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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 phone us if the date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.
Departs: 09.15       Returns: 18.00 approx
Adult Prices:  £36 - £42
Discount Prices:  £33 - £39
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.

** 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 
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!! Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
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.
Posted by Tina on 09/07/2015


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.
Posted by Leah on 06/06/2015


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
Posted by Jac on 01/05/2015


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!!
Posted by alexandra on 02/04/2015


Excellent guidance by Gillian. Humar & Songs -Full Enjoyed. Tour Date: 08-Mar-2015 Thanks You Gillian
Posted by Anupam Singh on 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
Posted by Helle Ibsen on 04/03/2015


Tour was fantastic and David was best to take us through the stunning beauty of Loch Lomond and Stirling, most of the tour was brilliant we enjoyed walk at Loch Lomond it was a memorable experience. We had a 19:40 hrs flight on same day to London and could have missed it by the time we come to Edinburgh (scheduled to return by 18:00hrs) and travel to the airport. I would like to thank David for his help in dropping us at airport on return journey. Much appreciated.
Posted by Venkatesh on 29/09/2014


I went on 3 trips with Audrey Johnston, Sarah Bartholomew and Gillian Rodger. All proved to be the basis of the enjoyable part of the trip. In each case the beauty of the country and the history was enhanced by their informed and humorous commentary
Posted by Robert on 19/09/2014


We took this tour on Wednesday, the 3rd of September and were very impressed and delighted by the knowledge of our tour guide, Al. He provided detailed background history to all the locations we visited and also injected many amusing anecdotes. We could not have wished for a better guide! On the strength of this, we will be touring with Rabbie`s again !! Margaret and Gerard
Posted by Margaret Giordmaine on 11/09/2014


Castle was beautiful, and Loch Lomond national park was amazing! we really enjoyed this trip. James is very friendly, we like him, he talked lots of intersting stories of the Scotland, and he has got passion for his job, and he did a really good job!
Posted by Haiya on 09/09/2014


Our tour guide's detailed knowledge brought it all to life for me and my son. While Sterling Castle is most impressive in its own right, it was David's in-depth knowledge about the lore and legend about Loch Lomond, the surrounding countryside, and the Clans that made it a most memorable experience. I do have to throw in an appreciation for the driver -- the unsung hero who provided a safe and uneventful ride.
Posted by BARRY on 29/08/2014


We (my brothers and I) went for a couple of days to Edinburgh (now I realized it is not enough time to be in this beautiful country!). We took the one day tour to Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle, it was absolutely beautiful experience. Scott was our guide and he was awesome first of all, he was very considerate to talk slowly so everyone could follow him. The stories were great, I learned a lot and the music he played during the tour was beautiful too (I was wondering if I can get them!). Can't wait to go back and be on more Rabbie's tours! :D
Posted by Lucrecia Cortés on 28/08/2014


The walk along Loch Lomond was the best! Amazing views. We also loved the ride through the Highlands. Jillian was wonderful.
Posted by Elise and James on 23/08/2014


Gillian was awesome. The best tour guide we've ever had. Friendly, enthusiastic and informative. She engages you when she speaks. We really noticed that with our kids as they were excited and not at all bored. Had a great time.
Posted by David on 16/08/2014


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


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


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. 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
 

 

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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