Capture the spirit of the Western Highlands and explore some of its most atmospheric lochs and castles as well as the dramatic mountain landscapes of Glencoe and harbor towns on this full-day, small-group tour through Scotland's stunning Highland scenery.
What to Expect
Explore the stunning lochs and castles of the Western Highlands on this small group tour from Glasgow. You'll see the superb ruins of Kilchurn on Loch Awe, the bustling west coast harbor town of Oban, and the dramatic beauty of Glencoe.
Depart Glasgow at 09:00 and travel through gorgeous Glen Fruin, driving parallel with Loch Long. You'll then cross the Highland boundary, where the scenery changes quickly and dramatically–the flat plains of the Lowlands give way to shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops and forest-filled glens.
Continue your drive over the Rest and Be Thankful mountain pass before traveling through the Arrochar Alps. You'll then arrive at the picturesque harbor town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne. From here you will drive along the shore of Scotland’s longest loch, Loch Awe, where you'll stop for a short walk out to visit Kilchurn Castle, a magnificent ruin right in the middle of Loch Awe and the former home of the Campbells of Breadalbane.
You will then continue to the harbor town of Oban, gateway to the Isles, where you will eat lunch. After lunch you'll travel north along the coast around Appin, passing imposing Castle Stalker, and into Scotland's most famous valley, Glencoe. This is Scotland's largest loch and it takes its name from the mountain Ben Lomond.
The last stop of the day will be in Luss, an 18th-century conservation village with old workers' cottages, built for the laborers of the estate.
- Transport in air-conditioned, 16–seat mini coach
What's Not Included
- Lunch and refreshments
- Entrance fees to castles
Outside Parish Hall, 266 George Street, Glasgow.
Know Before You Go
Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers, you will get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life.
Because you'll have opportunities to take nature walks, please bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour.
Inveraray Castle is open Easter - mid October only.