Virtual Tour of Scotland: Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

Virtual Tour of Scotland: Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

Located in western Scotland, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is the fourth largest national park in the United Kingdom. Spanning a whopping 720 square miles, you’ll find a total of 21 Munros, two national nature reserves, and two forest parks dotted throughout this magical corner of Scotland.

Getting out and exploring our incredible country isn’t currently possible and we know full-well that you really miss travelling. But, we’ve got the ideal solution to help you plan a trip to remember. Join us as we explore some of our favourite locations in Loch Lomond as we journey through a virtual edition of our Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky one-day tour.

There’s never been a more perfect opportunity to enjoy a selection of Scotland’s most incredible destinations from the comfort of your couch!

Map showing the tour route

Tour Highlights 

Stirling Castle

The Trossachs

Loch Achray

Aberfoyle

Loch Lomond

Glengoyne Malt Whisky Distillery

The Kelpies

Check out our YouTube presentation on this popular one-day tour from Edinburgh.

Stirling Castle and Stirling Old Town

Our tour begins with a drive from Edinburgh to the medieval city of Stirling.

The sumptious Royal Apartments containing a four-poster bed and an ornate desk and chair in front of a fireplace

Stirling Castle didn’t make it onto our list of 6 of the best castles to visit in Scotland without good reason. The proud castle overlooks the historic city of Stirling, and without a doubt is one of the most iconic buildings that truly captures the Scottish spirit.

Your visit to Stirling Castle will include a trip into the incredible Great Halls, kitchens and along the medieval battlements. You’ll have a chance to get up-close and personal with the Renaissance splendour of the Royal Palace, which was the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots for a short while during her life.

A visit to Stirling is perfectly topped off with a leisurely stroll through the ancient, cobbled streets and beautiful medieval architecture.

The Trossachs 

A honey-coloured Highland Cow or Hairy Coo scratches on a fence

As we leave Stirling behind and travel towards the picturesque village of Doune look out for its beautiful castle, a star of the Outlander and Game of Thrones TV series.

If time permits there will be a stop at the famous Kilmahog Woollen Mill where you can trace your clan history and browse for quality woollen and tweed gifts. Don’t forget to say hello to the resident Hairy coo!

As it’s officially known, the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is a wonderful area of breathtaking lochs, rolling glens and wild mountain vistas. The Trossachs are the area east of Ben Lomond, where you’ll find wooded glens, steep braes, and stunning lochs.

Rob Roy

Loch Drunkie seen through the Queen Elizabeth Forest from the Dukes Pass

We travel to Loch Venachar then make a stop, so you can enjoy the panoramic views over Loch Achray. Next, make the exciting climb over the dramatic Dukes Pass.

At this point in the tour, we’re well and truly in Rob Roy MacGregor country. It won’t be hard to discover the myth and legends behind this loveable rogue.

If you’re an avid fan of the movie or the history of Rob Roy, then this will be a top highlight of your trip to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

 

Aberfoyle

Our travels will soon take us through the very heart of the magnificent Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and into the small, alluring village of Aberfoyle. We usually stop here for a bite of lunch.

On our short break, you’ll have the opportunity to stroll along the high street where you’ll find gorgeous cafes and restaurants along with a selection of quaint little shops.

Loch Lomond

The mountains of the Arrochar Alps seen from the shores of Loch Lomond 

From Aberfoyle, we make our way to the main event of this trip - the “Queen of Scotland’s lakes” - Loch Lomond. We’re certain that even a photograph of this spectacular loch is enough to put a song in your heart!

Not only does Loch Lomond boast being the largest freshwater lake in the United Kingdom, it delivers towering mountain landscapes and mystical forest vistas for miles upon miles.

If you’re visiting Loch Lomond in the springtime, you’ll encounter bright yellow daffodils and fields of vibrant flowers along the banks and hills as the warmer weather begins to make an appearance. It truly makes for a sight to behold.

On tour, we make a stop in the charming village of Balmaha. This bustling tourist centre is the ideal spot to enjoy a walk along the famous “bonnie, bonnie banks”. You’ll find a host of cafes, restaurants, and small shops waiting to be explored.

Come rain or come shine, by the time you get back on the coach you’ll already have a very good idea of the captivating beauty that Loch Lomond has to offer. But, we’re happy to report that we’re not finished yet!

Glengoyne Distillery

The whitewashed exterior of Glengoyne Distillery showing the traditional pagoda-style roof 

Our final stop of the day is the unforgettable Glengoyne Malt Whisky Distillery.

At the Distillery, you’ll get to go behind the scenes to learn all about the art of whisky distillers and have a chance to sample our local spirit.

Don’t worry if whisky isn’t your thing. Why not take the opportunity to discover the stunning waterfall and secret garden that sits behind the distillery on Dumgoyne Hill instead?

If you’re looking for some whisky ideas to celebrate Burns Night or want a wee dram from the comfort of your home, Loch Lomond whisky is the perfect choice. Browse the entire collection at Glengoyne Distillery to fuel up on some inspiration.

The Kelpies

The flood-lit Kelpies horse-head statues at night time seen from the canal bank 

On our way back to Edinburgh you’ll get an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the iconic Kelpies from the road.

Taken straight out of Scottish mythology, these 30-metre high stainless steel horse head sculptures are an instant hit with visitors and Scots alike.

The Kelpies pay homage to the working horses that used to pull the barges on this and other canals in Scotland, so it’s only fitting that these incredible sculptures were built alongside an extension which links the Forth and Clyde Canal to the North Sea.

Discover Loch Lomond and the Trossachs with Scottish Tours

We’ve been delighted to host you along on this virtual tour. If you’d like to learn more about the wonders of Loch Lomond, be sure to give our Loch Lomond, Stirling & The Trossachs Guide a read before your visit.

At Scottish Tours, we take tremendous pride in delivering award-winning, expert tours every single time. It’s our mission to help you explore the most magical corner of the incredible country that we call home.

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