Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland, United Kingdom
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Approximately 8¾ Hours
Cross the impressive Erskine Bridge with views of the city of Glasgow in the distance and travel through the countryside to Loch Lomond. This famous and beautiful inland loch, known as the Queen of Scottish Lakes (and noted for its fishing), is the largest loch in Great Britain. Islands sparkle like emeralds against a backdrop of blue waters and rugged mountains. To the north, the loch creates a fjord-like atmosphere.
Stop at the exceptionally pretty village of Luss, with flower-adorned cottages looking out on a group of wooded islands.
The drive through Glen Coe and Glen Kinglas is spectacular. At 2,891 feet, the distinctively-shaped Cobbler looms above the road, and the Rest & Be Thankful Viewing Point has a name that speaks for itself. Views over the glen and mountain will leave a lasting impression before the road descends, bringing you to tranquil Loch Fyne. As you head along the tree-lined shore around the top of the loch, you'll see the pretty town of Inveraray in the distance.
Visit Inveraray Castle, dating from 1770 and built on the site of a 15th-century fortress. It is the seat of the Duke of Argyll, the head of Clan Campbell. The castle, one of the great bastions of National Heritage, is among the earliest examples of Gothic revival in Britain. Its fairytale exterior suggests the grandeur of its gracious interior, which reflects the many fascinating tastes of the family throughout the years. Inside is a fine collection of family pictures and superb tapestries set in painted rooms of outstanding beauty. The armory hall alone contains 1,300 pieces. Fine 18th-century French furniture, English and Continental china and family artifacts form a unique collection that spans the generations.
Lunch is served nearby at a typical small country hotel before you commence the return drive. Pass through Argyll Park to travel alongside the relatively small Loch Eck.
The contrasting scenery slips behind you as you skirt Holy Loch en route to the Western Ferries Terminal. A 20-minute ferry crossing of the Firth of Clyde will bring you to the Clydeside town of Gourock. From here, you will follow the coastal road back to Greenock.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.