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  • Location:Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh

Escape the city bustle of Edinburgh, and head west on the small group Oban and West Highlands Day Trip! This breathtaking area of Scotland contains coastlines, moorlands and mountains which encompass the dramatic beauty of the West Highlands. Explore the cosy, wee villages of Oban, Luss and Inveraray and take in the scenery with friendly Highland hospitality from your guide!


  • Travel from Scotland's East coast to West coast in one day
  • See the rugged natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands
  • Hear historical tales of Clan rivalry from your expert guide
  • Visit quaint Highland towns, castles and lochs on your small group tour
  • Explore Oban, the seafood capital of Scotland and walk up McCaig's Tower
  • Smaller group tour, with a maximum of 15 people, ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh

Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh

Starting from a central Edinburgh location, your small group tour departs early to beat the traffic on the drive west. Travelling via Glasgow to pick up some fellow passengers, you'll head to the first stop at the conservation village of Luss near Loch Lomond, Britain's largest freshwater loch. Take time to relax and enjoy the scenery before your tour continues into the heart of the Highlands.

Pass the hauntingly beautiful ruins of Kilchum Castle on the shores of Loch Awe, and hear tales of the Campbell Clan who once claimed the land as a stronghold. Loch Awe also follows the Pass of Brander, where Robert the Bruce (Scotland's heroic King) fought many a fierce battle in bygone times.

Reaching the Victorian seaside town of Oban in the early afternoon, take the chance to sample the freshest seafood from the town named as the Scottish Seafood Capital! Walk off your lunch with a stroll over to McCaig's Tower, the magnificent granite folly which has dominated the town's skyline since 1895. Don't be put-off by the long climb to the top! You'll be rewarded by spectacular views across the sea to the Isle of Mull.

On the return route back to Edinburgh, there will be a stop in Inverarary, a quaint village which lines the shores of Loch Fyne - characterized by it's pretty white-washed houses. Spend time at leisure and try some of the town's home-made sweets before heading back to Edinburgh, passing Scottish countryside steeped in myth and legend.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was one of the best tours my family has had, ever! Would highly recommend it.
Thank you so much

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

That was a great trip. My appreciation to Michael who has done an outstanding job in driving as well as guiding us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was an unforgettable tour!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Cameron did a great job driving and discussing the scenery/towns we visited - this tour is a must for seeing the beautiful scenery outside of Edinburgh - and driving these roads yourself would be a dicey game. Strongly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Had an amazing time!! If you are staying in Edinburgh for a few days and have already done the famous Loch Ness trip, and are looking to do a second excursion, then I highly recommend this one - esp if you are a lover of seafood. Oban is the seafood capital of Scotland and the seafood doesn't get fresher than this. You get beautiful views of the harbor and skyline. There's never a shortage of restaurants for all budget levels and endless shopping opportunities from souvenirs to boutiques. If it's authentic, no-nonsense, casual, really good quality seafood you are seeking, then I recommend the quaint little green shack located right behind McCraig's Warehouse souvenir shop the locals would agree it's be best and near the train station. Just follow along the pier and the delicious smell of fresh seafood being cooked until you reach it. The seating is outside and ordering is quick and simple. Try the Grand Platter - which includes a sampler of all kinds of seafood lobster, crabs, mussels, scallops, fish, etc. etc. - it's plenty for two people. However, if you're craving fish n chips, try the place directly across from the McCraig's Warehouse souvenir shop. It's very fresh and good as well. I can literally spend a whole day at Oban. Our wonderful and friendly tour guide Michael from Highland Experience Tours was great. He was very informative and knowledgeable. He was approachable and pointed out all the different sights, histories, and fun facts along the way. He made our journey fun, exciting, and relaxed. We made numerous photo stops, which was awesome. I enjoyed the Falls of Falloch, and the stop at St. Conan Kirk because I really appreciate old churches. The village of Luss is cozy and had a great view of Loch Lomond. If I had to gripe about one thing, I guess it would be to have more time in Oban. I loved it that much! This was the perfect trip!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I loved the tour! Our guide Cameron was very funny and knowledgeable. He stopped a few times so we could take photographs. The landscape is beautiful and Oban a nice town to stay for a few hours. I would definitely recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Love the small group. Absolutely great tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Nice tour with knowledgeable and friendly tour guide (Tom). Beautiful country and nice motor coach.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Great, Scottish countryside is beautiful. Oban is a lovely wee fishing harbour and is nice to walk around. Our guide was very good and got a lot of information on surrounding area. All in all a very pleasant day.

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