The original Ness Bus Tour, and Scotland’s ONLY 1-Day Tour where you can visit both Loch Ness AND a Whisky-Distillery! This 1-Day Tour departs Edinburgh EVERY DAY, all year-round.
Departing from Edinburgh, travel in comfort across the dramatic Highlands in one of our Air Conditioned Minicoaches. You can relax watching the views from your window, while our Local Guides entertain you with their stories, and Scotland’s history.
With small group tours, and a 100% Satisfaction guarantee (or your money back), you can rely on Ness Bus Tours for the highest quality experience.
Our Company is owned and run by experienced Scottish Tour Guides, and has been showing thousands of people Scotland’s favourite sites since 2010.
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Please watch our Tour video below, which shows you what a day on tour with us is like for our guests:
This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to get a sample of the extraordinary wilderness of the Scottish Highlands, and see ‘Scotland in 1 Day’.
8.00 AM: Departing from Edinburgh’s Lawnmarket, we travel up the Forth Valley towards the historic city of Stirling, where you’ll catch a glimpse of Stirling Castle and The Wallace Monument (weather permitting!). Be inspired by tales from your guide of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. We make our way North, before arriving in the village of Deanston.
9.00 AM: We arrive at the Deanston Whisky Distillery, located on the banks of the beautiful River Teith. You’ll have the option of taking an intriguing 45 minute tour around this working distillery, originally a cotton mill built in 1785, and converted to produce whisky in 1966. You will experience the whisky-making process from beginning to end, and learn why Scotch is such a world-renowned spirit. The tour finishes with a short whisky-tasting, a ‘wee dram’ to give you energy for the day ahead. There will be time to get breakfast, if you choose to do so, in the distillery cafe, before we depart at 10.15AM.
10.30 AM: We weave our way towards the Highlands, crossing the boundary into the ‘Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park’. Admire the scenery as your tour guide explains the remarkable tribal ‘Clan’ history of the Highlands, and you hear about the most famous Highlander of them all, ‘Rob Roy MacGregor’.
12.15 PM: Follow in the footsteps of James Bond (Skyfall) and Harry Potter (Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban), as you discover the beautiful and haunting ‘Glencoe’, the most magnificent and famous valley in Scotland. The spectacular scenery will stay with you forever. Your guide will recount the tale of the infamous ‘Massacre of Glencoe’ that took place here in 1692, a tragic story of murder and intrigue, politics and tribal-hatred. We’ll spend around 15 minutes here where you can go for a short stroll, take some photos, and soak up the eerie atmosphere.
1.15 PM: We travel through Fort William, home to the largest mountain in the British Isles, standing at 4,409 feet, ‘Ben Nevis’ (The Venomous Mountain). Passing Ben Nevis to the West, we’ll join the Great Glen, Scotland’s longest valley at 62 miles long, which takes us all the way North to LOCH NESS, via some more stunning scenery.
2.15/30 PM: We arrive on the Southern banks of Loch Ness, in the charming village of Fort Augustus. There are lots of cafes, shops and restaurants here for you to have a relaxing lunch, and stroll along the banks of Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal. Experience the majesty of Loch Ness on a relaxing, hour-long optional Boat Cruise, where you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Nessie herself! We depart Fort Augustus by 4.15pm, after a break at Loch Ness of at least 1 hour and 45 minutes.
4.45PM: We visit the impressive ‘Commando Memorial’ at Spean Bridge, and indulge in the breath-taking views of the Nevis Range, a sight that will delight keen photographers. Here you will hear the tales of the Special Forces trained just a few miles away, at Achnacarry, battalions formed at the request of Winston Churchill himself, in 1942, at the height of World War 2.
5.30 PM: Entering the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, ‘Monarch of the Glen’ country, we drive along the beautiful Loch Laggan. If time permits, we may make a stop at the ‘Pattack Falls’. A short walk here takes us to pretty waterfalls, tumbling through a rocky gorge, as the river makes it way through our beautiful native forest.
6.00 PM: We make our way over the ‘Pass of Drumochter’, a mountain pass created by glacial-action during successive Ice Ages, and links the Northern and Southern Central Highlands. From here, we make the short journey to the town of Pitlochry.
6.30PM: We make a stop in beautiful Victorian town of Pitlochry. After Queen Victoria herself visited here in 1842, and remarked upon the beauty of the area, this caused great interest and has been a popular tourist destination ever since. You can grab a coffee or a quick bite to eat here, and stroll around this beautiful town, as we stop here for no longer than 30 minutes. We make our way back towards Edinburgh, and cross the famous ‘Firth of Forth’ as we travel South . Get a fabulous view of the iconic Forth Bridge, before we make our way back to the city.
8.30 PM: You’ll arrive back in Edinburgh City Centre. Please note that the arrival time is approximate, although we are rarely much later than this.
Tour Departure / Meeting Point:
Deacon House Cafe, 304 Lawnmarket, post/zip:code EH1 2PS
Check-in for your tour will begin at 7.45am with your Driver-Guide at the Bus Stop located directly outside Deacon House Cafe, 304 Lawnmarket, post/zip:code EH1 2PS and the bus will depart PROMPTLY at 8.00am.
Seats are unreserved and allocated on a first-come, first served basis upon check-in. Therefore, we recommend that you arrive in plenty of time. Please note that we CANNOT wait for latecomers and it is YOUR responsibility to be at the Meeting Point by 7.45am at the latest.
A map of the departure point is below:
Tour Return Time / Location:
The tour will return to Edinburgh at approximately 8:00-8:30pm, and drop off at the same location as the Tour Departure Point in the morning (unless otherwise specified). Please note that during the month of August, the Lawnmarket is not accessible to vehicle and as such we will drop off at a nearby location, Waterloo Place.
LOOK OUT FOR YOUR BUS!:
For operational reasons, occasionally our ‘Ness Bus’ is covered by ORANGE or WHITE ‘Hairy Coo’ branded buses, both of which are to the same high standard as our ‘Ness Bus’. In the event of a ‘Hairy Coo’ bus being used a ‘Ness Bus’ poster/sign will be visible on the front windows next to the passenger door. Please LOOK OUT for any of the buses below showing up at the meeting point:
As we want to fill the tour with lots of great sights, the bus will depart at the designated time and CANNOT wait or return for guests – please be at the departure point AT LEAST 15 MINUTES beforehand to check-in with your guide.
PLEASE NOTE, due to roadworks/road closures, the departure point locations/addresses may change at short notice, so please check this page again a few days before you go on tour to make sure the departure point is at the same location.
What should you bring on the day of the Tour?
PHOTO ID: Please note that valid photograph ID proving you are aged 18 years or over may be required for whisky tasting at Deanston Distillery. As per UK Law they operate the “Challenge 25” policy, whereby they will ask for valid ID from anyone they think could be younger than 25 years of age. This can be a Passport, Drivers License or proof of age card.
Cash – A lot of remote towns and villages have only 1 ATM – and it may not always be in service, so please bring enough cash for a full day out – including optional attraction entrance prices, food, drinks etc., we normally recommend a minimum of £30 per person.
A Camera – For pictures of the beautiful scenery, and in case you see Nessie!
Wet-weather clothing (including a rainproof jacket), and comfortable shoes/footwear.
At the end of your tour/trip, if you feel your Driver/guide has added to your experience, feel free to tip them whatever you feel their performance was worth to you. Tips/Gratuities aren’t expected, but are of course Accepted!
Tour Return Time/Location:
The tour will return to Edinburgh at approximately 8:00-8:30pm, and will drop off at a central location in Edinburgh city centre (Lawnmarket/Royal Mile). Due to European Drivers’ Hours legislation, our drivers are unable to offer individual accommodation dropoffs.
If you are unable to take the tour/trip booked, and wish to cancel your booking for a refund, please note you should notify us in writing AT LEAST 72 hours (3 days) before the tour departure time. You can do this by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with full details of your booking, and a refund will be issued as soon as possible by our accounts department.
If you notify us that you wish to cancel your booking within 72 hours of the tour departure time, a refund will only be granted if your booking/seats are resold. In the event that you fail to notify us within the required timeframe, or fail to show up on time for your booked tour/trip, no refunds will be given.