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Loch Lomond, Highlands & Stirling Castle Tour from Edinburgh

1. Loch Lomond, Highlands & Stirling Castle Tour from Edinburgh

Explore Scotland's Highlands on this day trip from Edinburgh. Travel aboard an airconditioned bus to sights like Loch Lomond. Admire views of Doune Castle and Stirling Castle along the way. Be picked up in central Edinburgh and board a bus with plenty of legroom. Head west and go on a short panoramic tour of Scotland's largest city, Glasgow. See how this once industrial giant is again flourishing. Pass the River Clyde, world-famous for its heavy industry and shipbuilding and stop on the banks of Loch Lomond, Britain's largest expanse of freshwater. Have free time where you can purchase a boat trip or to explore The Loch Lomond. Drive through Trossachs area which was recently designated a National Park, it's a place where the magnificent landscape has fired the imagination of writers and artists for centuries. Continue to the village of Aberfoyle, the gateway to the Trossachs. Take in its lochs, glens, and heather-covered mountains in this area which is well known as the Highlands in Miniature. The location was the backdrop for films like 'Rob Roy' and 'The Lady of the Lake. Travel through the town of Callander and past Doune Castle, which is featured in the movie 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail.' On top of a volcanic rock sits historic Stirling Castle. Have an hour of free time to visit the Castle or buy a refreshment in the castle's Unicorn Café. Snap pictures of stunning views of the Forth Valley, this is the site of William Wallace's famous victory in 1297, home to the Wallace Monument, a 200-foot tribute to the man immortalized in the movie Braveheart. Go southwards as you ride back to Edinburg while listening to Scottish music. Look out the window to see Bannockburn, the scene of Robert the Bruce's famous victory over the English in 1314 and Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness and Scottish Highlands Day Tour

2. From Edinburgh: Loch Ness and Scottish Highlands Day Tour

Start your full-day tour of the Scottish Highlands by passing Linlithgow Palace—the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots—and arriving at the National Wallace Monument. Here, your guide will reveal the story of Scottish hero William Wallace, whose victory against the English was adapted for Braveheart. Take a glimpse of Doune Castle, a medieval stronghold that fans of Monty Python, Game of Thrones, and Outlander will recognize. After a morning coffee stop in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the tour continues to either the Highland gateway village of Callander or Loch Lubnaig.  Marvel at the fantastic views from Loch Tulla then travel across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor to Glen Coe. This magical setting may look familiar, as it was a set location in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. A lunch stop is next up on the itinerary before heading to Loch Ness for some monster spotting. A boat trip on the lake is available as a tour option. Enjoy views of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain, and return to Edinburgh via the Grampian Mountains and Highland Perthshire.

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Excellent tour. The driver, Willie, was amazing. He took the tour to another level. His knowledge of Scottish history and culture made the hours in the bus interesting. The optional boat tour of the lack was nice but probably a little short. We stopped in a small town for lunch. There was only one restaurant but the food was good. Kids loved the stop to see the town highland cows. Stirling castle was nice. Glad we saw it before Edinburgh castle . Otherwise would have been a let down.

This was a great introduction to the Highlands. Recommend taking the cruise on Loch Lomond - really beautiful with the mist over the mountains. Stirling Castle was so well signed and informative. Best bit was meeting Hamish & Honey the highland cows and feeding them carrots!

Incredible guide. Was the same man who guided me two years ago during a bus tour. Super knowledgeable, enthusiastic about his profession and that everyone will learn something new after the tour. I will definitely go on more tours and hope it is the same man who guides.

Fantastic time thanks to our knowledgeable and skilled driver guide! Dougie was great fun, and experiencing Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands was made all the more meaningful with the historical and cultural context he provided. I can easily recommend this tour!

The tour was very very good. Lots of history and stories given on the way. The highlands and loch lomand were my favourite.