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West Highlands Lochs & Castles Tour from Edinburgh

West Highlands Lochs & Castles Tour from Edinburgh

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours
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From US$ 66.52 per person

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Explore the lochs and castles of Scotland’s West Highlands on a full-day scenic drive from Edinburgh. See Doune Castle, Callander, Loch Lomond, and more, and learn about Scotland’s folk heroes.

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Duration 10 hours
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English

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a full-day scenic drive through the western Highlands
  • Discover some of Scotland's most beautiful lochs and castles
  • Visit Doune Castle, location for scenes from Monty Python's Holy Grail!
  • Admire one of Scotland's longest lochs
  • Drive through Loch Lomond National Park
  • Go to the home of the Duke of Argyll at Inveraray Castle
  • Journey through the Arrochar Alps
  • Discover the "Rest and Be Thankful" viewpoint
  • Visit the conservation village of Luss
Full description

Enjoy a small group tour of Scotland’s Western Highlands, and explore some of its most atmospheric lochs and castles. Traveling in a comfortable 16-seat Mercedes minibus, you will depart Edinburgh and head west past Stirling Castle.

The first stop will be Doune Castle, built for Robert Stewart, the Duke of Albany, over 600 years ago. You might recognize it from the famous comedy film, Monty Python and The Holy Grail.  

Continue to Callander, where you will pause for a coffee, before leaving the rolling farms for the wild mountains and forests of the Highlands.

Visit Loch Luibnaig, and continue over the Braes of Balquhidder, the final resting place of Highland outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Made famous by Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy was a sort-of Highland Robin Hood, who stole from the rich but never quite got around to giving it to the poor.

From Balquhidder, the tour winds its way through the tough knot of mountains known as Breadalbane. Stop for lunch in a small West Highland village. 

Continue past Kilchurn Castle in the middle of Loch Awe, and on through Campbell country to the picturesque town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne. Visit the 18th-Century castle, home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Campbell clan.

Depart Inveraray, and drive up through the steep mountains of the Arrochar Alps, to the great viewpoint at “Rest and Be Thankful,” given its name by the weary soldiers who had just finished building the military road up through Glen Croe. 

Skirt Loch Long, and drive down to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland's largest loch.

Stop at the conservation village of Luss, to admire its quaint houses and stunning views across the loch, and then make your way back to Edinburgh, with a short stop underneath Stirling Castle.

Includes
  • Transportation
  • Driver/guide
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Entrance fees to castles

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Meeting point

Rabbie's Cafe, 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Tour returns to Edinburgh by approximately 18:30
  • Transportation is by top range 16 seat Mercedes minicoach
  • Small group tours, maximum of 16 passengers. Touring with a small group you will get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the backroads, and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life.
  • It is recommended that you bring suitable clothing and footwear for possible nature walks. Scotland weather can be wet
  • Inveraray Castle is open Easter - mid October only
  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years
  • You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on the tour. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 333 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Very interesting tour. You can see different castles, walkable and ruins. The holes approached are spectacular. Exactly the landscape you would expect in the Scottish Highlands. The guide provides you with all the important information via microphone and loudspeaker while driving. There are different options at most destinations, e.g. whether you want to see a certain castle from the inside or prefer to explore the nearest small village.

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September 5, 2022

One must do this tour when in Scotland. The Highlands, the charming little towns, the many beautiful lakes and interesting castles are fantastic. The ride in a small group is also very pleasant. Our guide Desmond was a typical Scot and told us about many historical events and customs in the Highlands during the trip. It was a wonderful experience overall.

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August 22, 2022

Great tour and the perfect way to explore all the great things Scotland has to offer besides Loch Ness! We specifically booked this trip as we were travelling to Edinburgh and already had a day trip to Loch Ness & co. Ashely was an amazing guide (and driver) and shared a lot of insightful info, historical facts & Scottish myths, the places were breathtaking and all in all the trip was well thought out. Depending on where you are from, it can be rather pricey but taking it as a bucket-list experience, it is totally worth it.

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July 24, 2022

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