Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle & the Trossachs Shore Excursion
On this Loch Lomond shore excursion from the port of Greenock (Glasgow), sit back, relax and admire the beauty and tranquillity of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. With picture postcard views at every corner, its forest covered mountains and shimmering highland lochs will take your breath away. You’ll have time to wander around the picturesque highland village of Luss and to unearth the legends of one of Scotland’s most important castles, Stirling Castle. Home of the Stuart Kings and of Mary, Queen of Scots, you too can explore this grand castle where knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to the Royal Court and a powerful stronghold. Time permitting we will make a short stop and drive through Glasgow.
Loch Lomond, Ben Lomond, Highland Village of Luss, The Trossachs, Callander, Stirling Castle & Glasgow.
Small Group Tours
Certificate of Excellence Winner 2011- 2019
Our Loch Lomond shore excursion from Greenock takes you to Luss, one of Scotland’s prettiest highland villages which sits on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. While you stroll around the village you’ll find rows of little cottages that come alive in spring and summer with over-flowing floral displays. These avenues of blooms will lead you to the pier where you can enjoy panoramic views of Loch Lomond and of Ben Lomond on the other side. Although developed in the 18th and 19th centuries to house workers from nearby slate quarries, there has actually been a Christian settlement here for at least 1500 years. The village’s beautifully restored Church, founded by Celtic Saint MacKessog, certainly makes for a fascinating visit. The ancient graveyard is even more curious. We know that the Vikings, led by King Haakon, passed through Luss in 1263 as they plundered local communities. In the churchyard you’ll find an example of their ‘hogback’ grave, a stone sculpture thought to date back to that 1263 raid
From Luss our small group tour then heads through the dramatic Dukes Pass. This is one of Scotland’s most scenic drives, deep into the Trossachs, dubbed the ‘Highlands in miniature’ thanks to their outstanding beauty. The name ‘Trossachs’ comes from the Gaelic meaning ‘the bristly country’. Its thick forest, gushing waterfalls and tranquil lochs were the backyard of one of Scotland’s most notorious outlaws Rob Roy MacGregor. He gained notoriety as a bandit and soldier but ended up a Scottish folk hero. He’s immortalised in the film Rob Roy and also in the historical novel of the same name by Sir Walter Scott, who was also inspired by this wild, romantic landscape to pen his epic poem Lady of the Lake.
A tour of Scotland wouldn’t be complete without photographs of our unofficial mascot, the long-horned Highland cow. Your friendly driver-guide will be sure to point out our ‘hairy coos’ on your journey. We then stop for lunch in the bustling tourist town of Callander. Crammed with teashops and souvenir opportunities, Callander is often described as ‘the gateway to the Highlands’. After lunch we’ll make a short stop for photos at Doune Castle which dates back to the late 14th century. Cult comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail turned it into Swamp Castle, Castle Anthrax and Camelot. More recently this picturesque keep was cast as Winterfell in Game of Thrones and also the MacKenzie ancestral seat of Castle Leoch in the TV adaption of the Outlander novels.
From an atmospheric ruin to splendid Stirling Castle, one of the best preserved Renaissance buildings in the country which has been returned to its original glory. Follow in the footsteps of Scotland’s Stuart Kings, of Mary, Queen of Scots and of Bonnie Prince Charlie. You’ll have enough time for a leisurely visit to the castle to learn about key moments in Scotland’s long, violent and bloody history. It certainly wouldn’t be a Scottish castle if it hadn’t witnessed some historic battles. In its shadows are the sites of the Battle of Stirling Bridge where William Wallace (of Braveheart fame) defeated a much larger English army in 1297, and Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce did the same in 1314. Leaving Stirling Castle we then head west and, time permitting, make a quick stop in Glasgow’s most famous square, George Square. Here your friendly driver-guide will give you a flavour of Scotland’s most vibrant city and point out its stunning architecture before dropping you off at the port of Greenock where your excursion ends.
Departure & Return Information
Our shore excursions take around 8.5 hours to complete. There are occasions where we have to shorten the length of the excursion due to the ships departure time. In all events we aim to be back at port a minimum of one hour prior to your ships departure time. Your email confirmation will detail the departure time of your excursion.
Greenock Ocean Terminal
Our coaches are parked at the Patrick St exit. There are terminal staff members who will direct you to the Patrick St exit. When you get there you will see your Discover Scotland Tours driver-guide waiting with a sign.
Return Drop Off Point
Greenock Ocean Terminal.
Costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini coach and the services of an English speaking driver-guide.
Lunch, refreshments and entry fees to visitor attractions.
Optional Visitor Attraction Costs
All attractions are payable in cash on the day.
Where do we meet the coach?
Our coaches park by the Patrick Street exit gate to the terminal. There will be members of terminal staff to guide you in the correct direction upon exiting the ship.
How long does our excursion last?
Our Shore Excursions depart one hour after the ship has docked. We are due to return around 1 ½ hours before departure in most cases. Exact timings are dependent on the cruise times so please ask if you require more details.
What happens if our ship is unable to dock?
In the unlikely event that your ship is unable to dock - you will receive a full refund.
Do you shore excursions only depart from Greenock Ocean Terminal? (What ports do you leave from?)
Yes we are a Glasgow based company therefore the only port we serve is Greenock.
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.
Please have a look at some customer experiences with Discover Scotland Tours.
We also welcome you to check reviews and comments on our Trip Advisor Page.
23/09/19 – Heather
It was the perfect day! We loved everything. Callum was an excellent driver and guide. He was knowledgeable, friendly, funny, and personable. He is really a star. We have already been talking about next time if we should do the same tour again because we loved it so much or another of your tours so that we see something new. Thank you all for making our visit to Scotland so wonderful.
16/09/19 – Rachael
I want to thank Discover Scotland Tours for a truly exceptional experience. I travel quite frequently and have been on many tours all over the world. It's definitely worth noting that the service and experience provided from your team makes Discover Scotland Tours stand out in excellence among other tours I've bee on. Although I was only in Scotland for the day to do a shore excursion, the members of your tour team left such a great impression on what the country has to offer. I plan to come back and visit for a longer stay to explore even more. It also pleases me to know that you are a small family company and are able to maintain such a high level of quality in your tours and service, which most larger tour companies struggle to do.Our tour Loch Lomond, the Trossachs & Stirling Castle Shore Excursion with Jeff was wonderful. He had lots of info and fun facts about everything. I also liked that fact that Jeff was very personable. It made the tour feel like it was being given by a good friend vs a total stranger. I also appreciate that fact that when I expressed I was a huge Outlander Fan he was able to point out stuff on our tour that related to Outlander even though our tour wasn't the" Outlander Shore Excursion". Again, thank you for the great experience you gave me. I can't wait to return to Scotland and hopefully book another tour with Discover Scotland Tours! Cheers! P.S. I loved all the highland coo!
12/09/19 – Sandra
We very much enjoyed Scotland (would love to move there) and very much enjoyed our tour. We would recommend your company and the tour we were on.
27/08/19 – Virginia
Overall, I can emphatically say that our group was very happy with your tour company. We loved the fact that we traveled in mini-coaches that seated a smaller group of people rather than the big buses. It made the tour more enjoyable and personable. Andrew was our kilted drive/guide and he was cheerful, knowledgeable, kind and very accommodating. Since the individuals on our bus had no other plans that day, there was no rush to return to the ship by a certain hour. This allowed Andrew to take small detours along the way to view some additionally beautiful sites. During long stretches of road when Andrew wasn't speaking, he replaced the silence by playing some folk/celtic music. It made everyone smile while we admired the country side outside our window. Our tour was 8 hours, we covered a lot but no one wanted it to end! If we had an additional day in Glasgow, I would have not hesitated to book another tour with your company. Keep doing what your are doing. We loved it!
23/08/19 – Mary
Our driver and guide was Andrew who was absolutely wonderful. His commentary was so appreciated and the warmth of his personality was evident throughout the tour. It was such a pleasure to be on his tour. Thank you. We also loved Scotland. It is so beautiful.
21/08/19 – Rhonda
Was an outstanding day! There was a group of 12 of us together and the 4 others on the tour were also off the cruise ship. We all had a wonderful time. Both Elizabeth and myself are travel agents and will definitely be sharing our experience with clients we have visit in the future. Cheers
29/07/19 – Michele
We loved the tour as well as the smaller bus environment! Less waiting time for everyone to come back to the bus, the guide was fun, entertaining , informative and asked questions from us as the day went along. We had Callum for this particular tour and he made sure we were having a good time on the tour and to let him know if we needed anything as the day want along. My mother loved him out of the 9 or so tours we did around Ireland and Scotland because he was young and energetic and he represented Scotland with some youthful optimism. One of the teenage girls loved that we stopped and were able to feed the highland cows too. When she got back on the bus after that stop she exclaimed she was “so happy”. That stop made her day and was all she talked about for several days afterward. If anyone I know is ever going to this area in the future, I would definitely recommend your company and this tour. We were able to see a lot of the countryside thanks to the smaller bus being able to get around on the small roads during our 7 hours in port.
26/07/19 – Jillian
Thank you so much for an absolutely amazing tour. We loved it. Our tour guide, David, was fantastic. He was so friendly, kind, and knowledgeable and very easy to listen to! I would not hesitate to highly recommend him to anyone. When he found out that my parents were Outlander fans he made sure to work lots of tidbits and details about the show and filming into our tour even though it wasn’t the official outlander tour. We also really enjoyed the musical selections he played along the journey. We learned so much about Scottish history and day to day life. It felt like driving around the country with a good friend. Our favorite thing about the tour was how small it was with just eight of us total, our family and one other (who were lovely). It truly felt like a private tour, which was an amazing value. The cruise ship excursions were not nearly as extensive, involve huge buses of forty or more people, and are only slightly lower in price! We were expecting a whole coach of people and were shocked and thrilled to see how intimate our tour truly was!The itinerary was excellent and I wouldn’t change anything. David worked hard to get us to our destinations ahead of the big tours and was very successful. It was so satisfying to see the crowds pour in just as we were leaving. Our absolute favorite part was the Trossachs. What an amazingly beautiful place. We’ve been talking for days about how well David navigated those windy and seemingly perilous mountain roads! The viewpoints he chose to stop at for pictures were excellent. He also snapped our favorite picture of the trip so far of the whole family with the mountains in the background. The whole day, from start to finish, was truly excellent. Thank you again for an unforgettable experience. When we return to Scotland (hopefully soon) we will absolutely book another tour through Discover Scotland.
13/07/19 – Michelle
Thank you so much for a wonderful tour, our tour guide Johnny was fantastic. Very friendly and a great sense of humour. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone.
07/07/19 – Lisa
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. I can't remember the driver's name but he was very knowledgeable, great personality and made it a great day. Everything went well and we were back to the ship in plenty of time. The bus was awesomely clean & comfortable as well. Thanks for a great day!!!