Leaving Glasgow we cross the Erskine Bridge looking down on Dumbarton Rock & Castle. As we travel along the west side of Loch Lomond we will catch a glimpse of Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly Munro. Our route takes us around the head of Loch Long by very steep rocky mountains known as the Arrochar Alps to the “Rest and be Thankful” and onwards to Inveraray.
Inveraray, founded in 1745 is a classic example of an 18th century planned town. Built by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, chief of the powerful Clan Campbell, the town is a magnificent piece of Scottish Georgian architecture with its distinctive white washed buildings. During the summer months (25th Mar to 31st Oct) guests can visit Inveraray Castle, whilst in the winter Dunstaffnage Castle is yours to explore. However you might prefer to experience what life was like in a 19th century prison at Inveraray Jail – a living museum and top Scottish visitor attraction.
From Inveraray we travel to the imposing Kilchurn Castle, standing proudly in the shadow of soaring mountains at the head of Loch Awe before heading to Oban for lunch.
Originally a small fishing village, Oban is now the Gateway to the Isles. It is also known as the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’ and is renowned for the variety and quality of seafood landed in the harbour. There is a fantastic choice of restaurants in the town centre offering everything from traditional Scottish fayre to more international flavours.
After lunch our route takes us along the rugged west coast, passing Loch Creran en route to Castle Stalker, situated on its own little islet in Loch Laich. There is viewpoint here to get some photographs.
Our next stop will be at spectacular Glencoe, known as the “Weeping Glen” due to the terrible events that took place here by Government soldiers in 1692.
From Glencoe we make the short drive over Rannoch Moor to the Drovers Inn. For over 310 years the Drovers has welcomed the great and the good including Rob Roy MacGregor one of Scotland’s most infamous outlaws.
Said to be “haunted” there are many tales and sightings of ghouls and ghosts wandering around this ancient Scottish Inn. Here you can enjoy early evening refreshments by the roaring log fire before our return to Glasgow.