Oban and the Western Highlands - 1 day tour
Oban and the Western Highlands
One day tour
Tour through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park to visit the attractive town of Oban, in the heart of the beautiful Western Highlands. See the romantic ruins of Kilchurn Castle at Loch Awe, then spend time in picturesque Inveraray.
Luss - explore this picturesque conservation village on the banks of Loch Lomond
Oban - discover this attractive seaside town famed for its tasty seafood
Kilchurn Castle - see the romantic ruins beautifully situated on Loch Awe
Inveraray - take a break in this picturesque town on the banks of Loch Fyne or visit Inveraray Castle, home to the Duke of Argyll (Apr-Oct)
Rest and be Thankful Mountain Pass - enjoy the spectacular views over Glen Croe
Loch Lomond - enjoy a scenic drive along the “bonnie, bonnie banks”
Movie locations – Restless Natives, Downton Abbey and Ring of Bright Water
Full Tour Itinerary
From Edinburgh and Glasgow, we head into the natural beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
For first stop will be in the pretty village of Luss, where you can admire the views of the "bonnie, bonnie" banks.
Next, we travel the entire length of Loch Lomond, and as we head northwards, watch as Britain's largest lake becomes almost fjord-like.
Our journey will take us along the banks of Loch Awe and through the Pass of Brander, where, in 1308, King Robert the Bruce won a decisive victory allowing him to unite the Scots against English dominance.
Oban is a picturesque fishing port set on the Firth of Lorn. We have plenty of time to discover this bustling town and enjoy the views of the Island of Kerrera and the Inner Hebrides beyond.
Famed for quality seafood, no visit to Oban is complete without visiting one of the stands on the pier for a tasty treat.
Next, retrace our journey to reach romantic Kilchurn Castle, which stands guard at the head of Loch Awe. For years Loch Awe was a natural protection for the Campbells of Inveraray against their enemies from the North.
The 3rd Duke of Argyll built the "new" town of Inveraray between 1746 and 1780 at the head of Loch Fyne. The town sits in the shadow of his castle, and as we will discover, this pleasant town retains much of its 18th Century charm.
If you wish, you can visit Inveraray Castle (open from April to October) or explore the dark history of Inveraray Jail.
During our descent of the "Rest and be Thankful" mountain pass, we'll see the original road, built by General Wade, winding its way up through the glen.
Soon we reach the Argyll Forest Park, where icy streams cascade down through wooded glens.
Shortly we will return to the gentle shores of Loch Lomond once more. It's a short drive to Glasgow and then onwards to Edinburgh.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness.
During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more.
Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English.
There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks.
Can you tell me more about the optional extras on this tour?
The tour fare includes transportation by luxury mini or midicoach and the services of a professional driver/guide. Admission to the attractions featured on this tour is optional so you can choose to visit or not depending on your interests. The tour itinerary will allow time for you to enjoy a visit to:
The links above will give you more information on these attractions as well as current prices. On some tours discounted prices are available to tour passengers - your driver/guide will provide more information if this applies. Not all attractions accept payment by credit or debit card so you should carry sufficient cash should you be planning a visit.
Tell me more about Inveraray Castle?
Romantic Inveraray Castle Gardens sits on the shores of Loch Fyne and is one of Scotland’s finest stately homes.
The ruggedness of the highland scenery serves as a spectacular backdrop for the sheltered tidal Loch, beside which nestles the present castle built between 1745 and 1790.
The ancestral seat of the Dukes of Argyll, Chiefs of the Clan Campbell whose family have resided in Inveraray since the early 15th century.
Visitors enter the famous Armoury Hall containing some 1300 pieces, including Brown Bess muskets, Lochaber axes and 18th-century Scottish broadswords. Preserved swords from the Battle of Culloden are also on display.
The exquisite State Dining Room and Tapestry Drawing Room contain magnificent French tapestries, which were woven especially for the castle, as well as fabulous examples of Scottish, English and French furniture and countless other precious artworks.
The castle’s priceless collection of china, silver and family heirlooms is particularly noteworthy as it spans many generations.
Fans of Downton Abbey will recall that Inveraray had a starring role during a two-hour special episode. The Grantham family and staff travelled to Scotland to visit their cousins, the Marquess and Marchioness of Flintshire, in their mythical Scottish home, ‘Duneagle Castle’.
Inveraray Castle is open to the public between April and October.
Can I join the tour in Edinburgh and leave in Glasgow?
Yes, you can and you can bring your luggage too.
There’s no extra charge to do this and it makes a great way of travelling between our two great cities.
The tour is scheduled to call in Glasgow at 18:00 hrs.
Do you offer a hotel pick-up service on this tour?
We know that you will want to start your tour straight away rather than spending valuable time travelling around hotels.
By offering a single centrally located departure point we can get you to Scotland’s best scenery as quickly as possible .
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
Tour Departs: hrs
Tour Returns: hrs
From 1 Parliament Square
Royal Mile/High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1RE
Check-in: 07:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Book by paying a 20% deposit. Make date changes or get a full refund with 48 hours notice before travel. Click here for more information.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
This tour departs from Edinburgh and Glasgow. You can choose to return to either city at no extra charge!
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:(5 /5) 03 Jul 2022
The Western Highlands are beautiful. Oban was very scenic. Definitely a good trip to take.from Hamilton, CA
Rating:(5 /5) 21 Aug 2021
Everything about the tour was just perfect. Highly recommended.from Newcastle Upon Tyne , GB
Rating:(5 /5) 07 Oct 2019
Highly recommended and great value for the money. Way above my expectations all around.kathryn from Brussels, BE