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» Oban, Glencoe, West Highland Lochs & Castles Day Tour: Glasgow Departure

'If you love old ruined castles, tales of old clan rivalries, west coast villages and brilliant mountain scenery then you'll find this tour difficult to beat.'

A fantastic day out from Glasgow in the heart of the scenic Western Highlands taking in the superb ruins of Kilchurn Castle, stunningly situated at the head of Loch Awe and the historic village of Inveraray, home to the Duke of Argyll. An afternoon to explore Oban and the dramatic landscapes of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor.

You travel north into the Highlands, and over the “Rest and be Thankful” pass to the whitewashed 18th century town of Inveraray, home to the Duke of Argyll’s castle. Following a visit to Inveraray, you continue to the iconic Kilchurn Castle, magnificently situated at the head of Loch Awe and surrounded by towering mountains. After lunch in the fishing port of Oban, famous as the Gateway to the Isles, you will continue along the stunning west coast through Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker, before spending the afternoon in the majestic beauty of Glencoe, one of the Scots’ favourite mountain regions. Then it’s onwards across the wild Rannoch Moor and south to Glasgow, stopping at Loch Lomond on the way.

 


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Scottish Lochs Trip from Glasgow

Depart Glasgow at 09.00 and travel northwest, through the gorgeous Glen Fruin, driving parallel with Loch Long. From here you will be crossing the Highland boundary fault line where the scenery changes quickly and dramatically - the flat fertile plains of the Lowlands giving way to shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops and forest-filled glens. It's easy to forget that this was once thought of as a dangerous frontier fought over by the fiercely territorial Highland clans such as the MacGregors, made famous by highland folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor. Loch Lomond is Scotland's largest loch and it takes its name from the mountain Ben Lomond on the eastern shore.

You will then take a leisurely drive over the at 'Rest and Be Thankful' mountain pass. It was given its name in 1753 by the weary soldiers who had just finished building the old military road up through Glen Croe (not to be confused with Glencoe which you will visit later in the day) From here you will travel through the steep-sided mountains, known as the Arrochar Alps, to the picturesque harbour town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne, famous for the18th-century castle and home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Campbell clan. The town was built at the same time as the castle and is a classic 18th century planned village with its straight wide streets and dignified Georgian houses, designed by Robert Adam, famous for his architecture in Edinburgh’s New Town.

From here you will drive along the shore of Scotland’s longest loch, Loch Awe, where you stop for the short walk out to visit Kilchurn Castle (interior open from April to September), a magnificent ruin situated in the middle of Loch Awe and former home of the Campbells of Breadalbane. You will then continue to the harbour town of Oban, gateway to the Isles, for lunch of your choice. After lunch you will then travel north along the west coast around Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker, and into Scotland's most famous valley, Glencoe. Stunningly beautiful, with its dramatic cliff faces and steep slopes, Glencoe is infamous as the site of the Glencoe massacre in 1692. Following orders from King William, Scottish soldiers under the leadership of Captain Robert Campbell slaughtered 38 men, women and children of the Macdonald clan. This was especially shocking as the soldiers had been living with the people of Glencoe for 2 weeks and killed them in their own homes. Nobody was ever punished for this crime, as the King himself had signed the order, but the Highlands would never be the same again.

Travelling south as you pass the majestic peak of Buachaille Etive Mor (meaning 'the great shepherd of Etive') you descend towards the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor. At an altitude of over 1000ft, covered by heather and peat-bogs and dotted with dozens of lochs, it's a unique landscape. From here you will then travel through Glen Falloch, and then drive south towards Loch Lomond. This is Scotland's largest loch and it takes its name from the mountain Ben Lomond on the eastern shore. The last stop of the day will be in Luss, an 18th century conservation village with old workers cottages, built for the labourers of the Estate. From here you return to Glasgow at approx 19.00.

This full day tour departs every Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri, Sun from Central Glasgow 9.00am - 6pm.
Return time - Approx 6.00pm

Adult Price: £42
Child Price: £39 (3 - 16 yrs)

Experience the Highlands’ natural forests, lochs & mountains and feel Scotland’s past in the heartland of its greatest heroes.

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SCOTTISH DAY TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
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~ Kilchurn Castle
~ Inveraray
~ Glencoe
~ Loch Awe
~ Rest and Be Thankful pass
~ Oban
~ Loch Lomond National Park

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This full day tour departs every Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri, Sun from Central Glasgow 9.00am - 6pm.
This tour normally ends by 6.30pm
Adult Price: £42
Child Price: £39 (3 - 16 yrs)
 

Why choose these tours

On this tour you will be travelling with no more than 16 other people - guaranteed! Our purpose-built minibuses have large windows, good air circulation and clear PA systems so that your professional guide can escort you comfortably through our wonderful country. Our itineraries are carefullly planned (with many years of experience) so that you discover as much as possible, without spending too much time on the road.

As we travel in smaller vehicles, we normally use the most scenic routes, where large coach are prohibited from travelling. Additionally, as our group sizes are smaller we are able to more time out of the vehicle. We also employ a the very best driver/guides


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TOUR FEEDBACK: We greatly enjoyed our tour. Nicola, our guide, was awesome. She went the extra mile with information, assistance, music, games, and candy. The scenery was breath-taking and we learned a lot. We were able to identify and interact with the plant Heather which was the impetus for our trip. We highly recommend this tour and guide.
Posted by Bruce & Heather on 18/08/2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography Credits: Visit Britain, Visit Scotland, Britainonview, Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts


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This tour, recommended by Paterson College was really breathtaking. I will recommend it to friends ! Had taken pretty pictures of sceneries, Forth rail bridge and even of the famous cows. I wanted to thank in particular Audry : really brillant guide at telling enjoyable stories and keeping our attention while driving the bus. She is very dynamic, with accute sense of humour and has a pleasant manner for creating a good atmosphere. Really interesting : I keep in mind many points as for the history of Edinburgh and Scotland. Thanks again. Jean-Claude Bourland (France)
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