Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs - 1 day tour
Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs
One day tour
This fascinating tour through spectacular scenery will take you to many of the places connected with the famous Scottish folk-heroes King Robert the Bruce, Rob Roy and Sir William Wallace, the real Braveheart.
Price range: £37 - £45
Loch Lomond - take an optional cruise on the waters of Britain’s largest lake
Luss - enjoy exploring this beautiful village and savour the views of the “bonnie, bonnie banks”
The Trossachs - tour through the “Highlands in Miniature”
Rob Roy - hear the fascinating story of this legendary outlaw
Doune - see the impressive castle overlooking the River Teith - Castle Leoch in the Outlander TV series
Stirling Castle - visit this magnificent fortress to see the Royal apartments, Great Hall and Chapel Royal
Movie locations - Outlander, Rob Roy and Braveheart
Full Tour Itinerary
We leave Edinburgh behind and make our way past Linlithgow, with its Palace ruins overlooking a lovely loch. King James V and his daughter, the ill-fated Mary Queen of Scots, were both born here.
Look out for The Kelpies, two 30 metre high horse head statues that were built to celebrate the role that horse power played in the daily life of the nearby Forth and Clyde Canal.
Loch Lomond is the largest expanse of fresh water in mainland Britain. It’s known as the Queen of Scotland’s lakes for very good reason as you will discover! We’ll make a stop at Balloch where a cruiser awaits to show you the very best views of the "bonnie, bonnie banks”. If sailing is not your thing the coach will continue to the Viking village of Luss where there is free time to explore this picturesque community and enjoy the views over the loch to Ben Lomond.
We’ll make a stop for lunch in Aberfoyle and afterwards enjoy a wonderful scenic drive through the heart of The Trossachs. This will give you a real taste of the Highlands!
The Trossachs is a haven of lovely woodlands, quiet glens and sparkling lochs all sat amongst impressive mountains, famed in paintings and romantic literature. The area has been attracting visitors for generations.
We commence our drive through the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park then start our ascent of the Duke’s Pass. This is Rob Roy MacGregor country and the road we are travelling on was built by his arch-rival, the Duke of Montrose, to access his estate. We’ll stop to admire the view over Loch Achray then continue along the banks of Loch Venachar as we travel towards Callander.
Stirling’s charming old town with its cobbled streets and medieval buildings is sure to impress. You’ll have a chance to visit imposing Stirling Castle. It stands on a sheer crag looking down towards Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn, both decisive battles in Scotland’s Wars of Independence. King James V turned the castle into one of Scotland’s most sumptuous palaces. The magnificently restored Royal Palace was the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots who was crowned here aged just 9 months. It will take little imagination to visualise the scene when you visit the impressive Chapel Royal.
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.
Is there much walking involved on your tours?
On most tours you’ll have the chance to stretch your legs. If you have someone in your party who has mobility issues then there is normally an alternative at most stops .
I’ve missed my tour because I was late, can I get a refund?
We’re sorry but refunds or credits won’t be issued if you miss your tour because you are not at the departure point on time. In fairness to all our passengers coaches will not wait if you are late.
- 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 The Ensign Ewart
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh EH1 2PE
Check-in: 09:00 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:15 hrs
Tour Returns: 18:15 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:14 May 2018
What the Guide said all throughout the tour was not clear and was not very audible.SHIBASHISH from GUJARAT,
Rating:09 Apr 2018
The driver was really friendly, funny and available. Thanks to him, the day trip was lively even though the weather was really bad.CHHIV from Rhone Alpes,
Rating:30 Oct 2017
Knowledgeable and entertaining tour guideDmitry from Greater London,