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City Sightseeing Glasgow: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. City Sightseeing Glasgow: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore one of the most vibrant and exciting Scottish cities with a 1 or 2-day ticket to Glasgow’s hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. Explore excellent museums, art galleries, beautiful parks and buildings, as well as shopping opportunities that are second only to London. In addition, the city’s pubs, cafés, bars and nightclubs help make Glasgow one of the new preferred destinations for short breaks. The visitor attractions and places of interest are spread throughout the city and the best way to visit the attractions and to see the city, is to step on one of the open-top tour buses for a fully guided tour round all the main sights. Jump off at any of the 21 stops, conveniently located for the Gothic Cathedral, the Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, the recently restored Kelvingrove Art Galleries, Glasgow University, Glasgow Green and Clydeside Distillery, among many other sights. Bus Route Itinerary:  Stop 1 - George Square Stop 2 - Glasgow Cathedral Stop 3 - Merchant City Stop 4 - Barras Market Stop 5 - Glasgow Green Stop 6 - St Enoch Stop 7 - St Vincent Place Stop 8 - Radisson Hotel Stop 9 - Argyle Street Stop 10 - Hilton Garden Inn Stop 11 - SECC Stop 12 - Clydeside Distillery Stop 13 - Riverside Museum Stop 14 - Kelvin Way Stop 15 - Byres Road Stop 16 - Kelvingrove Art Gallery Stop 17 - Kelvin Park Stop 18 - University of Glasgow Stop 19 - Charing Cross Stop 20 - Sauchiehall St Stop 21 - Theatre Royal Stop 22 - Buchanan Bus Station

Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

2. Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

Depart Glasgow at 8:00 and travel north towards the Highlands along the “bonnie, bonnie” banks of Loch Lomond. Crossing the ancient natural fault line that runs across Scotland you travel into the majestic Highlands where the scenery changes quickly and dramatically – the flat fertile plains of the Lowlands give way to shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops and forest-filled glens. Traveling north through Breadalbane, meaning the 'High Country of Scotland,' you climb towards the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor and down into Scotland's most famous valley, Glencoe. Glencoe is infamous as the site of the Glencoe massacre in 1692. Beyond Glencoe you will enter the Great Glen, a deep glacial valley which follows a geological fault line. Passing through the town of Fort William you drive under Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, before arriving at Fort Augustus on the southern shore of Loch Ness. Of course, the loch is best known for the legendary sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, Nessie. Fort Augustus is a pretty little town in its own right, the Caledonian Canal which links the lochs of the Great Glen dominates the town and makes for a great place to relax and watch the boats sail by. You will stop here for lunch before travelling north the full length of the loch with opportunities to see the ancient stronghold of Urquhart Castle while taking a 5-Star Jacobite boat cruise on the loch. From Loch Ness you continue north through Inverness before traveling south through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park. Your route takes you over the Drumochter Pass, 1500 feet above sea level, and past the 13th century Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Atholl. Your next stop is the Highland resort town of Pitlochry, built on Victorian tourism and nestled amongst the mountains of Highland Perthshire. Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoaches for a more personal service.

From Glasgow: Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Tour

3. From Glasgow: Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Tour

From Glasgow, travel north towards the Scottish highlands. The first stop is for a cup of tea or coffee at a café on the shores of Loch Lomond. Climb up into the Highlands over the unique, desolate landscape of Rannoch Moor and the Black Mount to Glencoe, the site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald clan. After lunch in the Fort William area, continue beneath Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and into the Great Glen. At Loch Ness, take aN optional 1-hour cruise on the loch or enjoy the beautiful views at its shores. Before arriving back in Glasgow, cross the Grampian Mountains and the woodland scenery of Perthshire, including the Forest of Atholl.

From Glasgow: Loch Lomond, Trossachs & Stirling Castle Tour

4. From Glasgow: Loch Lomond, Trossachs & Stirling Castle Tour

After leaving Glasgow, stop at the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond, one of the prettiest and largest lochs in the whole of Scotland. Take a one-hour cruise, enjoying spectacular views of the loch’s many islands and the surrounding mountains. Alternatively, take a stroll through the picturesque loch-side conservation village of Luss, with its quaint houses, cafes and stunning views across the loch’s western shoreline. Eat lunch in the small village of Aberfoyle, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Trossachs National Park. After lunch, continue through the Trossachs, Scotland’s first national park, known as ‘the Highlands in miniature’ for its abundance of lochs, mountains, and forests. It is also known as the homeland of legendary outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor. The final stop is the magnificent Stirling Castle, which sits high on volcanic rock and offers wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. You will have time to visit the castle and learn of the exploits of key historic figures including William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Mary Queen of Scots. With plenty of interesting things to see and do, the Stirling Castle experience is well worth a visit. You then make your way back to Glasgow. Please note: the Loch Lomond cruise is only available in winter for groups of 6 and over. If this number is not met, an alternative stop will be offered.

Glasgow: Clydeside Distillery Tour and Whisky Tasting

5. Glasgow: Clydeside Distillery Tour and Whisky Tasting

Discover the Dockside Story and soak in the history of the Old Pumphouse and the historic area of the Queen's Dock in the self-guided area at the start of the tour. Learn about the birth of the whisky industry and Glasgow’s history, featuring live footage and animation bringing the story to life. Next, your expert guide will take you through several areas of production at the distillery. See the craftsmen produce the high quality, New Make Spirit, currently maturing to become The Clydeside Single Malt Whisky. Your guide will provide all the detail in the production process at the distillery, including malting, mashing, fermentation, and distillation. Marvel in the picturesque Still House with the copper wash and spirit still, admiring the view down the River Clyde. Head into the tasting room where you'll experience the development of the Clydeside spirit, starting with the distillery's new make, followed by two whiskies that have each matured in first-fill bourbon casks and first-fill sherry casks.

From Glasgow: Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Tour

6. From Glasgow: Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Tour

Discover Scotland's glorious past on this exciting tour in the hearthland of Highland heroes such as Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. Marvel at the natural beauty of the forests, lochs and mountains in Loch Lomond National Park. You will depart Glasgow at 9 AM and travel towards Stirling, along a route that has been used for thousands of years by invading armies. It was the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire, and was later used by the English King Edward I as he marched towards Stirling. As you approach Stirling the magnificent castle dominates your view and you make your way up towards the high volcanic rock where it imposes itself upon the surrounding land. To the north is the towering National Wallace Monument commemorating Scotland’s great hero William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson in the Oscar-winning movie Braveheart. To the South is Bannockburn castle where, in 1314, the great Scottish warrior-king Robert the Bruce defeated the English army of Edward II. From Stirling you will travel into the Highlands to an area known as the Trossachs National Park. Often referred to as "The Highlands in Miniature" it marks the point where the Lowlands meet the Highlands. You will stop here for lunch in the heart of the National Park forest outside Aberfoyle, where you can enjoy the magnificent nature all around you. After lunch you "take the high road" or back-road to Loch Lomond. With 79 islands, it is Scotland’s largest loch,andt takes its name from the mountain Ben Lomond on the eastern shore. Following a walk out along the west highland way you travel onto the picturesque Distillery of Glengoyne, one of the bestselling malt whiskies in Scotland, where you have the option to tour the Distillery or enjoy the refreshments that are on offer at their "Slainte Mhath Shop." From there, it’s just a short drive back to Glasgow at around 6 PM.

Glasgow: Glengoyne Distillery Guided Tour & Whiskey Tasting

7. Glasgow: Glengoyne Distillery Guided Tour & Whiskey Tasting

Follow the journey of whiskey-making through mashtun and washbacks to the swan-necks of copper stills. Discover how every ounce of flavor is captured before sending the spirit to the cask. In the cool confines of the stone warehouse, see where the magic of maturation takes place. Learn how the whiskey ages, from the difference the wood makes, to how the spirit deepens in color over the years. After the tour, enjoy a tutored tasting of 3 Glengoyne Whiskies. Each whisky is paired with a chocolate from award-winning, Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier.

From Glasgow: Oban, Glencoe, Highland Lochs & Castles Tour

8. From Glasgow: Oban, Glencoe, Highland Lochs & Castles Tour

Explore the stunning lochs and castles of the Western Highlands on this small group tour from Glasgow. You'll see the superb ruins of Kilchurn on Loch Awe, the bustling west coast harbor town of Oban, and the dramatic beauty of Glencoe. Depart Glasgow at 8:30 AM and travel through gorgeous Glen Fruin, driving parallel with Loch Long. You'll then cross the Highland boundary, where the scenery changes quickly and dramatically–the flat plains of the Lowlands give way to shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops and forest-filled glens. Continue your drive over the Rest and Be Thankful mountain pass before traveling through the Arrochar Alps. You'll then arrive at the picturesque harbor town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne. From here you will drive along the shore of Scotland’s longest loch, Loch Awe, where you'll stop to take photos of Kilchurn Castle, a magnificent ruin right in the middle of Loch Awe and the former home of the Campbells of Breadalbane. You will then continue to the harbor town of Oban, gateway to the Isles, where you will eat lunch. After lunch you'll travel north along the coast around Appin, passing imposing Castle Stalker, and into Scotland's most famous valley, Glencoe. This is Scotland's largest loch and it takes its name from the mountain Ben Lomond. The last stop of the day will be in Luss, an 18th-century conservation village with old workers' cottages, built for the laborers of the estate.

From Glasgow: Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles Day Tour

9. From Glasgow: Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles Day Tour

On this tour, you will experience the shimmering lochs, scenic mountain views, and romantic and historic castles of the western highlands. From Glasgow cross the Firth of Clyde, passing Dumbarton's famous and imposing rock fortress. The first stop is the pretty conservation village of Luss, on the 'Bonny, Bonny Banks' of Loch Lomond. Here you can walk along the shore or stay to admire the village. Pass several dramatic castles and lochs as the tour climb into the Highlands. Make a stop for lunch at the fishing town of Oban. Journey on a southern route that takes you past the spectacular Kilchurn Castle, majestically situated on Loch Awe. Our final stop is Inveraray, the historic seat of the Duke of Argyll, where you can choose to either visit Inveraray Castle (April-October only) or explore the town’s Georgian houses and wide streets. Return to Glasgow via the Rest and Be Thankful pass.

Loch Lomond, Highlands & Stirling Castle Tour from Edinburgh

10. Loch Lomond, Highlands & Stirling Castle Tour from Edinburgh

Escape the chaos of city centers and head for the tranquil Scottish Highlands on a 9-hour scenic tour of Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and more. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Edinburgh, you will take a brief panoramic trip around Scotland’s second city of Glasgow. Then, head west towards Loch Lomond, passing the River Clyde. Stop on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest expanse of water, with time for a boat trip or a ramble, if you wish. Move on to the village of Aberfoyle, gateway to the Trossachs, where you will stop for lunch. With its lochs, glens, and heather-covered mountains, this area is often referred to as “Scotland in Miniature.” It was a favorite destination of Sir Walter Scott, who used the location as the backdrop for his “Rob Roy” and “The Lady of the Lake” stories. Drive through the picturesque village of Callander and stop to visit Stirling Castle, location for many scenes in the hit movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. As you drive back into Edinburgh, relaxing music will be played in the coach.

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based on 1,565 reviews

We had the best day hiking and driving through the Highlands! Derek, our tour guide, was extremely personable, fun, and knowledgeable about all aspects of the areas we journeyed through. The hikes were not difficult, but a nice chance to stretch our legs and see some amazing Scottish sights, from waterfalls to ancient forests. Highly recommend!!

This was an amazing tour of Scotland, Kilchurn and Inverary Castles and Loch Lomond! Our guide, Stewart, was funny, had tons of interesting information to share and kept the group entertained with stories and music. I recommend this for anyone wanting to get out of the busy city and see the most beautiful countryside of Scotland!!

The tour was great from start to finish. Jenny was a fantastic and knowledgeable guide. The locations we visited were fantastic and we had adequate time to explore all of them. The small group size (12) was the perfect number for the tour. The weather was kind to us too. overall, a great day tour!

Our guide was excellent, he has been with your company 18 years. He is definitely as asset! Has a great sense of humor and so much information on the area. Don’t miss this excursion!!

Friendly and informative tour guides. Busses we're clean. Would highly recommend.