Capturez l’esprit des Highlands de l’ouest ainsi que l’atmosphère de ses lacs et châteaux.
Endroits à découvrir
- Loch Awe
- Rest and Be Thankful Pass
- Loch Lomond National Park
Capturez l’esprit des Highlands de l’ouest ainsi que l’atmosphère de ses lacs et châteaux, comme le superbe château en ruines de Kilchurn sur Loch Awe. Découvrez aussi Oban, un port animé de la côte ouest, et la beauté dramatique de Glencoe.
Si vous aimez les vieux châteaux en ruines, les récits sur les anciennes rivalités entre clans, les villages de la côte ouest et les paysages montagneux exceptionnels, alors vous trouverez ce circuit insurpassable.
Étudiants, personnes plus de l'âge de 60, et enfants (entre 5 et 15 ans)
Vous voyagerez vers le nord et pénétrerez dans les Highlands, puis, après avoir traversé le col «Rest and be Thankful», vous arriverez à Inveraray, une petite ville aux maisons du 18ème siècle, peintes à la chaux, et dans laquelle se trouve le château du Duc d’Argyll.
Après la visite de cette ville, vous ferez un arrêt photo pour admirer le château de Kilchurn qui, entouré de montagnes imposantes, jouit d’une situation magnifique à l’extrémité de Loch Awe. Après avoir déjeuné dans le petit port de pêche d’Oban, célèbre par sa situation de «Porte des Iles», vous continuerez votre circuit le long de la superbe côte ouest en passant par Appin et le Château de Stalker, que l’on dit imprenable. Vous passerez ensuite l’après midi à Glencoe, une région montagneuse d’une beauté majestueuse, et l’une des préférées des Ecossais. Le retour vers Glasgow s’effectuera à travers les landes sauvages de Rannoch, avec une pause à Loch Lomond.
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 to take your photos of 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 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.
I thought that the scenery was going to be the highlight of this trip, but it was evident from the start that the views would only come second. The best part of this tour was the guide Iains knowledge about Scottish history and culture, and the humouristic commentary he made throuhout the way. He was not shy in expressing his opinions about politics either, which was refreshing. It was also great just to listen to the Scottish accent all day, which I happen to love :) Of course, the scenery was also absolutely stunning! I had been to Glencoe on a roadtrip before, but I have to say that with a knowledgeable guide the experience was so much deeper that just going by yourself. Glencoe is breathtakingly beautiful and the highlight of this tour. There were about 10 stops on the way, some only 10 minutes to take photos of castles and such, a couple of 30 minute breaks (villages of Luss Inverary, Glencoe). The lunch break in Oban lasted 1,5 hours, just enough to have the best mussels fish and chips ever, have a taste of whisky at Oban distillery and grab a delicious ice cream to eat in the bus. What I loved about this tour was that the scenery varied quite a lot and the stops were all different from each other: some were besides castles, some in valleys, some in villages, some beside a loch. I have to say that this tour changed my view about guided tours. In the future, I will definitely select tours with small buses and not big ones, and take more tours in general!
awesome day tour and our driver,tour guide was superb, well dun Cameron :-)
We are a young couple of spanish students and came to visit Glasgow and Edinburgh. Our host recommended us doing a Rabbies tour... and we couldn’t make a better decision!! We loved every moment of the tour... the wildness of the scottish landscapes and views, the beautiful lochs, the colours... And everything in perfect harmony thanks to our guide Fraser (or is it Frazer?). He did his best to make us enjoy our time, which he completely did. You can come here to Scotland and see Glasgow or Edinburgh but at the end they are “just” cities... if you want to see the TRUE and WILD Scotland just give a try to these tours. Thank you Rabbies!
Another great tour from Rabbies yesterday. Jim was very welcoming and friendly and was engaging with all the passenger. This is our third tour with yourselves and looking forward to booking my next soon. Well Done Rabbies.
Ive just returned from a 1-day tour of Oban, Glencoe, West Highland Lochs Castles with Grant as our driver and guide. The tour was brilliant - incredible views, good stops, and what seemed like a lot packed in to a relatively short time, while keeping a very relaxed feel throughout the day. But what made the tour really stand out was the guide, Grant. Not only is he funny, likeable and easy to chat to, his knowledge is very impressive and he is a wonderful storyteller. He is a real credit to your company. Thank you for a great day today! I would recommend Rabbies without hesitation.
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)
had a great tour, me and my family enjoyed a lot, thanks to our tour guide, Dear Fraser, you were too good.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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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 aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.
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.
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