VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION – All group tours depart from Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3BQ (opposite Howie’s Restaurant).
Please check in with your driver guide at Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place 15 minutes before departure
Duration10 hours 15 minutes
Prices & Booking Terms
- Free cancellation/rebooking up to 24 hours before departure
- Luggage allowance of up to 15 kg (33 lbs)
- Transport in a luxury Mercedes Wee Red Bus
- Fully guided services of a Heart of Scotland tour leader
- Entry fees to attractions
- Meals and refreshments
- Average group size of around 12
- Stirling Castle (please pre book 10:00)
- Loch Lomond nature walk and Highland viewpoint
- Duke's Pass scenic drive through the Highlands
- Discounted Glengoyne Distillery tour with two malt whisky tastings
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
- Highland cows (April to October)
- Plenty of photo opportunities
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Follow in the footsteps of great Scottish heroes on this historic and scenic day trip into the Scottish heartlands. With at least 5 interesting stops and lots of time off the bus this is our ever-popular ‘taste of Scotland’ day tour!
On our short journey to Stirling (travel time approximately 1 hour) we briefly pass Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and one of several palaces built originally for Scotland’s Kings and Queens. Although only a quick glimpse it’s a fascinating reminder of Scotland’s past.
During the Wars of Independence Stirling Castle was seen as the ‘key’ to the Kingdom of Scotland and was home to the Scottish Royals until the early 17th century.
Arguably Scotland’s most important historic building, Stirling is undoubtedly a great castle. A recent survey rated it the UK’s favourite heritage attraction in terms of value for money, customer service and quality of information. It also featured in Lonely Planet’s recent list of Europe’s 40 “most amazing experiences”.
We stop here for at least 1 hour 15 minutes where you will have the option to tour the castle itself. For guaranteed entry please pre book tickets for 10:00 entry slot at www.stirlingcastle.scot. Alternatively, simply stroll around Old Stirling (ancient capital of Scotland). The view from Stirling Castle across the River Forth to the National Wallace Monument is inspiring.
'Stirling Castle was key to the Kingdom of Scotland during the Wars of Independence'
Scotland’s greatest patriot, Sir William Wallace, launched an attack on the occupying English forces from here and his spectacular success at the Battle of Stirling Bridge (September 11th, 1297) is the stuff of legend.
After departing Stirling Castle we’re soon face-to-face with our great friends, the hairy Highland cows, everyone’s favourite photo stop (April to October).
Our journey to Aberfoyle takes us along the banks of Lochs Venachar and Achray, through the beautiful Trossachs – the ‘Highlands in Miniature’ – and over the Duke’s Pass scenic drive, a stunning Highland landscape of lochs and mountains.
This is Rob Roy country, popularised by Sir Walter Scott’s books and poems. Legends and superstition of faeries or ‘wee people’ abound in these hills…
From Aberfoyle it’s only a short distance to Loch Lomond. We follow the Highland Boundary Fault as we go; a coast-to-coast geological rift which defines the landscape of this area. It is visible with the naked eye when we arrive at Balmaha, Loch Lomond.
Scotland’s geological definition between Highlands and Lowlands can be seen in all its glory from here! Loch Lomond and the Trossachs were designated Scotland’s first National Park in 2002 and it remains an extremely popular area with locals and visitors alike.
'We finish the day with a malt whisky tasting and tour at Glengoyne Distillery'
Here, by the famous ‘bonnie banks’, your guide will accompany you on a short nature walk, culminating in a superb Highland viewpoint and photo opportunity over Scotland’s largest lake and the Arrochar Alps mountain range.
We finish the day at Glengoyne Distillery, situated in a wooded valley in the southern Highlands. The distillery, which takes its name from ‘Glen Guin’ or Glen of the Wild Geese, has been producing a high quality single malt for nearly 200 years.
Here you can enjoy a tutored tasting of two Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Whiskies and learn about the bold, complex flavours which have been matured in the finest casks (Heart of Scotland special 15% discounted rate – adults £15.50, under 18s free).