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West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles from Edinburgh

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West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles from Edinburgh

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icon9 hours 45 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience the beauty of rural Scotland on this 9.5-hour West Highland lochs and castles day trip from Edinburgh. Visit the iconic Doune Castle in Stirlingshire with a guide, then head deep into the Scottish Highlands. Take in fine views over shimmering lakes and soaring peaks, and enjoy an hour’s free time in Glen Ogle. Then, head onward to Loch Awe and Kilchurn Castle — widely considered Scotland's prettiest castle. Explore the highland village of Inveraray and perhaps visit Inveraray Castle. Travel through the beautiful Arrochar Alps back to Edinburgh.
  • Full-day tour of the West Highlands’ lochs and castles from Edinburgh
  • Visit Stirling Castle, Loch Awe, and Kilchurn Castle
  • Travel deep into the Scottish Highlands, home to the mighty Arrochar Alps
  • Admire the tranquil lakes and soaking peaks of the Highlands in Glen Ogle
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521-523 Lawnmarket , 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PE, UK

521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE From outside the Ensign Ewart Pub

9:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 4 years old.
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Digital translations in English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian & Mandarin available on request.
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund.
  • Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before your tour's departure time.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Timberbush Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "We got totally lost and had to get a taxi, which was a sad and expensive way to end the day." See review
  • "This was a great way to see the Highlands if you don't want to be on the bus for 12 hours." See review
  • "Yes, there are a lot of stairs in the castle, but even with bad knees, I was able to enjoy the tours - but I balked at the spiral stair up to the top of Doune Castle!" See review

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261 Reviews

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star-5
Great tour!
kimknight7
, May 2022
Our tour guide Alan was fantastic! He shared tons of information from the start of the trip right up to the very end. It was a busy day but there are some great stops, you definitely get your money's worth!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! I'm happy to hear you had a great time on the West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles tour with Alan as your driver-guide. It's fab that he shared loads of information the whole way, and that you felt like you definitely got your money's worth. Hopefully we will see you on another tour some time soon! Best wishes, David
star-5
Fantastic Day!
DANIEL_M
, May 2022
Great experience. Nestor was terrific. Highly recommend this tour. Scenery and presentation were wonderful. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! The West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles tour is a great one, I'm glad that Nestor was a terrific driver-guide for it as well! Hopefully we will see you on another tour one day to show you even more of Scotland. Best wishes, David
star-4
Stuart was a great guide....
Joan_P
, May 2022
Stuart was a great guide. Very knowledgable and friendly. Our itinerary a bit rushed at times due to visit at sterling castle.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! I'm glad you found Stuart to be a great driver-guide and that he was very knowledgeable and friendly. I'm sorry that you felt a bit rushed, sometimes due to having to be at locations for certain times, we need to keep the tour moving, but we will take the feedback on board and hopefully see you on another tour soon! Best wishes, David
star-5
This tour was one of the...
Lizette_J
, May 2022
This tour was one of the best tours I have ever received.Keith made it’s so fun with his stories and knowledge. I strongly recommend this tour. However, are you a tall person be aware of the limited spacing on the bus unfortunately. Not that suitable for tall people…
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi there, Lizette. Thank you for your review! It's brilliant than our West Highland Lochs, Mountains and Castles is one of the best tours you've ever been on and that Keith made it so much fun with his stories and knowledge. As a tall person myself, I sympathise with you, hopefully there were enough stops for you to stretch your legs and keep you comfortable though and I hope we will see you on another tour soon! Best wishes, David
star-5
Fantastic! Our guide Stuart was incredible
syb80010
, Apr 2022
Our guides knowledge of history and the beautiful highlands landscape. We have a wonderful experience
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! I'm glad to hear you had a great time on the West Highlands Lochs, Mountains & Castles tour and that your driver-guide was full of knowledge! Hopefully we will see you again soon! Best wishes, David
star-5
Majestic Experience!
Andy_W
, Apr 2022
This was one of the best tours I've ever been! The most engaging tour guide (Neil) who took us through a majestic journey across the Western Highlands with lots of fun facts and history! After this experience, I will definitely book another longer tour - it's worth every penny and the memories you'll get is priceless!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi there, Andy. Thank you for the review! I'm glad to hear that ours was one of the best tour you've ever been one. It's great that you found Neil so engaging and that you left feeling it was worth the money with plenty of memories. Hopefully we will see you on another tour some day! Best wishes, David
star-5
We enjoyed it so much!...
Belle_B
, Mar 2022
We enjoyed it so much! Have visited 4 castles in a day! Our driver Neil was knowledgeable and time spent on each site for stop over is enough to explore.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! 4 castles in one day sounds like a great day out! I'm glad you had a great time on tour with Neil and learned a lot, hopefully we will see you on another tour one day. Best wishes, David
star-5
An amazing tour!
Jessica_W
, Mar 2022
Neil did a great job on the tour. He kept a multi hour drive interesting with his storys. I also enjoyed seeing all the amazing towns throughout the trip. My favorite stop was the first stop, Stirling castle. I enjoyed it most because there was so much to do and see. Overall, I highly recommend Neil as a tour guide.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi there, Jessica. Thank you for the review! Stirling Castle is a great stop, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit there, and your time on tour with us and Neil! Hopefully we will see you again some day! Best wishes, David
star-5
Wonderful. Bring a small thins to eat for maximum experience
Mary_S
, Mar 2022
Love the view and the guide. Gary is easy going, funny, a lot of knowledge of the area and makes a wonderful guide. I recommend to come with the right mindset and a little bag of snacks and water to make the most of the experience. It’s a guided bus tour. You will sit on the bus and only go off for a sort time on every stop. Make sure to keep that in mind and you will enjoy the lovely trip. To make the most of every stop: pack a small grab-bag with water for the day, fruits, something to eat that you don’t need to heat and maybe chocolate bars. Than when you stop for a food stop you can just sit down and enjoy your self with your food and not stand a line, gives you the to go tho the shop to buy something instead.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi there, Mary. Thank you for your review! That's great advice - it's always a good idea to bring some snacks and water on the bus, and it saves you time queueing at stops! I'm glad you had a great time on your West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles tour with Gary and that you found him easy going, funny, and full of knowledge! Hopefully we will see you again some day! Best wishes, David
star-5
Michael was great! I took...
Haley_C
, Mar 2022
Michael was great! I took the other tour to Stirling castle and it was very cool. Michael was very nice to everyone and had a lot of knowledge about Scotland.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi there, Haley. Thank you for your review! I'm happy to hear you had a great time on your West Highland Lochs, Mountains and Castles tour with Michael and that you found he was nice to everyone and very knowledgeable! Hopefully we will see you again soon! Best wishes, David
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Adrian our driver, was...
Eliza_H
, Mar 2022
Adrian our driver, was fabulous. Extremely informative,fun and helpful. The scenic views we're spectacular and loved the Scottish music in the bus. Myself and my parents would highly recommend and will look forward to returning to Scotland. Thank you very much.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi Eliza, We're so happy to hear your West Highlands Lochs, Mountains & Castles tour with Adrian was a good one. The views on this tour are spectacular and we're delighted to know you and your parents had a good day. When you're next in Scotland we would love to see you on tour with us again.
star-5
Heaven on earth
Sultana_B
, Feb 2022
Had a amazing time with beautiful views and our tour guide Neil was very friendly and kept us all entertained throughout the journey
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi there, It's great to hear that you enjoyed your time with our brilliant driver guide Neil on the West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles tour. Scotland is full of beautiful views so we're happy you were able to experience that whilst being entertained by Neil. We hope to see you on tour with us again very soon
star-5
Stunning!
Kimberley_B
, Feb 2022
Guided tours like this are really handy when you don't have a car. Stuart was a lovely guide. He had lots of great knowledge about the areas and Scottish culture in general for us tourists. The weather was authentically Scottish, but the van was comfortable and warm every time. The sights and views were gorgeous! Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Hi There, We're delighted to hear that you had a great time on our West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles tour with our driver-guide Stuart. It can be very cold in Scotland so it's good to know that our coaches are warm and comfortable. We hope to welcome you on tour with us again soon.
star-5
Amazing!
Khrystyna_D
, Dec 2021
We went on this tour with Stuart and he was amazing. Separate thanks for the music he played, it definitely created special atmosphere together with spectacular views. Also, thanks for the food suggestion (Cullen skink), yam yam. Highly recommended! Cheers from Ukrainians ❤
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hello and thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are so glad you had a great time with Stuart on your West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles tour. I will be sure to pass along your comments to him. We always love to hear when our passengers try their Driver-Guide's recommendations for food and are glad you enjoyed your Cullen Skink! Thank you for choosing Timberbush Tours. Happy holidays and all the best in 2022!
star-5
Amazing
Scott_A
, Oct 2021
Great tour! We saw more than we expected to. The price was really reasonable and the driver highly accommodating and knowledgeable. Will definitely book with timberbush again.
star-5
Amazing
Clare_L
, Aug 2021
The whole experience was excellent, from the luxury minibus, to our excellent tour guide. We both learnt and saw so much on our trip. Cannot recommend enough.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you for your review, Clare!
star-4
Highland and Loch tour
Rajit_R
, Mar 2020
The weather notwithstanding, it was a good trip. It delivered what it ‘said on the cover’. The guide Patrick Douglas was excellent and his commentary all through definitely was informative and added to the experience.
star-3
Heavy on driving, light on interesting stops
Christiana_S
, Nov 2019
Jim was a great guide and driver, but I wouldn't recommend the tour. Without the stop at Inveraray Castle (which they don't state upfront is closed to the public in the winter), it's heavy on driving and light on interesting stops. Would be better if they had an alternate castle visit plan for when the main event of the tour won't be possible, and more scenic stops in the highlands, fewer gift shop/cafe stops.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Vacation in Scotland
Ray_R
, Nov 2019
Enjoyed the tour. Gary our tour guide is very knowledgeable & very nice guy. He made our trip jolly with some joke. I also would like to thank Gary, my husband dropped his phone somewhere & we knew he will never recover it. For some reason I called the tour company & inquired if they see my husband's phone. The guy who answered the phone said Gary is on his way to their office & said he found the phone & Gary himself brought cellphone in our hotel. Gary thank you very much again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The Beauty of the Highlands
Susan_M
, Oct 2019
This was a great way to see the Highlands if you don't want to be on the bus for 12 hours. This is less than 10 and we were able to see a lot of the old backwoods of Scotland. Our guide Gary was friendly and such a gentleman. He showed us as much as he could despite of the rain and cold. The town of Inveraray was very nice. We had a very good meal at the George Inn with fresh seafood.

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