Day trip

From Glasgow: Standing Stones, Castles & Highlands Tour

From Glasgow: Standing Stones, Castles & Highlands Tour

Activity provider: Experience Scotland's Wild

From US$ 69.49 per person

Discover the highlights of the Scottish Highlands on a guided tour from Glasgow. Learn about Scottish history as you visit a variety of notable historic sites set amongst the spectacular scenery.

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 8 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Admire some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Scottish Highlands
  • Learn more about local history, wildlife, and culture of Scotland
  • Stop at Inveraray Castle and see a vast collection of antique weapons
  • See standing stones, burial mounds, and mysterious stone circles
  • Stroll around the abandoned Kilchurn Castle on the shores of Loch Awe
Full description

Take in the beauty of the Scottish Highlands on a guided day trip to locations steeped in fascinating folklore. Admire the stunning views of the landscape as you visit some historic locations which are deeply linked to Scottish history and heritage.

Start your tour from Glasgow and take in the wonderful views looking out over the River Clyde and west towards the Clyde Estuary, where fresh water and saltwater meet. On a clear day, you may even be able to see where the Vikings moored their longboats over 1300 years ago.

Pass through Trossachs National Park and all its scenic splendor. From Scotland’s first National Park, travel west towards Argyll for a visit to Inveraray Castle. Admire the collection of antique weaponry, used against the Jacobite soldiers and other historic artifacts. After your first historic Castle visit, travel along the shores of Loch Fyne, the longest saltwater Loch in Scotland. Keep a watchful eye on the water as there’s a good chance you will see some seals and other marine wildlife.

Next, stop at Kilmartin Glen, where there are over 350 ancient monuments spread across the valley, making this one of the most historically important locations in the whole of Scotland. Explore a large finding of cup and ring marks, dating from thousands of years back. Continue towards the historical standing stones, stone circles, and burial cairns located within the area. Discover these mysterious ancient formations, believed to be over 5000 years old.

Afterward, travel to Kilchurn Castle. Explore the abandoned 15th-century castle located at the head of Loch Awe, which was once home to the large and powerful Campbell Clan of Glenorchy.

Leave Kilchurn and make your way further into the Highlands towards the mountainous Trossachs region. Stop along the banks of Loch Lomond to enjoy some of the magnificent Highland scenery, before returning to Glasgow.

Includes
  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • Guided short hikes throughout the day
  • Food or drinks
  • Admission fees to sites mentioned
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

You will meet your guide at the Buchanan Bus Station taxi rank. They will be holding an "Experience Scotland's Wild" logo.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • A moderate level of fitness is required as there will be some short walks
  • You visit a cafe where you can purchase lunch during the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

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We've booked two tours from Glasgow, "Glencoe and Highlands Bus and Walking Tour" and "Standing Stones, Castles & Highlands Tour" and we've had the most amazing experience! Not only they showed us how beautiful Scotland is, but they also gave us a beautiful and enjoyable history lesson. We've stopped multiple times and enjoyed several really nice walks. We will for sure book again with them when we go back to Scotland.

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September 4, 2022

Now, I'd like to say we had a good experience but that wouldn't be true: we actually had the most wonderful and powerful example of what 'guiding' means. John's been much more than a guide: 1) he's an expert of all of Scotland's history, tales, wildlife and traditions 2) he surely knows how to keep an audience thrilled even if in the middle of nowhere 3) he sincerely loves what he does and you can vividly read it through his eyes Being on his bus has been a privilege, having my girlfriend and I also decided to spend our anniversary with him and his team (Scotland's Wild) So a big thumbs up for his professionalism and great attitude! P.S. We also loved the music he put on during the travels (typical Scottish music or written by Scottish songwriters and singers) this man really loves his land and you defintely can feel it! Rita & Carlo

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August 26, 2022

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Really interesting tour! All stations ard exciting. The guide John from the "Experience Scotland's Wild" is excellent, very competent and enthusiastic. You can see that he enjoys his job immensly.

August 27, 2022

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