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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

Roberto F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent. Good itinerary. Our guide was fabulous.

tricia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Jan was awesome!! Nothing more to say about him, trip was fabulous, well worth it. Took beautiful pictures, lifetime of memories.

Michael John Alman Gibraltar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

To start and most importantly, the guide Franziska was superb and made it that more interesting. Her intellectual explanations and stories did not become boring at any time, on the contrary we looked forward to her explanations.
The sites were all to our liking and very interesting. Maybe the walk to Kilchurn Castle was a bit too far especially since it started to rain heavily and we all ended soaking wet. It was a fantastic tour and would recommend it to young and old alike.

Dorothy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I absolutely loved this tour. My driver, Eric, was a huge delight and very knowledgeable.

Laura Lee W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our tour guide was absolutely hilarious. He performed excerpts of Monty Python's movie at the castle that was used in that film. He also did Sean Connery imitations. Very quick witted and unrehearsed funny quips along the way. The lochs and scenery were outstanding and of course the castles were too. I would take this trip again in a heart beat!!!

Cheri A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our tour guide Paul was fantastic and very informative. We kept to time tables and saw everything we were scheduled to see. And somehow, it managed to rain while we were on the bus, but not when we were touring. Unlike other tours, this didn't feel as rushed - almost enough time at each stop to actually enjoy what we were seeing, although we could have used more time in Inverary.

Louisa T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

loved every bit of it

Caleb W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We really enjoyed our day trip to the West Highland Lochs and Castles. The trip was very comfortable in the van and our guide Nicky was very personable, knowledgeable and provided a wonderful day trip for our family. We will definitely book another trip with you when we come back to Edinburgh.

jo_star

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This trip was the highlight of my whole vacation! We learned SO MUCH from our awesome guide Craig. He was so much fun and truly enjoyed his job. He offered to take photos of us so we'd both be in the shot and took the extra time to make sure we got the most out of each site we visited. I can't recommend this trip enough. Great variety of sites, gorgeous scenery and a true Scottish experience. Thanks Craig for a great day!
Ty and Jo from Canada

Keith H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was great. Really enjoyable. Audrey was fantastic

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