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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, Renaissance palaces and a healthy walk in the Loch Lomond National Park, before relaxing with a fine malt whisky.

Please note: Glengoyne Distillery is closed on 2nd January 2016 - there will be no distillery visit on this date.
 
Please phone us if the date you want to travel is unavailable to book online. We also have a half day tour to Loch Lomond and a Whisky Distillery tour as an alternative.


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

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

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 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
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
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. 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 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.
Posted by Janet Jester Riekenberg on 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!
Posted by David K on 07/09/2015


Sites visited and information provided about sites along the way plus our destinations. Especially enjoyed Stirling Castle and length of time allowed there. George was normative,friendly and humorous
Posted by Cheryl on 12/07/2015


Stirling Castle was a great stop for all ages (I'm 23 and my parents who joined me on the tour are 65). I really loved the short hike around Loch Lomond as well.
Posted by sarah on 10/07/2015


I LOVED the diversity of the places we visited. I also loved the fact that we stopped and went for a hike, so it wasn't just driving through and looking. You also gave us time to see a good portion of Stirling Castle.
Posted by Leigh Ann on 10/07/2015


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.
Posted by Tina on 09/07/2015


Loved the music and commentary/explanation of the history and culture.
Posted by Tony on 22/06/2015


John was just very friendly and easy-going. He looked after all the different needs from the people on the bus as there were also kids and people who had difficulties walking. The music he picked was awesome and I always had the feeling he was not just working but showed some friends the surroundings with lot of compession and knowledge. Special thanks to John!
Posted by Sarah on 21/06/2015


Well, the tour was overall very enjoyable, but the best was Stirling castle and view from the hill. Also, I enjoyed listening out driver guide when he explained a lot about history of Scotland.
Posted by Naida on 16/06/2015


Al was a fabulous host.. my children 12 & 9 absorbed so much history on our tour. Al was entertaining and very informed about his history of scotland
Posted by Baljinder on 01/06/2015


Juliette was a wonderful guide, very informative and enthusiastic. She was a joy to travel with!
Posted by Noelene on 29/05/2015


Our driver was super friendly and gave us a ton of historical cultural and practical info which was great. She really cared about giving us the best tour possible.
Posted by maude on 07/05/2015


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
Posted by Jac on 01/05/2015


Everything was awesome !
Posted by Aurelien on 06/04/2015


The Glengoyne whisky destillery - beautiful place and excellent whisky. The guided tour inside Stirling castle was well worth taking - the castle guide was excellent, even if he was bonkers! Our Rabbies guide was extremely knowledgeable, I really enjoyed his commentary.
Posted by Tanja on 06/04/2015


Juliette was very friendly, and she told us a lot of interesting information about the region, she also explained details about the music she was playing and was interested about countries of origin of the travelers. I think I enjoyed the tour more thanks to her kindness.
Posted by Nikol on 07/10/2014


Everything was top notch but we were especially pleasantly surprised with a stop at Doune Castle since we are Game of Thrones and Outlander fans!!
Posted by Cindy on 15/09/2014


Murray is a real scottish man and a professional guide!!! he loves Scotland: we have seen him to crop litter on the beach next to Loch Lomond for mantain clean that beautiful natural park! we spent an amazing day! thank you
Posted by Stefano on 20/08/2014


The entire experience was wonderful. James was thoughtful, well informed, friendly and highly professional. It was a day we'll remember fondly for years to come!
Posted by Jerry on 20/08/2014


I think the guide, Juliette, was the best part of the tour. She made it enjoyable :) Otherwise, we loved Stirling Castle and the walk in Loch Lomond.
Posted by Marlene on 20/08/2014


Well, the tour was overall very enjoyable, but the best was Stirling castle and view from the hill. Also, I enjoyed listening out driver guide when he explained a lot about history of Scotland.
Posted by Naida on 16/06/2015


Al was a fabulous host.. my children 12 & 9 absorbed so much history on our tour. Al was entertaining and very informed about his history of scotland
Posted by Baljinder on 01/06/2015


Juliette was a wonderful guide, very informative and enthusiastic. She was a joy to travel with!
Posted by Noelene on 29/05/2015


Our driver was super friendly and gave us a ton of historical cultural and practical info which was great. She really cared about giving us the best tour possible.
Posted by maude on 07/05/2015


Everything was awesome !
Posted by Aurelien on 06/04/2015


The Glengoyne whisky destillery - beautiful place and excellent whisky. The guided tour inside Stirling castle was well worth taking - the castle guide was excellent, even if he was bonkers! Our Rabbies guide was extremely knowledgeable, I really enjoyed his commentary.
Posted by Tanja on 06/04/2015


Juliette was very friendly, and she told us a lot of interesting information about the region, she also explained details about the music she was playing and was interested about countries of origin of the travelers. I think I enjoyed the tour more thanks to her kindness.
Posted by Nikol on 07/10/2014


Everything was top notch but we were especially pleasantly surprised with a stop at Doune Castle since we are Game of Thrones and Outlander fans!!
Posted by Cindy on 15/09/2014


Murray is a real scottish man and a professional guide!!! he loves Scotland: we have seen him to crop litter on the beach next to Loch Lomond for mantain clean that beautiful natural park! we spent an amazing day! thank you
Posted by Stefano on 20/08/2014


The entire experience was wonderful. James was thoughtful, well informed, friendly and highly professional. It was a day we'll remember fondly for years to come!
Posted by Jerry on 20/08/2014


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 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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