Explore Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and a working Scotch Whisky-Distillery. Explore Scotland’s most important medieval stronghold and hear the story of the Wars of Independence at Stirling Castle. Take a Scotch Whisky-tasting tour at a traditional Distillery. Visit 14th century Doune Castle, filming location for ‘Monty Python’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Outlander’. Get up close and personal with our famously photogenic Hairy Coos. Sit back, relax and soak up the views as you are driven over the Trossach Hills on the spectacular Duke’s Pass. Take a leisurely stroll by the bonny banks of Loch Lomond. View the impressive ‘Kelpies’, Scotland’s largest public art installation. 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 Scotland’s ancient capital city of Stirling.
09:30am – Our first stop of the day is at the 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.
10:15 am – Stirling Castle is 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 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 continuing north towards the Loch Lomond and the Highlands.
11:45am – We head into the Trossach Hills, through the National Park to Loch Lomond, considered by many to be the bonniest in Scotland. At Balmaha you can take a leisurely stroll along the bonny banks of Loch Lomond. If you’re feeling energetic, take the high level Milleneum Path for spectacular views across the whole expanse of the Loch.
1:45pm – We stop at the Highland village of Aberfoyle where there’s time for lunch and maybe a little gift shopping.
3:00pm – 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 Deanston Whisky-Distillery, or nearby Doune Castle.
Option 1: 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)
Option 2: 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 its varied history. (Castle entry £6.00 per adult/£3.60 per child)
6:45pm – You’ll arrive back in the centre of Edinburgh, guaranteed to feel the same as these happy visitors….
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 who 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.