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Loch Lomond & Stirling Castle Private Tour

A private one day tour taking in Loch Lomond, the scenic Trossachs National Park and historic Stirling Castle. 

All our private tours can be personalised to each group’s interests and needs.

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Just a 40-minute drive from Glasgow in your luxury mini coach and we’re in the heart of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. This is Rob Roy MacGregor country, stomping ground of this Scots folk hero who’s immortalised in fiction and film. Was he a legendary soldier and clan leader, or a villain and outlaw?  We’ll let you decide.

You may choose to begin your exploring in conservation village of Luss, where tidy rows of cottages stretch down to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and are brimming with floral displays in summer. A Christian settlement for at least 1500 years, Luss is a tourists’ favourite, especially its picture postcard Church founded by the Celtic Saint MacKessog. In its churchyard lies a legacy of the lawless Vikings: their 11th century ‘hogback’ Viking grave, a stone-carved sculpture.

You can learn more about the marauding Vikings and the village’s history with the option of a leisurely 90-minute circular cruise from Luss Pier which weaves around Loch Lomond’s many islands – often referred to as the jewels in the loch’s crown.  If you prefer to stay on dry land, there’s plenty to see as explore Luss.

Alternatively, you may opt to make your loch side stop in Balloch. Known as the gateway to the loch, it’s situated right at the southern tip of Loch Lomond and has a number of different activities for you to try. Nature lovers may want to explore the aquarium or get hands on with some birds of prey. For the adventurers on board there’s lots to choose from; aerial climbing, speedboat tours and kayaking are just some of the outdoor activities available in this area.

From Loch Lomond your driver-guide will deliver you through the dramatic Duke’s Pass and deep into the Trossachs, the ‘Highlands in miniature’. Majestic Munros - mountains above 3000 feet - laced with rushing waterfalls, reign over a kingdom of forest, river and loch. Opinions differ on the meaning behind the Trossachs, but our favourite is from the Gaelic meaning ‘the bristly country’.

This landscape inspired Sir Walter Scott’s poem The Lady of the Lake and his novel Rob Roy and we think you’ll be inspired too, whether to pick up your camera or your notebook. Look out for a favourite photographic subject, our woolly, long-horned Highland cows. We call them hairy coos!

If hiking is right up your street, then you could personalise your itinerary to allow time for a hike in the Trossachs. There are many options for varied abilities in the National Park whether you would like to explore a fairy trail or trek deep into the forest there will be a path for you.

We recommend stopping for lunch in bustling Callander, often called the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’, where there are cafes, tearooms and shops to browse.

Crowning our Trossachs tour is a visit to the city of Stirling. Situated on a crag overlooking the landscape is Stirling Castle, great royal residence of Stuart Kings and of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was declared monarch here in 1543, aged only nine months. The banqueting hall is the largest of its kind ever built in Scotland and you can imagine the colour, noise and opulence of its heyday. You may choose to visit inside the castle and learn more about its rich history.

This whole area has close associations with King Robert the Bruce, Bonnie Prince Charlie and famous Scots patriot William Wallace who was immortalised in the film Braveheart with his cry for ‘freedom’. The 150-year-old National Wallace Monument, a 67-metre high tower perched on the Abbey Craig that commemorates Scotland’s ‘Braveheart’ may be alternative attraction that you wish to visit. The monument overlooks the site of the battle of Stirling Bridge where Wallace defeated a much larger, advancing English army in 1297.

As we wave goodbye to Wallace, we return to drop you off in Glasgow.

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Departure & Return Information
Passengers can choose their own personalise pick up/drop off point based on where they are staying.

Tour Times
This tour takes around 8 hours 45 minutes to complete. You can select your departure time when making a reservation. the options given are:
Departure: 08.00/09:00/10.00
Return: 16.45/17:45/18.45
These may be able to be amended depending on the itinerary chosen.

Tour Inclusions
Private tour costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini coach and the services of an English speaking driver-guide.

Tour Exclusions
Lunch, refreshments and entry to visitor attractions.
Excluded costs can be added to the tour balance where advance payment is required. 

Children
We can take children of any age on our private tours. However, please note that we are unable to provide or fit car seats therefore these must be supplied and fitted by the passenger if a child on board requires one. Please inform us in advance if this is the case.

Tour Highlights
Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Ben Lomond, Highland Village of Luss, Callander & Stirling Castle.

FAQs

Can we reserve our tickets for Stirling Castle in advance?

Advance booking isn’t necessary. You can pre-book on the Historic and Environment Scotland Website if you would like to.

Are there guided tours available at Stirling Castle?

Stirling Castle currently has guided tours throughout the day which are included in your Stirling Castle ticket price. Timings of these tours are not guaranteed to coincide with our arrival times however. Audio Guides are also available to hire for a small fee when you are inside the castle.

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