Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond National Park & Whisky Day Tour

Highlights:
~ Stirling Castle
~ Callander
~ The Trossachs
~ Rob Roy Country
~ 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, historic castles and a healthy walk in the Loch Lomond National Park, before relaxing with a fine malt whisky.

Please note, tours leaving between 15th and 24th December, and on 31st December, will visit Auchentoshan Distillery instead of Glengoyne Distillery.

If the date you’d like to travel isn’t available, please call us to discuss alternative options. We also have a half day tour to Loch Lomond and a Whisky Distillery tour as an alternative.

Adult Prices: £34.00 - £39.00
Concession Prices: £31.00 - £36.00
Departs: 09.00
Returns: 18.00 approx
Departing: Every day (All year)

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Itinerary

Please note, tours leaving between 15th and 24th December, and on 31st December, will visit Auchentoshan Distillery instead of Glengoyne Distillery.

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 Parish Hall, 266 George Street (next to the City Chambers, between North Frederick Street and John Street), Glasgow. Click here to see map.

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
~Glengoyne Distillery Tour. You can buy a personalised bottle of whisky here

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!! Please note that due to safety legislation open-toed or high-heeled shoes are not permitted within the Whisky Distillery. Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

Customer Reviews

It was a beautiful day in the scottish Low Lands and High Lands with some great pictures I took.
Kevin Spies - 30/08/2016

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.
Morgan Wright - 28/03/2016

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.
Janet Jester Riekenberg - 01/01/2016

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!
David K - 07/09/2015

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.
Tina - 09/07/2015

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
Jac - 01/05/2015

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.
Marianela Rodriguez - 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!!
Lynda Baker/Dean Mitchell - 28/05/2013

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

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!
Lenka - 14/04/2013

Traveller Photos

Here are the latest customer photographs from this tour - click an image for enlargement and slideshow.

 

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Loch Lomond and Whiskey Tour 2 by Helen Coombe

Loch Lomond and Whiskey Tour 2 by Helen Coombe

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Stirling Lomond by george

Stirling Lomond by george

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A day in Scotland by Kevin Spies

A day in Scotland by Kevin Spies

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Tour Photos July 31 by Sanne van Hassel

Tour Photos July 31 by Sanne van Hassel

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Loch Lomond and Whisky Tour by Clan Thompson

Loch Lomond and Whisky Tour by Clan Thompson

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Stirling Castle by Clan Thompson

Stirling Castle by Clan Thompson

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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 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

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