West Highlands, Lochs & Castles
1 day tour

  • Loch Awe trees
  • Loch Awe mountains
  • Inveraray Castle & Duke of Argyll
  • Doune Castle
  • Kilchurn Castle at Loch Awe

Capture the spirit of the Western Highlands and explore Scotland’s most atmospheric lochs and castles.

Tour map

Highlights

Lochs
Mountains
Castles
Film Locations
National Parks

Places you'll explore


Kilchurn Castle - A derelict castle sitting on the edge of a loch: this quintessential Scottish sight will leave you breathless.

Inveraray - Wander around 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.


Your journey


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.

You'll see Scotland's 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.


Tour Details

Departs
08.15 - Rabbie's Café Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG
Returns
18.30 approx
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Itinerary

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 stop to see 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 visit the 18th-century castle, take time to explore the town and 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'.

From here you 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.

Customer Reviews

Two families with 7 teenagers

Aimee Lynch Posted on 31/07/2017

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!

Everyones Favorite!

Fuzzyhat Posted on 20/06/2017

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!

1 Day Highlands, Lochs Castles

Margo Posted on 13/04/2017

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.

What a lovely way to spend a day in Scotland

MARISA MANZOCCO Posted on 20/02/2017

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!

Ailsas Review

ailsa hamilton Posted on 09/02/2017

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!

Great tour with Ewan B.

Bianca Bee Posted on 05/01/2017

Hiya, let me start off by saying that I wrote a tripadvisor review and as soon as I hit sent, I realized that my phone kept spell correcting Ewans name to Evan. At least I think that was wbat happened, I wasnt able to go back and check/revise. Urgh! So apologies up front, I totes blame my phone :). Anywho! The tour was amazing and I couldnt have asked for a better guide. A fellow GoT fan with plenty of anecdotes, what?! Best birthday ever! Overall stellar storyteller who obviously loves his job very much. Totes braw, cheers EWan, its been a true pleasure. PS: He will also take great pictures of you, with plenty of candid moments captured! Bai!

Brilliant Tour with Arron

Sarah Lemmen Posted on 30/11/2016

Hiya :) we had a wonderful Tour with Arron and Nic last sunday. Apart from amazing wheather and wee bonnie locations we enjoyed the way the Tour was planned and the funny and relaxed atmosphere. Scotland is te best and Rabbies makes it even better :)

Outstanding Tour with Big Arron Little Nick

Lindy Posted on 30/11/2016

You were absolutely brilliant boys making our tour a fab fun day. Thanks boys.

Just amazing!

Katja Dorninger Posted on 23/07/2016

This tour was really great. I highly recommend it for those who want to expirence the feeling of real freedom. The landscape is so peacful! Your tourguide was amazing, too. Jude is so funny and enterprising. Im now a real expert in scottish history. Great job, Jude. Thank you!

Just amazing!

Katja Dorninger Posted on 23/07/2016

This tour was really great. I highly recommend it for those who want to expirence the feeling of real freedom. The landscape is so peacful! Your tourguide was amazing, too. Jude is so funny and enterprising. Im now a real expert in scottish history. Great job, Jude. Thank you!

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