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Discover Scotland’s dramatic landscape and even more dramatic history on this full-day tour from Glasgow. In a small group, wind through the Scottish Highlands to Stirling Castle, former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Hear about legendary battles that took place there, then continue on to Doune Castle and Trossachs National Park. Enjoy lunch in charming Aberfoyle, stroll around Loch Lomond and take an optional whisky tour of Glengoyne Distillery. 


  • Full-day trip from Glasgow to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond
  • Small-group tour, with a maximum of 16 passengers, ensures a personalized experience
  • Optional guided tour of Glengoyne Distillery, for an additional cost
  • See the unsurpassed beauty of the Scottish Highlands while traveling

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What You Can Expect

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Leave behind the city and get a taste of Scotland off-the-beaten-path! Your 9-hour trip through the wild Scottish Highlands starts in central Glasgow. In the morning, gather with your small group and board a luxury minivan for the first short leg of your trip to Stirling. 

Disembark at Stirling Castle, a critical medieval stronghold that has perched atop its rocky summit since 1000 BC. The former residence of Scottish royals including Mary, Queen of Scots, the castle showcases fine architecture and furnishings, which you’re welcome to view with an optional tour (own expense). 

Afterwards, head into the wild country, passing Doune Castle and Callander en route to Trossachs National Park. As your coach travels through rolling hills and green pastures, your expert guide will share fascinating true and fictitious tales about local figures like William Wallace, Rob Roy MacGregor and the illustrious Robin Hood. 

Stop in the quaint village of Aberfoyle, nestled in the forest. Explore the town and grab some lunch (own expense) before heading to Loch Lomond, the last stop on your trip. Stroll on the banks of this tranquil lake and pop into the rustic Glengoyne whisky distillery. Buy yourself a tour and nip of local whisky, or just visit the shop. 

Your full-day trip concludes with evening drop-off at the departure point in Glasgow.

Customer Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was a very good tour! The energy from our tour guide was radiating and really made for a pleasant trip. There were short stops in between to maximize our downtime on the trip. I would recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our guide was the best. Funny and gave us a lot of informations. Going in a small group made the day easier to get around.

Caroline K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour you get to see a lot in one day and guide Ewan knew all there is to know about the region, the bus is really comfortable which helps

Brian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent comprehensive 9 hour trip. The only add-ons were Stirling Castle admission, lunch and the Glengoyne Distillery, a total of 35. Well worth it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A well spent day, worth every penny. Our driver, Graham, was both knowledgable and entertaining and even had a neat soundtrack for our drive about. There was enough time at Stirling Castle to get a guided tour and have a bit of time to explore by yourself, so you weren't feeling rushed. Perhaps I should have read the tour description a bit better, because the brief stop at Doune Castle was a pleasant surprise. Even more surprising was the fact that I enjoyed the samples at the distillery, and I am not a whisky drinker at all!

Cathy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was an awesome tour. Our tour guide, Grant, was outstanding. He had a great knowledge of the places we went.

Anne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I ventured on this tour with my travel companion and we both had a lovely time! We met up with Lauren, our guide, who was wonderful. She played music and told historical anecdotes while we drove, and pointed out many interesting things along the way between our stops. We first stopped at Stirling Castle and she was very up front about our options there, which I appreciated. It was sufficient to tour the castle with the provided map, at your own pace, than to pay for the guided tour.

We then had a brief stop to see some hairy coos which was a nice break up of the drive. While on the road at this point we were able to see Castle Doune of Monty Python, Game of Thrones, and Outlander fame.

Our next official stop was for lunch in the picturesque town of Aberfoyle for lunch. We lunched at Liz Macgregor's which was an adorable local spot. We stopped at the Scotland Visitors Center on the way back to our meeting place - The Scottish Wool Centre. It had a little cafe within and lots of souvenirs for sale.

Once we boarded the bus, we proceeded to Loch Lomond. Our guide took us on the eastern banks which is less touristy but the views of the Loch were limited. We walked along the street, in front of several private properties, to get a better view. I wish my camera could have done it justice! After walking around and taking in the landscape, we stopped at Mrs. Mocha for a hot chocolate and shortbread and it was WONDERFUL! It was a bit windy and damp outside and Mrs. Mocha was the perfect cozy remedy.

We boarded the bus for the last time to head to Glengoyne Distillery - again, a place too picturesque to describe or capture. I couldn't partake in the dram they give you on the wee tour because I'm 7 months pregnant, but everything smelled great! The tour guides at Glengoyne are really knowledgeable and their history is quite interesting.

After wrapping up at Glengoyne, Lauren drove us back to Glasgow with recommendations for what to do in Glasgow and Scottish music.

Gloria G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Lauren our guide was fantastic

Lisa S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Stewart was amazing! Very knowledgeable and a great tour guide. He had in the inside scoop on the areas and I would recommend this tour and Stewart to anyone!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Jodie was a funny and entertaining guide. She filled our travel time with stories and music. When we stopped in a small town, we followed her advice on where to grab lunch and were very happy we did. Although the weather did not cooperate on the day of our tour, we enjoyed the tour and Jodie's sunny personality.

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