Loch Awe

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  • From Edinburgh: West Highland Lochs & Castles Full-Day Trip

    1. From Edinburgh: West Highland Lochs & Castles Full-Day Trip

    From Edinburgh, travel west, passing the historic and imposing Stirling Castle, high on its volcanic rock, and on to a visit at the magnificent Doune Castle (which featured in the cult movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"). From there, drive into the Highlands, past the lovely Loch Lubnaig and up through impressive Glen Ogle, stopping nearby for lunch and beautiful views of the surrounding scenery.

    After lunch, drive further into the Highlands, stopping to view one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, Kilchurn Castle, jutting into beautiful Loch Awe and stunningly framed by the surrounding mountains.

    Then it’s on to Inveraray, a quaint small town built in the mid-18th century, on the shore of Loch Fyne. Explore the town and pick up some Highland souvenirs, or pay an optional visit to Inveraray Castle (April to October only), the historic home of the Duke of ...

    Fantastic full day trip visiting the beautiful Highlands and stopping plenty of times to see castles lochs villages and feed Highland cows! The views were incredible and our guide Stewart was extremely friendly and his knowledge was fantastic, the mini bus was very clean and comfortable too. Highly recommended trip!

  • From Glasgow: Oban, Glencoe, Highland Lochs & Castles Tour

    2. From Glasgow: Oban, Glencoe, Highland Lochs & Castles Tour

    Explore the stunning lochs and castles of the Western Highlands on this small group tour from Glasgow. You'll see the superb ruins of Kilchurn on Loch Awe, the bustling west coast harbor town of Oban, and the dramatic beauty of Glencoe. Depart Glasgow at 8:30 AM and travel through gorgeous Glen Fruin, driving parallel with Loch Long. You'll then cross the Highland boundary, where the scenery changes quickly and dramatically–the flat plains of the Lowlands give way to shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops and forest-filled glens. Continue your drive over the Rest and Be Thankful mountain pass before traveling through the Arrochar Alps. You'll then arrive at the picturesque harbor town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne. From here you will drive along the shore of Scotland’s longest loch, Loch Awe, where you'll stop to take photos of Kilchurn Castle, a magnificent ruin right in the...

    The tour was well planned with the stops to take pictures and use the facilities. The guide was exelent with his knowledge, advices and driving skills. We're happy to have the possibility to visit all the sites, to taste local food, to hear the stories and enjoy the breathtaking views.

  • Glasgow: Highlights of Scotland Tour

    3. Glasgow: Highlights of Scotland Tour

    Departing from Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow, you’ll follow the western shores of Loch Lomond and enter the Highlands. The first stop of the day is a photo stop at "Rest and be Thankful" - a viewpoint overlooking the valley. Then it’s onwards to the town of Inveraray, on the banks of Loch Fyne. Here you can explore the town or pay entry to Inveraray Castle. From Inveraray, you’ll continue north to Loch Awe, another beautiful Highland loch. On the banks of the loch sits the ruins of Kilchurn Castle. There’s a perfect viewpoint for you to admire the panoramic views here. At lunchtime you will reach the coastal town of Oban. Known as the seafood capital of Scotland, there are lots of places to enjoy some delicious food. For the more adventurous there’s the walk up to McCaig’s tower, a stone folly with spectacular views over towards the Isle of Mull and beyond. After lunch you can visit ...

    DON’t MISS THIS TRIP! Absolutely stunning day with the best guide Nick. If you want to see the best of Scotland, with great knowledge and humour provided, book this trip. It’s a long day but divided up perfectly , the changes in the landscape are breathtaking. With only 3 days in Glasgow really felt we got to see a great wonderful chunk of this beautiful country ..

  • West Highlands Lochs & Castles Tour from Edinburgh

    4. West Highlands Lochs & Castles Tour from Edinburgh

    Enjoy a small group tour of Scotland’s Western Highlands, and explore some of its most atmospheric lochs and castles. Traveling in a comfortable 16-seat Mercedes minibus, you will depart Edinburgh and head west past Stirling Castle. The first stop will be Doune Castle, built for Robert Stewart, the Duke of Albany, over 600 years ago. You might recognize it from the famous comedy film, Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Continue to Callander, where you will pause for a coffee, before leaving the rolling farms for the wild mountains and forests of the Highlands. Visit Loch Luibnaig, and continue over the Braes of Balquhidder, final resting place of Highland outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Made famous by Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy was a sort-of Highland Robin Hood, who stole from the rich, but never quite got round to giving it to the poor! From Balquhidder, the tour winds its way throug...

    Great day trip. Loved every minute. I did 4 trips with Rabbies over a two week visit to Edinburgh and Inverness and had no complaints. Lovely, knowledgeable and eager to please guides. Highly recommend Rabbies. Thanks Rabbies, love you work. From female solo traveller. March 2020

  • Oban, Lochs & Inveraray Full-Day Tour from Edinburgh

    5. Oban, Lochs & Inveraray Full-Day Tour from Edinburgh

    You’ll depart Edinburgh in the morning and travel through Scotland's bustling central belt, across to Glasgow, the country’s largest city. From Glasgow, it’s on to Loch Lomond, the largest expanse of fresh water in the country. Stop at the conservation village of Luss for coffee and sightseeing. Head deep into the Highlands, traveling through breathtaking scenery, on this full-day tour. You’ll see Loch Awe, the longest of Scotland’s lakes, and countryside with a rich history. You’ll come to haunting Kilchurn Castle, historically a stronghold of the Campbell Clan, and the Pass of Brander, where Robert the Bruce had a notable victory. Enjoy lunch in Oban and then take time to explore this lovely Victorian seaside town. Climb up McCaig's Tower, take in the views of the islands of Mull and Kerrera, and try some of the freshest seafood you’ve ever tasted! On the way back to Edinburgh, you'...

    Aileen was an excellent host and the trip was amazing in spite of the weather. In fact, the rains made the journey even more picturesque.

  • From Edinburgh: Highland Lochs, Glens, and Castles Tour

    6. From Edinburgh: Highland Lochs, Glens, and Castles Tour

    After departing from Edinburgh your tour will travel past Stirling and its stunning hill-top castle. Your first stop is Doune Castle, a magnificent late 14th-century stronghold.  From there you will travel through the highland town of Callander to lovely Loch Lubnaig. Nestled between Ben Ledi and Ben Vane is where you’ll stop for morning refreshments. Head into the and continue on to Kilchurn Castle, which stands at the head of Loch Awe. Pause to take some photographs. Next, it’s onwards to Inveraray. You’ll have just under 2 hours here which is time to enjoy lunch and explore the town. You can choose to visit Inveraray Castle (limited dates, May to October 2021) or Inveraray Jail which was operational in the 19th century. Snap some photos at the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’, an iconic Scottish viewpoint before your last stop. Finish up at the charming highland village of Luss which sits o...

  • From Glasgow: Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles Day Tour

    7. From Glasgow: Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles Day Tour

    On this tour you will experience the shimmering lochs, scenic mountain views, and romantic and historic castles of the western highlands. From Glasgow we will cross the Firth of Clyde, passing Dumbarton's famous and imposing rock fortress. Our first stop is the pretty conservation village of Luss, on the 'Bonny, Bonny Banks' of Loch Lomond. Here you can walk along the shore or stay to admire the village. We then pass several dramatic castles and lochs as we climb into the Highlands. We will stop for lunch at the fishing town of Oban. We then journey on a southern route that takes us past the spectacular Kilchurn Castle, majestically situated on Loch Awe. Our final stop is Inveraray, historic seat of the Duke of Argyll, where you can choose to either visit Inveraray Castle* (April-October only) or explore the town’s Georgian houses and wide streets. We return to Glasgow via the Rest ...

    Andy was knowledgeable and funny, we loved him! Overall we enjoyed the trip, enough toilet breaks and time to see villages, day was sunny and warm. The only down point was that most castles we saw were quite far away, so to make pics we had to zoom our cameras. If you're short sighted bring your glasses

  • Isle of Skye, Loch Ness & The Highlands 5-Day Tour

    8. Isle of Skye, Loch Ness & The Highlands 5-Day Tour

    Day One: Head north to Stirling and the towering Wallace Monument, with stunning views of the Castle. Enter the Highlands heading through wild Rannoch Moor and Glencoe and on to the fishing port of Oban, where you'll stay overnight. Day Two: Take the steam train from Fort William, crossing the viaduct featured in the Harry Potter movies, where a monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s campaign now stands. You'll take the ferry to Skye where you can explore the Clan Donald Skye, former home of the MacDonalds, before driving north to your overnight destination. Then stay overnight in the Isle of Skye. Day Three: Explore more of the mysterious island that's full of awe-inspiring mountains, myths and legends before returning to the mainland to view Eilean Donan Castle and wind your way along the Great Glen to infamous Loch Ness. Stay overnight in Inverness. Day Four: Hunt for the elusive mons...

    Saw a lot; did a lot. Ross was a great guide telling us stories about folklore, Scottish history, playing music for us on the long drives & an overall pleasant guy for a 5 day tour.

  • From Glasgow: Oban, Lochs & Inveraray Day Tour

    9. From Glasgow: Oban, Lochs & Inveraray Day Tour

    Depart Glasgow and travel to Loch Lomond (the largest expanse of fresh water in the country) where you will stop off at the conservation village of Luss for coffee and sightseeing. Then head deep into the Highlands, passing through breathtaking scenery (including views along Loch Awe, the longest loch in Scotland). The countryside here is rich with history and you will pass the haunting Kilchurn Castle (historically a stronghold of the Campbell Clan) and the Pass of Brander (where Robert the Bruce had a notable victory). By lunchtime, you'll have reached Oban where you will have time to explore this Victorian seaside town, climb up to McCaig's Tower, take in the views to the isles of Mull and Kerrera and try some of the freshest seafood you've ever tasted. On the way back to Glasgow, you'll visit the seat of the Campbell Clan at Inveraray, where you'll stop to enjoy ice-cream, homemad...

    It's a lot of driving and the stops are little short, but it's a beautiful day trip that gives you a taste of the highlands!

  • Edinburgh 5-Day Tour of Loch Ness, Isle of Skye & Highlands

    10. Edinburgh 5-Day Tour of Loch Ness, Isle of Skye & Highlands

    Discover Scotland's Highlands on a spectacular adventure through its most awe inspiring spots. Enjoy views of Stirling Castle and the Wallace monument as you learn about their histories, and take part in traditional Scottish dancing at Oban. Learn about the history of Glencoe and visit a local whisky distillery before making your way to the stunning Isle of Skye. Visit ruined castles, immerse yourself in Celtic myths, and hear tales abound with fairies and fights as you hike through the beautiful landscape before you go monster hunting at the famous Loch Ness. Then take a drive throughout the north west Highlands, and discover the remnants of the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest. Go past the mountains of Cairngorms National Park, and visit Dunkeld before heading back to Edinburgh. Day 1: Edinburgh to Oban Head north from Edinburgh and take in the views of Stirling Castl...

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What people are saying about Loch Awe

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 847 reviews

Our trip to the Highlands was a magical and very memorable experience. Right after setting off, our guide Jim Scott made us laugh a lot with his great humour while at the same time giving us loads of information by sharing his knowledge about Scottish history. He told captivating stories and vividly described the everyday life of people in former times. Our guide couldn't have been any better!!! The time spent in the car flew by while we enjoyed the views of the beautiful landscape. It's absolutely worth visiting the Highlands anyway, but the stops on this tour were especially beautiful. Our favourite part of the trip was seeing Kilchurn Castle. It was a little misty and rainy that day, but it turned out that everything looked even more stunning in that weather. We are really happy we decided to take that one-day trip and highly recommend this tour! It won't be the last time for us!

Fantastic full day trip visiting the beautiful Highlands and stopping plenty of times to see castles lochs villages and feed Highland cows! The views were incredible and our guide Stewart was extremely friendly and his knowledge was fantastic, the mini bus was very clean and comfortable too. Highly recommended trip!

Very enjoyable tour. Excellent, careful driver who acted as tour guide and enhanced the experience. A lovely introduction to the beauty of the West Highland Lochs, Mountains and Lakes. Additional photo highlights included Inveraray, the Kelpies and the three bridges from Queensferry. Thank you.

The tour was well planned with the stops to take pictures and use the facilities. The guide was exelent with his knowledge, advices and driving skills. We're happy to have the possibility to visit all the sites, to taste local food, to hear the stories and enjoy the breathtaking views.

Gutted I lost this trip due to travel arrangements I made for the meeting point Wednesday morning. I'm sure would have been as great as the Viaduct one, but with better weather .