# 25 – 2 day West Coast Tour

As per 1 day tours plus more time, more stops and sidetrips and additional and alternative options, off the beaten track, hidden secrets, where large coaches can’t go, etc. plus many more route options available, if you can’t find what you are looking for – please let us know, where you wish to go and we will help and could email you more sample tour route itineraries from 1 day to 9 day tours.


We would be delighted to run this tour as a private, small group tour  (up to 8 people) 

– check prices and our still available days

– low season and other discounts


for example
Our favourite 2 day tour is # 25A,
2 Day West Coast Tour:

There are various scenic routes with possibly side trips and detours to Oban, but roughly speaking a northwesterly route and a southwesterly route to Oban and depending on the weather could keep the option open as to on which day we take which route.
On our 8 seater we love to go off the beaten track, where large coaches don’t/can’t go.
Assuming we are taking the southwesterly route on day 1 and the northwesterly route on day 2, this could be our itinerary:

Day 1:

7.30 am start from Stirling University
Scenic drive through the Campsies with some viewpoints heading to Loch Lomond with definite stop at Luss beach – Tarbet – Loch Long – Arrochar Alps – Rest and be thankful – Loch Fyne – Inveraray (beautiful place) –(this is all quite a long drive) – Lochgilphead – now we really have some exciting options – (option of side trip to Kilbery peninsula – watching seals – Pictish slabstones – on a clear day even catch a view to Northern Ireland – stopping at a “secret very special timeless” place with a standing stone looking out to the sea, if it is sunny) – (option to stop in beautiful Tarbert and drive to Skipness castle with views to Arran/Bute & Cowal) – (option of  sidetrip to Tayvallich/Carsaig – Crinan canal& harbour) – Dunadd Fort – Kilmartin glen & standing stones –  Carnassari castle – Ardfern peninsula – Craobh Haven – Ardouaine – (possible side trip to across the bridge over the Atlantic to Seil/Easdale/Luing) – Oban

I suggest to spend the night in Oban – and you would be free to book yourself into any hostel of your choice, this is on top of the cost for the tour, as accommodation, entrance fees, food and drinks are not included –  a beautiful colourful harbour town, where ferries come and go with a lot to do and see, incl. after it is dark.

Please note, we will not be able to visit all of these places and depending on the weather, how the day goes/how the group feels/our starting time, will have to cut some, especially some of the detour side trips out of the itinerary, I just wanted to mention, what is out there and possible.

Alternatively to save time driving and have more time on the Westcoast and make it even more interesting, we could add the extra cost on to the journey per single passenger and to share the costs for our 6m long vehicle:

http://www.calmac.co.uk/timetables/winter-timetables.htm?id=winter-cowal-and-kintyre–tarbert-loch-fyne-portavadie.png
(please note if it is a rainy/very dull, misty, lowlying cloudy day with poor visibility, I don’t particularly recommend the long drive to see nothing, if it is a clear, sunny, beautiful day, this will be an absolutely stunning and beautiful route. On a very bad day with poor visibility,  I would recommend the much quicker route , Loch Lomond – Arrochar Alps – Inveraray – Loch Awe – Bonawe view over Loch Etive (and if we are a bit early use that extra time for a sidetrip over the Falls of Lora, Benderloch beach – Port Appin, etc. ) – Oban.

Day 2:
Assuming the above was day 1

Oban – over the Falls of Lora – possible Benderloch beach and Port Appin stop – Castle Stalker – (if you have not yet visited Glenfinnan with the West Highland Jacobite/Harry Potter railway viaduct and the Bonnie Prince Charles monument overlooking Glen Shiel – I suggest this loop – crossing the stunning bridge from South to North Ballachulish – catch the Corran ferry (free for footpassengers and as it is not so much for vehicles, at no extra to you, I cover that cost) – drive the westerly road on the Sunart side of Loch Linnhe (on a clear day with some great views over to the Ben Nevis massif) – Glenfinnan – return via Neptun’s staircase/Caledonian canal and a great viewpoint stop overlooking Inverlochy castle, the whole Ben Nevis massif, valley, sealochs plus the Harry Potter train depot – Fort William – stunning Glencoe – Rannoch Moor – the Trossachs nationalpark
– (depending on time Killin/Falls of Dochart) – very scenic Lochearnhead route – St. Filans – Comrie – (depending on daylight Gleneagles Hotel – stunning off the beaten track Sheriffmuir hill route) – Stirling University

–       Please note when we take the Corran ferry, depending on a group decision it is also possible to spend the morning  to explore the best of Morven, Moidart and Sunart – check out our 2 day tours # 28, #37, #38 and # 40 for more ideas!
places such as Acharacle, Kentra, Ardtoe beach, Tioram castle and if it is a fine day we would could even detour from Locheilort to drive and stop along the best beach road ever between Arisaig and Morar, taking in views of Skye, Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck!
Glenfinnan – return via Neptun’s staircase/Caledonian canal and a great viewpoint stop overlooking Inverlochy castle, the whole Ben Nevis massif, valley, sealochs plus the Harry Potter train depot – Fort William – stunning Glencoe – Rannoch Moor – the Trossachs nationalpark – (depending on time Killin/Falls of Dochart) – very scenic Lochearnhead route – St. Filans – Comrie – (depending on daylight Gleneagles Hotel – stunning off the beaten track Sheriffmuir hill route) – Stirling University

Depending on the weather, we might discuss and decider to reverse the route and first drive the day 2 and then day 1 route (so as to maximise sunshine and minimise rain).
Also on very rainy days, we may have less outdoor sightseeing and if the group so wishes, we may visit a whisky distillery, castle, museum, etc. indoors.

Photoalbum of some of our recent Scotland Unicorn Tours:
https://www.facebook.com/UnicornScotlandAdventureTours?ref=hl

Depending on your preferences and interests, the main places that have been agreed and discussed, the overall time we have left after our stops (especially in the winter months with shorter daylight hours), the places listed above are just a few among other nearby options, that we might be travelling through and see, stopping at and/or visiting along the way as on each of our friendly, flexible and personalised tours we maximise and offer you the best tour experience given the conditions on the day (for example if it is pouring down with rain on one side of a mountain range, we believe in offering you the alternative sunny route on the other side of the mountains, etc.)

Subject to availability possible overnight (hostel, bed & breakfast, hotel, camping) options do all exist in the area, roughly half way into our 2 day tour. As there are too many possible places to stay at, we can check room availability for your preferred option at the time of your enquiry/booking.

Oban accommodation
Oban hostels

It also  offers “2 person private double rooms “, which is as good as having a private room in a Bed and Breakfast,
https://www.syha.org.uk/where-to-stay/highlands/oban.aspx

http://www.corranhouseoban.co.uk/
http://www.hostel-scotland.co.uk/hostels/Jeremy-Inglis-Hostel.htm
etc.

Bed & Breakfasts
http://www.holidaysinoban.com/
http://www.smoothhound.co.uk/oban.html
http://www.heatherfieldhouse.co.uk/
http://www.kilchrenanhouse.co.uk/
http://www.dunheanish.com/

Also
Booking.com/Oban
Visit Scotland/Accommodation in Oban

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