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Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow

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Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow
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Overview

What could be more quintessentially Scottish than lochs and castles? Travel through the photo-worthy West Highlands, visit the haunting glen of Glencoe and stop at Loch Lomond on this day trip from Glasgow by Mercedes minivan. Numbers are limited to 16 passengers to ensure a more personalized experience with an informative guide, who offers insightful commentary at Kilchurn Castle, Inveraray town, Castle Stalker and more.
  • Full-day trip from Glasgow to Scotland's West Highlands
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
  • Visit the glen of Glencoe, and Loch Lomond (Scotland's largest freshwater loch)
  • See the ruins of Kilchurn Castle, Inveraray town, and Castle Stalker
  • Transport in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
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Transport by air-conditioned mini-coach
Small group tour (max 16 people)
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Admission fees
Buchanan Bus Station , Killermont St, Glasgow G2 3NW, UK

Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont Street, Glasgow G2 3NW (Tours will depart from a stance located between Stances 23 to 32)

8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
This day trip features the picturesque lochs and historic castles of the West Highlands, with plenty of stops along the way narrated by your knowledgeable guide. After pickup in central Glasgow, get comfortable in your top of the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach for the scenic drive to Loch Lomond.

Gain intimate knowledge of Scotland on this personalized small-group tour, including the eerie glen of Glencoe, famous as the site of the 1692 Clan MacDonald massacre. Enjoy time exploring the shoreline of beautiful Loch Lomond, Scotland's largest freshwater loch.

Other tour highlights include Inveraray town in Argyll; Loch Awe (Lochawe), Scotland’s longest loch; the ruins of Kilchurn Castle; Castle Stalker, which towers over Loch Laich; the majestic peaks of Buachaille Etive Mor; and the boggy moorland of Rannoch Moor.

Reach out-of-the-way places and enjoy multiple photo ops of Scotland's windswept landscape before the return drive to Glasgow.

Winner of the Inaugural Scottish Thistle Award for Sustainable Tourism, October 2007
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kilchurn Castle
Walk out to the castle takes around 10-15 mins each way. The path out to castle can be wet underfoot. The castle is open 1st April to 30th Sept. During the winter this is a photo stop and can be substituted by St Conan’s Kirk.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Glencoe Mountain
One of the most famous and romantic places in Scotland’s history, thanks to its grand loch side location and stunning ruins.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Oban
Known nationwide as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’ and the 'Seafood Capital of Scotland', this town offers charm and delicacies.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Castle Stalker
Photo stop; visitor centre with toilets, shop and cafe.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Inveraray
Walk around the town or walk up to Inveraray Castle for a photo stop (10-15 mins walk from Town) Coffee stop and Toilets available in the town.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Rest and be Thankful
A former haven for weary road-laying soldiers, this historical point offers some amazing views.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Luss Visitor Centre
Loch Lomond National Park - One of Scotland’s largest lochs set in stunning parkland. Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before departure
  • In order to retain the integrity of the tour and try to ensure that all our customers have the best possible experience, we do cap bookings from any one party to 8 passengers.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour?
A:The tour departs from the Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont Street, Glasgow.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour?
A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour?
A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage with me on the Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour?
A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. 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) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour?
A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for food, optional admission tickets, etc.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are admission fees included in the Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour?
A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of vehicle is used during the Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour?
A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring a wheelchair on the Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour?
A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available on the bus during the Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour?
A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour?
A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.
Jun 2021
Q:
Should I bring my own lunch during the Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour?
A:There is no need to bring lunch. The group will make a lunch stop where you can purchase a meal suitable to your taste and budget.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow.

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  • "Plenty of time to wander around Oban and up the hill to McCaigs Tower." See review
  • "Day-long van excursion to visit the countryside and a couple of picturesque towns near Glasgow." See review

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star-5
A sunny day in a beautiful part of Scotland.
Brian_T
, Aug 2022
Great driver - John (Sparky). - amusing, knowledgeable and sensitive to the needs of the passengers. A lovely day.
star-5
Great day
Joan_M
, Aug 2022
Great tour with many quality stops. Adequate amount of time at each location. Quick tour of each area so time wasn’t wasted trying to find things. Ben was very organized and entertaining. It would be great if guests were asked to refrain from using scents as it is a small space for a long day.
star-5
Great tour
James_R
, Aug 2022
Jeff C. was a great guide and very accommodating. Highly recommended. And now I’m just adding filler to meet the character minimum:)
star-5
Great day tour
Carolina_C
, Aug 2022
Jenny, the guide, made the tour very pleasant. The landscapes are impressive! I was doubting whether to take the tour but it's totally worth it.
star-5
Highlands cool
Sebastien_B
, Jul 2022
Allay was amazing and funny for a great and safe trip in the Highlands. Great castles great stories and nice break in the countryside
star-5
Brilliant Trip
RossWilliam_M
, Jul 2022
The trip was brilliant from start to finish. Very informative. Stevie was very friendly and helpful. The bus was very clean. Would definately recommend. And will be booking another trip with Rabbies tours next time we are in Glasgow.
star-5
Amazing trip
Carryn_E
, Jul 2022
What a delightful trip. Such a great use of our time and money. Our tour guide Dave was lovely and brought lots of insight and humour. He planned a great itinerary, giving us lots of stops at various places to help us really soak in the beauty of the gorgeous places we were visiting. The experience was incredibly memorable for our family and we will never forget it.
star-5
Amazing Trip with an Amazing Guide!
Julia_K
, Jul 2022
Loved every second of this trip! You get to see the most stunning views! Grant, our tour guide, did an amazing job! He made sure we got the most out of every stop. He even made an extra stop at Loch Lomond on our way back as the first stop in the morning was not too impressive since it was really foggy. We did have enough time at every stop to take some photos and to take in the scenery. Please be aware that spending a long time at every stop is simply not possible. You would not even get to see half as much if the stops were longer. So this tour is really the perfect way to see as many sights as possible without it feeling rushed. Grant even managed to find some time to take a short walk with us. It was wonderful! I was alone this time around but I might visit Scotland again soon with friends and I would definitely do this tour with rabbies again! PS: I recommend this tour over any Loch Ness tour a thousand times!
star-5
Fantastic trip
ChoChiu_T
, Jul 2022
Nice guide, good trip arrangement, covered many scenic places and had plenty of time to take good pictures.
star-5
Beautiful views
Marc_W
, Jul 2022
The drive to Oban was informative and scenic. We enjoyed a terrific seafood lunch in Oban followed by a drive through Glencoe with spectacular views. Our driver made some unscheduled stops for photo opportunities including highland cattle close to the road.
star-5
Stevie was fantastic! We...
Fayne_H
, Jul 2022
Stevie was fantastic! We got up close and personal to Kilchurn Castle! His dialogue was interesting and educational, yet fun!
star-5
Highly recommend this tour of Scotland
Nathan_M
, Jul 2022
My wife and I tour guide Jeff C. Of Glasgow was amazing. Only in Scotland for a few days and was able to see so much more than we thought we were going to be able to see. I highly recommend this tour with him. It was very informational and enjoyed it very much. This was a great tour.
star-5
Must do excursion!!!
Sheri_O
, Jul 2022
This should be on your list to do while in Scotland. Our guide Graham was absolutely the best guide we have ever had. He was extremely knowledgeable about the area and very funny and witty. He played Scottish music about the places we visited that told the stories about what happened at each location. I felt like the pace of the trip was perfect. We had plenty of time to hike around and stretch our legs a bit .
star-5
Highly recommend
LykaElleine_G
, Jul 2022
Awesome tour through the Scottish Highlands, with stops in some really nice smaller towns. Tour guide Graham was very knowledgeable and personable, made some jokes but also gave tons of great information
star-5
A great day out in the Highlands
Alan_F
, Jul 2022
We had a fabulous trip into the Highlands with Stevie who was just a wonderful guide, and we enjoyed every second of it. It was really interesting to hear the stories, the history, the superstitions and the scandals of the various places we passed through and we were given plenty of opportunities to take great photos. Stevie is the epitome of everything I love about Scottish people- kind, friendly, funny and charming, and a brilliant driver to boot! Our 2 hr stop in Oban and 1 hour stop in Inveraray were both really enjoyable and I'll definitely come back to do this tour again. Well worth the money. Míle buíochas, Soozie agus Caoimhe
star-5
WONDERFUL!!!
Gabrielle_G
, Jul 2022
Amazing trip… take this if you can!!! Graham was a phenomenal host. He was informative, funny, charismatic, knowledgeable, and so kind. We had the best time learning all about Scotland and the beautiful country. Graham knew all the sites to take us to to show off the country’s scenery. Would 100% recommend this trip to anyone visiting Scotland. You will not miss be disappointed!!
star-4
Introbto the highlands
Glen_B
, Jul 2022
Driver was excellent, stories, humour, and a very safe driver as well. Stops were great, timing between and length of stay really good.
star-5
Stevie was a great guide!...
Laura_D
, Jul 2022
Stevie was a great guide! The tour is well planned and packed with things to see. Great value and the bus is very comfortable.
star-5
We had an amazing trip....
Marin_A
, Jul 2022
We had an amazing trip. Our driver and guide James kept entertaining us all the time. Only the weather was bad - raining all the time but that should be a part of the real Scottish experience!
star-5
A Great Day
Samantha_B
, Jul 2022
Stewart was an excellent guide. Very personable and funny with a good mix of talking and playing music. We had plenty of time at each stop and took some amazing photos. Highly recommend!

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