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Loch Ness Day Tour

The Ultimate Day Tour of Scotland from Edinburgh 

Loch Ness Day Tour

Embark on the ‘Ultimate Day Tour of Scotland’ and book our private Loch Ness Tour from Edinburgh. The very best of Scotland awaits. Private tours exclusively for your group of travellers. Day tours of Scotland from Edinburgh rarely have such a full itinerary as the Loch Ness Day Tour  – Enquire about Private Guided Tours of Scotland

Loch Ness Day Tour

The Loch Ness Tour from Edinburgh includes stops at Doune Castle (photo stop) Callander Village, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, Ben Nevis View Point, Loch Ness, Boat trip (optional), Fort Augustus Village, Cairngorm National Park, Forth Rail Bridge
Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh

Your Journey

The majesty of Glencoe and the rugged Scottish Highlands await on your private tour of Scotland. Beautiful castles, lochs and folklore. Battles, massacres and Clan heroes. Heartbreak, hope and Jacobite uprisings are only a small part of our fantastic private Loch Ness Tour from Edinburgh. Enjoy a boat trip for a truly unique experience of the world-famous Loch Ness. Keep your camera at the ready !!! Sightings of the Loch Ness Monster are not as rare as you might think! Follow in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Victoria as we travel through the Cairngorm National Park and Highland Perthshire. Experience the best private Loch Ness day Tour from Edinburgh with Scottish Guided Tours –  Contact us

‘Niall is an experienced Scottish tour guide. Raised in the mountains and glens of Scotland and inspired by his father, renowned Scottish author and historian Dr. Rennie McOwan, Niall feels passionately about his role as a bespoke private tour guide.

Directly descended from legendary Highland stalker Donald Ross, Chief Stalker to the Duke of Portland, Niall aims to give clients the best possible experience whether it be heritage related , historical, cultural  or perhaps a mixture of all three – the best that Scotland has to offer’  Read more….

Glencoe & Scottish Highlands Tour

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Door to Door Service

Your private tour guide shall greet you at your chosen location. Hotel, B&B or even Cruise Ship Terminal. The most convenient start possible to your private tour of Scotland. Complete Door to Door service from Scottish Guided Tours. 

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Your Guides

Niall and his team of experienced Scottish Tour Guides aim to give the best possible experience, whether heritage related, historical, cultural or perhaps, a mixture of all three. Fun and authentic private guided tours of Scotland – The best Scotland has to offer.


Our brand new vehicles ensure great views, comfort and plenty of room for all travellers and luggage. Private Tours of Scotland exclusively for your group of travelling companions.

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Scottish Guided Tours deliver fantastic private tours of Scotland exclusively for your group of travellers. No travellers shall be mixed with any other private groups. Bespoke tours of Scotland designed around your time frame & interests.

Covid-19 Precautions

All vehicles are meticulously cleaned. Face masks and sanitiser are provided. Private guided tours are exclusively for family or fellow travelling companions. Private tours of Scotland are the safest way to travel.

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Tours to Loch Ness from Edinburgh 

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Kilted Private Tour Guide from Scottish Guided Tours. Edinburgh to Loch Ness is an epic journey.

Edinburgh to Loch Ness

Private Loch Ness Day Tours of Scotland depart at 08:00 hrs, but don’t worry as coffee is never far away !! 

Our first stop on our Loch Ness Highlands tour is the incredible Doune Castle.

Outlander fans may recognise it as Castle Leoch !! Doune Castle is a unique Scottish Castle and, as a result, a great photo opportunity.

 Loch Ness Trip

Our next stop is the highland village of Callander.

Our first view of the Scottish Highlands is on the horizon. Callander’s historic highland village is called the “Gateway to the Highlands” for a good reason. 

After a comfort break and a wee bit of folklore and history, we cross the “Highland Line.” 

The ‘Highland Line or Highland fault line’ is a series of mountains and lochs that separated Highland Clans from Lowland Scots for centuries.

The Scottish Clan system was the last of its kind in Europe, and you’ll hear many tales of famous Scottish warriors and folk heroes on your tour to Loch Ness from Edinburgh.

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Doune Castle is a great stop on our Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh.

World-famous Glencoe awaits

Our tour of Scotland continues to the world-famous Glencoe. Scotlands most famous and infamous Glen is awe-inspiring and a must-see on any tour from Edinburgh to the Scottish Highlands.

Hear the tragic tale of the Massacre of Glencoe as you actually stand in Scotlands most famous glen. 

A dark day in Scottish Clan history from 1692 that still casts a shadow over these lands. 

Glencoe is famous for its beauty and infamous for its history, resulting in a memorable experience on your private tour of Scotland.

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The “Three Sisters” of Glencoe are an epic landmark on our tours of Scotland from Edinburgh.


Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh 

In the afternoon, we reach the world-famous Loch Ness.

It’s time to explore the highland village of Fort Augustus, where you can join a great boat trip onto Loch Ness.

Boat trips of the Loch are fun and one of the many highlights of our Loch Ness day tours. The cruise lasts around 45 minutes and can be booked on the day by your private guide.

Alternatively, highland shops, pubs and lunch options line the canal and are great to explore.

The famous Caledonian Canal is fantastic for a relaxing walk, and watching boats move through the 19th-century locks is a wonderful sight.

The Caledonian Canal Centre is located in the village and tells the incredible story of this mighty engineering undertaking from the early 1800s. As a result, it is a great visitor attraction offering info, snacks and coffee.

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Loch Ness looking NE on a Loch Ness Day Tour with Scottish Guided Tours

Boat trips on our Loch Ness Tour

Experience Loch Ness from the water and search for the Loch Ness Monster on the family-friendly boat trips that depart on the hour.

Loch Ness cruises are great fun and really informative too.

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Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus where it joins Loch Ness

As she is affectionately known, Nessie was first spotted in Loch Ness in the 6th Century and is still spotted from time to time. Have your camera ready at all times 🙂

After returning from the Loch Ness boat Cruise, we depart Fort Augustus and continue on our Loch Ness day tour.


Cairngorm National Park

After leaving the famous Loch Ness behind, we travel into the boundaries of the Cairngorm National Park.

The largest of Scotlands two National Parks and home to the Cairngorm Plateau. Wild scenery, rare flora and fauna are all around as we travel across the wild moors.

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Highland Cattle on a Tour of Scotland. Private tours of Scotland are a great way to see Hairy Coo`s

Highland Perthshire, once a favoured holiday destination by Queen Victoria, is next as we continue south.

Passing from highland Scotland to lowland Scotland, we gradually travel back to the River Forth and the famous rail bridge.


19:00 Forth Rail Bridge

Opened in 1890 and now Unesco protected, the Forth Rail is an incredible engineering feat and, as such, a great photo opportunity.

Our return from our fantastic Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh is sadly nearly over, and Scotland’s Capital city is in the distance. 

Forth Rail Bridge on our Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh
The Forth Rail Bridge with Scottish Guided Tours as we return from Loch Ness

19:45  We return to your preferred drop off point.


Loch Ness Tour from Edinburgh 

Our Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh is so much fun and a superb way to see as much of Scotland as possible in one day. Multiple photos stop coffee breaks and lovely Scottish scenery on our private Loch Ness Day Tour of Scotland.

Loch Ness Tour from Edinburgh timings

8 am Departure

9 am  Callander Village

9:45 Hairy Coos !! A visit to our famous Highland Cattle

10:30 am Loch Tulla Viewpoint

11:00 am Rannoch Moor photo stop

11:30 am Glencoe (multiple photos stops)

12:00 Glencoe Visitor Centre ( Coffee/restrooms)

13:30 Loch Ness ( Boat trip optional ) Lunch and explore Fort Augustus Village

15:30 Ben Nevis Viewpoint

17:00 Highland Perthshire Coffee stop

 19.00 Forth Rail Bridge

19:45 Return

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You Won't Regret a Tour with Niall! In the spring of 2018, our party of 3 adults visited Scotland for the first time. We arranged a day-long private tour outside of Edinburgh with Niall McOwen. Before arrival, we exchanged emails about our expectations. Some attractions the three of us asked to see were probably the usual tourist fair for first time visitors, but Niall also took us to places we didn't even know to ask about! Mr. McOwen was considerate, interesting, knowledgeable and truly concerned about the desires of our group. Around mid-day, the restaurant he chose provided us with good food, a bit of shopping and some time for us to get to know each other better. Getting to see this beautiful country through his eyes helped me to understand more of Scotland, its history and its citizens. If we are ever blessed to visit Scotland again, Niall will absolutely be included as part of our trip.
Lori Q
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An Epic Day to Remember! Scottish Guided Tours offers some preplanned itineraries, but their specialty is in working with you to customize a single or multi-day tour to fit your specific needs. We’d been to Scotland in the fall of 2017 and started planning our second trip as soon as we got back. We wanted to go to places a bit off the beaten track this time, so contacted Niall McOwan of Scottish Guided Tours. Niall built on our “must see” request, and suggested some other sites that worked well with our schedule. He picked us up from our hotel, and gave us an absolutely epic day to remember! One highlight was visiting an Old Kirk that is the final resting place of the famous Highlander Rob Roy MacGregor. Just behind the Kirk, we hiked up a trail that took us to a rallying point overlooking Loch Voil. A stone cairn at marked the place where Clan MacLaren would have lit a fiery cross to summon their men to battle. The view from this spot was just breathtaking! Throughout the day, Niall filled us in on the significance, history, and lore related to our stops. In addition to taking us to absolutely stunning viewpoints and ruins, he knew the best places to stop for lunch, coffee, and restrooms. 🙂 Our entire experience with Scottish Guided Tours from planning to the drop off back at our hotel was smooth, professional, friendly, knowledgeable and fun! I can without any hesitation recommend this service to anyone looking for a custom tour in and around Scotland.
Laura M
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First guided tour, Don’t often write reviews but felt the need to for our trip. We live in Spain and decided on a little trip back to the motherland,we were not disappointed and our trip was made even better by Niall,his knowledge and passion for his country and what he does is evident,not your bog standard repitive tour guide,there was not one day of our trip that he didn’t have us laughing. Can highly recommend Scottish guided tours,we will return and when we do,we will definitely be booking with Niall.
Kirstie B
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Best of Scotland & Edradour Distillery Day Tour We spent a really entertaining and informative day with our guide, Niall ( Neal in Gaelic). He took us north to see the three bridges from different eras that span the Firth of Forth. It was fun to see a train go over the old one. Then we were off to Dunkeld, the river Tay, a wee hike in the woods to find a salmon ladder (alas,, no salmon running at that moment), coffee at a charming shop in Dunkeld, a tour at Edradour Distillery, the only remaining hand made single malt whiskey in Scotland, and the smallest to boot. We had a quick look at the village of Pitlocry, and ended the day at Loch Tummel to see The Queen's View. One more coffee stop, and it was back to Edinburg. But the best part of this fine day was the time we spent with Niall, who was a font of information, jovial and witty. As one does, we compared cultures, talked about everything under the sun, and laughed together much of the time. If you are looking for a tour guide with a warm demeanor and a kind and helpful personality, Niall is the best.
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Best Day Ever!!!! My family and I had the good fortune to have Niall as our personal tour guide for a day during our vacation to Scotland. We found that one day wasn't enough! Niall taught us more about his country in 10 hours than a professor in History could have done in 10 weeks. He was an absolute pleasure to be around. He made sure our day was spectacular from beginning to end. We can't wait to go back and let Niall show us more!
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Extraordinary and outstanding! With all the great tour guides I have hired, Niall stood out. He was with our family from Nov. 21-25. He picked us up at the Edinburgh airport and we started touring immediately. seeing the Kelpies, South Queensferry and the Forth Bridges all in the first afternoon. After that, we spent four more days together while he regaled us with history, legends and fairy stories. He listened and did not interrupt. Niall seemed to know how much to talk and how much to listen. He played the most beautiful Scottish music as we drove. We felt immersed in Scottish history and culture. He even wore his kilt for two of the five days. He went out of his way to accommodate our dietary needs. (It really helped that he is vegan himself.) We traveled through ancient woodlands, burial sites, battlefields, castles, fairy pools and fairy glens, mountain ranges, Outlander, Harry Potter and other film sites. We ended up enjoying him so much that we considered him part of the family and wanted him for the rest of our stay. Finally, we all noticed how kind Niall was with not only us, but with everyone including other drivers, restaurant staff and hotel staff. I only hope that he will be available when we return. We thought that Scotland was magical and that magic was mainly because of him. We would never tour with anyone else. Niall is the very best.
Wendy M
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Private tours are the best! Spending a day doing what you want to do is the best tour option! We had been on many small group tours and found them enjoyable, but for the ultimate tour experience, choosing your day exactly how you want is definitely the way to go! Niall, at Scottish Guided Tours, is the man for the job! He picked us up at our hotel, and we spent the day exploring the Trossachs National Park. We visited four lochs (lakes), several historical locations, explored at our own pace and hiked to breathtaking locations that we wouldn't have known about if it weren't for Niall's expertise of the area. You don't need a headset to explain every step of the way when Niall is happy to provide you with history and insight into each location. He is also kind, funny and a great companion for touring around (he knows all the great food stops, too). During our last visit to Scotland, I felt the tour stop locations were a bit crowded, and I wanted to do a little more hiking into the depths of the beautiful forests of Scotland. We hiked to incredible mountain viewpoints, beside streams and along lochs. It was the best! Of course, if hiking isn't your thing, the beauty of Niall's tours is that you can do anything you want - well, with time and distance considered. 🙂 Don't hesitate, contact Niall to discuss 'your' trip. You won't regret it!
  • Private Day Tour prices – 675 GBP per day (not per person)
  • Exclusively for your group of up to 8 passengers (for larger groups, please contact us)
  • Multi-day tours – Please add 79.00 GBP per day for your Guide’s overnight expenses.
  • Private guiding Services
  • Private Transportation
  • Scottish Spring Water is provided 
  • Your driver/guides overnight expenses.

Transport is in a brand new air-conditioned vehicles, with plenty of room for you and your group.

Credit & debit cards or contactless payment are accepted all over Scotland. Its always handy to have a little cash for very small shops 

Scottish Guided Tours offer private tours exclusively for your group. Tours can start and end in any location within Scotland. 

Accommodation is not included in your quote. Payment for accommodation is made directly to Hotel or B&B on arrival, unless by prior arrangement.

Contact us for great accommodation suggestions

We would be delighted to suggest Hotels or B&B’s for your trip. Some clients prefer to book their own but we are always glad to help. Please Contact us 

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