1-Day Loch Ness, Glencoe, Highlands & Whisky

Departs Edinburgh Daily @ 8.00am | Returns to Edinburgh 8.30pm

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.

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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:

Your Loch Ness Tour Highlights:

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    The incredible natural beauty of Glencoe and the Highlands
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    An optional boat cruise on Loch Ness. Will you spot Nessie?
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    An optional Whisky-tasting Tour at a traditional Scotch-Whisky Distillery
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    Fort Augustus, a charming village sitting on the southern shores of Loch Ness
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    Take beautiful nature walks and see Highland wildlife
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    5-Star rated, Experienced Scottish Guides
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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’.

Loch Ness Map

Full Tour Itinerary:

8.00 AM: Departing Edinburgh, 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.

1.00 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.

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2.00 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 at 3.15pm, after a break at Loch Ness of 1 hour and 45 minutes.

4.30PM: 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.

5.00 PM: Entering the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, ‘Monarch of the Glen’ country, we drive along Loch Laggan, before stopping 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. Look out for wild berries through Spring and Summer.

5.30 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.

6.15 PM: 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, departing around 6.15pm. 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.

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Optional Extras During your Tour:

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    40-minute Deanston Whisky-Distillery Tour & Whisky-Tasting – Adults/Students – £8.00 (£5.00 for under 18s, no Whisky-Tasting)
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    60-minute Boat trip with Cruise Loch Ness – Adults/Students – £13.50, Children – £8.50 (Exclusive Ness Bus discount – Book/Pay on the day of tour)
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    Picnic Lunch Option – 1 x Sandwich (from 4 filling options), 1 x Bottle of mineral water, 1 x piece of Fruit + 1 Bag of Crisps/Chips –  £5.00 (Order on the Tour)

Other Important Information:

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    Please note that due to restrictions of daylight hours, the ‘Pattack Falls’ stop will only be available from the months of February through to October.
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    We promise you will LOVE your tour with us. If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with the tour or your experience with us, you can have your money back!
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    Full Terms and Conditions are available at point of booking.
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    Please note that due to the limitations of our insurance, we cannot carry children under 7 years’ old on any of our tours.
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    For your nearest departure point please see our interactive departure map below:

Interactive Departure Map:

Tour Departure Information – click on map markers for more info.

(Please note that if you are booking this tour for Thursday 1st February 2018 on wards, you tour will depart from only ONE central Meeting Point – Bus Stop directly outside Deacon’s House Cafe, 304 Lawnmarket, post/zip code: EH1 2PS. Check in will begin at 7.45am and the tour will depart promptly at 8.00am. Scroll down for further info.)

 

For Tours Departing up to and including Wednesday 31st January 2018: 

StopTimeDeparture Points
A7:30amLEITH LINKS - East Hermitage Place. (Bus Stop outside Merith House Hotel, post/zip code: EH6 8AF)
B7:45amROYAL MILE - Lawnmarket. (Bus Stop @ ’Heritage Of Scotland’ Shop’, 459-461 Lawnmarket, post/zip code: EH1 2NT)
C7:50amNEW TOWN - Hanover Street. (Bus Stop @ ’Bar Soba’, 104 Hanover Street, post/zip code: EH2 1DR)
D8:00amHAYMARKET - (Bus Stop ’HJ’ (next to Tram Stop) directly across from ’Bagpipes Galore’ shop, 20 Clifton Terrace - post/zip code: EH12 5JZ)
D8:00amPLEASE NOTE: Due to ongoing roadworks in this area, a TEMPORARY BUS STOP has been erected approx 35 meters WEST of this bus stop. Please look out for signage at the bus stop and walk along to this temporary bus stop, located In front of City Point Offices, 65 Clifton Terrace, post/zip code: EH12 5HD) This is directly opposite ‘The Kilt Hire Company’ shop and ‘Kung Fu Tea’ Restaurants.

The Loch Ness, Glencoe & Whisky tour departs Edinburgh at 8.00 am. For your convenience, we offer a complimentary local departure service from Leith Links at 7.30am, to our last stop on Haymarket Station at 8:00am. You can choose your departure point and hop on the tour from several locations around the city.

As we want to fill the tour with lots of great sights, the bus will depart at the designated times and CANNOT wait or return for guests – please be at your chosen departure point AT LEAST 5 MINUTES beforehand to check-in with your guide.

The bus may be travelling a minute or so late, but 95% of the time it travels right on schedule, so please be there at least 5 minutes beforehand – otherwise you risk missing the tour departure! You DO NOT need to confirm your chosen departure point ahead of the tour, just be at the pickup point closest to your accommodation for the designated departure time.

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Departure / Meeting Point for Tours as of 1st February 2018:

 

Check in for your tour will begin at 7.45am with your friendly Driver-Guide at the Bus Stop located directly outside Deacon House Cafe, 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.

Our Meeting Point is in the heart of the historic Old Town, located very close to Edinburgh Castle at the upper section of the ‘Royal Mile’.

 

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 stops:

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As we want to fill the tour with lots of great sights, the bus will depart at the designated times and CANNOT wait or return for guests – please be at your chosen departure point AT LEAST 5 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 points are at the same locations.

What should you bring on the day of the Tour?

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 (On Princes St., near Waverley Train Station). Due to European Drivers’ Hours legislation, our drivers are unable to offer individual accommodation dropoffs.

Cancellation Policy:

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: info@nessbus.com 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.

TOUR PRICES

Adults From £47

Students From £40

Children From £37

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