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  • Location:Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)
Spend a day experiencing Scotland’s majestic lochs and castles on this day trip to the western Scottish Highlands, whose dramatic scenery will amaze you. See the setting of Monty Python’s 'Holy Grail' series at Doune Castle, discover the ruins of Kilchurn Castle, admire the grandeur Stirling Castle and enjoy views over Scotland’s countless lakes, including serene Loch Lomond. Hear tales of old clan rivalries, heroic journeys and royal legacies from your guide throughout the day. Numbers are limited to 16 to ensure a more personalized experience.


  • 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 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

Board a 16-passenger luxury minivan in central Edinburgh in the morning and set off on a journey toward the Scottish Highlands. Traveling west first, make a photo stop at Stirling Castle, once known as the 'Key to Scotland.' It was here that William Wallace — immortalized by Mel Gibson in the film Braveheart — defeated the English army in 1297.

Continue to the fantastic medieval stronghold of Doune Castle. Built for the Duke of Albany more than 600 years ago, the castle is still in remarkable condition. You may recognize it from the famous film Monty Python and The Holy Grail or the more recent Outlander TV series, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon.

Leave the rolling farmlands behind and venture into the wild forests and dramatic mountains of the Scottish Highlands. Hear the story of the ‘Scottish Robin Hood’ in the Braes of Balquhidder, the final resting place of Highland outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Wind your way through the Breadalbane mountains, stopping for lunch (own expense), and arrive at the magnificent ruins of Kilchurn Castle perched on Loch Awe.

Continuing through Campbell country, visit the picturesque town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne, where you can visit 18th-century Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll.

Trek up the steep Arrochar Alps to a fantastic viewpoint called 'Rest and Be Thankful,’ and learn the meaning behind the name from your guide. From here, skirt around Loch Long and down to Loch Lomond, Scotland's largest lake. Pause in the village of Luss for stunning views across the water.

On your return journey, make a stop by Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most historically and architecturally important castles in Scotland. Return to Edinburgh in the evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Scotland and had a great sense of humor.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The lochs were gorgeous and the castles picturesque. The mountains and views were spectacular. Wonderful day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was outstanding! Gillian our driver/guide was great. Very knowledgeable about the history of what we were seeing. Lots of interesting stories about the history of the area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I did two tours during my stay in Edinburgh, and both were from Viator. The coach is a very comfortable van, which is great for a full day of driving around, and my guide for this tour was Gordon. He knew a lot about the different castles we visited, and took us to the Campbell Castle ruin, Duone Castle, and Inveraray Castle, in addition to Loch Lubnaig, Loch Lomond, and through some truly picturesque scenery. Definitely recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had a delightful and educational time while with Jillian. Took very good care of our group especailly when we had to change routes due to tragec accident ahead of us. We wasted no time. Well done.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

My tour guide Alan was awesome! I was so impressed with his knowledge of Scottish history and his ability to tell amazing stories about everything we were seeing. Best tour ever!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent day trip, Alan is very good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was exactly what I wanted and more. James was the perfect tour guide. He was funny, informative and a wonderful ambassador for Scotland tourism. I would highly recommend this tour and if you goask to be with James!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was a great tour. Gordon was our tour guide. He's very knowledgeable and friendly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This day tour was exquisite. Arron, our tour guide, was simply amazing. He regaled us with enticing stories and history of Scotland throughout the day. He was personable and efficient. We saw all the castles on the tour and much of the West Highlands. It rained on and off throughout the day, and Arron made the best of the conditions to ensure we had a high quality experience and that our time was optimized. I would definitely book another tour with this company. 5 stars!

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