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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
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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

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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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
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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
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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
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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
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

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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

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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

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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!!
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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.
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star-5
Great experience
Ron
, Mar 2020
The trip around was very good, and the timing was absolutely perfect... small group permits a better mgmt of time... The Driver was respectful and friendly
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star-5
Iconic tour
Jessica_LA_CA
, Dec 2019
This tour was so amazing. Our guide waited for us! We were a bit confused on where to meet and they let him know. Our guide knew so much about scotland and it was amazing to hear everything he had to say. Sterling castle was brilliant! I love the history there and was thrilled to explore the castle. They also have free tours at the castle so when you stop you dont have to pay for an audio guide. Loch Lohman and all of the lakes were stunning. I now can see why so many ports wrote about them. I dont drink but it was fascinating to learn about how scotch is made! I really enjoyed this tour and would love to do a similar one in another country soon.
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star-5
Relaxed, slow and unhurried, an experience to remember
Climber80122
, Oct 2019
The highlight of the trip was definitely the visit to the Glengoyne distillery,our driver Graham was amazing, full of fun trivia about the history of Scotland and he played some lovely Celtic songs en route to the various points on the itinerary. Please definitely go on this trip
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star-5
Fantastic day!
Melissa B
, Aug 2019
Did this day trip alone and had an amazing day! The driver Stevie was funny, knowledgeable and professional. He told just the right amounts of history so that the trip was interesting and enjoyable without feeling like a history lecture. The tours were beautiful. The bus stopped for great pictures of Stirling castle he took us up to a small cove for beautiful pictures of Loch Lomond and the highlands. The Glengoyne tour at the end was well worth it. I recommend the Wee Tour with two drams. Highly recommend this trip overall! A fantastic way to spend a day and not tiring like many day tours.
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Unhelpful and useless operator staff
Dida K
, Aug 2019
We were late 15 min due to blocked streets and detours and although we were on the phone with operator they would not hold the bus for 5 min on top of 10 min courtesy time...rude and unprofessional...i fell carrying my child running to their bus in the drizzle for a 6 min walk or 1 min drive Advise for all travelers with young and elderly on your group, or with reduced mobility..do not book eith Rabbies..they dont care for you, will leave you stranded, will hang up on yu and their manager will tell you she disagrees one has to follow a road detour...totally umacceptable customer service.. And all this for 5 extra minutes..
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star-5
Historical Stirling Castle
Rochelle B
, Aug 2019
Historical, brightly colorful. Lovely castle guide, Lucy. Great whiskey. Informative engaging guide.
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A wonderful trip!
Tracey K
, Jul 2019
This tour was awesome. Ben was full of interesting tales and we had plenty of time at all stops. We even stopped to see some Highland Cows. It was a great unexpected treat.
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star-5
Excellent experience
kevin0reilly
, Jun 2019
Very enjoyable day, great driver/ guide. Loved Stirling Castle. The scenery was beautiful. We would certainly recommend to others.
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