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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.


  • 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

Dana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The sights were spectacular and Jodi was a wonderful guide!

Sheri J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Everything about this tour was spectacular. We loved each of the stops on the tour, the small group tour and our tour guide Paul. We'd highly recommend it.

Timothy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a very good tour and our guide, Fransiska Fran/Franny was excellent! She was very personable and animated while she told us the local history and other interesting information. She also provides music applicable to set the mood of the tour. We highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see the surrounding areas outside of the city of Edinburgh.

sherrie m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was great.

Elizabeth A H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Tour was great and our guide was amazing. Dave was Very knowledgable and made great efforts for us all to have an enjoyable tour.

Pamela H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was fantastic and our guide, Jann, was exceptional. Stirling Castle had special significance for me since my great grandfather was a Stirling from this region and this trip has been on my bucket list forever! Jann was very knowledgeable and made this one day excursion informative and fun...offering us lots of opportunities for great photographs and a quick hike on the West Highlands Trail. Highly recommend!

Sivasankar R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Really good tour. Usually tours can get a bit boring..but our guide was chirpy and kept us entertained throughout. Stirling castle is a must visit..even 90 minutes did not feel enough for the place. The loch's were also amazing.

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.

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