Oban, Western Highlands, Lochs, Castles & Glencoe Tour from Glasgow
On our one day tour to Oban from Glasgow you’ll experience a little of everything that Scotland’s spectacular natural beauty has to offer. This is the rugged Western Highlands where majestic mountains tumble down to glorious lochs. Castles and glens hide tragic tales of centuries ago, and bustling ports serve up tasty food and award-winning attractions. Your friendly driver-guide will bring Scottish legends to life as we share our country, from the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond to haunting Glencoe.
Arrochar Alps, Rest and be Thankful, Inveraray Castle (summer only), Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Oban, Castle Stalker, Glencoe, Rannoch Moor and The Drovers Inn.
Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW
Prices From: £40.00 per person
Please note we are unable to take children under 5.
See the Tour Details tab for optional extra costs and further information.
Small Group Tours
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Leaving Glasgow your small group tour passes dramatic Dumbarton Rock and its castle perched atop that stands guard over the River Clyde. From one famous body of water to another, Loch Lomond, as we meander its western shores from the comfort of our luxury mini coach. If you look to the right you’ll see Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly Munro (a mountain above 3000 feet) and your first of the tour. We curve west, skirting the northern tip of Loch Long and then tackle the steep drive up the mountain pass known as the ‘Arrochar Alps’. 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.
From our rest point it’s a short hop to Inveraray, one of Scotland’s most photographed towns. Established in 1745 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, chief of the powerful Clan Campbell. Inveraray is a classic example of an 18th century planned town with its distinctive white-washed Georgian architecture. Here we can explore Inveraray Castle where the Duke of Argyll and his family live today. Breath in the clear Highland air on a stroll around the parkland, woodland and gardens, which are resplendent with rainbows of the azaleas and rhododendrons that flourish in Argyll in summertime. Alternatively, we’ll despatch you to one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions, the 19th century Inveraray Jail, a living museum where you can experience what it was like to be incarcerated behind its bars.
Don’t worry, we’ll make sure you escape from jail to continue your Discover Scotland tour of Scotland’s lochs, glens and castles. Leaving Loch Fyne behind us, we adventure on to imposing Kilchurn Castle, standing proud at the head of Loch Awe, where we stop for photographs before heading to Oban for lunch. Originally a small fishing village, Oban is now the ‘Gateway to the Isles’ and renowned as the ‘seafood capital’ of Scotland. Today the port is the main ferry departure point for the Isle of Mull and the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Seafood lovers travel from miles around to savour its fresh, daily catches in the town’s restaurants and you can savour this too, or opt for classic Scots dishes or more international flavours. Walking around the compact town centre of Oban – Gaelic for ‘little bay’ – you can’t miss the Colosseum-like structure overshadowing the streets. McCaig’s Tower is a stone-built folly that was never completed and is well worth a visit, to enjoy the panoramic sea views over to the misty island of Mull and beyond.
After our visit to Oban our tour of the rugged west coast continues past Loch Creran to Castle Stalker, one of Scotland’s most photographed strongholds which perches on its own tidal islet in Loch Laich. Your driver-guide will point you to the viewpoint to capture photos and then we journey on to haunting Glencoe, also known as the ‘Weeping Glen’. After the peaceful beauty of Argyll’s stretching sea lochs, Glencoe’s dark mountains will tumble in on you as you’re delivered into a glen of awesome natural beauty. It’s easy to reimagine one of Scotland’s most shameful times, the 1692 Glencoe massacre, when Campbell-led Government soldiers slaughtered the clan MacDonald by night. As the mountains bid us farewell, moody Rannoch Moor beckons us, with its heathery plateau and innumerable lochans. We stop at the Drovers Inn, a traditional Scottish pub that’s welcomed weary travellers, including infamous outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor, for over 300 years. Step back in time to enjoy early evening Highland hospitality by the log fire, and hear tales of the inn’s ghosts and ghouls before we return to Glasgow.
Departs Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW
Check in 08.45
Hotel Pick Ups
Discover Scotland Tours offers free pick-ups from many hotels, hostels, & B&B’s in and around Glasgow for this tour. Pick-ups from guest accommodations are earlier than if you were departing from Buchanan Bus Station. The departure from your accommodation time will be shown on your email confirmation. This is a pick-up service in the morning only and at the end of the tour, everyone is dropped off at Buchanan Bus Station, Glasgow.
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.
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.
We regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.
Optional Visitor Attraction Costs
Students £11.00 (with valid ID)
Visiting Inveraray Castle
Following the COVID-19 outbreak, Inveraray Castle will not be reopening full time for the summer 2021 season. Their opening schedule varies across the summer months. If you wish to visit the castle, please check if they are open on the Inveraray Castle website before reserving your tour. When the castle is closed passengers will be able to access an area nearby to the castle on foot for photos.
All attractions are payable in cash on the day.
Do we visit Oban Distillery while on tour?
No we do not have a scheduled visit to Oban distillery on this tour. Our stop in Oban is our lunch stop, however if you have time the distillery shop may be open for a browse.
Can we buy our tickets for Inveraray Castle or Jail in advance?
How long does the tour spend at Kilchurn Castle and/or Castle Stalker?
Both of these castles are viewed during photo stops on the tour. The coach stops at a viewpoint overlooking each castle where passengers have a short time to take photographs. Due to the accessibility of both castles we do not walk close to either castle or enter inside.
Please have a look at some customer experiences with Discover Scotland Tours.
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29/06/21 – Jacqueline
My mother in law and myself took the Oban tour which was great from start to finish. Andy our tour guide was great, he was informative, funny and very friendly. He did more than he was supposed to, he pointed out all places of interest and asked us to let him know if any of us wanted to take photos. The stops on this trip were lovely, Inveraray was one of my favourites. This was our second discover tour and won't be our last.
23/06/21 – The Broons.
We had the best day from start to finish our driver-guide Nick is so knowledgeable (He put us to shame we being Scottish he new more about Scotland than I did (born and bred lol). The Mini bus was absolutely spotless and comfortable as for the scenery it was absolutely breathtaking from the Lochs to the castles the mountains. Oban is also beautiful we stopped there and had plenty time for lunch. There was in all 7 on the tour and each and everyone thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thank you, Nick, for the fantastic day your knowledge is second to none.
24/09/20 – Anika & Sachin
Cliff was fantastic, friendly, a safe driver and answered all of our questions. Overall an excellent tour, we got to see everything we wanted to see, including inside the castle. We would recommend this tour and company to others. The day was organised well and on time, with enough time at each stop off point to explore and take photos. The bus was comfortable and screens were in place due to covid so made us feel safe. Thanks for a lovely tour,we really enjoyed it! 🙂
19/09/20 – Weidong
I joined a one-day tour yesterday(sept. 19) to Oban with driver and tour guide Cliff. I enjoyed the journey very much and I find Cliff a very nice person. He introduced beautiful lochs and castles and he drives safely and steadily. I write to express my thanks to you and Cliff. Thank you very much and I definitely will join another tour with you if there is a suitable one. And I have recommended your tour to my Chinese friends.
20/08/20 – Marj
I thoroughly enjoyed the "Oban, Western Highlands, Lochs, Castles and Glencoe" tour. I appreciate these are difficult times but I never felt this impacted the experience. John, the tour leader, was very knowledgeable with a great sense of humour and kept us entertained all day. I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to get a taste of the Highlands as it offers a great variety of things to see. I particularly enjoyed driving along the Lochs and the stunning scenery of Glencoe.
19/03/20 – Aideen & Nick
We had a spectacular time on the tour. A lovely traverse through the West highland. And given them current situation we were delighted that the tour went ahead. And it was nice to have a small number on board. To start off with we had a fabulous gentleman as our guide, Cliff. Felt absolutely safe and welcomed under his care. Can't thank him enough. Each stop was just right - right length of time, right places to capture the beauty/experience a town etc. Really couldn't recommend higher.
17/03/20 – Mikayla
I recently took the Oban, Western Highlands, Lochs, Castles & Glencoe Tour with Callum as our guide. It was wonderful! Callum was friendly, informative, entertaining, and kept everything on schedule while still remaining flexible to our specific group's interests and needs. For example, there was a young veterinary student on our bus, and when we saw some highland cows on the side of the road, he very kindly pulled over so she could take some photos of them. As a solo female traveller, I like to take bus tours because they allow me to see and do many things on my holidays while also staying safe. I have taken other, similar bus tours in other cities, but this was by far my favourite. Discover Scotland Tours maximised the number of sites we saw in the day without feeling like we were rushing about from place to place. Your company also had a welcoming, personalised feel that I have not encountered in bus tours run by larger, more commercialised companies. I have already begun recommending Discover Scotland Tours to my friends and family for their future travels.
15/03/20 – Esther
We really enjoy the trip. Our coach Jeff was very kind and a excellent profesional. We learn lot about Scotland and despite the Scottish weather, we feell so confortable and amazed. We want to repit!!! Thank you!
07/03/20 – Elizabeth
First class trip. Thank you to Jeff our driver for making it so informative and being so helpful to two elderly ladies. Looking forward to our next trip with your company on our next visit to Scotland. Thank you
01/03/20 – Karina
Oban, Western Highlands, Lochs, Castles & Glencoe Tour with you was very very interesting, nice and emotional. Everything was very well with our tour: from the start to the end. The Tour Leader/Driver (unfortunately I didn't ask for his name) was always very kind, attentive and careful, he told us many interesting facts and storyes about Scotland and about the area we have visited, answering on our curious questions and giving us some useful information. It was a big pleasure of being accompanied by such a nice person. Thank you very much for the wonderful experience, of cause I will recommend Discover Scotland Tours to all my friends and people who would like to visit Scotland, and in Social media.