Tours & activities by Historvius from Viator

West Highland Lochs and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

296 Reviews

  • 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.

Highlights

  • 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.

Recent Photos of this Tour


Schedule details

Select a month to view a calendar of availability and departure details.

Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central Edinburgh
Departure Time:
8:30am
Duration:
10 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes at Waverley Bridge, opposite the Waverley Train Station

Pricing information

Click the link below to check pricing & availability on your preferred travel date. Our pricing is constantly updated to ensure you always receive the lowest price possible.


Pricing information

West Highland Lochs and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Inverary Castle, Scotland
©22220266

Inclusions:
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by luxury 16-passenger Mercedes van
  • Discount card offering for local restaurants, shopping and attractions
Exclusions:
  • 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
Voucher Info:
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. What's this?
Local Operator Information:
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Catherine H, July 2015

The tour was exactly what I wanted and more. James was the perfect tour guide. He was funny, informative and a wonderful ambassador for Scotland tourism. I would highly recommend this tour and if you goask to be with James!

Reviewed by: Anne Valerie V, July 2015

It was a great tour. Gordon was our tour guide. He's very knowledgeable and friendly.

From USD $60.34

View price calendar



1.

Select Travel Date

Flexible date guarantee


2.

Enter total number of travelers:


Please note: After your purchase is confirmed we will email you a link to your voucher.
What's this?

Tour code: 225003