Highland Lochs, Glens & Castles

1 Day Tour from Edinburgh

Overview

Our Highland tour from Edinburgh will take you to some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer. Shimmering lochs, breathtaking mountain scenery & historic castles.

Visit the magnificent late 14th century Doune Castle and enjoy the incredible views and settings that are the natural splendour of the Highlands.

Prices from £51.00per person

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Max 16 Persons

Tour Duration
09:00 - 19:00

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On this Highlands tour from Edinburgh, we travel west passing Stirling Castle to our first stop at Doune Castle. * You’ll have time to visit this magnificent late 14th century stronghold. The castle stood in for Winterfell in Game of Thrones and Castle Leoch in Outlander. It also starred as Swamp Castle, Castle Anthrax and Camelot in the cult comedy movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

We continue through the Trossachs National Park and the highland town of Callander to lovely Loch Lubnaig. This small but stunningly located stretch of freshwater nestling between two striking mountains, Ben Ledi and Ben Vane is where we’ll have some morning refreshments.

Our small group tour will stop for photos at Kilchurn Castle. This mid-15th century ruins stands at the head of Loch Awe amid a backdrop of soaring mountains.

The classic 18th century planned town of Inveraray enjoys a picturesque setting on the shores of Loch Fyne and is the perfect place to stop. Inveraray is a classic example of an 18th century planned town with its distinctive, white-washed Georgian architecture.

With around 2 hours here you will have time to enjoy lunch and see Inveraray Castle** or have a wander around the town.

We'll make a short stop for photos at the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’, so named thanks to the words carved in stone by weary soldiers who built the original military road in 1753.

Our final stop of the day will be at the charming highland village of Luss. Sitting on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, there’s time to take a stroll around the village and enjoy the stunning views across the loch. From here we make our return to Edinburgh where your Scottish Highland's tour will end.

*We are unable to visit inside Doune Castle as it is temporarily closed due to maintenance work. Access permitting, we will stop for some photos of this 14th century castle.
**Inveraray Castle is open  April - October only. During these months it opens on Thursday - Monday (closed on Tuesday & Wednesdays)

1 Day Highland Tour from Edinburgh

Departure & Return

Departs Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place (opposite the Apex Hotel) Edinburgh

Check-in 08:45

Departs 09:00

Ends 19:00 (approx).

Returns to Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place (opposite the Apex Hotel) Edinburgh


Late Arrivals

In the event you are late for any reason in arriving at your departure point and as result miss your tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.


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

  Doune Castle

  Inveraray Castle

  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.


Luggage

This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel this tour 48 hours or more prior to departure – you will be refunded 90% of the tour price.

Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to departure – no refund will be due.

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


Tour Highlights

Doune Castle. Loch Lubnaig, Loch Awe, Kilchurn Castle, Inveraray, Rest and be Thankful, Arrochar Alps, Highland Village of Luss, Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond.

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

08/07/22 – Jessica

I wanted to let you know that your company is FANTASTIC! The tour I took was to the Scottish Highlands with Frank (who was absolutely wonderful!!), and the pacing was fantastic- I never felt like I was in the car too long or that I didn’t get enough time at a stop (I could have happily spent days in the highlands, but now I know to book the longer tour! 😉) To start- the vehicles are VERY comfortable. Easy to get into, more than enough room for each person in their seat, and very clean. Once our tour started, Frank did his introduction and put on his Scottish playlist (love the mix, especially the inclusion of the Bay City Rollers and Lewis Capaldi). He was a fantastic tour leader- he gave a great amount of information, kept us updated on our route and what was coming next, but also gave us time to just relax and watch the view out the windows with some great music. He was also SO SO KIND and took time to connect with each person on the tour- made sure we all got enough time at our desired spots and got all the photos. I even got some photos with his sidekick Heather the highland cow plushie! The actual tour itself was great- the loop was well thought out, there was enough photo stops that it never felt like the car ride was too long, and Frank was more than happy to tell us about each location and it’s history! (It also doesn’t hurt that the view out the windows is absolutely gorgeous!) I am very excited to come back to Scotland and I hope to take a longer tour with your company! I’ve already recommended it to some fellow travelers as well, and I’ll continue to do so ☺️Thank you!!!


17/06/22 – Stacey

We loved the tour it was one of the best parts of our trip. We had a small group so that made it easy to get to see everything we wanted to see. Our tour guide Marcos was amazing he knew a lot about the area, the history, etc. We loved the small towns we stopped in - it made us feel like we were about to see many areas of Scotland. The trip was easy and fun. Thank you.


30/05/22 - Rhodri and Sarah

Our experience was fantastic on both tours. Marco and Frank answered all of our questions, were incredibly friendly, informative and approachable. Nothing was too much trouble and we had lots of laughs! Despite the rain. We think you are doing a fantastic job and would highly recommend. If we come to Scotland again, we’d be very interested in any Scottish Island tours you may have. Thank you again.


08/05/22 - Greg

Our guide, John, was amazing. He made the trip entertaining and we learned a lot about culture and Scotland. He made sure every guest had a great time. You can tell he truly likes his job and being with your guests. The overall experience was also great. Scotland is a beautiful country and we are happy we scheduled our tour with you.  Keep up the great work. Please pass on our appreciation to John for a great tour.


16/04/22 – Harsh

Me and my partner greatly enjoyed the day tour with your Company on the 16th of April, 2022. Michael was a great guide and driver who gave us important information and entertained us with his jokes and Scottish music in the van. The tour was very well conducted and managed in the exact way as promised. You guys are doing great work and I hope I’m able to book a tour with you during my next visit to Scotland. Good luck!!


12/04/22 – Olinda

I have to tell you that we had a wonderful time!!! The small group, the price, the type of bus, and our tour guy, were all great! Our tour guy, John, made the whole experience more amenable and interesting. We were able to keep our phones charged so I didn't miss taking pictures. We truly enjoyed the tour and will be recommending your company to others.


01/03/22 – Gemay

From the moment we met Michael our tour guide we knew we were going to have a good time, he was very warm, welcoming, funny and had banter from the start, just what we liked. He kept us entertained for the whole tour with great music, interesting facts and great history about your country. Nothing was ever too much of a bother with Michael and we couldn’t of asked for a greater tour guide, he is a real asset to your company. The itinerary was great!! I have previously done a tour to Loch Ness and wanted to explore a different part of Scotland. There was plenty of time to visit each part and nothing felt rushed. It’s a wonderful tour with many stops along the way. Michael even gave us two extra stops. There was a great combination of Lochs, Castles and view points. Our favourite place was Loch Lubnaig! Next time we visit Scotland we would love to do another tour with you guys! 10 out of 10 for value and experience!


12/12/21 – Harry

We have enjoyed a truly wonderful day where all pieces of the puzzle did fit together perfectly. The weather was great for taking pictures – cold but dry and sometimes even sunny – and the scenery was wonderful as most of the mountains were snowcapped. The route was great and felt like a chain of highlights and the real winner was our excellent guide and driver John. We owe him lots of thanks for telling us wonderful stories about Scottish history, heroes of the past and the making of the famous Outlander series. My wife and daughters are big fans so this was a significant plus for us.


24/11/21 - Jenny

Tour was great. The driver was brilliant, friendly and very informative- kept everyone engaged. Couldn't fault him would use your company again.


11/11/21 - Praveen

I went for a day tour to Highlands Loch, Glens and Castles from Edinburgh. I had an amazing experience with beautiful views of Castles, Lochs and finally the village of Luss. Our tour guide Jeff was friendly and informative. We were only a group of two, yet he kept us engaging throughout the tour by sharing his vast knowledge of Scottish history. Above all, he managed to show us all the planned spots despite interruptions with lashing rains. I highly recommend Discover Scotland tours and Jeff for his excellent job as a tour leader.

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