Spend a fantastic day out in the heart of the scenic Western Highlands, admire the architectural splendour of the castles, which are steeped in history. Enjoy the stunning beauty of the surroundings and take back memories of the spectacular Western Highlands of Scotland.
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10 hoursStart time
The tour departs from 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh
You will be picked up at 08:15am and taken to the tour destinations in an air conditioned Mercedes minibus accompanied by a guide.
The first stop of the tour is at Doune Castle. Built for Robert Stewart, the Duke of Albany, over 600 years ago, the castle is still in great condition. Explore its labyrinth of rooms, interconnecting staircases and passageways.
Continue to Callander. After a short coffee stop, cross the Highland boundary fault line leaving the rolling farms for the wild mountains and forests of the Highlands.
After a short stop at Loch Luibnaig, continue over the Braes of Balquhidder, the final resting place of Highland outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Made famous by Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy was a sort of Highland Robin Hood, he stole from the rich, but never quite got round to giving it to the poor.
The tour winds its way through the tough knot of mountains known as Breadalbane down to Dalmally. Stop here for lunch at the Glenorchy Lodge, a lovely converted shooting lodge in the shadow of Ben Cruachan, one of the most stunning peaks in Scotland.
Next, see Kilchurn Castle, a magnificent ruin situated in the middle of Loch Awe.
Continue along the banks of Loch Awe through Campbell country to the picturesque town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne. You can visit the 18th-century castle and home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Campbell clan. You can also take time to explore the town and maybe call at the Old Jail or the maritime museum, the Arctic Penguin.
Drive up through the steep-sided mountains known as the Arrochar Alps to the great viewpoint at 'Rest and Be Thankful'.
Skirt around Loch Long and down to the Bonnie, Bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. This is Scotland's largest loch and it takes its name from the mountain Ben Lomond on the eastern shore.
Make a short stop at the conservation village of Luss, with its quaint houses and stunning views across the loch.
Depart for Edinburgh, with a short photo stop near the Stirling Castle.
The tour ends at Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh. You will reach Edinburgh at around 6:30pm.
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.
Excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable and entertaining. He engaged all of those on the tour, and was most obliging considerate and helpful. I would do another tour with him,...Dr. Thomas, Canada, 25/Oct/2017
It was our first rainy day in GB in over 2 weeks but our Driver Guide Eric from Rabbies made our day pleasant, knowledgeable and fun filled. When we were unable to walk to...John Rush, Canada, 26/Aug/2016
I knew when I was visiting Edinburgh that I wanted the chance to get outside the city and into the Highlands. This bus tour was a great way of doing so. Our tour guide, Sandy, I...Mary E Atkeson, United States, 27/Feb/2016