West Highlands, Lochs & Castles

Capture the spirit of the Western Highlands and explore Scotland’s most atmospheric lochs and castles.

Places you explore

Inveraray – Visit this 18th century town and discover an ancient jail and a gorgeous castle.

Doune Castle – One of the best preserved Medieval castles in Scotland. It was also featured in ‘Monty Python’s Holy Grail’ and ‘Outlander’.

Loch Awe – The longest loch in Scotland has close connections to the MacArthur, Campbell, Stewart, and MacGregor clans.

Rest and Be Thankful pass – Let the beauty sink in at this stunning location that was a popular rest spot for soldiers.

Conservation village of Luss – This idyllic village on the shores of Loch Lomond will make you want to pack your bags and move in.

Loch Lomond National Park – Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family.

Prices per person in 2019

  • January, February, March and up to 14th April: £42 / £39 discounted
  • 15th April – 31st May: £49 / £46 discounted
  • 1st June – 30th September: £56 / £53 discounted
  • October: £49 / £46 discounted
  • November up to 17th December: £42 / £39 discounted
  • 18th – 31st December: £49 / £46 discounted

Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old)

Tour departs almost daily

 

Your journey

When you visit a country, you often don’t want modern buildings, fancy restaurants, and WiFi points.

You simply want to step inside a nature documentary, relive a history show, and explore the sights that inspired the postcards.

Well, if that’s you, then you’re in luck. Because this tour is exactly that.

It takes you on a journey through Scotland’s classic misty castles, sparkling lochs, wee coastal villages, and heather-clad mountains.

It’s a one day tour that lets you discover Scotland’s iconic sights, while also showing you some of the country’s best kept secrets.

Tour details

Departs

08.15 -am, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG – 5 minutes walk from Waverley railway station

Returns

18.30 approx

Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old)

Important information

  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes

Tour inclusions

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide

Tour exclusions

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Itinerary

Leaving Edinburgh, you travel west, past Stirling castle to your first stop at Doune Castle*.

This castle was built over 600 years ago and is still in great condition. You’ll have time to visit the castle. And if you’re a fan of ‘Monty Python and The Holy Grail’ or the ‘Outlander’ series, you can learn about how the castle was used as a filming set.

You then continue through Callander and cross the Highland Boundary Fault Line leaving behind the rolling farmland for the wild mountains and forests of the Highlands.

You make a short stop at Loch Lubnaig and continue over the Braes of Balquhidder.

From Balquhidder, the tour winds its way through the tough knot of mountains known as Breadalbane (meaning the ‘high country of Scotland’).

Before lunch, you have a photo stop to admire Kilchurn Castle, a magnificent ruin situated on the edge of Loch Awe and former home of the Campbells of Breadalbane.

You continue along the banks of Loch Awe through Campbell country to the picturesque town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne.

Here you can admire the 18th-century castle (open to visitors April until October), take time to explore the town, or head to the Old Jail.

Leaving Inveraray, you take a drive up through the steep-sided mountains known as the Arrochar Alps to the great viewpoint at ‘Rest and Be Thankful’.

You then skirt around Loch Long and down to the “Bonnie, Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond. You make a short stop at the conservation village of Luss, where you can wander around taking in its quaint houses and stunning views across the loch.

From here, you make your way back to Edinburgh, with a short photo stop underneath Stirling Castle.

Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we shall be happy to assist.

Kind regards,

Your Unicorn Travel team,

07429251980

contact@unicorntravel.co.uk

www.unicorntravel.co.uk

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