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From Glasgow: Oban, Glencoe, Highland Lochs & Castles Tour

From Glasgow: Oban, Glencoe, Highland Lochs & Castles Tour

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours
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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.

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Duration 10.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Stop at the conservation village of Luss, on the west banks of Loch Lomond
  • See Inveraray Castle, ancestral home built by the Duke of Argyll
  • Drive through the dramatic scenery of Glencoe Valley
  • Travel through stunning mountains and valleys as you take in the Highland views
  • Eat lunch in beautiful Oban, a scenic harbor town
  • Visit Loch Lomond National Park
Full description

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 8:30 AM 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 to take photos of 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.

Includes
  • Transport in air-conditioned, 16–seat mini coach
  • Driver/guide
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Admission fees for attractions
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

Meet at Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont Street, Glasgow, G2 3NW. Tours will depart between stances 23 and 32.

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Important information

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
  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years
  • You're restricted to 14 kilograms (31lbs) of luggage per person on the tours. 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 388 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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What an amazing day trip to the Highlands! It was well timed, and we felt like our guide, Andrew, was incredibly knowledgeable. We loved the music that accompanied some of the stops to truly help frame the adventure. Each stop was wonderful and we had enough time at each to take photos, stretch our breaks, and use the restrooms. We were able to see quite a bit even with the waning light. The views and vistas are out of this world. The motor coach was like brand new and it was a very comfortable ride. It’s a great value and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

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November 27, 2022

This was such an amazing experience. Stevie was the most wonderful tour guide there ever was. From the amazing music on the bus, to the history of Scotland, to answering any questions we may have had, he was great! I highly recommend this tour to anyone, you will not be disappointed other than you wish it would have been longer! Cheers!

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November 17, 2022

The tour was just perfect, I would recommend it to anyone, it went beyond my already high expectations. The value for money is excellent and everything is perfectly organized. The friendly guide, super helpful and at the same time very professional, made us live a fantastic day discovering the Highlands. I am very satisfied and satisfied with this tour.

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November 1, 2022

Product ID: 11208