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Edinburgh: Stirling, Whisky and St Andrews Tour in Spanish

1. Edinburgh: Stirling, Whisky and St Andrews Tour in Spanish

Make your own way to the meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town, and hop onto a coach or minivan. Head to Stirling, a medieval city that played a vital role in Scottish history. Look out for the imposing Stirling Castle, which sits on mound of volcanic rock, overlooking the town and surrounding region. If you choose to, you can enter the royal fortress and walk through the royal chambers, once home to Scottish kings and queens. Explore for around an hour before you travel to a nearby whisky distillery. Walk through the brewery to discover the steps it takes to produce the spirit. Finish your visit with a sample of whisky. Continue on to the coastal town of St Andrews. Hear your guide recount the story of the city's past and explain its connection to Catholicism. On arrival, enjoy free time to wander around. View the remains of the ruined cathedral, once the biggest Catholic church in Scotland, or visit the renowned Old Course, the world's oldest golf course. Take the opportunity to eat lunch here and after around two hours in St Andrews, begin the journey back to Edinburgh. Make one last stop in the village of South Queensferry to admire views of the Forth Bridge, an iconic Victorian structure, before your drive back to Edinburgh Old Town.

Scottish Highlands & Whisky Full-Day Tour from Edinburgh

2. Scottish Highlands & Whisky Full-Day Tour from Edinburgh

Enjoy a fabulous day trip from Edinburgh to experience Scotland’s beautiful countryside just minutes from the capital. Drive to the stunning Highlands, and stop to sample a drop of the national drink to get a complete taste of Scotland. Leaving Edinburgh, the tour makes its way to the ancient capital of Stirling, where the skyline is dominated by its castle on the rock and the iconic Wallace Monument. Stop to hear of Scotland’s most famous patriot and his part in the medieval Wars of Independence.  Say hello to “Hamish the hairy coo”, before driving through the scenic Trossachs National Park. Heading further into the Highlands, pass the shimmering waters of Loch Earn, before stopping for lunch at The Famous Grouse Experience, one of Scotland’s best-known whisky distilleries. Once revived, enjoy a “wee dram” of Scotch whisky and drink the “Water of Life.” Continue to the Hermitage in the heart of Perthshire for a short woodland walk to see the spectacular Black Linn Falls on the River Braan. On the return journey, visit the quaint village of Dunkeld, an area associated with Macbeth, where the stunning cathedral sits on the banks of the River Tay. Pass the iconic Forth Bridge on the way back into Edinburgh, admiring the fantastic 19th-century feat of engineering.

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

3. Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

As you drive north from Edinburgh on this 9-hour excursion you’ll get chance to marvel at the engineering miracle of the Kelpies sculptures as you pass. Then, as you travel through Stirlingshire, your guide will bring to life the turbulent times of William Wallace, dramatized in the film Braveheart, and explain his link to the area you're passing through. Your first stop is the city of Stirling, where you'll have ample time to visit the stunning castle (admission not included) or enjoy a walk along the atmospheric, ancient streets that surround it. Then, journey to Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, and make a stop on the shore of Scotland's biggest loch: Loch Lomond. You will have a chance to take in the views and stroll along the shores of the loch. Take the opportunity to visit one of Scotland's best-known distilleries, where you’ll learn how they make their whisky and get a dram of their Single Malt Whisky (optional extra).

Edinburgh: Ultimate Whisky Experience

4. Edinburgh: Ultimate Whisky Experience

Depart from Edinburgh and journey north to South Queensferry, where you will enjoy a photo stop of the Queensferry Bridges. Continue on to Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery for the first whisky-themed stop of the day. Spend 2 hours here for their Whisky and Chocolate tasting tour priced at £19.55 per person. Head on to Loch Lubnaig, and then to the Glenturret distillery. Located on the Turret River, just outside of Crieff, Glenturret Distillery is Scotland's oldest working distillery and still hand-crafts its whisky using the last remaining hand-operated mash tun in Scotland. Here, enjoy a tour and tasting at a cost of £15.

From Edinburgh: Discovering Malt Whisky Distillery Day Tour

5. From Edinburgh: Discovering Malt Whisky Distillery Day Tour

Get better acquainted with Scottish whiskey on this day trip by van from Edinburgh. Explore the distilleries of Glengoyne and Deanston and go for a drive along the shores of the famed Loch Lomond. Depart from Edinburgh in the morning aboard a climate-controlled van and relax on the drive west past Stirling castle. Arrive at Glengoyne distillery and be introduced to the simple but magical process of turning barley, water, and yeast into whisky. Unwind with a scenic drive to the shores of Loch Lomond. Stop at a pub where you can purchase a hearty lunch and some local beer. After lunch, have the option to go for a short walk to the viewpoint overlooking the loch before making your way to Deanston Distillery. Explore the interesting features of this distillery that was converted from cotton mill on the banks of the river Teith. Find out how they produce some unique whisky flavors. Return to Edinburgh with the stories and flavors of single malt whisky fresh in your mind.

Stirling Castle, Highland Lochs & Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

6. Stirling Castle, Highland Lochs & Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

Explore Scotland’s history on this unique tour. Start your day with a visit to Stirling Castle, home to the Scottish Royals until the early 17th century. You’ll have the opportunity to tour the castle itself or stroll around Old Stirling, the ancient capital of Scotland. On your way to Loch Lomond you’ll see the famous highland cows, and pass a stunning landscape of lochs and mountains, reaching Loch Lomond at lunchtime. After lunch by the "bonnie banks," you’ll have the choice of a boat trip on the Loch or a short nature walk to a superb viewpoint over Scotland’s largest lake. You’ll finish the day at Glengoyne Distillery, situated in a wooded valley in the southern Highlands. The distillery, which takes its name from ‘Glen Guin’ or Glen of the Wild Geese, has been producing high quality single malt for nearly 200 years. You will, of course, have the opportunity to tour this beautifully located distillery and sample the delicious 10-year-old product for yourself!

Scotland Whisky Explorer: Highlands Day Tour from Edinburgh

7. Scotland Whisky Explorer: Highlands Day Tour from Edinburgh

Depart from Edinburgh in the morning, heading for the Scottish Highlands via Stirling, the country’s ancient capital. Stirling’s skyline is dominated by its castle and the iconic Wallace Monument. After paying a visit to “Hamish, the Hairy Coo”, continue your drive into the Highlands, taking in the scenic beauty of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Along the way, pass by the shimmering waters of Loch Earn before stopping for lunch at The Famous Grouse Experience, one of Scotland’s most famous whisky distilleries. There is an optional guided tour available that provides an insight into how “uisge beatha” (the water of life) is made and takes you on an interactive journey of the history behind one of the best-known brands of Scotch whisky. Having revived yourself with a wee dram, head to the heart of Perthshire to visit the Hermitage and enjoy a woodland walk to the spectacular Black Linn Falls on the River Braan. The return journey takes us to the quaint village of Dunkeld, made famous in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Dunkeld is also known for its stunning cathedral, situated on the banks of the River Tay. Finally, drive past the Forth Bridges and return to Edinburgh.

Stirling Castle, Kelpies, Loch Lomond Walk & Whisky Tour

8. Stirling Castle, Kelpies, Loch Lomond Walk & Whisky Tour

Embark on a guided day tour to Stirling Castle, Kelpies, Loch Lomond, and the Glengoyne Distillery, departing from Edinburgh. Get an overview of Scottish history and culture as you explore some of the country's most famous landmarks. Depart from Edinburgh and travel first to Stirling Castle. Discover the secrets of this historic castle, which was the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots and James VI. It is situated overlooking the River Forth, at the meeting point between Lowlands and Highlands. Visit the Royal Palace of the castle and witness lavish decor from the 1500s. Visit the last Royal Scottish building at Stirling, The Chapel Royal, and learn how Stirling castle is linked to famous names like King Robert the Bruce, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the Jacobite uprising. From Stirling Castle, you will then visit the banks of Loch Lomond. Take a short hike on the shores and hear all about local legends along with the history, wildlife, and culture of Trossachs National Park. Learn more about the Vikings that landed and colonized this area many years ago. After hiking the banks of Loch Lomond, head to Glengoyne Distillery where you’ll get the opportunity to take a tour to learn about the whisky-making process. Discover how they create the famous “water of life” you’ll even get the chance to taste a delicious dram or two. Continue to the Kelpies sculpture in Falkirk and marvel at the almost 100ft work created by Glaswegian Andy Scott. Learn about these mythical creatures that are said to be prevalent in Scottish waters, and who can cause a lot of havoc to unsuspecting locals with their shape-shifting abilities. Finally, relax on the journey back towards Edinburgh. Be dropped off in the city center and say your farewells as you enjoy the rest of your time in Scotland.

Glasgow: Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond Walk & Whisky Tour

9. Glasgow: Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond Walk & Whisky Tour

See the highlights of Scotland including a historic castle, the Highland Whisky Distillery, and the Scottish Highlands. Learn all about the history of the area from your local guide. After departing Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city and one that’s full of character, a great music scene, and plenty of wonderful restaurants, your guide will take you north to the historic city of Stirling. This is your chance to visit Stirling Castle, a notably prominent feature on the skyline steeped in some of the most magnificent history in the country. It’s believed to have been besieged at least 16 times and changed hands many times during the Wars of Independence. Enjoy free time to explore the castle and even join one of their scheduled tours led by the expert Castle guides. Next, your guide will whisk you over to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to experience the magnificent Scottish Highlands. Witness the Highland boundary fault line, the area of Scotland where the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands crashed together millions of years ago. Go for a short walk and truly experience the breathtaking Highland landscape in all its glory. Your guide will regale you with some of the wonderful histories of the area, and introduce you to the wildlife and what makes Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park such a special place. Next, it's time for the tasty part of the tour, a deliciously smooth Highland Whisky Distillery. Your guide will take you over to Glengoyne Distillery where you will want to take a tour and learn all about “uisge beatha” Gaelic for “water of life”. Hear about the entire whisky-making process and even get to delight your taste buds with a wee dram or two, and you might even want to take home a bottle for a nightcap occasionally. So, after having a wonderful day tour and experiencing a diverse range of what Scotland has to offer, your guide will wish you farewell and take you back to Glasgow for you to continue your Great Scottish Adventure. The Stirling Castle, Whisky Distillery, and Loch Lomond guided day tour may be explored in reverse.

Edinburgh: Stirling, Whisky & St Andrews Tour in Italian

10. Edinburgh: Stirling, Whisky & St Andrews Tour in Italian

Make your own way to the prearranged meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town, and then hop on to a coach or minivan and be chauffeured out to Stirling, a medieval city that played a vital role in Scottish history. Look out for the imposing Stirling Castle, which sits on mound of volcanic rock, overlooking the town and surrounding region. Pay a fee to enter (optional) the royal fortress and walk through the royal chambers, which were once home to Scottish kings and queens. After around an hour of exploring, leave Stirling and from here, we will continue on to the coastal town of St Andrews. On the way there, hear your guide recount the story of the city’s past and explain its connection to Catholicism. On arrival, enjoy some free time to wander around. View the remains of the ruined Cathedral, which at one time was the biggest Catholic church in Scotland, or visit the renowned Old Course, the world’s oldest golf course. You’ll also have the opportunity to eat lunch here (not included in tour price). After around two hours in St Andrews, we begin our journey to head to the distillery, you can walk through the brewery, discovering the various steps involved in producing the spirit. Finish your visit with a wee sample of whisky. It's now time to begin the journey back to Edinburgh where your day trip will end.

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Great trip well worth the money! John was an excellent guide with a lot of information to share (about the area, sights, whiskey, and music)! You do have to pay an additional cost for Stirling (£16.50) and the distillery (£17) but it's definitely worth it. The guided tour at both were very informational. Even though it was a bit of a rainy day, the clouds parted during our time at Loch Lomond so we got to see how beautiful it is. Definitely make sure you dress warm and wear comfy shoes

Excellent excursion. The visit to the Auchentoshan distillery in particular was really great, a lot of humor and good humor. I highly recommend!

This was a great tour. We visited 2 awesome distilleries and the guide was fantastic and funny.

It was an excellent tour. John was amazing. He was an excellent tour guide.

Informative, educational, well paced, and with an excellent guide