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Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle & the Kelpies

Departure point:
Edinburgh
Duration:
1 Day tour
Time:
From: 08:45am - 6:30pm

Accommodation needed for this tour

We offer a free accommodation booking service, however if you would like to book your own accommodation, you will receive £5 off per person. Please select your requirements below:

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Our one day tour from Edinburgh takes you sightseeing to Loch Lomond, the Trossachs National Park and Stirling Castle, and introduces you to the land and legends of Scottish heroes William Wallace and Rob Roy. Begin with a memorable visit to Stirling Castle and finish off with a spectacular cruise across Loch Lomond.

The Highlands in Miniature

Departing Edinburgh, we travel westwards for our first stop of the day at the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond; one of the prettiest and largest lochs in the whole of Scotland. Here you can enjoy an hour long cruise* taking in spectacular views of the loch's many islands and surrounding mountains.

We continue through the Trossachs National Park, also known as 'the Highlands in Miniature' for it's abundance of lochs, mountains and forests. It's also famous for the legendary outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor. We will spend time exploring the area before stopping for lunch in a small village immersed in its beautiful surroundings.

After lunch, we make our way through the town of Callander, past the medieval Doune Castle before we make our final stop of the day at Stirling Castle*. The site is one of Scotland's most historically significant fortresses, sitting high on volcanic rock and offering wonderful views of the surrounding landscape.

You will have time to visit the castle and learn of the exploits of key historical figures including William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. With lots of interesting things to see and do here, the Stirling Castle experience is a must for any visitor to Scotland. Our final stop of the day is at the majestic Kelpies; 30 metre high equine sculptures representing shape-shifting water spirits. Enjoy time for photos before we return to Edinburgh.

Please note: this tour may run in reverse. Certain areas of Stirling Castle are closed due to safety. Please visit their access guide for more information.

Tour Overview

Duration9hrs 45mins
Total Distance145 miles
Pick upOutside Green Ensign Ewart pub, Edinburgh at 8:45am
Group sizeSmall Groups
AvailabilityAll year round
Minimum ageTravellers need to be at least 5 years-old

A couple of things To know

Included
  • Digital translations
  • Knowledgeable Driver-Guide
  • Luxury Modern air-conditioned coach
Not Included
  • Children under 5
  • Entrance to attractions
  • Food and Drink
The beautiful Scottish countryside
“We had a great time on this tour. The coach was fairly comfortable and our tour guide was interesting and knowledgeable. Would absolutely recommend this and would love to spend more time in The Trossachs some day!”

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the departure point?

Your tour departs from outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.

View a map of our departure point.

You can also find us by Edinburgh Public Transport

Check-in opens 15 minutes prior to the stated departure time and closes 5 minutes prior to the stated departure time. We recommend that all passengers arrive in this window as tours must depart on schedule.

Are the optional extras included?

No, optional extras are not included in the tour price.

The price of your one day tour from Edinburgh includes the services of a friendly, knowledgeable and experienced Driver-Guide, and transportation on one of our luxury, modern, air-conditioned coaches.

All optional extras - attraction entrance fees, loch cruises, food and drinks, etc - are not included in the price of your tour.

Optional extras for your tour (From July 2020) are as follows:

  • Stirling Castle: £14.00 adults, £11.52 seniors, £8.64 children
  • Loch Lomond Cruise: £12.50 adults, £11 youth, £8 children
Do I need to pre-book the optional extras?

Due to Covid-19, many visitor attractions have asked us to book tickets for our customers in advance so they can manage their capacity safely.

For this reason, we must ask customers who would like to visit attractions whilst on tour to kindly book tickets through our secure online ticket portal. The link for this will be provided on your confirmation email.

Please note that some areas of Stirling Castle are closed to maintain social distancing.

If you have any questions about this please contact our Reservations Team on +44 (0)131 226 6066 - open 7.30am-7pm daily.

Can I have my own coach?

Of course. This tour is part of our exclusive tours collection; here we have the option of your own coach and your own Driver-Guide for yourself and your loved ones. The flat fee includes complimentary pick up and drop off in Edinburgh city centre. For more information and to book, please contact us for more information.

Is the tour in English?

Yes, all of our tours are in English.

Your tour will be taken by an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly English-speaking Driver-Guide.

You'll find a digital translation of your tour through a link on your confirmation email.

Digital translations are available for this tour in the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
What should I bring with me?

Please bring your own face covering with you. Hand sanitiser will be provided on the coach, but we recommend bringing your own with you.

As we like to give you as much time off the coach as possible with the opportunity for walks, we recommend you bring warm and/or waterproof clothing, wear comfortable walking shoes and take sun-block or a hat for sunny days.

Don't forget your camera to capture all the lovely scenery and wildlife you'll encounter on your tour!

Since we cannot allow hot food on our buses you could also bring a cold packed lunch with you to make the most of your time at each stop, this would be particularly time-saving in the busier months!

Can children travel on this tour?

We welcome children over 5 years old on our tours, and children aged between 5-16yrs are eligible for the concessionary rate.

We regret we are not able to carry children under the age of 5.

What is the song 'Bonnie Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond' about?

"Oh ye'll tak' the high road an I'll tak' the low road
And I'll get to Scotland afore ye;
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond"

The famous Scottish song, "The Bonnie Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond" speaks about two Scottish soldiers stuck in a foreign prison. One of the soldiers has been released, but the one singing the song has been sentenced to death.

The lines, "You take the high road and I'll take the low road" refer to a popular celtic belief, where the low road is the path to the underworld. Once the soldier has died, a fairy will safely guide his spirit back to his homeland, Scotland.

How accessible are the locations?

Some of the locations may cause accessibility issues due to their geography and architecture.

If you are a wheelchair user or have restricted mobility, we would suggest downloading this helpful Access Guide by Historic Environment Scotland.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, don't worry! Just because it's not here, doesn't mean we can't do it. Have a look at our private tour page or contact us directly, and we will make it happen!