Highland Lochs, Glens & Castles Shore Excursion
Our Highland Lochs, Glens & Castles shore excursion from the port of Greenock (Glasgow), will take you to some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer. From shimmering lochs and breath-taking mountain scenery to historic castles and atmospheric ruins, enjoy the incredible views and settings of Argyll. See how many Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000 feet) you can tick off. Visit magnificent Inveraray Castle and gardens and enjoy refreshments at traditional Highland pub, the 315 year-old haunted Drovers Inn. In addition to this, we'll also visit the pretty highland village of Luss.
Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Ben Lomond, Highland Village of Luss, Arrochar Alps, Rest and be Thankful, Inveraray Castle, Inveraray Courtroom and Jail, Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe and finally The Drovers Inn.
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Departing from Ocean Terminal Greenock we cross the River Clyde via the Erskine Bridge which looks down on Dumbarton Castle. This is Scotland’s ancient capital, a medieval power base and visiting place of Mary, Queen of Scots as a child. 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 then 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.
A short drive from here and we'll arrive in 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 can choose to explore the majestic Inveraray Castle and its spectacular gardens. On the other hand, for something a little different you may like to experience life behind bars! At the award-winning Inveraray Jail & County Court you’ll take a step back to the brutal times of 19th century Scotland when even children were locked up for minor crimes. The prison has actual records for every person who was sentenced and imprisoned here and actors bring their terrifying stories to life.
From Inveraray, we'll then travel to the imposing Kilchurn Castle, which stands at the head of Loch Awe in a backdrop of soaring mountains. We’ll have a brief stop for photos at this mid 15th century castle. On our road trip back towards Loch Lomond there’s time for a light bite and some refreshments at traditional Scottish pub the Drovers Inn. For 315 years the Drovers 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 Loch Lomond’s shores at the picturesque highland village of Luss. This conservation village is a favourite stop for tourists and also for pilgrims, having been a Christian settlement for at least 1500 years. There’s evidence of the Vikings having plundered the area in 1263 and you can see their legacy in the ‘hogback’ grave, a stone sculpture, in the ancient churchyard. In addition, the interior of Luss Parish Church, founded by the Celtic Saint MacKessog, has been restored to its former glory and features a unique timber roof architecture and stunning stained glass. Alternatively, you may just want to take a stroll along the shores of Loch Lomond or have a wander around this pretty little village. Finally, from Luss we return you to the Port of Greenock where our Highland Lochs, Glens & Castle shore excursion ends.
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. There are terminal staff members who will direct you to the Patrick St exit. When you get there you will see your Discover Scotland Tours driver-guide waiting with a sign.
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.
Lunch, refreshments and entry to visitor attractions.
Optional Visitor Attraction Costs
Students £11.00 (with valid ID)
Students £8.95 (with valid ID)
All attractions are payable in cash on the day.
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.