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Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow

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With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, you are sure to have a memorable and personal experience on this special day trip to the Scottish Highlands. Traveling in a small group means you can reach out-of-the-way places to discover the real Scotland!

Head north towards the Highlands along the "bonnie, bonnie" banks of Loch Lomond - Scotland's largest Loch. Continue into the Highlands to reach the most dramatic of all Highland glens, Glencoe. This area is steeped in history, and you will hear the truth about the infamous 1692 massacre of Clan MacDonald.

Journeying through Fort William, site of the military post built during the Jacobite Rebellions in the 18th century, you'll continue up the Great Glen, between Fort William and Inverness.

After lunch at Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness, you have the option of taking an hour-long cruise on the loch (not included).

Head back through Inverness, the Cairngorms National Park, and the countryside, where the TV series Monarch of the Glen was filmed. Continuing over the Drummochter Summit, where herds of red deer often graze, you'll visit the Victorian town of Pitlochry.

Continue through Perthshire and past Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument, commemorating Scotland's great hero William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson in the Oscar-winning movie Braveheart. Then just a short drive back to Glasgow.

The Scottish Highlands and Islands are Europe's last great wilderness! This personalized tour is as close as you can get to touring in your own car, with the added benefit of gaining intimate knowledge of Scotland. Traveling in a small group means you can take lots of stops and reach "out of the way" places, giving you more time off the bus to discover the real Scotland.

  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Small-group tour by minibus
Customer Reviews
  • Xi L
    February 2018

    I love this trip to Loch Ness. The guide and driver is very very experienced and humorous.

  • Leena
    February 2018

    We had a full day of fun. The companys name was Rabbies and our guide Jim? was a absolutely wonderful scottish man that had big knowledge about Scotland and entertained us with his stories during the day. He told us about Scotlands history freedom battles and screamed freedom! after every story. Its a full day of seeing beautiful highland landscapes, meet the Loch Ness beast, eat whiskey ice cream. Enough time was given on each stop to take pictures and enjoy the scenery. The small group were perfect, max 16 people. We can really recommend this trip, it was the highlight of our trip to beautiful Scotland.

  • Natacha C
    January 2018

    The tour was a really enjoyable way to spend the day. The bus was easy to find in Glasgow, the pick up and departure process was very efficient. Graham, our guide, was phenomenal -- he shared all kinds of information about Scotland and mixed in humor too. I particularly enjoyed that he played music throughout that tour that specifically supplement the Scottish history and stories he told and I especially loved that he played Skyfall as he told us about and drove us on the road used in the Skyfall movie I'm not a big 007 fan, but I had seen Skyfall. That was one of the cool an unexpected things about the tour, it covered both historical Scotland and locations that have been used in movies. Personally, I got a little bored with all the stops along the way I got to a point where I was like 'more mountains, it but I will admit it was pretty. Our tour was also in December so we working with limited daylight and Graham adjusted to that, particularly on the way home suggesting that we stop at a closer town on the way home while there was still daylight rather than spending a lot of time at a town farther along since it would be completely dark when we got there and everything would be closed our tour was on a Sunday so many shops and eateries in the small towns we stopped in throughout the day were closed. At Loch Ness, my friend and I decided not to take part in the add on castle or boat tours they weren't really ideal options in December due to the weather, instead we had lunch at the café in Loch Ness which overlooked the Loch. There weren't a lot of food options but so it's not good if you're on special diets, etc. which I'm not, but it was relaxing. The gift shop there is huge --we spent a good amount of time shopping and then walked down to the Loch. By the time we did that, it was time to get back on the bus and head back. I have taken several Viator tours in different countries and they never disappoint, this one was no exception. The tours are small, personal, and fluid meaning they fit the crowd --for instance, during the drive I asked Graham if we'd see hairy cows --we'd seen a lot sheep, horses and normal cows but not Scottish hairy cows. Graham said there were sometimes cows out near the road and if that happened and there was a place to stop, he'd pull over so we could get out and see them. He would also call out if he saw them as would other passengers on the bus. Unfortunately, all of the ones we saw were not close to the road and there was nowhere to pull over so we didn't get to stop but I appreciated that that was an option.

Product Details
  • Professional driver/guide
  • Modern Mercedes minvan with forced air ventilation (maximum 16 people)
  • Loch Ness cruise
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Min. age 5 years old. We do not accept children under the age of 5 years.
  • Wheelchair accessible for collapsible wheelchair only. Traveler must be able to get in/out off the coach on their own
  • Caring for the Environment: The tour operator aims to leave the legacy of Scotland's beautiful landscape for future generations to enjoy. The tour is as close as you can get to touring in your own car, but with the added benefit of reducing your carbon footprint by 66% (based on 2 persons travelling the same distance in their own car). The operator's commitment to environmental excellence has been recognised with 2 top Gold awards from the Green Tourism scheme and Keep Edinburgh Clean awards.
Schedule and Pricing
Departure Point

Central Glasgow

Departure Time and Comments

8:00am /


12 hours

Return Details

Returns to original departure point at approximately 19:45

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