1-Day Highland Lochs, Castles & Whisky

Departs from Edinburgh 8.00-8.30am | Returns to Edinburgh approx. 6.30pm

This 1-Day Tour departs Edinburgh on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays between June and October 2017. Explore Stirling Castle, the Highlands and a working Scotch Whisky-Distillery. See beautiful Mountains, Waterfalls, Lochs, Castles in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Visit ‘Game of Thrones’/Outlander/Monty Python’s’ Doune Castle.

See beautiful Mountains, Waterfalls, Lochs, Castles and our famous Highland Cows (Hairy Coos!!!) within the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. Visit Doune Castle, the backdrop to ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Outlander’ and ‘Monty Python’.

*Please note Doune Castle is CLOSED for film production between October 22nd – 26th 2017. As such, it will not be possible to visit the castle as part of this tour on those dates. Unfortunately we cannot even stop for external photographs. We apologise for any inconvenience.* 

The perfect tour for those looking for an action-packed day full of Scottish history, culture, and magnificent scenery.


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Please watch our Tour video below, which shows you what a day on tour with us is like for our guests:

Your Highlands Tour Highlights:

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    Follow in the footsteps of Legends and Kings as you explore historic Stirling Castle
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    Take in the spectacular scenery of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
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    An optional whisky-tasting tour at a traditional Whisky-Distillery
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    See Doune Castle, filming location for ‘Monty Python’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Outlander’.
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    View the impressive ‘Kelpies’, Scotland’s largest public art installation

This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to get out of the city, visit Castles, a Whisky-Distillery, and see of the extraordinary wilderness of the Scottish Highlands.

Tour Route/Map:

Full Tour Itinerary:

8.15 AM – We depart the historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh and make our way up the Forth Valley towards Stirling. You’ll stop at the spectacular Kelpies – 30 foot high metal equine sculptures, built at the entrance to Forth and Clyde Canals as a tribute to Central Scotland’s industrial past. You’ll see why the Kelpies are fast becoming one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks and the perfect spot for photographs.

10:00am: Stirling Castle is the most important castle in Scottish history, due to it’s important location where the Lowlands meet Highlands. Scottish (…and sometimes English) armies throughout history stopped advancing armies from every direction. Hear tales of the famous battles fought at Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn during the Wars of Independence, as William Wallace then Robert the Bruce led the Scottish army to unlikely victories, inspiration for the movie ‘Braveheart’. There are over 900 years of history within the walls of this castle, one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions, which come alive as you explore its great halls, dungeons and narrows wynds. (Castle Entry Optional)

You’ll have 90 minutes to tour the Castle, or alternatively explore Stirling’s Old Town, before you continue north towards the Highlands.

12:00pm: You’ll then visit the beautiful Lake of Menteith, Scotland’s only Lake, with stunning views of the magnificent ‘Ben Lomond’.

12:30pm: You’ll have lunch in the Highland village of Aberfoyle, before we go over the famous ‘Duke’s Pass‘, stopping for photos of the beautiful views, before we meet our famous herd of ‘Hairy Coos‘ (Highland Cows)!These magnificent yak-like creatures are native to Scotland, and they love to pose for your photographs!


1:45pm: You’ll enjoy a short nature walk through the forest to ‘Little Fawn Falls’, a beautiful little waterfall in the heart of the Loch Lomond and the Troassachs’ National Park.

3:00pm: At Loch Katrine, experience the beautiful scenery which inspired Sir Walter Scott’s poem The Lady of the Lake. Your tour guide will entertain you with the story of “The Scottish Robin Hood”, the most famous Highlander in history, ‘Rob Roy MacGregor‘, who was born and lived at  Loch Katrine. Go for a  short walk along the banks of this famous Loch, enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Highlands, and get some stunning photographs, before we begin to make our way south.

Afternoon Option 1: 4:00pm  You’ll arrive at Deanston Distillery, located on the banks of the beautiful River Teith. Take an optional 45-minute tour of the working distillery. Experience the whisky-making process from beginning to end, and learn why Scotch is such a world-renowned spirit. The tour finishes with a short whisky-tasting. (£8.00 per adult)

Afternoon Option 2: 4:00pm Alternatively, you can visit the nearby Doune Castle, dating from the 14th century, and a filming location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones and Outlander. You’ll have 45 minutes to tour this castle if you’d prefer this option. (Castle entry £6.00 per adult/£3.60 per child)

At 6.30pm, you arrive back in Edinburgh city centre.


Optional Extras During your Tour:

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    Stirling Castle entry – £14.50 for over-16s, £8.70 for under 16s
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    Doune Castle entry – £6 for over 16s, £3.60 for under-16s
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    45-min Whisky-Distillery tour & tasting at Deanston – £8.00 adults

Other Important Information:

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    We promise you will LOVE your tour with us. If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with the tour or your experience with us, you can have your money back!
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    Please note that due to the limitations of our insurance, we cannot carry children under 7 years’ old on any of our tours.
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    For your nearest departure point please visit our interactive departure map ›

Interactive Departure Map:

Tour Departure Information – click on map markers for more info.

StopTimeDeparture Points
A8:00amLeith Links. (East Hermitage Place, Bus Stop outside Merith House Hotel, post/zip code: EH6 8AF)
B8:15amRoyal Mile, 459-461 Lawnmarket. (Bus Stop @ ’HeritageOfScotland.com Shop’, 459-461 Lawnmarket, post/zip code: EH1 2NT)
C8:20amNew Town, Hanover Street. (Bus Stop @ ’Bar Soba’, 104 Hanover Street, post/zip code: EH2 1DR)
D8:30amWest End/Haymarket. (Bus Stop ’HJ’ (next to Tram Stop) directly across from ’bagpipe.co.uk’ shop, 20 Clifton Terrace - post/zip code: EH12 5JZ)

The Highland Lochs, Castles & Whisky tour departs Edinburgh between 8.00-8.30 am (dependent on departure point, see above). For your convenience, we offer a complimentary local departure service from Leith Links at 8.00am, to our last stop on Haymarket Station at 8:30am. You can choose your departure point and hop on the tour from several locations around the city.

As we want to fill the tour with lots of great sights, the bus will depart at the designated times and CANNOT wait or return for guests – please be at your chosen departure point AT LEAST 5 MINUTES beforehand to check-in with your guide.

The bus may be travelling a minute or so late, but 95% of the time it travels right on schedule, so please be there at least 5 minutes beforehand – otherwise you risk missing the tour departure! You DO NOT need to confirm your chosen departure point ahead of the tour, just be at the pickup point closest to your accommodation for the designated departure time.



For operational reasons, occasionally our ‘Ness Bus’ is covered by ORANGE or WHITE ‘Hairy Coo’ branded buses, both of which are to the same high standard as our ‘Ness Bus’. In the event of a ‘Hairy Coo’ bus being used a ‘Ness Bus’ poster/sign will be visible on the front windows next to the passenger door. Please LOOK OUT for any of the buses below showing up at the stops:


As we want to fill the tour with lots of great sights, the bus will depart at the designated times and CANNOT wait or return for guests – please be at your chosen departure point AT LEAST 5 MINUTES beforehand to check-in with your guide.

PLEASE NOTE, due to roadworks/road closures, the departure point locations/addresses may change at short notice, so please check this page again a few days before you go on tour to make sure the departure points are at the same locations.

What should you bring on the day of the Tour?

Cash – A lot of remote towns and villages have only 1 ATM – and it may not always be in service, so please bring enough cash for a full day out – including optional attraction entrance prices, food, drinks etc., we normally recommend a minimum of £30 per person.

A Camera – For pictures of the beautiful scenery, and in case you see Nessie!

Wet-weather clothing (including a rainproof jacket), and comfortable shoes/footwear.

At the end of your tour/trip, if you feel your Driver/guide has added to your experience, feel free to tip them whatever you feel their performance was worth to you. Tips/Gratuities aren’t expected, but are of course Accepted!

Tour Return Time/Location:

The tour will return to Edinburgh at approximately 6:30-6:45pm, and will drop off at a central location in Edinburgh city centre (On Princes St., near Waverley Train Station). Due to European Drivers’ Hours legislation, our drivers are unable to offer individual accommodation dropoffs.

Cancellation Policy:

If you are unable to take the tour/trip booked, and wish to cancel your booking for a refund, please note you should notify us in writing AT LEAST 72 hours (3 days) before the tour departure time. You can do this by emailing us at: info@nessbus.com with full details of your booking, and a refund will be issued as soon as possible by our accounts department.

If you notify us that you wish to cancel your booking within 72 hours of the tour departure time, a refund will only be granted if your booking/seats are resold. In the event that you fail to notify us within the required timeframe, or fail to show up on time for your booked tour/trip, no refunds will be given.


Adults £39

Students £33

Children £30

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