Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow
Your route north to Stirling is one which has been used for thousands of years by invading armies. It was the northernmost frontier of the Roman empire, and was later used by the English King Edward I, as he marched proudly towards Stirling (only to be sent homewards to think again!). As you approach Stirling the magnificent castle dominates your view and you make your way up towards the high volcanic rock where it imposes itself upon the surrounding land. Known as the âKey to Scotlandâ, for centuries this was the most important castle in Scotland and the views from the top make it easy to see why. To the north is the 220ft high tower of the National Wallace Monument commemorating Scotlandâs great hero William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson in the Oscar-winning movie Braveheart. From the castle you can look down over the scene of Wallaceâs greatest triumph, the battle of Stirling Bridge, where he defeated the English army in 1297.
To the South is Bannockburn where, in 1314, the great Scottish warrior-king Robert the Bruce defeated the English army of Edward II. The battle was fought for possession of Stirling Castle but eventually led to a far greater prize for Scotland â the restoration of independence. Itâs an area alive with history and you stop at the castle to visit and give you time to soak up the history and heritage of this great site.
From Stirling you travel into the Highlands to an area known as the Trossachs National Park. Often referred to as âThe Highlands in Miniatureâ it marks the point where the Lowlands meet the Highlands and entering this beautifully picturesque area feels like going into a different country. With its shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops and forest-filled glens itâs easy to forget that this was once thought of as a dangerous frontier fought over by the fiercely territorial Highland clans. You stop here for lunch in the heart of the National Park where you can enjoy the magnificent nature all around you.
After lunch you âtake the high roadâ or back-road to Loch Lomond. At over 22 miles long, five miles wide at its widest point, and with more than 30 islands, it is Scotlandâs largest loch. It takes its name from the mountain Ben Lomond on the eastern shore.
Following a walk out along the West Highland Way you travel onto the picturesque distillery of Glengoyne, one of the leading âMalt Whiskies âin Scotland, where you have the option to tour the Distillery or enjoy the refreshments that are on offer at their âSlainte Mhath Shopâ. Then it's just a short drive back to Glasgow.Â
Day 1 : Stirling Castle
The âKey to Scotlandâ, this impressive castle offers a dominating view of the area around it from its impregnable walls.Balmaha Nature Trail Walk
Roam the beauty of Balmaha and explore its deep connection to nature.Loch Lomond
One of Scotlandâs largest lochs. Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family.Glengoyne Whisky Distillery
Savour the tastes of this fabulous distilleryâs unique barley drying technique, utilising warm air rather than peat smoke.
- Transport by top of the range Mercedes mini-coach
- Small group tour (max 16 people)
Min. age 5 years old. We do not accept children under the age of 5 years.
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.
- Please arrive 15-mins in advance to check-in.Â
COVID-19 - Important Information About Your Tour
Weâre following government guidance and doing everything we can to ensure you enjoy a worry-free adventure. This means you need to be aware of a few things before you join your tour.
Our Safety Procedures
Youâre required to wear a face covering onboard our mini-coaches
Youâll receive a quick temperature check at your departure point
Thereâs a short COVID-19 questionnaire to answer when you arrive
Our mini-coaches have allocated seating to comply with one-metre indoor social distancing rules
Hand sanitiser is provided onboard our mini-coaches
When outside of our mini-coach, please comply with all government and 3rd party guidance regarding the control of COVID-19
Tour routes may change slightly, and certain attractions and facilities may be closed due to the Coronavirus. But donât worry, your knowledgeable driver-guide will ensure you enjoy the best experience possible.
Things have changed a little.Â
Castles, distilleries, and a few of our favourite places now require you to book ahead. This lets them comply with social distancing rules without getting in the way of your enjoyment. If youâre interested in visiting the attractions on your tour, you will find details on how to book them in advance on your ticket once you have purchased this tour.
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 72 hours or less before event