Stirling Castle and Whisky Very Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Stirling Castle and Whisky Day Tour from Edinburgh

From $85.90

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 10 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Visit the royal stronghold of Stirling Castle and the majestic Loch Lomond on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Escape the city for a scenic drive through the countryside, stopping to snap photos of Highland cows, the Trossachs National Park, and Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. After touring the impressive Stirling Castle, soak up the scenery around Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest lake. Finish your Scottish experience sampling Scotch whisky at the acclaimed Glengoyne Distillery.
  • Full-day tour of Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond from Edinburgh
  • Visit the mighty Stirling Castle, one-time residence of Mary Queen of Scots
  • Admire the scenery in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
  • Sample a dram of Scotch whisky at the Glengoyne Distillery
  • Travel by air-conditioned Mercedes minivan
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience

What's Included

  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes mini-coach
  • Very small group tour - average group size of around 12 passengers
  • All entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Waterloo Place
    Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1, UK

    This tour departs from (and returns to) Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3BQ (opposite Howie's Restaurant). Please arrive no later than 08.30.

Start time

08:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Linlithgow Palace (Pass By)

Stirling Castle

1 hour 15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

National Wallace Monument (Pass By)

Duke's Pass (Pass By)


1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Loch Lomond

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Glengoyne Distillery

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Doune Castle (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Small group tour - average group size of 12 passengers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years old
  • Service animals allowed
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Near public transportation
  • Operates in all weather conditions (unless it is unsafe to do so), please dress appropriately
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please inform us 7 days in advance if you are bringing a service animal
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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This was such a great day trip out of the city center that really allows you to experience beautiful picturesque Scotland. Keith was a great guide and story teller that had the right balance of sharing knowledge, humor and quiet time. I would definitely take another tour with this company with Keith as a guide!


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Too long
Stephen_W, Sep 2023
Stirling castle and Loch Lomond quite worth it, but tour is at least 90 minutes too long with unnecessary stops. Distillery is quite average and not worth the two hours at the end of a long day. Andy was very pleasant but had a number of historical facts wrong (eg, university of Edinburgh is not older than Glasgow University)
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Hi Stephen, thanks for your review. Your comments on the itinerary are a bit unexpected but perhaps the day dragged on a bit on this occasion....the traffic etc during the main tourist season can add significant time. Apologies for any historical inaccuracies but it sounds like you had a good day all the same.
Unforgettable !!!
Nick_G, Aug 2023
You cannot miss this full day tour of Stirling Castle from Edinburgh. The tour guide is awesome, filled with history and a lot of fun while you are making your way to the castle. You cannot miss Stirling Castle when in Scotland, it is at the heart and soul of Scotland !!! A day you will never forget !!!
Great tour!
Konstantinos_T, Aug 2023
We enjoyed very much our tour! We saw the Stirling Castle as well as the Glengoyne distillery where we sampled two of their malts. My personal favourite was the short walk/hike at Loch Lomond. Our guide Angela was great and kept our interest with stories of Scotland's history as well as other interesting fun facts.
The Scotland Experience
Leslie_E, Jun 2023
Another great tour and guide. He knew his Scottish history and his stories were very interesting. The tour guide at the Stirling Castle was awesome too. She was very energetic and you could tell she loved her job. She was a fabulous story teller. Countryside was amazing.
Alan was very friendly...
Joy_M, May 2023
Alan was very friendly and knowledgeable. Booked mainly because of the whisky tour but enjoyed all the stops.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Hi Joy, thanks for your 5 star review which is much appreciated.
Great day trip
MargaretM_C, May 2023
An excellent experience. Saw a lot but didn’t wear us out! Surprisingly lovely weather. Explored the castle on our own. Enjoyed a short hike at Loch Lomond. Didn’t plan to enjoy the distillery tour but it was interesting and educational. Driver/guide Alan was knowledgeable and entertaining, knows history, geography, and miscellaneous Scottish lore. He even dropped us off closer to our hotel, when we were near rather than original pickup site. Thanks Alan!
A very nice experience
Warren_S, Apr 2023
Enjoyed the drive through the beautiful countryside, the Sterling Castle your andvghecwhidkybtour and tasting. Made for a delightful day
Keith was absolutely...
casey_m, Nov 2022
Keith was absolutely wonderful and really added to the experience. Extremely knowledgeable and fun to talk to. Would recommend to anyone.
The whole experience was great
Maria_S, Oct 2022
Day trip was excellent even the rain could spoil our adventure. Our guide providers us with great information
Amazingly Picturesque Experience
Elly_P, Aug 2022
This was such a great day trip out of the city center that really allows you to experience beautiful picturesque Scotland. Keith was a great guide and story teller that had the right balance of sharing knowledge, humor and quiet time. I would definitely take another tour with this company with Keith as a guide!
A Day Well Spent
Judith_S, Apr 2022
Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and flexible. He didn't waste a minute and filled in extra time with interesting stops along the way. Very well organized!
Stirling g trip
Margaret_K, Sep 2021
Keith was a great trip guide. Funny informative and nothing was up much trouble. Enjoyed ye whole day !
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Thanks for this nice 5 star review of Keith and your day out to Stirling Castle and Glengoyne Distillery.
Highly recommend this tour company
James_R, Aug 2021
Keith was a great tour guide, he adapted the itinerary to meet what we wanted to do during the day and was very knowledgable about numerous areas of Scotland and their history. Would highly recommend Heart of Sctoland Tours ltd.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Hi James, thanks for your review which is much appreciated. Sounds like you had a great day out - Keith certainly did!
Sterling was “Sterling “!!
Perry_L, Mar 2020
Graham , our guide did a great job ! The Castle was beautiful and the history is remarkable! The Highland and Whiskey distillery are nice !
One day trip outside Edinburgh
Laurence_T, Mar 2020
We were a group of 11 looking for a one day trip around Edinburgh. The balance between time in the bus and time outside is perfect. The guide was really nice and very interesting. I definitely recommand this tour.
Stirling Castke
silverglate, Feb 2020
Gregor was an amazing guide and the tour was an efficient way to see some of the areas most historical and beautiful sights. I would do this tour again. Great for kids
Great tour with a great guide.
ssipos89, Feb 2020
Such a great tour. The meeting place was easy to find. The small group tours really are the way to go. They allow for more personalized and flexible tours. Our driver, Paul, was knowledge and friendly. He took us to a couple extra spots in addition to all the places in the description. It was a rainy but beautiful. The lunch spot was okay food but it was with good company. We had were given multiple photo stops. The distillery was interesting and the scotch was good. The castle was neat. We would definitely book with this company again and would definitely book with Paul again. Great guide.
Impressive tour
irinelrotar, Jan 2020
Special many thanks to Paul, our driver and guide, which was so generous in giving many interesting info about places and Scottish tradition.
Such a good your!
Giuseppe S, Jan 2020
It was very entertaining and informative tour mixing the history of Scotland and the battle around the castle with whisky and great views! Gregor was a great guide as well!
Stirling Castle and Glengoyne Distillery Tour
Sujatha M, Dec 2019
The entire trip was a blast despite the rain. Alan was wonderful and extremely considerate. I was traveling with my elderly mum who is over 70 and can barely.walk but Alan was very understanding and helpful. His knowledge and the little snippets were interesting and unusual. An excellent tour - must travel by the wee bus at least once when you're in Edinburgh.

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