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Enjoy the wonders of northwest Scotland on a full-day trip through the West Highlands and Oban from Glasgow. With a friendly guide, see some of the world’s most stunning scenery from the rolling hills of coastal Oban to the moors and forests 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 to West 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
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop off
Children under 3 years not accepted
266 George St , 266 George St, Glasgow, UK

Parish Halls Building. Between North Frederick Street and John Street

9:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your full-day day tour of Scotland’s majestic Highlands and Oban begins in Glasgow, where you’ll meet your guide in the morning. Board the comfortable coach and set off through the Lowlands towards your first stop in the village of Luss on Loch Lomond. Stretch your legs and takes in the sights before continuing west into Trossachs National Park, winding through forest-covered terrain and mountain peaks.

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 Glasgow, 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 heading on. Your tour ends back at the original departure point in Glasgow.
Stop At:  
Loch Lomond
Drive along the banks of the loch. We will stop in Luss to walk down to the water's edge for those all important photographs
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Kilchurn Castle
These atmospheric ruins were once a strong hold for the Clan Campbell.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
McCaig's Tower
The tower ism in fact, a folly. Built in 1897 by the wealthy, philanthropic banker John Stuart McCaig. There are fantastic views of Oban from here for those brave enough to climb the hill,
Stop At:  
Lunch will be in Oban and time to try some wonderful seafood or perhaps a quick visit to the small distillery.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Inveraray Castle
Whist we are in the town of Inveraray you may wish to visit the castle. Home to the Dukes of Argyll, the castle is the seat of the Clan Campbell.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller 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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  • 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 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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  • "Pick up was late due to the many street closing from the European Championship games." See review


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Great Tour, tour guide not good.
, Aug 2018
The Driver was just there, not interesting didn't get a lot from this tour, others said the same thing. It was a lot of riding in the coach to be so bored. He went back to Lock Lohman because he thought it was too busy to go there first. It was closing as we got there, never got a chance to see anything much. The driver seemed like he didn't like his job.
Glasgow second pick-up point of the tour
, Aug 2018
Pick up was late due to the many street closing from the European Championship games. Bus was already filled with travelers from Edinburgh. Only available seats were single ones in different parts of the bus. Good tour circuit with interesting stops.
Great day trip before our 10 day...
, Oct 2017
Great day trip before our 10 day tour of the British Isles started. Our guide was most passionate about his home and shared some great history and insight into the culture and political climate of Scotland.
Loved this trip and seeing a port...
Laura P
, Sep 2017
Loved this trip and seeing a port village in this beautiful country! Our guide was friendly and knowledable
Fergus, our driver and tour guide...
Nebojsa V
, Sep 2017
Fergus, our driver and tour guide, was great source of information about Scottish history and culture. We really enjoyed the sights along the trip and Oban was great quaint, little town with excellent seafood options. Do not miss the distillery in there and we wish we had couple of hours more to explore ferryboat rides that were available. Highly recommended!
The guide John was very good, the...
Klara K
, Sep 2017
The guide John was very good, the programme was good too, I'm only missing a little more time in Oban, because there wasn't time enough to go to the tower and enjoy the beautiful view we went for. If we knew that we could go in the tower and then take a meal in box, we would have chosen that possibility.
This tour was nice and we saw some...
Caitlin M
, Aug 2017
This tour was nice and we saw some beautiful places. But I think it crams too much into it, you don't get any real time anywhere. But if you really don't mind jamming things in then this is a good one.
This day trip was amazing value, our...
Elizabeth N
, Aug 2017
This day trip was amazing value, our driver John was so knowledgeable about the History, Flora and Fauna. I so enjoyed his genuine love and enthusiasm for the History and landscape of Scotland.
This is a great trip to get a full...
Savvy Sightseer
, Aug 2017
This is a great trip to get a full and varied look at Scotlands beautiful lakes, highlands, castles and coast. In between stops, John, the Highland Experience mini-bus driver, kept the group entertained with a nice mix of humor, history and trivia. Inveraray Castle is an option well worth taking seniors ask for the concession price!. The 13th Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell, and his family still live in the castle, but a wing is open to the public. Rooms are beautifully decorated and a testament to lavish living as well as pride of heritage. Theres some lovely tucked away sights along the route most travelers would likely miss on their own: Falls of Falloch, Castle Kilchurn and St. Conans Kirk are such standouts. Oban on the west coast is a nice little town and good for wandering through shops or getting something to eat. The weather was not suitable for a walk up to McCaig's Tower, but on a sunny day it would have been nice to take in the views of Isle of Mull and the harbor from there. Viator has again partnered with an excellent local tour group to provide a wonderful day I highly recommend both.
Was ok, spent most of the time...
michael h
, Jul 2017
Was ok, spent most of the time riding in bus and short time at destinations, we did have traffic problems. Was decent though.
At the beginning of the tour, it was...
Lei W
, Jul 2017
At the beginning of the tour, it was not impressive. But it just got better and better. Now I understand that Scotland has such rugged beauty with quite some wilderness and long history. Our tour guide John was quite efficient and also a good story teller. I learned a lot about the Scottish history and also some weird stories from him. Oban was a lovely town. I wish we had a bit more time there. Kilchurn castle looked so mysterious from the distance. As I am a big fan of Downton Abbey, I would highly recommend to spend some extra money to visit the Inveraray Castle, where they made Downton Abbey Christmas 2012 episode. It was a long drive but with frequent breaks. My Scottish colleague told me to visit Oban and west part of Scotland. Listen to the locals!
This was a fantastic trip - great...
Lorraine L
, Jul 2017
This was a fantastic trip - great guide and wonderful sights to see. It could not have been better - the weather was perfect!
Absolutely fantastic tour. Our guide...
AMina M
, Jun 2017
Absolutely fantastic tour. Our guide Brian gave us a detailed commentary all the way with hilarious anecdotes littered through out. A must do if you want to experience scottish culture and history as well as take in the sights.
Oban was wonderful if only for the...
Diane B
, Dec 2016
Oban was wonderful if only for the FOOD! Fresh seafood on the wharf, eaten standing up in the rain was an added laugh and a great experience of a lifetime! Great castles/palaces/stately homes too! Not to be missed no matter what the weather though the sun did shine throughout the day highlighting the massive expanse of Scottish scenery. A the the driver as well whose name I have sadly forgotten since it was quite a while ago. My first experience at rating the tour was when we first arrived home but somehow it never got posted and I have been too busy since to try again. But with careful prodding from Viator, I am trying once again.
So much fun! Had plenty of time at all...
Ann H
, Sep 2016
So much fun! Had plenty of time at all of the sites and Robbie was incredibly entertaining!
I had an amazing experience. A nice...
Susan P
, Sep 2016
I had an amazing experience. A nice relaxing way to experience the west coast of scotland. Highly recommended this one. Willie our tour guide provided us with a short history of Scotland...very entertaining. Thanks Willie.
Interesting excursion that included...
, Sep 2016
Interesting excursion that included sights for all tasts. Enough time to visit all sights. Not too long in the bus.
Stops in the village of Loss and in...
Weldon D
, Aug 2016
Stops in the village of Loss and in Oban were the highlights. Enjoyed lunch in a restaurant on the wharf in Oban.
Would have enjoyed spending more...
, Jun 2016
Would have enjoyed spending more time here being a sea port right on the water was a different perspective to the Scotland we had been experiencing.
The guide was extremely...
Laura S
, Jun 2016
The guide was extremely knowledgeable about the region and history of Scotland. Trip length was a perfect balance between driving and stops for sightseeing. I really felt I got my money's worth.

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