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.

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.

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!


16th July 2022 – Samantha

Karen was our tour guide and was absolutely wonderful! She was kind, considerate of the needs of her passengers, and had a great sense of humor. We enjoyed having conversations on the side with her to learn more about Scotland and her work as a tour guide. We could also tell how much she enjoyed her job and getting to know new people. My friends and I will highly recommend Karen and the Discover Scotland Tours to our relatives and friends should they travel to Scotland. Thank you for an absolutely amazing experience!


28/06/22 – Naomi

Despite pouring rain for a significant part of the day, this tour to Oban en Glencoe was a real success for me and my 19-year old daughter. I wanted to give her the opportunity to see more of Scotland than just the cities and it worked well. Our guide John was very friendly and enthusiastic and had a lot of knowledge about all the places we visited. We have learned and seen a lot and now know where to go back next time. Thank you very much for this wonderful day!


28/04/22 – Lorraine

The trip out to Oban, and the various stops along the way, was delightful. Our driver, Colin, was knowledgeable, fun, and engaging. He went out of his way to ensure we had a positive experience. We were slightly ahead of schedule, and he stopped at St. Conan’s Kirk to give us 15-20 minutes to explore it. It is a place I’ve wanted to go, but didn’t think I’d ever get there, as no tour included it as a stop off point. That was a total BONUS. I was shocked to find out that our tour was only Colin’s 6th one! Would never have guessed, as he was very comfortable in his role as guide. Looking forward to next year’s visit, and another tour.


17/04/22 - Carol & Arthur

Ive been traveling with Discover Scotland for a number of years. Brilliant company and the drivers are first class. I would not hesitate to recommend this company to anyone looking to book a trip. You will not be disappoint. Thank you once again for a fantastic trip


27/03/22 – Alastair and Romina

Scott and Stuart were absolutely fantastic on the Oban Tour from Glasgow last week. They kept us entertained the whole trip. This tour was the highlight of our trip to Scotland. Have already recommended it to friends and family. Lots of hidden Gems and the knowledge was second to none. Will be coming back and will book another trip next time with Discover Scotland Tours.


26/03/22 – Anna

I cannot recommend the tour enough, it truly was the highlight of our trip to Glasgow. Fergie was an excellent tour guide, providing really interesting facts on the history of the places we visited alongside some funny anecdotes. The structure of the tour itself was spot on. I was worried that we’d be on the coach for a long time, but every stop was timely and didn’t make it feel like we were just sitting on a coach all day which was fab. Each picture stop was phenomenal and it was great to have time to enjoy lunch in Oban and a drink in the pub on the way home. Everything was perfect, as as I said I could not recommend enough. It’s a great day trip, with brilliant spots that make you really appreciate the beautiful Scottish highlands!

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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