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    Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles

    Experience the western Highlands complete with Castles, Glens and towns.

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Oban, Glencoe & Castles Tour from Glasgow

Spend a day with a small friendly tour group and experience the natural beauty of the West Highlands: lochs, mountain views, and romantic and historic castles. Visit Oban and picturesque Inveraray, and haunting Glencoe. Runs Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays throughout the year.


  • Visit to Glencoe
  • Visit to Inveraray Castle
  • Kilchurn Castle and West Highland Lochs
  • Loch Lomond

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Dumbarton Castle, Luss, Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Oban, Inveraray & Castle (summer), Dunstaffnage Castle (in winter), Rest & Be Thankful


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This tour operates on: Tuesday, Friday, Sunday

Leaving Glasgow we head west, crossing the Firth of Clyde, where we pass Dumbarton Castle (1), a famous and imposing rock fortress topped with an equally impressive castle.

We then reach Inveraray (2), a small town built in the mid-18th century on the shores of Loch Fyne. Here we can choose to visit Inveraray Castle* the historic home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell, nestled in large beautiful gardens overlooking Loch Fyne. Alternatively, explore the town’s white-washed Georgian houses, wide streets and  views across the loch.

We then travel further north into the Highlands through stunning scenery, and a route marked by several dramatic castles and beautiful lochs. We pause to admire Kilchurn Castle (3), one of Scotland's most photographed castles, nestled on the banks of Loch Awe and beautifully framed by mountains.

Next we make a stop for lunch in the picturesque harbour town of Oban (4), 'Gateway to the Isles', with free time to explore its horseshoe bay and see MacCaig's Folly, an iconic 19th century tower reminiscent of the Colosseum in Rome. After free time exploring, we travel onwards past the 15th century Castle Stalker (5), which is set on a small island on Loch Laich, before reaching Glencoe (6), one of Scotland’s most haunting glens and site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald clan.

Our return journey takes us over the dramatic landscape of Rannoch Moor (7) and the Black Mount before we make our final stop at the pretty conservation village of Luss (8) on the ‘Bonnie, Bonnie Banks’ of Loch Lomond. Here we can walk along the shore or admire the village before returning to Glasgow.

* This Highland tour from Glasgow visits Inveraray Castle from April -October and alternatives will be offered from November - March

Lochs & castles

Had a really great day trip seeing Lochs and Castles. Our driver and guide Gary was excellent. The other passengers aboard the bus were pleasant, and met some fine folk. Cheers Eliza

Highly recommended

We took one day trip to West Highland lochs and castles. It's perfect for Downton Abbey fans like me. A visit to Inveraray castle (which was featured in the TV series) was definitely the highlight of the tour. It's also ideal for those want to savour outstanding scenic beauty of the Highlands. We stopped here and there for some photographic opportunities along the way. Lochs are very beautiful especially when it's sunny.

It's Stuart, our driver/guide who made the trip the most enjoyable one. He's knowledgeable, entertaining and caring. And, what it more, he's a language expert and greeted us in different languages. How sweet of him! I was really impressed by his Japanese :) Many thanks to Stuart for such a lovely time!

Sceneary & Monty Python

We did the West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles. The scenery was gorgeous, and our driver, Niall, knew so much!! Add on his brilliant Monty Python quotes and singing, and you've got a real winner.

Great Tour

The tour was fantastic-largely due to the amazingly beautiful countryside...but in no small part due to Gary. He was a fantastic, safe driver and a delightful personality. His commentary was so well-informed and gave us insights into history, archaeology, views on contemporary Scotland and society and quirky, interesting observations as well.

I have to say we were dubious about taking a group tour-we usually do our own thing, but time constraints prevailed. We are very glad we did it.

The Highlands are simply stunning and the choices of locations visited and routes followed was great.

Great Tour to Do

We went on the daytour of west Highlands and it was great. Our driver Stuart was funny and knew a lot about the history of Schotland and the castles and had lost of little details of the sightseeing places. Best value worth for your money.

Great Tour of West Highlands

Great time with our small group and tour guide Martin, the scenery was breathtaking as well as all the interested sites and beautiful castles, a history lesson not to be forgotten I will definitely used then again if I ever lucky enough to make it to Scotland, beautiful country and the people are so kind and friendly. Loved it all

Inclusions

PLEASE NOTE: Prices shown are for transport and driver-guide only.

Exclusions

OPTIONAL EXTRAS: Inveraray Castle (Apr - Oct). Alternatives offered from Nov - March

The Little Details

  • Minimum Age: Age 5+
  • Min Age: 5 years
  • Tour Vehicle Type: Mini Coach
  • Months of Operation: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, All Year
  • Duration of Tour: Full Day
  • Departure Point: Glasgow
  • Departure Point: Tourist Information Centre,11 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1DY
  • Departure Time: 08:45 (please arrive 15mins prior to departure time)
  • Expected return Time: 18:30
  • Duration of Tour: Full Day

Rates & Dates

Ticket Price (Per Person )
SeasonType
  Standard Tour Ticket Discount Tour Ticket
Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays  All Year
£39.00 £37.00

Reduced Discount prices are offered to persons over the age of 60, students and children under the age of 16

Booking Notes

  • Prices are quoted per person per tour
  • There is a minimum age of 5 years
  • This tour only operates on certain days of the week
  • Any booking is subject to our Booking Terms.

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Some Places We Will Visit

  • Loch Awe And Loch Etive

    North of Loch Fyne is Loch Awe, the longest freshwater loch in Scotland and, further north, the beautiful Loch Etive. There's enough here to justify a couple of days' exploration, particularly the little-visited west shore of Loch Awe, but if you're pressed for time, there are a few conveniently placed sights along the A85 from Glasgow to Oban...

  • Inveraray

    Inveraray is the classic 18th-century planned town (don't call it a village), with its straight wide streets and dignified Georgian houses, and enjoys the most stunning of settings, on the shores of Loch Fyne.

  • Oban

    Our visitor guide to Oban, the main focal point in the northern part of Argyll in Scotland. A comprehensive list of information including what to see and do, self catering cottages in the area, travel information and history...

  • Luss

    Small traditional village on Loch Lomond that is a heritage site protecting its pretty streets. The Loch Lomond cruise boats depart from pier here.

Castle Visited

  • Dunstaffnage Castle

    three miles north of Oban, standing on its own peninsula into the Firth of Lorn with a massive curtein wall. Ancient Campbell and MacDougall castle now in care oif Historic Scotland. Open to Public

  • Kilchurn Castle

    One of the most photographed castles in Scotland and in a strong position on the loch.  A stronghold for the Campbells of Glenorchy. Used between 1475 to 1745

  • Inveraray Castle

    Home to Clan Campbell's chief and a substantial baronial pile built in 1743 on the site of previous castle. Open to visitors and includes lovely gardens.

  • Castle Stalker

    Privately owned castle set in splendid isolation in the middle of a loch. Truly a fairytale castle. You expect a damsel in distress to appear at a window.