Loch Lomond National Park, Kelpies & Stirling Castle

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    Rabbie's

    We relieve you of your travel worries. Our friendly guides ensure you don’t miss-out on the fascinating facts. Our carefully-crafted routes take you to both the classic sights and lesser-known locations and our business model reduces your journey’s environmental impact.

    • 12 hours approx
    • Mini Coach Tour
    • Scotland

    Step back in time and discover the legends, landscapes, and landmarks that defined Scottish history.

    Envision gory battles thrashing against the grand walls of Stirling Castle. Follow in the footsteps of the outlaws that hid amongst the hills of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. And relive the journeys taken by Rob Roy and William Wallace.

    This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to admire beautiful scenery and learn about the heroes, tragedies, and landscapes that defined Scottish history.

    Tour Details

    • StartsCheck-in closes at 09.00 (tour departs at 09:15) - Rabbie's Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG
    • Finishes (approx.)18:30
    • LuggageYou’re restricted 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.
    • DiscountsStudents, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
    • Important informationPack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes, if you're planning to visit Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle, it may be cheaper if you buy a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass

    Highlights

    • Lochs
    • Mountains
    • Castles
    • walks

    Places you explore

    • Stirling CastleChoose to step inside and learn about the most important battles in Scottish history.
    • The TrossachsThis beautiful region has attracted travellers from around the world since the 19th century.
    • Rob Roy countryVisit the region where the ‘Scottish Robin Hood’ made his mark.
    • Loch LomondOne of Scotland’s largest Lochs. Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family.
    • The KelpiesThe largest pair of horse sculptures in the world are made from 300 tonnes of steel.

    Price Includes

    • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
    • Air conditioning as standard
    • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide

    Price Excludes

    • Entry fees to visitor attractions

    Leave Edinburgh and travel through the historic grace of Linlithgowshire. Your guide will help you spot Linlithgow palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

    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.

    From here you head to the shores of Loch Lomond, which is Scotland’s largest loch and is protected as Scotland’s first National Park.

    This is the perfect place to enjoy a walk along the ‘bonny banks’ and take in fantastic views of the mountains. This tranquil area was once the home of Scotland’s famous highland folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor. By spending time on the trails by the loch you’ll be walking in the footsteps of one of Scotland’s greatest legends.

    You then head into the Trossachs or ‘The Highlands in Miniature’, where the Lowlands meet the Highlands. Steep mountains, shimmering lochs, and thick forests: this area is stunning.

    You stop for lunch in the heart of the National Park then continue to the city of Stirling where you can visit one of Scotland’s most magnificent castles. You can choose to take in the views from inside and understand why this castle was so instrumental in Scottish history.

    From here our short journey back to Edinburgh passes the Kelpies once again before arriving back in the capital.

    FAQs

    Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

    The UK and Ireland’s historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What’s more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

    Is there parking close to the departure point?

    We don’t recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

    When should I get to the departure point?

    Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can’t wait for you if you’re late.

    What happens if I’m late or miss the tour?

    If you’re late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

    What are your cancellation policies?

    We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we’ll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion.

    What is a guaranteed departure?

    It’s simple: you book, you go. This means we’ll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

    Can I pre-book a specific seat?

    Due to logistical reasons, we’re unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you’ll always get a good view.

    Are there toilets on the bus?

    Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you’ll have regular comfort breaks.

    How do you cater for people with accessibility needs?

    We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.

    Do you take children on your tours?

    We regret we don’t carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

    You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

    How much time do I get off the bus?

    We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

    Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

    We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

    Do we need to bring our own lunch?

    You don’t need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

    Should I tip the driver-guide?

    Let’s be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it’s up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

    What about travel insurance?

    We advise you take out travel insurance.

    What is ABTOT?

    You’re protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you’ve paid us if we become bankrupt. 

    I have more questions, who can help me?

    If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email [email protected]

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