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Tour Operator: Rabbie's Tours 10h 15m Travel method:   Mini Bus / Car Region / Starts from: Edinburgh

West Highlands, Lochs and Castles Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Admission into Doune Castle is included in tour price. 


Leaving Edinburgh, you travel west, past Stirling castle to your first stop at Doune Castle*.

This castle was built over 600 years ago and is still in great condition. You’ll have time to visit the castle. And if you’re a fan of Monty Python and The Holy Grail, The Outlaw King, or the Outlander series, you can learn about how the castle was used as a filming set.

You then continue through Callander and cross the Highland Boundary Fault Line leaving behind the rolling farmland for the wild mountains and forests of the Highlands.

You make a short stop at Loch Lubnaig and continue over the Braes of Balquhidder.

From Balquhidder, the tour winds its way through the tough knot of mountains known as Breadalbane (meaning the 'high country of Scotland').

Before lunch, you have a photo stop to admire Kilchurn Castle, a magnificent ruin situated on the edge of Loch Awe and former home of the Campbells of Breadalbane.

You continue along the banks of Loch Awe through Campbell country to the picturesque town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne.

Here you can admire the 18th-century castle (open to visitors April until October), take time to explore the town, or head to the Old Jail.*

Leaving Inveraray, you take a drive up through the steep-sided mountains known as the Arrochar Alps to the great viewpoint at 'Rest and Be Thankful'.

You then skirt around Loch Long and down to the "Bonnie, Bonnie Banks" of Loch Lomond. You make a short stop at the conservation village of Luss, where you can wander around taking in its quaint houses and stunning views across the loch.

From here, you make your way back to Edinburgh and arrive in the capital in the early evening.


*As Inveraray Castle may be sometimes closed, please refer to their website to see their availability.

**Please note that Doune Castle will be closed between 29th May to 6th June 2024 inclusive. You will visit Stirling Castle on this tour instead. We apologise for the inconvenience.




Stops

Inveraray Visit this 18th-century town and discover an ancient jail and a gorgeous castle. 

Doune Castle One of the best-preserved medieval castles in Scotland. It also featured in Monty Python’s Holy Grail, Outlander, and The Outlaw King.

Loch Awe The longest loch in Scotland has close connections to the MacArthur, Campbell, Stewart, and MacGregor clans.

Rest and Be Thankful pass Let the beauty sink in at this stunning location that was a popular rest spot for soldiers.

Conservation village of Luss This idyllic village on the shores of Loch Lomond will make you want to pack your bags and move in.

Loch Lomond National Park Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family.



Finishes (approx.)
18:30 - Edinburgh Bus Station Pick Up, Gate J and Gate K, inside Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ



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What is included
  • Admission to Doune Castle is included in tour price. 
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver guide
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Small Group Tour with maximum 16 passengers
What is not included
  • Admission fees are not included unless specified
  • Food & drink
  • Tip or gratuity 
Meeting point
  • Inside Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh (Gate J and Gate K), Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Attention
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Min. age 5 years old. We do not accept children under the age of 5 years.
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our 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.
  • Check in closes 15 minutes prior to departure
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers


*As Inveraray Castle may be sometimes closed, please refer to their website to see their availability.

**Please note that Doune Castle will be closed between 29th May to 6th June 2024 inclusive. You will visit Stirling Castle on this tour instead. We apologise for the inconvenience.



Visitor Attractions

Doune Castle – Entrance to Doune Castle is included in tour price. 



Inveraray Castle - The castle is only open on a few selected dates this year. On those dates, you will be able to buy a ticket from your driver-guide whilst on tour. On the dates when Inveraray castle is closed, we will try to arrange a photo stop instead.







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