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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
Rabbie's Cafe Bar , 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK

6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

9:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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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  • "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
Great day out
Stacey_L
, May 2022
Was quick and easy to book the driver Booked tae go on a day trip tae see the Kelpies, Loch Lomand and Striling castle great trip, was on time mini bus was very clean the driver Stephen and his wee pal in a kilt Stewart were very knowledgeable about where we were going and the things that had gone on through history, chatty and very funny they definitely made the trip very enjoyable had a fab relaxing day with them would definitely recommend and would definitely book another trip somewhere
star-5
Modern and traditional sightseeing
DanielStone
, May 2022
Combined modern and historical highlights outside of Edinburgh. Al knew his history and added the context to appreciate what we were looking at, plus a few chuckles. I would definitely recommend for a one or two day trip to Scotland.
star-5
Great tour, great guide.
David_C
, Apr 2022
Our guide/driver Graham was knowledgeable and very informative. And he had a good whiskey recommendation.
star-5
Amazing & Beautiful Day Out
Beth_H
, Apr 2022
Wonderful time seeing the Kelpies, walking along Loch Lomond & seeing Stirling Castle. Duncan, our driver made the day so enjoyable & interesting with his history stories. Would really recommend this tour. Fantastic way to see different parts of Scotland.
star-4
Our tourguide, Grant,...
Carina_H
, Apr 2022
Our tourguide, Grant, took us safely around on this daytrip, sang a song and gave us some good stories on the way to the Kelpies, Loch Lomond and then Stirling Castle. My Shazam is now full of lovely Gaelic tunes and my head is updated on Norwegian/ Scottish history. I would love to see more of the Loch and maybe take a hike another time. Thank you!
star-5
Great day of interesting sites
RaeAnne_D
, Apr 2022
All three of these destinations were terrific and well worth a visit. Our guide Robbie was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. We enjoyed all of his stories and interesting facts. It was easy to find the Rabbie's departure point. The buses were clean and comfortable.
star-5
Best tour from Edinburgh to Loch Lomond!
hans_h
, Mar 2022
Outstanding guide-driver brought Scotland’s history to life throughout the tour, really enjoyed. He had a comforting voice that along with his music play list added greatly to the tour! Highly recommend and we will do this again, thanks Rabbie’s Tours!
star-4
A great trip. The...
MelNorman_A
, Feb 2022
A great trip. The Kelpies were amazing, Loch Lomond framed by snowy mountains was glorious and Stirling Castle fascinating. Our guide was very informative, telling us many interesting facts about Scotland in general to the extent that we’re now tempted to buy a copy of Kidnapped!!
star-5
Trip to highlands
Melissa_P
, Feb 2022
All the stops on this tour were very interesting and lovely. Our guide Dom was very informative but allowed time to listen to music and enjoy the ride. This trip was a wonderful way to experience the history and landscape of Scotland.
star-5
Wonderful day trip
Lia_J
, Jan 2022
Our tour guide Ally was brilliant in providing us with plenty of information and facts through the ride and giving character to the places we visited

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