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Loch Ness is an eerily deep, chilly lake located in the heavenly Scottish Highlands. Surrounding nature compliments the loch, meaning some really do come here just for the photo ops. However, a legend has lived on for ages, a story about a creature that glides through the waters, rarely making an appearance by sticking out its elongated neck. Maybe you’ll spot something. Who knows? But you can take a tour that highlights numerous local sites, out of major cities like Glasgow or Edinburgh. These are the best Loch Ness tours in Scotland.

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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

With the ultimate destinations being Glencoe and Fort Augustus, Loch Ness is a highlight along the journey through the highlands. Ride in comfort in a sleek Mercedes van, through the gorgeous countryside, before making a stop by the famed lake. Cryptozoology enthusiasts will likely want to opt for the cruise that will focus around searching for the one and only, Loch Ness Monster. Tour guides are personable and full of fun facts about legends or Harry Potter origins.

Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh
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Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh

Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh

Glenco is loved for its nature and old village homes, along with being a James Bond film destination. If that’s not exciting enough, guests will get to search for ole “Nessie” along the same day trip. Even the ride is a treat, as guides keep everyone on their toes with funny commentary and interesting facts about the Highlands. Top that off with some darn good whiskey from Deanston Distillery, and a tour of the facilities.

Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands from Edinburgh Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands from Edinburgh
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Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands from Edinburgh

Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands from Edinburgh

Keeping it simple and refreshing, we love that this bus tour through the highlands is just a really great, well commentated, excursion through the Scottish Highlands. Learn a little history, with a dash of colorful folklore, while traversing to Glencoe, and of course, the anticipated lake. The price is affordable, giving this monster hunting trip serious bang for your buck.

2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh
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2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

Inverness is the capital of the highlands and is a cultural hub with markets and a grand old castle that you’ll get to see on this two-day tour. The second destination of central focus is Loch Ness, where guests can cruise out on the water in hopes of spotting an emerging creature head. Hosts are attentive to bathroom breaks and picture taking stops, and your night will also be spent in comfort at a local hotel or bed and breakfast (included in the tour price).

Isle of Skye, The Highlands and Loch Ness - 3 Day Group Tour from Edinburgh Isle of Skye, The Highlands and Loch Ness- 3 Day Group Tour from Edinburgh
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Isle of Skye, The Highlands and Loch Ness- 3 Day Group Tour from Edinburgh

Isle of Skye, The Highlands and Loch Ness - 3 Day Group Tour from Edinburgh

Northwest Scotland is a wonderland of mountains, lochs, and lush terrain that is best displayed along the Isle of Skye, a highlight amongst this three-day tour, which includes some time to explore Loch Ness. Much time is spent traversing on the bus, so you’ll cover an immense amount of terrain—look down and you’ll miss something. Overall, this is phenomenal for an overlook at beloved castles, and destinations, so you can decide which places you’d like to come back to further immerse in.

5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh 5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh
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5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh

5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh

What could make a trip to Loch Ness better than adding a ride on the Jacobite Steam Train, aka the Hogwarts Express, aka the train from Harry Potter? The stunning ride is crazy gorgeous and easily appreciated even if you’ve never flipped one page or watched one scene from the hit series. Five days of history, grim tales, unforgettable scenery and exploration of Cairngorms National Park are wound up into this legendary trip.

2 Day Loch Ness, Glencoe, Glenfinnan Viaduct & St Andrews Tour 2 Day Loch Ness, Glencoe, Glenfinnan Viaduct & St Andrews Tour
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2 Day Loch Ness, Glencoe, Glenfinnan Viaduct & St Andrews Tour

2 Day Loch Ness, Glencoe, Glenfinnan Viaduct & St Andrews Tour

Waterfall walks in the woods, an introduction to incredible foods like whiskey icecream, film location stops—what doesn’t this two-day trip, which also covers Loch Ness, feature? It’s a sweeping experience of the Highlands, which is perfect if struggling to choose what to do, or if you’ve planned the trip last minute and need an intro. Expect to come back with a deeper appreciation of literature, nature and history of Scotland.

Loch Ness and Glencoe Day Trip from Edinburgh Including Lunch Loch Ness and Glencoe Day Trip from Edinburgh Including Lunch
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Loch Ness and Glencoe Day Trip from Edinburgh Including Lunch

Loch Ness and Glencoe Day Trip from Edinburgh Including Lunch

Stirling Castle, Dunkfeld Cathedral, Ben Nevis, Glencoe—all of these bucket-list sites are included in this Loch Ness featuring itinerary. During the 12 hour journey, you’ll be stopping for a multi-course Scottish lunch, accompanied by smooth local whiskey.

Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh
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Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh

Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh

The incredible Stirling Castle is featured along this jaunt through the Highlands, which includes stops by other local areas like Ben Nevis. But the real treat is seeing Loch Ness and enjoying lunch along its shores. What seems to be a trend among these excursions in Scotland, are friendly, personable, comical tour guides that captivate their audiences with fun facts and history.

Scottish Highlands & Loch Ness Private Day Trip Scottish Highlands & Loch Ness Private Day Trip
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Scottish Highlands & Loch Ness Private Day Trip

Scottish Highlands & Loch Ness Private Day Trip

Thirteen hours is barely enough to absorb all the history you’ll be exposed to along this detailed trip through the highlands and to Loch Ness. Being a private tour, customers will be overloaded with all things Scotland, while having guides at your question asking disposal.

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

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

Departing from Glasgow instead of Edinburgh, the jaunt includes stops by Fort Augustus, and Pitlochry, in addition to the lake and other top sites like Glencoe. Groups are smaller, so you won’t feel swallowed in a sea of people while trying desperately to snap just a good photo or two. While both relaxing and detailed, it’s a fine way to begin, or even end, your monster-hunting adventure.

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