Loch Lomond, The Highlands and Doune Castle Tour with hotel pick-up
One day tour
Start your day with a panoramic tour of Glasgow then see the stunning natural beauty of Loch Lomond. Visit Abefoyle, then tour through The Trossachs, ‘The Highlands in Miniature’. Later explore medieval Doune Castle, recognisable from TV and films, but with a fascinating history of its own.
Price range: £32 - £39
Glasgow - see the Victorian, art-nouveau and modern architecture of Scotland’s biggest city
Loch Lomond - take a stroll along the ‘bonnie bonnie banks’ or enjoy a cruise on the shimmering waters of the loch
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park - see the lochs, mountains and glens that make this landscape an area of outstanding beauty
Aberfoyle - relax in this beautiful Victorian village
Rob Roy - hear the fascinating tale of this loveable rogue
Doune Castle - visit this commanding medieval fortress that has been seen in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Outlander and Game of Thrones.
Movie locations – Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones (TV) and Outlander (TV)
Full Tour Itinerary
Leaving Edinburgh behind we head westwards to Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow where we’ll enjoy a short panoramic tour to discover its impressive Victorian architecture. We’ll follow the banks of the River Clyde where once famous ships like the original Queen Mary and Royal Yacht Britannia were built.
We’ll stop at Loch Lomond, the Queen of Scotland’s lakes, where you enjoy a stroll along the “bonnie, bonnie banks” or enjoy a short cruise to see some of the many islands that are scattered across the loch.
Our tour continues through the remarkable scenery of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park to reach the picturesque village of Aberfoyle, the gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, where we will stop for lunch. Boasting spectacular scenery of lochs, glens and heather covered mountains, this area is known as “Highlands in Miniature” and was a favoured destination of Sir Walter Scott, who used this region as the setting for his popular books “Rob Roy” and “The Lady of the Lake”.
Our journey continues through the little village of Kilmahog and when we reach the pretty village of Doune we’ll make a stop to visit its splendid castle. Doune Castle dates back to the 14th Century and has a commanding position overlooking the River Teith. It has been used as a location in various films and television series including Outlander, Game of Thrones, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Monty Python’s Terry Jones narrates the audio tour of the castle, telling of its history and occupants, and featuring some stories from the film set of the Holy Grail.
The final part of our journey takes us past dramatic Stirling Castle and later Linlithgow Palace, where Mary Queens of Scots was born in 1542. The tour will terminate at a central location in Edinburgh.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness. During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more. Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English. There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks. Please note that tours to some destinations, particularly to Loch Ness, can be faster paced so the number and duration of stops may be limited.
What are the optional extras on this tour and how much do they cost?
To give you maximum flexibility the cost of admission fees and other optional extras are not included in the tour price. This gives you complete freedom to choose as the mood takes you. On this tour the optional extras are: ( ) Please note these prices are given for guidance only and may be subject to change without notice. The age limit for child discounts can vary. Credit/debit cards are not always accepted so you should plan to have sufficient cash with you should you wish to purchase any of these optional extras.
Tell me about the optional cruise on Loch Lomond?
The cruise will normally last for around one hour and will take you to see some of the 33 islands that are scattered across the loch. You’ll enjoy wonderful views of magnificent Ben Lomond and of the many stately homes that line the banks of the Queen of Scotland’s lochs. An engaging commentary will introduce you to the rich history of the area, it’s spectacular natural beauty and of the wildlife that call the loch home. Most cruise boats have an open deck for enhanced sightseeing as well as a heated indoor saloon with a bar where you can purchase a wide range of drinks and snacks.
Will there be a tour commentary?
Each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide an informative and entertaining commentary in English. You’ll hear tales of the Clans, bloody battles and the famous characters that have shaped the history of Scotland. You will learn too of the landscape that surrounds you and of the nature that makes Scotland so special. Be ready to have a laugh as well - you’re bound to be told some really corny jokes!
Will there be stops for meals and are they included in the price of the tour?
Meals are not included in the tour price, but we will make stops where you can get refreshments and something to eat. If you wish, you can bring a packed lunch or pick up lunch items at a previous stop. Vegetarian food is widely available in Scotland.
- Transportation by luxury air-conditioned mini/midi coach
- Live commentary in English
- Edinburgh City hotel pick-up
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Hotel drop-off
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
Hotel pick-up: 08:15 - 09:00 hrs
from or near to your accommodation in central Edinburgh
Check-in: from 08:15 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 18:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
A courtesy pick-up serves most accommodation in central Edinburgh. Please call to confirm your tour pick-up point and time no later than 24 hours prior to travel. Full information will appear on your tour voucher.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
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