Scotland – A Day Trip To Stirling & Loch Lomond

Squeezing as much as possible into a travel itinerary is not ideal, so if you want to see as much as possible of Scotland in a short period of time, it’s best once you have arrived and after the right currency exchange rate has been checked to either rent your own car or go with a great tour company so they can take you to the best places. So when Rabbie’s Tours offered to take us around Scotland for a few days we thought a 1 day tour to Stirling and Loch Lomond would be perfect.

The Guide And The Tales

The tour began at 9 o clock in the morning, and after an amazing cup of mint hot chocolate from Chocolate Soup (thanks for the tip Anthony!) we met up outside their office on the Royal Mile. The guide, Mac, dressed in kilt, t-shirt and calf high socks in tartan material wrapped with leather strings, was a charismatic guy who had such a strong passion for Scotland.

During the long drive passing stunning scenery on selected off the beaten track roads, we sat with our ears and eyes wide open and took in the scenery while listening to the crazy stories and tales of Scotland’s history and the people who made it what it is today.

Mac shared the history behind the many famous thieves, and royalties who shaped Scotland, talked about how life used to be for the people in this land, and the reason why there are only 5 million Scots in Scotland and about 20 million around the rest of the world.

Scotland’s history is brutal but so fascinating, we learned about everything from the most important events in the country’s history to small details like how the word black mail and mailbox derives from historical events in Scotland.

The Route

The first stop was Stirling Castle, one of the most important castles in Scottish history. You could actually visit the chamber and dining halls of the Royal family who used to live there.

We also made a quick stop over to check out Doune Castle where “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” was filmed!

If you have seen the movie, you would recognize the castle in the movie more than once, as they pretend the castle was several different castles when it was in reality just one castle, filmed from 3 different angles – you have to love their solutions to budget and convenience..!

We then drove through the Trossachs, often known as the ”highlands in miniature” because of its beautiful scenery with mountains and glens.

The final stop was Inversnaid, a secluded little place north of Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest loch (lake).

We climbed up many narrow wooden stairs and walked through the green nature which is so distinct to Scotland, and a few minutes later we were facing a powerful, beautiful waterfall.

Usually waterfalls seem to disappoint me due to their weakness, and small size but this one (on the right —>) was actually one of the best I’ve ever seen.

We really enjoyed our tour with Rabbie’s, the guide was amazing, he taught us so much more about Scottish history than we could have imagined – and it really was a great way to spend a day in Scotland.

Disclaimer: Our tour was sponsored by Rabbie’s Trail Burners, but as always our opinions are our own.

12 Responses to Scotland – A Day Trip To Stirling & Loch Lomond

  1. Jade October 13, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    We did a similar tour and loved it! The area is just so beautiful and peaceful. Would love to drive around the area ourselves

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 15, 2011 at 7:22 am #

      Great to hear! Yeah me too, maybe next time we’ll rent a car and drive around ourselves, I’m sure that would be an awesome experience.

  2. Debbie Beardsley October 13, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    I have never been to Scotland but this looks beautiful!  I think a driving tour of Scotland would be amazing.

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 15, 2011 at 7:21 am #

      It was a great way to see Scotland, I would love to go back there again to see more!

  3. Langley Chrysler October 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    I was waiting for you to mention the movie Braveheart starring Mel Gibson since the film also depicts the history of Scotland. I don’t know if the whole movie is filmed in Scotland but the landscapes shown in the film are so breathtaking. I wonder if Scottish people still play the bag pipes. The sound is so distinct from any instrument. It’s like listening to a beautiful cry of the soul. 

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 15, 2011 at 7:20 am #

      Some of the most beautiful scenes were filmed in Glencoe and Glen Nevis, close to Fort William which we will write about next week. The area is absolutely beautiful!

      In Edinburgh we could hear the sound of bag pipes in the distance everywhere we went, so yes they definitely play.

  4. Anthony October 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Yaaaaaaaaaaay! Famous on AWT 😛

    I’m so glad you went to chocolate soup, the sugar rush will have helped for the walk. Feeling slightly ashamed I haven’t seen more of Scotland, when I live so close!

  5. Pooja Singh October 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    Fabulous. Great blog.

  6. Scrapbooking October 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Lovely place. Castle and ruins is my taste.

  7. Silver Jewelry Jaipur October 22, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    really i am agree with everbody such a lovely place


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