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Stirling, United Kingdom

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9 hours (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

See Stirling Castle, The Kelpies monument, and Loch Lomond on this day trip from Edinburgh. Pass Linlithgow Palace on the way to The Kelpies, said to be the largest equine sculptures in the world. Then travel through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, where you can join your guide on a nature walk, before heading to Stirling Castle for an optional interior tour (own expense). This small-group tour by Mercedes minivan is limited to 16 passengers for a memorable experience.
  • Full-day trip to Loch Lomond, The Kelpies, and Stirling Castle from Edinburgh by minivan
  • Scenic drive past villages, lochs, and mountain vistas with an optional nature walk led by a guide
  • See The Kelpies, said to be the largest equine sculptures in the world
  • Free time to explore Stirling Castle
  • Small group tour with a maximum of 16 people

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Professional driver/guide
  • Transport by top of the range Mercedes minicoach
  • Small group tour (16 people max) for a more personal experience

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Admission fees to attractions (unless otherwise stated)
  • Entry/Admission - Stirling Castle
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Rabbie's Cafe Bar

Departure Time

9:15 AM
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What To Expect

Meet your guide at Rabbie's Cafe (6 Waterloo Place) in central Edinburgh and head by coach to The Kelpies, passing Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, on the way.
Stop at the The Kelpies monument for an up-close look at the 30-meter high horse heads. The sculptures stand as a testament to the horse power that drove the industrial development of central Scotland.
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.
Then travel to where the Lowlands meet the Highlands, into the Trossachs or ‘The Highlands in Miniature’. Take in a stunning landscape of steep mountains, shimmering lochs, and thick forests on a nature walk with your guide.
Break for lunch (own expense) in the village of Aberfoyle, located within the National Park, before continuing to the city of Stirling, where you can visit one of Scotland’s most magnificent castles. Opt to take an interior tour independently (own expense) to learn about the castle's history.
Your small-group day trip concludes with the return drive to Edinburgh.
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Min. age 5 years old. We do not accept children under the age of 5 years.
  • There are opportunities to take nature walks, it is recommended to bring suitable clothing and footwear. Scotland can be a wet place!
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Check in closes 15 minutes prior to departure
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Reviews

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V
, Oct 2018

This tour was very interesting, first we were taken to the big double statue of the two horses, then to Loch Lomond, enough time for lunch, then we proceeded to the castle which is my real point of interest since I'm following Mary, Queen of Scotts. Our driver and tour guide Gavin is really very nice and informative.

D
, Sep 2018

Our tour director Graham was knowledgeable and funny. The tour encompassed the spots that were advertised and we were satisfied with what we saw. We also felt very safe with Graham’s driving. He also had some suggestions about buying a clan map and when to look out of the window for a particularly good view. He was also quite friendly in taking a picture of my husband and me at the Kelpies. Graham was excellent when he spoke, but we had a member of the tour who took over some of the commentary by rambling on about the American Civil War. I am not sure how a tour leader shuts down such a person, but the tour would have been more enjoyable if he had.All around a good experience and I would recommend it to others.

C
, Sep 2018

The tour was interesting and the tour guide was wonderful. There was a walking tour around the Loch that was quite slippery and probably wasn't necessary-- next time I wouldn't do that portion. The castle was great.

M
, Jul 2018

We planned a manageable day trip to Loch Lomond and Stirling castle, this being one of the shorter trips. The first stop at the Kelpies was brilliant. Mahri was a lively guide and gave us a good introduction to the importance of Stirling Castle as the key stronghold of the Scottish Kingdom. Impressive castle and enough time to look around. Well planned day with enough stops to break up the bus trip into comfortable portions.

J
, Jul 2018

The Giant Horses don't belong on this tour. People who want history, don't care about these statues. The day was not great, so we spent almost no time at Loch Lomond which was a great disappointment. We had tickets for Sterling Castle so got to do the tour inside. That was wonderful. Loved Mike's stories during the drive--he is very knowledgeable and entertaining.

J
, Jul 2018

We enjoyed the drive into the country to see Stirling Castle. Interesting castle, well kept, lots of history. We had lunch (on our own) in the small town of Calendar. It had started to rain, so my friend had to buy a rain poncho! Next was a walk along Loch Lomond. Even in the drizzle, it was an awesome time, loved the walk! Very fun day!

B
, Jun 2018

This was an amazing tour! Rabbies did a great job getting us there quickly, safely, and in good company. Our guide was Mahri, and she did a phenomenal job! She had a great balance of sharing stories of Scotland, playing music that was connected with her stories, and providing some quiet time on the bus. The particular tour was a shorter day about 9 hour day which was nice to give us some more relaxed time when we got back to Edinburgh.

H
, Apr 2018

We had a great tour. Our guide Sharon was a bible of information. Very good driver also.
Nice castle but I expected more. But dont miss the kelpies, you wont believe it when you see them.
And the good thing about this tour is that its a small group. Thank you Sharon.
Helen
Québec

J
, Apr 2018

Amy was a great guide who kept us entertained all day with history and trivia as well as some great music and humour.
The tour took in the beauty and history of Scotland giving us more than just a taste, considering it was only a day tour.

K
, Jan 2018

Fantastic day trip! Talkative and personable guide and a lovely coach. 10/10 would recommend.


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