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  • Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle & Kelpies Tour from Edinburgh

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

    Spend a day discovering the land and legends of Scottish heroes William Wallace and Rob Roy, and experience the natural beauty of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Begin with a photo stop at The Kelpies. Enjoy a memorable visit to Stirling Castle, explore the pretty villages of Aberfoyle and Loch Lomond Shores, and set off on a spectacular cruise across Loch Lomond. Departing Edinburgh, head to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, one of the prettiest and largest lochs in the whole of Scotland. Here you can enjoy an hour-long cruise taking in spectacular views of the loch’s many islands and the surrounding mountains. Alternatively, take a stroll through the picturesque loch-side conservation village of Loch Lomond Shores, with its quaint houses, cafes, and stunning views across the loch’s western shoreline.  Enter The Trossachs National Park, also known as “The Highlands in mini...

    Having already done the Loch Ness Highlands tour we had an idea what to expect and it was as we expected the journey itself was very informative and the Kelpies were very interesting the Loch Lomond cruise was ok guite interesting not up to Loch Ness but ok all the same unfortunately I forgot to books the Stirling castle part of the trip so can’t comment

  • From Edinburgh: Outlander Adventure Day Tour

    2. From Edinburgh: Outlander Adventure Day Tour

    After leaving Edinburgh at 9:15 AM you will travel back in time as your driver guides you over the Queensferry Crossing to Culross. This virtually-unchanged 16th century village overlooks the sea and poses as the fictional town of Cranesmuir. You have time to visit Claire’s herb garden, explore the palace, or wander the ancient streets while you imagine what life must have been like 400 years ago. You will journey past Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument to Doune Castle, or as it’s called in Outlander, Castle Leoch. This formidable building gives you an insight into the living conditions of a Scottish earl in the 14th century. You can also listen to an excellent audio guide about how this castle was used as a filming location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Your next stop is Linlithgow Palace. Here you have time to enjoy beautiful views to the Forth bridges, have a picnic by...

    It would have made life easier if we had paid £10 more and had tickets pre-purchased for Midhope and Blackness castles. Our guide Barbara was knowledgeable and entertaining and also an excellent driver. I really enjoyed the day.

  • Loch Lomond, Kelpies, and Stirling Castle Small-Group Tour

    3. Loch Lomond, Kelpies, and Stirling Castle Small-Group Tour

    Leave 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 you 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. You then head into the Trossachs or ‘The Highlands in Miniature’, where the Lowlands meet...

    Seeing the Kelpies was brilliant we just wished you had more time there, 35 mins was a bit rushed. Loch lomond was enjoyable, as was Aberfoyle for lunch but again 45 mins to find a cafe and eat lunch wasntvlong enough, 2 hours at the castle was perfect.

  • From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

    4. From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

    Day 1: Departing Edinburgh, head north and pass Stirling Castle. Be inspired by tales from your guide of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Stop a few miles further north for a tour at Doune Castle. This 14th-century fortress is a filming location for Outlander (Castle Leoch), Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Game of Thrones amongst others. Continue north, into the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, admire the scenery as your tour guide explains the remarkable tribal clan history of the Highlands. Discover the beautiful Glencoe, the most famous valley in Scotland and hear of its tragic history. Admire the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct then head north and arrive on the southern banks of Loch Ness to get photos of the infamous monster Nessie! Stop for photos of Urquhart Castle before arriving in Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, where you'll stay for 2 nights, choo...

    Great tour, you get to see a lot of Scotland in a relatively short period of time. You do spend a lot of time on the bus but the scenery is wonderful. Stephen is a phenomenal guide and overall I had a really fun time.

  • From Edinburgh: West Highland Lochs & Castles Full-Day Trip

    5. From Edinburgh: West Highland Lochs & Castles Full-Day Trip

    From Edinburgh, travel west, passing the historic and imposing Stirling Castle, high on its volcanic rock, and on to a visit at the magnificent Doune Castle (which featured in the cult movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"). From there, drive into the Highlands, past the lovely Loch Lubnaig and up through impressive Glen Ogle, stopping nearby for lunch and beautiful views of the surrounding scenery.

    After lunch, drive further into the Highlands, stopping to view one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, Kilchurn Castle, jutting into beautiful Loch Awe and stunningly framed by the surrounding mountains.

    Then it’s on to Inveraray, a quaint small town built in the mid-18th century, on the shore of Loch Fyne. Explore the town and pick up some Highland souvenirs, or pay an optional visit to Inveraray Castle (April to October only), the historic home of the Duke of ...

    Fantastic full day trip visiting the beautiful Highlands and stopping plenty of times to see castles lochs villages and feed Highland cows! The views were incredible and our guide Stewart was extremely friendly and his knowledge was fantastic, the mini bus was very clean and comfortable too. Highly recommended trip!

  • From Glasgow: Loch Lomond, Trossachs & Stirling Castle Tour

    6. From Glasgow: Loch Lomond, Trossachs & Stirling Castle Tour

    After leaving Glasgow, stop at the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond, one of the prettiest and largest lochs in the whole of Scotland. Take a one-hour cruise, enjoying spectacular views of the loch’s many islands and the surrounding mountains. Alternatively, take a stroll through the picturesque loch-side conservation village of Luss, with its quaint houses, cafes and stunning views across the loch’s western shoreline. Eat lunch in the small village of Aberfoyle, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Trossachs National Park. After lunch, continue through the Trossachs, Scotland’s first national park, known as ‘the Highlands in miniature’ for its abundance of lochs, mountains, and forests. It is also known as the homeland of legendary outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor. The final stop is the magnificent Stirling Castle, which sits high on volcanic rock and offers wonderful views of the surrounding l...

    It was a fun tour!! The tour guide took us to different places and was quite informative!

  • From Glasgow: Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Tour

    7. From Glasgow: Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Tour

    Discover Scotland's glorious past on this exciting tour in the hearthland of Highland heroes such as Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. Marvel at the natural beauty of the forests, lochs and mountains in Loch Lomond National Park. You will depart Glasgow at 9 AM and travel towards Stirling, along a route that has been used for thousands of years by invading armies. It was the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire, and was later used by the English King Edward I as he marched towards Stirling. As you approach Stirling the magnificent castle dominates your view and you make your way up towards the high volcanic rock where it imposes itself upon the surrounding land. To the north is the towering National Wallace Monument commemorating Scotland’s great hero William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson in the Oscar-winning movie Braveheart. To the South is Bannockburn castle where,...

    Guide was excellent but he seemed confused about what to do for part of the trip. Some of the participants didn’t want to do the whiskey tour so there was some confusion.

  • Outlander Adventure 1-Day Tour from Glasgow

    8. Outlander Adventure 1-Day Tour from Glasgow

    The tour leaves Glasgow and begins following the trail of the best-known film locations featured in the Outlander TV Series. You journey past Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument to Doune Castle, or as it’s called in Outlander, Castle Leoch. This formidable building gives you an insight into the living conditions of a Scottish earl in the 14th-century. You can also listen to an excellent audio guide about how this castle was used as a filming location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Heading north, your next stop is the small town of Falkland to relive the first scenes of the show, where Falkland substitutes 1940’s Inverness. See if you can recognize the familiar sights such as Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouses and the Bruce Fountain. Please note, however, that between October 1, 2019-March 31, 2020, the tour will not be stopping at Falkland Palace. Next is the charming village of Culro...

    Ahh. Great trip. Jenny was a great tour guide, her knowledge was impeccable. Thank you

  • From Edinburgh: Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Tour

    9. From Edinburgh: Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Tour

    Depart Edinburgh and journey northwest to Midhope Castle (April 1 to September 24), site of Lallybroch Castle in the time travel TV series "Outlander." Next, stop in the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow and enjoy a photo stop at Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison in "Outlander"), originally a royal retreat between Edinburgh and Stirling Castle. Continue to the 14th-century country pile of Callandar House, where ties to Rome's northern frontier in Europe at the Antonine Wall have been traced. Following in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie, visit Falkland, Outlander's Inverness. Many of the streets here were used as filming locations in Outlander, including when Claire sees Jamie's ghost. Move on to the Royal Burgh of Culross to discover a tiny village nestled on the coast of Fife. Arguably the best example of a 17th-century Scottish village, the gardens at Culross were featured in "Outlander"...

    Unfortunately due to Covid some places were closed. The driver was very good and did his best to provide photo opportunities. He was very knowledgeable and has some interesting anecdotes.

  • West Highlands Lochs & Castles Tour from Edinburgh

    10. West Highlands Lochs & Castles Tour from Edinburgh

    Enjoy a small group tour of Scotland’s Western Highlands, and explore some of its most atmospheric lochs and castles. Traveling in a comfortable 16-seat Mercedes minibus, you will depart Edinburgh and head west past Stirling Castle. The first stop will be Doune Castle, built for Robert Stewart, the Duke of Albany, over 600 years ago. You might recognize it from the famous comedy film, Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Continue to Callander, where you will pause for a coffee, before leaving the rolling farms for the wild mountains and forests of the Highlands. Visit Loch Luibnaig, and continue over the Braes of Balquhidder, final resting place of Highland outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Made famous by Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy was a sort-of Highland Robin Hood, who stole from the rich, but never quite got round to giving it to the poor! From Balquhidder, the tour winds its way throug...

    Great day trip. Loved every minute. I did 4 trips with Rabbies over a two week visit to Edinburgh and Inverness and had no complaints. Lovely, knowledgeable and eager to please guides. Highly recommend Rabbies. Thanks Rabbies, love you work. From female solo traveller. March 2020

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The driver and tour guide Neil was full of information some rather a bit gruesome but fun all the same. This is a lovely tour, a great day out, as an anxious single traveller it was perfect to explore in a safe way. Loved the Kelpies, and Stirling castle, the cruise on Loch Lomond was relaxing and enchanting

This was a fantastic trip! Andy, the guide, was really knowledgeable and told great stories. The B&B in Portree was very clean and the breakfast was very good. They pack a lot of site seeing in those 3 days! Highly recommend this trip!

Very nice day, lots to see and regukar stops. Jim our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.

Ahh. Great trip. Jenny was a great tour guide, her knowledge was impeccable. Thank you

Perfect day out and our guide Queen Kelly was amazing!