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

James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

You'll not find a finer, more knowledgable, more interesting, passionate, proud, and patriotic guide than James B. Our 10 hour tour seemed like only 2 hours because of his attention to detail, his gregarious and affable manner, his presentation of history facts and lore. As I former high school history teacher in California, I told him to tell his mother that if I were to start up a new school, I would want him on my staff. I don't have a bigger compliment than that.

Wais R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A lovely day out! We visited many different sites, beautiful castles, castles ruins and lochs. It is definitely a must if you want to know about the Scottish history and especially The Highland and the lochs.

lukevers

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I'm giving this tour a 5 star review because everything we saw was amazing and I would highly recommend everyone to go on this tour. Although I'm giving this tour a 5 star review, I do think there were two problems with the tour however, the two problems aren't large enough to warrant a lower star rating because everything we saw and everywhere we drove was amazing. The first problem was that the tour says it's a small group but in reality it was about 16 people, which is way too large of a group for me to be called a small group. We took another tour in England that was 5 people total which I would call a small group. There was a group of extremely loud and disrespectful people on the tour as well, but that doesn't reflect my value in this tour as I know that's not a representation of that tour. The second problem was I felt like we didn't get too long of a time at each location we stopped at. The tour should have been a 12 hour tour instead of 10 hours to give us more time at each location. Regardless of those two small problems, this really was an amazing tour and we got to see so many amazing things and places. I would highly recommend this tour to everyone if they're looking to see a lot.

HTravelerUK United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A very enjoyable day trip from the city to see some stunning locations and scenery. The location of Kilchurn Castle was the real highlight for me - the scenery there is absolutely incredible. Also enjoyed the history and the guide was great.

iate98crayons

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Wonderful tour. Our driver/tour guide John was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. The places toured were gorgeous!

Marta H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had a fabulous time! I highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide, John, was the best! He gave us a lot of history while we drove and kept everyone interested!

April H Ireland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Gorgeous, interesting and fascinating. Loved this tour and will definitely be going on it again and other tours through Rabbies.

Cdfondse

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide John was amazing! He gave us history, humor, music and went out of his way to accommodate everyone's needs. The trip was completely full, yet with only 16 people it was a very nice sized group. The weather was perfect, the castles we visited were all so different from each other....and the lochs were picture perfect. This is a great tour for those who want to see an overview of this beautiful country.

Ron D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Informative and entertaining tour guide.

April H Ireland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Loved, loved, loved this tour. Will definitely do it again, and also will go on other tours through Rabbie's tours.

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