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From Edinburgh: Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Tour

1. From Edinburgh: Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Tour

Explore the Scottish Highlands and admire its spectacular scenery on a guided tour from Edinburgh. Discover more about Scottish historical figures and events with stops at Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond, and Kelpies. Depart Edinburgh and travel through the historic grace of Linlithgowshire. Your guide will help you spot Linlithgow palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. On the way to Loch Lomond, make a stop at the Kelpies Monument. These two horses’ heads stand as a testament to the horse power that drove the industrial development of Central Scotland. From here you head to the shores of Loch Lomond, which is Scotland’s largest loch and is protected as Scotland’s first National Park. This is the perfect place to enjoy a walk along the ‘bonny banks’ and take in fantastic views of the mountains. This tranquil area was once the home of Scotland’s famous highland folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor. By spending time on the trails by the loch you’ll be walking in the footsteps of one of Scotland’s greatest legends. Head into the Trossachs or ‘The Highlands in Miniature’, where the Lowlands meet the Highlands. See steep mountains, shimmering lochs, and thick forests. You stop for lunch in the heart of the National Park then continue to the city of Stirling where you can visit one of Scotland’s most magnificent castles. You can choose to take in the views from inside and understand why this castle was so instrumental in Scottish history. From here, make a short journey back to Edinburgh via Kelpies before arriving back in the capital.

From Edinburgh: Stirling, Kelpies, Loch Lomond & Whisky Tour

2. From Edinburgh: Stirling, Kelpies, Loch Lomond & Whisky Tour

Embark on a guided day tour to Stirling Castle, Kelpies, Loch Lomond, and the Glengoyne Distillery, departing from Edinburgh. Get an overview of Scottish history and culture as you explore some of the country's most famous landmarks. Depart from Edinburgh and travel first to Stirling Castle. Discover the secrets of this historic castle, which was the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots and James VI. It is situated overlooking the River Forth, at the meeting point between Lowlands and Highlands. Visit the Royal Palace of the castle and witness lavish decor from the 1500s. Visit the last Royal Scottish building at Stirling, The Chapel Royal, and learn how Stirling castle is linked to famous names like King Robert the Bruce, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the Jacobite uprising. From Stirling Castle, you will then visit the banks of Loch Lomond. Take a short hike on the shores and hear all about local legends along with the history, wildlife, and culture of Trossachs National Park. Learn more about the Vikings that landed and colonized this area many years ago. After hiking the banks of Loch Lomond, head to Glengoyne Distillery where you’ll get the opportunity to take a tour to learn about the whisky-making process. Discover how they create the famous “water of life” you’ll even get the chance to taste a delicious dram or two. Continue to the Kelpies sculpture in Falkirk and marvel at the almost 100ft work created by Glaswegian Andy Scott. Learn about these mythical creatures that are said to be prevalent in Scottish waters, and who can cause a lot of havoc to unsuspecting locals with their shape-shifting abilities. Finally, relax on the journey back towards Edinburgh. Be dropped off in the city center and say your farewells as you enjoy the rest of your time in Scotland.

From Edinburgh: Heart of Scotland Full-Day Tour in Spanish

3. From Edinburgh: Heart of Scotland Full-Day Tour in Spanish

Explore the wonders of Scottish nature, culture, and history on a full-day tour from Edinburgh with a Spanish-speaking guide. Discover the Hermitage Forest, see the Queen's favorite viewpoint, visit a whisky distillery, and learn about Scotland's national hero, William Wallace. After meeting in Edinburgh, make your way to the Hermitage Forest and take a walk along the River Braan to a stunning waterfall. After a pleasant stroll, head to a whisky distillery in the beautiful town of Pitlochry and learn about the whisky-making process. Continue to the Queen's Viewpoint in the Tay Forest Park, and see Lake Tummel, “The Mountain of Fairies” and much more.  Make your next stop at Doune Castle, built for the first Duke of Albany and used as a location in the Game of Thrones and Overlander series. Then discover Stirling, the most important city in Scottish history. Marvel at the castle from Abbey Craig Hill, see the battlefield where the Scots defeated the English, and visit the National Wallace Monument tower as you learn the story of William Wallace from your guide. Finally, pay a visit to the Kelpies to admire the impressive 30-meter high sculptures that represent the shape-changing aquatic spirits of Scottish legend. Afterwards, return to Edinburgh where your tour concludes back at the original meeting point.

From Edinburgh: Lakes and Villages of Scotland Day Trip

4. From Edinburgh: Lakes and Villages of Scotland Day Trip

This is one of the best excursions we can do in Scotland. In Edinburgh we will meet up with our guide and from here, we will set out for our first stop, the Kelpies. The Kelpies are the largest horse sculptures in the world. In the legends of Scotland it is a spirit that changes form, they are represented as horses, but also in human form, and that inhabits the lochs of Scotland. But… Where are the Kelpies? We will see them at The Helix, a park near Falkirk where we will learn much more about all this mythology. From here we continue to Loch Ard and visit this loch and its beautiful surroundings for an hour and a half. The landscapes that we will face are green scenarios, of nature sculpted in a terrain that seems oblivious to the passage of time and the hand of man. With our guide we will enjoy its most special corners and we will also find the best places to photograph. After this visit, and after seeing the Lake of Menteith, we will arrive at Callender, right at the entrance of the Trossachs National Park. On our visit we will see that Callender is a town surrounded by forests, lakes, an example of what the Scottish Highlands are. Here everything is natural trails and it will be here, in Callender, where we will have free time to eat. It is always a good idea to share with our guide which are the best places to eat in Callender, or which dishes of local cuisine we cannot miss. Surely your ideas are not only the best, but the most delicious! With our energies replenished we will leave for Dunblane, in Stirling. Dunblane, according to the chronicles, starts in the years of the Viking attacks on Scotland and this, without a doubt!, adds to this charming town. Among all that we cannot miss in Dunblane, there is its cathedral and, next to it, many corners with interesting and fun stories, which we will discover. About twenty minutes from Dunblane, is Stirling, our last stop, did you know that Stirling is the smallest city in Scotland? However, its heritage, its art and its history are immense. It can be said, without fear of lying, that this is one of the Scottish towns to visit. After this visit we will head to Edinburgh, where our day will end. If you want to get to know some of the most beautiful villages and lakes in Scotland in an entertaining and dynamic way and, in addition, have fun with their curiosities and their stories, book your places now!

Stirling Castle, Whisky and Scenic Scotland from Edinburgh

5. Stirling Castle, Whisky and Scenic Scotland from Edinburgh

Head out from Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile for a drive along the Forth Valley to Stirling Castle. On the way you'll stop to see the spectacular Kelpies, which are 30-foot-high metal horse sculptures erected at the entrance to the Forth and Clyde Canal. Arrive at Stirling Castle and have 90 minutes to tour the castle’s great halls, dungeons and narrow wynds or visit Stirling's Old Town, before you continue on to the Highlands. Experience the Mountains, Lochs and Glens of the beautiful Trossachs, and see 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 millennium path for spectacular views across the whole expanse of the Loch. After lunch in the village of Aberfoyle, you'll take a short nature/fores walk to see the Little Fawn waterfall, before stopping to see some Scottish Highland cattle. Visit Loch Katrine, stepping into Sir Walter Scott’s poem, The Lady of the Lake, inspired by this beautiful place.  Afternoon Option 1: 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 finishes with an opportunity to taste the whisky. Afternoon Option 2: Your other option is to 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. You'll have 45 minutes to tour the castle if you'd prefer this option to the Whisky Distillery Tour. Depart Deanston Distillery/Doune Castle for the trip back to Edinburgh, arriving 18:30.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 449 reviews

We had a great time on this tour, especially enjoyed Stirling castle, plenty of time to see it. Loch Lomond stop was for only an hour though and we did not get to see the lake in all of it’s beauty, which we were disappointed of as we were considering it a highlight, so maybe next time. Our driver and guide Graeme was great and entertaining all the way, funny and provided us with lots of interesting stories and jokes throughout our day.

Fantastic tour, with an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Stuart B made the trip informative and fun. Thank you, Stuart B for a great day.

Carey was a wonderful chauffeur & an amazing guide- she was integral to our visit to Scotland- very helpful and informative -all the stars go to her

Was a great trip. Just a little long at sterling castle. Could have stayed longer at lock lonan. Tour guide was excellent .

it was a very enjoyable tour our driver Stuart was brilliant and it was a nice touch he was in a kilt