Capture the spirit of the Western Highlands and explore Scotland’s most atmospheric lochs and castles.
Inveraray - Visit this 18th century town and discover an ancient jail and a gorgeous castle.
Doune Castle* - One of the best preserved Medieval castles in Scotland. It was also featured in ‘Monty Python’s Holy Grail’ and ‘Outlander’.
Loch Awe - The longest loch in Scotland has close connections to the MacArthur, Campbell, Stewart, and MacGregor clans.
Rest and Be Thankful pass - Let the beauty sink in at this stunning location that was a popular rest spot for soldiers.
Conservation village of Luss - This idyllic village on the shores of Loch Lomond will make you want to pack your bags and move in.
Loch Lomond National Park - Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family.
When you visit a country, you often don't want modern buildings, fancy restaurants, and WiFi points.
You simply want to step inside a nature documentary, relive a history show, and explore the sights that inspired the postcards.
Well, if that’s you, then you’re in luck. Because this tour is exactly that.
It takes you on a journey through Scotland's classic misty castles, sparkling lochs, wee coastal villages, and heather-clad mountains.
It’s a one day tour that lets you discover Scotland’s iconic sights, while also showing you some of the country’s best kept secrets.
Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
Leaving Edinburgh, you travel west, past Stirling castle to your first stop at Doune Castle*.
This castle was built over 600 years ago and is still in great condition. You’ll have time to visit the castle. And if you’re a fan of 'Monty Python and The Holy Grail' or the ‘Outlander’ series, you can learn about how the castle was used as a filming set.
You then continue through Callander and cross the Highland Boundary Fault Line leaving behind the rolling farmland for the wild mountains and forests of the Highlands.
You make a short stop at Loch Lubnaig and continue over the Braes of Balquhidder.
From Balquhidder, the tour winds its way through the tough knot of mountains known as Breadalbane (meaning the 'high country of Scotland').
Before lunch, you have a photo stop to admire Kilchurn Castle, a magnificent ruin situated on the edge of Loch Awe and former home of the Campbells of Breadalbane.
You continue along the banks of Loch Awe through Campbell country to the picturesque town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne.
Here you can admire the 18th-century castle (open to visitors April until October), take time to explore the town, or head to the Old Jail.
Leaving Inveraray, you take a drive up through the steep-sided mountains known as the Arrochar Alps to the great viewpoint at 'Rest and Be Thankful'.
You then skirt around Loch Long and down to the "Bonnie, Bonnie Banks" of Loch Lomond. You make a short stop at the conservation village of Luss, where you can wander around taking in its quaint houses and stunning views across the loch.
From here, you make your way back to Edinburgh, with a short photo stop underneath Stirling Castle.
* Please note that Doune Castle is closed on 2nd January 2019.
It was a lot of fun. Our tour guide Shannon was funny and knew quite a bit about the history of the highlands.
Excellent day with Arron as our guide. Really couldnt ask for more except some sunshine and if hed found a Bay City Roller to add to our group, that would have been outstanding. Beautiful country and hope to come back soon.
2 1/2 years ago I took a tour with Mac to the West Highlands. He was a great tour director but what really impressed me was the fact that he picked up trash at all of our stops. Fast forward a year and because of his example I now go out daily in my neighborhood and pick up trash as well. Mac is just an outstanding example of how we should all take responsibility for our surroundings. Thank you Mac for a great tour!
Ive visited the West Highlands in the summer but wanted to experience it in the winter - mission accomplished! We had everything the Scottish winter had to offer, even sunshine. Our guide for the tour was Barney, very informative and friendly. The driver was Kieran, who was learning the job, Im sure he will be a big success. There were only two other passengers apart from myself, a couple from Lyon, France, making it almost like a private tour. Enjoyed all the stops on the trip, some brilliant scenery with the snow showing off the Highlands in their magnificent best, loved it. Next trip for me will be the 6 Day Outer Hebrides Tour in June - really looking forward to another Rabbies Tour!
It was an amazing tour with driver MacKenzie. Wonderful stories about Scotland but some funny bits. Great photos stops! Thank you all very much for this great day!
On our visit to Edinburgh we booked the Lochs and Castles tour with Rabbies. Our guide was James and he was excellent. He filled the time perfectly with a balanced mix of interesting history, fascinating stories, and even a custom tailored sound track with Scottish music along the way! He was very attentive to our needs, asking for us to let him know what we would like to hear more of, and encouraging our 7 teenagers to engage asking their own questions. You know it was a success when the teens commented when we got back to our hotel how much they learned and were thankful we signed up for the tour!
Our family of 7: 3 kids aged 10, 10 13, my husband and I, and his parents went on the one day West Highlands tour. We are normally nut tour people, but with only two full days in Scotland we decided a tour would allow us to see more of the country. All 3 generations of us agreed that the tour was one of the highlights of our trip! Beautiful countryside, lochs, castles. There is a lot packed into this tour there were a couple of places I wouldve liked to have spent more time, but then we wouldnt have been able to see everything we did! Well run very informative. Thanks for sharing your beautiful country with us!
Amazing day. We had a great tour with James. He played fantastic Scottish music throughout the tour. Four different castles,breathtaking scenery. I enjoyed every minute of the tour. I highly recommend.
Was so happy with this tour! Learned very much about Scottish history. Our guide was really fun to listen to and played a fantastic mix of Scottish music. Would definitely recommend!
Despite the most awful weather we had the most unforgettable trip with Ewan. He is a mine of the most fascinating facts both geographical and historical! Were we surprised? No! Rabbies never fails to lay on the most memorable trips. When my Hungarian friend lost her Samsung mobile, the staff and passengers couldnt have been more helpful. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone especially Ewan who phoned up the castle where the phone may have been lost. Sadly we did not find it. However we shall certainly be booking again with Rabbies!
The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.
We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.
Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.
If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.
We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.
It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.
Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.
Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.
We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.
You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.
We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.
We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.
You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.
Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.
We advise you take out travel insurance. You can click here for excellent rates.
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