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1 Day Tour – Castles Kirk & Lochs

1 Day Tour – Castles Kirk & Lochs

Price

£56

Duration

11 hours 30 minutes

Max People

16

Min Age

5+

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Overview

Prepare to be amazed on our Castles, Kirk and Lochs tour

Heading north from Glasgow on our Castles kirk and lochs tour our first stop is Doune Castle, a 14th-century fortress. It was commissioned by Robert Stewart, the Duke of Albany, who served as regent to three Scottish kings. This castle gained fame for its appearances as Leoch Castle in the TV series Outlander and as Winterfell in Game of Thrones. Notably, it also served as the backdrop for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a fantastic comedy film. It also served as the Douglas castle in the film Outlaw king.

Loch Lubnaig

We will now stop at Loch Lubnaig for some refreshments. The name Loch Lubnaig translates to crooked Loch. If you look at a birds eye view you will see why such a name was picked. The Loch has a cabin which you can purchase drinks and snacks as well as toilets.

Rob Roy McGregor

This is the final resting place of the famous Scottish folk hero, Rob Roy McGregor, people say he is a real life Robin Hood, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. He joined the Jacobite army in at the age of 18 along side his father. After the Jacobites were defeated he became a respected cattleman.

Kilchurn Castle

Get a chance to see the one of the most photographed castles in all of Scotland. It  was built in the mid 1400s and once belonged to the fearsome Campbell's of Glenorchy and was their base for 150 years.

Inveraray

We will stop in Inveraray a small town in Argyll which is home to the Chief of the clan Campbell. He and his family reside at the 18th century castle. There is a 19th Century jail and court house just up from the castle and of course there are a couple of whisky shops.

Luss

We will lastly visit this small village on the banks of Loch Lomond giving you amazing views of the largest Loch in Scotland!

 

We know you are going to enjoy the Castles Kirk and Lochs tour and can’t wait to see you there for a Craicin day!

 

Included/Excluded

  • Transport in an air conditioned 16 seat mini coach
  • Bottled water
  • Air Filtration system onboard
  • An amazing Knowledgeable English-Scots speaking driver guide
  • Laughs along the way
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments (additional fee for refreshments)

Tour Plan

Tour Info

Check-in at 8:15am

The Check in Location is outside of Citizen M hotel at 60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3BW

Departure time 8:30am

Bus leaves at this time, so make sure you are here 15 minutes before, that way you’ll get your pick of seats and if you sit close to the driver you’ll get aw the banter. The patter. (The laugh and jokes).

End of tour 5:45pm (Approx)

Late Arrivals

In the event that you are running late PLEASE give us a call and let us know, If we don't hear from you by 8:20am, we will attempt to call you, (we really don't want you to miss your tour). If by 8am you haven't arrived we will have to leave and you won't be refunded. (Please be on time) so that we can all have a Craicin Tour.

Children

We do not carry passengers under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.

What's included in the price

  • Transport in an air conditioned 16 seat mini coach.
  • Bottled water.
  • Air Filtration system onboard. (WEBASCO or similar).
  • An amazing Knowledgeable English-Scots speaking driver guide.
  • A very warm welcome and many laughs and stories along the way.

What's not included in the price

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions.
  • Lunch.
  • Refreshments (additional fee for refreshments).

Recommended items to bring on the tour with you

  • Waterproof Jacket.
  • Warm Clothing (You can always take layers off if it's too hot).
  • Comfortable shoes/boots for rough wet terrain.
  • Good comfortable socks.
  • Sun Screen (Recommended SPF30 (UVB) with 4 star UVA protection).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera/Smart Phone. (So that you will always remember your day with us).
  • Cash. (Most places take card but it's handy to have cash too).

Luggage

This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.

Itinerary

We head north from Glasgow towards our first destination, Doune Castle.

We will head up past Stirling castle, one of Scotlands most famous castles, with it’s gold painted Great Hall being painted to replicate what the castle would of looked like back in the 1500s, King James IV had it painted in a colour known as Kings Gold. It is a truly remarkable castle with plenty of history.

Doune Castle is a 14th century castle and was built for Robert Stewart, the Duke of Albany. He acted as regent to 3 Scottish kings. This castle is a very famous castle starring in the TV series, Outlander as Leoch Castle. It also featured as Winterfell in Game of Thrones. As for feature films it was the setting in Monty Python and the holy grail, this film is fantastic. 

Last but not least my favourite film to feature Doune castle was the Outlaw King in which it was the Douglas castle, owned by the the good Sir James or the black Douglas as the English called him.

We will then head through Callander across the Highland boundry into rolling hills and forests to Loch Lubnaig for a little refreshments stop.

Next we are going up to another Scottish legends, burial place, Rob Roy McGregor a very famous cattle rustler, outlaw and Jacobite. He got a loan of £1000 from the Duke of Montrose but he sent his head drover to get the money who then stole it and disappeared leaving McGregor in debt and an outlaw. We will stop for a short break here and you can see the grave and imagine what his life may have been like.

We will then head over to one of the most visited and famous castles in Scotland, positioned on the banks of Loch Awe, the longest fresh water loch in Scotland at a distance of 25mi (41km). Kilchurn castle was once belonged to the fearsome Campbells but is now under Historic Environment Scotland ownership.

Once we leave Kilchurn Castle we will head to the town of Inveraray, home of the chief of the clan Campbell who to this day lives in the Inveraray Castle with his family, you can choose to visit the castle or you can visit the 19th century jail which opened in 1820. There are also malt whisky shops that you can visit if you fancy a wee cheeky bottle of the 'good stuff'.

Once we are back on the road we will be heading East to the ‘Rest and be thankful’ road through the rugged mountains and the Arrochar alps which is an absolutely stunning part of Scotland; it will take your breath away! It has mountains, beautiful lochs and waterfalls. We will stop at the ‘Rest and be thankful’ view point. What a view it is, it really is spectacular!

After our stop at the ‘Rest and be thankful’ we will travel south down by the ‘Bonnie Bonnie banks of Loch Lomond’. We are heading to a little village called Luss which sits right on the Banks of Loch Lomond, Here you will have time to soak in the stunning views across the Largest Loch in Scotland before heading back to Glasgow.

You can ask your guide for information on our other exciting tours we have to offer.

Remember, we also create bespoke tours to suit your needs where we will work together with you to get your perfect unforgettable tour.

Inveraray Castle is open from April - Oct only. During these months it opens Thursday - Monday (it is closed on a Tuesday & Wednesday).

Tour highlights

  • Luss - Village on the "Bonnie" banks of Loch Lomond.
  • Rest and be thankful - Named because of the soldiers that built the road when they reached the top they rested and were thankful, it is an amazing place for the views it offers.
  • Arrochar Alps - An impressive mountain range located around Loch long and Loch Fyne holding 4 of Scotlands Munros (mountains over 3000ft).
  • Inveraray - The chief of the clan Campbell’s residence in the castle and home to a 19th century jail, this town on the banks of Loch Fyne is stunning, wait till you see the castle.
  • Kilchurn castle - One of the most photographed castles in the whole of Scotland, it is a marvel and it is also the oldest surviving barracks on the British mainland and is on the banks of Scotlands longest Loch.
  • Rob Roy McGregor's grave - The final resting place of one of Scotlands most famous legends.
  • Doune castle - Winterfell in Game of thrones and Castle Leoch in outlander, it’s one of the best preserved castle ruins in the whole of the country.

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