Tours to Scottish Castles

With Discover Scotland Tours you can visit over a dozen historic castles from picturesque ruins and medieval towers to craggy fortresses and gilded palaces.

The impressive citadel of Dumbarton Castle is a short drive from Glasgow and the first castle you catch sight of on many of our tours. This ‘Rock of the Clyde’ is first recorded in around 450 AD and since then it’s been besieged and plundered by the Picts, the Vikings, the English and Oliver Cromwell. Scots patriot William Wallace was betrayed here before being marched to his death in London. You can explore the castle on our Dumbarton Castle, Loch Lomond and Scotch Whisky tour, all in under six hours, from Glasgow.

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s best: a magnificently restored fortification high on a craggy hill in the Forth Valley that can be seen for miles around. As you enter through its huge stone archway you’re transported back to the childhood home of Mary, Queen of Scots and in the vast banqueting hall you can imagine the overwhelming colours, sights and smells of the opulent Renaissance times. You can visit Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond National Park on a one day tour from Glasgow and on a shore excursion from Greenock (Glasgow).

This shore excursion also stops for photographs at medieval Doune Castle which has one of the best preserved great halls in Scotland. You can see why its imposing walls are popular filming locations. Our Outlander day tour and Outlander shore excursion both stop there and also include the Outlander filming locations of Blackness Castle and Midhope Castle as well as 16th century Culross Palace.

Once the greatest castle in the Highlands, Urquhart Castle is a ghostly ruin that teeters on the edge of Loch Ness. There’s time to explore its 1000 years of dramatic history on our one day small group tour to Loch Ness, Haunting Glencoe and the Highlands.

The Duke of Argyll’s home at Inveraray Castle can be visited from April to October when its gardens, packed with multi-coloured azaleas and rhododendrons, can be truly appreciated. It’s included on our one day tour to Oban, Western Highlands, Lochs, Castles and Glencoe. Also on this Highland tour your luxury mini coach will stop at two of Scotland’s most photographed Highland castles, Kilchurn Castle at the head of Loch Awe and Castle Stalker on Loch Laich, an atmospheric tower perched on a tiny tidal island.

Inveraray Castle can also be visited on our Highlands Lochs, Glens and Castles shore excursion as well as on our four day and six day tours.

Eilean Donan Castle is one of the Scottish Highlands’ most romantic, as it stands firm on a small island at the meeting place of three impressive sea lochs. Reached by an ancient bridge and with views of the Isle of Skye it’s easy to see why it stars in many a Hollywood blockbuster. Our three and four day tours to the Isle of Skye, the Highlands and Loch Ness stop here.

You can also get photographs at Eilean Donan on our six day island hopping tours to Mull, Iona and Skye. All of our three, four and six day tours have Glasgow and Edinburgh departures.

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