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

Coach Air Filtration
Eliminates Viruses

Guaranteed To Go
Book Now

Small Group Tours
Max 16 Persons

Tour Duration
09:00 - 19:00

To book your tour and check availability just click the book now button

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.

Searching Availability...

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

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!


06/02/22 – Belinda and Jessica Baker

The tour was excellent. John the tour leader/driver was so very knowledgeable and helpful. I now have an urge to find out more about Scottish history from his information regarding the different Clans. He even played tracks by Runrig for me and gave some shocking insights into the lyrics of their songs ie again about Scottish history esp Isle of Skye. I would absolutely highly recommend this tour to others. John gave us lots of photo stops and I felt comfortable with his driving even though i can be a nervous passenger. Fantastic trip highly recommend.


03/01/22 - Felicia

This tour was the highlight of our trip to Scotland. We've been looking forward to it for weeks, watching videos, and researching as much as possible. We got really lucky because the weather was perfect --cold but a sunny day that made it so much easier to take in the beauty of everything we saw. Our tour guide was John who warmly welcomed us, told us interesting stories, gave a great informative tour on the bus, showed us the best sights to see within the areas we were visiting (even giving recommendations for where to eat in Oban), and played Scottish music in the bus. We were a small group of 7 too which made us feel safer given COVID. The bus also had air purifiers and hand sanitizer available. The itinerary had many stops along the way but it never felt like we had too much or too little time in any spot. It was very well planned! 10/10 would recommend 🙂


27/11/21 - Keith

From the outset, Cliff our driver was polite, friendly and keen on making sure we enjoyed our day. Remembering my and my wife's name after we checked in and chatting with us at stops makes a real difference. We felt very comfortable with the precautions taken against Covid; temperature check and asking if we had any symptoms recently. Further, he ensured that masks were worn, bus had been sanitized, air purifier in place and regularly wiped down handles. The itinerary was spot on, great selection of places visited and just the right amount of time spent at each stop. Commentary was just right, not overloaded with dates and held our interest. Having done tours with other companies in other places, I rate this tour as one of the very best. Thanks again for a great day out.


16/10/21 - Trijntje, André and Guus 

We did the Oban, Western Highlands, Lochs, Castles and Glencoe Tour on 16 October 2021 and had a wonderful day. We travelled with our son who is presently studying in Glasgow and it was great to be out in the countryside to see more of Scotland. Our tour guide Jerry expressed his love for Scotland, its rich history and its beautiful nature and monuments with great enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge and he was a joy to listen to! You could really tell it’s not just his job, but his love as well and that made this tour really personal! We travelled in a small van with only eight other passengers which makes it easy to get in and out of places, much better than when you travel in a big tour bus. The small size of the company also gave ample opportunity to ask all the questions we might have and Jerry was willing to answer them all! The tour also offered a fine combination of nature, monuments and at the end a wonderful little pub that has been there for centuries, a really special place. During the whole day our pace was leisurely with plenty of time to see everything on offer. And time flew by, although it was a long day, it didn’t feel like that. My most precious memory is that of the ‘Rest and be thankful’ spot where we had a great view on the valley (glen) below. We hope to come back and would recommend Discover Scotland Tours to everyone!


06/10/21 - Lucy

We were really looking forward to a snapshot day out of Glasgow to experience the highlands as much as possible. I wouldn't usually do a group tour but from doing a Discover Scotland Tour I now feel confident about trying them as the day was such a natural, fun and informative experience. The minibus itself was excellent condition, felt modern spacious and not cramped as I was worried about feeling car sick - which I didn't at all. It was very clean and as there were only 4 of us on the trip, felt spacious and very personal in Jeff speaking to Emily and I, and the other two people on the tour. Jeff explained the day to us, his hopes of what to show us and I really found this valuable. I wouldn't want to change anything, Jeff had the perfect balance of talking about the facts and local stories and history, allowing us to ask lots of questions, and playing wonderful music which was tailored to our discussions! Emily and I both told Jeff the day was 10/10!


18/08/21 - Titilope

The trip was to show my mother-in-law and father in Law around Scotland and they had a lovely time. The driver was amazing and so friendly and took his time to explain all the location. I also loved the songs he played (which were related to areas we were in). I don't normally provide feedback but the tour was exceptional and such a lovely experience that I just had to send a review. I will definitely be going on more trips with you. Thanks again for the experience.

FAQ's

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.

Other tours

Loch Ness, Haunting Glencoe & The Highlands

Our Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands tour is one of our most popular day tours. The journey covers a lot of the Scottish Highlands in a single day. Spectacular Glencoe will take your breath away and you’ll have the chance to spot the mythical Loch Ness Monster with a cruise on Loch Ness.

Isles of Mull, Iona & The Highlands

Discover Scotland’s wild west coast and the outstanding islands of Mull, Iona and their sister isles. Mull is perfect for nature lovers with the chance to spot sea eagles, dolphins and even whales. Visit Iona Abbey and explore Fingal’s Cave on Staffa. Enjoy a walk on one of Scotland’s most spectacular beaches.

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Mallaig & Glencoe

A stunning day tour from Glasgow that takes you to locations from movies such as Skyfall, Highlander and Harry Potter. We’ll travel to Glencoe and the ‘Road to the Isles’, from Fort William to Mallaig, one of Scotland’s most scenic routes. Capture the Jacobite Steam Train crossing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Private & Exclusive tours for families & friends

In the current climate of social distancing and bubbles, now more than ever may be the time to consider a private tour of Scotland for your family and friends.

Our Reviews

We're proud of our reputation. But we won't rest on our laurels. If you've enjoyed a tour with us please share your experience

trip advisor travellers choice 2021
trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2011 trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2012 trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2013 trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2014 trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2015 trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2016 trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2017 trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2018 trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2019 trip advisor travellers choice award 2020 trip advisor travellers choice award 2021

Back to top

Translate »