Oban, Glen Coe, West Highland Lochs and Castles - 1 day tour
Oban, Glen Coe, West Highland Lochs and Castles
One day tour
Travel through the picturesque Western Highlands to experience shimmering lochs, scenic mountain views and historic castles. Relax in the pretty town of Inveraray and discover the bustling seaport of Oban before ending the day in the scenic splendour of Glen Coe.
Inveraray - choose to visit stately Inveraray Castle (Apr-Oct) or explore this attractive town on the banks of Loch Fyne
Kilchurn Castle - see the romantic ruins of this iconic castle
Oban - enjoy free time in this bustling ferry and fishing port
Falls of Lora - see the foaming waters from our viewpoint on the Connel Bridge
Glen Coe - savour the breath-taking scenery of this famous valley
Loch Lomond - visit Luss to experience beautiful views of the “bonnie, bonnie banks”
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Full Tour Itinerary
After a drive along the banks of romantic Loch Lomond, enter the Argyll Forest Park and start our ascent of the dramatic "Rest and be Thankful" mountain pass.
Inveraray is an attractive town of whitewashed Georgian buildings and wide streets that stands on the banks of Loch Fyne.
Here there is the chance to visit Inveraray Castle (April - October only), the historic home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell.
We pause to admire the spectacular ruins of Kilchurn Castle, majestically situated on Loch Awe, then it's on through the narrow Pass of Brander to reach lovely Loch Etive beyond.
Shortly we make the descent into the fishing town of Oban, the gateway to the Hebrides. This picturesque town overlooks an attractive horseshoe bay and is famed for the quality of its seafood.
After time for lunch and exploring Oban, we cross the Connel Bridge to continue our journey northwards through Benderloch. We pass Castle Stalker, the ancient seat of the Stewarts of Appin, which sits on its own tiny islet overlooking the Isle of Lismore.
Listen carefully as we hear the sad tale of the Glen Coe Massacre, which took place in 1692. This infamous event saw some 40 members of the resident MacDonald Clan murdered by troops of the Campbell Clan.
Today Glen Coe is a much more peaceful place. It is famed for its stunning scenery and varied wildlife, including red deer, wildcat and golden eagle. We'll make a stop here so you can capture the scene.
Our journey southwards takes us through the wilderness of Rannoch Moor, then back to Loch Lomond, where our final stop of the day will be in the picturesque village of Luss. Here we can enjoy the views over the "bonnie, bonnie banks" before making our way back to Glasgow.
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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.
What options are available on this tour and what is the cost?
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 link above will give you more information on this attraction 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.
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 16 and 33 passengers, however at times of peak demand larger coaches may be used.
Is there much walking involved on your tours?
On most tours you’ll have the chance to stretch your legs at some point each day.
If you have someone in your party who has mobility issues then there is normally an alternative at most stops .
- 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
From outside The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, opposite Buchanan Street Bus Station
19 Killermont Street
Glasgow G2 3NX
Check-in: 08:30 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:45 hrs
Tour Returns: 18:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 4 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 4 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.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:(5 /5) 11 Jul 2023
Wonderful experience with stunning views along the way. Our drive is excellent and very good in what he does as tour guide, as well.Alison from Southampton, GB
Rating:(4 /5) 16 Jun 2023
This is a great way to see the countryside of Scotland!Angie from Sheldon, US
Rating:(5 /5) 29 Jul 2022
Robert was amazing! Knew his stuff and kept us engaged throughout the tour! The tour was interesting and had great stops! Would 100% recommend!Molly from Newport , GB