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From Glasgow: Oban, Glencoe, Highland Lochs & Castles Tour

From Glasgow: Oban, Glencoe, Highland Lochs & Castles Tour

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours
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Capture the spirit of the Western Highlands and explore some of its most atmospheric lochs and castles as well as the dramatic mountain landscapes of Glencoe and harbor towns on this full-day, small-group tour through Scotland's stunning Highland scenery.

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Duration 10.5 hours
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English

Experience

Highlights
  • Stop at the conservation village of Luss, on the west banks of Loch Lomond
  • See Inveraray Castle, ancestral home built by the Duke of Argyll
  • Drive through the dramatic scenery of Glencoe Valley
  • Travel through stunning mountains and valleys as you take in the Highland views
  • Eat lunch in beautiful Oban, a scenic harbor town
  • Visit Loch Lomond National Park
Full description

Explore the stunning lochs and castles of the Western Highlands on this small-group tour from Glasgow. You'll see the superb ruins of Kilchurn on Loch Awe, the bustling west coast harbor town of Oban, and the dramatic beauty of Glencoe. Depart Glasgow at 8:30 AM and travel through gorgeous Glen Fruin, driving parallel with Loch Long. You'll then cross the Highland boundary, where the scenery changes quickly and dramatically–the flat plains of the Lowlands give way to shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops and forest-filled glens. Continue your drive over the Rest and Be Thankful mountain pass before traveling through the Arrochar Alps. You'll then arrive at the picturesque harbor town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne.

From here you will drive along the shore of Scotland’s longest loch, Loch Awe, where you'll stop to take photos of Kilchurn Castle, a magnificent ruin right in the middle of Loch Awe and the former home of the Campbells of Breadalbane. You will then continue to the harbor town of Oban, gateway to the Isles, where you will eat lunch.

After lunch you'll travel north along the coast around Appin, passing imposing Castle Stalker, and into Scotland's most famous valley, Glencoe. This is Scotland's largest loch and it takes its name from the mountain Ben Lomond. The last stop of the day will be in Luss, an 18th-century conservation village with old workers' cottages, built for the laborers of the estate.

Includes
  • Transport in air-conditioned, 16–seat mini coach
  • Driver/guide
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Admission fees for attractions
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

Meet at Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont Street, Glasgow, G2 3NW. Tours will depart between stances 23 and 32.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers, you will get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads 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
  • Because you'll have opportunities to take nature walks, please bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour
  • Inveraray Castle is open Easter - mid October only
  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years
  • You're restricted to 14 kilograms (31lbs) of luggage per person on the tours. 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

4.9 /5

based on 413 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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My friend and I decided on a last minute day trip the night before. We were lucky to spend the day with Fraser and we are so happy we did! Fraser was both laid back, witty, full of knowledge and greatly personable. We learned a bit of everything from deep historical facts of the land to fun little pop culture trivia facts. Though it was mostly rainy (Fraser states the rainiest he’s experienced in years) we had an amazing day with our small group of seven. We would absolutely recommend Rabbis day tour of the Highlands and will prioritize taking other trips with this company if we are ever back in Glasgow!

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January 11, 2023

This was a brilliant trip I loved it , our guide Stewart was full of interesting stories and made the trip even better, he even played Christmas songs on the way back ( I went 22/12) very good value for money so much is packed in making this trip an absolute must for anyone visiting Scotland

December 23, 2022

We had a fantastic time on our tour with John. From the moment we stepped onto the bus in the morning, he made us feel welcome and had us laughing with his Scottish humour. He spent the day sharing many stories and anecdotes about the countryside and it’s history, with a witty twist that kept us entertained. As for the actual route of the tour - it was amazing! We were blessed with great weather and got to see many different Scottish landscapes and castles. This is definitely a tour worth doing with Rubbies! I’d book to do it again in a heart beat!

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January 8, 2023

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