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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow

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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover Scotland’s dramatic landscape and even more dramatic history on this full-day tour from Glasgow. In a small group, wind through the Scottish Highlands to Stirling Castle, former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Hear about legendary battles that took place there, then continue on to Doune Castle and Trossachs National Park. Stroll around Loch Lomond and take an optional whisky tour of Glengoyne Distillery.
  • Full-day trip from Glasgow to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond
  • Small-group tour, via top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, ensures a personalized experience
  • Optional guided tour of Glengoyne Distillery, for an additional cost
  • See the unsurpassed beauty of the Scottish Highlands while traveling
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Driver/guide
Transport by air-conditioned mini-coach
Small group tour (max 16 people)
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Entrance fees to Stirling Castle and Glengoyne Distillery

Departure Point

Killermont St, Glasgow G2 3NW, UK

Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont Street, Glasgow G2 3NW (Tours will depart from a stance located between Stances 23 to 32).

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Leave behind the city and get a taste of Scotland off-the-beaten-path! Your full-day trip through the wild Scottish Highlands starts in central Glasgow. In the morning, gather with your small group and board a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach for the first short leg of your trip to Stirling. 

Disembark at Stirling Castle, a critical medieval stronghold that has perched atop its rocky summit since 1000 BC. The former residence of Scottish royals including Mary, Queen of Scots, the castle showcases fine architecture and furnishings, which you’re welcome to view with an optional tour (own expense). 

Afterwards, head into the wild country, passing Doune Castle and Callander en route to Trossachs National Park. As your coach travels through rolling hills and green pastures, your expert guide shares fascinating true and fictitious tales about local figures like William Wallace, Rob Roy MacGregor, and the illustrious Robin Hood. 

Then head to Loch Lomond, the last stop on your trip. Stroll on the banks of this tranquil lake and pop into the rustic Glengoyne whisky distillery. Buy yourself a tour and nip of local whisky, or just visit the shop. 

Your full-day trip concludes with evening drop-off at the departure point in Glasgow.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Stirling Castle
The “Key to Scotland”, this impressive castle offers a dominating view of the area around it from its impregnable walls.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Loch Lomond
One of Scotland’s largest lochs. Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Glengoyne Distillery
Savour the tastes of this fabulous distillery’s unique barley drying technique, utilising warm air rather than peat smoke.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Min. age 5 years old. We do not accept children under the age of 5 years.
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please arrive 15-mins in advance to check-in.
  • In order to retain the integrity of the tour and try to ensure that all our customers have the best possible experience, we do cap bookings from any one party to 8 passengers.
  • Stirling Castle – We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Glengoyne Distillery – We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour?
A:The tour departs from the Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont Street, Glasgow.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour?
A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour?
A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage with me on the Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour?
A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour?
A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for food, optional admission tickets, etc.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are admission fees included in the Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour?
A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of vehicle is used during the Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour?
A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring a wheelchair on the Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour?
A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available on the bus during the Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour?
A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour?
A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.
Jun 2021
Q:
Should I bring my own lunch during the Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour?
A:There is no need to bring lunch. The group will make a lunch stop where you can purchase a meal suitable to your taste and budget.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Note the entry fees to attractions are not included - but well worth the extra cost paid on the day." See review
  • "Be sure to check out the various galleries, especially the one that displays the ceiling bosses from the time of King James." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Stuart our tour guide was...
Rosmita_B
, Nov 2021
Stuart our tour guide was very good. Told stories about Scotland, muvies, food (Haggis) and whiskey. Very good experience. Glimpses of Highlands and finished the tour with whisky 🥃 tour and tasting.
star-4
Music and History all in one day! Great Fun!
Beth_C
, Oct 2021
Music and history with John, our guide! We had a wonderful day with John and 2 others in our group. John kept us entertained and shared the history of Stirling Castle as well as that of Loch Lomond. Thank you for an unscheduled pit stop near Duone Castle!
star-4
A great day trip
Joy_E
, Oct 2021
We really enjoyed this trip. It was a real shame about the rain as it meant we could not see much if the Loch. Plenty of time at Stirling Castle and the Distillery Tour was really good.
star-5
Great time
grace_k
, Oct 2021
we were running late and we missed our trip for 9 am, but the team were so lovely and accommodating that they booked us onto the next available tour. we had such a wonderful time and the tour guide (allan) made it extra favorable due to his humor and interesting stories that go with each place we visited. Highly recommend.
star-5
Stirling Castle and Distillery Tour
Neil_J
, Oct 2021
Stevie our guide was great; friendly and knowledgable. It was a very well paced tour with plenty of time at each location; we were never rushed. Loved Stirling Castle, Callander and Loch Lomond and the Distillery Tour was brilliant. Would definitely go on another tour when we next return to Glasgow. I prefer smaller tour groups and it is a great way to appreciate the scenery. Well recommended.
star-5
Thank you Bobby!!
Claudia_N
, Oct 2021
We are from Germany,the tourguide Bobby was great!We understood nearly everything.A great plearure to learn a lot about country and people…great experiance in the castle!Very interactive!!!We LinkedIn the destillery aswell!The Whisky 🥃 tasting was very good!
star-5
Wonderful Experience!
Timothy_C
, Aug 2021
Stevie was so wonderful as our driver and guide on our day trip to Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond, and the Glengoyne Distillery! He was fun and took care to make sure to recommend some wonderful places for lunch and even had us singing along to some great Scottish songs! The tour was excellent overall and the group was small enough that it felt like we were having a private tour.
star-4
Third amazing day trip in Scotland!
DragosCiprian_A
, Aug 2021
Stirling Castle was fabulous! A lot of beautiful places in our way to Loch Lomond, the bigest loch of Scotland. At the Glengoyne Distillery we tasted 10 & 18 years old whiskey and we learned production process. Thank you Bobby, our super guide in this wonderful trip!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour guide Ben and his tour
michael_k
, Jul 2021
Ben my tour guide was GREAT the best of the best GREAT person so helpful, knowledgeable, fun, supportive. I learn alot about Scottish history, loch lomond, history of sterling castle. If you get Ben as your tour guide you will enjoy your day and learn alot!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Fantastic
Rita_B
, Jul 2021
Guide Ben was amazing! He knew all about history and loads of interesting stories. He is great entertainer as well.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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