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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.



Please phone us if the date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.

Departs: 08:30 (08.15 from 1/4/16)       Returns: 18.30 approx
Adult Prices:  £41 - £49
Discount Prices:  £38 - £46
Departing: Every day (All year)

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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 “bonny, bonny 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 top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour. 
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life. 
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  

Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks 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.

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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!
Posted by Shaloo on 21/12/2015


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!
Posted by Julie Fancher on 16/10/2015


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!
Posted by Tammy Reid on 26/08/2015


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!
Posted by Amyfj on 24/08/2015


Perfect Weather Day!
Posted by Shuffy on 24/07/2015


Seeing the castles was amazing, but our guide, Mike, really made the tour special. Not only was he friendly and helpful, but his commentary and historical information made the trip that much more special and informative. He was wonderful!
Posted by Anthony on 13/07/2015


I absolutely loved my tour of the West Highlands and Castles! My tour guide was Gillian and she was fantastic! I was traveling alone and not in a group like the other guests in our mini coach so Gillian let me sit right up front! She was so personable and friendly! She was also an absolute wealth of information about not only the places we visited but about the surrounding countryside and the history of Scotland as well! I learned so much more than I could have hoped or expected on this tour with Gillian! Rabbies was most definitely the best and only choice for a tour of Scotland! If youre looking for a tour that has gorgeous scenery, phenomenal, historic castles, and a history buff as your guide, Rabbies is definitely the way to go!
Posted by Shelby Williamson on 30/06/2015


The lovely drive around the Scottish countryside
Posted by Sofie on 22/06/2015


We went with Bruce on this trip on 15/06/15. We had been out to Loch Ness the day before and the tour was great! This tour was disappointing! The driver had very little to say. Just the facts at each place. We felt like he was just doing his job. Just what was required. Got very aggravated with the traffic. Maybe he was having a bad day? This tour does not allow enough time at Inverary. We got one hour there including lunch. No time to go into the Castle. Our driver parked in the town so it was a 15 minute walk up and 15 minutes down the hill. We went to Luss for 45 minutes at the end of the tour. Should have been a 15 minute stop and had the extra 1/2 hour at Inverary. The 2 other castles were ruins and allowed enough time and we really enjoyed them!
Posted by Cindy Gieschen on 18/06/2015


Jan was exceptional. His historical knowledge and interesting facts and stories made the tour!
Posted by Amanda on 17/06/2015


Visiting castles; guide's commentary. Douglas was a fantastic guide- informative, entertaining, friendly, very competent.
Posted by Amanda on 15/06/2015


The driver's commentary gave us an excellent sense of Scottish history, geography, and culture
Posted by Wiliam on 08/06/2015


Your service was excellent the guide was just great , he was very knowledgeable person, we could see his passion for his work and the love for his country .. very professional person he was.
Posted by Susan on 01/06/2015


The knowledge of the tour guide was too good and the glencoe was amazing
Posted by Madan on 01/06/2015


The whole experience was outstanding from start to finish and Jan was a terrific guide, both knowledgable and personable.
Posted by Tami on 31/05/2015


We enjoyed the whole tour and every stop so it is hard to pick the moist enjoyable part of the tour. If pressed, the Kilchurn Castle was amazing.
Posted by Rajesh on 26/05/2015


The entire trip was outstanding, but Mike truly made the trip enjoyable and welcoming from start to finish.
Posted by Paulo on 20/05/2015


Our guide was by far my favourite part of the tour. His knowledge of Scotland was amazing and his friendly approach meant all felt comfortable in his presence. The best guide I have ever had.
Posted by Nikoletta on 18/05/2015


JAMES WAS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Have taken many tours around Europe, he was the best guide we had by far! Funny, friendly, super well informed about everything to do with the tour, lots of random questions and things in between. We work in the same industry back home and could not have been more impressed. The destinations on the tour are great, we felt we saw a lot for one day of travel!
Posted by Sarah on 08/05/2015


The stories Heather told while driving through beautiful Scotland as well as both the castles and the stop at inverary
Posted by Christin on 07/05/2015


Our tour guide, Steve, was very fun and knowledgeable. Everything we saw was beautiful and it was a fun day.
Posted by Mary on 04/05/2015


Castle ruins, scenery, information and trivia provided by Jane. Friendliness and safe driving of Jane.
Posted by Paul on 07/04/2015


The whole experience was outstanding from start to finish and Jan was a terrific guide, both knowledgable and personable.
Posted by Tami on 31/05/2015


We enjoyed the whole tour and every stop so it is hard to pick the moist enjoyable part of the tour. If pressed, the Kilchurn Castle was amazing.
Posted by Rajesh on 26/05/2015


The entire trip was outstanding, but Mike truly made the trip enjoyable and welcoming from start to finish.
Posted by Paulo on 20/05/2015


Our guide was by far my favourite part of the tour. His knowledge of Scotland was amazing and his friendly approach meant all felt comfortable in his presence. The best guide I have ever had.
Posted by Nikoletta on 18/05/2015


JAMES WAS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Have taken many tours around Europe, he was the best guide we had by far! Funny, friendly, super well informed about everything to do with the tour, lots of random questions and things in between. We work in the same industry back home and could not have been more impressed. The destinations on the tour are great, we felt we saw a lot for one day of travel!
Posted by Sarah on 08/05/2015


The stories Heather told while driving through beautiful Scotland as well as both the castles and the stop at inverary
Posted by Christin on 07/05/2015


Our tour guide, Steve, was very fun and knowledgeable. Everything we saw was beautiful and it was a fun day.
Posted by Mary on 04/05/2015


Castle ruins, scenery, information and trivia provided by Jane. Friendliness and safe driving of Jane.
Posted by Paul on 07/04/2015


Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos 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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