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Best Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 225006
Travel to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond in style on a small-group tour by Mercedes minivan from Edinburgh. With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, you are sure to have a memorable and personal experience on this special excursion to Stirling and Loch Lomond.


  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Receive discounts at selected restaurants, shops and attractions
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Small group ensures personal service
Stirling Castle was Scotland's most important medieval stronghold and is set high on a volcanic outcrop. There has been fortification on the rock since 1000 BC, as it guards the main route north into the Scottish Highlands. You have the option of visiting the castle to see some of the finest Renaissance architecture in Scotland.

Leaving Stirling, you'll travel past Doune Castle, Callander and into the Trossachs, an area popularized by authors such as Sir Walter Scott and Daniel Defoe. This is also the territory of Rob Roy MacGregor, Scotland's Robin Hood. The tour stops for a leisurely lunch (own expense) in the village of Aberfoyle.

After lunch you ‘take the high road’ or back-road to Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest lochs at over 22 miles long, your will travel through the protected lands of Scotland’s first National Park. The route you take is along the eastern shores, a beautiful sheltered stretch of the loch with noble mountains dominated by Ben Lomond, one of the most climbed mountains in Scotland and our most southerly “Munro”.

You will have about 1.5 hours at Loch Lomond, to either join your guide for a walk to the viewpoint overlooking the loch or enjoy a wee dram of whisky in the hotel whilst taking in the views.

The Scottish Highlands and Islands are Europe's last great wilderness! This personalized tour is as close as you can get to touring in your own car, with the added benefit of gaining intimate knowledge of Scotland. Traveling in a small group means you can take lots of stops and reach "out of the way" places, giving you more time off the bus to discover the real Scotland.

Winner of the Inaugural Scottish Thistle Award for Sustainable Tourism, October 2007.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central Edinburgh
Departure Time:
9 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes at Waverley Bridge opposite Waverley Train Station at approximately 6:30pm

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Best Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Stirling Castle, Scotland

  • Professional driver/guide
  • Discount Card offering discounts off local restaurants, shopping and attractions
  • Modern Mercedes minvan with forced air ventilation (maximum 16 people)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance fees (discount card offers reductions)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • There are opportunities to take nature walks, it is recommended to bring suitable clothing and footwear. Scotland can be a wet place!
  • The First Edinburgh tour operator to be awarded 5 star status by the Scottish Tourist Board.
Caring for the Environment:The tour operator aims to leave the legacy of Scotland's beautiful landscape for future generations to enjoy. The tour is as close as you can get to touring in your own car, but with the added benefit of reducing your carbon footprint by 75% (based on 2 persons traveling the same distance in their own car). The operator's commitment to environmental excellence has been recognized with 2 top Gold awards from the Green Tourism scheme and Keep Edinburgh Clean awards.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Kimberly H, November 2015

Tour was favorite part of the trip! Our guide Jonathan was very knowledgeable, friendly and personable! We ran into fog when heading to our first stop, Stirling Castle, so we were not able to get a lot of pictures, so Jonathan stopped back by on the way home so we could take a few! We made a few extra stops along the way to take pictures and get up close and personal with the Highland Cows!! They are a must...quite adorable!! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone...and especially having Jonathan as your guide!

Reviewed by: Ruta G, November 2015

Very nice experience, Organizers were very helpful
Driver uncle was very sweet person and he knew every bit of history. Forgot hi name Thoroughly enjoyed and will definitely recommend to friends :

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Tour code: 225006