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Our most recommended North East Scotland Cruises & Boat Tours

Loch Lomond: Island Discovery 2-Hour Cruise

1. Loch Lomond: Island Discovery 2-Hour Cruise

Discover the legends and secrets of the islands of Loch Lomond, known as “the jewels in her crown.” Learn the history and the legend of Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas, while enjoying some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. This leisurely 2-hour circular cruise passes the world-famous Loch Lomond Golf Club and explores the middle island of Loch Lomond, sailing through an area known to locals as "The Narrows", and continues onwards to the village of Luss.   Enjoy cruise commentary by famed historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver, best known from BBC's "Coast" and "A History of Scotland." The luxurious and smooth passenger boats offer excellent viewing, opened and closed deck space, and full bar facilities.  

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From Glasgow: Loch Lomond, Trossachs & Stirling Castle Tour

2. 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 landscape. You will have time to visit the castle and learn of the exploits of key historic figures including William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Mary Queen of Scots. With plenty of interesting things to see and do, the Stirling Castle experience is well worth a visit. You then make your way back to Glasgow. Please note: the Loch Lomond cruise is only available in winter for groups of 6 and over. If this number is not met, an alternative stop will be offered.

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From Glasgow: Loch Lomond and Whisky Full-Day Tour

3. From Glasgow: Loch Lomond and Whisky Full-Day Tour

Meet your guide in Glasgow and travel the short distance towards Loch Lomond, one of the largest lochs in Scotland. Stop on the southern shore of the loch, where you can choose to join a 1-hour boat cruise and enjoy views of the surrounding mountains and castles. Those who wish to remain on dry land can admire the stunning landscape from the shore. The next stop is in the picturesque conservation village of Luss. Walk around the center and take photos of quaint cottages, or stroll along a little beach on the bank of Loch Lomond and admire the view of Ben Lomond. There will be plenty of time for you to enjoy lunch here. After a day filled with mountain air, lochs, and forests, travel back to Glasgow’s Clydeside Whisky Distillery. Located in the famous Queen’s Dock, this state-of-the-art distillery brings the production of single malt back to the city. Take a tour and see how this whiskey is distilled from grain to glass. If you’re not a whiskey fan, your guide can drop you off at Buchanan Bus Station earlier, so you can explore the city’s vibrant bars and music venues.

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Loch Lomond: Evening Cruise

4. Loch Lomond: Evening Cruise

There is perhaps no sight more spectacular than the sun setting on Loch Lomond and this cruise affords you the opportunity to experience it for yourself. Hop aboard for this magical way to end any day.  Depart from Balloch village and set sail beyond the stately homes of historic Scottish industrialists, all within view of Ben Lomond, Scotland's most southerly Munro. From there, continue towards the world-famous Ross Dhu House and Loch Lomond Golf course, past Inchmurrin Island, the largest inland island in Great Britain and home to the ruins of the 12th-century Lennox Castle. Learn the history and the legend of Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas, while enjoying some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. Enjoy cruise commentary by famed historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver, best known from BBC's "Coast" and "A History of Scotland." The luxurious and smooth passenger boats offer excellent viewing, opened and closed deck space and full bar facilities.  

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From Glasgow: Stirling Castle & Loch Lomond Tour

5. From Glasgow: Stirling Castle & Loch Lomond Tour

Immerse yourself in the lush nature of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and visit nearby towns before entering the hustle and bustle in the historic city of Stirling to see Stirling Castle. This tour takes off from Glasgow and offers an optional cruise at Loch Lomond. Departing Glasgow, it’s a short drive to the conservation village of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond. The village is known for the small, picturesque cottages that line the cobbled streets. Views over Loch Lomond provide a great photo opportunity too. Luss’ church attracts many visitors, with many hoping to spot the Viking hogback grave within the grounds. At this point, you can choose to sail the waters of Loch Lomond on an optional 90-minute cruise that provides additional commentary about the area. Heading deeper into the Trossachs National Park is Duke’s Pass, a winding road through spectacular scenery. Take time to capture the beauty of the area before traveling into Callender for an optional lunch. This bustling town has shops, cafes, and tearooms to explore. The final stop is in the historic city of Stirling. Overlooking the city is Stirling Castle, home to many Scottish royals and one of the most visited castles in the country. Choose to purchase entry tickets to the castle or enjoy the exterior views and explore the other historic treats the city has to offer. Later, return to Glasgow.

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What people are saying about North East Scotland

Well organised trip with efficient, friendly staff. Interesting guide (voiceover) during the two hour excursion. Simple bar available downstairs serving basic drinks and snacks.

A fantastic cruise around Loch Lomond. 2 hours of learning more about the Loch and the islands. Some incredible vistas to be seen from the comfort of the boat.

Fab 2 hour journey of Loch Lomond, thoroughly recommend. Have been coming here for years and saw sights hadn’t seen before and the scenery is beautiful.

Very well organised and covid safe. Boat was warm and comfortable. Information provided during trip.

Well organised trip with informative driver. Plenty of time to enjoy the different stops.