1-Day Highland Lochs, Castles & Whisky Tour

Departs Edinburgh 8.30am | Returns 6.30pm
April – October 2018 | Departs Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays
Adults: £39 – £45 | Students: £33 – £43 
Children/Youths: £30 – £37

This 1-Day Tour departs Edinburgh on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays between April and October 2018. Explore Stirling Castle, the Highlands and a working Scotch Whisky-Distillery.

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’.


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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

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

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 most famous Highlander of them all, ‘Rob Roy MacGregor‘, who was born and lived near this stunning loch. Go for a  short walk along the water’s edge, enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Highlands, and get some beautiful photographs, before we begin to make our way south through the village of Callander.

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.


Tour Departure / Meeting Location:

The Highland Lochs, Castles & Whisky tour departs Edinburgh PROMPTLY at 8.30 am from the Bus Stop directly outside Deacon’s House Cafe,304 Lawnmarket, EH1 2PS. Please be at the designated meeting point to check-in with your Driver-Guide by 8.15am at the latest.

Please note that seats are unreserved and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis at check-in. As we want to fill the day with lots of nice sights and activities, we do promptly at 8.30am and cannot wait for latecomers. It is your responsibility to be at the meeting point on time.


Tour Return Time/Location:

The tour will return to Edinburgh at approximately 6:30-6:45pm, and will usually drop off at the same location as the tour began (unless otherwise specified). Please note that during the month of August, the Lawnmarket is not accessible to vehicles and as such we will drop off at a nearby location, Waterloo Place.



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 the departure point AT LEAST 15 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.

Optional Extras During your Tour:

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    Stirling Castle entry – £15.00 for over-16s, £9.00 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 ›

What should you bring on the day of the Tour?

PHOTO ID: Please note that valid photograph ID proving you are aged 18 years or over may be required for whisky tasting at Deanston Distillery. As per UK Law they operate the “Challenge 25” policy, whereby they will ask for valid ID from anyone they think could be younger than 25 years of age. This can be a Passport, Drivers License or proof of age card.

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!

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!

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 From £39 – £47

Students From £33 – £43

Children From £30 – £39

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