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One Day Tours From Glasgow

Oban, Western Highlands, Lochs, Castles & Glencoe

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This day tour from Glasgow takes in the stunning views and settings that are the natural splendour of the Western Highlands. Shimmering highland lochs, breath-taking mountain scenery & historic castles - Scotland at its very best.

Leaving Glasgow we cross the Erskine Bridge looking down on Dumbarton Rock & Castle. As we travel along the west side of Loch Lomond we will catch a glimpse of Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly Munro. Our route then takes us around the head of Loch Long by very steep rocky mountains known as the Arrochar Alps to the “Rest and be Thankful”. These words were etched on a stone near the junction of the A83 and the B828, placed there by soldiers who built the original military road in 1753. The road was so long and steep at the end, that it was traditional for travellers to rest at the top and be thankful for having reached the highest point.

From here we make the short journey to Inveraray. Founded in 1745, Inveraray is a classic example of an 18th century planned town. Built by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, chief of the powerful Clan Campbell, the town is a magnificent piece of Scottish Georgian architecture with its distinctive white washed buildings. Here you can spend time at the iconic Inveraray Castle (please note Inveraray Castle is closed from 1st November and re-opens 1st April, an alternative will be offered). However you might prefer to experience what life was like in a 19th century prison at Inveraray Jail – a living museum and top Scottish visitor attraction.

From Inveraray we travel to the imposing Kilchurn Castle, standing proudly in the shadow of soaring mountains at the head of Loch Awe. We will stop here to get some photographs before heading to Oban for lunch.

Originally a small fishing village, Oban is now the Gateway to the Isles. It is also known as the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’ and is renowned for the variety and quality of seafood landed in the harbour. There is a fantastic choice of restaurants in the town centre offering everything from traditional Scottish fayre to more international flavours. You will have time to walk up to McCaig's Tower, a structure that resembles the Colosseum of Rome, the effort will become clear from the stunning views over Oban Bay and the islands out to the west.

After lunch our route takes us along the rugged west coast, passing Loch Creran en route to Castle Stalker, situated on its own little islet in Loch Laich. There is viewpoint here to get some photographs. Our next stop will be at spectacular Glencoe, known as the “Weeping Glen” due to the terrible events that took place here by Government soldiers in 1692.

From Glencoe we make the short drive over Rannoch Moor to the Drovers Inn. For 313 years the Drovers has welcomed the great and the good including Rob Roy MacGregor one of Scotland’s most infamous outlaws. Said to be “haunted” there are many tales and sightings of ghouls and ghosts wandering around this ancient Scottish Inn. Here you can enjoy early evening refreshments by the roaring log fire before our return to Glasgow.

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Departure & Return Information
Main Departure Point
266 George Street (outside Parish Halls)
Glasgow G1 1QX

Main Departure Point
Check in
Departs  09.00
Returns  19.00

Hotel Departures
Discover Scotland Tours are the only company to offer free pick ups from hotels, hostels & B&B’s in and around Glasgow and Glasgow Airport on our 1 day tours. Please see the Tours Information section for the complete list or for more information.

Return Drop Off Point
All of our 1 day tours return to George Square and not your hotel.

Your driver-guide is unable to wait past the departure time either from your hotel or the main departure point. In the event you are late for any reason in arriving at your departure point and as a consequence miss your tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.

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

Tour Exclusions
Lunch and refreshments and entry to visitor attractions.

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

Tour Highlights
Arrochar Alps, Rest and be Thankful, Inveraray Castle (summer only), Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Oban, Castle Stalker, Glencoe, Rannoch Moor and The Drovers Inn.

Optional Extras

Inveraray Castle (Open 1st April - 31st October 2019)
Adults £12.50
Seniors £11.00
Students £11.00 (with valid ID)
Children £8.00

Inveraray Jail
Adults £11.50
Seniors £10.45
Students £8.95 (with valid ID)
Children £6.95

Dunstaffnage Castle (Winter Option, Closed Thur & Fri)
Adults £6.00
Seniors £4.80
Students £6.00
Children £3.30

All payable 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?

Yes, you can buy tickets for both attractions on their websites however pre-booking is not essential. Tickets can be purchased on the day direct from each attraction.

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. 

Check in 08.45: Departs 09.00 - Returns 19.00

To book this tour call us on 0141 887 6777 or online Book Now
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Check in 08:45
Departs  09.00
Returns  19.00

Adults 16-59
£39.00 – £44.00

Seniors 60+, Students, Children 5-15
£37.00 – £42.00

For optional extra costs please see Details & FAQs.

Please note we are unable to take children under 5 years of age.

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