Oban, Western Highlands, Lochs, Castles & Glencoe

1 Day Tour from Glasgow


A superb day trip from Glasgow enjoying 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 Inveraray Scotland’s first planned town. Lying on the shores of Loch Fyne the town is a magnificent piece of Scottish Georgian architecture with its distinctive white washed buildings.

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Tour Duration
08:30 – 18:45

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Our small group tour passes dramatic Dumbarton Rock and its castle perched atop that stands guard over the River Clyde. Travelling along the west side of Loch Lomond your driver-guide will point out Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly Munro.

We’ll take a short break to enjoy the stunning views at the ‘Rest and be Thankful’. The name comes from travellers of old, who would stop, rest, and be thankful for reaching the top of this steep climb.

A short hop and we arrive at the Highland town of Inveraray. Established in 1745 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, chief of the powerful Clan Campbell, you can explore the town or take an optional visit to Inveraray castle*.

We’ll pause at the imposing mid-15th century Kilchurn Castle, which stands at the head of Loch Awe amid a backdrop of soaring mountains.

Renowned for the variety and quality of its seafood, Oban is where we’ll stop for lunch. It’s a steep climb up to McCaig’s Tower but for your effort you will be rewarded with stunning panoramic views over Oban Bay.

Our journey continues along the rugged west coast, passing Loch Creran to Castle Stalker. Situated on its own little islet in Loch Laich, we’ll stop here to capture some photos.

Inveraray Castle Rest and be Thankful Inveraray Kilchurn Castle at Loch Awe Castle Stalker McCaig's Tower Glencoe

After the beauty of Argyll’s stretching sea lochs we arrive in Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous glen. It’s also known as the ‘Weeping Glen’ due to the terrible events that took place here in 1692.

Our last stop of the evening will be within the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, where you can enjoy an early evening refreshment before our return to Glasgow.

* 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.

1 Day Oban Tour from Glasgow

Departure & Return

Departs/Returns: Bus Stances 23-32, Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW

Tour Check-in 08:15 | Tour Departs 08:30 | Tour Ends 18:45

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.


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

  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.


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

Arrochar Alps, Rest and be Thankful, Inveraray Castle (summer only), Kilchurn CastleLoch AweObanCastle StalkerGlencoeRannoch Moor, The Drovers Inn and Loch Lomond.

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

07/03/23 – Claudia

Our day with Gary was fantastic! I wouldn’t change a thing. We had an absolute blast and would definitely book another tour with this company for our next trip. He’s a fantastic tour guide and lovely man who was making me laugh the whole time – couldn’t have asked for a nicer guide. I can only say positive things about our tour and am very grateful for the amazing day we had. Thank you again!

30/01/23 – Florencia

I had such a great time on the tour! It was my birthday and I couldn’t spend it any better, genuinely one of the best experiences I’ve ever had! There were only 3 people on our tour and I think the small number really made the experience, we got to bond for the whole day (Even though we didn’t know each other before) and had more time to visit several sites, we also had the weather on our side (somehow it only started raining only whenever we got back in the van!). My favourite part of the tour was the Loch Lomond stop that we did first thing in the morning. We managed to catch the early sunrise and the place was pretty empty, it was truly beautiful! Our guide told us that the stop wasn’t always included but I think that was one of the highlights of the trip. Also absolutely love Conan’s Kirk, I think it’s a definite must, it’s such a lovely little place with a lot of history and a beautiful lake in front (all 3 of us wanted to stay there forever)! Just wanted to say thank you to the whole company for such a perfect trip, everyone’s amazing, really friendly and warm. Especially thanks to our guide Colin, who’s been a great friend and took care of the 3 of us throughout the whole trip 🙂 He was really lovely, understood each of our needs and was generally an absolute pleasure to get to know, he also drove really well and we had such a good time chatting away in the van (please give him 10 stars from me!) and still picked us up from the station even though there were only 3 of us. I would def recommend it to a friend and would def come back to the highlands with Discover Scotland!

12/01/23 – Frank

Please be advised that we took a tour with John on January 12 and had a great time. John is a very interesting person and kept us abreast of everything that we were seeing .He has a lot of information which he shares with his passengers and made the tour very interesting! He is also very friendly and put all his passengers at ease . I commend your company for having such a great tour guide!

13/12/2022 – Amanda

We had a lovely trip and our tour with you was one of the highlights of the trip! Our tour guide John Sheedy was amazing, he was informative and you could tell how much he loves Scotland and sharing its beauty with us! The only thing I am bummed about is that I did not book more than 1 tour on this trip! Next time we come, we will be sure to book more tours!

09/12/22 – Mohammed

Thank you for an amazing experience we had with you. A big shout out to Karen our tour leader. It could not have been better, I would definitely suggest all of my friends who are planning to visit Scotland. Karen was amazing, funny, detailed and thorough about everything, the entire tour was really comfortable and enjoyable. Thanks again for the experience.

19/11/22 – Claire

We absolutely loved the trip and everything about it. Firstly, Scott was brilliant , fabulous personality that made it fun yet very very informative too. The music on the bus was great and really made it feel very ‘Scottish’ and very appropriate to the places we visited. It was a very well balanced trip with lots of stops , including a couple of extra ones that Scott managed to fit in. Loved everywhere we visited and we were very lucky with the weather which obviously helped. The bus was very comfortable too with lovely big windows. We have been on many trips around the world and have been crammed on vehicles of similar size but with tiny windows and low roof so very poor visibility. I’m so pleased the visibility on your vehicle was great. The cost of the trip offered great value for money and we do plan on returning to Glasgow and when we do we will try and incorporate the longer 3 day tour to Skye that you do. I would definitely recommend your company to friends and family.

16/10/22 – Frank

Scott – our tour guide was very knowledgeable, flexible and entertaining. He was the best tour guide we have ever had. The bus was comfortable. I would highly recommend this tour to all.

10/10/22 – Amy

I was traveling solo for 10 days in Scotland, and booking this tour was one of the best decisions I made. It was great to be able to sit back and enjoy the magnificent scenery while Stuart regaled us with tales of history and geography and his own very interesting life story. He had just the right amount of patter mixed with Scottish tunes. The day was very well paced, with ample time for photos, touring, shopping and eating.  Highly recommend!!

14/09/22 – Sandra & Paul

Our journey started with a very friendly welcome from John Black.  The scenery was amazing and the entertainment along the way from John was excellent.  He even had a great range of Scottish music to accompany us.  We loved Oban and tried the fish restaurant recommended by John which was excellent.  It was a long day with plenty of things to see along the way.  We would recommend this tour to anyone and the fact it is only a 16 seater bus made it more personal.  We are hoping to return to Scotland again and will definitely be booking another trip.  We love the idea of going to Skye for 3 to 4 days and being shown all the sights by an expert.  Give John a bonus – he deserves it!!!!!!

11/08/22 – Sinead

We had an amazing time on our tour from start to finish. Colin was a brilliant tour guide, he was very funny and had lots of interesting information. Colin also went above and beyond trying to find ‘hair cops’ for me as I’ve always wanted to see them. The bus itself was very comfortable and clean. The tour was great with loads of stunning view throughout. Oban is a lovely town and was probably my favourite part of the tour. I would recommend your tour company to my friends and family and would even love to come back to do the Loch Ness tour.


We do not have a scheduled visit to Oban distillery on this tour. Our stop in Oban is our lunch stop, however if you have time the distillery shop may be open for a browse.

You can buy tickets for both attractions on their websites however pre-booking is not essential. Tickets can be purchased on the day direct from each attraction.



The stops at these castles are photo stops at viewpoints.

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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