From Edinburgh: Outlander Experience 2-Day Tour
- Duration: 2 days
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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky Day Trip from Edinburgh was the highlight of our trip to Scotland and was a perfect mix of castles, history, lochs, and beautiful scenery outside of Edinburgh in a day. Our tour guide, Brian Smith, was awesome. We really enjoyed his knowledgeable and engaging stories, but also his enthusiasm, humor and DJ’ing skills. His selection of Scottish music/artists was lots of fun. He also took us on a short hike for a spectacular view of Loch Lomond that we never would have found on our own. We visited many other interesting sites including the Kelpies, Stirling Castle with views of the highlands and the Robert the Bruce Monument, lunch in Aberfoyle, Three Lochs Drive lookout for view of Caledonian mountains, and feeding the hairy coos (Hamish Dubh, Holly and Honey). As Game of Thrones & Outlander fans, we opted for visiting Doune Castle while some of the others toured Deanston’s Distillery.
My friends and I booked a 10-hour tour from Edingburgh to Loch Lomond, a Whiskey Tour/Castle Doune, and Stirling Castle, and we loved every second of it. The tour-guide was well-informed about the areas that we were both visiting and driving through, and filled the time between stops with interesting stories and historical facts, which tickled my fancy as a bachelor's degree in European history. We had a good amount of time at each location, with enough time to get our fill of the place and have a chance to explore on our own time.
A nice relaxing day, an excellent guide: Callum was brilliant. However, the tour needs to be modified to meet Scottish Winter daylight hours. Disappointed that bye the time we got to Balmaha, on Loch Lomond, it was dark (now LL is speckie and magic to see especially in the light of day). Callander (is pretty boring and plain). That could have been missed out as could have the top of The Dukes Pass: nice, but in lovely Scottish rain and wind, it’s pretty ordinary and, freezes your tits off. But in a nutshell: damn fine day.
The tour overall was great but we did find the extra we needed to pay for ended up in an expansive day. Would be awesome it the tour could organise entry (maybe even discounted) at the different stops. I’m addition, We didn’t have enough time at Sterling Castle to see it all. We also found finding a lunch spot hard. All the cafe/pubs in the Callander were busy or not serving food. Struggled to find anything I. The time.
Callum was friendly, easy-going, and a wonderful storyteller. We had plenty of time at each stop, and he was available to help us and answer questions throughout the day. The trip itself was exactly what we wanted, a day trip out of Edinburgh to see some more of Scotland. The castle was amazing, and we enjoyed chatting with Jean Wallace and Mary Stuart! One of the highlights of the day for me was "meeting them."