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Highland Lochs, Glens & Castles Tour from Edinburgh

On our Highland Lochs, Glens & Castles tour from Edinburgh we will take you to some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer. Majestic mountains tumble down to shimmering lochs and castles, while glens tell tragic tales of centuries gone by. You will have the opportunity to visit a castle or two and we’ll also have the chance to get some photos of castle ruins. We visit the picturesque highland village of Luss which sits on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond with views to Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly Munro.

Tour Highlights
Doune Castle. Loch Lubnaig, Loch Awe, Kilchurn Castle, Inveraray, Rest and be Thankful, Arrochar Alps, Highland Village of Luss, Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond.

Main Departure Point
Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh

Prices From: £42.00 per person

Please note we are unable to take children under 5.

See the Details & FAQ tab for optional extra costs and further information.

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On our highland tour from Edinburgh we’ll pass Stirling Castle, great royal residence of Stuart Kings and Mary Queen of Scots who acceded to the throne in 1542 when she was only 6 days old. Our first stop will be at Doune Castle, a magnificent late 14th century stronghold. The castle stood in for Winterfell in Game of Thrones and Castle Leoch in Outlander. It also starred as Swamp Castle, Castle Anthrax and Camelot in the cult comedy movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. From here we will then drive through the highland town of Callander to lovely Loch Lubnaig. This small but stunningly located stretch of freshwater nestling between two striking mountains, Ben Ledi and Ben Vane is where we’ll stop for some light refreshments. Our journey into the highlands continues to Kilchurn Castle, which stands at the head of Loch Awe, surrounded by mountains. While enjoying the views we'll stop for some photos at this mid-15th century ruined castle.

Next, we'll then make our way to Inveraray, a classic example of an 18th century planned town, built by the 3rd Duke of Argyle, chief of the powerful Clan Campbell. Inveraray enjoys a picturesque setting on the shores of Loch Fyne and is therefore the perfect place to stop for lunch. With just under 2 hours here, you'll certainly have lots of time to explore. You may choose to visit the 19th century Inveraray Jail (open all year round), a living museum where you can experience what it was like to be incarcerated behind its bars. While others may opt to have a wander around this lovely little town. On the other hand, during the summer months (April to Oct) you may consider a visit Inveraray Castle where the Duke of Argyll and his family live today. Breath in the clear Highland air while you stroll around the parkland, woodland and gardens. Which are resplendent with rainbows of the azaleas and rhododendrons that certainly flourish in Argyll in summertime.

Leaving here it won’t be long before we pause for photos at the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’. An iconic Scottish viewpoint, so named thanks to the words carved in stone by weary soldiers who built the original military road in 1753. Finally, our last stop of the day is at the charming highland village of Luss which sits on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Around 1,500 years ago, an Irish missionary, St Kessog, arrived at Loch Lomond, subsequently bringing Christianity to the area. There is time for you to walk around the village and while exploring you should take a walk down to the pier where you’ll see Ben Lomond standing proudly over Loch Lomond. From here we’ll then make our way back to Edinburgh where your highland tour ends.

Departs Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place (opposite the Apex Hotel) Edinburgh
Check in 
Departs  09.00
Finishes  19:00

Please note we are unable to wait past the stated departure time. In the event you are late for any reason in arriving at your departure point and consequently miss your tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.

This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.

Tour Inclusions
Costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini coach and the services of an English speaking driver-guide.

Tour Exclusions
Lunch, refreshments, and entry to visitor attractions.

We regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.

Optional Extras
Doune Castle
Adults £9.00
Seniors £7.20
Students £9.00 (with valid ID)
Child £5.40

Inveraray Castle
Adults £12.50
Seniors £11.00
Students £11.00 (with valid ID)
Child £8.00


Do we have to pre-book our attraction tickets?

Your booking form will allow you to select the attractions you wish to visit. There is therefore no requirement for you to make a reservation.

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25/10/20 – Meg, Zach, Morgan & Louis

We wanted to write to say what a completely EXCELLENT tour John gave us last weekend (the 25th)!  He was full of so much interesting information, and was such a lovely and accommodating person.  The route was great, the bus was great, the timeline was great, everything was so great!  All of our group are international students living in Edinburgh, and it's hard to get out and see the rest of the country without a vehicle, especially the more rural areas. Thanks for the lovely day, it was just what we needed in this weird covidy world of being-trapped-inside and constant work video conferences. 🙂

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