Highland Lochs, Glens & Castles

Shore Excursion from Greenock

Overview

On this Scottish Highlands tour we’ll take you to some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer. Majestic mountains tumble down to shimmering lochs, castles and glens tell tragic tales of centuries ago.

Visit the magnificent Inveraray castle* and explore the pretty Highland conservation village of Luss.

Prices from £93.00per person

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Tour Duration
Full Day

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From Greenock on our Highland Lochs, Glens and Castles shore excursion we’ll cross the River Clyde where your driver guide will point out Dumbarton Castle. William Wallace was betrayed in 1305 by Sir John Menteith who imprisoned Wallace at Dumbarton Castle before handing him over to the English.

Our route will take us along the western side of Loch Lomond and around the head of Loch Long. From there we climb the steep rocky mountain pass to the ‘Rest and be Thankful’. The name comes from the words etched on a stone by soldiers who built the original military road in 1753.

At Inveraray you’ll have time to explore the majestic Inveraray Castle and its spectacular gardens. A classic example of an 18th century planned town that was built by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, chief of the powerful Clan Campbell. With its distinctive, white-washed buildings, the town is a magnificent piece of Scottish Georgian architecture.

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Our small group tour will travel to the imposing Kilchurn Castle, which stands at the head of Loch Awe amid a backdrop of soaring mountains where we’ll capture some photos of this mid-15th century castle.

We’ll stop for a light bite and some refreshments within the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

Our last stop of the day is on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond at the picturesque Highland village of Luss. You’ll have some time to have wander around the village. From Luss we return you to your cruise ship where your Highland Lochs, Glens & Castles tour will end.

Inveraray Castle is open from 28th March – 28th Oct only. During these months it opens Thursday – Monday (it is closed on a Tuesday & Wednesday). We will still visit Inveraray town and you can get exterior photos of Inveraray Castle.

Highland Lochs, Glens & Castles Shore Excursion from Greenock

Departure & Return Information

Departs & Returns: Quayside, Ocean Terminal Greenock.

Departure and Return Times: This can be found on your email confirmation.

Check In Terminal staff members will direct you to where our coaches will be waiting. We ask you to be at the mini-coach at least 15 minutes prior to the departure time to allow for check in and to ensure we depart on time.

Full Day Excursions
Our full day shore excursions take around 8.0-8.5 hours to complete and are designed to return you to port a minimum of 1 hour before your ship is due to depart.

Shorter Docking Times
This excursion can be operated for ships that have shorter docking times, however we will have to reduce the amount of time at some visitor attractions. For lunch we suggest grabbing a sandwich instead of having a lunch stop to make the most of the time you have.

Shorter Docking Time Ships
Disney Dream 10th September 2024


Tuesday & Wednesday Cruise Arrivals
Please note Inveraray Castle is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, therefore we are unable to visit the interior of the castle. We will still visit Inveraray town and you will be able to get exterior pictures of the castle.

Ship arrivals on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Regal Princess 8th May 2024
Regal Princess 21st  May 2024
Regal Princess 25th June 2024
Jewel of the Seas 24th July 2024
Regal Princess 31st July 2024
Regal Princess 13th August 2024
Caribbean Princess 3rd September 2024
Disney Dream 10th September 2024
Regal Princess 17th September 2024.

Price Reduction
The entry cost to Inveraray Castle for the above dates has been not been included on your shore excursion cost.


Late Arrivals

We don’t want anyone to miss out on their experience, however we are sure you understand we must depart on time. It would help us when making your booking to give us a mobile contact number so that we can try and contact you on the day. If you need to contact us, please call us on  +44 141 887 6777.


Children

We regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.


What’s Included

Transport in a 16-seat mini coach

Coach Air Filtration System as standard

Air Conditioning as standard

Services of an English-speaking driver-guide

Entry to Inveraray Castle (except for Tuesday and Wednesday arrivals)

  Meals & Refreshments


What to Bring

In Scotland we can get 4 seasons in 1 day, so we suggest bringing suitable clothing for all conditions, including a waterproof jacket and layers of clothing.

Shoes that are suitable for short walks on uneven paths and rough terrain. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and your camera to capture fantastic memories you’ll make on tour with us!

Most attractions & eating establishments we visit accept card payments, however we recommend bringing some cash with you.


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your reservation/excursion 15 days or more prior to departure you will be refunded 90% of the excursion price.

Cancellations made less than 15 days prior to departure – no refund will be due.

Cancellations must be made in writing. For further information please refer to our terms and conditions.

In the event your ship is unable to dock for whatever reason – you will receive a full refund.


Tour Highlights

Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Ben Lomond, Highland Village of Luss, Arrochar Alps, Rest and be Thankful, Inveraray Castle, Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe and the Drovers Inn.

Please have a look at some customer experiences with Discover Scotland Tours.

12/09/22 – Roger and Johanne

The tour in Glasgow was the best we had over our 12 days cruise. Our guide Michael was so nice, funny, professional and knowledgeable.  We highly recommend your tour to anyone visiting Scotland.. Thanks Michael for us. He is such a wonderful person to talk to. It was great to listening to all the stories he told us. And his music choice was lovely.


26/07/22 – Arwood

This tour was outstanding. We couldn’t be happier with what we saw and heard. Michael our guide was very knowledgeable and very interesting. He provided background info to all the sites that really helped to better understand Scottish history. The Mercedes 16 passenger van was new and very comfortable. That size is highly recommended as it went were large buses couldn’t go and kept the group size to a better level. The extra touches as a gift bag and water at the start was really appreciated. Don’t miss this tour as it can’t be beat for quality or price.


23/09/19 – Sara

I loved our Scotland tour with Jeff!  Jeff was a great tour guide with a great sense of humour and lots of information to tell us about!  We had lots of time to stop and take photos when we wanted and had time to walk around some areas.  I would definitely recommend this tour and your company to anyone!  I loved the small size of the van. We had 15 people on board and it was just the right amount. We were lucky and had a nice day for touring. It did rain a bit but we were on the bus at the time so good timing!  Thanks so much for the great tour!  Good tour guides really make the difference and Jeff added to our enjoyment of Scotland. I will definitely come back for a longer stay!


15/09/19 – Jill

Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our tour with John to Loch Lomond and Inverary. He was an excellent guide. We were visiting from the US on a cruise. We found your company through a Google search and were attracted by the pricing and by the unique itinerary as well as the convenience of pick up at the port. Thanks again for a lovely tour!


21/07/19 – John & Teri

Great tour. We had a wonderful time!


26/06/19 – Judy

We enjoyed our tour very much (**** rating). Scotland is beautiful and we enjoyed our visit, taking many beautiful photos of the Lochs and Glens. The lunch at the Drovers Inn was incredible – everyone loved it – best meal on our two week adventure!


27/05/19 – Ken & Miu

Our tour with Micheal, with his great sense of Scottish humour, to the highlands was really exceptional! We love every moment of it, including all the “extras” thrown in with “excess” time our group had. Many thanks to Michael!


22/05/19 – Jeff & Mary Jo

The tour was an absolute delight.  All our expectations were met.  Tour guide, Cliff was knowledgeable and diligently concerned that all guests were enjoying the journey.  We highly recommend using this tour service to anyone visitor the area.  Thanks for a wonderful experience.


21/05/19 – Mimi

We were picked up in a clean, comfortable minibus by Cliff who was not only a good driver but had a wealth of information to share. We drove the length of Loch Lomond, visited the village of Luss and Inveraray Castle. The mountains were beautiful, as were the lochs. Lunch was excellent and the Drovers Inn had all of the ambience a 300 plus year old inn should have. I would certainly recommend Discover Scotland Tours and wish we had had time for a longer one!


19/05/19 – Joseph

Loved the tour.  Showed the beauty of Scotland.  Driver was great.  Would definitely recommend to others going to Scotland.

FAQ's

At this time we only operate from the Port of Greenock.

Seats are chosen on a first come first serve basis, we are unable to take requests for specific seats. Our mini coaches all have panoramic windows so the beautiful Scottish landscape can always be enjoyed, no matter where you sit.

If you suffer from motion sickness, then you may be affected by the roads in Scotland. They can be twisty and narrow. It’s best to come prepared with a travel sickness preventative, whether that be medicinal, wristbands or another option, to ensure it doesn’t impact your overall enjoyment of the tour.

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