West Highland Lochs & Castles Day Tour

Highlights:
~ Kilchurn Castle
~ Inveraray
~ Doune Castle*
~ Loch Awe
~ Rest and Be Thankful pass
~ Conservation village of Luss
~ Loch Lomond National Park

A fantastic day out 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 18th century town of Inveraray, home to the Duke of Argyll.

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

*This tour visits Doune Castle, used as a film location for the "Outlander" series - based on the books by Diana Gabaldon.


If the date you’d like to travel isn’t available, please call us to discuss alternative options.

Adult Prices: £41.00 - £52.00
Concession Prices: £38.00 - £49.00
Departs: 08.15
Returns: 18.30 approx
Departing: Every day (all year)

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Itinerary

Capture the spirit of the Western Highlands and explore some of its most atmospheric Lochs and Castles.

You travel past Stirling, stopping briefly below the impressive Castle, then on to the medieval stronghold of Doune Castle, set of Monty Python’s “Holy Grail” and the "Outlander" series. From here you continue north into the stunning Scottish Highlands and on to Kilchurn Castle, magnificently situated at the head of Loch Awe and surrounded by towering mountains.

Next stop is the whitewashed 18th century town of Inveraray, home of the Duke of Argyll and his magnificent Baronial style castle (open April to October). You continue over the spectacular “Rest and be Thankful” pass to Loch Lomond, stopping at the conservation village of Luss, set on its “bonnie, bonnie banks”. From here you return to Edinburgh.

Departure Point
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.

Return to Waterloo Place

Inclusions
~Transportation by a top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
~Air Conditioning as standard.
~Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide

Exclusions
~Lunch and refreshments.
~Entrance fees to all Visitor Attractions

Discount Price
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 15 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

Important Information

We like to give you plenty of opportunities to go on nature walks, so we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!! Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

Customer Reviews

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!
Bianca Bee - 05/01/2017

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 :)
Sarah Lemmen - 30/11/2016

You were absolutely brilliant boys making our tour a fab fun day. Thanks boys.
Lindy - 30/11/2016

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!
Katja Dorninger - 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!
Katja Dorninger - 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!
Katja Dorninger - 23/07/2016

xo
Bess Garrett - 07/06/2016

I hope i win another tour! Can i get that hugh? Hugh? PLEASE!!!!!!!
Bess Garrett - 07/06/2016


Ian and Julie Conway - 26/03/2016

A great day out. Our driver and guide, Neil, was friendly and informative, and the scenery was spectacular. Highly recommended!
Ian and Julie Conway - 26/03/2016

Traveller Photos

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West highland Loch and castles by Jon

West highland Loch and castles by Jon

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tour with Big Arron by Lindy

tour with Big Arron by Lindy

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Magical Day by Lindy

Magical Day by Lindy

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Bonnie Highlands in November by Yannik Louven

Bonnie Highlands in November by Yannik Louven

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Scotland September 2016 by Chris and Leon

Scotland September 2016 by Chris and Leon

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Highlands tour by Alex Stolis

Highlands tour by Alex Stolis

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Full Itinerary (English)

Depart Edinburgh at 8.15 and travel west, past Stirling castle to your first stop at Doune Castle. This area of Scotland has certainly seen its fair share of fighting and warfare. Stirling castle was once known as the 'Key to Scotland', and it was here that William Wallace (immortalised by Mel Gibson in the film Braveheart) defeated the English army in 1297. After William Wallace's death it was Robert the Bruce who continued the fight for independence and you will pass the site of his most famous victory in 1314 at the Battle of Bannockburn

Then you arrive at the fantastic medieval stronghold of Doune castle. Built for Robert Stewart, the Duke of Albany, over 600 years ago the castle is still in great condition and you will have time for a short visit and photos. You might even have seen the castle before, it was made famous by the film 'Monty Python and The Holy Grail' and more recently the "Outlander" series based on the books by Diana Gabaldon, with many scenes filmed here.

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 will make a short stop at Loch Luibnaig before you continue over the Braes of Balquhidder, the final resting place of Highland outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Made famous by Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy was a sort of Highland Robin Hood, he stole from the rich, but never quite got round to giving it to the poor!

From Balquhidder the tour winds its way through the tough knot of mountains known as Breadalbane (meaning the 'high country of Scotland'). Following a break for lunch we stop to visit Kilchurn Castle, a magnificent ruin situated in the middle of Loch Awe and former home of the Campbells of Breadalbane. You will 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 and home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Campbell clan. The town was built at the same time as the castle and has the air of a classic 18th-century planned village with its straight wide streets and dignified Georgian houses. You can take time to explore the town and maybe call at the Old Jail or the maritime museum, the Arctic Penguin.

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'. It was given its name in 1753 by the weary soldiers who had just finished building the old military road up through Glen Croe. From here you skirt around Loch Long and down to the "Bonnie, Bonnie Banks" of Loch Lomond. This is Scotland's largest loch and it takes its name from the mountain Ben Lomond on the eastern shore. You make a short stop at the conservation village of Luss, with 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.

Return time - approx 18.30

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

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