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From Edinburgh: West Highland Lochs & Castles Full-Day Trip

1. From Edinburgh: West Highland Lochs & Castles Full-Day Trip

From Edinburgh, travel west, passing the historic and imposing Stirling Castle, high on its volcanic rock, and on to a visit at the magnificent Doune Castle (which featured in the cult movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"). From there, drive into the Highlands, past the lovely Loch Lubnaig and up through impressive Glen Ogle, stopping nearby for lunch and beautiful views of the surrounding scenery. After lunch, drive further into the Highlands, stopping to view one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, Kilchurn Castle, jutting into beautiful Loch Awe and stunningly framed by the surrounding mountains. Then it’s on to Inveraray, a quaint small town built in the mid-18th century, on the shore of Loch Fyne. Explore the town and pick up some Highland souvenirs, or pay an optional visit to Inveraray Castle (April to October only), the historic home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell, which is set in large beautiful gardens overlooking Loch Fyne. Now start your homeward journey, driving over the Arrochar Alps, an attractive range of mountains, with a brief pause near the top of the "Rest and Be Thankful Pass." A little later, reach enchanting Loch Lomond, where you'll stop at the pretty lochside village of Luss before returning to Edinburgh. *Inveraray Castle open Apr-Oct, alternatives offered Nov-March

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Glasgow: Highlights of Scotland Tour

2. Glasgow: Highlights of Scotland Tour

Departing from Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow, you’ll follow the western shores of Loch Lomond and enter the Highlands. The first stop of the day is a photo stop at "Rest and be Thankful" - a viewpoint overlooking the valley. Then it’s onwards to the town of Inveraray, on the banks of Loch Fyne. Here you can explore the town or pay entry to Inveraray Castle. From Inveraray, you’ll continue north to Loch Awe, another beautiful Highland loch. On the banks of the loch sits the ruins of Kilchurn Castle. There’s a perfect viewpoint for you to admire the panoramic views here. At lunchtime you will reach the coastal town of Oban. Known as the seafood capital of Scotland, there are lots of places to enjoy some delicious food. For the more adventurous there’s the walk up to McCaig’s tower, a stone folly with spectacular views over towards the Isle of Mull and beyond. After lunch you can visit a viewpoint overlooking Castle Stalker. It’s a unique castle which sits on a tidal islet in Loch Laich. Next up: Glencoe. A dramatic valley with an equally dramatic past, there are stories to be told here as you surround yourself with mountains and spot deer. The final stop of the day is the Drovers Inn. At over 300 years old, many famous Scots have rested there including Rob Roy McGregor. Here you can enjoy an evening refreshment before returning to Glasgow.

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From Glasgow: Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles Day Tour

3. From Glasgow: Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles Day Tour

On this tour you will experience the shimmering lochs, scenic mountain views, and romantic and historic castles of the western highlands. From Glasgow we will cross the Firth of Clyde, passing Dumbarton's famous and imposing rock fortress. Our first stop is the pretty conservation village of Luss, on the 'Bonny, Bonny Banks' of Loch Lomond. Here you can walk along the shore or stay to admire the village. We then pass several dramatic castles and lochs as we climb into the Highlands. We will stop for lunch at the fishing town of Oban. We then journey on a southern route that takes us past the spectacular Kilchurn Castle, majestically situated on Loch Awe. Our final stop is Inveraray, historic seat of the Duke of Argyll, where you can choose to either visit Inveraray Castle* (April-October only) or explore the town’s Georgian houses and wide streets. We return to Glasgow via the Rest and Be Thankful pass. *This tour visits Inveraray Castle from April - October and to Dunstaffnage Castle from November to March.

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From Edinburgh: Highland Lochs, Glens, and Castles Tour

4. From Edinburgh: Highland Lochs, Glens, and Castles Tour

After departing from Edinburgh your tour will travel past Stirling and its stunning hill-top castle. Your first stop is Doune Castle, a magnificent late 14th-century stronghold.  From there you will travel through the highland town of Callander to lovely Loch Lubnaig. Nestled between Ben Ledi and Ben Vane is where you’ll stop for morning refreshments. Head into the and continue on to Kilchurn Castle, which stands at the head of Loch Awe. Pause to take some photographs. Next, it’s onwards to Inveraray. You’ll have just under 2 hours here which is time to enjoy lunch and explore the town. You can choose to visit Inveraray Castle (limited dates, May to October 2021) or Inveraray Jail which was operational in the 19th century. Snap some photos at the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’, an iconic Scottish viewpoint before your last stop. Finish up at the charming highland village of Luss which sits on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. You’ll have time to walk around the village and take some photographs of the scenery. From there you’ll then make your way back to Edinburgh where your highland tour ends.

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From Glasgow: Oban, Lochs & Inveraray Day Tour

5. From Glasgow: Oban, Lochs & Inveraray Day Tour

Depart Glasgow and travel to Loch Lomond (the largest expanse of fresh water in the country) where you will stop off at the conservation village of Luss for coffee and sightseeing. Then head deep into the Highlands, passing through breathtaking scenery (including views along Loch Awe, the longest loch in Scotland). The countryside here is rich with history and you will pass the haunting Kilchurn Castle (historically a stronghold of the Campbell Clan) and the Pass of Brander (where Robert the Bruce had a notable victory). By lunchtime, you'll have reached Oban where you will have time to explore this Victorian seaside town, climb up to McCaig's Tower, take in the views to the isles of Mull and Kerrera and try some of the freshest seafood you've ever tasted. On the way back to Glasgow, you'll visit the seat of the Campbell Clan at Inveraray, where you'll stop to enjoy ice-cream, homemade sweets, cakes and coffee and drink in the beauty of Loch Fyne.

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From Glasgow: Scotland Sightseeing Tour Shore Excursion

6. From Glasgow: Scotland Sightseeing Tour Shore Excursion

Meet your guide at the meeting point at the port of Greenock (Glasgow) and depart by bus over the Clyde River and onto the southern tip of the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy narration enhanced by Scottish music and movie sound bites setting the scene for the sights you are about to see. Your first stop is at An Ceann Mor with a vantage point overlooking Loch Lomond. This recent creation fits into the landscape due to its wooden composition and offers spectacular views of Scotland's most picturesque loch. As you travel onwards, make a brief stop at The Green Welly Stop for refreshments and a little souvenir hunting. Your next stop is at Kilchurn Castle, a ruin that was originally built on an island on Loch Awe in the 15th century. A short walk across a causeway gives you access to this magnificent former home of Sir Colin Campbell that has lain in ruin over the centuries. Spend time exploring the fantastic ruins and taking photographs before heading to your next destination. Arrive at Inveraray and visit the family seat of the Duke of Argyll where you can wander the halls and visit the castle armoury. While in Inveraray, take the opportunity to sample Scottish cuisine at one of the town's delicious eateries. With your appetite sated, head to a stunning viewpoint overlooking a magnificent Scottish glen at the Rest and be Thankful mountain pass where you can capture a picture-perfect image of Scotland. The final destination before heading back to your ship is at the small village of Luss. Take time for last-minute souvenir shopping and some light refreshments as you wander around this lovely little village. Visit the church built by Sir James Colquhoun of the Clan Colquhoun where you’ll find some early medieval graves and evidence of Viking presence in the area.

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What people are saying about Kilchurn Castle

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 338 reviews

Fantastic full day trip visiting the beautiful Highlands and stopping plenty of times to see castles lochs villages and feed Highland cows! The views were incredible and our guide Stewart was extremely friendly and his knowledge was fantastic, the mini bus was very clean and comfortable too. Highly recommended trip!

Michael was a fun guide. Very knowledgeable and passionate about Scotland and protecting its history. He brought us to beautiful places, explained them well and seemed thrilled to be telling us the stories behind the sights. I promise if you take this journey, you will regret nothing.

Jeff our guide was very knowledgeable and funny. Very good with people. No rush. Very comfortable vehicle. And many beautiful places to see including Loch Lomond and Glencoe, which you should not miss.

Amazing sceneries, with a kind, friendly and cool driver. Unforgottable and amazing tour, day, experience. Hope that I can do it again soon. thanks

The guide was kind and knowledgeable on many aspects of the area!