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Oban, Lochs & Inveraray

1 DAY TOUR

McCaigs Tower
Rest and Be Thankful
Inveraray Castle
Oban

The West Highland Experience

Adult Price from £45
Child/Over 60 from £42




Oban, Lochs & Inveraray Route Map

Tour Highlights

The Cairngorm MountainsLoch Lomond

The UK's largest inland stretch of water

InvernessLoch Awe

The longest freshwater loch in Scotland

Loch Ness ScotlandKilchurn Castle*

Stronghold of the clan Campbell

Ben Nevis ScotlandOban

Climb McCaig's Tower and taste delicious seafood

Glen Coe ScotlandInveraray*

Explore this beautiful loch-side town




Tour Details

Availability:
Summer
Departure Days:
Friday and Sunday
10th April to 11th October

Departs/Returns:
8:00am / 7:30pm
Reference: Tour No 6
Please note: * Indicates an Optional extra:
£ Exclusive discount with Highland Experience
Optional extras may be subject to seasonal availability
Some tours may operate in reverse at certain times of the year.

   Check-in Closes 15 mins prior to departure at pick-up point



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Tour Description


A tour of Scotlands' Stunning West Coast...

This tour takes you to the stunning West Coast of Scotland, the perfect way to see Scotlands stunning countryside, hear about some of Scotlands most prominent history and sample some of Scotlands freshest seafood.
Loch Lomond and the Highlands... 
Leaving our departure city we head towards Loch Lomond, the largest expanse of fresh water in the country, where we’ll stop off at the stunning conservation village of Luss. Luss is 10 miles south of Tarbet and has been a settlement since medieval times, with the village you see today dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The quaint little rows of cottages come alive with the spring flower growth and elaborate flower displays. Whilst here, grab yourself a quick coffee, or why not do a spot of sightseeing over the Loch.  
Highland Scenery and History... 
We then head deep into the Highlands, passing through enchanting forestry via Loch Awe, the longest loch in Scotland and jewel in Argyll’s crown. As we continue through the stunning highlands, you are graced with rich history as we catch a glimpse of Kilchurn Castle, best known historically as a stronghold of the Campbell Clan. Perched on the shore of Loch Awe, this castle is possibly one of Scotland’s most scenic fortifications. Leaving this piece of history behind we continue through the Pass of Brander, the location where Robert the Bruce had a notable victory. From here, we’ll head to our next stop of Oban, the star of this tour and lunch stop for the day.
Lunch at the sea-side town of Oban... 
By lunchtime, we'll have reached Oban, a quaint seaside town. Oban, ‘Little Bay’ in Gaelic, is surrounded by miles of dramatic shores and beautiful countryside. Here you'll have ample time to grab a bite to eat, as well as explore the seaside town. Why not climb up to McCaig’s Tower, a prominent landmark, to take in the views over to the Isles of Mull and Kerrera, take a look at the tantalising Falls of Lora or treat yourself by trying some of the freshest seafood you’ll have ever tasted. Why not take yourself along to the Oban distillery, one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland, for a wee dram at their bar. 
Coffee and Cakes at Inveraray by Loch Fyne… 
On the way back to Edinburgh, we'll visit the seat of the Campbell Clan at Inveraray, where we'll stop so you can drink in the beauty of Loch Fyne. Established in 1745, the set is a beautiful display of Scottish Georgian architecture. You'll have the opportunity to tour Inveraray Castle, an iconic Scottish visitor attraction, if you wish. It is a fine example of gothic revival architecture which makes you feel as if you've stepped into a fairytale. It also has an extensive collection of weaponry within. From here, we’ll begin our journey home.
Rest and Be Thankful... 
Our journey south begins by travelling along and over the Rest and Be Thankful Pass, what a view, the greatest way to end to your day. The pass is famous due to its stunning location, at 245m above sea level, it creates a divide between Glen Kinglas and Glen Croe as well as between Loch Long and Loch Fyne. This stunning pass follows some of the old military road which was built in 1753, the soldiers gave it the name it has today. At the top viewpoint, travellers used to literally stop to rest and be thankful that they had reached the top of their steep climb. As a permanent marking of the road’s completion, a monument was erected. A perfect place to reflect and take it all in and get your final stunning picture before returning to Edinburgh. 
 

 


Tour Reviews

We had a great day and saw how beautiful Scotland is, as we travelled from Edinburgh to the West Coast. Our driver Steve B gave us history of Scotland which he made really interesting and informative. He had a great sense of humour and was a great story teller. It was a long day but we only had one day free and wanted to visit Oban Distillery and this was a fantastic way to do it. Well worth it and would recommend.

(VickiG2013 – Trip Advisor – September 2019)


Our guide Stephen H was informative, humorous, and thoughtful. It was a long day and, of course, we wanted to stay longer at each stop! An exquisite lunch in lovely Oban was the perfect midday stop. Inveraray Castle is well worth the admission price especially since Stephen gave a good historical overview before we got there. His knowledge about the complicated history of this part of Scotland enriched the experience. When he wasn't recounting historical battles (and telling bad jokes) Stephen played an entertaining mix of traditional and contemporary Scottish music. This tour was very well done and a real value, too.

(Cheryl C – Trip Advisor – June 2019)



Thank you to the staff of Highland Experience for allowing us to swap our booked tour to Oban the night before. It was a very enjoyable tour, our driver/tour guide Owen was entertaining and informative, with a great sense of fun. The scenery was beautiful, the little church that we stopped at had an amazing timber structure to the main roof and cloisters. The town of Oban was very picturesque with fresh fish and shellfish to die for at the "Green Tent " at a very reasonable price.

(Alan542017 – Trip Advisor – September 2018)







 

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