1-Day Highland Lochs, Castles & Whisky
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Highlights of our Highland Lochs, Stirling Castle & Whisky Day Tour:
- Take in the spectacular scenery of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
- Follow in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace at Stirling Castle
- An optional whisky-tasting tour at a traditional Whisky Distillery
- Our exclusive, top-secret, ‘Hairy Coo Off-Road Safari’, feeding the ‘Hairy Coos‘ (if we can find them!)
- Visit the impressive ‘Kelpies’, the largest equine statues in the world
- Experience Loch Katrine, inspiration for Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Lady of the Lake’
- See Doune Castle, filming location for ‘Monty Python’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Outlander’.
- Take beautiful nature walks to secret waterfalls and see Highland wildlife
- 5*-rated experienced Scottish guides
- Tour Departs Edinburgh @ 8:15am, Returns 6:30pm
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Adults (18+): £39
Full-Time Students (18+): £33
Children/Youth (7 – 17 years): £30
NEW FOR 2017!!! This Classic Highlands Tour is similar to our ‘FREE Scottish Highlands Tour’, but with added optional visits to STIRLING CASTLE, and Deanston WHISKY DISTILLERY. You also have the added benefit of choosing from 7 different departure points around the city. Witness the majesty of the ‘LOCH LOMOND & THE TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK’, the Lochs, Mountains and Glens of the beautiful Trossachs, and get up close and personal to some of our HAIRY HIGHLAND COOS!
This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to get a sample of the extraordinary wilderness of the Scottish Highlands, as well as the visiting Stirling Castle (or alternatively, ‘The Wallace Monument’, Stirling) & visit a working Whisky Distillery in the village of DEANSTON (or alternatively, DOUNE CASTLE – from Game of Thrones/Monty Python (Holy Grail)/Outlander TV Series).
With small group sizes, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee (or your money back), you can rely on us for the highest quality experience.
This brand new tour runs every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday beginning June 2017!
Explore Stirling Castle, the Highlands and a working Scotch Whisky-Distillery. See beautiful Mountains, Waterfalls, Lochs, Castles and our famous Highland Cows (Hairy Coos!!!) in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Visit ‘Game of Thrones’/Outlander/Monty Python’s’ Doune Castle.
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“An unforgettable experience!” said Christina G. “I’ve learnt so many interesting things. I’ve seen breathtaking landscapes. And I laughed so much!! An experience I will never forget.”
We depart the historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh and make our way up the Forth Valley towards Stirling. You’ll stop at the spectacular Kelpies – 30-foot high metal equine sculptures, built at the entrance to Forth and Clyde Canals as a tribute to Central Scotland’s industrial past. You’ll see why the Kelpies are fast becoming one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks and the perfect spot for photographs.
10:00 am: Stirling Castle is the most important castle in Scottish history, due to its important location where the Lowlands meet Highlands. Scottish (…and sometimes English) armies throughout history stopped advancing armies from every direction. Hear tales of the famous battles fought at Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn during the Wars of Independence, as William Wallace then Robert the Bruce led the Scottish army to unlikely victories, the inspiration for the movie ‘Braveheart’. There are over 900 years of history within the walls of this castle, one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions, which come alive as you explore its great halls, dungeons and narrows wynds. (Castle Entry Optional)
You’ll have 90 minutes to tour the Castle, or alternatively, visit the Wallace Monument, or explore Stirling’s Old Town, before you continue north towards the Highlands.
12:00 pm: You’ll then visit the beautiful Lake of Menteith, Scotland’s only Lake, with stunning views of the magnificent ‘Ben Lomond’.
12:30 pm: You’ll have lunch in the Highland village of Aberfoyle, before we go over the famous ‘Duke’s Pass‘, stopping for photos of the beautiful views before we meet our famous herd of ‘Hairy Coos‘ (Highland Cows)!These magnificent yak-like creatures are native to Scotland, and they love to pose for your photographs!
1:45 pm: You’ll enjoy a short nature walk through the forest to ‘Little Fawn Falls’, a beautiful little waterfall in the heart of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs’ National Park.
3:00 pm: At Loch Katrine, experience the beautiful scenery which inspired Sir Walter Scott’s poem The Lady of the Lake. Your tour guide will entertain you with the story of “The Scottish Robin Hood”, the most famous Highlander in history, ‘Rob Roy MacGregor‘, who was born and lived at Loch Katrine. Go for a short walk along the banks of this famous Loch, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Highlands, and get some stunning photographs, before we begin to make our way south.
Afternoon Option 1:
4:00 pm You’ll arrive at Deanston Distillery, located on the banks of the beautiful River Teith. Take an optional 45-minute tour of the working distillery. Experience the whisky-making process from beginning to end, and learn why Scotch is such a world-renowned spirit. The tour finishes with a short whisky-tasting. (£8.00 per adult)
Afternoon Option 2:
4:00 pm Alternatively, you can visit the nearby Doune Castle, dating from the 14th century, and a filming location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones and Outlander. You’ll have 45 minutes to tour this castle if you’d prefer this option. (Castle entry £6.00 per adult/£3.60 per child)
At 6.30pm, you arrive back in Edinburgh city centre, guaranteed to feel the same as these happy visitors…
“Me and my husband enjoyed our day in the Hairy Coo bus. Donald knows everything there is to know about the scenery, the history and the people involved…We learned a lot about the history of Scotland and he even throws in a personal story every now and then. We loved his sarcastic humor and would recommend this tour to anyone.”
– Lenie777, Amsterdam
“We absolutely loved the tour, despite the rainy weather running thru almost the whole day. The tour was on time; our guide, Alistair, was considerate and fun and full of stories plus experiences to share with anyone who cared to ask. We all had a decent amount of time at every attraction plus explanation on the places beforehand.”
– Khanh Nguyen
99.97% of our guests would recommend us to a friend.
Why not book now and see for yourself? Want to see what it’s like on a tour with us? Watch our wee tour video below for a flavour of our day tours and hear from some of our guests on their experience/s:
If you are unhappy with any part of this Highland adventure, you’re given a full refund. No questions asked.
You can cancel all our tours without penalty. All we need from you is 3 days’/72 hours notice in writing. You have nothing to lose. Our ‘Easy-To-Cancel’ policy means that if your plans change, no problem, email us your booking details at least 72 hours’/3 days before the tour departs, and we’ll cancel your booking and refund your money. So you can book now, guarantee your place for your preferred date, and cancel later if need be.
Better book now though. Places fill fast for this trip.
Choose Your Departure Point:
Our bus departs Edinburgh from our final departure point at 08.30am. You can choose from 4 different city-centre departure points. No need to tell us which one you plan on joining the tour, simply choose the one most convenient for your accommodation, be at the right place, at the right time, and jump on!
Please arrive at the departure point nearest your accommodation at least 5 minutes before the designated time. You DO NOT need to confirm your departure point choice ahead of the tour.
A map showing all departure points and times is shown below, click on the coloured pins to show the exact times and locations:
A – 8.00am – Leith Links. (East Hermitage Place, Bus Stop outside Merith House Hotel, post/zip code: EH6 8AF)
B – 8.15am – Royal Mile, 459-461 Lawnmarket. (Bus Stop @ ‘HeritageOfScotland.com Shop’, 459-461 Lawnmarket, post/zip code: EH1 2NT)
C – 8.20am – New Town, Hanover Street. (Bus Stop @ ‘Bar Soba’, 104 Hanover Street, post/zip code: EH2 1DR)
D – 8:30am – West End/Haymarket. (Bus Stop ‘HJ’ (next to Tram Stop) directly across from ‘bagpipe.co.uk’ shop, 20 Clifton Terrace – post/zip code: EH12 5JZ)
As we want to show you as much as possible on this tour, the bus will depart at the designated times and CANNOT wait or return for guests who are late. Please make sure you arrive in AT LEAST 5 minutes before the tour is scheduled to depart.
We promise you will LOVE your tour with us. If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with the tour, or your experience with us, you can have your money back!
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- Please note that the optional Stirling Castle entry costs £14.50 per adult (£8.50 for under 16s, alternatively, you can visit the grounds of the nearby Wallace Monument for FREE), and the optional Whisky-Distillery tasting tour costs £8 per adult (£5 for under 18s, no whisky, alternatively, you may visit and walk the grounds of the nearby Doune Castle for FREE).
- Full Terms and Conditions are available at point of booking.
- Please note that due to the limitations of our insurance, we cannot carry children under 7 years’ old on any of our tours.