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From Balloch: Epic Highlands Day Trip & Standing Stones

From Balloch: Epic Highlands Day Trip & Standing Stones

Activity provider: Experience Scotland's Wild

From US$ 71.36 per person

Immerse yourself in the Highlands on a day trip from Balloch to see Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, standing stones 5,000 years old, Inveraray Castle, Loch Fyne, and Kilchurn Castle.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 8 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Trace along the ridges of mysterious standing stones over 5,000 years old
  • Drive along the bonny banks of Loch Lomond and experience stunning views
  • Learn about Scottish history as you explore around Inveraray Castle and gardens
  • Wonder at the secret riddle of prehistory art at the cup and ring marked rocks
  • Discover the lightning-struck ruins of Kilchurn Castle on the banks of Loch Awe
Full description

Experience the magic of the standing stones and castles of the Highlands on a true Scottish day trip from Balloch. Drive through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and walk in Inveraray Castle. Spot seals in Loch Fyne and see standing stones over 5,000 years old.

Meet your friendly guide and group at the visitor's center and get ready for your adventure into the heart of Scotland. Relax on a beautiful drive along the western shore of Loch Lomond, stopping at viewing points to admire the serene scenery of the Trossachs National Park.

Travel onwards towards Argyll and enter the Gothic Inveraray Castle, learning about the Wars of Scottish Independence and seeing rifles used against the Jacobite soldiers. Roam around the castle's 16-acres of wonderful gardens and soak in the aroma of flowers in the air.

Leave the castle and keep an eye out for swimming seals as you travel along the shoreline of Loch Fyne, one of the deepest Scottish sea lochs.

Get out of the car for a walk to view the largest finding of cup and ring marked rocks in the country. Thought to be ancient prehistoric art, try to unravel the mystery behind the creation of these patterns and learn about Dunadd Fort, the birthplace of Scotland.

Pretend you're Claire from Outlander as you discover a collection of monolithic standing stones, stone circles, and burial cairns believed to be over 5,000 years old. You won't find anything as special as this in Scotland.

Take time to explore the picturesque ruins of Kilchurn Castle next, a former fortress on the banks of Loch Awe. Watch for signs of thunderous clouds in the sky, as rumor has it that this historic castle was destroyed by lightning. Escape into the grounds for a short walk around the old stone walls.

Depart from Kilchurn and venture further into the Highlands towards the mountainous Trossachs region of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Finish your unforgettable day trip by enjoying the most magnificent landscapes on the banks of Loch Lomond.

Includes
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Experienced, local guide
  • Driving and walking tours
  • Short guided hikes
  • Food and drink
  • Entry tickets
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Please meet your guide at the VisitScotland Balloch Center. They will be holding an "Experience Scotland's Wild" sign.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • This tour is for ages 12 and up
  • A moderate level of fitness is required for the short walks
  • You will visit a cafe where you can purchase lunch
  • The meeting point at Balloch station is easily accessible by train from either Glasgow or Edinburgh
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We swapped to the Loch Lomond National Park tour with our guide Derek which was brilliant! Highly recommend

September 15, 2022

Product ID: 413381