The Kelpies, Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond - 1 day tour
The Kelpies, Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond
One day tour
Start your tour by visiting Loch Lomond. Enjoy time in Balmaha to explore the “bonnie, bonnie banks”. Take a scenic drive through the National Park to reach historic Stirling. Visit Stirling Castle to see the magnificent Royal Palace. On the return to Edinburgh stop to see the amazing Kelpies statue.
Price range: £40 - £46
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs - enjoy a scenic drive through the majestic beauty of the National Park
Balmaha - take a short walk to savour the wonderful views over Loch Lomond
Rob Roy - travel through his homelands and be entertained by tales of this loveable rogue
Stirling - step back in time to discover the cobbled streets of the historic Old Town
Stirling Castle - visit the stunning Royal Palace to discover a World of murder and intrigue
The Kelpies - stop at the Helix to get up-close to these amazing equine statues
Movie locations - Outlander, Chariots of Fire and The 39 Steps
Full Tour Itinerary
We leave Edinburgh behind and head westwards towards Glasgow and the picturesque Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. We’ll make a stop in the little village of Balmaha so you can enjoy the views of the "bonnie, bonnie banks" over to Ben Lomond. Here, you will have the opportunity to go on a woodland walk that will reward you with amazing views of the loch. Looking out over the loch the vista is sure to provide you with a song in your heart!
Later we make our way to historic Stirling where there is the opportunity to explore imposing Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s most important buildings both historically and architecturally. Many royals have been crowned at Stirling Castle, including Mary Queen of Scots, and it played a central role in William Wallace’s (Braveheart) fight in the Wars of Independence. Another option is to discover the city of Stirling, literally in the heart of Scotland!
On our return journey to Edinburgh we will make a stop at the amazing Kelpies, the world's largest equine sculptures devoted to the horse-powered heritage of Central Scotland and designed by Andy Scott. They also commemorate the mythological transforming beasts said to live in our lochs, rivers and streams, who possess the strength and endurance of 100 horses. Thrilled by our visit to these popular statues we rejoin our coach for the journey back to 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.
Can you tell me more about the optional extras on this tour?
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.
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.
Where does my tour depart from and return to?
Our tours depart from a central location in Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile/High Street which is easily reached by public transport. Full information on the departure time and place of your tour will be shown on your tour confirmation.
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 tour host
From 60 High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1TB
Check-in: 08:30 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:45 hrs
Tour Returns: 17:30 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.
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.