Tour code: 225003
Witness dramatic landscapes and majestic castles on a full-day trip through Scotland’s West Highlands from Edinburgh. With a knowledgeable guide, soak up stunning scenery from the rugged Breadalbane Mountains to banks of Loch Fyne. See landmarks like Stirling Castle and Kilchum Castle, visit the villages of Luss and Inveraray, and hear tales of famous Scottish heroes and rebels. Movie buffs will love the visit to Doune Castle, film site of Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

Highlights

  • Scottish Highlands day trip from Edinburgh
  • Discover the magnificent castles and lakes studding the western Highlands
  • Admire dramatic scenery from the comfort of a luxury minivan
  • Visit Doune Castle, Kilchurn Castle, Inveraray Castle and stop for photos at Stirling Castle
  • Enjoy stunning views across Loch Fyne, Loch Long and Loch Lomond
  • Includes a discount card to select local restaurants, shops and attractions
  • Small-group tour limited to 16 ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

West Highland Lochs and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Kilchurn Castle, Scotland

Your 10-hour tour of Scotland’s Highlands lochs and castles sets off from central Edinburgh in the morning. After meeting your friendly guide and boarding the coach, sit back for the journey from the city through the Lowlands.

Your first stop is at Stirling Castle, former residence of Scottish royals including Mary, Queen of Scots. Snap photos from outside and learn about the site’s colorful history riddled with battles such as the Battle of Stirling Bridge, led by the legendary William Wallace. Then continue to Doune Castle for another unique photo opportunity. 
Aside from its historic importance as a critical medieval stronghold, Doune Castle has enjoyed more modern recognition as the film site for Monty Python and The Holy Grail and the TV series Outlanders, based on the books of Diana Gabaldon. Opt to visit the castle (own expense) or snap photos from outside and take a stroll around the surrounding area.
As your coach continues through dense forests and highland peaks, your expert guide will share fascinating true and fictitious tales about local figures like Rob Roy MacGregor — dubbed the ‘Scottish Robin Hood’ — who is buried in the Braes of Balquhidder. 
Stop for lunch (own expense) en route to tranquil Loch Awe and the romantic ruins of Kilchurn Castle. Then continue toward Inveraray Castle on the shores of Lake Fyne, where you’ll have free time for an optional castle tour (own expense; tour runs from April to October only). Learn about battles that occurred in this region and rulers like King Robert the Bruce and Clan Campbell, who possessed the Argyll lands for centuries.
The final leg of you tour takes you through the Arrochar Alps and to Loch Lomond. Enjoy epic views of Scotland's largest lake from the charming town of Luss before returning to the capital. 
Your full-day excursion ends near Waverly Bridge in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Alberto D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I had a great time, Im glad i chose this tour, the guide Jude is very nice and funny, she made us laugh the entire trip, I highly recommend this tour.

Kevin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing! Awesome guide!

Geralyn K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Frankie was terrific. Her dramatic storytelling made for a fun trip. We loved the trip and only wished we had time for a longer tour. We highly recommend this tour and especially Frannie the German Scot!

bernieb99

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fran, was my tour guide and she was great! She kept us entertained and was attentive to the group's needs. The Highlands are majestic and peaceful. The scenery is something right out of a painting. This tour is a must for anyone who wants and overview of the Highlands and castles. Of course, there is always a desire for more time to explore, but given the amount of sites we covered it was time well spent.

Gregg United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Jan was a great guide.
He made the tour special.

Carol S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I can't praise this tour enough! Rabbie's provided my family a fantastic tour of the West Highland lochs and castles. The itinerary covers a lot of ground in a single day, but it's organized quite well the time spent at the sites doesn't feel too rushed, and the intervals spent in the van don't feel too drawn-out. There are frequent stops along the way to buy snacks, use the toilet, stretch your legs, and take pictures. Views of the countryside from inside the van are as spectacular as those of the castles and lochs themselves!

Our tour guide and driver, James, was very kind and knowledgeable. He walked around each location with the group and regularly offered to take photos for us. While safely and skillfully navigating the van along the winding roads, he managed to deliver an insightful guided commentary. Between these history lessons, he played Scottish folk music, which perfectly complemented the breathtaking sightsdense forests of pine and grassy hills of golden gorse! I'd highly recommend this tour to anyone. Wear comfortable shoes, bring bottles of water and a raincoat, and make sure your camera battery is fully chargedyou're going to need it!

Jonathan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour and great tour guide. Very informative and well thought out. I highly recommend this tour!!

Allyson J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour. Fran, our guide and driver for the day, was amazing. Her stories were lively, she was very knowledgeable about Scottish history and the landscape. Doune Castle was great.

billy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This is our first time in Scotland. Eric, our guide was very good and knowledgable, always ready with all the interesting historical anecdotes from the places we visited. We particularly enjoyed the Doune Castle. The Inveraray Castle was very grand and the garden was very beautiful.

Debbi B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Mav was fabulous! He went out of his way to drop us at our hotel in Inveraray even though he didn't have to. He was very kind and a big help to us. We didn't take the whole tour - thought it would be a fun way to get from Edinburgh to Inverarary and it was. Castles, Lochs, shops, fabulous scenery.

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