Oban, Western Highlands, Lochs, Castles & Glencoe

1 Day Tour from Glasgow

Overview

A superb day trip from Glasgow enjoying some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer. Shimmering lochs and breathtaking mountain scenery to historic castles and secret glens.

Visit the iconic Inveraray Castle and enjoy some warm hospitality at a 317-year-old traditional Highland pub that’s said to be haunted.

Prices from £45.00per person

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Max 16 Persons

Tour Duration
09:00 – 19:00

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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.

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.

We’ll stop at a traditional Scottish Highland pub for early evening refreshments. The Drovers Inn has welcomed weary travellers for over 300 years including infamous outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor.

From here we return to Glasgow where your Oban, Western Highlands, Lochs Castles & Glencoe tour ends.

* Inveraray Castle is open from April – Oct only. During these months it opens Thursday – Monday (it is closed on a Tuesday & Wednesday).

1 Day Oban Tour from Glasgow

Departure & Return

Departs from Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW

Your tour will be shown on the Buchanan Bus Station display screen as Discover Scotland Tours – Oban. This screen will also show the bus stance your coach will depart from. We depart from stances 23 – 32.

Check-in 08:45

Departs 09:00

Ends 19:00 (approx).

Returns to Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW


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

  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

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

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

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.


09/08/22 – Helen

Michael was an excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable on the history of Scotland. He made the Tour extremely enjoyable. The scenery was absolutely spectacular. Very comfortable 16 seater coach with air conditioning was a bonus. Would highly recommend to family and friends.


22/07/22 – Selma & Simon 

John was welcoming and such a genuine happy person.   You can see he is not only enjoying his job but he is passionate about his country too.   He spoke clearly at all times and sitting at the back of the bus with my husband who has hearing problems we could hear him at all times.  The history of Scotland was brilliant.  John provided a unique experience and a format I have never had by any guide previously. As well as telling us about Scotland he shared stories of growing up in Glasgow and that of his ancestors along with other folk stories shared through Generations.  Alongside these stories we got to hear a fantastic playlist of Scottish song writers, singers and bands.  This was like the icing in the cake.  I have to say with all the above John was wasn’t talking none stop but when he did speak, we were keen to listen to everything he had to say. Thank you again John for making our trip a one off experience which we believe is gonna be hard to match.


18/07/22 – Shannon

I absolutely loved the tour! Dave was phenomenal and personable, knowledgeable,  funny,  just the best! He was quick to answer questions and offer great recommendations on every town,  even ones we were just passing through.  He even found the hairy coos on the hottest day ever in Scotland!  No joke,  it broke records.  Dave was ever the professional. Honestly,  the trip wouldn’t have been the same without him! I wouldn’t change a thing about the trip; it was truly fantastic.  Even the other passengers were awesome!! We’re so very glad we used Discover Scotland.  It was the best experience!

FAQs

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.

www.inveraray-castle.com

www.inverarayjail.co.uk

The stops at these castles are photo stops at viewpoints.

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