Loch Lomond National Park and Stirling Castle Day Tour

Highlights:

~ Stirling Castle
~ Callander
~ The Trossachs
~ Rob Roy country
~ 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 note this itinerary is changing from 1st April. For more information see full itinerary.

If the date you’d like to travel isn’t available, please call us to discuss alternative options.

Adult Prices: £36.00 - £46.00
Concession Prices: £33.00 - £43.00
Departs: 09.15
Returns: 18.00 approx
Departing: Every day (All year)

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Itinerary

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 a top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
~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.

** If you are planning to visit Edinburgh Castle as well as Stirling Castle it may be cheaper and more convenient if you buy a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass at the first place you visit.

Discount Price
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 15 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

Important Information

We like to give you plenty of opportunities to go on nature walks, so we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!! Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

Customer Reviews

My father and I had a wonderful day touring Loch Lomand and Stirling with Fergus. Loch Lomand was beautiful and gave us a chance to stretch our legs. Stirling Castle was fascinating and filled with history and wonderful photo opportunities. Wed gone from Edinburgh and my only regret was not making a purchase at the Stirling gift shop. Their shops offered higher quality tweeds and other gifts at a lower price than we saw in Edinburgh and other shops. Fergus was a great guide!
Jessica Porter - 24/08/2016

My father and I had a wonderful day touring Loch Lomand and Stirling with Fergus. Loch Lomand was beautiful and gave us a chance to stretch our legs. Stirling Castle was fascinating and filled with history and wonderful photo opportunities. Wed gone from Edinburgh and my only regret was not making a purchase at the Stirling gift shop. Their shops offered higher quality tweeds and other gifts at a lower price than we saw in Edinburgh and other shops. Fergus was a great guide!
Jessica Porter - 24/08/2016

It was an excellent tour with Jodie giving good historical information regularly during the travel.
Deepak Bana - 27/06/2016

Loved it! Gillian knew a lot about the sights and surroundings, and supported her story with some lovely Scottish music. Also, she squeezed in some extra stops, which is always a bonus. The trip was beautiful, and the weather was distinctly Scottish (four seasons in a day – or rather, in an hour). I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see some Scottish landscapes and learn some of its history, but doesn’t have too much time to spare. It makes you want to come back!
Lisette Blokker - 29/04/2016

Gordon, our tour guide, took us to Stirling Castle and the National Park. He is a university student from the Highlands. He did an excellent job and was very entertaining. Very impressed with his knowledge of the area and the history. Had a great day!
Patti Mark - 29/09/2015

E w e n B. Was professional, informative and funny. I really enjoyed this tour, thanks to him.
kirstina - 22/09/2015

Aaron was my tour guide for this one day trip and he was great! He has only been with the company for a few weeks but you could clearly see he had great energy and was very passionate about his job. He combined some great facts with some humorous stories which we all had a good laugh at. Keep up that great energy! What a great last day in Scotland.
Leah - 06/06/2015

We enjoyed every minute of the tour.From our driver and guide Ian till the guides we have in the castle, the walks, the beautiful pictures, the Loch!!Everything is working 100.Keep on the good hob!!
alexandra - 02/04/2015

Excellent guidance by Gillian. Humar & Songs -Full Enjoyed. Tour Date: 08-Mar-2015 Thanks You Gillian
Anupam Singh - 12/03/2015

A lot of thanks to our brilliant guide Gillian, for an unforgettable day with loads of history, humor and songs! We will return for more. Love Helle
Helle Ibsen - 04/03/2015

Traveller Photos

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Mystic Loch Lomond by Kim

Mystic Loch Lomond by Kim

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Loch Lomond Stirling Castle by Paul Emons

Loch Lomond Stirling Castle by Paul Emons

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Loch Lomond by Bianca Bee

Loch Lomond by Bianca Bee

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Loch Lomond Tour by tomcoombe

Loch Lomond Tour by tomcoombe

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Loch Lomand Stirling, contd by Jessica Porter

Loch Lomand Stirling, contd by Jessica Porter

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Loch Lomand and Stirling by Jessica Porter

Loch Lomand and Stirling by Jessica Porter

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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. You will stop for lunch in the town of Callander, popular in Victorian times for its wonderful location and clean mountain air. With its shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops and forest-filled glens it’s easy to forget that this area was once thought of as a dangerous frontier fought over by the fiercely territorial Highland clans.

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


Itinerary from April 1st

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 towards Stirling. Midway to Stirling we stop at the Kelpies Monument. This magnificent equine monument of the legendary Kelpie Water Horses stands as testament to the horse power that drove the industrial development of Central Scotland. Nowadays it’s still one of the most important industrial areas of the country with huge oil refineries dominating the area.

From here you head into the Highlands and an area known as the Trossachs or ‘The Highlands in Miniature’, it marks the point where the Lowlands meet the Highlands. Entering this beautifully picturesque area feels like visiting a different country. With its shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops and forest-filled glens it’s easy to forget that this area was once thought of as a dangerous frontier fought over by the fiercely territorial Highland clans.

You stop on the shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest loch at over 22 miles long and now protected as Scotland’s first National Park. This is the perfect place to enjoy a walk along the ‘bonny banks’, to the lochside 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

Later we stop for lunch in the heart of the National Park then continue to the city of Stirling where you can visit one of Scotland’s most magnificent castles. 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, the inspiration behind the Oscar-winning movie Braveheart. From Stirling 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 here our short journey back to Edinburgh passes the Kelpies once again before arriving back in the Capital.


Return time - approx. 18.15



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

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