About The Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Day Tour:
Travel from Edinburgh city centre to the gateways of the Highlands on this exciting full day tour. Your journey will be helmed by a passionate Rabbies tour guide who's professionally versed in the geography, landmarks and history of the region. Famous Scottish heroes such as Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace will all be explored as you visit areas of legendary significance and natural beauty.
There will be plenty of chances to get out on foot during this tour. Walk along the banks of Loch Lomond, see the Falkirk Kelpies, follow in the footsteps of Rob Roy MacGregor, and stop for refreshments at the welcoming local inns.
- All Year Round, Daily.
- Live English-speaking guide.
- Depart: 09:15.
- Return: 18:15.
- Rabbie's Café. 16/28 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.
- Approximately 9 hours.
- Lunch And Refreshments.
- Visitor Attraction Admission Fees.
Tour Route Details:
Start your tour at by boarding one of Rabbies' luxury Mercedes mini-coaches at Waterloo Place in the heart of Edinburgh. Here you'll meet your fellow travellers and a friendly guide will introduce the itinerary ahead.
The first leg of the tour takes you to the shores of Loch Lomond via Linlithgow Palace (birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots) and the Falkirk Kelpies. You won't be visiting Linlithgow Palace on foot, but the coach will make a stopover at the Kelpies Monument. This local icon consists of two enormous horse-head sculptures each wrought from 300 tonnes of stainless steel. Together they represent the animal's vital role in Scotland's 19th century industrialisation.
Leaving the Kelpies you'll soon arrive on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Feel free to stretch your legs and take a leisurely stroll along the eastern shores. Note that there are other walking trails leading from the loch that allow you to follow in the footsteps of one of Scotland's most famous folk heroes, Rob Roy MacGregor.
From Loch Lomond you'll proceed onto The Trossachs National Park. Here your guide will recount thrilling stories associated with the area. The Trossachs are sometimes called 'The Highlands in Miniature', as its rugged and lovingly preserved landscape straddles the Highland fault line that separates the cultural and geographical North from the lowlands.
Following a pause for lunch you'll pay a visit to Stirling Castle, from whose ramparts the nearby Wallace Monument is clearly visible. After you've had time to explore the inside of the fortress you'll return to the coach for the return journey to Edinburgh.