Doune Castle, the Trossachs, and Loch Lomond Day Trip

Day Trips & Excursions in Aberfoyle

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from$648.65
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This tour allows you the opportunity to see a bit of everything, starting with a Glasgow panoramic tour, moving to a short stop in the Georgian city centre, then it's into "Braveheart country", with Stirling Castle, the battlefield of Bannockburn and The Wallace monument. After a rest stop and a visit to some Highland cattle, It's into Rob Roy country and the National Park of "The Trossachs". Back on the bus after lunch, you'll head towards Loch Lomond and it's "Bonnie, Bonnie Banks". Leaving Loch Lomond behind, it's back on the minibus as the tour head back towards Edinburgh.
This tour allows you the opportunity to see a bit of everything. You'll start with a Glasgow panoramic tour with a short stop (30 minutes), in the Georgian city centre, George Square. At one point, Glasgow was the second most important city of the British Empire, and still remains the “Industrial Capital” of Scotland today. Leaving the city behind, it's time to then head northeast towards Stirling and “Braveheart country”. The next stop is the battlefield of Bannockburn, it was here on the 23rd & 24th of June 1314 that King Robert I (“The Bruce”), defeated the armies of Edward II of England. Back onto the bus and you'll head up to the “Key to the Highlands” Stirling Castle, sitting high on its volcanic plug of rock; due to its location, Stirling Castle was strategically the most important in the whole of the Kingdom. After the photo stop, it's time to head over the plains of Stirling and to the village of Doune and a visit to Doune castle, built in the 14th century. It was home to Robert, Duke of Albany (the Great Grandson of “The Bruce”), and more recently Doune castle has been the location for Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Macbeth, Outlander and Game of Thrones.Continuing on, you'll head towards the village of Callander, noted for the Romans, Rob “Roy” MacGregor, civil war and their two resident "celebrities" Hamish Dubh and Honey, the Highland cattle (Hairy Cows). Then it’s into Scotland's first National Park “The Trossachs”; a virtually unchanged landscape for nearly 300 years and made famous by the writings of Sir Walter Scott, the area is often described as the Highlands in miniature. Up and over the “Dukes Pass” and down to the Victorian village of Aberfoyle for lunch and some free time.Continuing the journey, you'll now head towards the village of Balloch and the “Bonnie, Bonnie” banks of Loch Lomond. If the weather permits, you will have the opportunity to take a 1 hour sightseeing trip on the Loch. Leaving Balloch behind, you'll head through the town of Dumbarton, it was here that Robert “The” Bruce died in 1329 and Mary, Queen of Scots left Scotland for France as a 5 year old in 1547. Leaving Dumbarton behind, you'll head over the river Clyde and make your way home, with a hundred memories and a camera full of photographs.

What’s included

  • Bottled water
  • Driver-guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

What’s not included

  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Booster and child seats (additional cost)

Highlights

  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Free drinks included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
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