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Loch Lomond National Park and Stirling Castle Day Tour

Highlights:
~ Stirling Castle
~ The Trossachs
~ Rob Roy country
~ Aberfoyle
~ Nature trail walk
~ Loch Lomond
 

A day spent in the land of Scots heroes Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace, taking in the magnificent splendour of the medieval stronghold of Stirling Castle and the beautiful nature and forests of Scotland’s first National Park of Loch Lomond. 

This tour is for those who love tales of Rob Roy and Braveheart, historic castles and a healthy walk in beautiful natural scenery with breathtaking views.


Please phone us if the date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.
Departs: 09.15       Returns: 18.00 approx
Adult Prices:  £36 - £40
Discount Prices:  £33 - £37
Departing: Every day (All year)

 
 
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Experience the Highlands’ natural forests, lochs & mountains and feel Scotland’s past in the heartland of its greatest heroes.

You travel to Stirling Castle, where you can visit this imposing stronghold, the favourite residence of the Stuart kings, where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned. You then continue into the beautiful forest-covered hills of the Trossachs and stop for lunch in the heart of the National Park. From here you travel along the scenic road to the “bonny, bonny banks” of Loch Lomond.

Here you will get a great view of the loch; you can have refreshments at the local inn or walk in the footsteps of Rob Roy taking in the nature, tranquillity and spectacular views found on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond.  From Loch Lomond you return to Edinburgh in the late afternoon.

 

Departure Point
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.

Return to Waterloo Place

Inclusions 
Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour. 
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life. 
Air Conditioning as standard. 
Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide 

 

Exclusions 
Lunch and refreshments. 
Entrance to Stirling Castle, but you get 10% off with our discount card

Discount Price 
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 16 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

Important Information 
Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!!

Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
We really loved Scott's commentary throughout the tour. It put the places we visited in context, and it felt more like storytelling than a by-rote history lesson. The visit we enjoyed most was our time walking around Loch Lomand. Just beautiful.
Posted by Dawn on 26/05/2014


The driver was great. He told great stories about the history of Scotland relating to the tour. It takes a lot for me to give top marks in surveys.
Posted by Elmer on 23/05/2014


We very much appreciated that Tony led us on a short hike at Loch Lomond. It would have been much more difficult to navigate without him leading on the trail.
Posted by Robert on 11/05/2014


Emily was great! Very knowledgeable. Friendly, courteous and very helpful with details of the trip, history, facts, etc. Has a great personality and added humour. Overall great guide !
Posted by Kevin on 06/03/2014


Laura made our day so much more special, with her telling of history and anecdotes at appropriate times, and her friendly welcoming nature.
Posted by Debby on 26/01/2014


Emily was great. She provided tons of good information. She did a great job and I would recommend her to everybody.
Posted by Brenda on 06/01/2014


I really enjoyed my stay at Stirling Casle. Our driver guide was very friendly. Thank you for that.
Posted by Pia on 13/12/2013


Our guide, Peter was just so friendly and wonderful. Loved the history and knowledge he shared during the drive. The music was a nice touch as well.
Posted by Kerry on 02/12/2013


Our Tour Guide, Davey was just great! He gave us a badly needed history lesson and was just full of great info. Taking tour in the off season on a Monday was great. There were only four people on the tour, it felt like a private tour.
Posted by Margaret on 01/12/2013


Just wanted to give a big thank you to Bruce who was a great tour guide! My sister and I went on a day tour of Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle with Bruce as our guide and he was terrific!
Posted by Rachel C on 09/11/2013


Have been on many a tour but this was the best one ever. Mac our guide was amazing, informative and an amazing story teller who made characters long dead come back to life. Got to say he had us glued to his every word! He went the extra mile taking us to beauty spots for photos and even serenaded us with the bag pipes on the hills of Loch Lomand. He and Rabbies made a lovely tour an unforgettable one. Will definately go on another Rabbies tour next time we get to Scotland. Thank you Rabbies and a big big thank you to Mac. Claire and Terry Guy
Posted by Claire Guy on 13/09/2013


It was all wonderful. I've seen many castles but Stirling Castle was the best. The journey through the Trossachs was beautiful and I was thrilled to see Loch Lomond. Tony was a joy - loved his always-interesting stories, histories, humour and personality. It was one of the best days I've ever had!
Posted by Jo on 21/08/2013


We had an amazing trip , our tour guide Keith was very knowledgeable and kept the trip very interesting. We plan to go back to Scotland and will definitely choose Rabbie's again.
Posted by Kimberly Dsilva on 16/08/2013


Me and the family went on a 1day tour to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond. It was a really nice trip and fine with one day with our teenagers that donīt want to be still for a longer time. The places we went to was beautiful and everything but the best part was our guide Mike. Iīm very interested in history and with Mikeīs knowledge and extremely living way to tell all the stories it was the time in the bus that came number one. Lots of interesting facts that made history even more a mission for me to know more about. Thank you!
Posted by A-C Karlsson on 19/07/2013


Can anyone tell me if by any chance Rabbie's shore excursions from the Greenock port? I am looking to book this asap and I see they offer 1 day tours but not so shore if shore excursions.
Posted by Marianela Rodriguez on 17/06/2013


The guide on the tour was amazing, I felt like I had friends in scotland and they were taking us around and showing us the country. The guide was excellent, the comfort of having a small group and small van was very nice
Posted by William on 17/06/2013


Weather wise this was the best day of our week. Our guide for the day was John. He was very entertaining and played great music appropriate for the different areas and passengers, great sense kept us all laughing. Even though we did not participate in the distillery tour we enjoyed the scenery. The small bus was great as we were able to go off onto smaller roads, areas that we would not have seen on our own. Thanks again for the Grrreat day!!
Posted by Lynda Baker/Dean Mitchell on 28/05/2013


Visited places that I had not seen in many years. Paul was very knowledgeable and informative. Thoroughly enjoyed this Day.
Posted by DORCAS on 22/05/2013


Martin was a fantastic tour guide - funny and engaging. The music and commentary was an unexpected but awesome touch - making the tour so much more interesting - putting things in context generally and personally. The sites (obviously) were magnificent. The tour was timed and paced well. All in all we loved it and had a fantastic day. Martin also did a great job ensuring lovely weather.
Posted by Emily Harting on 03/05/2013


Dave was amazing. He is like a walking history book. He did an amazing job and was very funny and interesting. My husband and I were very pleased and would recommend it to anyone.
Posted by Beau Obrigewitch on 30/04/2013


All of the destinations were fantastic but the most enjoyable part was our tour guide Emily. She was very informative about the history of our destinations and the historical figures of Scotland. This really made the tour much more enjoyable.
Posted by Darren Standifer on 29/04/2013


John, You made our trip a memorable one. Your great personality made the trip very interesting. Listening to the variety of music helped us to be part of the Scotland world. We come from Canada and it was an amazing day. Thank You for making it special. Francine, Helene and Mom Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Posted by Francine Demers on 18/04/2013


By far the most memorable part of the tour was our guide Shelby. She is a great ambassador for all things Scottish and her love for her country was infectious.
Posted by Mark Falkner on 15/04/2013


Our Tour Guide, Davey was just great! He gave us a badly needed history lesson and was just full of great info. Taking tour in the off season on a Monday was great. There were only four people on the tour, it felt like a private tour.
Posted by Margaret on 01/12/2013


It was all wonderful. I've seen many castles but Stirling Castle was the best. The journey through the Trossachs was beautiful and I was thrilled to see Loch Lomond. Tony was a joy - loved his always-interesting stories, histories, humour and personality. It was one of the best days I've ever had!
Posted by Jo on 21/08/2013


The guide on the tour was amazing, I felt like I had friends in scotland and they were taking us around and showing us the country. The guide was excellent, the comfort of having a small group and small van was very nice
Posted by William on 17/06/2013


Martin was a fantastic tour guide - funny and engaging. The music and commentary was an unexpected but awesome touch - making the tour so much more interesting - putting things in context generally and personally. The sites (obviously) were magnificent. The tour was timed and paced well. All in all we loved it and had a fantastic day. Martin also did a great job ensuring lovely weather.
Posted by Emily Harting on 03/05/2013


Dave was amazing. He is like a walking history book. He did an amazing job and was very funny and interesting. My husband and I were very pleased and would recommend it to anyone.
Posted by Beau Obrigewitch on 30/04/2013


All of the destinations were fantastic but the most enjoyable part was our tour guide Emily. She was very informative about the history of our destinations and the historical figures of Scotland. This really made the tour much more enjoyable.
Posted by Darren Standifer on 29/04/2013


By far the most memorable part of the tour was our guide Shelby. She is a great ambassador for all things Scottish and her love for her country was infectious.
Posted by Mark Falkner on 15/04/2013


Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

Depart Edinburgh 09.15am and travel northwest through the historic area of Linlithgowshire, close to the historic palace. The tragic Mary Queen of Scots was born at Linlithgow palace, and became Queen when she was only 6 days old. According to legend her father James V died of a broken heart when he discovered his wife had given birth to a daughter and not the son he was hoping for! Your route along the Forth Valley is one which has been used for thousands of years by invading armies; it was the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire and was later used by the English King Edward I as he marched proudly towards Stirling (only to be sent homewards to think again!). Nowadays it’s at the centre of one of Scotland’s most important industries with huge oil refineries dominating the area.

As you approach Stirling the magnificent castle dominates your view and you make your way up towards the high volcanic rock where it imposes itself upon the surrounding land. Known as the ‘Key to Scotland’, for centuries this was the most important castle in Scotland and the views from the top make it easy to see why.
To the north is the 220ft high tower of the National Wallace Monument commemorating Scotland’s great hero William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson in the Oscar-winning movie Braveheart. From the castle you can look down over the scene of Wallace’s greatest triumph, the battle of Stirling Bridge, where he defeated the English army in 1297. To the south is Bannockburn where, in 1314, the great Scottish warrior-king Robert the Bruce defeated the English army of Edward II. The battle was fought for possession of Stirling Castle but eventually led to a far greater prize for Scotland – the restoration of independence. It’s an area alive with history and you stop at the castle to give you time to soak up the history and heritage of this great site.

From Stirling you head into the Highlands and an area known as the Trossachs. Known as ‘The Highlands in Miniature’, it marks the point where the Lowlands meet the Highlands and entering this beautifully picturesque area feels like going into a different country. With its shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops and forest-filled glens it’s easy to forget that this was once thought of as a dangerous frontier fought over by the fiercely territorial Highland clans. You stop here for lunch in the village of Aberfoyle, made popular in Victorian times due to its great location.

After lunch you ‘take the high road’ or back-road to Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest lochs at over 22 miles long, your will travel through the protected lands of Scotland’s first National Park. The route you take is along the eastern shores, a beautiful sheltered stretch of the loch with noble mountains dominated by Ben Lomond, one of the most climbed mountains in Scotland and our most southerly “Munro”.

You stop on the shores of the loch, the perfect place to enjoy a walk along the ‘bonny banks’, up to a viewpoint for a fantastic view of the loch and the mountain it’s named after, Ben Lomond. This tranquil area was once the home of Scotland’s famous highland folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor. Made popular by many books and films Rob Roy lived an incredible life as a soldier, businessman, cattle-rustler and outlaw. By spending time on the trails by the loch you will undoubtedly be walking in the footsteps of one of Scotland’s great legends. There is also an alternative option to enjoy a drink at the local inn and sample the views. Leaving Loch Lomond you head east through the agricultural lands found on the west of Stirling. This area which was once an impassable bogland, inhabited only by wildfowl and a few outlaws. In the 1760s families were attracted here with offers of land and reduced rents provided they cleared the peat and expose the rich clay beneath. This scheme came to an end in 1865 and the area now is associated with some of the best hay cultivation in Britain. From here it is a short journey back to Edinburgh. 

Return time - approx. 18.00
 

 

Photography Credits: Visit Britain, Visit Scotland, Britainonview, Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts