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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

Arlafp1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour. Nice bus. Enjoyed the castles. And the views and scenery are soooo worth the trip! This is a MUST DO tour.

Victoria W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

My tour was one of the best parts of my trip. Jonathan was all anyone could ask for. He made the trip very enjoyable. He kept us entertained. He kept us informed. I feel he went above and beyond.
Thanks for a wonderful finish to my holiday.
Victoria
Salt Lake City. Ut.

Lynn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide was terrific and not only told us about the castles and scenery but gave wonderful insight into the history of where we were. Small van was so much better than the big buses with long waits and huge crowds. Would love it if individual hearing devices provided since hard to hear with road noises and would be willing to pay extra for these.

SHEILA A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour. It was very exciting to see castles and to see the highland cows!!! Great tour guide. It was a long day but so worth it, especially if you don't have a lot of time in Edinburgh. Lots of tours offered from Edinburgh.

kwoomack

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Douglas the guide was wonderful, even when we broke down, he remained completely professional. The tour was very worthwhile. I would however recommend viewing the small town as the choice over the final castle when given the opportunity. Not really a castle, more of a fancy family home with a nice garden.

John W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a fantastic trip! Everything was well organized and absolutely perfect. The pick up time was prompt, our guide was great. If you love great scenery and castles, this is a great one. We are going to do this one again !

Rhonda S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This is a great tour! 10 hours vs some of the longer or shorter tours. There are many castles, and lochs to see. Mostly drive by for the Lochs, but there is a longer break at Loch Lomand. Long stop at Inveraray and Doune Castles, short 5 min picture stop at the others. Perfect if you are looking to see the castles from movies and tv shows. Driver has lots of history to share, songs to sing and plays Scottish music in the van. Keep your camera handy during the drive to catch some great shots along the way!

nphendrickson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was the best day tour we took in the UK and would highly recommend it to others. Loved the Scottish Highlands and Castles! Our tour guide Douglas, was phenomenal.

Linda S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tour guide was fantastic Mac. After I went on another tour with Rabbie's Tours I found out that they always have excellent guides. I would use them again.

Carolyn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Graham has been doing this tour for 18 years. He made it all feel fresh,new and interesting. We loved it, and would definitely recommend this day tour.

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