Loch Ness, Glen Coe & the Highlands. On this tour, drive the full length of Loch Ness, get the opportunity to cruise on the loch and explore Urquhart Castle, and pass through Cairngorms National Park and the stunning Glen Coe.
Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky
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- Child aged 3 to 15 inclusive, prices from:
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A Drive Through Historic Castles, Stunning Lochs and Perfect Drams
This is the Scottish experience ‘distilled’. It gives you a taste of three classic Scottish ingredients — castles, lochs and whisky. Departing from Edinburgh and done at a relaxed pace, it’s perfect for anyone who really wants to savour the true flavour of Scotland.
- Stirling: Explore the magnificent castle* or wander the historic streets that surround it.
- Loch Lomond: Drive through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. View the UK’s largest expanse of fresh water from the best spots.
- Clydeside Distillery: Learn how whisky is made and try a few drams*
A Perfect Mix of All Things Scottish: Castles, Lochs and Whisky!
A taste of Scottish Spirit at Clydeside…
As we travel west from Edinburgh, our first stop of the tour is at one of Scotland’s Scotch Whisky Distilleries. With 44 bottles of Scotch Whisky exported every second to markets all over the world, no visit to Scotland is complete without learning how they product this iconic drink. We will visit the Clydeside distillery in the city of Glasgow. Here you will learn the process of how they create the perfect dram, and you can taste a couple too!
Wildlife, hiking and picturesque lochside scenery…
We will then make our way to our lunch stop for the day, which will either be in Aberfoyle or Balmaha. Aberfoyle is a small holiday village at the southern edge of the West Highland Fault and the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. There are many varied things to explore here, so there is something for everyone. If you are interested in wildlife, why not watch a sheepdog demonstration, learn about the sheep in the area or witness duck herding? If you prefer, take the opportunity to explore the beautiful village. Wander around the shops and be sure to not miss the woollen mill.
Finishing off our time in Loch Lomond, we visit the beautiful lochside village of Balmaha, where you can take a short but steep hike up to Craigie Fort to enjoy stunning views of the loch or enjoy the bonnie banks on flat ground. Remember to bring suitable shoes for walking so you do not miss out! Be sure to visit the information centre to learn more about the history of Balmaha and the surrounding area.
Learn about the real-life Braveheart…
Then, as you are travelling through Stirlingshire, your guide will bring to life the turbulent times of William Wallace, the famous Scottish knight, and as you pass the stunning scenery, your guide will explain his link to this area. You may recognise his story from the film ‘Braveheart.’
Explore Stirling Castle and City…
Next, we’ll stop at the beautiful city of Stirling for about two hours. Stirling is a historic market town and has a wealth of treasures to explore. You’ll have ample time to visit the stunning Stirling Castle*, one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland. Most notably, Mary Queen of Scots was coronated here. If you prefer something a little different, why not visit the new gin distillery or take a stroll through the beautiful and ancient streets that make up the medieval old town? As you discover this ancient town, learn why it is known proverbially as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’.
Discover the mysterious Kelpies…
As you drive southeast out of Stirling, you can marvel as you pass the engineering feat that are The Kelpies, two 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures made by sculptor Andy Scott. These sculptures are based on the mythical shape-changing water creatures who disguise themselves as horses. Learn the rest of the story and why these sculptures are where they are today from your knowledgeable driver-guide.
*Once you have booked the tour we will be in touch with the timings to book entrance into Stirling Castle & the Distillery, please do not book until we have confirmed the right time to do so.
**Please note that on occasion this tour may operate in reverse order
- No matter when you visit, the weather in Scotland can be “changeable”, to say the least. We suggest that you bring suitable clothing for all conditions, including a waterproof jacket (it has been known to rain in Scotland), sunglasses and plenty of layers.
- Ensure you bring shoes suitable for short walks, on rough or uneven terrain.
- Although most attractions & eating establishments we visit accept card payments, we would also recommend bringing cash with you.
- Don’t forget a camera to snap the fantastic memories you’ll make on tour with us!
- Please limit your luggage to 1 x small/medium piece per person (no more than 15kg), along with 1 x small handbag or daypack.