Loch Leven: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glenoce & The Highlands Day Tour

1. From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glenoce & The Highlands Day Tour

Following pickup from central Edinburgh, you will head towards Stirling, catching views of the Castle and Wallace Monument as you venture to the Highlands. Visit Callander, and stop for morning coffee in this bustling town described as the gateway to the highlands. Head northwards over Rannoch Moor until you reach the dark, brooding Pass of Glencoe. Stop for lunch and free time nearby the Fort William area, then follow the Caledonian Canal up the Great Glen to Loch Ness. Here, you have some free time with the option to cruise on the Loch, or if you don't want to take the cruise you can relax in one of the bars or restaurants in the tranquil village or on the pier.  After Loch Ness you will head South East and take in magnificent views of Loch Laggan. On the way home, enjoy a refreshment stop in Pitlochry, a delightful Victorian resort town. Then, head south through Fife, and cross the Forth next to the amazing Forth Bridge, before arriving back in Edinburgh.

From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Tour

2. From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Tour

Travel through the historic country of Fife on this day trip from Edinburgh aboard an airconditioned bus. Dive into sights that you see along the way with live commentary. Stop in the charming towns of Anstruther, St. Andrews, and South Queensferry. Leave Edinburgh and admire views of the iconic Forth Rail Bridge as you cross the Firth of Forth, and enter into the ancient “Kingdom of Fife.” Pass through Aberdour before continuing into the East Neuk of Fife.  Take in the views as you pass thorugh the picturesque villages of St. Monans and Pittenween, which were once thriving fishing. Reach the town of Anstruther, the home of the Scottish Fisheries Museum, where the bus will make a stop.  Leaving Anstruther, journey through Crail and then arrive in the beautiful medieval town of St. Andrews in time for lunch. Have free time to walk around the town which is famous as the home of golf and has the best-known golf course in the world. Spend your three-hours of free time purchasing lunch, walking down cobbled streets, seeing the ruins of the cathedral and castle, or visiting Scotland’s oldest university, where Prince William met Kate Middleton. Heading homewards, travel across the Lomond hills, descending to Loch Leven (where Mary Queen of Scot was imprisoned). Make a brief stop to admire magnificent views of the Forth Bridges in South Queensferry before returning to Edinburgh.

From Edinburgh: St Andrews, Nature Walk & Dunfermline Abbey

3. From Edinburgh: St Andrews, Nature Walk & Dunfermline Abbey

Travel to the town of St Andrews where you'll get a chance to explore St Andrews Cathedral and the historic St Andrews Castle. Get out for a scenic short coastal walk, visit some coastal towns and walk at Loch Leven Nature Reserve before visiting Dunfermline Abbey, the resting location of past Kings and Queens. Depart Edinburgh, Scotland's largest city and travel over the Queensferry crossing and drive along the coast towards the beautiful Coastal town of St Andrews. As you explore, you'll visit beautiful coastal towns and get gorgeous scenic views Arrive on the coast and go for a short walk to Lady's tower and Lighthouse and experience the the Sea breeze and beautiful scenery The town of St Andrews is mainly known for the historic Old Course, golf Course, though there is so much more to see. You'll get the chance to visit St Andrews Castle, St Andrews Cathedral and walk the streets of this historic town. You'll also, have time for a delicious lunch at one of many places in St Andrews After some lunch, you'll leave St Andrews behind and travel to Loch Leven nature Reserve for a lovely nature walk where you'll hopefully get the chance to see some wildlife Then there's the historic Dunfermline Abbey, resting location of Scottish Kings and Queens and dating back almost a 1000 years ago From here, you'll travel back to Edinburgh, where your Scotland Tour Guide will drop you of at the same location you were picked up.

From Oban Glencoe and Castles Tour

4. From Oban Glencoe and Castles Tour

Start your day early in Oban and head to Dunstaffnage Castle, located just outside of the town. This castle dates back to the 13th century and was once the stronghold of the MacDougall clan. From Dunstaffnage Castle, continue north to Castle Stalker. This picturesque castle is situated on a small island in Loch Laich and dates back to the 14th century. Next, make your way to the nearby village of Appin to see the site of the infamous Appin murder, which inspired the novel "Kidnapped" by Robert Louis Stevenson. After visiting Appin, head to the Glencoe Heritage Site for lunch. This site offers a museum, exhibitions, and a cafe with views of the stunning Glencoe valley. After lunch, take some time to explore Glencoe and its surrounding areas. There are several photo stops along the way, including the iconic Three Sisters and the scenic Loch Leven. Next, continue on to Bridge of Orchy, a small village located at the southern edge of Rannoch Moor. This area offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and moorland. From Bridge of Orchy, make your way to Kilchurn Castle, a picturesque ruin located on the shores of Loch Awe. This castle dates back to the 15th century and offers stunning views of the loch and surrounding mountains. Finally, visit St. Conans Kirk, located just a short distance from Kilchurn Castle. This unique church dates back to the early 20th century and features intricate stonework, stained glass windows, and an ornate interior. After visiting St. Conans Kirk, head back to Oban, where you can enjoy dinner and relax after a day of exploring the stunning scenery of Glencoe and its surrounding areas.

From Edinburgh: Lindores Abbey Distillery & Falkland Palace

5. From Edinburgh: Lindores Abbey Distillery & Falkland Palace

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Scotland, immersing yourself in the birthplace of Whisky and marvelling at stunning sights along the way. This tour offers a leisurely pace, allowing you to savour every moment. Begin your adventure at Lindores Distillery, a relatively new establishment situated on the historic site where whisky was first documented. Delve into the rich heritage and production process of this beloved spirit. Next, venture to the tranquil village of Falkland, where time seems to stand still. Explore its charming streets, adorned with traditional architecture and quaint shops. Finally, prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking shores of Loch Leven. Its tranquil waters, surrounded by majestic mountains, create a picturesque setting that will leave you in awe. Soak in the beauty of Scotland as you uncover the origins of Whisky and experience its enchanting landscapes.

From Edinburgh: Mary Queen of Scots Day Tour in Luxury MPV

6. From Edinburgh: Mary Queen of Scots Day Tour in Luxury MPV

For our history lovers and Mary Queen of Scots enthusiasts, embark on a private tour around Mary Stewart’s favourite palaces, homes and views. Walk where Mary walked and discover the lesser-known, quirky and obscure facts from your very own kilted guide. From Linlithgow Palace to Castle, follow our most famous monarch through her remarkable, yet tragic, life as you explore the beauty of Scotland in a luxury vehicle with door-to-door service.

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What people are saying about Loch Leven

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Great, informative and fun tour!! We were really skeptical of this tour, as it mentioned quite long distances and a lot of time to spend in the bus. However, if you come to Edinburgh and you do not plan to rent a car but want to see great Scottish views - you need to get on one of these tours! The driver-guide Willie was SUPER FUN, I have never been on a tour with such a great guide! He was making fun of things you would never imagine, making you actually pay attention and want to hear all the details of the history of Scotland. He was referencing movies and highlighting bits that were altered from the reality. The placed we visited were amazing! There was enough time for pictures and food and everything you plan to do. I suggest getting snacks and drinks, as is it nice to chew on something while listening to Willie’s stories! Even while on bus, you see a lot of things through the window and we were lucky enough to see 2 full rainbows after rain. Excellent pick up and drop off! Thanks!

Amazing experience, Willie was a great tour guide. He was very polite, accommodating to all the guest's needs and knowlegdable. Willie was especially passionate about his guided tour which made it even better!

Even though the weather was terrible, it was one of the best trips I’ve ever had and Brian was one of the main reasons it was such a good trip!

Amazing guide! He made the whole experience so fun for everyone. His name was Dougie and had great sense of humor and amazing stories

We have a great time while visit scottish higland Tour , it’s spectaculer view at Glen Coe