The Argyll Explorer - 1 day tour
The Argyll Explorer
One day tour
Discover some of Scotland’s most picturesque lochs, glens and mountains on a scenic journey through the Western Highlands. Explore magnificent Doune Castle, a filming location in Outlander and Game of Thrones. Stop to admire the view of Kilchurn Castle and Loch Awe before spending time in delightful Inveraray. Return to Edinburgh by way of the Arrochar Alps and Loch Lomond.
Doune Castle - explore this beautiful castle, built for the Regent Albany, known as Scotland’s “Uncrowned King”
Western Highlands - experience rugged landscapes, ancient castles and sparkling lochs
Loch Awe - capture the iconic view of Kilchurn Castle for your socials
Inveraray - take in the classical Georgian style of this planned town sitting on the banks of Loch Fyne
Rest and be Thankful - admire the panoramic views of Glen Croe
Luss - discover this delightful village and admire the stunning views of the “bonnie, bonnie banks”
Movie Locations - Outlander, Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey
Full Tour Itinerary
We leave Edinburgh behind and travel into historic Stirlingshire, the home of the real Braveheart, Sir William Wallace. Look out for the impressive monument to this Scottish freedom fighter overlooking the city of Stirling from its rocky perch on Abbey Mount.
Our first stop will be at 14th Century Doune Castle. It was built for the Regent Albany and has a 100 ft high gatehouse and one of the best-preserved great halls in Scotland. The castle played the part of Winterfell in the pilot of the award-winning TV series Game of Thrones and Castle Leoch in Outlander.
Our journey westwards continues through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park into the dramatic scenery of the Western Highlands, famed for its mountain scenery and shimmering lochs.
From the village of Tyndrum, we make our way through Glen Lochy towards Loch Awe, guarded by picturesque Kilchurn Castle, a ruined 15th-century castle that was the seat of the Campbells of Glenorchy.
Travel through Glen Aray to reach the charming town of Inveraray, where its white-painted houses are reflected in the gentle waters of Loch Fyne. There’s time to enjoy lunch in this scenic location and, if you want, visit Inveraray Jail, where costumed wardens and prisoners bring the history of this 19th-century prison and courtroom to life.
Our last stop is in the pretty village of Luss, which boasts a Viking history and fantastic panoramic views over the loch towards Ben Lomond.
After our time by the “Bonnie, Bonnie Banks”, we head eastwards to end our tour in 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?
To give you maximum flexibility, the cost of admission fees and other optional extras are not included in the tour price. This gives you complete freedom to choose as the mood takes you. On this tour, there are optional visits to:
The links above will give you more information on these attractions, including current admission prices. At some locations, a special discount is offered to tour participants. Your driver/guide will give you more information if this applies. Credit/debit cards are not always accepted, so you should plan to have sufficient cash with you should you wish to make any visits.
Will there be a tour commentary?
Each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide an informative and entertaining commentary in English.
You’ll hear tales of the Clans, bloody battles and the famous characters that have shaped the history of Scotland. You will learn too of the landscape that surrounds you and of the nature that makes Scotland so special.
Be ready to have a laugh as well - you’re bound to be told some really corny jokes!
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.
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
60 High Street
Check-in: 07:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 18:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 16 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 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.