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Day Trip to the West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles from Edinburgh

Based on 13 reviews
Availability: Everyday
Duration: 9 hours, 45 minutes
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
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  • Step out into the mesmerizing West Highland Lochs
  • See three amazing Scottish castles: Stirling, Kilchum and Doune
  • Explore the Scottish wiilderness in 1 day with experts local guides
  • Hop on a bus and discover Loch Lomond and Loch Awe
What to expect

Have you ever wanted to visit the famous Scottish Highlands? Are you fascinated by the mystical folklore, the century old castles, the Clans, the wild scenery and the fascinating history that’s been the pride of Scotland for centuries? This one day tour from Edinburgh takes you to some of the most beautiful sites of the Western Highlands, such as Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, Kilchum Castle, Stirling Castle and Doune Castle. You will pass impressive mountains, historic castles, visit a pretty Highland village and explore the picturesque lochside town of Inveraray.

Here’s how your full day tour is going to happen. On a brisk morning, get on a comfortable luxury coach in Edinburgh and head west, passing the historic and imposing Stirling Castle, high on its volcanic rock, and on to a visit at the magnificent Doune Castle (you might know it from the famous movie ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’). From there, you will start your journey into the Highlands, past the lovely Loch Lubnaig and up through impressive Glen Ogle, stopping nearby for lunch and beautiful views of the surrounding scenery.

After lunch your journey will take you even further into the Highlands, stopping to view one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, Kilchurn Castle, just on the banks of beautiful Loch Awe and stunningly framed by the surrounding mountains. Then it’s on to Inveraray, a charming little town built in the mid-18th century, on the shore of Loch Fyne. Explore the town and pick up some Highland souvenirs, or pay an optional visit to Inveraray Castle (April to October only), the historic home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell, which is set in large beautiful gardens overlooking Loch Fyne.

By then, your journey will be almost over, but the road back to Edinburgh is absolutely gorgeous! Your will drive over the Arrochar Alps, an attractive range of mountains, with a brief pause near the top of the Rest and Be Thankful Pass. A little later you will reach enchanting Loch Lomond, where you’ll stop at the pretty lochside village of Luss before returning to Edinburgh.

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What's included
  • Knowledgeable Driver-Guide
  • Luxury modern air-conditioned coach
  • Written translations (on request)
What's not included
  • Entrance to attractions
  • Food and drink
  • Children under 5
  • All optional extras (attraction entrance fees, loch cruises, food and drink etc) are not included in the price of your tour.
Reduced price
  • Children from 5 to 16 years old: reduced
Where

The tour departs from outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.

Meeting point:

The tour departs from outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.

What to remember

Please be at the departure point 15 minutes prior to departure.

Optional extras are available until March 2016 at your OWN cost (they are not included in the price) and can be booked on the day of the tour, such as:

  • Inveraray Castle: £8.00 adults, £7.20 reductions (closed on Thursdays & Fridays from 1st October to 31 March - an alternative will be offered)
  • Doune Castle: £4.95 adults, £3.96 reductions (Apr-Oct - alternatives offered Nov-March)

Written translations are available for this tour in the following languages and can be requested by sending an email to Timberbush.

French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese (Mandarin)

You will have many opportunities to walk around the different areas, so advise you to bring warm and/or waterproof clothing, wear comfortable shoes, and take a sun-block or a hat for sunny days. And don’t forget your camera to capture all the lovely scenery and wildlife you’ll encounter on your tour!

Unfortunately, children under the age of 5 are not allowed on this tour.

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When

Everyday at 09:15am

  • Leaves at 9:15am
  • Returns by 7:00pm
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Provider
Timberbush Tours
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