West Highlands Tour

Full day tours from Glasgow or Edinburgh leaving in the morning, returning early evening. First stop on this history steeped tour of Scotland is Stirling with its famous castle, quaint old town, famous battle sites (Bannockburn and Stirling Bridge) and the Wallace Monument built by the Victorians in homage to the great man himself. From Stirling the tour takes us

towards the Highlands via Callander and the edge of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, an area steeped in the tales and legends of outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor and written about by Daniel Defoe and Sir Walter Scott.

Following the route of General Wade's old military road takes us up to Glencoe, the valley of sorrows and site of the the most infamous massacre in Scottish history where members of the Clan Campbell, on government orders, murdered the resident MacDonalds as they slept.

On hitting the coast at Loch Leven the route takes us south down Loch Linnhe into Argyll, old Jacobite country with many of the best preserved medieval castles standing in Scotland. Between Ballachuillish and Oban we pass Castle Stalker, Dunstaffnage Castle and Dunnollie Castle. Time for lunch and a stroll in Oban, gateway to the Inner Hebridean Islands and then it is off to Loch Awe and the impressive ruins of Kilchurn Castle, abandoned in 1760 following a damaging lightning strike.

A few miles further down the road is the town of Inveraray with its impressive chateau style baroque castle still occupied by the the Duke of Argyll, head of Clan Campbell. From Inveraray we travel around Loch Fyne, up and over the Arrochar Alps via the infamous 'Rest and be Thankful' pass and down the west side of Loch Lomond. Time permitting a short stop at the heritage village of Luss may be possible before returning to Glasgow or Edinburgh.

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