The Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle & the Kelpies is a one day coach tour from Edinburgh. You are taken sightseeing to Loch Lomond, the Trossachs National Park and Stirling Castle. You will be introduced to the land and legends of Scottish heroes William Wallace and Rob Roy. Begin with a memorable visit to Stirling Castle and finish off with a spectacular cruise across Loch Lomond.
Departing Edinburgh, you travel westwards for the first stop of the day at 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.* Enjoy the spectacular views of the loch’s many islands and surrounding mountains.
Continue on Loch Lomond Stirling Castle & The Kelpies through the Trossachs National Park, also known as ‘the Highlands in Miniature’ for its abundance of lochs, mountains and forests. It’s also famous for the legendary outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor. You will spend time exploring the area before stopping for lunch in a small village immersed in its beautiful surroundings.
After lunch, you make your way through the town of Callander. We pass the medieval Doune Castle before making a final stop of the day at Stirling Castle*. The site is one of Scotland’s most historically significant fortresses. It sits high on volcanic rock and offering wonderful views of the surrounding landscape.
You will have time to visit the castle and learn of the exploits of key historical figures including William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. With lots of interesting things to see and do here, the Stirling Castle experience is a must for any visitor to Scotland. Your final stop of the day is at the majestic Kelpies. These 30 metre high equine sculptures representing shape-shifting water spirits. Enjoy time for photos before you return to Edinburgh.
Please note: The Loch Lomond Stirling Castle & the Kelpies tour may run in reverse.
Your tour departs from outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.
Check-in opens 15 minutes prior to the stated departure time and closes 5 minutes prior to the stated departure time. We recommend that all passengers arrive in this window as tours must depart on schedule.
No, optional extras are not included in the tour price.
The price of your one day tour from Edinburgh includes the services of a friendly, knowledgeable and experienced Driver-Guide, and transportation on one of our luxury, modern, air-conditioned coaches.
All optional extras - attraction entrance fees, loch cruises, food and drinks, etc - are not included in the price of your tour.
Optional extras for your tour (From April 2021) are as follows:
Stirling Castle: £14.00 adults, £11.52 seniors, £8.64 children
Loch Lomond Cruise: £12.50 adults, £11 youth, £8 children
Yes, the tour is in English.
Your tour will be taken by an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly English-speaking Driver-Guide.
Digital translations are available for this tour in the following languages: French|German|Spanish|Portuguese|Italian|Russian|
Please bring your own face covering with you. Hand sanitiser will be provided on the coach, but we recommend bringing your own with you.
We recommend you bring warm and/or waterproof clothing, wear comfortable walking shoes and take sun-block or a hat for sunny days.
Don't forget your camera to capture all the lovely scenery and wildlife you'll encounter on your tour!
Since we cannot allow hot food on our buses you could also bring a cold packed lunch with you to make the most of your time at each stop, this would be particularly time-saving in the busier months!
Children over 4 years old are welcome on this tour. Children aged between 4-16yrs are eligible for the concessionary rate.
Unfortunately, children under the age of 4 are not permitted on this tour.
"Oh ye'll tak' the high road an I'll tak' the low road
And I'll get to Scotland afore ye;
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond"
The famous Scottish song, "The Bonnie Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond" speaks about two Scottish soldiers stuck in a foreign prison. One of the soldiers has been released, but the one singing the song has been sentenced to death.
The lines, "You take the high road and I'll take the low road" refer to a popular celtic belief, where the low road is the path to the underworld. Once the soldier has died, a fairy will safely guide his spirit back to his homeland, Scotland.
Some of the locations may cause accessibility issues due to their geography and architecture.