Explore Stirling Castle, Highland Lochs and a working Scotch Whisky-Distillery. Visit beautiful Mountains, Waterfalls and our famous Highland Cows (Hairy Coos!!!) within the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. Visit Doune Castle, the backdrop to ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Outlander’ and ‘Monty Python’. This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to visit Castles, a Whisky-Distillery, and experience the extraordinary wilderness of the Scottish Highlands.
8:30 am – 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 Stirling. You’ll stop at the spectacular Kelpies – Scotland’s largest public art installation – constructed at the entrance to Forth and Clyde Canals as a tribute to Central Scotland’s industrial past. You’ll see why the Kelpies are fast becoming one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks, they are the perfect photo opportunity!
10:00 am – Stirling Castle is the most important castle in Scottish history, due to it’s strategic location 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 advancing armies from all directions. Hear tales of the famous battles fought at Stirling Bridge, Falkirk and Bannockburn during the ‘Wars of Independence’, as William Wallace then Robert the Bruce led the Scottish army to famous victories which inspired the movie ‘Braveheart’. With over 900 years of history within the walls of Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions, which come alive as you explore its great halls, dungeons and narrows wynds. (Castle Entry Optional)
You’ll have 90 minutes to tour the Castle, or alternatively explore Stirling’s Old Town, before you continue north towards the Highlands.
You’ll then visit the beautiful Lake of Menteith, Scotland’s only Lake, with stunning views of the magnificent ‘Ben Lomond’. On a lonely island on the lake lies Inchmahome Priory, which was a refuge for the 4-year-old Mary ‘Queen of Scots’. Henry VIII’s armies marched by unknowingly…
1:00 pm – You’ll stop to enjoy lunch in the Highland village of Aberfoyle, before we go over the famous ‘Duke’s Pass‘, pausing for photos of the beautiful Highland views, before we meet our famous herd of ‘Hairy Coos‘ (Highland Cows)! These magnificent yak-like creatures are native to Scotland, and they love to pose for selfies!
You’ll then enjoy a short nature walk through the forest to ‘Little Fawn Falls’, a beautiful little waterfall in the heart of the Loch Lomond and the Troassachs’ National Park (weather dependent).
At Loch Katrine, experience the beautiful scenery which inspired Sir Walter Scott’s poem ‘The Lady of the Lake’. Your tour guide will entertain you with the story of “The Scottish Robin Hood”, the most famous Highlander in history, ‘Rob Roy MacGregor‘, who was born and lived at Loch Katrine. Go for a short walk along the banks of this famous Loch, enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Highlands, and get some stunning photographs, before we begin to make our way south for our final stop of this grand day out. You’ll have the option of visiting either Deanston Whisky-Distillery, or nearby Doune Castle, before our return to Edinburgh.
Afternoon Option 1: 4:00pm You’ll arrive at Deanston Distillery, located on the banks of the beautiful River Teith. Take a 45-minute tour of the working distillery. Experience the whisky-making process from beginning to end, and learn why Scotch is such a world-renowned spirit. The tour ends with a single-malt whisky-tasting session. (£8.00 per adult)
Afternoon Option 2: 4:00pm Alternatively, you can visit the nearby Doune Castle, dating from the 14th century, and a filming location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones and Outlander (Castle Leoch). You’ll have 45 minutes to take the guided tour of the castle and hear it’s varied history. (Castle entry £6.00 per adult/£3.60 per child)
By 6:30pm, you arrive back in central Edinburgh, guaranteed to feel the same as these happy visitors…
“Such a great time. Our tour guide, Ryan, was lots of fun, and super knowledgeable. He was so great to listen to, and we really got to learn a lot about Scotland. Sometimes these kinds of tours can feel really drawn out, but this one had well timed stops, and we were given the perfect amount of time at each location. The bus was comfortable and clean, which is a huge bonus. If you’re in Edinburgh, this is definitely worth your while! Plus, you get to see some hairy coos!”
– Riley S, Montreal
“This was one of the finest tours I have been on. I have visited Scotland on many occasions and in all honesty get lost more often than not. It was a comforting change to be taken to so many places in one day and also be driven and educated along the way. Our guide for the day Donald “The Don” certainly knew his stuff. I cant fault this trip and am happy to spread the word and promote the tour. We will certainly be back for more 🙂 ”
– Dave M, Newcastle
“In all of our family travels, we’ve never taken an organized tour – we generally like doing our own thing. However, we only had a few days in Scotland and this tour seemed like the best option. We got a fantastic introduction to what makes the Scottish Highlands the stuff of legends. Our guide Michael was friendly, funny and full of great stories. This trip was a highlight for all of us, including my teenaged son, and I hope to return to Scotland and join the Hairy Coo for their Isle of Skye trip. This is the BEST way to see the Highlands, hands down!!”
– Amy E., Washington
99.7% of our guests would recommend our tours to a friend. Why not book now and see why for yourself? In fact, we’re so confident you’ll LOVE this tour, that if you are unhappy with any part of this Highland adventure, you’re given a full refund. No questions asked.
And you can cancel all our tours without penalties or charges. For this 1-Day tour, all you need to do is let us know by email at LEAST 72 hours (3 days) before the tour departure time. You have nothing to lose. Our ‘Easy-To-Cancel’ policy means that if your plans change, no problem, email us your booking details at least 72 hours before the tour departs, and we’ll cancel your booking, and refund all of your money.
So you can book now, guarantee your place for your preferred date, and cancel later if need be. Places fill fast for this trip.
Deacon’s House Cafe, 304 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, post/zip:code 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.
PLEASE NOTE: We CANNOT wait for guests whom are late, and it is YOUR responsibility to be at the Meeting Point by 8.15am at the latest.
A map of the departure point is below:
Tour Return Time / Location:
The tour will return to Edinburgh at approximately 6:30pm, and drop off at the same location as the Tour Departure Point in the morning (unless otherwise specified). Please note that throughout the Edinburgh International Festival (August), all tours will drop off at Waterloo Place and NOT Lawnmarket, due to traffic restrictions.
LOOK OUT FOR YOUR BUS!:
For operational reasons, occasionally our ‘Hairy Coo’ bus is covered by Dark Blue ‘Ness Bus’ branded buses, which is to the same high standard as our ‘Hairy Coo’ buses. In the event of a ‘Ness Bus’ bus being used a ‘Hairy Coo’ poster/sign will be visible on the front windows next to the passenger door. Please LOOK OUT for any of the buses below.
As we want to fill the tour with lots of great sights, the bus will depart at the designated times and CANNOT wait or return for guests – please be at the departure point AT LEAST 15 MINUTES before the scheduled departure time to check-in.
Our ‘Easy-To-Cancel’ policy means that if your plans change, no problem, email us your booking details at least 3 days/72 hours before the tour departs, and we’ll cancel your booking and refund your money.
You can do this by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with full details of your booking, and a refund will be issued as soon as possible by our accounts department.
If you cancel your booking within 3 days of the tour departure time, a refund will only be issued if your booking/seats are resold. No refunds will be issued for any missed tour departures.