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NessBus – Loch Ness, Highlands with Optional Whisky Tour & Loch Ness Cruise from Edinburgh

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Key Highlights

  • Delve in to the rugged beauty of Scotland: see the dramatic highlands, Pattack Falls and Glencoe
  • Optional cruise on the waters of Loch Ness; see if you can spot the monstrous Nessie
  • Hear entertaining stories by your local guides as you make your way through the countryside
  • Sample some fiery whisky at an Whisky Distillery tour
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    11 Aug - 31 Oct: Daily
    01 Nov - 31 Mar: Daily except Wednesday


    Approximately 12 hours

    Start time

    Complimentary local departure service from 7:00am until 8:00am

    Meeting Point

    For your convenience, there is a free morning local departure service from 7:00am until 8:00am. You can choose your departure point from several locations around the city. If you don't want to join our Free Departure Service, simply meet your guide no later than 7:45am, at the bus stop outside Deacon's House Cafe, 304 Lawnmarket, Royal Mile, EH1 2PS.
    Please arrive at the departure point closest to your accommodation at least 5 minutes in advance of the designated time.

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    Ending Point

    Waverley Bridge, outside Edinburgh Waverley Train Station, City Centre.

  • Overview & Itinerary


    This tour is perfect for anyone looking to experience the wonders and highlights of Scotland in one go. During your fun day out your local expert guide will keep you entertained with stories of old and you can marvel at both the Scottish humour as well as the stunning scenery passing you by.

    During the tour, you will visit the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Fort William, Commando Memorial and Pattack Falls. You will stop for lunch on the banks of Loch Ness and are free to take part in an optional cruise on the lake and optional tour of a traditional Whisky Distillery.

    Before the day is done you will also have seen the Celtic heartland of Glencoe valley, one of the most impressive sights in all of Scotland - famously featured in the James Bond film Skyfall.


    Depart from the heart of Edinburgh at 8am for a full day of exploring the beautiful Scottish highlands and villages. You will be transported in the comfort of a mini bus, also known as the Ness Bus. Sit back and relax as the exquisite nature of Scotland spreads out in front of you. Your tour guide will have lots of local mysteries and stories to share with you, so you can learn about the true essence of Scotland behind the rugged, stunning façade.

    Catch a glimpse of the Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument as your bus drives north to the village of Deanston.

    At Deanston, you can take an optional tour (payable direct) of Deanston Whisky Distillery, located on the banks of the beautiful River Teith. Originally a cotton mill built in 1785, and converted to produce whisky in 1966. During the 45-minute tour, you will get acquainted with the process of whisky-making and learn what makes Scotch a world-renowned spirit. Your distillery tour will end with a whisky tasting session.

    Next, you will head towards the Highlands, crossing the boundary in to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The guide will tell you all about the tribe that inhabit the park.

    Your journey will then take you along Loch Linnhe before reaching breathtaking Glencoe valley. Rest your eyes on the magnificent view of wild mountains in the distance and take in a breath of wonderfully crisp, fresh air as you take a short walk out over the glen.

    Moving forward, you will head down to Fort William and reach Fort Augustus for a meal (not included) on the banks of Loch Ness – a unique, unforgettable experience! Take part in an optional 1-hour cruise on the lake and see if you can spot the fabled monster Nessie, in the murky waters.

    Continue your tour to the impressive Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge and indulge in the breathtaking views of the Nevis Range. Your Highlands tour will continue to the beautiful Cairngorms National Park and Loch Laggan, before stopping at the Pattack Falls. Enjoy a short walk and view pretty waterfalls cascading down a rocky gorge.

    Your next stop will be Pass of Drumochter, a mountain pass and to the picturesque Victoria town of Pitlochry. Enjoy 30 minutes of leisure time at this quaint town before heading back to Edinburgh via the Forth Bridge.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Full day tour of Scotland


    • Meals
    • Optional Whisky-Distillery Tour: £7 per person, £5 for under 18yrs (no whisky)
    • Optional Boat Cruise on Loch Ness: £13 per adult, £9 for children (7-15 years)
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

    For free pickup service, please arrive at the departure point nearest your accommodation at least 5 minutes before the designated time

    The bus will depart at the designated times and CANNOT wait or return for guests.

    If you are not sure which location is nearest to your hotel, please ask your hotel staff or contact activity operator

    There are frequent refreshment breaks, and plenty of options available to suit all budgets and appetites, so please bring sufficient cash.

    Optional Whisky-Distillery Tour: £7 per person, £5 for under 18yrs (no whisky)
    Optional Boat Cruise on Loch Ness: £13 per adult, £9 for children (7-15 years)

    No children under the age of 7 are allowed on this tour.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
  • Reviews
    • Higlight of My Trip to Scotland

      Overall it was a really great day. It was for sure the highlight of my trip to Scotland. It was a great life decision to do this tour....

      Alexandria G Griffin
    • A very good entertainer throughout the day.

      You people should really check with the operator for availability before Telling the traveller for conformation of the tour. We nearly didn't get on the tour if the two...

    • Tour from Edinburgh Highlands and Loch Ness

      This was an absolute must. The tour was a long one but The Scottish Highlands were absolutely wonderful. We went on the Loch Ness cruise boat which was also a lovely...

      Mrs S A Yeo
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