Loch Ness, Castles, and More
Last year when we visited, we knew we were only going to be in Scotland for a long weekend. So we did want to try to make the most of it and see as much as possible. Of course we wanted to see some of the typical sites, the likes of Loch Ness, beautiful landscapes, and castles during our short time. After a bit of research it looked like one of the best ways to see some of the main highlights and spend time exploring Scotland Highlands was through an all day tour that would pick us up in Glasgow and take us to several scenic areas around Scotland.
We found Timberbush Tours online and found they, along with many other tour companies, offered perfect packages that would get us to all the places we had hoped to see and much more!
Oban, Glencoe, and West Highland Castles
The tour we chose left Glasgow around 8:45am and lasted just under 10 hours. While it sounded like it was going to be a long time in a bus, Timberbush timed out several stops along the way so we could get out, stretch our legs and explore another quaint area. We also heard some interesting commentary from our driver along the way, so it was just perfect!
Our tour would take us through the highlands into Glencoe, the beautiful fishing town of Oban where we would enjoy a fresh seafood lunch, a visit to Inveraray Castle, and a nice drive along the “Bonnie, Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond. These were just some of the main stops but we also visited several other interesting and beautiful places during our tour.
Scotland History and Music Along the Way
Our driver, Peter, was fabulous! He told us great tales and actual historical events as we drove along. We stopped several times at beautiful locations where he was happy to point out the best views. Many times during our tour he would take a break from talking and play us some beautiful Scottish music, usually pertinent to the area we were visiting. We heard the song “Loch Lomond” as we drove along the shore line of the Loch, then we listened to the haunting music of the “Massacre of Glencoe” and learned about the terrible fate of the MacDonald Clan.
Listen to The Massacre of Glencoe
We really felt like we did get to see quite a bit of Scotland during our trip, but without a doubt, we will be back for more. This is a beautiful country and we look forward to learning more about the history and the people of this land. Haggis and Hairy Coos were also a big part of our Scotland discovery. And learning the Scottish language – though I’m not sure we’re very proficient just yet!
The Best Way for Exploring Scotland Highlands
During our trip last year to Scotland we were fortunate enough to take a tour with the folks over at Timberbush Tours. While the tour was complimentary for review purposes, the opinions of the experience are our own. Timberbush Tours offers 1, 2, and 3 day tours all around Scotland with departures from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
To see more of this beautiful country, see the pictorial essay – Scotland in 8 Photos + 1. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have!