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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. 

Highlights

  • 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

Catherine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fantastic trip visiting Stirling castle and enjoying the scenery through Scottish villages. Nice stops for lunch and photo opportunities.
Lovely end to the day visiting a whisky distillery. The trip was made all the better by Alex the cheerful and very informative driver.
His Scottish songs also made for a happy day!

Ester L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We recently took this trip and thoroughly enjoyed it! Our guide was informative, pleasant and quite funny. From the history of the region to the insider stories, it was a really great way to learn about these areas surrounding Glasgow and the beginning of the highlands. We really enjoyed the guided tours at both Stirling Castle and the distillery as well. I would highly recommend doing the tour at Stirling castle as it was a wonderful way to learn about the castle's significance to the region, and to Scotland at large.

We did the short hike at Loch Lomond and really recommend it to those who are able. The views from the top are amazing! But, for those who aren't interested in the hike, are traveling with small children, or who aren't otherwise unable there are other options available as well, which are also quite fun.

At the end of the tour, one of our kids thanked us for the gentle push she needed to go. Way cooler than I expected it to be.

Terri-Anne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Highly recommend this trip! Small group, well paced day, and our guide was informative and uproariously funny! Beautiful scenery, a good mix of activity with some fairly strenuous walking and climbing on trails. Enjoyed visiting with Fiona the highland coo near Sterling Castle. Cannot wait to go back. 5 stars from this family!

Julie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our tour guide Alex was excellent, entertaining and full of knowledge. Stirling Castle was great and you could easily spend a day there. For me personally I would of rather paid for the tickets for the castle and the whisky tour in the price of the tour so I did not have to queue. However, at this time of year it was not a problem. For me I would of rather spent more time at the castle and had lunch where we stopped for coffee later in the afternoon. It was a very cold and wet day in the middle of winter but that did not effect the enjoyment of the trip at all. We had 14 of the tour from around the world and this just added to the enjoyment of the day. The bus left and arrived back exactly on time. I would recommend this tour as great value for money.

herwehe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our tour to Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond, and the Glengoyne Distillery could not have been better! Our tour guide, Alex, was excellent. He told us information and stories all along the way. He even sang fun Scottish songs on our way back. I highly recommend this tour.

classygyal United States of ... 

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!

DesireeLulu

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!

manic_swens

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!

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