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$50.55 Day Trips & Excursions

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

Leave Edinburgh and travel through the historic grace of Linlithgowshire. Your guide will help you spot Linlithgow palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. On the way to Loch Lomond you stop at the Kelpies Monument. These two horses’ heads stand as a testament to the horse power that drove the industrial development of Central Scotland. From here you head to the shores of Loch Lomond, which is Scotland’s largest loch and is protected as Scotland’s first National Park. This is the perfect place to enjoy a walk along the ‘bonny banks’ and take in fantastic views of the mountains. This tranquil area was once the home of Scotland’s famous highland folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor. By spending time on the trails by the loch you’ll be walking in the footsteps of one of Scotland’s greatest legends. Then head into the Trossachs or ‘The Highlands in Miniature’, where the Lowlands meet the Highlands. Steep mountains, shimmering lochs, and thick forests: this area is stunning. Stop for lunch in Aberfoyle, a charming village in the heart of the National Park (own expense) and then continue to the city of Stirling where you can visit one of Scotland’s most magnificent castles. Opt to tour the inside independently (own expense) and learn why this castle was so instrumental in Scottish history. From here your short journey back to Edinburgh passes The Kelpies once again before arriving back in the capital.

$47.89 Day Trips & Excursions

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond, Whisky Trail Tour from Glasgow

Stirling Castle was Scotland's most important medieval stronghold and is set high on a volcanic outcrop. There has been fortification on the rock since 1000 BC, as it guards the main route north into the Scottish Highlands. You have the option of visiting the castle to see some of the finest Renaissance architecture in Scotland.Leaving Stirling, you'll travel past Doune Castle, Callander and into the Trossachs, an area popularized by authors such as Sir Walter Scott and Daniel Defoe. This is also the territory of Rob Roy MacGregor, Scotland's Robin Hood. The tour stops for a leisurely lunch (own expense) outside the village of Aberfoyle.After lunch, continue to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland's largest loch where you can enjoy a walk before heading to the picturesque Distillery of Glengoyne. You can choose to take an optional tour of the distillery (additional cost) or visit the shop.The Scottish Highlands and Islands are Europe's last great wilderness! This personalized tour is as close as you can get to touring in your own car, with the added benefit of gaining intimate knowledge of Scotland. Traveling in a small group means you can take lots of stops and reach "out of the way" places, giving you more time off the bus to discover the real Scotland.Winner of the Inaugural Scottish Thistle Award for Sustainable Tourism, October 2007

$51.88 Cultural & Theme Tours

Loch Lomond, The Highlands and Doune Castle Day Trip from Edinburgh

Departing Edinburgh we head to the West of Scotland to Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, and enjoy a tour of the sights to see how this once industrial city has become very cosmopolitan and recently hosted the common wealth games and in previous years has won the European City of Architecture and Culture Awards. After Glasgow we head to the Bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, Britain's largest expanse of water. We arrive at the enchanting Village of Balloch where you will have the option to join a boat cruise of the Loch. Balloch is often referred to as the gateway to the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The Loch Lomond and Trossachs area is a place where the magnificent landscape has fired the imagination of writers and artists for centuries. Our next stop will be at the charming village of Aberfoyle. With its lochs, glens and mountains; this area is often described as “Highlands in Miniature” and you can see why the Highland scenery was Sit Walter Scott’s favorite destination, he even used the location as the backdrop for his movies “Rob Roy” and “The Lady of the Lake”. Here we will have time to have lunch, enjoy the quaint shops and have a stroll around the village. After enjoying beautiful scenery, our final stop of the day will be Doune - a well preserved 14th century Castle, set amid lovely Stirlingshire countryside. Take an audio tour of the Castle* which is narrated by Monty Python's Terry Jones. Hear the exciting history of the medieval Castle and residents. Doune Castle is the atmospheric stand-in for the fictional Castle Leoch in the TV show Outlander and has also been used as a film location for Game of Thrones. Gray Line offers you a 10% discount on the ticket price to Doune Castle Suitable and relaxing music will be played during your comfortable drive back to Edinburgh.

$46.56 Day Trips & Excursions

Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle Day tour from Edinburgh

After departing from Edinburgh your tour will head North-West to Stirlingshire for your first stop of the day at Stirling Castle, one of the most important Castles in Scottish history. Here we stop for just under two hours, allowing you to take a tour of the castle (own expense) and its grounds and learn about its former residents such as Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. You will have stunning views of Stirlingshire throughout and you may be able to spot a monument to another Scottish hero, William Wallace. After a tour of the castle, you will board the coach and head towards the town of Aberfoyle where there will be a stop for lunch and time to explore the surrounding area. From here we will make our way through The Trossachs National Park, where Rob Roy cavorted in his outlaw days, where you will see the ‘Highlands in Miniature’; an abundance of woodlands, lochs and wildlife. Passing through the Trossachs you will emerge at Balloch, a small scottish village located next to Loch Lomond. Here you have a choice between taking a 1 hour cruise (own expense) across this beautiful loch or instead explore the serene town of Luss on the banks of the loch, providing an excellent opportunity for photos. After enjoying the beauty of Loch Lomond, you will return to Edinburgh's Royal Mile, where your day tour ends.(Please note: this tour may run in reverse)

$42.57 Day Trips & Excursions

Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle Tour from Glasgow

Heading north-west immediately upon your departure from Glasgow, the first stop of the tour is the renowned Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s finest sites for its beauty. Once here you have the option to either take a delightful cruise (own expense) across the Loch where you can enjoy its scenery unobstructed or you can take a wander through the charming village of Luss.Upon returning to the coach your tour will begin traversing the ‘Highlands in Miniature’, The Trossachs. Known as the ‘Highlands in Miniature’ due to hosting a wealth of woodlands, lochs and mountains you will be able to have lunch in its surrounding at the lovely village of Aberfoyle. After lunch you will continue your tour of the Trossachs and see some of Rob Roy MacGregor’s old stomping grounds.Once you’ve emerged from the Trossachs your tour will make its way to Stirling Castle, which overlooks the city of Stirling, and is one of the most important historical sites in all of Scotland (entry not included). You will learn about its residents, the conflicts surrounding it and take the beautiful landscapes from its walls.Once you are done exploring the castle, your coach will begin the journey back to Glasgow where your 8 hour tour ends.

$55.87 Day Trips & Excursions

Lochs, Stirling Castle, and Whisky Day Trip from Edinburgh

Depart from a meeting point in Edinburgh in the morning, and travel by air-conditioned mini-coach up the Forth Valley toward Stirling Castle.During the journey north, stop at the spectacular Kelpies Monument to admire the largest equine sculptures in the world. Designed by Scottish artist Andy Scott and completed in 2014, they are one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks.Continue from here to Stirling Castle, undoubtedly the most important castle in Scotland's history and known as the 'Key to Scotland.’ Hear tales from your guide of the famous battles fought at Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn during the Wars of Independence, as William Wallace and then Robert the Bruce led Scottish warriors to unlikely victories over their English counterparts.Enjoy 1.5 hours here to either tour the castle (own expense), or visit Stirling's Old Town, before continuing your journey toward the Highlands. Experience the mountains, lochs, and glens of the beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, and see Scotland's only lake, the Lake of Menteith.After a stop for lunch in the village of Aberfoyle (own expense), enjoy a short forest walk to see the enchanting Little Fawn waterfall. Then, travel on through the Trossachs to meet some of Scotland's much-loved 'Highland coos' cattle. These magnificent yak-like creatures are native to Scotland, and love to pose for photos! Afterward, visit Loch Katrine immortalized in Sir Walter Scott’s poem The Lady of the Lake. The loch derives its name from the term 'cateran' from the Scots’ Gaelic 'ceathairne', a collective word meaning 'cattle-thief'. The most famous of these thieves was ‘Rob Roy' MacGregor, the Scottish ‘Robin Hood’.Your guide will tell you all about this Highland hero as your journey continues south. Upon arrival on the banks of the River Teith in the late afternoon, you'll have two options: either to visit the Deanston Whisky Distillery or Doune Castle.At Deanston, you can take a 45-minute guided tour (own expense) around the working distillery’s facilities to experience the whisky-making process from beginning to end, and learn why Scotch is such a world-renowned spirit. The tour finishes with a short whisky-tasting.If you prefer, choose to visit nearby Doune Castle, a 14th-century fortress and famous filming location for the movies Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Outlander, and the Game of Thrones TV series, among others.Enjoy 45 minutes to tour the castle (own expense) and take photos. Your mini-coach will then make its way back to Edinburgh, arriving in the city center at 6:30pm, where your tour finishes.