable shoes/boots for rough wet terrain.
  • Good comfortable socks.
  • Sun Screen (Recommended SPF30 (UVB) with 4 star UVA protection).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera/Smart Phone. (So that you will always remember your day with us).
  • Cash. (Most places take card but it's handy to have cash too).

Luggage

This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.

Itinerary

You depart from Glasgow and travel north towards the 'Bonnie, Bonnie banks of Loch Lomond', Scotland's largest loch by area at 71km227mi2). You will get the chance to stop and have a light refreshment, so if you haven't quite woken up yet and you've still got a "sleepy heid oan yae" you can grab a coffee to wake you up and a bite to eat.

Once we are back on the road we will continue further into the great Scottish highlands travelling through Rannoch Moor with it's breath-taking lochs towards Glencoe where you will see the majestic mountains, haunting glens and learn about its dark history. One of the most famous mountains in the area is Buachaille Etive Mor standing at 3351ft (1021m). Just wait 'til you see it in person - the scenery is out of this world! 

Just after Glencoe we will arrive in Fort William. Famous for having the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis stands at 1345m (4413ft) and provides a magnificent backdrop to the town.

Beyond Fort William, we continue to the Great Glen, a natural fault line that divides Scotland from south west to north east that is 62 miles long! It is here that the famous Caledonian canal sits, It was in 1803 that the canal work started and was completed in 1822, 19 years later. It made it possible for boats to get to the other side of Scotland without having to go the long way round the top of Scotland through the treacherous Pentland Firth. 

Up the Caledonian canal, you will find a series of lochs connected to each other. One of the lochs is the famous Loch Ness which is the largest loch in Scotland (and Britain) by water volume, its deepest point is a staggering 230m deep! 

You will have a choice to make as a team whether you would like to go and visit Fort Augustus and go on the Loch Ness by Jacobites boat or to continue up past Fort Augustus and go to the third most visited castle in Scotland, Urquhart Castle. You can get right onto the banks of Loch Ness from the castle and it is also where Loch Ness is at its deepest, a perfect hiding place for Nessie.

Arriving in Fort Augustus if this is what you choose, you will learn a small part of its history and we will stop for lunch. Here there is the option to go on an hour-long boat ride from Fort Augustus onto Loch Ness and look for "NESSIE" the most famous monster in Scotland whist having your lunch onboard. If you don't want to go on the boat trip you can spend the time exploring Fort Augustus.

If you choose the Urquhart Castle you can have lunch here and explore the castle grounds at your leisure.

We will now head south again towards Glasgow but not before taking another break in the Victorian town of Pitlochry for refreshments and fresh air.

Continuing south we travel back to Glasgow in which we will pass the famous Stirling Castle and the Wallace monument which is up on a hill that over looks the site where William Wallace, Scotland's National Hero, won the Battle of Stirling Bridge which took place in 1297.

We will now return to Glasgow where the tour ends.

You can ask your guide for information on our other exciting tours we have to offer.

Remember, we also create bespoke tours to suit your needs where we will work together with you to get your perfect unforgettable tour.

*There is also a choice to drive through Fort Augustus without stopping and go to Urquhart Castle instead for a lunch stop.

Tour highlights

  • Loch Ness - Scotland’s largest Loch by the sheer volume, it holds more water than all the lakes in England and Wales put together. Plenty of water for the Loch Ness monster “Nessie” to hide.
  • Glencoe - The scene of one of the most bloody massacres in Scotland, it is also home to some of the most stunning mountains and some pretty spectacular waterfalls.
  • The Highlands - Full of majestic mountains as far as the eye can see and snaking fast flowing rivers.
  • Ben Nevis - Scotland and Britains highest mountain sitting at 4411ft (1345m) high in the town of Fort William.
  • The Great Glen - A massive fault line that runs all the way through Scotland looking like it splits Scotland in half.
  • The Commando Memorial - Dedicated to the men of the British commando forces of WW2 and also a viewpoint to Ben Nevis.
  • The Caledonian Canal - Constructed to let ships pass from the west to east of Scotland quickly without going the long way through the treacherous Pentland Firth in the north.
  • Fort Augustus - A small village at the southern most tip of the famous Loch Ness with amazing views of Loch and a boat that can take you onto the Loch itself, you might just be lucky and catch a glimpse of Nessie herself.
  • Cairngorms National Park and Perthshire - The largest national park in Britain with some really impressive mountains, it’s home to some of the highest mountains in Scotland.

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