• Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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Enjoy the wonders of northwest Scotland on a full-day trip through the West Highlands and Oban from Glasgow. With a friendly guide, see some of the world’s most stunning scenery from the rolling hills of coastal Oban to the moors and forests of Trossachs National Park. See landmarks like Kilchurn Castle, visit the villages of Luss and Inveraray, and hear tales of famous Scots such as Robert the Bruce.

Highlights

  • Travel from Scotland's East to West in one day
  • See the rugged natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands
  • Hear historical tales of Clan rivalry from your expert guide
  • Visit quaint Highland towns, castles and lochs on your small group tour
  • Explore Oban, the seafood capital of Scotland and walk up McCaig's Tower

What You Can Expect

Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow

Trossachs National Park, Scotland.
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Your full-day day tour of Scotland’s majestic Highlands and Oban begins in Glasgow, where you’ll meet your guide in the morning. Board the comfortable coach and set off through the Lowlands towards your first stop in the village of Luss on Loch Lomond. Stretch your legs and takes in the sights before continuing west into Trossachs National Park, winding through forest-covered terrain and mountain peaks.


Cruise along the shoreline of the tranquil Loch Awe to the romantic ruins of Kilchurn Castle. As you travel, 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. 


You’ll soon arrive in the colorful coastal town of Oban, where seafood abounds and you can indulge in a lunch of prawn sandwiches, fresh oysters or crab (own expense). Take some time to eat and explore the Victorian town. Visit McCaig's Tower, a granite tower in Roman style that offers stunning views of the bay. Don't hesitate to climb to the top to see all the way to the Isle of Mull!


From here, make your way back to Glasgow, stopping at the white-washed village of Inveraray. Explore the town’s shops, purchase some local sweets and admire sweeping views of Loch Fyne before heading on. Your 9-hour tour arrives at the departure point by evening.

Customer Reviews

Laura C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great day trip before our 10 day tour of the British Isles started. Our guide was most passionate about his home and shared some great history and insight into the culture and political climate of Scotland.

Laura P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Loved this trip and seeing a port village in this beautiful country! Our guide was friendly and knowledable

Nebojsa V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Fergus, our driver and tour guide, was great source of information about Scottish history and culture.
We really enjoyed the sights along the trip and Oban was great quaint, little town with excellent seafood options.
Do not miss the distillery in there and we wish we had couple of hours more to explore ferryboat rides that were available.
Highly recommended!

Elizabeth N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This day trip was amazing value, our driver John was so knowledgeable about the History, Flora and Fauna. I so enjoyed his genuine love and enthusiasm for the History and landscape of Scotland.

Savvy Sightseer USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This is a great trip to get a full and varied look at Scotlands beautiful lakes, highlands, castles and coast. In between stops, John, the Highland Experience mini-bus driver, kept the group entertained with a nice mix of humor, history and trivia. Inveraray Castle is an option well worth taking seniors ask for the concession price!. The 13th Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell, and his family still live in the castle, but a wing is open to the public. Rooms are beautifully decorated and a testament to lavish living as well as pride of heritage. Theres some lovely tucked away sights along the route most travelers would likely miss on their own: Falls of Falloch, Castle Kilchurn and St. Conans Kirk are such standouts. Oban on the west coast is a nice little town and good for wandering through shops or getting something to eat. The weather was not suitable for a walk up to McCaig's Tower, but on a sunny day it would have been nice to take in the views of Isle of Mull and the harbor from there. Viator has again partnered with an excellent local tour group to provide a wonderful day I highly recommend both.

Lei W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

At the beginning of the tour, it was not impressive. But it just got better and better. Now I understand that Scotland has such rugged beauty with quite some wilderness and long history. Our tour guide John was quite efficient and also a good story teller. I learned a lot about the Scottish history and also some weird stories from him. Oban was a lovely town. I wish we had a bit more time there. Kilchurn castle looked so mysterious from the distance. As I am a big fan of Downton Abbey, I would highly recommend to spend some extra money to visit the Inveraray Castle, where they made Downton Abbey Christmas 2012 episode. It was a long drive but with frequent breaks. My Scottish colleague told me to visit Oban and west part of Scotland. Listen to the locals!

Lorraine L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This was a fantastic trip - great guide and wonderful sights to see. It could not have been better - the weather was perfect!

AMina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Absolutely fantastic tour. Our guide Brian gave us a detailed commentary all the way with hilarious anecdotes littered through out. A must do if you want to experience scottish culture and history as well as take in the sights.

Diane B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Oban was wonderful if only for the FOOD! Fresh seafood on the wharf, eaten standing up in the rain was an added laugh and a great experience of a lifetime! Great castles/palaces/stately homes too! Not to be missed no matter what the weather though the sun did shine throughout the day highlighting the massive expanse of Scottish scenery. A the the driver as well whose name I have sadly forgotten since it was quite a while ago. My first experience at rating the tour was when we first arrived home but somehow it never got posted and I have been too busy since to try again. But with careful prodding from Viator, I am trying once again.

Travel ideas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great driver and guide!

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