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  • Location:Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Travel to Stirling Castle, Scotland's most important medieval stronghold, and spend time at Loch Lomond on this day trip from Edinburgh. Pass by Doune Castle and journey through Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, stopping in the village of Aberfoyle. Then hug the eastern shore of Scotland’s largest loch, where you can join your guide on a nature walk. This small-group tour by Mercedes minivan is limited to 16 passengers for a memorable experience.


  • Full-day trip to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond from Edinburgh by minivan
  • Scenic drive past villages, lochs and mountain vistas
  • Free time to explore Stirling Castle
  • Optional lunch in a the Aberfoyle village (not included)
  • Small group tour with a maximum of 16 people
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour

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What You Can Expect

Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Set high on a volcanic outcrop at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands, the 16th-century Stirling Castle was once the favored residence of Mary Queen of Scots. After pickup in central Edinburgh, travel here by Mercedes minivan and use your complimentary discount card to reduce your entrance fee at Stirling Castle, open daily. 

Leaving Stirling behind, you'll drive past Doune Castle, Callander and into the Trossachs — the territory of Rob Roy MacGregor, Scotland's Robin Hood. Reaching the village of Aberfoyle, your guide makes a leisurely stop for lunch (own expense).

Afterward, take a back road to Loch Lomond, traveling through the protected lands of Scotland’s first national park: Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Follow a scenic route along the 22-mile-long (35-km) loch’s eastern shore, which is dominated by the oft-climbed Ben Lomond. 

You have roughly 1.5 hours to spend at Loch Lomond; join your guide for a narrated walk to the viewpoint overlooking the loch, or perhaps order a whisky at a local hotel while taking in the views. Your small-group day trip concludes with the return drive to Edinburgh.

Winner of the Inaugural Scottish Thistle Award for Sustainable Tourism, October 2007.

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Customer Reviews

Patricia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We were very pleased with our tour. Our guide was excellent and tried to overcome the inclement weather. Possibly the only drawback was that the meeting place was closed when we returned due to the late hour and there were no refreshments or facilities available. I would choose Viator again.

Stanley E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent experience - the castle is a wonder.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Pete was an excellent guide. A very enjoyable day!

Michael and JM

Joan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a fantastic trip. The guide was excellent and knowledgeable. We got to take a short hike down to the water's edge at Loch Loman. Nice van and friendly group of tourists. Rabbie's Cafe where we me the van was incredibly convenient a block from the Balmour Hotel and 2 blocks from Waverley Station.

Margaret S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was excellent. The tour guide made it very interesting. We saw a lot in a short time but I didn't feel rushed at any stage. Well recommended

Kimberly H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Tour was wonderful...my favorite part of the trip! Our guide Jonathan was very knowledgeable, friendly and personable! We ran into fog when heading to our first stop, Stirling Castle, so we were not able to get a lot of pictures, so Jonathan stopped back by on the way home so we could take a few! We made a few extra stops along the way to take pictures and get up close and personal with the Highland Cows!! They are a must...quite adorable!! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone...and especially having Jonathan as your guide!

Ruta G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very nice experience, Organizers were very helpful
Driver uncle was very sweet person and he knew every bit of history. Forgot hi name Thoroughly enjoyed and will definitely recommend to friends :

Shuri G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our tour guide/driver was Eric and he was entertained us with stories, whiskey tasting instruction, excellent music and a great singing voice. The ride was scenic, the castle tour was informative and the loch was lovely. We also enjoyed a nice lunch in Aberfoyle. It's a full day but I still believe the tour could benefit from an additional half hour at the castle, as there is so much to see. Otherwise, a perfect way to spend a day while in Edinburgh.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Driver/tour leader was excellent. Good selection of music while we were on our way back to Edinburgh. Hadn't heard Andy Stewart sing 'Donald, where's ye troosers' for at least forty years.
The kind weather helped make the day memorable. Loved the visit to Stirling Castle.

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