Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Stirling Castle - 1 day tour
Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Stirling Castle Tour
One day tour
Get a real flavour of the Highlands with a short drive to Loch Lomond where there is an opportunity to enjoy a cruise on the loch. Later tour through The Trossachs, a scenic area known as the “Highlands in Miniature”. There is time to visit Stirling Castle, once the home of the Scottish Kings and Queens, before returning to Glasgow.
Price range: £34-£40
Loch Lomond - take a cruise to experience the best views of the “bonnie, bonnie banks”
Luss - if cruising isn’t your thing enjoy a stroll around this pretty conservation village with wonderful loch-side views
Aberfoyle - relax in this charming village by the banks of the River Forth
Rob Roy - hear the gripping tale of this legendary outlaw
The Trossachs - enjoy a scenic drive though this picturesque region of mountains, lochs and forests
Stirling Castle - why not visit this magnificent castle, a favoured residence of Scotland’s Kings and Queens
Movie locations - Rob Roy, Being Human and The Eagle
Full Tour Itinerary
We start our tour with a drive along the banks of the River Clyde to Balloch, the gateway to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. To the north striking mountains guard the "Queen of all Britain’s lakes” while, to the south, islands span Loch Lomond like giant stepping stones! You can get the best views of the "bonnie, bonnie banks” by taking an optional one-hour cruise on the loch. Alternatively, you can enjoy a stroll around the picturesque village of Luss and savour the loch-side vistas.
The Trossachs is a wonderful area of lochs and mountains that is rightly known as the "Highlands in Miniature”. We will make a stop for lunch in the pretty village of Aberfoyle before continuing our exploration of this picturesque area of Scotland.
Clan leader, cattle trader, cattle thief, blackmailer - Rob Roy MacGregor has provoked powerful emotions for more than three centuries. The beautiful Trossachs was his homeland and during your tour, you'll learn of the daring exploits which made him a hero to his own people - and Scotland's most notorious outlaw.
A real highlight is our visit to the medieval city of Stirling. Here there is an opportunity to visit Stirling Castle. The castle overlooks the ancient city of Stirling and is one of the historic buildings that have come to symbolise the spirit of Scotland. Our extended stop in Stirling will allow a leisurely visit to the Castle or a chance to explore the city itself.
As we depart from Stirling we will pass the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, which took place in 1314. The Scottish army lead by King Robert the Bruce had a famous victory which led to Scotland's eventual independence from England. From here we join the motorway for the short journey back to Glasgow.
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?
Admission fees are not included in the tour fare. Here are the attractions that are visited on this tour:
The above links will provide you with more details including prices. The tour itinerary has been carefully created to allow sufficient time for an interior visit, should you wish. In some cases discounts are available to tour participants, your driver/guide will give you more information if this applies on this tour. Some attractions don’t accept payment by credit/debit card so it’s recommended that you bring sufficient cash should you wish to make a visit.
If you plan to visit Edinburgh Castle as well as Stirling Castle during your time in Scotland you may wish to consider purchasing a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass. This ticket allows visits to up to 77 Historic Scotland attractions during the validity period of your pass.
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.
Can I book seats on the coach?
The seating on the coach is not allocated so you are free to sit in any vacant seat. We recommend that groups arrive at the boarding point together so that you can be seated in the same part of the coach.
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.
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midcoach
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From outside The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, opposite Buchanan Street Bus Station
19 Killermont Street
Glasgow G2 3NX
Check-in: 09:15 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 18:00 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.
Book by paying a 20% deposit. Make date changes or get a full refund with 48 hours notice before travel. Click here for more information.
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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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:12 Sep 2020
Enjoyable day out. Our driver Charlie was helpful and informative.Michael from Oxford , GB
Rating:27 May 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed our one-day bus tour. Our driver was friendly and very informative.Saverio from Ontario,
Rating:16 Sep 2017
arriving at Stirling castle earlier and a longer stay would have been preferred.gayle from ontario,