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Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh

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icon11 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Soak up the majesty of northwest Scotland on a full-day trip through the West Highlands and Oban from Edinburgh. With a friendly guide, see some of the world’s most stunning scenery from the green hills of seaside Oban to the lochs and mountain peaks of Trossachs National Park. See landmarks like Kilchurn Castle, visit the villages of Luss and Inveraray, and hear tales of famous Scots such as Robert the Bruce.
  • Travel from Scotland's East coast to West coast in one day
  • See the rugged natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands
  • Hear historical tales of Clan rivalry from your expert guide
  • Visit quaint Highland towns, castles and lochs on your small group tour
  • Explore Oban, the seafood capital of Scotland and walk up McCaig's Tower
  • Smaller group tour, with a maximum of 15 people, ensures a more personalized experience
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Professional guide
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Children under 3 years not accepted

Departure Point

Highland Experience Tours, Royal Mile, 1 Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, UK

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your full-day day tour of Scotland’s enchanting Highlands and seaside Oban begins in Edinburgh, where you’ll meet your guide on the Royal Mile. You’ll set off in the morning through the Lowlands towards your first stop in the village of Luss, passing through Glasgow to pick up fellow travelers. Then head into Trossachs National Park for a beautiful scenic drive through forest-covered terrain, punctuated by dramatic mountain peaks. You’ll stop near Loch Lomond to stretch your legs and takes in the sights before continuing west. 

Cruise along the shoreline of the tranquil Loch Awe to the romantic ruins of Kilchurn Castle. As you travel, learn about battles that occurred in this region and rulers like King Robert the Bruce and Clan Campbell, who possessed the Argyll lands for centuries. 

You’ll soon arrive in the colorful coastal town of Oban, where seafood abounds and you can indulge in a lunch of prawn sandwiches, fresh oysters or crab (own expense). Take some time to eat and explore the Victorian town. Visit McCaig's Tower, a granite tower in Roman style that offers stunning views of the bay. Don't hesitate to climb to the top to see all the way to the Isle of Mull!

From here, make your way back to Edinburgh, stopping at the white-washed village of Inveraray. Explore the town’s shops, purchase some local sweets and admire sweeping views of Loch Fyne before returning to the capital. Your tour ends back at the original departure point.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Our trip takes us along the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond
Stop At:  
Luss
The 1st stop of the day will be at Luss. The village is a designated conservation area situated on the banks of the loch. There will be time to wander down to the loch's edge for photographs
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Kilchurn Castle
The castle was a strong hold of the Clan Campbell and we will visit their ancestral seat later
Pass By:  
Loch Awe
The loch is the longest freshwater loch in Scotland at 25 miles end to end and is renowned for its trout fishing.
Stop At:  
Oban
Lunch stop will be in Oban, Gateway to the Isles. There will be time to enjoy some of the freshest seafood around by the harbour.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Inveraray
This pretty little whitewashed town was the 1st planned town in Scotland. The finished product is one of the best examples of an 18th-century new town in Scotland, and the vast majority of the properties in the centre of Inveraray are considered worthy of protection because of the town's architectural significance.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Inveraray Castle
Whilst we are in Inveraray you may wish to visit the fairy-tale castle. home to the Duke of Argyll, head of the Clan Campbell.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children under 3 years not accepted
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Highland Experience Tours

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh.

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  • "An 1 1/2 is just not enough to do the Oban distillery and see other attractions in the town." See review

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star-5
An amazing trip.. Totally recommended!
Giulia_R
, Sep 2020
Our daily trip to Oban and west highlands had been great! Our tour guide has made the day unforgettable. She entertained us throughout the trip with stories about Scotland and curiosities we didn't know about, and always put our needs and entertainment first. Really a recommendable experience!
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Edinburgh 2018
Mary D
, Sep 2018
Overall the trip was ok, only thing is that I just wished there was a little more time in Oban. An 1 1/2 is just not enough to do the Oban distillery and see other attractions in the town.
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Our driver Norman needed to talk...
karenalk
, Aug 2018
Our driver Norman needed to talk loader even after being told 3 times by different people during our trip. Also he needed more personality. Could do with making some 10minute stops for photos as it is a long trip. Other then that the trip was nice.
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fantastic!
j0urney86
, Jul 2018
Great tour, great guide, he was very funny. The scenery was amazing and we did some extra photo-stops, great day out!!!!
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A great way to see the beautiful...
Elizabeth J
, Oct 2017
A great way to see the beautiful country-side. We had a spectacular lunch in Oban. Unfortunately, we had an inconsiderate group on the tour who were constantly late for departures during the day.
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waste time in areas other than Oban...
Scott M
, Sep 2017
waste time in areas other than Oban so that when you get to Oban there is only an hour of time there. Didnt get to enjoy town.
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A nice day, despite the rain. The...
mhartnag
, Aug 2017
A nice day, despite the rain. The stops were nice, but more time needs to be spent in Oban. Having a little over an hour to have lunch and take in the sights was definitely not doable. Traffic was a little heavy going through the preserve but that should be taken into account by the operator. We were able to get up to McCaigs Tower and a quick drink in the Oban Distillery before we had to rush to catch the bus.
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My Dad and I really enjoyed the trip...
Susanne M
, Aug 2017
My Dad and I really enjoyed the trip out to Oban and the west highlands. The tour guide was very knowledgeable in the history of the area and Scotland in general. It was a nice trip and a good learning experience. We enjoyed the music, the sights, and the stories.
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The trip included a lot of...
r_pascal5
, Aug 2017
The trip included a lot of interesting stops, especially in Inveraray. The highlight of the trip was definitely Oban. There were a lot of great seafood options available and the views from McCaig's Tower were amazing!
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A day being driven down the...
Treasa P
, Jul 2017
A day being driven down the interstate to Oban, then an hour for lunch and back on the bus and down the interstate. There were a few short stops for scenery views, but not many and not great views. You also stop at a castle for about 20 minutes which was probably the best part, but not good enough to justify this trip.
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