West Coast of Scotland TourAreas Covered;
Dumbarton castle, Loch Lomond, Loch Long, Inveraray Town & Castle, Loch Awe, Kilchurn Castle, Oban.
A delightful tour that starts off from Edinburgh or Glasgow and will take you through the West Coast of Scotland heading for the Gateway to the Isles.
We start our tour, depending on your location, with a drive over the Erskine Bridge on the A82 to Dumbarton Castle. This battery castle which is located 4 miles south of Loch Lomond is a fascinating castle which sits powerfully on a volcanic Rock and dates back to the 5th Century as it has always the main defence from invading ships attacking through the River Clyde. This is a great visit but quite strenuous as there are many steep steps to negotiate if you want to make it to the top.
Next we make our way to northwards where our drive will take us to the start of Loch Lomond where we can pop into the South side of the Loch and view Loch Lomond northwards while admiring the picturesque Cameron House hotel
From there we travel up half way to the village of Tarbet where we leave the A82 and Loch Lomond for a trip along the A83 through Arrochar at loch long where we eventually come to the Rest and be Thankful where we will take a few minute break to listen to the silence.
Our picturesque drive will then take us slowly over some amazing scenery all the way to Loch Fyne where we will pass the famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar. Passing The Oyster Bar we will then come along the impressive Inveraray castle where the Duke of Argyll and his family still reside. After the castle we can stop in the Inveraray Town and visit the Inverarary Jail and courtroom.
Leaving Inveraray we will then head up a small back road which will connect us with Loch Awe and from here we can view the battle ruined Kilchurn castle, (The only safe way to reach this castle is by small boat).
From Loch Awe we head along the A85 popping in too see the Bonawe Iron Furnace at loch Etive then after carring back onto the A85 passing the Connel bridge we will come up against Dunstaffnage Castle and from here 10 minutes later we will be entering Oban Town where we can visit Oban Distillery and McCaig's Tower.
We can then head back and passing Tyndrum and then Crainlarich which is just North of Loch Lomond Travelling down the A83 down Loch Lomond we can visit the Drovers Inn Hotel which recently celebrated its 300 year old birthday in August 2005 and we can maybe pop in a sample some of its history inside.
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