Our coach tours from Edinburgh and Glasgow to Loch Ness have all the ingredients for the perfect day trip to the Scottish Highlands: lochs, legends and landscapes.
We’ve been visiting the Loch Ness monster for over 30 years and along the way we’ve picked up plenty of ways to ensure you have the best experience possible.
Here are our top five tips for getting the most out of our day trips to Loch Ness.
Bring a camera!
The seats in our coach are gradually elevated towards the rear of the bus so every single position boasts a brilliant vantage point.
You’ll want to capture the stunning views of Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe and Fort William (to name a few). And of course, you will need to be prepared if Nessie makes an appearance.
Visit Urquhart Castle and cruise Loch Ness
To truly get the most out of your day tour, we highly recommend opting for our Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness cruise add-on. The cost is £19 for an adult and £15 for a child which includes both entry to the ruins of Urquhart Castle, the Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre and an hour-long cruise with Loch Ness by Jacobite. You can buy your tickets from our guide on the tour.
Urquhart Castle and the cruise departure point are located in the charming village of Drumnadrochit, which is a popular Nessie-spotting destination. We stop here for an hour. This allows you to explore the ancient castle and soak up the stunning views.
You then set sail up the length of Loch Ness on a luxury cruise liner complete with bar, live commentary, onboard toilet and inside and outside seating, perfect for spotting any monsters lurking beneath the surface.
You rejoin your coach and fellow passengers at Dochgarroch to begin the return home.
Be prepared for all weather
Scotland is notorious for unpredictable weather. It’s just part of the fun!
There might be a rain shower at Kilmahog then the sun shining over Loch Ness.
The best thing to do is to layer up and prepare for sun, rain and wind.
It’s also a good idea to wear comfortable clothing as you will be in the coach for several hours.
Pack lots of snacks
Our day tours depart at 0800 and return at approximately 2000 which is a long day of exploring. You’ll need to keep your energy levels up. If you like to be prepared, bring a packed lunch and snacks to eat along the way. You can sit in one of the gardens at Spean Bridge during our lunch time stop and soak up some sun while enjoying your picnic.
Alternatively, there are plenty of stops along our route where you can purchase food and drink. You can pop into the Kilmahog Woollen Mill during our first stop of the day for a morning snack. Our driver guides are particularly fond of their hot rolls and coffee. Around lunch time, we stop at Spean Bridge, just beyond Fort William, where there are various food outlets for refuelling. At the Spean Bridge Mill, you can buy baked potatoes, paninis, soups and a delicious range of homemade cakes or visit the local convenience store for a sandwich and cold juice.
On the Original Loch Ness Tour from Edinburgh, our customers are dropped-off at Waterloo Place, near Waverly Train Station while our customers on the Loch Ness Tour from Glasgow are dropped-off back at 266 George St. Both locations have countless cafes, bars and restaurants nearby with a host of culinary offerings to suit all taste buds. Ask our friendly driver guides for recommendations.
Got a question? Just ask!
Our passionate guides are full of information and stories about Scottish history, people and locations.
They provide live commentary for the majority of our tour and bring their own interests and sense of humour to the journey. You can read our 5* Trip Advisor reviews to gain an insight into how special our guides make each tour.
If you want to learn more about something they mention, don’t be afraid to ask. Our guides are brimming with knowledge and passion for Scotland and love nothing more than sharing this with our customers. There is lots of time at stops along the route to pick their brains about your particular interests whether it be Rob Roy MacGregor or the Battle of Culloden.