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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky

From £38 per adult

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January — December

This tour is perfect for anyone who really wants to savour the true flavour of Scotland!

A Perfect Mix of All Things Scottish: Castles, Lochs and Whisky!

Discover the mysterious Kelpies…

We begin our tour departing from Edinburgh and shortly after passing by Falkirk, the home of The Kelpies, two 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures made by sculptor Andy Scott. These sculptures were based on the Scottish Folklore of the Kelpies, mythical water based creatures said to take the form of a horse, whilst also paying tribute to the Clydesdale horses that helped shape the landscape. Learn the rest of the story and why these sculptures are where they are today from your knowledgeable driver-guide.


Learn about the real-life Braveheart…

As you then travel through Stirlingshire, your guide will bring to life the turbulent history of William Wallace, the famous Scottish knight who you may recognise from the film 'Braveheart'. As you pass the stunning scenery, your guide will explain his link to this area and the true story of Scotland's Braveheart.


Explore Stirling Castle and City…

We will then stop at the beautiful historic market town Stirling which has a wealth of treasures to explore. You’ll have ample time to visit the stunning Stirling Castle*, one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland. Most notably, Mary Queen of Scots was coronated here. If you prefer something a little different, why not visit the new gin distillery or take a stroll through the beautiful and ancient streets that make up the medieval old town?


Wildlife, hiking and picturesque lochside scenery…

We will then make our way to our lunch stop for the day, which will either be in Aberfoyle or Balmaha. Aberfoyle is a small holiday village at the southern edge of the West Highland Fault and the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. There are many varied things to explore here, so there is something for everyone. If you are interested in wildlife, why not watch a sheepdog demonstration, learn about the sheep in the area or witness duck herding? If you prefer, take the opportunity to explore the beautiful village. Wander around the shops and be sure to not miss the woollen mill.

Finishing off our time in Loch Lomond, we visit the beautiful lochside village of Balmaha, where you can take a short but steep hike up to Craigie Fort to enjoy stunning views of the loch or enjoy the bonnie banks on flat ground. Remember to bring suitable shoes for walking so you do not miss out! Be sure to visit the information centre to learn more about the history of Balmaha and the surrounding area.


A taste of Scottish Spirit at Glengoyne…

Our final stop of the tour is one of Scotland’s prettiest distilleries, Glengoyne*. This family-owned distillery is unique in that it is the only distillery that is split between the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland. Here you can learn the process of how they create the perfect dram, and you can taste a couple too! Watch out for the ghost of the former distillery manager Cochrane Cartwright who drowned in the loch; some say he still roams the premises today! Learn more about this distillery’s 200-year history on your optional guided tour.


Walk the West Highland Way…

We understand that whisky isn’t for everyone, so if you prefer, take a walk to the nearby Dumgoyne Hill, a volcanic plug, and take in the stunning waterfall and tranquil secret glen that sits behind the distillery. This is an opportunity to walk a small part of the famous West Highland Way, the 154-km stretch from Fort William to Milngavie, known as the country’s ‘best-loved long-distance walking route’. This is the final stop of the tour before heading back to Edinburgh.

*Due to closures, you will not be able to tour inside Glengoyne Distillery and Stirling Castle on this tour until further notice.


Departure days:

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Subject to minimum numbers daily year round

Departs/Returns:

Check- in 8:45 am/ Departs 9:00 am /Returns 18:45 pm

Meeting point:

1 Parliament Square, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1RE

Contact details

Highland Experience Tours
1 Parliament Square
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 1RE
Starting
Edinburgh Edinburgh - City Centre
Length
1
Day
Transport
Minibus
Languages
English
Themes
Art Castles Family History Whisky

COVID-19 facilities

  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Temperature checks for visitors

Tour prices

From

  • £38 Per Adult
  • £35 Per child
  • £35 Concession

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Tour company information

Highland Experience Tours

Your Scotland experience starts here. From monsters and mountains, chapels and chieftains to castles and whisky, we want to give you the most authentic Scottish experience possible. From the comfort of our luxury bespoke vehicles to our legendary, fully qualified guides, we can’t wait to show you our country. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have a job doing something we really enjoy; everyone at Highland Experience shares a passion for travel and helping other people discover Scotland’s Highlands. Our love for real, sustainable and unique tour experiences makes us who we are.

Opening times

Monday - 7am - 10pm
Tuesday - 7am - 10pm
Wednesday - 7am -10pm
Thursday - 7am - 10pm
Friday - 7am - 10pm
Saturday - 7am - 10pm
Sunday - 7am - 8pm

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