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Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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

Overview

See Stirling Castle, the Kelpies monument, and Loch Lomond on this day trip from Edinburgh. Pass Linlithgow Palace on the way to the Kelpies, said to be the largest equine sculptures in the world. Then travel through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, where you can join your guide on a nature walk, before heading to Stirling Castle for an optional interior tour (own expense). This small-group tour in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach is limited to 16 passengers for a memorable experience.
  • Full-day trip to Loch Lomond, The Kelpies, and Stirling Castle from Edinburgh
  • Scenic drive past villages, lochs, and mountain vistas with an optional nature walk led by a guide
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
  • Travel by a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
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Professional driver/guide
Transport by top of the range Mercedes minicoach
Small group tour (16 people max) for a more personal experience
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Admission fees to attractions

Departure Point

6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK

6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

Departure Time

9:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide in central Edinburgh and travel in a top of the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach to the Kelpies, passing Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, on the way.

Stop at the Kelpies monument for an up-close look at the 30-meter high horse heads. The sculptures stand as a testament to the horsepower that drove the industrial development of central Scotland.

Afterward, take a back road to Loch Lomond, traveling through the protected lands of Scotland’s first national park: Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Follow a scenic route along the 22-mile-long (35-km) loch’s eastern shore, which is dominated by the oft-climbed Ben Lomond.

Then travel to where the Lowlands meet the Highlands, into the Trossachs or ‘The Highlands in Miniature’. Take in a stunning landscape of steep mountains, shimmering lochs, and thick forests on a nature walk with your guide.

Break for lunch (own expense) in the village of Aberfoyle, located within the National Park, before continuing to the city of Stirling, where you can visit one of Scotland’s most magnificent castles. Opt to take an interior tour independently (own expense) to learn about the castle's history.

Your small-group day trip concludes with the return drive to Edinburgh.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Rabbie's Cafe Bar
Meet here for boarding 15 mins before the published departure time.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Kelpies & The Helix
On the way to Loch Lomond you stop at the Kelpies Monument. These two horses’ heads stand as a testament to the horse power that drove the industrial development of Central Scotland.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Stirling Castle
Choose to step inside and learn about the most important battles in Scottish history.
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: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years old.
  • 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
  • Check in closes 15 minutes prior to departure
  • 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
  • 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 Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The tour departs from Rabbie's Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle 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 Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle 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 Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle 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 Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for lunch, optional admission tickets, etc.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are admission fees included in the Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle 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 Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle 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 Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle 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 Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle 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 Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle 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 Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle 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 Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
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 Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
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 Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
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 Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.

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Traveler Tips


  • "A very relaxing tour and highly recommended to anyone wanting to get a quick lay of the land." See review
  • "There was a walking tour around the Loch that was quite slippery and probably wasn't necessary, next time I wouldn't do that portion." See review

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star-5
Amazing
Michael_G
, Nov 2021
The whole trip was memorable. Loch Lomond was stunning and The Kelpies at night spectacular! Would definitely recommend. A must do!
star-5
Great trip =]
Jesswaistnidge
, Nov 2021
The trip was very well organised. We enjoyed all of the stops that we did. Our tour guide was really knowledgeable and approachable.
star-5
A little taste of all in one Day Tour
Anne_B
, Nov 2021
The driver-guide-story teller, Eric, the Silver Fox, made this journey very intereresting and educative, always with a twist. Loch Lomond was absolutely stunning, the highlight of this trip. We wished we had stopped there longer for a longer hike, and would have skipped The Kelpies without hesitation.
star-5
Fun and beautiful day trip
Isabella_N
, Oct 2021
Great trip and our guide Ashleigh was amazing and super knowledgable! Great day trip for people wanting to experience the history and beauty of Scotland!
star-5
Excellent tour
Dawn_W
, Oct 2021
Our guide Jim Divine was superb, regailing us with the history of Edinburgh, William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, Robert the Bruce which certainly brought the history and how gory the times were back then. I would highly recommend this tour when you come to Edinburgh.
star-5
GAVIN THE GREAT!
Raymond_N
, Oct 2021
Great guide named Galvin I’ll ask for him in person on my next tour. Don’t wait book it as he was flexible with the group, weather and timeline giving us a treat of special sunset spot to highlight the tour. 10 stars!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Go for this tour! You will enjoy with the help of the tourguide.
Maritess_C
, Oct 2021
Jim Scotts was an incredible tour guide. The journey was not boring at all. He even gave suggestions of what and where to eat which is a big help for us tourists. I have learned different histories of some places we had been despite the weather.
star-5
Breath taking loch lomond
Imran_H
, Oct 2021
Our trip guide was awesome. Full of info. We had other travelers. But they didn’t show up. So it became a private tour for me and my wife. But as they promised even with one traveler they wont cancel the trip. They kept their promise. Anyone should take this opportunity to see the beauty of loch lomond, magnificence of kelpies and stirling Castle. I would suggest if you can take your lunch box with you prior to starting the trip. And request everyone with you to spend less time for lunch break and spend more time in balmaha beach.
star-5
Wonderful day in Scotland.
Diane_S
, Oct 2021
Our guide changed our route on the tour and took us through the most beautiful route on the way to The Loch. Gave us plenty of time for Stirling Castle, lunch and the Kelpies. She also was well informed about all aspects of the tour and the stories were great
star-5
Beautiful sites and short hike.
Emily_S
, Oct 2021
We toured with Duncan and had a wonderful time. He shared historical and interesting facts during our drive and got us started on a great walk along Loch Lamond. He always gave alternatives to those that didn't want a hike or castle tour which we appreciated. The hike was easy and through a lovely wooded area along the side of the loch. We enjoyed our time in Stirling Castle and the beautiful sites along the way as we drove. Bus was comfortable and plenty of frequent stops to stretch your legs. Lunch stop had options for sit town or to go food and some shops to tour. The highlight of our tour was the Kelpies as one in our party was a horse lover. They were rally amazing!

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