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West Highlands Lochs & Castles Tour from Edinburgh

West Highlands Lochs & Castles Tour from Edinburgh

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours

From US$ 66.39 per person

Explore the lochs and castles of Scotland’s West Highlands on a full-day scenic drive from Edinburgh. See Doune Castle, Callander, Loch Lomond, and more, and learn about Scotland’s folk heroes.

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Duration 10 hours
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  • Take a full-day scenic drive through the western Highlands
  • Discover some of Scotland's most beautiful lochs and castles
  • Visit Doune Castle, location for scenes from Monty Python's Holy Grail!
  • Admire one of Scotland's longest lochs
  • Drive through Loch Lomond National Park
  • Go to the home of the Duke of Argyll at Inveraray Castle
  • Journey through the Arrochar Alps
  • Discover the "Rest and Be Thankful" viewpoint
  • Visit the conservation village of Luss
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Enjoy a small group tour of Scotland’s Western Highlands, and explore some of its most atmospheric lochs and castles. Traveling in a comfortable 16-seat Mercedes minibus, you will depart Edinburgh and head west past Stirling Castle.

The first stop will be Doune Castle, built for Robert Stewart, the Duke of Albany, over 600 years ago. You might recognize it from the famous comedy film, Monty Python and The Holy Grail.  

Continue to Callander, where you will pause for a coffee, before leaving the rolling farms for the wild mountains and forests of the Highlands.

Visit Loch Luibnaig, and 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, who stole from the rich but never quite got around to giving it to the poor.

From Balquhidder, the tour winds its way through the tough knot of mountains known as Breadalbane. Stop for lunch in a small West Highland village. 

Continue past Kilchurn Castle in the middle of Loch Awe, and on through Campbell country to the picturesque town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne. Visit the 18th-Century castle, home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Campbell clan.

Depart Inveraray, and drive up through the steep mountains of the Arrochar Alps, to the great viewpoint at “Rest and Be Thankful,” given its name by the weary soldiers who had just finished building the military road up through Glen Croe. 

Skirt Loch Long, and drive down to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland's largest loch.

Stop at the conservation village of Luss, to admire its quaint houses and stunning views across the loch, and then make your way back to Edinburgh, with a short stop underneath Stirling Castle.

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  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Entrance fees to castles

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Meet at Edinburgh Bus Station.

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  • Tour returns to Edinburgh by approximately 18:30
  • Children under 5 are not allowed on this tour
  • Transportation is by top range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • It is recommended that you bring suitable clothing and footwear for possible nature walks. Scotland weather can be wet
  • Inveraray Castle is open between Easter - mid October
  • You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on the tour. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items
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The trip was absolutely amazing, I would not be able to find the words to describe it properly. Me, and Monica were absolutely amazed by the Castles and the landscapes that we saw, but that was just a small part of the trip. Our guide was Graham and he was just magnificent, I feel that we've learned soooo many things during a day about the history, the mythical creatures and many other interesting stories about Highlands. All, while listening to a great playlist with scotish artists. Definettly, definettly choose a day tour, in order to make your trip complete! We are going to come back to Scotland after this experience, and we Will book another trip, for sure. Hihi But only if we can choose Graham as our guide, again!

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November 29, 2022

Excellent trip. Our Guide Mike told a lot of history about what we passed. There was plenty of time, both for lunch and a visit to Inverary castle if you wanted to. There was also a good time at Doune castle. A super trip that didn't feel long, I'll happily book with Rabbies next time I'm in Scotland.

September 14, 2022

Very interesting tour. You can see different castles, walkable and ruins. The holes approached are spectacular. Exactly the landscape you would expect in the Scottish Highlands. The guide provides you with all the important information via microphone and loudspeaker while driving. There are different options at most destinations, e.g. whether you want to see a certain castle from the inside or prefer to explore the nearest small village.

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September 5, 2022

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