Learn more of Scottish history at the magnificent Stirling Castle. Explore Highland Lochs within the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and meet our famous Hairy Coos (Highland Cows). Visit Doune Castle, the backdrop to ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Outlander’ and ‘Monty Python’ or an operational Whisky Distillery.
This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to visit Castles, a Whisky Distillery, and experience the extraordinary wilderness of the Scottish Highlands.
8:30am – We depart Edinburgh from the historic Royal Mile and make our way up the Forth Valley, past Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary ‘Queen of Scots’, towards Scotland’s ancient capital city of Stirling.
Our first stop of the day is at the Kelpies, Scotland’s largest public art installation, constructed at the entrance to the Forth and Clyde Canals as a tribute to Central Scotland’s industrial past. Once seen, you’ll understand why the Kelpies are fast becoming one of Scotland’s most popular landmarks, they are the perfect photo opportunity too.
Onwards to the magnificent Stirling Castle and the most important castle in Scottish history due to its strategic location as gateway between the Central Lowlands and the imposing Scottish Highlands to the North. Scottish (…and often English!) armies, occupied the castle throughout history in order to block rival advances from all directions. Hear tales of the famous battles fought at Stirling Bridge, Falkirk and Bannockburn during the ‘Wars of Independence’, as William Wallace and then Robert the Bruce led the Scottish forces to famous victories which inspired the movie ‘Braveheart’. Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions. The Castle’s 900 year history comes alive as you explore great halls, dungeons and narrow wynds. (Castle entry is optional – but recommended)
You’ll have 90 minutes either tour the Castle or alternatively explore Stirling’s Old Town, before continuing north towards Loch Lomond and the Highlands.
We then head into Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park to Balmaha. Take a leisurely stroll along the banks of Loch Lomond, considered by many to be the bonniest in Scotland. Alternatively if you’re feeling energetic, walk the high level Millennium Path for spectacular views across the whole expanse of the Loch.
We stop at the Highland village of Aberfoyle where there’s time for lunch and maybe a little gift shopping.
A short journey later we take a gentle forest stroll to view Little Fawn Falls, before driving over the spectacular Duke’s Pass in search of a photo opportunity with some Hairy Coos (Highland Cattle). These immense yak-like creatures are native to Scotland and they love to pose for selfies.
You now have the option of visiting either an operational Whisky Distillery or nearby Doune Castle.
Option 1: You’ll arrive at Deanston Whisky Distillery, located on the banks of the beautiful River Teith. Take a tour of the working distillery, experience the whisky-making process from beginning to end and learn why Whisky is such a world-renowned spirit. The tour ends with a tasting session (£8.00 per adult).
Option 2: You can visit the nearby 14th century Doune Castle, a filming location for ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Outlander’ (Castle Leoch). You’ll have 45 minutes to explore the castle and hear its varied history. Audio-guides are available. (Castle entry £9.00 per adult/£5.40 per child)
6:30pm – You’ll arrive back in the centre of Edinburgh.
Deacon’s House Cafe, 304 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, Postcode: EH1 2PS
Check in for your tour will begin at 8:15am with your Driver Guide at the Bus Stop located outside the Deacon’s House Cafe, 304 Lawnmarket, and the bus will depart PROMPTLY at 8:30am.
Seats are unreserved and allocated on a first-come, first served basis upon check-in. Therefore, we recommend that you arrive in plenty of time.
We CANNOT wait for guests who are late. It is YOUR responsibility to be at the Meeting Point by 8:15am at the latest.
The tour will return to Edinburgh at approximately 6:30pm, dropping off at the same location as the Tour Departure Point as in the morning (unless otherwise specified).
Please note that throughout the Edinburgh International Festival (August), all tours will drop off at Waterloo Place near Waverley Station and NOT Lawnmarket, due to traffic restrictions.
CASH – It is rare that there is an ATM in the villages we visit! So bring enough for the day to pay for things such as food, drink and any optional extras you might want to participate in (£30 per day per person is recommended).
A CAMERA – for pictures of the beautiful scenery.
WET WEATHER CLOTHING (rainproof) & COMFORTABLE SHOES
At the end of your tour, if you feel your Driver Guide has added to your experience, feel free to tip them whatever you feel their performance was worth to you. Tips/Gratuities aren’t expected, but are of course accepted!
£16 for Adults/Over 16’s
£9.60 for under 16’s
£8 for Adults & Students
£5 for under 18’s (no tasting)
Our ‘Easy to Cancel’ Policy means that it is no problem if your plans change. Email your cancellation request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We require AT LEAST 72 hours notice prior to the tour departure to be able to process a full refund. If you cancel your booking within 72 hours of the tour departure, a refund will not be applicable.
No refunds will be issued for any missed tour departures.
This tour has a minimum age of 7 years old. We will not accept bookings with children under the minimum age at time of departure.