Make the most of your time in port in Edinburgh with a private full-day shore excursion to the West Highlands. Follow in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots at Stirling Castle; visit Doune Castle, where Game of Thrones was filmed; tour a Scotch whisky distillery and marvel at Britain’s largest lake in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
Meet your guide on arrival at Edinburgh cruise port, where your private vehicle will be waiting for you. Admire the views as you head out of the city and wind through the rolling countryside of central Scotland, as your guide points out historic landmarks and sights of interest along the way.
Arrive at Stirling Castle and take time to photograph its striking medieval façade as your guide explains how it’s one of Scotland’s largest and most important castles. If you want, head inside for a tour of the castle (entrance fee not included), and see the Grand Hall, the Great Kitchens, the Royal Chapel and the rooms where Mary Queen of Scots grew up. Be sure to admire the beautiful Stirling tapestries and climb the battlements to enjoy the views, which span the surrounding countryside.
Before you leave, take a scenic drive through Stirling town, where your guide will point out historic landmarks such as the Church of the Holy Rude, Argyll’s Lodging, and the William Wallace National Monument. Then, pay a visit to nearby Doune Castle (optional; admission not included), used as a filming location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones and Outlander.
Keep your camera close to hand as you follow the Trossachs Trail into the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Pause for lunch (own expense) at the Harbour Café, overlooking the serene Loch Venacher, then continue along the dramatic Dukes Pass road, stopping to enjoy a short walk to a waterfall.
On the way back to the city, enjoy an optional visit to either the Glengoyne or Deanston Whisky Distillery (own expense), where you’ll have chance to sample some Scotch single malt whiskies. Finally, drive back into Edinburgh, where your tour ends back at your cruise port.