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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond National Park & Whisky Tour

Highlights:
~ Stirling Castle
~ The Trossachs
~ Rob Roy Country
~ Aberfoyle
~ Balmaha nature trail walk
~ Loch Lomond
~ Glengoyne Whisky Distillery


Experience the Highlands' natural forests, lochs and mountains in Loch Lomond National Park and feel Scotland's past in the heartland of its great heroes - Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. Visit the medieval stronghold of Stirling Castle and sample single malt whisky at Glengoyne Distillery.

This tour is for those who love tales of Rob Roy and Braveheart, Renaissance palaces and a healthy walk in the Loch Lomond National Park, before relaxing with a fine malt whisky.


Please phone us if the date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.


Departs: 09.00       Returns: 18.00 approx
Adult Prices:  £34 - £38
Discount Prices:  £31 - £35
Departing: Every day (All year)

 
 
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You travel first 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 mountains of the Trossachs and stop for lunch in heart of the National Park. This area, on the southern edge of the Highlands was home to Rob Roy Macgregor, the famous Scottish outlaw. 

From here a short drive takes you to the “bonny, bonny banks” of Loch Lomond. At Loch Lomond you can visit the National Park Centre or walk along part of the West Highland Way to a hilltop viewpoint with spectacular views of the loch. Afterwards visit the malt whisky distillery of Glengoyne for a tour and dram before your return journey to Glasgow.

Departure Point
Outside Monteith House, 11 George Square, Glasgow (next to Greggs). Click here to see map.

 

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 - or £2 off Historic Scotland Explorer passes - for lots of Historic sites in Scotland
Glengoyne Distillery Tour. You can buy a personalised bottle of whisky here 

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!! Please note that due to safety legislation open-toed or high-heeled shoes are not permitted within the Whisky Distillery.

Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Nicola Smith was outstanding and went beyond expectations. Her zeal for the subject matter was contagious. Her ability to make the past relevant to today and Fun demeanor made a soggy day memorable
Posted by Richard on 23/05/2014


The thing i loved more that day was the climbing of the mountain near Loch Lomond with our guide who was ever nice and friendly.
Posted by Laura on 15/05/2014


The tour on the overall was good. Loch Lomond was very scenic. Michael was an amazing tour guide, very very friendly and nice.
Posted by Stephanie on 12/02/2014


Excellent choice of locations and story telling from the tour guide. We also enjoyed having freedom to go off and do our own thing at the different stops.
Posted by Rhiannon on 06/01/2014


The tour driver was amazing and friendly. I was skeptical about a bus tour, but I'm so glad I chose to do it.
Posted by Suzanne on 03/01/2014


Stewart was very friendly, and went above and beyond. He took us to see some things off the beaten path, which I did not expect but very much enjoyed. Couldn't have asked for more. 10/10 for sure!
Posted by John on 09/12/2013


Juliette is marvellous! She is informative, humorous and that kept me awake well through out the coach journey. Her personal walking tour to Craigie Fort with us impressed us alot that we were definitely in her safe hands.
Posted by Lian Ling on 28/11/2013


Every part was enjoyable because we where a small group and we had a nice day every where we went even with the chauffeur Graham he was very informative, we liked the tour from every part.
Posted by Jesmond on 24/11/2013


Loved that with the smaller tour you got more of a personal tour which was awesome, loved climbing up the hill to see Loch Lomond, and looking at Stirling Castle, cool!!
Posted by cushlia on 03/08/2013


We really enjoyed the whole tour very much. Loch Lomand was our favorite part, in particular the hike we took up to the highest point. It was also nice to actually have time in Stirling Castle, as most tours simply stop for a 10 minute photo op. We wanted to let you know that we travelled around Scotland and Ireland for 2 weeks, taking different tours every day with different companies. Our Rabbies experience was by far our favorite. Michael was our favorite guide--he was really fun, professional and interesting--and the tour was our favorite tour! We could not have been more pleased. We will highly recommend you to our friends and post something to TripAdvisor as well. Thank you!
Posted by Helen on 01/08/2013


Nicola was a wonderful guide! She personalized the trip and made it truly enjoyable.
Posted by Joe on 31/07/2013


loved the small coach, so small group of people. Nicola was great, fun to listen to, had lots to say.
Posted by Peter on 23/07/2013


It was all enjoyable. I went on two Rabbie's tours and both were amazing. I would recommend them to everyone going to Scotland. The tour guides were full of information and stories that brought things alive when visiting them.
Posted by Erin on 01/07/2013


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


Michael's a pleasure. He hit all the highlights, gave lots of good background information, and made the whole trip a great experience. You can tell he loves what he does.
Posted by George on 10/06/2013


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


I really liked, that our guide told us so much about the area and the history of Scotland. It completed the tour and you could nearly imagine how it was so many years ago around the castle.
Posted by Nadine Eisele on 25/04/2013


Excellent choice of locations and story telling from the tour guide. We also enjoyed having freedom to go off and do our own thing at the different stops.
Posted by Rhiannon on 06/01/2014


The tour driver was amazing and friendly. I was skeptical about a bus tour, but I'm so glad I chose to do it.
Posted by Suzanne on 03/01/2014


Stewart was very friendly, and went above and beyond. He took us to see some things off the beaten path, which I did not expect but very much enjoyed. Couldn't have asked for more. 10/10 for sure!
Posted by John on 09/12/2013


Juliette is marvellous! She is informative, humorous and that kept me awake well through out the coach journey. Her personal walking tour to Craigie Fort with us impressed us alot that we were definitely in her safe hands.
Posted by Lian Ling on 28/11/2013


Every part was enjoyable because we where a small group and we had a nice day every where we went even with the chauffeur Graham he was very informative, we liked the tour from every part.
Posted by Jesmond on 24/11/2013


Loved that with the smaller tour you got more of a personal tour which was awesome, loved climbing up the hill to see Loch Lomond, and looking at Stirling Castle, cool!!
Posted by cushlia on 03/08/2013


We really enjoyed the whole tour very much. Loch Lomand was our favorite part, in particular the hike we took up to the highest point. It was also nice to actually have time in Stirling Castle, as most tours simply stop for a 10 minute photo op. We wanted to let you know that we travelled around Scotland and Ireland for 2 weeks, taking different tours every day with different companies. Our Rabbies experience was by far our favorite. Michael was our favorite guide--he was really fun, professional and interesting--and the tour was our favorite tour! We could not have been more pleased. We will highly recommend you to our friends and post something to TripAdvisor as well. Thank you!
Posted by Helen on 01/08/2013


Nicola was a wonderful guide! She personalized the trip and made it truly enjoyable.
Posted by Joe on 31/07/2013


loved the small coach, so small group of people. Nicola was great, fun to listen to, had lots to say.
Posted by Peter on 23/07/2013


It was all enjoyable. I went on two Rabbie's tours and both were amazing. I would recommend them to everyone going to Scotland. The tour guides were full of information and stories that brought things alive when visiting them.
Posted by Erin on 01/07/2013


Michael's a pleasure. He hit all the highlights, gave lots of good background information, and made the whole trip a great experience. You can tell he loves what he does.
Posted by George on 10/06/2013


I really liked, that our guide told us so much about the area and the history of Scotland. It completed the tour and you could nearly imagine how it was so many years ago around the castle.
Posted by Nadine Eisele on 25/04/2013


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

According to legend Mary Queen of Scots’ 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 north to Stirling 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!). 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 visit and give you time to soak up the history and heritage of this great site. From Stirling you travel into the Highlands to an area known as the Trossachs National Park. Often referred to 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 heart of the National Park forest outside Aberfoyle, where you can enjoy the magnificent nature all around you. After lunch you ‘take the high road’ or back-road to Loch Lomond, at over 22 miles long, 5 miles wide at its widest point, and with 79 islands, it is Scotland’s largest loch, it takes its name from the mountain Ben Lomond on the eastern shore. Following a walk out along the west highland way you travel onto the picturesque Distillery of Glengoyne, one of the leading ‘Malt Whiskies ‘in Scotland, where you have the option to tour the Distillery or enjoy the refreshments that are on offer at their ‘Slainte Mhath Shop’. Then it's just a short drive back to Glasgow at 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