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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Karen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

our tour guy was wonderful! The best we ever had.

Elizabeth N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Neal, our driver and guide, did a great job. He was personable and had lots of information to share. The pace of the trip was just right. I would definitely recommend the day trip to others.

Christine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful tour! Jeff our tour guide was great!

Daniel S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a great way to get out of Edinborough and to see the Scottish countryside. Our guide, Jody was very energetic and friendly as well as very knowledgable.

Jurgita K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Bob, our driver and guide was amazing, fantastic sense of humour. A good tour to get a flavour of Scotland, the taste of history. Just the thing for nature lovers. Easy to book and very big compliment to the team!

wjbillmorrison

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great trip with a very knowledgeable guide. We were 5 guests, ranging from 9-76 years old and we all enjoyed ourselves. Highly recommended!

jjbarnes

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The trip could not have been better.

Jeremy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Good day trip - not too long but filled with variety and lots of interesting doings. Mike, our guide, added immensely to the trip with his commentary and humor! Learned a lot about Scottish history and culture in a short period of time. Stirling Castle was really well laid out for touring, much better than Edinburgh Castle.

James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was our my wife and my first trip to Scotland. We were on the tour on the 30th of June.
This tour was amazing. Our guide, Ewan B. was very informative, friendly, and funny.At many of the stops, he would allow plenty of time for photo opportunities, even offering to take pictures of my wife and I, with my camera so that not every photo was a selfie he offered this to anyone who wanted. Everything from the castles to the lochs, and the small towns we stopped at were gorgeous.

One surprise stop, not advertised, ended up being a stand out moment of our entire trip: a stop to see and interact with Highland cows. these animals were incredibly social and adorable.

Thank you Ewan B., and Rabbies Trail Burners, for such an amazing day.

Fran A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was an awesome day out with driver Mike from Rabbies. Every person on the 16 seater enjoyed the day wholeheartedly and waited on every moment of the story of Mary Queen of Scots. Thanks Mike for a great day, best day tour we have been on ever!

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