Day trip

From Edinburgh: Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Tour

Day trip

From Edinburgh: Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Tour

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours
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Discover the Scottish Highlands on a day tour and see forests, lochs, and stunning mountains. Learn about Scotland's history with visits to Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond, and Kelpies.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Take in the imposing Stirling Castle, known as the "Key to Scotland"
  • Explore the land of Braveheart's William Wallace on a guided adventure
  • Immerse yourself in 'The Highlands in Miniature' at the Trossachs
  • Go on a nature trail walk beside Loch Lomond, Scotland's largest lake
  • Drive through the beautiful landscape of Loch Lomond National Park
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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.

  • Tour guide
  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Stirling Castle entrance fee (from April 1, 2023)
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at Edinburgh Bus Station.

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What to bring

  • Camera
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage

Know before you go

  • From April 1, 2023, Stirling Castle entrance is included in the tour price. Before this date, the visit is optional and tickets can be purchased during the tour
  • Keep in mind you are restricted to 14 kg (30 lbs) of luggage per person on the tour. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 22x17x10 inches) plus a small bag for onboard personal items
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 538 reviews

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Brilliant driver. Informative and funny stories. Kelpies are astonishing. You can't appreciate how huge they are from photographs - you need to be up close. Loch Lomond might be impressive in summer but not so much on a grey January day. Sterling Castle is pretty amazing (more interesting than Edinburgh castle imho) but note there is an additional charge payable on the tour. Take one of the guided tours - very informative.

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March 25, 2023

We really enjoyed our visit to Loch Lomond and the surrounding area. During our stop for lunch we were able to explore some nearby walking paths. The tour of Stirling Castle was definitely worth doing. Overall we got some great pictures and the weather was really nice for the time of year. Our guide Jim shared a lot of information about the area and the history of Scotland, which made the drive more enjoyable.

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March 25, 2023

We had a lovely time, Jim our tour guide was exceptional as he explained a lot for us during our travel. He made our journey very enjoyable and we were taken aback from the beautiful scenery Edinburgh and Scotland had to offer. Thank you Jim and thank you to the tour company for facilitating it all. Vas and Eleni.

March 25, 2023

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