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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 and 8 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides 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
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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 Doune Castle in Stirlingshire, 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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Driver/guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PE, UK

Departure Time

9:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • 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
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Tour Guides speak English only. Written translations are available in other languages and can be selected at the time of booking.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Timberbush Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles from Edinburgh?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles from Edinburgh.
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What is the policy on sanitization during West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles 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 West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles from Edinburgh?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles from Edinburgh.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles from Edinburgh?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles from Edinburgh.
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What is the maximum group size during West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles from Edinburgh?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles from Edinburgh.

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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
  • "Im sure spring, summer and fall would be amazing but seeing them in January was pretty great." See review

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Highland and Loch tour
Rajit
, 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.
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star-3
Heavy on driving, light on interesting stops
christianas00013
, 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.
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Vacation in Scotland
raylizar
, 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.
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The Beauty of the Highlands
s9m0rr0w
, 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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Excellent day in the country
GrandTour05708029455
, Sep 2019
I took a few other day long tours in Scotland and this was by far the best one. The castles were interesting to see, even though Doune is under renovation, and the scenery was spectacular. However, the main difference was in the guide - Patrick! He made the day go so quickly with stories, music and patter - I was never bored and it was never too much. He stopped in small villages and let us stretch our legs. I truly appreciate his efforts, they made all the difference!
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It was ok
Dianegomes
, Sep 2019
The highlands are beautiful. Inverary castle was ok. Nothing spectacular. Doune castle was underwhelming. The driver told us we couldn't be on our phones while on the bus, which I found was rather ridiculous. We're all adults and paid for this trip so if we chose to answer a phone call I didn't particularly see a problem.
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star-5
Wonderful trip
pkrueger2015
, Aug 2019
This was a wonderful trip, in spite of the weather (rainy most of the day). Paul was very informative, very helpful, and full of many interesting stories of the local history. The scenery was amazing - and my daughter especially loved being able to get up close to a "hairy coo"! The stops were timed well and we didn't feel rushed. 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!
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star-5
A must see!!!
Mariah A
, Jul 2019
The trip was lovely! We traveled in a very nice luxurious and very comfortable Mercedes travel van. Our female guide made the trip! She was upbeat, funny, and told very entertaining historical stories during the lengthy rides in between the sites. It deff kept me awake and paying attention. It was raining, which changed some site seeing up a bit, but everything was just as beautiful! Such a breathtaking experience!! Would deff do again In the sunshine one day!!!
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it was good
beyzakayali
, Jul 2019
it is a good tour but the fact that we pay almost 50 pounds and then pay for each castle tickets everywhere we go is not very good.
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Best tour ever
jansmith2019
, Jul 2019
Stuart our tour guide was knowledgeable and gave us just enough history and also included some local music that was great. He made this trip very enjoyable. I would do this tour again.
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