Kilmartin Glen and Oban

What to Expect

Student Tours Scotland is proud to present a new tour (launched summer 2016). Kilmartin Glen is, in many ways, the birthplace of modern Scotland. With monuments to the past scattered between the towns and villages of the modern age, there is something for everyone. It's a long tour with a lot of time on the coach but we will spend as much time as we can off the bus exploring and telling stories. 

Rest and Be Thankful

The Rest and Be Thankful is a fantastic viewpoint on the way to the town of Inveraray. In the past the drovers and travellers would pause here to let their horses rest and they would be thankful for the view they could enjoy. There are hillsides, small lochs and wonderous mountains around you. Take the time to enjoy it.

Inveraray Town

The town of Inveraray in the heart of Argyll in West Scotland is quaint. It has a lot of cute little charm and is a great place to spend the morning over a coffee. There is a castle nearby (you can see it from the bridge) and some nice walks along Loch Fyne.

Dunadd Fort

Scotland practically began at Kilmartin Glen, in West Argyll. THis is the birthplace of the modern nation and full of great ruins. The first we visit has very little left at Dunadd Fort. We will climb the hillside and up to the location of where the fort once was. The views here are fantastic and you can imagine being transported back to the past.

Lady Glassary Wood Monuments

From standing stones to burial chambers, Lady Glassary Wood is our next stop on the tour. You can marvel at the standing stones that look like rugby posts and have a chance to explore inside the old burial chamber too.

Carnasserie Castle Ruin

Next up we travel north of Kilmartin Glen to the impressive (and free to enter) ruin of Carnasserie Castle. It's a nice monument and if the time of year is right and the weather is nice, you can go to the top for some cool views. The inside is pretty empty but your imagination will run wild as you explore.


Oban is a like a small Glasgow in terms of character and life. There is beautiful bay to explore, a ruined castle nearby, a viewpoint at the top of the hill over the town and plenty of places to get some fresh fish and chips. Your guide will let you explore for a while before we travel back to Glasgow.


Refund Policy: Refunds can only be issued before 1200 noon hours on the Wednesday before this event. After this date and time, no more refunds can be issued for any reason (including, but not limited to: sickness, sleeping in, hangover, spending too long taking selfies in the morning and missing the departure time). Refunds can only be issued using the same method you used to pay.

Further Information: We send an email to the address you signed up with (please ensure you use the correct email) on the Wednesday or Thursday before the tour. This includes a summary of everything you are expected to know for the tour itself.

Lunch Breaks and Toilets Stops: We always try to include a lunch break on every tour. This is not always possible so ensure you bring at least a snack with you in case it’s a little late in the day when we break. We always include as many toilet stops as possible on the day. Not every coach has a usable toilet on board.

Walking and Hiking: Nearly every tour includes a lot of walking. Please ensure you wear shoes you are comfortable to walk a lot in. Some tours include hiking. This is always optional but will take up most of the guiding experience so if you do something else you will not be with the guide for the day.

Maps and Contact Information: Every Coach Day Trip includes a fun, hand drawn map with all the contact information and social media links that you will need on the tour.

Departure Point: We only offer one departure point. This is to ensure we spend the maximum amount of time travelling. We have chosen a point that is roughly central for all four universities and all the colleges in Glasgow. It is near one of the train stations, the bus station and two Subway stations. You can also get to and from it with a Glasgow Taxi or Uber.

Travel on a Sunday to Departure Point: Please remember that on Sunday mornings the Subway does not open early and you may have to consider walking. If you have any worries about getting to the departure point, please get in touch.

Travel with Children: Our tours are not necessarily well catered for children. If you are planning on bringing any family with you you are highly advised to get in touch before booking. We can best advise if this is a good idea or not based on your requirements. We cannot hold any part of the tour for any one individual but we may be able to offer you a plan for doing the tour by yourself or using another operator.

Travel for those with Limited Mobility and Disabilities: For any traveller with additional requirements regarding mobility, disabilities or any condition you feel you should inform us of before travel, we always recommend you get in touch. We would love to best accommodate you. In some circumstances you will not get the full benefit of the tour but we can always try to adapt some or all aspects to suit you. If we cannot then we can usually offer ideas for doing the tour yourself, often with detailed plans or using another operator. Get in touch, we would love to hear from you.