West Highland Lochs, Mountains and Castles - 1 day tour
West Highland Lochs, Mountains and Castles
One day tour
Soak up the spectacular scenery of Scotland’s Western Highlands on this fascinating journey. Enjoy an ever-changing panorama of mountains, lochs and glens combined with the opportunity to visit Doune and Inveraray Castles. This is one of our most popular tours!
Price range: £43-£49
Doune Castle - explore the real Castle Leoch from the Outlander TV series
Kilmahog - say hello to Hamish, the friendly Hairy Coo!
Kilchurn Castle - see the romantic ruins of this iconic castle
Inveraray - choose to visit stately Inveraray Castle (Apr-Oct) or explore this attractive town on the banks of Loch Fyne
Rest and be Thankful Pass - capture the wonderful views over Glen Croe
Loch Lomond - visit Luss to experience wonderful views of the “bonnie, bonnie banks”
Movie locations - Outlander, Outlaw King and Downton Abbey
Full Tour Itinerary
Our journey starts with wonderful views of Stirling, with its Majestic Castle standing guard over the surrounding countryside. Next there's a chance to visit magnificent Doune Castle (which featured in the cult movie ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail' and the TV series "Outlander”).
Shortly we cross from the Lowlands into the Highlands and are rewarded with views of lovely Loch Lubnaig before driving through "bonnie” Strathyre to reach Rob Roy MacGregor country beyond.
There are views of Loch Earn before we climb through impressive Glen Ogle, stopping nearby for lunch and beautiful views of the surrounding scenery.
After time for lunch we tour through Glen Lochy to admire spectacular Kilchurn Castle, majestically situated on Loch Awe, and beautifully framed by the surrounding mountains.
Our next stop is Inveraray, a quaint small town built in the mid-18th Century. Here we can visit Inveraray Castle (April - October only), the historic home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell, which is nestled in large beautiful gardens overlooking Loch Fyne. Alternatively, explore the town's white-washed Georgian houses, wide streets and vistas across the loch.
Our journey southwards to Glasgow takes us through the dramatic "Rest and be Thankful” pass then into the Argyll Forest Park. Look out for "The Cobbler” a just one of the peaks of the "Arrochar Alps”.
Romantic Loch Lomond is next and when we make our last stop of the day in the picturesque conservation village of Luss you'll have a chance to discover the "bonnie, bonnie banks” for yourself!
From Loch Lomond we follow the Kilpatrick Hills towards Glasgow then across the Central Belt of Scotland to Edinburgh.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness. During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more. Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English. There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks. Please note that tours to some destinations, particularly to Loch Ness, can be faster paced so the number and duration of stops may be limited.
What are the optional extras on this tour and how much do they cost?
The tour fare includes transportation by luxury mini or midicoach and the services of a professional driver/guide. Admission to the attractions featured on this tour is optional so you can choose to visit or not depending on your interests. The tour itinerary will allow time for you to enjoy visits to:
The links above will give you more information on these attractions as well as current prices. On some tours discounted prices are available to tour passengers - your driver/guide will provide more information if this applies. Not all attractions accept payment by credit or debit card so you should carry sufficient cash should you be planning a visit.
Tell me more about Inveraray Castle?
Romantic Inveraray Castle Gardens sits on the shores of Loch Fyne and is one of Scotland’s finest stately homes. The ruggedness of the highland scenery serves as a spectacular backdrop for the sheltered tidal Loch, beside which nestles the present Castle built between 1745 and 1790.The ancestral seat of the Dukes of Argyll, Chiefs of the Clan Campbell whose family have resided in Inveraray since the early 15th century. Visitors enter the famous Armoury Hall containing some 1300 pieces including Brown Bess muskets, Lochaber axes and 18th century Scottish broadswords. They can also view preserved swords from the Battle of Culloden. The fine State Dining Room and Tapestry Drawing Room contain magnificent French tapestries which were woven especially for the Castle, fabulous examples of Scottish, English and French furniture and countless other precious artworks. The castle’s priceless collection of china, silver and family heirlooms spans generations which are illustrated by the fascinating genealogical display in the Clan Room. Fans of Downton Abbey will recall that Inveraray had a starring role during a two-hour special where the Grantham family and staff travelled north to the home of their cousins, the Marquess and Marchioness of Flintshire in their mythical Scottish home, ‘Duneagle Castle’. Inveraray Castle is open to the public between April and October.
Do you offer a hotel pick-up service?
We know that you will want to start your tour straight away rather than spending valuable time travelling around hotels. By offering a single centrally located departure point we can get you to Scotland’s best scenery as quickly as possible .
Can I book seats on the coach?
The seating on the coach is not allocated so you are free to sit in any vacant seat. We recommend that groups arrive at the boarding point together so that you can be seated in the same part of the coach.
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English.
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From The Ensign Ewart
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh EH1 2PE
Check-in: 09:00 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:15 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:00 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:23 Nov 2017
Excellent tour, excellent bus, and especially a very kind and funny driver (Mr Patrick).Mihail from Ocna Sibiului, Romania
Rating:12 Nov 2017
Ich habe an der West Highland Tour teilgenommen und war begeistert: Gut gepflegter Bus, kompetenter Fahrer. Ich habe mich jederzeit sehr sicher trotz kurviger, manchmal steiler Straßen, gefühlt! Die Route war gut gewählt. Es wurde Stopp an drei Castles, einem Wasserfall und Loch Lomond gemacht. Manchmal nur für ein Foto aber das reichte auch. Einzig kleiner Kritikpunkt ist lediglich,dass in Touristenfallen Pause gemacht wird, wo am besten noch Geld für überteuerte Souvenirs gelassen werden soll. Aber das muss man dann einfach akzeptieren wenn man auf einer Bustour ist. Alles in allem eine wunderbare,lohnenswerte Tour!Rika-Marie from Hamurg, Germany
Rating:24 Oct 2017
The driver guide was extremly good.Ann-Margret from Portugal,