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Day Trip to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with Optional Stirling Castle Tour from Edinburgh

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Take a day trip from Edinburgh to the beautiful Scottish Highlands and get to know Loch Lomond, Trossachs National Park and Stirling Castle. The remote region is home to spectacular natural scenery with picturesque dales, mountains and lochs as well as quaint villages. After visiting the banks of Loch Lomond and exploring the Trossachs National Park, continue to the city of Stirling. Discover Stirling Castle on a tour (entrance own expense), and then return to Edinburgh via a stop at the Kelpies.
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Highland Explorer Tours
60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
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    Stop: 60 minutes -
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    Stirling Castle
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission excluded
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  • 3
    The Kelpies
    Stop: 40 minutes -
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You'll return to the starting point
  • Magnificent views of Lake Lomond, The Kelpies, and The Trossachs mountains
  • Explore historic Stirling and enjoy an optional visit to Stirling Castle
  • Live onboard commentary ensures you don’t miss anything 
  • Comfortable round-trip transport from Edinburgh
What to Expect
Make your way to Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and travel by air-conditioned coach toward Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Take the scenic route, winding through the mountains and stopping to admire views of the sweeping glens, heather-covered moors, and glittering lakes. Arrive to Balmaha, on the shores of Loch Lomond and hop out to soak up the scenery, take a walk along the lakeside, and visit one of the lakeside villages. After lunch (own expense), visit the historic town of Stirling, where the star attraction is the mighty Stirling Castle. Choose to tour the castle (own expense) and follow in the footsteps of royals like James V and Mary, Queen of Scots, or stroll through the castle gardens and take in views of the medieval fortress and Stirling Bridge. Make a final stop to see the Kelpies, a gigantic equine sculpture on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal, before returning to Edinburgh where your tour ends back at the starting point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Highland Explorer Tours, 60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
Departure Time
8:45 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fee to Stirling Castle (approximately £15 for an adult)
  • Entry/Admission - Stirling Castle
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 22 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Spent the day on this wonderful tour with three kids (all under 9) and three adults. Caitlin was our guide and was truly excellent; she made the trip. She had so much energy, and her story telling and her knowledge of Scottish history was exceptional. The stops along the way
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This was the best coach ride through out Ireland and Scotland. Graham being a local knew the history, best photo ops and had the best sense of humor. All in all my favorite coach experience. Marilyn Moore
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My wife and I took this yesterday and had a truly enjoyable day. Our guide / driver, Callum, was fantastic. His presentation and stories were a history lesson for us. No hesitation in recommending this tour.
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While in a work-trip to Edinburgh, I had only one day to spend out of town. I was lucky to have Calum for a guide to this lovely trip to Stirling & surroundings. The trip started with the impressive Kelpies (definitely worth seeing!), continued with a short walk around Loch
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Thoroughly enjoyed this trip with Callum who was very knowledgeable and a great guide. Loved the Kelpies and Callum walked us to a great vantage spot at Loch Lomond. Stirling Castle was great too- we had perfect weather so were very lucky. Well worth doing
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Response from Highland Explor... T, General Manager at Day Trip to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with Optional Stirling Castle Tour from Edinburgh
Responded 21 Aug 2019
Thanks for your review. It is brilliant to hear you had such a good time on tour with Calum. We hope to see you back in Scotland soon! Kind Regards, Emma
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Key Details
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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