Tour code: 225006
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

Mark B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was OUTSTANDING ... primarily because of the tour guide Graham. He is a real treasure and made Scotland come alive for us.

We couldn't have asked for a better.

Thank you so much!

Sylvia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The day trip to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond was a really great experience. The bus was new, modern and comfy, which is not unimportant when you're spending several hours in this vehicle. Our tour guide Graeme was not only a very nice man, he was also funny and really entertaining. During the tour he gave us much interesting information about scottish history, scottish society and mindset and about culture. For example I learned and saw where Sean Connery was born and raised. Although the tour was about 8 hours, it was not too exhausting, because there were several stops in the Highlands for taking pictures. And the two main stops at Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond were long enough to explore the grounds. Altogether it was a really good day trip, perfect choice, when you're visiting Edinburgh just for a few days and want to see a little bit more of Scotland. I highly recommend it!

Teresa N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was great and made particularly special by our guide Bob who recounted many tales of Scottish history throughout the day. The scenery around Loch Lomond was breathtaking and the walk along the shores was the highlight for us. We travelled with a 14 year old and a pensioner and we were all entertained and enjoyed the day. I would thoroughly recommend this trip to all ages.

Ligia N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A guia foi excelente! Muito divertida e sabia o q estava falando, apresentando as histórias de uma forma bastante descontraída. Excelente forma de conhecer os arredores de Edimburgo. Recomendo!

MBB United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A worthwhile tour. The stop at Sterling Castle is timed such that we could take the docent led tour - definitely recommend this tour of the Castle. The stop at Loch Lomond was good, but the highlight of this tour is Sterling Castle. Both the driver and tour guide were excellent and attentive.

Kathryn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent guide and a nice view of some of the Highlands in just one day. The Rabbie's tour outfit is excellent. Mi did a second tour with them as a result!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a wonderful day with Jody and Norman, the sun was shining and the day was everything we expected it to be, which was a lot :- Lots of information and laughs, enough time to see everyting and comfortable bus.

Lenore M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Well worth the trip. The castle was amazing so were the 150 steps good for my leg muscles. View was worth it. Loch Lomond was wet so not so good but local pub was.

Tim's Account United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Seamus MacG really made the trip worthwhile. My wife and I enjoyed his thorough knowledge of history and his tremendous presentations. It would have been nowhere near as entertaining and informative without his insights and stories.

Say Ping L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The tour guide James is fantastic. He explained the history in an interesting way like story that come alive! Great job!

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