Highland Lochs, Glens & Castles Shore Excursion
On this Scottish Highlands tour we'll take you to some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer. Shimmering lochs and breathtaking mountain scenery to historic castles and secret glens. Visit the magnificent Inveraray castle and enjoy lunch at a traditional Highland pub before exploring the pretty conservation village of Luss.
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From Greenock on our Highland Lochs, Glens and Castles shore excursion we’ll cross the River Clyde where your driver guide will point out Dumbarton Castle. Mary, Queen of Scots, as a child fled from Dumbarton Castle to France from Henry VIII’s invading army.
This is also the spot where in 1305 William Wallace was betrayed by Sir John Menteith. Keeper of the castle, Mentieth imprisoned Wallace at Dumbarton Castle before handing him over to the English. Scotland’s ‘Braveheart’ was marched to London where he was condemned as a traitor to the King and sentenced to death without trial.
Our route will then take us along the western side of Loch Lomond and around the head of Loch Long. From there we climb the steep rocky mountain pass to the ‘Rest and be Thankful’. The name comes from the words etched on a stone by soldiers who built the original military road in 1753.
The road was so long and steep that it was tradition for weary travellers to rest at the top. While resting they would be thankful for having reached the highest point. We'll make a short stop here to enjoy the view.
Our day trip continues with a short drive to Inveraray. This is a classic example of an 18th century planned town, built by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, chief of the powerful Clan Campbell. With its distinctive white-washed buildings, the town is certainly a magnificent piece of Scottish Georgian architecture. With around two hours here you'll have time to explore the majestic Inveraray Castle and its spectacular gardens.
From Inveraray, our small group tour will travel to the imposing Kilchurn Castle, which stands at the head of Loch Awe in a backdrop of soaring mountains. We will stop by the roadside where we'll capture some photos of this mid 15th century castle.
Well stop for a light bite and some refreshments at a traditional Scottish pub. For over 317 years the Drovers Inn has welcomed the great and good including the infamous outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. It's also said to be haunted, there are many tales and sightings of ghouls and ghosts wandering around its creaking corridors.
Our last stop of the day is on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond at the picturesque Highland village of Luss. You can stroll along the shores of Loch Lomond or just wander around the village. There has been a settlement here for at least 1500 years and we know the Vikings passed through Luss in 1263 plundering the nearby communities. Mackessogs Church is a fascinating place to visit and features a unique timber roof and stunning stained glass.
From Luss we return you to your cruise ship where your Highland Lochs, Glens & Castles day tour will end.
Departure & Return Information
Our shore excursions take around 8.5 hours to complete. There are occasions where we have to shorten the length of the excursion due to the ships departure time. In all events we aim to be back at port a minimum of one hour prior to your ships departure time. Your email confirmation will detail the departure time of your excursion.
Greenock Ocean Terminal
Our coaches are parked at the Patrick St exit. Terminal staff members will direct you to the Patrick St exit where we will be waiting.
Return Drop Off Point
Greenock Ocean Terminal.
Costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini coach and the services of an English speaking driver-guide.
Entry to Inveraray Castle
Lunch and Refreshments
Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Ben Lomond, Highland Village of Luss, Arrochar Alps, Rest and be Thankful, Inveraray Castle, Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe and the Drovers Inn.
Where do we meet the coach?
Our coaches park by the Patrick Street exit gate to the terminal. There will be members of terminal staff to guide you in the correct direction upon exiting the ship. You will also see your Driver-Guide standing with a sign as you approach the exit.
How long does our excursion last?
Our Shore Excursions depart one hour after the ship has docked and are due to return around 1 ½ hours before departure in most cases. Exact timings are dependent on the cruise times so please ask if you require more details.
What happens if our ship is unable to dock?
In the unlikely event that your ship is unable to dock - you will receive a full refund.
Do you shore excursions only depart from Greenock Ocean Terminal? (What ports do you leave from?)
Yes we are a Glasgow based company, therefore the only port we serve is Greenock.
Please have a look at some customer experiences with Discover Scotland Tours.
We also welcome you to check reviews and comments on our Trip Advisor Page.
23/09/19 – Sara
I loved our Scotland tour with Jeff! Jeff was a great tour guide with a great sense of humour and lots of information to tell us about! We had lots of time to stop and take photos when we wanted and had time to walk around some areas. I would definitely recommend this tour and your company to anyone! I loved the small size of the van. We had 15 people on board and it was just the right amount. We were lucky and had a nice day for touring. It did rain a bit but we were on the bus at the time so good timing! Thanks so much for the great tour! Good tour guides really make the difference and Jeff added to our enjoyment of Scotland. I will definitely come back for a longer stay!
15/09/19 – Jill
Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our tour with John to Loch Lomond and Inverary. He was an excellent guide. We were visiting from the US on a cruise. We found your company through a Google search and were attracted by the pricing and by the unique itinerary as well as the convenience of pick up at the port. Thanks again for a lovely tour!
21/07/19 – John & Teri
Great tour. We had a wonderful time!
26/06/19 – Judy
We enjoyed our tour very much (**** rating). Scotland is beautiful and we enjoyed our visit, taking many beautiful photos of the Lochs and Glens. The lunch at the Drovers Inn was incredible – everyone loved it – best meal on our two week adventure!
27/05/19 – Ken & Miu
Our tour with Micheal, with his great sense of Scottish humour, to the highlands was really exceptional! We love every moment of it, including all the "extras" thrown in with "excess" time our group had. Many thanks to Michael!
22/05/19 – Jeff & Mary Jo
The tour was an absolute delight. All our expectations were met. Tour guide, Cliff was knowledgeable and diligently concerned that all guests were enjoying the journey. We highly recommend using this tour service to anyone visitor the area. Thanks for a wonderful experience.
21/05/19 – Mimi
We were picked up in a clean, comfortable minibus by Cliff who was not only a good driver but had a wealth of information to share. We drove the length of Loch Lomond, visited the village of Luss and Inveraray Castle. The mountains were beautiful, as were the lochs. Lunch was excellent and the Drovers Inn had all of the ambience a 300 plus year old inn should have. I would certainly recommend Discover Scotland Tours and wish we had had time for a longer one!
19/05/19 – Joseph
Loved the tour. Showed the beauty of Scotland. Driver was great. Would definitely recommend to others going to Scotland.
19/05/19 – Ralph & Robin
We loved this excursion. My husband, Ralph, is a descendent of Rob Roy MacGregor, so this particular excursion was perfect for us! The stop in Inverrary was nice…perfect amount of time too! We enjoyed the tour of the country-side and the commentary provided. We loved eating at the Drovers Inn – especially with the MacGregor connection! Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I would not hesitate to recommend this and any excursion from Discover Scotland Tours. It was truly a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this excursion.
16/09/18 – Lynn
It was great! We traveled with several other couples, & everyone had a wonderful time. Tour guide & driver were very informative.