Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky - 1 day tour
Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky
One day tour
Soak up the history and beauty of Scotland on this fascinating day out. In charming Stirling visit the castle or explore the old town. Next travel to Loch Lomond to enjoy the views of Britain’s largest lake. Get a taste of the Highlands with a scenic drive through The Trossachs to end the day at Glengoyne Malt Whisky Distillery. Slàinte!
Price range: £33 - £45
The Kelpies - see the towering horse statues
Stirling Castle - visit one of Scotland’s greatest castles or explore Stirling Old Town
Loch Lomond - enjoy a stroll along the “bonnie bonnie banks”
The Trossachs - tour the Highlands in Miniature
Rob Roy - hear the story of this famous rogue
Glengoyne Distillery - discover how Scotch Whisky is produced
Movie locations - The Eagle, Braveheart & Rob Roy
Full Tour Itinerary
We start our tour with a drive 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. Your visit will include the magnificent Great Hall, kitchens and the Renaissance splendour of the Royal Palace, the childhood home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Our extended stop in Stirling will allow a leisurely visit to the Castle or the chance to explore the City itself.
The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is a wonderful area of lochs and wild mountain vistas. We travel to Loch Venachar then climb the dramatic Dukes Pass. This is Rob Roy MacGregor country and there will be many tales to be told about this loveable rogue. Soon we are travelling through the heart of the magnificent Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and making our descent into the little village of Aberfoyle, where we’ll stop for lunch.
The Queen of Scotland's lakes - Loch Lomond - is sure to put a song in your heart! Loch Lomond is the largest stretch of inland water in Britain. We'll make a stop in the pretty village of Balmaha so you can enjoy a stroll along the "bonnie, bonnie banks".
Our next stop of the day is to pretty Glengoyne Malt Whisky Distillery. As well as having a behind the scenes tour to learn all about the distillers art there will be a chance to taste the end product too! If whisky isn’t your thing then why not take the opportunity to discover the stunning waterfall and secret garden that sits behind the distillery on Dumgoyne Hill.
On our way back to Edinburgh see The Kelpies, two 30 metre-high horse head sculptures that have become an instant hit with both visitors and us Scots alike. They’ve been built alongside an extension which links the Forth and Clyde Canal to the North Sea. The Kelpies play homage to the working horses that used to pull the barges on this and other canals in Scotland.
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 what the visit to a whisky distillery will be like?
A visit to a traditional whisky distillery is a feast for all the senses. After a warm welcome you’ll normally have a short audio/visual presentation on the the history of the distillery and the traditional methods used in the distilling process. Next is a tour of the distillery where you you will experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation. Your tour will end with a tutored tasting of a malt whisky and the opportunity to buy a souvenir of your visit in the distillery shop.
I am travelling on a budget. Can I do the same trip by public transport?
Almost certainly not! Our tours are designed to maximise your sightseeing opportunities so we frequently head off the main road and take routes where there is little or no public transport available. Please also bear in mind that the tour commentary that you will enjoy is designed to bring Scotland’s history, nature and scenic beauty to life as you travel around. Reading about your surroundings from a guide book will just not be the same!
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 29 and 33 passengers. On the Original Loch Ness Tour and at times of peak demand (such as on public holidays) larger coaches may be used.
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- 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 1 Parliament Square
Royal Mile/High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1RF
Check-in: 08:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 18:45 hrs
Concession discount applies to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
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.
Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:04 Nov 2019
Stephen H had great knowledge in his comprehensive commentary throughout the tour with side stories and anecdotes. One recommedation we have is to allow a little longer stop for lunch...50 mins is a little to short to have a relaxed restaurant mealfrom London, GB
Rating:15 Sep 2019
Excellent tour, definitely I would like to visit more of Scotland through Scottish Tours again. Best of luck !!!SUDIP from Kolkata, IN
Rating:13 Sep 2019
We had actually done this same tour 4 years ago, but we came back with different traveling companions. Our previous guide (Angus) had been very good, but Steven B was EXCELLENT! Steven B is a masterful story-teller! He gave running commentary on the history of Scotland relevant to our tour experience. He was so captivating that all side conversations stopped so that we could hear his stories. In our 11 days in London, Edinburgh, and Belfast, this was in our top 3 favorite activities!Timothy from Portland, US