Loch Lomond & Stirling Castle Private Tour
With its luscious forests, sparkling lochs and castles steeped in history, there's lots to explore on a Private Tour to Loch Lomond & Stirling Castle. Whether you wish a leisurely cruise and castle visit or a more high adrenaline experience with water sports and hill walking there is certainly something for everyone.
History enthusiasts will have the opportunity to step back in time with a visit to Stirling Castle. Situated above the city of Stirling, the castle is one of Scotland's most famous. A visit there certainly provides a brilliant insight into Scottish History.
All our private tours can be personalised to each group’s interests and needs. This tour also can depart from both Glasgow & Edinburgh allowing you more flexibility on where to start your adventure.
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Departing from your city of choice we’re soon 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 on the other hand a villain and outlaw? We’ll let you decide.
You may choose to begin your exploring in conservation village of Luss, tidy rows of cottages stretch down its streets 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. In particular, the 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. However, 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. There a number of different activities for you to try there. 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 then 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. We think the scenery will inspire you 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. The 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. You can certainly 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 also 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 then return to drop you off in Glasgow or Edinburgh.
Departure & Return Information
Passengers can choose their own personalise pick up/drop off point based on where they are staying.
This tour takes around 8 hours 45 minutes to complete from Glasgow or 9 hours from Edinburgh. You can select your departure time when making a reservation. The options given are:
Depending on the itinerary chosen, times may be flexible.
Private tour costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini coach and the services of an English speaking driver-guide.
Lunch, refreshments and entry to visitor attractions.
If attractions require advance payment then we can add them to the tour cost.
We can take children of any age on our private tours. However, please note that we are unable to provide or fit car seats. Our passengers must therefore must supply and fit their car seat if a child on board requires one. Please inform us in advance if this is the case.
Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Ben Lomond, Highland Village of Luss, Callander & Stirling Castle.
Can we reserve our tickets for Stirling Castle in advance?
Advance booking isn’t necessary. You can however 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. However, we cannot guarantee the itinerary will coincide with their guided tour timetable.. Audio Guides are also available to hire for a small fee when you are inside the castle.