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West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles from Edinburgh

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  • 9 hours 45 minutes (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English

Overview

Experience the beauty of rural Scotland on this 9.5-hour West Highland lochs and castles day trip from Edinburgh. Visit the iconic Doune Castle in Stirlingshire with a guide, then head deep into the Scottish Highlands. Take in fine views over shimmering lakes and soaring peaks, and enjoy an hour’s free time in Glen Ogle. Then, head onward to Loch Awe and Kilchurn Castle — widely considered Scotland's prettiest castle. Explore the highland village of Inveraray and perhaps visit Inveraray Castle. Travel through the beautiful Arrochar Alps back to Edinburgh.
  • Full-day tour of the West Highlands’ lochs and castles from Edinburgh
  • Visit Stirling Castle, Loch Awe, and Kilchurn Castle
  • Travel deep into the Scottish Highlands, home to the mighty Arrochar Alps
  • Admire the tranquil lakes and soaking peaks of the Highlands in Glen Ogle

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Attraction Tickets

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 521-523 Lawnmarket
    521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PE, UK

    521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE From outside the Ensign Ewart Pub

Start time

09:15 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 4 years old.
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Digital translations in English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian & Mandarin available on request.
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund.
  • Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before your tour's departure time.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note Inveraray Castle is closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips


We got totally lost and had to get a taxi, which was a sad and expensive way to end the day.
This was a great way to see the Highlands if you don't want to be on the bus for 12 hours.
Yes, there are a lot of stairs in the castle, but even with bad knees, I was able to enjoy the tours - but I balked at the spiral stair up to the top of Doune Castle!
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Our guide Gary was...
Vittoria_R, Jul 2022
Our guide Gary was incredible! He was really knowledgeable and he accompanied the whole tour with interesting fun facts about the history of the places we stopped at — and every place was absolutely beautiful! It was quite a surprise to see such alpine-looking landscapes snuggled deep in the West Scottish Highlands, but everything from the grassy hills to the lakes was wonderful. Would recommend to anyone wanting to briefly visit inland Scotland while in Edinburgh without having to drive themselves. Overall, a great experience!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! I'm pleased to hear that you had a great time out on tour with Gary and that he was super knowledgeable and full of facts. The scenery up there is absolutely beautiful so I'm glad you enjoyed. Hopefully we will see you again some time soon! All the best, David
Our first taste of Scotland
DIANE_H, Jul 2022
Stewart was wonderful, informative and very entertaining! We had an awesome time! I would recommend this trip very highly!!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! I'm pleased to hear that Stuart was a brilliant guide on your tour and was super informative and entertaining. Hopefully we will see you again soon! All the best, David
A wonderful day trip.
Michael, Jul 2022
Everything!!! From beginning to end. What a lovely day! Matty was an excellent guide. Thank you all.
Great and insightful trip
Christian_K, Jul 2022
I choose the West Highland Locks, Mountains & Castles trip because I wanted to see Kilchurn Castle and Inveraray Castle. The guide was very knowledgeable, and the information was plentiful and well-rounded. The trip included stops at a breakfast location, Inveraray Castle, and Luss as well as shorter photo-stops at Kilchurn Castle, a hill/loch, and Stirling Castle.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! I'm really glad that you enjoyed our West Highland Lochs tour and that you found your guide super knowledgeable. I hope you got some great photos of all those stops and hopefully we will see you again some day soon! All the best, David
Well worth the trip ! Such beautiful country.
Chandra_W, Jul 2022
Stuart was a great tour guide. Lots of stories and history. He was very friendly and funny. Great stops along the way for pics and he took pics of our family so we could all be in the pics together for a change. Bus was comfortable.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! I'm really pleased to hear that Stuart was a fab tour guide and that he was full of stories and history. Hopefully you got some great pics and we will see you on another tour soon! All the best, David
Scotland is BEAUTIFUL!
Cynthia_C, Jul 2022
We had a great time, saw a lot of BEAUTIFUL countryside with castles and lochs, and had fun at the various stops. Our guide also gave us tons of good information about what we were seeing. Definitely recommend!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! There is a lot of beautiful scenery on that tour, and it's always better when your driver guide is able to provide you with all the information about the things you pass by. Thank you for recommending us and hopefully we will see you again some day soon! All the best, David
Scottish landscape, history and music
Kurt_S, Jul 2022
Stuart was a fantastic guide! I was so impressed with both his driving and his knowledge. His fortitude should be commended, too. I don't know how someone can talk for 9 straight hours in a day! I lived his custom playlist of Scottish music. It was appropriate for every part of the journey.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! I'm glad to hear that Stuart was a fantastic guide on our West Highlands tour and that his commentary and playlist matched the journey perfectly the whole way. Hopefully we will see you on another tour some day soon! All the best, David
Fantastic
Indie_A, Jul 2022
The tour was fantastic. The tour guide rendered a great job. Very knowledgeable. Thank you very much.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! I'm happy to hear that you found the tour fantastic and that your guide did a great job and was super knowledgeable. Hopefully we will see you again soon! All the best, David
This was a really good...
Stephanie_E, Jun 2022
This was a really good tour, however when it says "Visit Stirling Castle, Loch Awe, and Kilchurn Castle" it means a 5 minute photo stop or we literally just drive past it, you don't get to go in. It was still a really enjoyable tour. I was just disappointed cause I wanted to go in Kilchurn castle. Our bus driver was great, interesting and very knowledgeable.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! I'm really pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour. We will look into perhaps changing the wording of the description just to make it a wee bit clearer about what happens at each stop, but I'm glad you were still able to have a good time and found your driver-guide interesting and very knowledgeable. Hopefully we will see you on another tour some day soon! All the best, David
Perfect tour of the Highlands!
Ruby_E, Jun 2022
I highly recommend this tour of the Highlands, Loch Lomond and Inveraray Castle. Our tour guide Donald was amazing and we appreciated all the knowledge of history he shared. He added a lot of fun to our experience and he even took us to a few other stops not on the itinerary so that we could experience other lovely spots in Scotland. He shared that he is retired and just enjoys showing others the beauty of Scotland. All of the stops were breathtaking and photos can't capture how beautiful Scotland is. You really have to experience it! Timberbush tours was a wonderful experience and I would book from them again!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review. I'm really pleased to hear that you had such a great time on tour with Donald as your guide and that he was full of knowledge and history. That tour is full of beautiful stops so I hope you got some great photos and hopefully we will see you on another tour some day soon. All the best, David
Scotland - Gaelic for beautiful land so you better bring your camera
Kiersten_W, Jun 2022
Scotland is so beautiful. Brian was a fabulous tour guide who loves his country and share it with everyone on the tour. Pay attention to the history--you'll learn a lot. Two things to note: #1 - You spend a lot of time driving but out your window are endless views of magnificent country. #2 - If you have only a day to take a trip into the highlands, that is better than nothing. However if you have more time, it would be wiser to take a multi-day trip so that you can spend more time exploring rather than running out from Edinburgh and then having to run back in.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! Great advice - you definitely don't want to go on one of our tours without a camera! I'm glad to hear you had a great time on tour with Brian and really got to appreciate all the beautiful scenery along the way. Hopefully we will see you for a multi-day tour soon! All the best, David
everything was so...
Hanne_B, Jun 2022
everything was so impressive, loved the nature and did some climbing as well….the tour guide was super nice and explained the history it myths to us so that we knew the backgrounds also
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! There is some super impressive scenery on the West Highland Lochs, Mountains and Castles tour so I'm really pleased you enjoyed it and that your driver-guide was really nice and informative. Hopefully we will see you again some day soon! All the best, David
This tour was great for...
Megan_R, Jun 2022
This tour was great for what it was, we saw beautiful scenery and got to experience the Highlands in a quick trip. Our tour guide, Brian, was great. We would give it 4 stars for what it was. However, the description was not accurate. We did not visit Doune or Stirling castle on the experience, we just drove by them. As far as the Lochs and Mountains- this was a great tour. Just lacking on the castles. The description needs to be updated.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! Thank you for the feedback about the descriptions, we will make it clearer in these about what is included in the tour. I'm glad to hear that you still found the tour great and enjoyed having Brian as your driver-guide as well. Hopefully we will see you again some day soon! All the best, David
1 traveler found this review helpful
Highlands Tour
Heather_S, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Stuart was outstanding! During our time in the van, he talked about our surroundings, history stories, or play Scottish music the entire time! He never took a break! He worked so hard to make it the best trip. If he knew something we were interested in, he tried to find it and he was a great photographer for those scenery snaps (pics). It was a genuine authentic Highlands experience, seeing things in Scotland that otherwise would be missed!!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi there, Heather. Thank you for your review! I'm really happy to hear you had such a great time on tour with Stuart as your driver-guide and that it was full of history, stories, and music. It's great that the effort he put on to give you a great tour shone through and I hope you did get some great snaps. Hopefully we will see you again some day soon! All the best, David
1 traveler found this review helpful
Beautiful view, good timing and nice driver
Yingli_Q, Jun 2022
The driver is quite experienced and reliable, he told many stories alone the trip. I would like to show my gratitude to him for the pleasant and safe trip.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! I'm happy to hear that you felt like your driver on tour was experienced and reliable, as well as full of stories to narrate the trip. Hopefully we will see you again soon! All the best, David
Great tour!
kimknight7, May 2022
Our tour guide Alan was fantastic! He shared tons of information from the start of the trip right up to the very end. It was a busy day but there are some great stops, you definitely get your money's worth!
Response from Host, May 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! I'm happy to hear you had a great time on the West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles tour with Alan as your driver-guide. It's fab that he shared loads of information the whole way, and that you felt like you definitely got your money's worth. Hopefully we will see you on another tour some time soon! Best wishes, David
Fantastic Day!
DANIEL_M, May 2022
Great experience. Nestor was terrific. Highly recommend this tour. Scenery and presentation were wonderful. Thank you!
Response from Host, May 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! The West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles tour is a great one, I'm glad that Nestor was a terrific driver-guide for it as well! Hopefully we will see you on another tour one day to show you even more of Scotland. Best wishes, David
Stuart was a great guide....
Joan_P, May 2022
Stuart was a great guide. Very knowledgable and friendly. Our itinerary a bit rushed at times due to visit at sterling castle.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! I'm glad you found Stuart to be a great driver-guide and that he was very knowledgeable and friendly. I'm sorry that you felt a bit rushed, sometimes due to having to be at locations for certain times, we need to keep the tour moving, but we will take the feedback on board and hopefully see you on another tour soon! Best wishes, David
This tour was one of the...
Lizette_J, May 2022
This tour was one of the best tours I have ever received.Keith made it’s so fun with his stories and knowledge. I strongly recommend this tour. However, are you a tall person be aware of the limited spacing on the bus unfortunately. Not that suitable for tall people…
Response from Host, May 2022
Hi there, Lizette. Thank you for your review! It's brilliant than our West Highland Lochs, Mountains and Castles is one of the best tours you've ever been on and that Keith made it so much fun with his stories and knowledge. As a tall person myself, I sympathise with you, hopefully there were enough stops for you to stretch your legs and keep you comfortable though and I hope we will see you on another tour soon! Best wishes, David
Fantastic! Our guide Stuart was incredible
syb80010, Apr 2022
Our guides knowledge of history and the beautiful highlands landscape. We have a wonderful experience
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! I'm glad to hear you had a great time on the West Highlands Lochs, Mountains & Castles tour and that your driver-guide was full of knowledge! Hopefully we will see you again soon! Best wishes, David
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