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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

Ryan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great tour.

TRACI M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our tour guide normally is on overnights to the Isle of Skye but we were lucky enough to have her and she was the best. WE LOVED THIS TOUR!

cain w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great tour but in winter you will miss out on scenery as the sun sets early just after 4pm.

michaeldeegan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Tour Guide Ewin with kilt and excellent Sean Connery and Mel Gibson impersonations was excellent and the all day tour lay out were superb. the landscape, castles, lochs, and lunch stop at small town of Inverary were all noteworthy and worth the investment. Moreover, this guide's knowledge and his lively and professional presentation of fact and clear identification of 'lore' made our experience a totally superb one. Fully engaging, humor filled, and informative day. Best small group driving tour we have had with Viator anywhere -- Thanks.

Cristiane V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

O tour foi fantástico! A Escócia é um país deslumbrante!
Recomendo fortemente!

Tina S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I only had 3 days in Edinburgh. I wanted to experience the highlands but was limited on time. This was the perfect trip. Guide gave some great stories about the history of Scotland and the Highlands. The views were spectacular. We returned in time for dinner and I was even able to catch a ghost tour afterwards!

S F C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Tour guide and the driver were friendly and cheerful. Lots of stories were heard from the tour guide. The tour guide could make good use of the limited daylight time so that we could visit as much spots as we could and take good pictures.

xxgeyayaxx

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

explored many beautiful castles across Scotland. tour guide barney is very knowledge about Scotland history and explained the castles very well. very passionate tour guide, keep it up!

Allan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Ewan B. from Rabbies was an amazing tour guide! Minibus was comfortable and stops where well timed.
Only thing I'd like more from this tour, was to actually see more of the insides of the different castles. But other than that, I can highly recommend this trip!

Liyu J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Roger is a very knowledgable guider. The mist along the lochs we saw on the day was really the highlight of the trip.

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