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West Highland Lochs and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 225003
Spend a day experiencing Scotland’s majestic lochs and castles on this day trip to the western Scottish Highlands, whose dramatic scenery will amaze you. See the setting of Monty Python’s 'Holy Grail' series at Doune Castle, discover the ruins of Kilchurn Castle, admire the grandeur Stirling Castle and enjoy views over Scotland’s countless lakes, including serene Loch Lomond. Hear tales of old clan rivalries, heroic journeys and royal legacies from your guide throughout the day. Numbers are limited to 16 to ensure a more personalized experience.


  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
Board a 16-passenger luxury minivan in central Edinburgh in the morning and set off on a journey toward the Scottish Highlands. Traveling west first, make a photo stop at Stirling Castle, once known as the 'Key to Scotland.' It was here that William Wallace — immortalized by Mel Gibson in the film Braveheart — defeated the English army in 1297.

Continue to the fantastic medieval stronghold of Doune Castle. Built for the Duke of Albany more than 600 years ago, the castle is still in remarkable condition. You may recognize it from the famous film Monty Python and The Holy Grail or the more recent Outlander TV series, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon.

Leave the rolling farmlands behind and venture into the wild forests and dramatic mountains of the Scottish Highlands. Hear the story of the ‘Scottish Robin Hood’ in the Braes of Balquhidder, the final resting place of Highland outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Wind your way through the Breadalbane mountains, stopping for lunch (own expense), and arrive at the magnificent ruins of Kilchurn Castle perched on Loch Awe.

Continuing through Campbell country, visit the picturesque town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne, where you can visit 18th-century Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll.

Trek up the steep Arrochar Alps to a fantastic viewpoint called 'Rest and Be Thankful,’ and learn the meaning behind the name from your guide. From here, skirt around Loch Long and down to Loch Lomond, Scotland's largest lake. Pause in the village of Luss for stunning views across the water.

On your return journey, make a stop by Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most historically and architecturally important castles in Scotland. Return to Edinburgh in the evening.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central Edinburgh
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Note that from 4/2016 onwards, the departure time will be 08:15AM. 
10 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes at Waverley Bridge, opposite the Waverley Train Station

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West Highland Lochs and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Inverary Castle, Scotland

  • Professional guide
  • Transport by luxury 16-passenger Mercedes van
  • Discount card offering for local restaurants, shopping and attractions
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance fees (discount card offers reductions)
Additional Information:
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • There are opportunities to take nature walks; it is recommended to bring suitable clothing and footwear, and prepare for rain
  • The First Edinburgh tour operator to be awarded 5 star status by the Scottish Tourist Board.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Diane B, November 2015

This was a wonderful way to see the highlands, lochs and castles!!! Yes, it was a cloudy, drizzly day in Scotland. But...our tour guide Alan was incredible. He had so much knowledge about the history of the area...and an incredible way of imparting that knowledge. He was quiet and let us relax when needed which was a huge plus!!! We got to see the most wonderful things....getting to wander around an ancient castle was so great. I would recommend this tour to everyone. Just be sure to dress accordingly and don't wear good shoes!!! It gets cold and muddy in November!!
I'm looking forward to doing other tours with this group in the future!!!!

Reviewed by: typeAtrips, October 2015

My husband and I had a fabulous time on this tour. It is a long day, but such a wonderful way to see Scotland. We were only in Edinburgh for 48 hours and I am so glad we booked a tour otherwise we would have missed so much of what Scotland has to offer outside of the city. The bus is very comfortable, there are ample stops and Peter is an excellent guide, truly providing insight into the history of Scotland while being entertaining and personable. I would definitely book another tour when we return to Scotland!

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Tour code: 225003