Embark on a comprehensive day out from Glasgow to the scenic West Highlands taking in the fascinating castles and the alluring lochs.
Travel through the 18th century town of Inveraray to the ruins of Kilchurn castle and learn about its history.
Admire the scenic landscape with heather worn moors and dotted with lochs as you discover Oban and the dramatic landscapes of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, accompanied by an English speaking guide.
Our local operators have won several awards for their small group tours including the Green Tourism Award and the Scottish Tourist Board 5 Star Award.
Approximately 10 hoursStart time
Parish Hall, 266 George Street (Next to the City Chambers, between North Frederick Street and John Street)
Same as meeting point
You will meet your English speaking guide at Parish Hall, 266 George Street, Glasgow, which is next to the City Chambers, between North Frederick Street and John Street. To begin your West Highlands Lochs, Castles and Glencoe Tour, you will travel northwest along Loch Lomond in a Mercedes mini-coach driving through the gorgeous.
You will cross the Rest and Be Thankful Pass to reach the whitewashed 18th century town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne. Built in the 1770s by the Duke of Argyll, the town is a perfect example of Scottish Georgian architecture. At Inverarary, you will see the Inveraray Castle which was the first of its size and type to be built on the West Coast of Scotland.
Moving forward, your guide will take you to Kilchurn Castle magnificently situated at the head of Scotland’s longest loch, Loch Awe and surrounded by towering mountains. The castle was built in 1450 by the powerful Campbell clan, who exercised control of much of western Scotland in the late medieval period. The castle was built upon an island connected to the shore by a hidden underwater causeway, which is clearly visible today due to falling water levels.
Next, you will head to the fishing port of Oban, famously known as the Gateway to the Isles and continue along the stunning west coast through Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker, before spending the afternoon in the majestic beauty of Glencoe.
As you stand at the mouth of the glen, you'll feel the past come to life as the guide tells you about the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan.
Moving forward, you will travel to an altitude of 1000ft descending from Buachaille Etive Mor towards the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor. The moor’s unique landscape is covered by heather and peat-bogs and filled with several lochs. From here you will then travel through Glen Falloch.
Your last stop before returning to Glasgow will be in Luss, an 18th century conservation village with cottages for labourers who work at the estates.
Please be at the start point 15 minutes prior to departure.
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the tour start time to confirm all details.
Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
Good guide and good music and fun ....Sudha Jayashankar, India, 21/Jul/2017
The Tour Guide come driver, Frazier was very helpful and take pride in his work....Anna Akehurst, United Kingdom, 29/May/2017
Very good tour with excellent guide....Ólafur Haraldsson, Iceland, 11/Aug/2015