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

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icon10 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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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Driver/guide
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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
Amazing Time
Summer_M
, May 2022
Amazing tour! Keith was first week on the job and he was great. I would definitely recommend. I have never seen more beautiful sights. Definitely appreciates the USB charging on the bus.
star-5
Our guide, Bobby, was...
Beverly_H
, May 2022
Our guide, Bobby, was very knowledgeable and creative about all the sights and stories and facts he shared with us.
star-4
Best we could get in the rain
Frank_B
, May 2022
I can't give the tour a 5 because the weather was awful, but driver/guide James did a great job and tried to give us as much as possible that we could enjoy despite the rain. I would gladly join him again, even with an iffy forecast.
star-5
Fantastic Tour!
Joshua_D
, May 2022
This was a great tour. We went in early May 2022 and we had 14 people in our 16 person Mercedes Van. Jeff was our driver and guide and he was fantastic, with plenty of stories and a good sense of humor. You can tell he really cares about his home and wants you to enjoy it as well. We went to Edinburgh, Inverness and the highlands (including Skye), and Glasgow and the surrounding area and I can say without a doubt we saw some of our most beautiful sights in Glencoe. Just a couple of notes: I wish Rabbies, the operating tour company, would give drivers the contact info for passengers, as we had a couple passengers hold up the group by being back late and poor Jeff had to entertain us while calling the main switchboard in Edinburgh to try and track them down; and though it says about 10 hours, be prepared for 11. It is a long day, but you won't mind. There is a ton to see and I feel the pacing of the tour is great, with 1.5 hours of lunch in Oban (we even got in a quick tasting at the distillery of the same name) and he ended the tour with a half an hour stop for a drink at a pub (usually a coffee/tea stop if children were on board. We had no children).
star-5
Tour with Jeff, Many Memories will You Have Left (he is the best)!!
James_W
, May 2022
Great trip, really do see all Scotland has to offer as relates to varied landscape. Jeff was the best driver and his music was perfect (along with timing of bio breaks). You have a long day (11 hours or so), however you see a ton, so well worth it. Bring some water and snacks, have a good lunch break in Oban (Eat at the Seafood shack with the green roof by the pier).
star-5
April experience
David_S
, Apr 2022
All promises fulfilled. Great experience and value. Easy going and professional guide (Andrew), delivering extra time for the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic
Tamara_D
, Apr 2022
The tour was fantastic, scenic, packed with history, stories, traditions, cultural references and more. The music that Frazer played qlong the way was equally amazing, and made the trip even more enjoyable, I highly recommend it!
star-5
Simply wonderful!
Ruth_L
, Apr 2022
This was my second time to take this tour for new visiting relatives. While the first tour was fantastic, this one was truly wonderful all because of one person, our tour guide/driver James. The knowledge that he shared, by sharing them with good humour and enthusiam, by being patient and considerate allowing us to have more stops for photoshoots made the experience not only interesting but exciting and just indeed wonderful. I will recommend this tour again in a heartbeat if I have another batch of visiting relatives or friends here in Scotland.
star-5
A great day out with Fraser from Rabbit Tours
Emilia_C
, Apr 2022
We had a great day out with our passionate humble guide Fraser from Rabbit tours. He provided many stories with details impossible to find otherwise, Scottish songs and their significance related to every site we visited and the historical stories he shared. A great smooth driver to add to it and that makes for the perfect day o out. We felt like we were friends since ever yet we barely met in the morning.
star-5
Great tour!
Rosa_T
, Apr 2022
We had a really fun and enjoyable day trip with our guide, Stevie, who kept us entertained the entire ride and was incredibly accommodating and knowledgeable. Wouldn't hesitate to book with Rabbie's Tours, especially with Stevie, again!

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