Oban, Glencoe, Highland Lochs & Castles
1 day tour

  • Western Highlands Oban
  • Loch Awe tours from Glasgow
  • Kilchurn Castle trips
  • Glencoe

See epic ruined castles, listen to tales of old clan rivalries, and venture through brilliant mountain scenery on this tour to the Scottish Highlands.

Tour map

Highlights

Lochs
Mountains
Castles
Film Locations
National Parks

Places you'll explore


Kilchurn Castle - Discover this ancient stronghold and its links to the fantastical world of Harry Potter.

Inveraray - Explore the densely packed history and beauty of this ancestral home and village built by the Duke of Argyll.

Glencoe - One of the most famous and romantic places in Scotland’s history, thanks to its grand loch side location and stunning ruins.

Loch Awe - Fabulous shore side ruins and its deep freshwater reserves make this site a haven for a great many wild species.

Rest and Be Thankful Pass - A former haven for weary road-laying soldiers, this historical point offers some amazing views.

Oban - Known nationwide as as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’ and the 'Seafood Capital of Scotland', this town offers charm and delicacies.

Loch Lomond National Park - One of Scotland’s largest lochs set in stunning parkland. Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family.


Your journey


Delve into picture perfect Scotland on this tour to the Highlands.

It’s the epic castles that look like they’ve been taken straight from a blockbuster Hollywood movie.

It’s the lochs that are as calm as a midnight moon.

And it's the landscapes and historic towns, that boast treacherous and battle ravaged stories.

Take this tour and venture into the Scotland of your imagination.


Tour Details

Departs
08.30 - Parish Hall, 266 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1QX
Returns
19.00 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

Departing from Glasgow you travel northwest along the shores of Loch Lomond. Here you will cross 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.

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 (interior open from April to September), 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 two 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.

Customer Reviews

Best seafood and amazing sights tour

Jennifer Douglas Christy Posted on 29/06/2017

Gordon took us on this incredible day trip north. It was overall a long day, and well worth it! He got us off the bus as much as possible and we were thankful for that. We saw so many sights throughout the day. It was nice to stop in Inveraray for a walk around the village. We recommend the Loch of Fyne whisky and ice cream :-) The seafood in Oban is unparalleled. Truly the best oysters and mussels Ive had in my lifetime (and we live in a seaside town back home). The views in Glencoe were breathtaking. We got to see so much of the countryside and learn more about Scotland while listening to some fantastic music. Gordon - thank you for a wonderful tour and cheers!! Sincerely, Jennifer and Douglas Christy (Groton, CT, USA)

Hello Scotland

Naveen Chhabra Posted on 05/06/2017

had a great tour, me and my family enjoyed a lot, thanks to our tour guide, Dear Fraser, you were too good.

Excellent day trip!

Ken W Posted on 15/05/2017

We had the good fortune to have Juliette as our guide for this day trip to the Highlands. She was witty, smart, accommodating and a wonderful driver! The information she shared really gave great insight into the history of Scotland. Time on and off for the coach was balanced and we had a amazing day! Two thumbs up, highly recommend!

wonderful experience

elaine mann Posted on 27/10/2016

My friend and I travelled to Oban from Glasgow with our driver/guide, Ian, on Tuesday 25th October. What a wonderful day we had. Ian was a very good driver and an excellent guide. This was the best British tour we have ever been on. Will recommend Rabbies to all our friends. Well done!

Visit to the Highlands

Zachary McCormack Posted on 24/10/2016

This tour was definitely the highlight of my trip to the UK/Ireland. We had such a good time. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. We had a great day and got to see so many incredible sights. This tour is a must if youre visiting Scotland!

Scottish Highlands

Zachary McCormack Posted on 24/10/2016

This tour was definitely the highlight of my trip to the UK/Ireland. We had such a good time. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. We had a great day and got to see so many incredible sights. This tour is a must if youre visiting Scotland!

Thank

Shaloo Posted on 21/12/2015

Thank you Rabbies for a wonderful tour! My cousin and I chose the 1 day tour of Oban, Glecoe and we were the only ones! But our guide James took us nonetheless and we had a great time. Thank you James for making our trip to Glasgow memorable, we enjoyed it a lot!

Tour Review

Julie Fancher Posted on 16/10/2015

Our tour with Murray was wonderful! He had great stories and music! Enjoyed all the magnificent scenery ! Breathtakingly beautiful are the Highlands. We love Scotland!

An amazing experience!!

Tammy Reid Posted on 26/08/2015

The trip was awesome! Dougie the tour guide made it that much better. He was knowledgeable and very helpful. He told the best stories, never a dull moment!

Unforgetable trip with Murray

Amyfj Posted on 24/08/2015

We had an outstanding day with Murray visiting Oban, Inverness, and GlenCoe from Glascow. This was a trip back in time. Murray is a veritable expert in Scottish history and in a captivating combination of music, storytelling, and humor, he taught us more than we could have ever imagined about the places along the journey. Murray noted this was his favorite Highlands tour and it is easy to see why. We loved stopping in quaint villages and taking loads of photos of the magnificent vistas on the route. The sunny weather was a glorious touch and ladies, it didnt hurt that Murray is a handsome, kilted Scotsman. TEN thumbs up and thanks for a wonderful day we will never forget! Thanks, Murray and Rabbies!

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