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Oban, Glencoe, West Highland Lochs & Castles Day Tour

Highlights:
~ Kilchurn Castle
~ Inveraray
~ Glencoe
~ Loch Awe
~ Rest and Be Thankful pass
~ Oban
~ Loch Lomond National Park


A fantastic day out from Glasgow in the heart of the scenic Western Highlands taking in the superb ruins of Kilchurn Castle, stunningly situated at the head of Loch Awe and the historic village of Inveraray, home to the Duke of Argyll. An afternoon to explore Oban and the dramatic landscapes of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor.

If you love old ruined castles, tales of old clan rivalries, west coast villages and brilliant mountain scenery then you'll find this tour difficult to beat.

Please phone us if the date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.

Departs: 09.00       Returns: 19.00 approx
Adult Prices:  £37 - £42
Discount Prices:  £34 - £39
Departing: Mon. Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat

 
 
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

You travel north into the Highlands, and over the “Rest and be Thankful” pass to the whitewashed 18th century town of Inveraray, home to the Duke of Argyll’s castle. Following a visit to Inveraray, you continue to the iconic Kilchurn Castle, magnificently situated at the head of Loch Awe and surrounded by towering mountains. After lunch in the fishing port of Oban, famous as the Gateway to the Isles, you will continue along the stunning west coast through Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker, before spending the afternoon in the majestic beauty of Glencoe, one of the Scots’ favourite mountain regions. Then it’s onwards across the wild Rannoch Moor and south to Glasgow, stopping at Loch Lomond on the way.

Departure Point
Outside Monteith House, 11 George Square, Glasgow (next to Greggs). Click here to see map.

 

Inclusions
Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour.
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life.
Air Conditioning as standard. Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide

 

Exclusions
Lunch and refreshments.
All Visitor Attractions.

Discount Price
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 16 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

Important Information
Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!!

Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Hi Guys Just a quick thanks to Rabbies and John the Driver who was very helpful to me and made my day extra special for me, and I look forward to my next tour. SEE YOU SOON Warm Regards Sandy
Posted by Sandy Graham on 23/06/2014


i've loved Glencoe, the castles and the countrysides landscapes. Michael was very kind and friendly, he told us a lot of interesting stories and information about Scotland's History and costumes, i've very enjoied the tour. Also the music was very nice!
Posted by Laura on 09/05/2014


Michael Mason is an excellect Driver Guide. He made all acpect of the tour to be enjoyalbe and pleasant.
Posted by Dalia on 09/05/2014


Though it was in winter, we enjoyed beautiful Scottish scenery so much. Especially Glen Coe was wonderful. Our guide Nicola was so nice and cute. Thank you, Nicola.
Posted by KAZUHIKO on 13/01/2014


Enjoyed Murray's commentary of the background of the music and then playing it. Made me appreciate the music more!!
Posted by Joanna on 30/12/2013


I actually enjoy almost every part of this tour. John is a very lovely guide for me and my friend. If I am joining rabbies next time, I'd would like to go with him again
Posted by Anawat on 30/12/2013


John was a awesome guide, taking care of all of us and making sure we were having a great day. The most enjoyable part of the tour is that we have seen so much castles/cities/landscapes/... and had time enough to enjoy each of them.
Posted by caroline on 10/12/2013


The beautiful locations were made even better by the friendliness and knowledge of the driver.
Posted by Emyleen on 09/12/2013


Many thanks to Graham (guide cum driver) for showing us the classic Loch Lomond, Oban, Highlands...The autumn colours really brings out the beauty of those places. We also made new friends - Gerry and Peggy from Canada. Graham, we enjoyed your tour and you had been an excellent guide for first time visitors like us. Your Loch Lomond and Skye Boat songs kept singing in my head!
Posted by Peter Yee on 07/12/2013


Because we were the only two on the tour, Murray let us take a bit more time here and there, particularly in Oban, where we were able to tour the distillery. His knowledge was exceptional, and I loved all the details of culture, history, and landscape that he added beyond the set itinerary. This is where I really felt the tour was much better than Timberbush.
Posted by Meredith on 02/12/2013


Our guide Murray was full of information and funny facts. One of the best guides I have experienced.
Posted by Siri on 22/11/2013


Most enjoyable part was interacting with Juliette and exchanging/learning information relative to Scotland and the places we were visiting on the tour.
Posted by Judith on 11/11/2013


this is our 2nd trip, Juliette was our first guide last year and this year was murray Anderson who was great as was juliett both where very very friendly and great guides .so if you can pass it on to then it be great love the tour
Posted by Adrian on 06/08/2013


I think the best part of the tour was the stop in Glencoe and I wish that we could have spent more time there, though I really enjoyed that we saw a lot on this trip! It was definitely worth the time and the money and I wouldn't change much about it at all! Our tour guide was EXCELLENT at story telling and providing information about all of the places we went and I really appreciated the balance between "talking time" and "music time"!
Posted by Jacqueline on 30/07/2013


Our guide was absolutely wonderful. His stories were great, he helped us on and off at each stop, and he also played lovely music to us all day long. Genuine level of care and thought that went into his days 'performance' was lovely.
Posted by Kim on 30/07/2013


We especially loved seeing Glencoe! As we are linked to the MacDonalds clan but best friends with Campbells back home in Canada, my daughter has been wanting to take a picture of herself with her fist up, vowing revenge! It was wonderful to have plenty of time on the tour to really see this place she has been so excited about, and take that all-important picture!
Posted by Susan on 15/07/2013


Thanks for the FANTASTIC day... unforgettable scenery and company. Would book again with George in a heartbeat!
Posted by Irene M on 09/07/2013


John the driver was fantastic he included everybody in conversation and was very knowledgable of the history of all the stops we made and his jokes wern't bad.
Posted by E on 08/07/2013


Enjoyed Murray's commentary of the background of the music and then playing it. Made me appreciate the music more!!
Posted by Joanna on 30/12/2013


I actually enjoy almost every part of this tour. John is a very lovely guide for me and my friend. If I am joining rabbies next time, I'd would like to go with him again
Posted by Anawat on 30/12/2013


John was a awesome guide, taking care of all of us and making sure we were having a great day. The most enjoyable part of the tour is that we have seen so much castles/cities/landscapes/... and had time enough to enjoy each of them.
Posted by caroline on 10/12/2013


The beautiful locations were made even better by the friendliness and knowledge of the driver.
Posted by Emyleen on 09/12/2013


Because we were the only two on the tour, Murray let us take a bit more time here and there, particularly in Oban, where we were able to tour the distillery. His knowledge was exceptional, and I loved all the details of culture, history, and landscape that he added beyond the set itinerary. This is where I really felt the tour was much better than Timberbush.
Posted by Meredith on 02/12/2013


Our guide Murray was full of information and funny facts. One of the best guides I have experienced.
Posted by Siri on 22/11/2013


Most enjoyable part was interacting with Juliette and exchanging/learning information relative to Scotland and the places we were visiting on the tour.
Posted by Judith on 11/11/2013


this is our 2nd trip, Juliette was our first guide last year and this year was murray Anderson who was great as was juliett both where very very friendly and great guides .so if you can pass it on to then it be great love the tour
Posted by Adrian on 06/08/2013


I think the best part of the tour was the stop in Glencoe and I wish that we could have spent more time there, though I really enjoyed that we saw a lot on this trip! It was definitely worth the time and the money and I wouldn't change much about it at all! Our tour guide was EXCELLENT at story telling and providing information about all of the places we went and I really appreciated the balance between "talking time" and "music time"!
Posted by Jacqueline on 30/07/2013


Our guide was absolutely wonderful. His stories were great, he helped us on and off at each stop, and he also played lovely music to us all day long. Genuine level of care and thought that went into his days 'performance' was lovely.
Posted by Kim on 30/07/2013


We especially loved seeing Glencoe! As we are linked to the MacDonalds clan but best friends with Campbells back home in Canada, my daughter has been wanting to take a picture of herself with her fist up, vowing revenge! It was wonderful to have plenty of time on the tour to really see this place she has been so excited about, and take that all-important picture!
Posted by Susan on 15/07/2013


John the driver was fantastic he included everybody in conversation and was very knowledgable of the history of all the stops we made and his jokes wern't bad.
Posted by E on 08/07/2013


Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

Depart Glasgow at 09.00 and travel northwest, through the gorgeous Glen Fruin, driving parallel with Loch Long. From here you will be crossing the Highland boundary fault line where the scenery changes quickly and dramatically - the flat fertile plains of the Lowlands giving way to shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops and forest-filled glens. It's easy to forget that this was once thought of as a dangerous frontier fought over by the fiercely territorial Highland clans such as the MacGregors, made famous by highland folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor. Loch Lomond is Scotland's largest loch and it takes its name from the mountain Ben Lomond on the eastern shore.

You will then take a leisurely drive over the at 'Rest and Be Thankful' mountain pass. It was given its name in 1753 by the weary soldiers who had just finished building the old military road up through Glen Croe (not to be confused with Glencoe which you will visit later in the day) From here you will travel through the steep-sided mountains, known as the Arrochar Alps, to the picturesque harbour town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne, famous for the18th-century castle and home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Campbell clan. The town was built at the same time as the castle and is a classic 18th century planned village with its straight wide streets and dignified Georgian houses, designed by Robert Adam, famous for his architecture in Edinburgh’s New Town.

From here you will drive along the shore of Scotland’s longest loch, Loch Awe, where you stop for the short walk out to visit Kilchurn Castle, a magnificent ruin situated in the middle of Loch Awe and former home of the Campbells of Breadalbane. You will then continue to the harbour town of Oban, gateway to the Isles, for lunch of your choice. After lunch you will then travel north along the west coast around Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker, and into Scotland's most famous valley, Glencoe. Stunningly beautiful, with its dramatic cliff faces and steep slopes, Glencoe is infamous as the site of the Glencoe massacre in 1692. Following orders from King William, Scottish soldiers under the leadership of Captain Robert Campbell slaughtered 38 men, women and children of the Macdonald clan. This was especially shocking as the soldiers had been living with the people of Glencoe for 2 weeks and killed them in their own homes. Nobody was ever punished for this crime, as the King himself had signed the order, but the Highlands would never be the same again.

Travelling south as you pass the majestic peak of Buachaille Etive Mor (meaning 'the great shepherd of Etive') you descend towards the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor. At an altitude of over 1000ft, covered by heather and peat-bogs and dotted with dozens of lochs, it's a unique landscape. From here you will then travel through Glen Falloch, and then drive south towards Loch Lomond. This is Scotland's largest loch and it takes its name from the mountain Ben Lomond on the eastern shore. The last stop of the day will be in Luss, an 18th century conservation village with old workers cottages, built for the labourers of the Estate. From here you return to Glasgow at approx 19.00.

Photography Credits: Visit Britain, Visit Scotland, Britainonview, Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts