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From Glasgow: Oban, Glencoe, Highland Lochs & Castles Tour

From Glasgow: Oban, Glencoe, Highland Lochs & Castles Tour

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours
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Capture the spirit of the Western Highlands and explore some of its most atmospheric lochs and castles as well as the dramatic mountain landscapes of Glencoe and harbor towns on this full-day, small-group tour through Scotland's stunning Highland scenery.

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Duration 10.5 hours
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  • Stop at the conservation village of Luss, on the west banks of Loch Lomond
  • See Inveraray Castle, ancestral home built by the Duke of Argyll
  • Drive through the dramatic scenery of Glencoe Valley
  • Travel through stunning mountains and valleys as you take in the Highland views
  • Eat lunch in beautiful Oban, a scenic harbor town
  • Visit Loch Lomond National Park
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Explore the stunning lochs and castles of the Western Highlands on this small-group tour from Glasgow. You'll see the superb ruins of Kilchurn on Loch Awe, the bustling west coast harbor town of Oban, and the dramatic beauty of Glencoe. Depart Glasgow at 8:30 AM and travel through gorgeous Glen Fruin, driving parallel with Loch Long. You'll then cross the Highland boundary, where the scenery changes quickly and dramatically–the flat plains of the Lowlands give way to shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops and forest-filled glens. Continue your drive over the Rest and Be Thankful mountain pass before traveling through the Arrochar Alps. You'll then arrive at the picturesque harbor town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne.

From here you will drive along the shore of Scotland’s longest loch, Loch Awe, where you'll stop to take photos of Kilchurn Castle, a magnificent ruin right in the middle of Loch Awe and the former home of the Campbells of Breadalbane. You will then continue to the harbor town of Oban, gateway to the Isles, where you will eat lunch.

After lunch you'll travel north along the coast around Appin, passing imposing Castle Stalker, and into Scotland's most famous valley, Glencoe. This is Scotland's largest loch and it takes its name from the mountain Ben Lomond. The last stop of the day will be in Luss, an 18th-century conservation village with old workers' cottages, built for the laborers of the estate.

  • Transport in air-conditioned, 16–seat mini coach
  • Driver/guide
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Admission fees for attractions
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont Street, Glasgow, G2 3NW. Stance 23 to 32.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers, you will 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
  • Because you'll have opportunities to take nature walks, please bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour
  • Inveraray Castle is open Easter - mid October only
  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years
  • You're restricted to 14 kilograms (31lbs) of luggage per person on the tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items
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4.9 /5

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This is the best tour we have ever been on and we have been traveling Europe for quite a few months. Cameron set the standard for tours. I would listen to audiobooks with him telling the stories. The experience was captivating and the size of the group was perfect and enjoyable.

July 28, 2022

Just a fantastic tour seeing the best of Scottish Highlands and Loch Lomond. Stevie was a great, knowledgebable tour guide. It is a long tour, nearly 10 hours. Also, the van is nice but the seats are kind of tight, not ideal for any plus-sized guests. The best van seats are on the back row or beside the driver. Highly, Highly recommend this tour! Also it is a great value for the price too.

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July 25, 2022

Cameron was nothing short of spectacular. He was everything you could possibly ask for in a tour guide. He initiated with saying he believed that this was the best tour in Glasgow and to that effect, he did not disappoint. He had a great sense of humour, anecdotes about his family, friends and interesting facts and opinions that was absolutely delightful. What an extraordinarily intelligent and joyfully positive man. He did Scotland proud. His commentary on the sublime was unparalleled. He really made the effort to make this tour a brilliant and entertaining experience for everyone. You can tell this tour was well organised, he put a lot of thought into it and did his research. I chose to do this tour for my birthday and I am so lucky, grateful and tremendously happy that I booked this tour with Cameron as our tour guide. He and my dad really got along and he was very much a people person. What an absolute legend, I’ll never forget his kind and spirited nature. Until next time Cameron.

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May 29, 2022

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