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, where you can 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 Great Hall and admire the stunning views from the battlements. On the return journey to Edinburgh, stop to see the impressive Kelpies statues.
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 beautiful views of 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 - explore the Renaissance style of the sumptuous Royal Palace
The Kelpies - stop at Helix Park to get up close to these fantastic 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 pretty 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 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.
If you prefer, you can opt to discover Stirling Old Town, which grew up in the shadow of the castle, literally in the heart of Scotland!
On our return journey to Edinburgh, we will make a stop at the impressive 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 famous 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.
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 16 and 33 passengers, however at times of peak demand 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
Edinburgh Bus Station
26 Elder Street
From Monday, 05 February 2024
this tour will depart from:
60 High Street
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 16 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:(5 /5) 21 Aug 2023
I really enjoyed our tour guide and driver (Mark). He was very kind and explained many interesting things about Scotland during our ride. The whole tour was organized extremely well.Monica Mary from Roma, IT
Rating:(5 /5) 01 Jul 2022
Our Scottish Coach Driver was also our Commentary Guide, he did a fantastic job, his historic knowledge was amazing and his story telling ability was fantastic. Loved every minute of his commentary. Also loved his music playlist on the coach. Sadly I cannot remember his name. The Tour to the Kelpies was amazing, as was our visit to Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle. A thoroughly enjoyable day out.verna from Nottingham, GB