Loch Lomond, Inveraray Castle, Luss Village, and Lunch
- Loch Lomond and Luss: This peaceful village of flower-draped cottages sits on the wooded shores of the beautiful "Queen of the Scottish Lakes."
- Inveraray Castle tour: Longstanding seat of the Clan Campbell, this baroque, Palladian, and Gothic castle was architecturally ahead of its time, which is 1770.
- Traditional Highlands lunch stop: Near the tree-lined shores of Loch Fyne, you'll dine. Scottish fare is hearty and delicious. And it's not all porridge and kippers.
- Rest and Be Thankful: Even a novice shooter can be the star of Instagram with a photo opp like this – a mountain pass nearly a thousand feet above the green glens below.
About this Greenock tour
We'll cross the River Clyde with views of distant Glasgow, as we work our way to stunning Loch Lomond – the largest inland lake in Great Britain. Its broad southern end is dotted with emerald islands, sparkling against the blue water and rugged mountain backdrop. Farther north, it narrows until just a few hundred yards separate its steep tree-clad shores, in fjord-like fashion.
We'll stop to admire the flower-bedecked cottages of Luss, a picture-perfect village on the loch's west shore, then take a turn toward the spectacular as we drive through Glen Croe and Glen Kinglas in the Argyll Forest. With a 2,900 foot peak looming ahead, we'll twist and climb up to the aptly named Rest and Be Thankful pass, a high point in today's string of Instagram moments.
Descent brings a change of scenery at tranquil Loch Fyne, where our destination is Inveraray Castle, set in wooded parkland on the site of a 15th-century fortress. The present Gothic castle, dating from 1770, is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, head of Clan Campbell. Don't be fooled by the almost-too-quaint exterior; the inside is filled with finely painted rooms, superb tapestries, early French furniture, English and Continental china, period armor, and family artifacts spanning generations. You'll get an intimate view of Highlander life here.
Hungry? Lunch is served at a small country hotel then it's time to digest with a killer view as we resume motoring along smaller lochs and through some of the most beautiful country this side of heaven. We'll cap things off with a scenic 20-minute ferry crossing of the Firth of Clyde.
Tonight, you'll surely Rest and Be Thankful.
Beware of blue men
Scottish folklore speaks of a tribe of supernatural sea creatures called the Blue Men of the Minch, aka storm kelpies. Humanoid in appearance, but with glossy blue skin and green curly beards, they swim alongside ships in Scotland's Hebrides Islands, luring sailors into the water and conjuring ship-wrecking storms. According to lore, they can be defeated by completing the last rhyme of a poem. Allowing sailors to get safely back hoem. [Gotcha.]
Limited disabled access at Inveraray Castle. There is moderate walking on this tour, over uneven ground and steps.
Rest and Be Thankful mountain pass is incredibly quiet - take in the relaxing atmosphere and take an Instagram worthy photo at this beautiful stop.
Limited disabled access at Inveraray Castle. This experience is not 100% wheelchair accessible.
Full Day, Cultural, Wilderness/Wildlife, Boat Tour
Beverages - Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks, a Beer
Lunch - Local Favorites
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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