1 Day Tour Oban, Glen Coe, Lochs & Castles



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Get ready for a day full of wonder on our Oban, Glen Coe, Lochs and Castles tour

Loch Lomond

On our Oban, GlenCoe, Lochs and Castles tour we begin by setting off from Glasgow, we journey northward, heading towards the enchanting "Bonnie, Bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Scotland's largest Loch, spanning an impressive 71km² (27mi²). Along the way, we offer a chance to pause and enjoy a light refreshment. So, if you are still feeling a bit groggy and need to shake off that morning drowsiness, you can grab a coffee and a bite to eat. When we stop your knowledgeable driver-guide will point out the majestic Ben Lomond. This impressive Munro, standing at a height of 974m (3193ft), holds the distinction of being Scotland's most southerly Munro. You will get the chance to stop and take in the views of both Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond.

Rest and be thankful

We'll make a brief stop to relish the breathtaking views at the famous 'Rest and Be Thankful' mountain pass. Its name evokes ancient times when weary travellers would pause, rest, and express gratitude for conquering the arduous ascent.


We'll take a pause in Inveraray, a quaint Argyll town that serves as the residence of the Clan Campbell's Chief and his family within their 18th-century castle. Additionally, you'll find a 19th-century jail and courthouse nearby, along with a selection of whisky shops to explore. You can also look out and admire Loch Fyne which is a tidal sea Loch.

One of the most photographed castles in Scotland

I am talking about Kilchurn castle which is a mid 15th centuary castle. It sits right on the banks of the longest fresh water Loch in Scotland, Loch Awe. It measures 41km (25 miles) long, it has a backdrop of stunning mountains. It's exactly what you would imagine Scotland would be.

Arrive in Oban

Oban is renowed for it's amazing seafood so why not try some when you are here or choose from another Restaurant to get some delicious Scottish scran (Food). Why not climb upto McCaigs tower which is steep but for your efforts you will be rewarded with amazing views over Oban bay.

Castle Stalker is next on the list, this little castle sits right on its own wee (little) islet on Loch Laich, we will stop for a few pictures of this beautiful castle.

Glen Coe

As we journey deeper into the magnificent Scottish Highlands, traversing the awe-inspiring Rannoch Moor adorned with its breathtaking lochs, our path leads us to Glencoe, a place of profound beauty shadowed by the haunting legacy of the Glencoe Massacre. Here, amidst the grandeur of majestic mountains and haunting glens, you'll delve into its somber history and witness the iconic Buachaille Etive Mor, standing tall at 3351ft (1021m). The landscape is truly otherworldly, echoing the stories of a bygone era that still resonate in this breathtaking wilderness.

Drovers inn

On our way back down to Glasgow we will visit the Drovers inn for some refreshments, whisky's, maybe some Scottish beers whatever you fancy the Drovers inn will have it. If you look out the back of the Drovers inn you will see a massive waterfall in the distance, it's quite surreal.

We at Craicin Tours know you will enjoy this Oban, GlenCoe, Lochs and Castles tour.


  • 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 Details

Check-in at 7:45am

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

Departure time 8am

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 6:15pm (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 7:50am, 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.


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).


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.


Our group will pass the dramatic Dumbarton Rock and its castle perched atop, that towers over the River Clyde. Travelling north along the west side of Loch Lomond, the biggest loch in Scotland by area,  your driver-guide will point out Ben Lomond; Scotland's most southerly Munro standing at 974m (3196ft) high.

We’ll take a short break to enjoy the stunning views at the 'Rest and be Thankful' mountain pass. The name comes from travellers of old, who would stop, rest, and be thankful for reaching the top of this steep climb.

A short drive and we arrive at the Highland town of Inveraray. Established in 1745 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, chief of the powerful Clan Campbell. You can explore the town, go to the famous 19th century Inveraray jail, opened in 1820 or take a short walk and visit the Inveraray castle, home to the chief of the clan Campbell who to this day lives in the Inveraray Castle with his family.

We’ll head onto and stop at one of the most photographed castles in Scotland the imposing mid-15th century Kilchurn Castle, which stands at the head of Loch Awe, Scotlands longest loch which is 41km (25mi) long, it also has a fantastic backdrop of soaring mountains. A fantastic part of Scotland.

We will then head to Oban, renowned for the variety and quality of its seafood,  where we’ll stop for lunch. You can also climb up to McCaig’s Tower which is steep but for your effort you will be rewarded with stunning panoramic views over Oban Bay.

Our journey continues along the rugged west coast, passing Loch Creran to Castle Stalker. Situated on its own little islet in Loch Laich, we'll stop here for some photos.

After the beauty of Argyll’s stretching sea lochs we arrive in Glencoe, Scotland's most famous glen. It's also known as the 'Weeping Glen' due to the terrible Glen Coe massacre event that took place here in 1692. It was a 5am on the 13th of February when Captain Robert Campbell and his men slaughtered 38 men, women and children of the MacDonald clan. These were orders that he received from lord Dalrymple that came from King William III.

After we leave the magnificent area of Glen Coe we will travel back towards Glasgow and we'll stop at a traditional Scottish Highland pub for early evening refreshments. It is named the Drovers Inn because it was used by cattle drovers who were taking the cattle to market, The Drovers Inn has welcomed weary travellers for over 300 years including infamous outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. 

Wait till you see the Haggis that the Drovers inn has in a glass cabinet, it is something of great beauty because it is so Scottish, it is probably the only wild haggis to ever been caught.

We return to Glasgow where the tour ends. 

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

  • Rest and be thankful - The resting place for the soldiers who built the road and they were thankful when they got to the top.
  • Inveraray town (castle and jail) - 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.
  • Oban - This is quite a small but bustling seaside town full of multinationals and it is renowned for being the seafood capital in Scotland. It is also serves as a gateway to the islands.
  • Glen Coe - The scene of one of the most bloody massacres in Scotland, it is also home to some of the most stunning mountains and some pretty spectacular waterfalls.
  • The Famous Drovers inn - Over 300 years old this inn is world famous for its highland hospitality and is said to be the most haunted building in Scotland. It is said that even the legend himself ‘Rob Roy McGregor’ visited back in the day.

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