This relaxed paced tour starts and finishes in Glasgow and explores everything from ancient standing stones to wonderful coast line.

Start with a fantastic boat trip on Loch Lomond, then learn about the ancient peoples of Argyll (Land of the Gaels) and discover their legends and folklore.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Boat Trip on Loch Lomond
  • Inveraray
  • Crarae Gardens
  • Kilmartin Glen
  • Dunadd Fort
  • Oban (Overnight)
  • Ben Cruachan
  • Kilchurn Castle
  • The Trossachs
  • Glengoyne Whisky Distillery
  • Great seafood

 

OVERNIGHT STAYS

  • 1 night Oban

Oban has a good choice of hotels and guesthouses to choose from depending on the size of the group.

 

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HOW TO BOOK A GUIDE FOR THIS TOUR

Average 2018 Rates for STGA Guides. More About Guide Rates.

Service Average Rate
English Half Day (up to 4 hrs) £150 – £175
English Full Day (up to 8 hrs) £215 – £270
Language Half Day (up to 4 hrs) £190 – £215
Language Full Day (up to 8 hrs) £275 – £310
Driver Guide Half Day (up to 4 hrs) £320 – £370
Driver Guide Full Day (up to 8 hrs) £460 – £520

 

   Our guides can be booked through our Booking Service, or by contacting the guide directly.

 

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Please contact our Guide Booking Service on bookings@stga.co.uk or phone (+44) 01786 451 953 to discuss your requirements. In addition to guide fees above, please note that the following booking fees apply when using our booking service:

Booking Type Booking Fee
Half Day Tour £13.00
Full Day Tour £20.00
Extended Tour (more than one day) £28.00

We are open 09:00 – 17:00 Monday – Friday.

 

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OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • The average fees quoted above do not include the guide’s meals or accommodation, which you must provide for.
  • The average fees quoted above do not include entrance fees to venues or attractions. Our guides do receive free entry to most venues and attractions in Scotland.
  • Other expenses, such as the guide’s travel expenses to to/from the start/finish location of the tour may apply.
  • We strongly recommend that tour operators using our guides arrange for themselves suitable travel, medical, and cancellation insurance.

 

 

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TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1:  GLASGOW TO OBAN

Enjoy a lovely morning taking a boat trip on Loch Lomond before touring west into Argyll where you will enjoy rugged coastal scenery travelling alongside Sea Lochs. We will also explore ancient monuments of Kilmartin Glen that date back to the Neolithic and Bronze age before travelling along the Firth of Lorn to Oban.

 

09:00 – Meet your Blue Badge Guide and depart Glasgow.
Learn about Loch Lomond, its geography and legends.

10:20 – Arrive at Tarbet on the Banks of Loch Lomond.

10:30 – Take a Cruise on the Loch exploring the northern shores. Refreshements and facilities are on boat as well as indoor seating.
  Cruise Loch Lomond – 01301 702 356

11:45 – Arrive back at Tarbet after the cruise and tour towards Inveraray along Loch Long and Loch Fyne.
Learn stories of the Scots of Dalriada, Christian missionaries and Vikings.

12:30 – Arrive in Inveraray for lunch and free time to explore.
Option of lunch at Loch Fyne for seafood.

13:30 – Depart Inveraray

13:50 – Arrive at Crarae Gardens for a visit
This is described as a peaceful paradise in Argyll and has a gorge, waterfalls and flowers in abundance.
 Crarae Gardens – 01546 886 614

14:50 – Depart Crarae Gardens and travel towards Dunadd Fort and Kilmartin Glen.

15:30 – Spend time exploring Dunadd Fort and the many ancient monuments within Kilmartin Glen. Your guide will tailor this visit to the group and give you an insight to these spectacular sites.

16:40 – Depart Kilmartin and travel to Oban past Loch Melfort.

18:00 – Arrive into Oban for a relaxing evening and a dinner.
Dinner at leisure or group dinner options available.
Oban is the Seafood Capital of Scotland and there are great places to eat out. If you have energy left after the days touring why not take a walk up to McCaigs Tower overlooking the town.

 

DAY 2:  OBAN TO GLASGOW via TROSSACHS

This day has a blend of old and new with a visit to Ben Cruachan Hydro Electric Power Station and a journey of up Glen Orchy towards the Trossachs  and the Dukes Pass where we will stop for lots of photos. All this before visiting a Whisky distillery on the way back to Glasgow!

 

09:00 – Depart Oban and travel along the Pass of Brander to the foot of Ben Cruachan.
This is the Highest Mountain in Argyll and sits at 1126 Meters. ‘Cruachan’ was the battlecry of the Campbell Clan.

10:00 – Arrive at Ben Cruachan (The Hollow Mountain) Visitors Centre and take a tour in the Mountain.
This tour takes you deep inside the mountain and the guides will tell you about how they have transformed the mountain into a Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Power Station.
 Ben Cruachan Visitors Centre – 0141 614 9105

11:30 – Depart Ben Cruachan and travel along the banks of Loch Awe with views of Kilchurn Castle.

12:30 – Arrive in Tyndrum and have lunch (variety of options available).

13:40 – Depart Tyndrum and tour eastwards before turning off and journeying along the Dukes Pass in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Stop along the way for stories from your guide and photo stops.

16:00 – Arrive at Glengoyne Distillery for a tour and tasting.
Glengoyne is a fine single Malt whisky and the tour is excellent. Find out the history of the distillery and the process that produces this excellent tipple!
 Glengoyne Distillery – 01360 550 254

17:20 – Depart the Distillery and travel back to Glasgow.

Approx 18:20 – Arrive Glasgow.

 

This tour can be tailored to the group by the guide and visits can be altered due to weather. Crarae Gardens are best visited in the Spring and summer months and an alternative to this would be a visit to Inveraray Castle.

 

 

 

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HOTEL SUGGESTIONS

FORT WILLIAM

Nevis Bank Inn
Alexandra Hotel
Best Western Imperial
Premier Inn Fort William

 

INVERNESS

Best Western River Ness – 3 star – good location
Premier Inn – 3 star – also on River Ness
Kingsmills – 4 star option with pool just a 15 minute walk to city centre
Rocpool – More boutique option
There are also many other options just outside Inverness

 

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