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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Lochs and castles what could be more Scottish? Take this small-group day trip from Edinburgh to the Scottish west coast and you'll discover the real Scotland! Highlights of your west coast adventure include Doune Castle, Loch Lomond and a photo stop at famous Stirling Castle.

Highlights

  • Full-day small group tour to Scotland's west coast lochs and castles by minivan
  • Doune Castle, Kilchurn Castle, Inveraray Castle and Stirling Castle
  • Optional lunch at the Inveraray (not included)
  • Explore Inveraray Castle (open April-October) and its many attractions
  • Photo stop at Stirling Castle
  • Discount Card to use at local restaurants, shops and attractions
  • Small group tour with a maximum of 16 people
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour
  • Comfortable Mercedes minivan

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What You Can Expect

West Highland Lochs and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Kilchurn Castle, Scotland

With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, you are sure to have a memorable and personal experience on this special day trip to Scotland's west Highland lochs and castles. You'll travel in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan, reach out-of-the-way places and receive individual attention from your expert driver/guide.

Highlights include:
  • Photo stop at Doune Castle
  • Stop for refreshments in Callander or Kilmahog
  • Scenic views of Loch Luibnaig, Loch Earn, Glen Ogle and Glen Dochart
  • Lunch in Inveraray village (not included)
  • Scotland's longest loch, Loch Awe, and the spectacular ruins of Kilchurn Castle, a stronghold of the Clan Campbell
  • Inveraray, an 18th-century whitewashed village on the shores of Loch Fyne
  • Inveraray Castle (only open April-October), the neo-Gothic Scottish baronial home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell, with its 19th-century jail, museum ship and bell tower
  • Loch Fyne, renowned for its fine seafood and views of oyster beds, salmon and trout farms
  • Loch Long, with its history of Viking raiders
  • Loch Lomond
  • Luss, a conservation village with traditional estate workers cottages
  • Photo stop at Stirling Castle
The Scottish Highlands and Islands are Europe's last great wilderness! This personalized tour is as close as you can get to touring in your own car, with the added benefit of gaining intimate knowledge of Scotland. Traveling in a small group means you can take lots of stops and reach "out of the way" places, giving you more time off the bus to discover the real Scotland.

Winner of the Inaugural Scottish Thistle Award for Sustainable Tourism, October 2007

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

What a beautiful way to see Scotland and learn of its history! Our guide, Ruthie, was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and proud to share about her birthplace. Because she has also traveled, she understood where to stop for picture opportunities and coffee breaks. From the scenic drive to the chance to dip your toe in lochs and explore castles (I even got to unlock the door of a castle!), this is a perfect way to spend a day. If you only choose one day trip from Edinburgh, make it this one!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This tour takes you off the beaten track and the guide was very flexible on what the group wanted to do/time at locations. We visited more landmarks that I thought we were going to and it was a very full day. The guide was high energy, knowledgeable, helpful and fun. The guide tells historical tales and answers questions while driving. Would sincerely recommend this tour, especially for people who are new to Scotland, or people who have only a few days to tour. Great Trip, great time!

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