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Oban, Glencoe, Highland Lochs & Castles Day Tour

Highlights:
~ Kilchurn Castle
~ Inveraray
~ Glencoe
~ Loch Awe
~ Rest and Be Thankful pass
~ Oban
~ Loch Lomond National Park


A fantastic day out from Glasgow 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 village of Inveraray, home to the Duke of Argyll. An afternoon to explore Oban and the dramatic landscapes of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor.

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

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

Departs: 09.00       Returns: 19.00 approx
Adult Prices:  £38 - £42
Discount Prices:  £35 - £39
Departing: Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri, Sun (until 31/03/2016)
Daily (from 01/04/2016)


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

You travel north into the Highlands, and over the “Rest and be Thankful” pass to the whitewashed 18th century town of Inveraray, home to the Duke of Argyll’s castle. Following a visit to Inveraray, you continue to the iconic Kilchurn Castle, magnificently situated at the head of Loch Awe and surrounded by towering mountains. After lunch in the fishing port of Oban, famous as the Gateway to the Isles, you will continue along the stunning west coast through Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker, before making a stop surrounded by the majestic beauty of Glencoe, one of the Scots’ favourite mountain regions. Then it’s onwards across the wild Rannoch Moor and south to Glasgow, stopping at Loch Lomond on the way.

Departure Point
Outside Parish Hall, 266 George Street (next to the City Chambers, between North Frederick Street and John Street), Glasgow.Click here to see map.

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.

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


What can I say Murray made the tour so interesting his knowledge and passion for his country was inspiring. The history, stories he told,the fantastic music he played made the tour amazing, nothing was too much trouble he made the day memorable.
Posted by maureen on 11/07/2015


The music was exceptional, and well "Dj'd" by John. We enjoyed the beautiful locations visited during this tour, especially Luss. Of course, we had an exceptionally summer-like weather. John was one of the best tour guides we've experienced, very personable and engaging.
Posted by Dorothy on 27/06/2015


Information, friendliness. Even although the weather was terrible it was still a most enjoyable day.
Posted by Catherine on 15/06/2015


Whole experience was great very relaxing and a great way to spend the day
Posted by Karin on 01/06/2015


All of the tour was more that I had expected !!! Juliette was a phantastic guide, had a lot of practical information upon the country and its history. We enjoyed every minute of the tour ! Be sure, we will come back !!!!
Posted by Thomas on 26/05/2015


Inverary castle was lovely and Luss is such a pretty little town. The views at Glencoe were stunning. Juliette was a really good tour guide. She was very informative, relaxed and friendly. The tour was well paced and relaxing and there was enough time to see the sights and explore during the longer stops.
Posted by Sonia on 13/05/2015


Being treated as valued guests/customers by the driver guide
Posted by Richard on 01/05/2015


The scenery was amazing. There were frequent, interesting stops. We enjoyed the two villages, the castles and Oban for lunch. Our driver/guide, Juliette, was outstanding. She was humorous, informative, friendly and very helpful.
Posted by Tom on 29/04/2015


Our Driver was great and huge knowledge of the Scottish History
Posted by Athanasios on 13/04/2015


Lights of the Loch Lomond
Posted by HAROLD O. VILLEGAS-HERNANDEZ on 11/02/2015


Our guide, Juliette, really made the day for us. She was so interesting to listen to with just the right amount of info. She certainly added to the whole experience for us. An asset!!!
Posted by Linda on 04/10/2014


James was great. We enjoyed his humor and stories. I was happy to see him wear the kilt. We enjoyed really everything about this trip, all the stops and plenty of opportunities to take pictures and enjoy the beauty of Scotland. Thank you
Posted by Scott on 03/10/2014


Juliette is a friendly guide with a real scottish soul!! She is one of the most professional guide ever!!
Posted by Stefano on 20/08/2014


We greatly enjoyed our tour. Nicola, our guide, was awesome. She went the extra mile with information, assistance, music, games, and candy. The scenery was breath-taking and we learned a lot. We were able to identify and interact with the plant Heather which was the impetus for our trip. We highly recommend this tour and guide.
Posted by Bruce & Heather on 18/08/2014


Hi Guys Just a quick thanks to Rabbies and John the Driver who was very helpful to me and made my day extra special for me, and I look forward to my next tour. SEE YOU SOON Warm Regards Sandy
Posted by Sandy Graham on 23/06/2014


i've loved Glencoe, the castles and the countrysides landscapes. Michael was very kind and friendly, he told us a lot of interesting stories and information about Scotland's History and costumes, i've very enjoied the tour. Also the music was very nice!
Posted by Laura on 09/05/2014


Michael Mason is an excellect Driver Guide. He made all acpect of the tour to be enjoyalbe and pleasant.
Posted by Dalia on 09/05/2014


Though it was in winter, we enjoyed beautiful Scottish scenery so much. Especially Glen Coe was wonderful. Our guide Nicola was so nice and cute. Thank you, Nicola.
Posted by KAZUHIKO on 13/01/2014


The scenery was amazing. There were frequent, interesting stops. We enjoyed the two villages, the castles and Oban for lunch. Our driver/guide, Juliette, was outstanding. She was humorous, informative, friendly and very helpful.
Posted by Tom on 29/04/2015


Our Driver was great and huge knowledge of the Scottish History
Posted by Athanasios on 13/04/2015


Our guide, Juliette, really made the day for us. She was so interesting to listen to with just the right amount of info. She certainly added to the whole experience for us. An asset!!!
Posted by Linda on 04/10/2014


James was great. We enjoyed his humor and stories. I was happy to see him wear the kilt. We enjoyed really everything about this trip, all the stops and plenty of opportunities to take pictures and enjoy the beauty of Scotland. Thank you
Posted by Scott on 03/10/2014


Juliette is a friendly guide with a real scottish soul!! She is one of the most professional guide ever!!
Posted by Stefano on 20/08/2014


i've loved Glencoe, the castles and the countrysides landscapes. Michael was very kind and friendly, he told us a lot of interesting stories and information about Scotland's History and costumes, i've very enjoied the tour. Also the music was very nice!
Posted by Laura on 09/05/2014


Michael Mason is an excellect Driver Guide. He made all acpect of the tour to be enjoyalbe and pleasant.
Posted by Dalia on 09/05/2014


Though it was in winter, we enjoyed beautiful Scottish scenery so much. Especially Glen Coe was wonderful. Our guide Nicola was so nice and cute. Thank you, Nicola.
Posted by KAZUHIKO on 13/01/2014


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

Depart Glasgow at 09.00 and 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 2 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 at approx 19.00.

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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