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  • Location:Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Best Day Trip to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with Optional Stirling Castle Tour from Edinburgh

Take a day trip from Edinburgh to the beautiful Scottish Highlands and get to know Loch Lomond, Trossachs National Park and Stirling Castle. The remote region is home to spectacular natural scenery with picturesque dales, mountains and lochs as well as quaint villages such as Aberfoyle. After visiting the banks of Loch Lomond and passing through Trossachs National Park, explore Aberfoyle before continuing to the town of Stirling. Discover Stirling Castle on a tour (entrance own expense), and then return to Edinburgh.


  • Day trip to Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle from Edinburgh
  • Explore the banks of Loch Lomond and marvel at the nearby mountains
  • Admire the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands in Trossachs National Park
  • Visit the quaint Highland village of Aberfoyle halfway through the day
  • Discover the town of Stirling and its star attraction of Stirling Castle

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What You Can Expect

Best Day Trip to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with Optional Stirling Castle Tour from Edinburgh

Take an optional tour of the impressive Stirling Castle

Meet your guide in central Edinburgh, and then head north by minivan to the banks of Loch Lomond, the glorious freshwater loch on the borders of the Highlands. Enjoy panoramic views of the loch against a backdrop of the Highland’s heather-clad mountains, and then take some time to walk along the banks and perhaps explore the visitor center, Loch Lomond Shores. You can also opt to enjoy a cruise around the loch at your own expense.

From the famous stretch of water, continue by minivan to Trossachs National Park, home to some of Scotland’s most iconic Highland scenery. Pass through the twisting valleys, admiring the glens, loch and dense wilderness of the dales that embody the raw beauty of the Highlands, and then travel south to the quaint village of Aberfoyle. Tucked away in the heart of Trossachs National Park, the charming village is the perfect place to stretch your legs on a stroll. Do just that, and make the most of some free time for lunch in a local restaurant (own expense).

In the afternoon, leave the Highlands and travel east to Scotland’s former capital of Stirling. Head inside its star attraction — Stirling Castle — and discover the places where many Scottish royals were crowned on a walking tour. The entrance fee is at your own expense, but once inside you’ll see some of the most impressive public rooms in Scotland including the lavish James IV’s Hall and the Renaissance Royal Palace. Learn how the castle was central to William Wallace's fight in the Wars of Independence and hosted bloody sieges as well as much political intrigue.

Leave the castle after your tour, and follow your guide into the city center to pose for photos by the Wallace Monument, an impressive tower built to honor Scotland's famous hero, Sir William Wallace. After admiring the monument and hearing of its history, start your journey back to Edinburgh. Your tour then finishes with a drop-off at the start point in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour guide was very nice. Very funny with a lot of interesting information about Scotland and the different locations that we visited.
It would have been better if we would have been allowed to spend more time at Stirling Castle. Its pretty large and considering that we returned to Edinburgh so early it would have been nice to spend the extra time at Stirling Castle. We should have stayed there until it closed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

A great trip. Another Ten!!

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

It was a very enjoyable trip. Our guide/ driver was very charming girl. we enjoyed all the stories and her informative talk

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Nick was a very knowledgeable guide and driver. He has a sincere love for his homeland which made listening to him so easy plus, he added a few audio recordings that added a nice touch to the information he told. Our one disappointment was that we didn't stop at the Wallace Monument which was one of the main reasons I booked this tour. We saw it from afar but did not stop. You need to edit your information describing this day tour as it's not correct. Our stop in Luss was a wonderful surprise-----words can't describe it's charm and character Aberfoyle was a nice place to stop for lunch I recommend you walk down to the main street to catch a bite to eat-----much more interesting than at the visitor's center. Stirling Castle should not be missed well worth the ticket. I'm not sure what one would do if they didn't visit the castle-----walking around Stirling is not like walking around Edinburgh. The trip was quite pleasant------lovely scenery, interesting history to listen to, and you're home in time to enjoy dinner and the evening in Edinburgh without feeling exhausted.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

Although the weather was poor, our tour guide Andy ensured that we saw what we set out to see and more. His positive energy and good humour made the trip enjoyable and very informative. Great day!

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

Nice Tour...

4 star rating: Recommended June 2014

Katie was very good guide and driver,very informative and fun. The reason of 4is short free time near the lake,better would be to have more time there

4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

Countryside spectacular. Bus driver friendly and informative.

alan g
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended June 2012

Tour guide and driver were both very knowledegable. Views from the Wallace monument and the scenery of the Trossachs were stunning. It was just a shame that we couldn't have spent a bit longer at each destination. Also I would have preferred to have stopped at Stirling castle rather than Doune.

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