Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky
1 day tour

  • Stirling Castle tours
  • Loch Lomond trips
  • Loch Lomond National park
  • Glengoyne Whisky Distillery tour

Journey into the Highlands and the heart of Loch Lomond on this tour from Glasgow.

Tour map

Highlights

Lochs
Mountains
Castles
Distilleries
National Parks

Places you'll explore


Stirling Castle - The “Key to Scotland”, this impressive castle offers a dominating view of the area around it from its impregnable walls.

The Trossachs - This picturesque place is where the Lowlands meet the Highlands.

Rob Roy Country - One of the most charming corners of Scotland and once home to the famous outlaw, known as the “Robin Hood of Scotland”.

Balmaha Nature Trail Walk - Roam the beauty of Balmaha and explore its deep connection to nature.

Loch Lomond - One of Scotland’s largest lochs. Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family.

Glengoyne Whisky Distillery - Savour the tastes of this fabulous distillery’s unique barley drying technique, utilising warm air rather than peat smoke.


Your journey


Envision gory battles thrashing against the grand walls of Stirling Castle.

Follow in the footsteps of the outlaws that hid amongst the hills of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

And relive the journeys taken by Rob Roy and William Wallace.

This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to admire beautiful scenery and learn about the heroes, tragedies and landscapes that defined Scottish history.


Tour Details

Departs
09.00 - Parish Hall, 266 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1QX
Returns
18.00 approx
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
Tour inclusions
  • Transport on a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Itinerary

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 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, five miles wide at its widest point, and with more than 30 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.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful day

Kevin Spies Posted on 30/08/2016

It was a beautiful day in the scottish Low Lands and High Lands with some great pictures I took.

Scotland Tour

Morgan Wright Posted on 28/03/2016

This tour was perfect to experience Scotland in a day. I loved all of the stops and we had a good amount of time at each one. I was able to get hundreds of beautiful pictures. As a solo traveler, this was a great way to explore Scotland with a friendly group. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Wonderful Tour!

Janet Jester Riekenberg Posted on 01/01/2016

My family and I enjoyed a delightful day touring Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond, and the Glengoyne Distillery. Our driver and guide, Ewan, was very engaging, knowledgeable, and entertaining. We enjoyed learning about the history, the customs, and the environment that shapes Scotland. I would recommend a Rabbies tour to anyone as ours was one of the highlights of our trip to the UK.

Great Escape

David K Posted on 07/09/2015

Murray is one of the best tour guides that I have ever had the pleasure of travelling with. His knowledge of the history of the land as well as his terrible jokes made for an interesting and well rounded tour. Everything about the tour was perfect and I cannot think of any way to improve it. Thank you for the great experience!

June 2015

Tina Posted on 09/07/2015

My Rabbie’s day trip to Stirling and Loch Lomond was made even more memorable by driver/guide Glasgow John, an extraordinarily good raconteur. His stories were entertaining and informative and backed by the perfect musical soundtrack. At the beginning of the day, he told us, the passengers, that he wanted to make the day personal, as well if there was anything not on the itinerary that we wanted to see, just to let him know. I told him I needed pictures of Highland cattle and, sure enough, he found me some shaggy cows just waiting to be photographed. Anyone going to or finding themselves in Glasgow should check out Rabbie’s. All the tours I have taken with them have been extremely good but, if you are fortunate enough to find one led by Glasgow John, you are in for a truly fun and exceptional day. Book it.

FABULOUS!

Jac Posted on 01/05/2015

Weve just got back from a great day out and I couldnt resist posting. Absolutely fab tour today with Graham! He was wonderful. We especially loved the music, the history and the anecdotes! All of the stops were great and there was plenty of relax time. Graham gave us lots of useful tips for lunch places, dinner and just general facts about Glasgow! We loved it! jac and karen

Cruise Shore Excursions?

Marianela Rodriguez Posted on 17/06/2013

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.

Sunburnt in Scotland

Lynda Baker/Dean Mitchell Posted on 28/05/2013

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!!

May 13th Another Great Tour

DORCAS Posted on 22/05/2013

Visited places that I had not seen in many years. Paul was very knowledgeable and informative. Thoroughly enjoyed this Day.

Thank you, John

Lenka Posted on 14/04/2013

We did the Stirling castle, Loch Lomond and whisky tour and really enjoyed it! Although we got some rainy weather, our wonderful guide John amused us with interesting stories and thematic music. We also appreciated the opportunity to climb a small peak to get a nice view of Loch Lomond. Needless to say that whisky at Glengoyne distillery was delicious :) It was great that the small bus enabled us to stop for brief photo stops at unusual places. Maybe it would have been better to have 2 hours for Stirling except for 1,5 but we understand that the program is really full. Thank you, John, we had a wonderful time, and hopefully we´ll be able to come back to Scotland!

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