Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle & the Kelpies

1 Day Tour from Edinburgh

Overview

On this tour you’ll have time to visit grand Stirling Castle one of the most important castles in Scottish history. Enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of Loch Lomond with a cruise on one of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs.

Get some photos of the Kelpies, these magnificent 30-metre-high horse heads tower above the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Prices from £51.00per person

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Tour Duration
08:45 – 18:30

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From Edinburgh we’ll head over to the Kelpies where we’ll get some photos of these stunning monuments. These pieces of art are the largest equine sculptures in the world.

Loch Lomond lies on the Highland Boundary Fault line that divides the Scottish Highlands from the Lowlands. At Balloch you can choose to take a one-hour cruise on Loch Lomond where you’ll enjoy stunning scenery with views of the magnificent Ben Lomond. Inchmurrin Island is the largest of Loch Lomond’s 33 islands and is home to the ancient ruins of Lennox Castle where Robert the Bruce sheltered before he became King of Scotland.

If you prefer to stay on dry land, there’s time to explore Balloch Castle Country Park, where you can visit the Fairy Glen, the Chinese Garden and enjoy superb views over Loch Lomond.

We’ll have lunch within the National Park before travelling over the dramatic Dukes Pass into the Trossachs. The name ‘Trossachs’ comes from the Gaelic meaning ‘a Bristly Place’ and its forest covered mountains and shimmering highland lochs will take your breath away. This was also the stomping ground of Rob Roy MacGregor; you’ll hear tales from your driver guide about this Scottish folk hero.

As we travel through the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park lookout for our woolly, long-horned Highland cows, we call them hairy coos!

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You’ll have time to visit to Stirling Castle, one of the most important castles in Scottish history, great royal residence of the Stuart Kings and Mary Queen of Scots, who was crowned here in 1543, aged only nine months. With close associations to Robert the Bruce and Bonnie Prince Charlie, the castle overlooks the site of the battle of Stirling Bridge where another famous Scots hero, William Wallace of ‘Braveheart’ fame and his cry for freedom defeated a much larger English army in 1297.

From Stirling we’ll make our return to Edinburgh where your Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle & the Kelpies tour will end.

1 Day Loch Lomond National Park Tour from Edinburgh

Departure & Return

Departs/Returns: Bus Stance opposite Howie’s Restaurant, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3B

Tour Check-in 08:30 | Tour Departs 08:45 | Tour Ends 18:30


Late Arrivals

In the event you are late for any reason in arriving at your departure point and as result miss your tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.


Children

We regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.


What’s Included

 Transport in a 16-seat mini coach

Coach Air Filtration System as standard

 Air Conditioning as standard

 Services of an English-speaking driver-guide

  Loch Lomond Cruise

  Stirling Castle

  Meals & Refreshments


What to Bring

In Scotland we can get 4 seasons in 1 day, so we suggest bringing suitable clothing for all conditions, including a waterproof jacket and layers of clothing.

Shoes that are suitable for short walks on uneven paths and rough terrain. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and your camera to capture fantastic memories you’ll make on tour with us!

Most attractions & eating establishments we visit accept card payments, however we recommend bringing some cash with you.


Luggage

This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel this tour 48 hours or more prior to departure – you will be refunded 90% of the tour price.

Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to departure – no refund will be due.

Cancellations must be made in writing. For further information please refer to our terms and conditions.


Tour Highlights

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond Cruise, Balmaha & the Kelpies

Please have a look at some customer experiences with Discover Scotland Tours.

13/03/23 – Alane

My boyfriend and I took a once in a lifetime trip and I am so glad we decided to do this tour. We took the Sterling Castle, Loch Lomond, and Kelpies tour with Marco as our guide. Marco was so great with all the history, the music, and conversation. If you are even just thinking about going on this tour DO IT, and cross your fingers you end up with Marco.


15/02/23 – Kiera

John was a fantastic, welcoming and informative guide. What a great tour – we saw so many beautiful places and learned so much about Scottish history. Thank you John for welcoming my family and I to Discover Scotland Tours!


18/09/22 – Janet

My husband Bill Barron and I had a fabulous day on the Discover Scotland Tours with Marco as our guide. His local knowledge, enthusiasm, and care for the tour participants was extraordinary.  The day was well organized and the sites and experiences as promised. We loved the extra special insight into Scottish music shared through the trip. Would highly recommend this team!!!


14/09/22 – Bernie and John

We had an excellent day out. Michael was very funny and packed in a lot of places to see. So pleased we choose this day out of the city. Countryside was beautiful and worth seeing. Sterling Castle, Lock Lomond, and Kelps. Very enjoyable. Hamish the Highland cow was lovely to see. He was very chilled. Thank you we had a lovely time.


09/08/22 – Liz

I took the Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle tour yesterday with Frank, and it was delightful!!! I had such a great time and Frank was great with his explanations and pointing out sights along the way. It was easy to find him after the tours and his getting our cruise tickets so we didn’t have to wait in line was very nice. The town we stopped in for lunch was a great break!


12/07/22 – Susanne

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and in particular Frank Mccafferty’s guidance and commentary. The mini bus was clean and in excellent condition. We were provided with adequate bathroom stops and “down time.” The structure of the tour was maintained with enough flexibility to accommodate differences in interests and energy levels among the various participants. There was a nice span of ages of the participants and we were probably the oldest of the group. Thank you and thank Frank for a wonderful experience!


19/06/22 – Emma 

I had a great time thank you! John, the driver, is like a walking, talking Scottish history book which was great! I asked him if I would see hairy coos on the tour and he took us to see Hamish and Honey which I really appreciated.  Thanks for a great day out.


03/06/22 – Anna

We went on the Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and Kelpies Tour with our guide Marco. The tour was fantastic with spectacular views and tons of photo opportunities. We chose not to take the Loch Lomond boat tour as we’d gone on the boat in Loch Ness on another tour. Instead we grabbed a coffee and a snack and wandered the town. Marco then took us to see the hairy coos, which was a lot of fun and, of course, the area was very picturesque. Then we went on to Stirling castle, which we LOVED. We arrived around 4PM and there weren’t a lot of people so we were able to see everything we wanted to see and get lots of pictures. I highly recommend touring this castle for the amazing views and the history. We’re from Canada and we’ve never experienced anything like this before. It was truly once in a lifetime for us. After the castle we visited the kelpies, which were quite beautiful. Marco was an excellent guide, full of local knowledge and history. He was also very accommodating, polite and kind with all the guests. Thank you to Discover Scotland Tours and Marco for a really wonderful day!


27/04/22 – Laura

A truly enjoyable tour. Our tour guide, Jerry, was most welcoming, attentive, entertaining and knowledgeable. We highly recommend this tour. We learned so much and saw so much of this area of Scotland. Thank you Discover Scotland Tours.


04/03/22 – Corrine

I didn’t want to come upto Edinburgh from London just to go shopping, I wanted to see a different part of Edinburgh hence why I booked the trip to Loch lomand national park, The Kelpies & Stirling Castle.  We had fabulous weather which was an added bonus.  John was brilliant, very knowledgeable.  I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would certainly use your services again in the future. I would recommend the tour I was on to anyone.

FAQs

It’s not required to reserve your attractions in advance.

Your Tour Leader will arrange the Loch Lomond cruise for anyone interested after you board the tour.

Stirling Castle tickets can be purchased on arrival to the castle. If you do wish to reserve in advance then you can purchase entry for the 3.30pm arrival slot on their website.

Seats are chosen on a first come first serve basis, we are unable to take requests for specific seats. Our mini coaches all have panoramic windows so the beautiful Scottish landscape can always be enjoyed, no matter where you sit.

If you suffer from motion sickness, then you may be affected by the roads in Scotland. They can be twisty and narrow. It’s best to come prepared with a travel sickness preventative, whether that be medicinal, wristbands or another option, to ensure it doesn’t impact your overall enjoyment of the tour.

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