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Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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iconOffered in: English
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Visit the royal stronghold of Stirling Castle and the majestic Loch Lomond on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Escape the city for a scenic drive through the countryside, stopping to snap photos of Highland cows, the Trossachs National Park, and Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. After touring the impressive Stirling Castle, soak up the scenery around Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest lake. Finish your Scottish experience sampling Scotch whisky at the acclaimed Glengoyne Distillery.
  • Full-day tour of Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond from Edinburgh
  • Visit the mighty Stirling Castle, one-time residence of Mary Queen of Scots
  • Admire the scenery in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
  • Sample a dram of Scotch whisky at the Glengoyne Distillery
  • Travel by air-conditioned Mercedes minivan
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience
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Live commentary on board
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Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes mini-coach
All entrance fees
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Waterloo Place , Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh, UK

This tour departs from Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3BQ. Please arrive no later than 08.30

8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Small group tour - maximum 16 passengers
  • Minimum age is 5 years old
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions (unless it is unsafe to do so), please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please inform us 7 days in advance if you are bringing a service animal
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Heart of Scotland Tours Ltd
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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Stirling Castle and Whisky 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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "This is tour is a great way to explore the Highlands." See review
  • "The small group tours really are the way to go." See review

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A Day Well Spent
Judith_S
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and flexible. He didn't waste a minute and filled in extra time with interesting stops along the way. Very well organized!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Stirling g trip
Margaret_K
, Sep 2021
Keith was a great trip guide. Funny informative and nothing was up much trouble. Enjoyed ye whole day !
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks for this nice 5 star review of Keith and your day out to Stirling Castle and Glengoyne Distillery.
star-5
Highly recommend this tour company
James_R
, Aug 2021
Keith was a great tour guide, he adapted the itinerary to meet what we wanted to do during the day and was very knowledgable about numerous areas of Scotland and their history. Would highly recommend Heart of Sctoland Tours ltd.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi James, thanks for your review which is much appreciated. Sounds like you had a great day out - Keith certainly did!
star-5
Sterling was “Sterling “!!
Perry_L
, Mar 2020
Graham , our guide did a great job ! The Castle was beautiful and the history is remarkable! The Highland and Whiskey distillery are nice !
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
One day trip outside Edinburgh
Laurence_T
, Mar 2020
We were a group of 11 looking for a one day trip around Edinburgh. The balance between time in the bus and time outside is perfect. The guide was really nice and very interesting. I definitely recommand this tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Stirling Castke
silverglate
, Feb 2020
Gregor was an amazing guide and the tour was an efficient way to see some of the areas most historical and beautiful sights. I would do this tour again. Great for kids
star-5
Great tour with a great guide.
ssipos89
, Feb 2020
Such a great tour. The meeting place was easy to find. The small group tours really are the way to go. They allow for more personalized and flexible tours. Our driver, Paul, was knowledge and friendly. He took us to a couple extra spots in addition to all the places in the description. It was a rainy but beautiful. The lunch spot was okay food but it was with good company. We had were given multiple photo stops. The distillery was interesting and the scotch was good. The castle was neat. We would definitely book with this company again and would definitely book with Paul again. Great guide.
star-5
Impressive tour
irinelrotar
, Jan 2020
Special many thanks to Paul, our driver and guide, which was so generous in giving many interesting info about places and Scottish tradition.
star-5
Such a good your!
Giuseppe S
, Jan 2020
It was very entertaining and informative tour mixing the history of Scotland and the battle around the castle with whisky and great views! Gregor was a great guide as well!
star-5
Stirling Castle and Glengoyne Distillery Tour
Sujatha M
, Dec 2019
The entire trip was a blast despite the rain. Alan was wonderful and extremely considerate. I was traveling with my elderly mum who is over 70 and can barely.walk but Alan was very understanding and helpful. His knowledge and the little snippets were interesting and unusual. An excellent tour - must travel by the wee bus at least once when you're in Edinburgh.
star-5
Graham = Awesome
Tyler2448
, Dec 2019
This tour is awesome, by far the highlight of our trip to Edinburgh and Scotland. Graham was very knowledgeable and made the day extremely fun. A class act that made this a memorable day. Take us back to the bonnie bonnie banks Graham!!
star-5
Worth it!
Loretta_G
, Dec 2019
Eddie our driver was very knowledgeable and made the time fly by. This is a well priced tour and although all tours seem a bit rushed, this one seems to split the time pretty fair. Stirling castle was amazing, wish we had more rime there. All in all, worth it!
star-5
Incredible Scotland day tour
Richard_S
, Nov 2019
Heart of Scotland tours, specifically our tour guide Graham, did an incredible job of encompassing the culture of Scotland throughout our tour. He was very knowledgeable in Scotland’s history and geography. We could not have asked for a better guide or tour overall!
star-5
A must do tour
Michele R
, Oct 2019
Loved this tour. Stirling Castle is magical and so full of history. And the whiskey distillery tour was great. Put your guideAlan was super knowledgeable and stopped a few extra times to let us take Beautlful pictures and added a lot to the tour. Highly recommend
star-5
Excellent day, wonderful guide
Julie_L
, Oct 2019
Our guide Paul adjusted the timetable for the group and the weather. It was a perfect way to see many things and learn a little about Scotland. Heartily recommend
star-5
Wee Red Bus is a must!
Sulli
, Oct 2019
The Wee Red Bus is a great small group tour! Graham offered a wonderful dialog with tons of historical details sprinkled with some fun trivia! Sterling Castle is a must see-- explore the most important castle in Scottish history. The guided tours are included with the price of admission, or explore on your own. View stunning Lochs and Glens and round out your day at the Glencoyne Distillery! Worth every penny- this was a highlight of our 12 day visit to Scotland...
star-5
Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond
ThomasL_C
, Oct 2019
We had a wonderful time. Our guide, Paul, was very pleasant and informative. Stirling Castle was beautiful, the highlands and Loch Lomond lovely. Would definitely recommend!
star-5
A really wonderful trip!
Explore47612782716
, Sep 2019
The tour with the Wee Red Bus was simply wonderful. Our tour guide and driver Graham told very interesting stories while driving at the same time - in my eyes a very complicated combination ;-) But he managed it just perfectly. The tour was exactly as described on the website. The stops at Stirling Castle, in Calendar, at Loch Lomond, the Distillery Glengoyne and even a short stop for taking photos from a small family of Highland Cows (Hamish, Honey and their daughter) were really interesting and enjoyable. Even the parts when we had to sit in the bus, driving through the magnificent landscape, were informative and very nice. Graham told us so many interesting stories, gave very much information about Scotland and its history - it was a real treat! THANK YOU, Graham! Since the weather was astonishingly good (sunny and warm) Graham also offered a special opportunity to take a 30 minutes walk along the Loch Lomond through the beautiful territory. This was in my eyes the best part of the whole journey. We thought we were somewhere at the Mediterranean Sea! Lovely! All in all we enjoyed this tour very much and look forward to coming back to Scotland soon!
star-5
A lovely tour
Ann_W
, Sep 2019
Paul was our tour guide and he was polite, had interesting information to share about all the sights and knew out of the mainstream places to get good views.
star-5
Great driver/guide
Karen_U
, Sep 2019
This trip was made truly successful because of our wee red bus driver. Unfortunately, we don’t recall her name. She was very informative and fun!

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