Welcome to Inveraray
There's no fifty shades of grey around here: this historic planned village is all black and white – even logos of high street chain shops conform. Spectacularly set on the shores of Loch Fyne, Inveraray was built by the Duke of Argyll in Georgian style when he revamped his nearby castle in the 18th century
Top experiences in Inveraray
West Highland Lochs and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh
Board a 16-passenger luxury minivan in central Edinburgh in the morning and set off on a journey toward the Scottish Highlands. Traveling west first, make a photo stop at Stirling Castle, once known as the 'Key to Scotland.' It was here that William Wallace — immortalized by Mel Gibson in the film Braveheart — defeated the English army in 1297.Continue to the fantastic medieval stronghold of Doune Castle. Built for the Duke of Albany more than 600 years ago, the castle is still in remarkable condition. You may recognize it from the famous film Monty Python and The Holy Grail or the more recent Outlander TV series, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon.Leave the rolling farmlands behind and venture into the wild forests and dramatic mountains of the Scottish Highlands. Hear the story of the ‘Scottish Robin Hood’ in the Braes of Balquhidder, the final resting place of Highland outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Wind your way through the Breadalbane mountains, stopping for lunch (own expense), and arrive at the magnificent ruins of Kilchurn Castle perched on Loch Awe.Continuing through Campbell country, visit the picturesque town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne, where you can visit 18th-century Inveraray Castle (Open from April to October only ), home of the Duke of Argyll.Trek up the steep Arrochar Alps to a fantastic viewpoint called 'Rest and Be Thankful,’ and learn the meaning behind the name from your guide. From here, skirt around Loch Long and down to Loch Lomond, Scotland's largest lake. Pause in the village of Luss for stunning views across the water.Return to Edinburgh in the evening.
Oban, Glencoe and West Highland Castles Day Trip from Glasgow
Departing from George Street, Glasgow, we journey north-west into the Highlands, passing through rugged highland scenery until we reach the town of Inveraray. This 18th Century Town is home to the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell, and features a beautiful castle in surrounded by gardens. Spend time at Inveraray Castle (own expense) and learn the history of the west Highlands, or alternatively explore the shores of Loch Fyne in the town centre.Once we leave Inveraray, we head deeper into the Scottish Highlands, through beautiful scenery marked by dramatic lochs and castles. We pause for photos of Kilchurn Castle, nestled on the banks of Loch Awe and famously framed by mountains. We then travel on to Oban, the famous 'Gateway to the Western Isles'. Here we stop for lunch, with plenty of free time to explore the town and its horseshoe bay.We then travel onwards, past Castle Stalker, a 15th Century Castle set on a small island on Loch Laich, before reaching Glencoe. We pause here for photos of the famous Glen, which is featured in the James Bond film, Skyfall, and was site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald clan.We then begin our return journey, passing over Rannoch Moor and the Black Mount and making our way to Luss for Loch Lomond. Here you will have time to wander along the shoreline of this magnificent loch, before once again boarding your coach and returning to Glasgow.
West Highland Lochs and Castles Day Trip from Edinburgh
Leaving Edinburgh, your tour begins at Doune Castle in Stirlingshire. The castle is instantly recognisable from the film 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', and more recently in TV Series 'Game of Thrones' and 'Outlander'. Spend time exploring the castle (own expense) and take pictures before making your way back to the coach.You will then journey through the Highlands, past stunning Lochs, historic castles and glorious glens before you stop for lunch near Glen Ogle, offering spectacular views. Spend an hour at your leisure and appreciate your surroundings fully before continuing north to Kilchurn Castle.Kilchurn Castle, located on the banks of Loch Awe and surrounded by mountains, is one of Scotland's most picturesque castles. Enjoy time to pause for photos of the castle from across the Loch. We then continue on to the small highland village of Inveraray to visit Inveraray Castle (own expense). The Castle is home to the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell. Spend time exploring the Castle and its grounds, or alternatively visit the quaint town and its shops at your own pace, before returning to the coach to begin your return journey to Edinburgh.Travelling through the Arrochar Alps, we will make a brief stop at the Rest and be Thankful pass, with stunning views over the atmospheric Highlands, before stopping at Loch Lomond. Take time for photos across the largest freshwater Loch in Scotland, before returning to Edinburgh's Royal Mile, where your 10 hour tour comes to an end.
Doune Castle and Loch Lomond with the Western Highlands
The first stop of the day will be Doune Castle. This beautiful 14th century castle will be well recognised due to its status in the film and TV industry. Doune Castle* was used in the filming of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It was also used to represent part of Winterfell in season 1 of Game of Thrones and is the fictional Castle Leoch in Outlander. Monty Python’s very own Terry Jones narrates the audio guide, which we recommend to our passengers to highlight some of the subtleties and secrets of the castle. Grayline Scotland offers a 10% discount on entry to Doune Castle.On departure from Doune Castle, our driver will aim to stop at convenient services for comfort and refreshment. The journey continues past plenty of dramatic scenery with an abundance of ‘Lochs, Glens and Bens’. The coach will stop for a photo opportunity at Kilchurn Castle on the banks of the beautiful Loch Awe; this is one of the most photographed Castles in Scotland, often used in calendars and postcards.The next stop is the highland town of Inveraray. Your driver will give you a quick driven tour of the town so that you may get your bearings. Once off the coach, the opportunity is there to explore Inveraray Castle* (featured on the 2014 'Downton Abbey' Christmas special), the old Jail* or merely relax in the town with some lunch and a drop of whisky (own expense).After the lunch stop the coach will continue past Loch Fyne, well famed for its Oysters and Kippers that are the pride of award winning kitchens around the world. Then there shall be a stop for photos at the Rest and be Thankful pass, off the old military road. This, by far and away, has to be one of the most strikingly beautiful views in the country. The journey will then continue to the final stop at Luss.Luss is a small and classical highland village on the ‘bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond’ . This body of water is well known through Scottish song, poetry and folklore. You will then pass Stirling Castle and be returned to Edinburgh for city centre drop-offs.*optional extra, admission charge payable
Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, Oban and Inveraray Day Trip from Glasgow
We depart Scotland's largest city Glasgow, traveling to the largest expanse of fresh water in Scotland Loch Lomond. Here we can visit the conservation Luss village for coffee and sightseeing. Luss is known for the T.V programme "Take the Highroad".Traveling deep into the Highlands, we pass by some amazing views (including Loch Awe, the longest in Scotland). Every moment you spend here you feel is rich with history. The Kilchurn Castle (historically a stronghold of the Campbell Clan) is known for being haunted it is a ruined 15th and 17th century structure on a rocky peninsula. On this part of the tour you will understand the Battle of the Pass of Brander, known as the Wars of Scottish Independence.It's lunchtime and we arrive at Oban here you can explore Scotland's Victorian seaside town, climb up to McCaig's Tower, enjoy the stunning views to the isles of Mull and Kerrera. On offer here is some of the freshest seafood you'll ever have tasted (own expense). Heading home, you'll visit the seat of the Campbell Clan at Inveraray, where we'll stop so that you can indulge in ice-cream, homemade cakes,sweets and a drink in the elegance of Loch Fyne (own expense).
3-Day Isle of Arran Tour from Glasgow
Day 1: Glasgow – Burns Country – Brodick, Isle of Arran Leave Glasgow in the morning and travel west into the county of Ayrshire to visit Culzean Castle, one of Scotland’s 18th-century showpieces. Head inside at your own expense and explore independently, admiring the stately architecture of its interiors as well as the cliff-top views over Culzean County Park. If time permits, wander through the parkland to explore its woodlands and secluded ponds, and maybe visit the cafe for a bite to eat (own expense).In the afternoon, continue to Burns Country where Robert Burns was born. Enjoy a stop in the coastal town of Alloway to see places mentioned in his poems and songs, and then visit Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (own expense), to find out more about the man who penned the world-famous Auld Lang Syne song. After browsing its exhibits independently, travel to Ardrossan to hop aboard your ferry to the Isle of Arran, and then travel by minibus to the large village of Brodick where your accommodation awaits. Check in and spend your evening doing whatever you please; ask your guide for tips for good restaurants in town.Overnight: 3-4-star hotel or guesthouse in BrodickDay 2: Isle of Arran (B)Meet your guide after breakfast and discuss the options for your day’s activities. Depending on the weather and your group’s interests, your guide will arrange the best day out for you. Perhaps spend your day in the island’s mountainous north and visit the 2,867-foot (874-meter) peak of Goat Fell, the villages of Corrie and Sannox, the ruins of Lochranza Castle and Arran Distillery. Alternatively, step back in time on a tour of Arran’s beguiling stone circles and standing stones that date back to the Neolithic period and the early Bronze Age. Other sites of interest that may be worked into your day’s itinerary include the harbor village of Blackwaterfoot, Sliddery, Arran Cheese Shop, Brodick Castle and Arran Brewery – a microbrewery that uses ingredients from the island. Lunch, dinner and entrance fees on this day are at your own expense.Overnight: 3-4-star hotel or guesthouse in BrodickDay 3: Brodick – Kintyre Peninsula – Inveraray – Glasgow (B)Return to mainland Scotland after breakfast, taking the ferry from Lochranza to Claonaig, a small town on the wild and windswept Kintyre Peninsula. Swap your mode of transport to a minibus, and then travel along the coast to the fishing village of Tarbert on the peninsula’s narrowest strip. Enjoy some free time to stretch your legs, and then continue along the banks of Loch Fyne to the little whitewashed village of Inveraray. Stop for lunch (own expense), and then travel past the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond on your way back to Glasgow. Your 3-day tour finishes in the early evening at the start point.