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Westcoast, spectacular Argyll, Oban & the Kilmartin standing stone circles - 1 day tour #9

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Westcoast, Oban & the Kilmartin standing stones circle 1 day tour - departures from the Scottish Central belt 10 hour full day tour is £240 (if group of 8 is £30 per person), so a 5 hour half day tour works out £120 (if group of 8 is £15 per person)

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Westcoast, spectacular Argyll, Oban & the Kilmartin standing stone circles

1 day tour

-stops and route along the way flexible and personalised depending on your preferences, interests, the weather and your tour start off pick up/drop off location

Westcoast, spectacular Argyll, Oban & the Kilmartin standing stone circles

1 day tour #9

click here for further info/itinerary/details:

1D#9 - Westcoast, spectacular Argyll, Oban & the Kilmartin standing stone circles - 1 day tour - Unicorn Tours

Price for a full 1 day tour

  • 10 hour full day tour is £240

(if only 1 person = £240 for the tour / for a couple it is £120 per person / for 3 it is £80 per person / for a group of 4 is £60 per person / if 5 = £48 pp / if 6 = £40 pp / if 7 = £34 pp / for 8 passengers is £30 per person - these are the discounted winter prices up to February 2022)


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  • Departures from the Scottish Central belt (Stirling, Falkirk, Dunfermline, etc. area & pick ups up to 1 hour drive away from our Alloa/Clackmannanshire base)


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1D#9 – Westcoast, spectacular Argyll, Oban & the Kilmartin standing stone circles – 1 day tour

Westcoast, spectacular Argyll, Oban & Kilmartin standing stones

1 day tour to explore

for your private, flexible tailor-made small group sample itinerary 1D#9

Westcoast, spectacular Argyll, Oban & Kilmartin standing stones – 1 day to explore

As this is your own private small group tour, the itinerary is very flexible and along the way, we can add additional nearby stops and depending on the weather it is also possible to swap the route of day 1 and day 2 around. So the route for day 1 and day 2 is a sample itinerary and can be amended if you prefer.

Outbound journey

via (photostop) Luss / Loch Lomond

http://www.trossachs.co.uk/luss.php

Beginning our journey through stunning Argyll

Via Arrochar and the Arrochar Alps

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrochar_Alps

Past Rest and be thankful

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A83_road12*-3

possible Cowal side trip # 1

from just after Rest & be thankful to Tarbert

via the Cowal peninsula

with a photostop at the Kyle of Bute

http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/the-kyles-of-bute-p250091

Tighnabruaich

http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/tighnabruaich-p234871

taking the short scenic Portavadie ferry to Tarbert ferry

Inveraray

http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/inveraray-p235311

on request optional visit of Inveraray castle

(the home of the Duke of Argyll & chief of Clan Campbell)

Side trip # 2

to include the Kilmartin Standing stone circle from Inveraray south to Oban:

Lochgilphead

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lochgilphead

Crinan canal

past Dunadd

the capital of the ancient kingdom of Dál Riata

Kilmartin

http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/kilmartin-p235211

Kilmartin glen standing stone circles

past Canasserie castle

Picturesque Ardfern

http://www.ardfernyacht.co.uk/12*-3

and Craobh Haven

http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/craobh-haven-p243271

Arduaine subtropical gardens

Possible loop # 2A & # 2 B

Eastern loop # 2A

south of Lochgilphead/Tarbert including stunning views of Arran & the Kintyre peninsula:

Tarbert / Loch Fyne

http://www.visitscotland.com/info/services/tarbert-information-centre-loch-fyne-p332541

Dramatic hilltop views of the Isle of Arran & Kintyre

Skipness Castle & beach

http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/propertydetail.htm?PropID=PL_245

http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/skipness-beach-p730681

Western loop # 2B

south of Lochgilphead/Tarbert around the wild Kilberry peninsula with views of Jura, Islay, Gigha & sometimes as far as Northern Ireland:

& off the beaten track loop around the remote Kilberry peninsula with a tidal beach & seals (tide dependent), views of IslayJura, Gigha and on a clear day of the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland and Sculptured Kilberry stones

Possible side trip # 2C

from the Crinan canal to include:

Knapdale

http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserve/knapdale-habitats-partnership-area/12*-3

Tayvallich

http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/tayvallich-p235151

Optional side trip # 2D

between Arduaine subtroprical gardens and Oban across the Bridge over the Atlantic

to the three slate islands:

Seil

Luing

&

Easdale

with stunning views of the cliffs of Southern Mull

To our our main tour destination

the amazing, happening, vibrant and always stunningly beautiful Oban

– main Caledonian MacBrayne ferryport

& gateway to many of the Western Isles

(please keep in mind, this is your own private, small group personalised tour and at Unicorn Highlands & Islands tours we try to tailor your tour to your preferences, hobbies and interests and according to the weather – to get the balance right – more scenic side trips # 1, 2, 2A, 2B & 2C will mean less time in Oban, but as every group and tour guest is unique and individual, we wish to give these different options, so as to be able to maximise everyone’s experience of this tour)

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Oban

http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/oban-p235801

With stunning views of the Isle of Kerrara

Mull

and Oban bay,

especially from McCaig’s Tower

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCaig’s_Tower

If you are looking for a beautiful colourful harbour town, will all amenities, incl. seafood restaurants and more local things to do and Oban does have it all

Pulpit hill

There are various dramatic walks & viewpoints in and around Oban, including at Gallanach beach

 There is the Oban whisky distillery, you might wish to go for a stroll along the harbour and have some fish & chips.

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Once we are leaving Oban, we explore more of the Argyll coastline, we are having a chance to cross “the bridge over the Atlantic” to Seil, Luing and Easdale, take some stunning photos at Craobh Haven and Ardfern before heading into the prehistoric Kilmartin glen with ancient standing stone circles, burial mounds and Pictish slabstones– we drive along part of the Crinan canal – have the option to explore wild and beautiful places in Knapdale, the stunning Kilbery route, visit beautiful Tarbert/Loch Fyne cross the mountains for a view of the Isle of Arran and a possible walk around Skipness castle before heading via Loch Fyne - Arrochar/Loch Long and Loch Lomond back to the Central belt and Stirling.


   

Oban

Sidetrip # 3:

Depending on timings there might be an option of a scenic non-landing Mull round ferry trip.

Return journey

After we leave Oban we have get a nice view of Dunstaffnage marina and castle.

Dunstaffnage castle

http://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/dunstaffnage-castle-and-chapel-p248581

From Connel bridge – tide-dependent – we can view the rapids of the

Falls of Lora

http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/falls-of-lora-p255121

After Connel bridge, there is another scenic side trip option # 4:

Along the road coastal road north, there are various short side trips options # 5:

Tralee beach

Loch Creran

Appin

http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/port-appin-p235681

Isle of Lismore

http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/lismore-p234981

From the main road, we will catch a brief glimpse of

Castle Stalker

http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/appin-p235651

The Fort William/Glen Nevis area is part of most of our other Highland tours, but if the small private group so requests, that would be another potential side trip # 6:

Fort William/Glen Nevis area

http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/fort-william-p236531

Town with all facilities, if the weather is nice and the views are clear, we also have the option to drive into stunning Glen Nevis (sheer cliffs, waterfalls, etc.) for a great walk..

Glencoe/Ballachulish/Kinlochleven area

http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/ballachulish-p244031

Glencoe

Rannoch Moor

and through the Trossachs nationalpark

and Breadalbane

back to the Lowlands, Central Scotland, Stirling, Glasgow, Edinburgh, etc. for your drop off at the end of the tour.

 

Depending on the weather, we might discuss and decide to reverse the route and first drive the “return route” and then the “outbound route” on the way back (so as to maximise sunshine and minimise rain).

Also on very rainy days, we may have less outdoor sightseeing and if the group so wishes, we may visit a whisky distillery, castle, museum, etc. indoors


EXTRAS TO PAY:

* food, drink, entrance fees (castles, museums, attractions, etc.)

  • any other ferry, the group might decide on, for example the scenic Tarbert/Loch Fyne to Cowal shortcut or the isle of Seil/Luing/Easdale, etc.


How to book and pay for a special tour?

What to bring?

Sample past itinerary
  • We head out west through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs nationalpark and a scenic route to Oban, a beautiful and bustling ferry port and the main gateway to many of the Hebridean islands.
  • On arrival, there is a lot to do and see, we go up to McCaig’s folly/Colloseum for the best view of the stunning colourful harbour or go walking on the isle of Kerrara. If you wish you could also take the stunning 45 minutes crossing from beautiful Oban to the Isle of Mull with all round views of islands, the Lismore lighthouse, Duart castle, mountains and the sea.


Argyll & the Isles

Seil

Easdale

Kilmartin

Kilmartin glen

Crinan

Oban weather forecast

  • How to enquire, book & pay

If you are interested in this tour, you let us know by either emailing contact@unicorntours.co.uk, use our enquiry form or text or phone us 07429251980. This also gives you a chance to ask any questions, you may have.


Pick up times from anywhere in the Scottish Central belt, Stirling/Uni & locations along the way to be confirmed once we know all the participants’ preferences

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(see prices for full 1 day tours above)


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Contact details

Unicorn Tours
42 Bridge Terrace
Alloa
(* pick ups from anywhere in the Scottish Central belt & beyond. We are close to Stirling & its University, Falkirk & Dunfermline; * 45 minutes from Edinburgh, Glasgow & Perth; * just 1 hour from Dundee & St. Andrews)
Clackmannanshire
Scotland
FK10 1HY

Key facilities

Accessible Parking and Dropoff Disabled Parking
Starting
Central Mainland
Length
1
Day
Transport
Minibus
Type
Small Group (1-16)
Languages
English German
Themes
Adventure Ancestry Archaeology Art Castles City Family Film and TV History Island Hopping Landscapes Religious Pilgrimage Walking Whisky Wildlife

COVID-19 facilities

  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Capacity limit
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Face masks available for visitors
  • Hand sanitiser available to visitors & staff
  • Socially distanced spaced seating
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands

Tour company information

Unicorn Tours

* 100s of the best routes to cover every corner of Scotland * Small group Highlands, Islands & off the beaten track adventure tours * Personalised, flexible customised tours to suit your interests & preferences * Spectacular tailormade, small group adventure & specialist interest 1 day & multi-day tours * City tours * Nature, wildlife, history, walking, culture, whisky, island-hopping & more interests & activities * Spectacular off-the beaten track routes, where large coaches won't travel * Our maximum passenger number is 8

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Monday - Sunday
6am to 10pm
(06:00 - 22:00)

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