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

Best Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Travel to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond in style on a small-group tour by Mercedes minivan from Edinburgh. With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, you are sure to have a memorable and personal experience on this special excursion to Stirling and Loch Lomond.


  • 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

Best Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Loch Lomond, Scotland

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) in the village of Aberfoyle.

After lunch you ‘take the high road’ or back-road to Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest lochs at over 22 miles long, your will travel through the protected lands of Scotland’s first National Park. The route you take is along the eastern shores, a beautiful sheltered stretch of the loch with noble mountains dominated by Ben Lomond, one of the most climbed mountains in Scotland and our most southerly “Munro”.

You will have about 1.5 hours at Loch Lomond, to either join your guide for a walk to the viewpoint overlooking the loch or enjoy a wee dram of whisky in the hotel whilst taking in the views.

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.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A great tour. A special shout out to Ewan B. our tour guide for being helpful, informative and a fantastic tour guide. The bus was comfortable, clean and made for a very pleasant journey. If you ever get chance, take this tour! The only way it could be better would be more time at Stirling Castle.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A most interesting, scenic and educational tour. Our tour guide, Ewan B was outstanding in giving us the history and tales of the region. Would strongly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Driver Steve was fantastic!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Really enjoyed the tour. Lots of time to see the castle and get wonderful pictures of Loch Lomond. Our tour guide Ewen kept us entertained with Scottish history while on route. All in all a most enjoyable day.

Lenora P
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Jan our tour guide makes this trip very informative and fun. I like the way he plays music related to historical information that he provided.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

You can not expect a day trip more relaxing than this. When we arrived sterling castle it was raining heavily. The weather got better in the end of castle visit. The rest of the day was rain free and we enjoyed it. Gordon was very friendly, funny and very knowledgeable guide. We liked the way he introduced Scottish history and music. He also recommended us food and drinks in local restaurants, which was worth tasting. If you are looking for a day trip, i will definitely recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was a very nice tour, Our tour director, Ewan was the best ever, He helped to make it a very good tour in that he related many interesting events in the history of scotland and was very entertaining. my best to him.

Louis S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was a beautiful Summer day and this enhanced the day tour. The guide/driver was very knowledgeable and her commentary enhanced the drive. There was ample time allowed at Stirling Castle so you could explore all areas. The drive from the Castle to Loch Lomond via the Highlands was beautiful and we stopped for lunch at a very picturesque village which had plenty of options available to purchase food.

Overall an excellent day was had and I would highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A wonderful tour with an enchanting guide from Rabbie's Tours. Stirling Castle was all I imagined a castle should be. I do wish we had a bit more time to take some pictures in Sterling, but it was a full day. Loch Lomond was beautiful as was the drive to and from.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Ewen was an excellent source of knowledge and history though out the entire day. He also showed kind patience in dealing with people who constantly arrived back to the van late. I would highly recommend the trio and with Ewen in particular. I learned so much about Scottish history Craig Bruce

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