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Oban, Glencoe, West Highland & Castles

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Hours
Adult Cost: GBP 44 Per Person ( INR 4429 )
Child Cost: GBP 36 Per Child ( INR 3623 )
Tour Start Time: Starts at: 0830 Hrs

Operational Days of sightseeing

Daily:

Departure Point - Coach Tour Stop, 266 George Street

Tour Details

If you love old ruined castles, tales of old clan rivalries, west coast villages and brilliant mountain scenery then you'll find this tour difficult to beat! Depart Glasgow at 09.00 and travel northwest, through the gorgeous Glen Fruin, driving parallel with Loch Long. From here we will be crossing the Highland boundary fault line where the scenery changes quickly and dramatically - the flat fertile plains of the Lowlands giving way to shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops and forest-filled glens. It's easy to forget that this was once thought of as a dangerous frontier fought over by the fiercely territorial Highland clans such as the MacGregors, made famous by highland folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor. Loch Lomond is Scotland's largest loch and it takes its name from the mountain Ben Lomond on the eastern shore. We will then take a leisurely drive over the at 'Rest and Be Thankful' mountain pass. It was given its name in 1753 by the weary soldiers who had just finished building the old military road up through Glen Croe (not to be confused with Glencoe which you will visit later in the day) From here we will travel through the steep-sided mountains, known as the Arrochar Alps, to the picturesque harbour town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne, famous for the18th-century castle and home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Campbell clan. The town was built at the same time as the castle and is a classic 18th century planned village with its straight wide streets and dignified Georgian houses, designed by Robert Adam, famous for his architecture in Edinburgh's New Town. From here we will drive along the shore of Scotland's longest loch, Loch Awe, where we stop for the short walk out to visit Kilchurn Castle, a magnificent ruin situated in the middle of Loch Awe and former home of the Campbells of Breadalbane. We will then continue to the harbour town of Oban, gateway to the Isles, for lunch of your choice. After lunch we will then travel north along the west coast around Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker, and into Scotland's most famous valley, Glencoe. Stunningly beautiful, with its dramatic cliff faces and steep slopes, Glencoe is infamous as the site of the Glencoe massacre in 1692. Following orders from King William, Scottish soldiers under the leadership of Captain Robert Campbell slaughtered 38 men, women and children of the Macdonald clan. This was especially shocking as the soldiers had been living with the people of Glencoe for 2 weeks and killed them in their own homes. Nobody was ever punished for this crime, as the King himself had signed the order, but the Highlands would never be the same again. Travelling south as we pass the majestic peak of Buachaille Etive Mor (meaning 'the great shepherd of Etive') we descend towards the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor. At an altitude of over 1000ft, covered by heather and peat-bogs and dotted with dozens of lochs, it's a unique landscape. From here we will then travel through Glen Falloch, and then drive south towards Loch Lomond. This is Scotland's largest loch and it takes its name from the mountain Ben Lomond on the eastern shore. The last stop of the day will be in Luss, an 18th century conservation village with old workers cottages, built for the labourers of the Estate. From here we return to Glasgow at approx 19.00.

Tour Inclusions

  • Transport by top of the range Mercedes minibus (usually a 16-seater vehicle without WC facility), professional Rabbie's driver guide, and Rabbies discount card which entitles you to money off at selected restaurants, shopping and tourist attractions (10% discount off restaurants, shopping and attractions).

Cancellation

A 15% refund applies to completely untilized sightseeing (atleast 8 days prior to commencement of the tour).Within 8 days it is non refundable.

Additional Info

  • Children under the age of 5 are not allowed to join this tour.
  • Operational from 01st Apr 2019 - 31st Mar 2020 (Operating times are estimated only).
  • This tour is operated in air conditioned vehicles.

Note*: Lunch, refreshments and entrances not included. Due to the nature walks involved in this tour it is recommended that you bring suitable clothing an footwear as Scotland can be a wet place!