A kelpie, or water kelpie, is a shape-shifting spirit inhabiting lakes in Scottish folklore
It is a Celtic legend; however, analogues exist in other cultures. It is usually described as a black horse-like creature, able to adopt human form

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Stirling Castle
Looming grandly from the crag of Castle Hill, Stirling Castle is one of the Scotland's most important and impressive castles.
Blackness Castle
This 15th-century fortress stands on a rocky spit in the Firth of Forth, best known as 'the ship that never sailed'.
Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway
Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. Our award-winning heritage railway is only 40 minutes drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh, located in the heart of the Forth Valley
Wallace Monument
This Victorian Gothic tower commemorates William Wallace, the 13th-century hero who fought for Scottish independence.
Culross is a village and former royal burgh, and parish, in Fife, and one of Scotland's most picturesque villages, often used as a film and television location.
Linlithgow Palace
Linlithgow Palace was the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots and one of the principal residences of the monarchs of Scotland in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its magnificent ruins are set in a park beside a loch rich in wildlife.

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Scottish Highlands: Day Trip from Edinburgh with Stirling Castle

This full-day trip will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, from the medieval city of Stirling, which ties the Highlands and Lowlands together including its striking castle, to the natural beauty of the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park.

On your private tour to the Scottish Highlands, you will:

  • Enjoy a scenic drive to the medieval city of Stirling with your private licensed guide;
  • Enjoy the best of the Scottish Highlands: castles, lochs, and whisky;
  • Visit the magnificent Stirling Castle, which overlooks the city of Stirling;
  • Learn about the key moments of Scotland's long and bloody history, as well as renowned characters including Mary Queen of Scots and William Wallace;
  • Stop for a traditional Scottish lunch at Aberfoyle or Balmaha (the cost of lunch is not included);
  • Enjoy a tour and tastings in one of Scotland’s prettiest whisky distilleries.

On your tour, you will have the chance to visit the magnificent Stirling Castle, which overlooks the ancient city of Stirling. The castle is one of the most iconic historic buildings in Scotland and has come to symbolize the spirit of this great nation. It sits atop an extinct volcano near the city of Edinburgh. Surrounded on three sides by precipitous cliffs, it's a formidable defensive position.

There have been at least eight sieges of Stirling Castle - all bloody, and rarely successful - with the last in 1746 by Bonnie Prince Charlie. Learn about the key moments of Scotland’s long, violent and bloody history.

You will also visit the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park, also known as ‘the Scottish Highlands in Miniature’, for it offers such a splendid view over myriad gorgeous lochs, untamed mountains and wonderful forests. About 100km northwest of Edinburgh, The Trossachs National Park is unrivalled for its scenery, walking and wildlife. The park is centred on Loch Lomond, the largest freshwater expanse in mainland Britain, and has a boundary of some 350km, encircling no less than 21 Munros. It is a place for superlatives.

Please note: if your travelling party is larger than 3, please be in touch so we may work with you on a custom booking.

The William Wallace Private Tour in a London Taxi from Edinburgh

Dive into the heart of Scottish history and lore on a captivating private tour of Sir William Wallace, a towering figure in Scotland's heritage, known for his relentless struggle for Scotland's independence and unyielding resistance against the oppressive forces of King Edward I of England during the late 13th century from the legendary Battle of Bannockburn to the mystical Kelpies, and the grandeur of Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument.

On this private full-day driving tour, you will: 

  • Travel in the comfort of a London Taxi with a private driver-guide;
  • Visit the famous Battle of Bannockburn Battlefield, a historic site near the town of Stirling, where the Scottish King Robert the Bruce secured a pivotal victory for Scottish independence in 1314;
  • Stop at the magnificent Kelpies, the towering horse-head sculptures that stand 30 meters tall as a tribute to Scotland's industrial heritage and a modern symbol of the nation's endurance and creativity;
  • Pass by the historic Stirling Castle, a strategically located castle which controlled the gateway to the Scottish Highlands;
  • See Stirling Bridge, where Sir William Wallace, alongside Andrew Moray, led the Scottish forces to a decisive victory against the English on September 11, 1297;
  • Learn about Wallace's heroic exploits and the enduring legacy of his fight for Scottish freedom at the National Wallace Monument;
  • If time allows, your guide will tailor the tour to include other nearby attractions, ensuring a comprehensive and personalised experience catering to your interests and curiosity before your scenic drive back to Edinburgh.

Embark on an unforgettable journey through time and legend with our exclusive private driving tour, exploring Scotland's most iconic and historically rich sites in the comfort of an iconic London cab. This immersive full-day tour will deepen your understanding of Scotland's past, providing insights into the events and figures that shaped this beautiful country. 

At the Battle of Bannockburn battlefield, you will uncover the dramatic events of 1314 when Robert the Bruce secured a pivotal victory for Scotland, although the battle occurred after Wallace's time, it is an essential part of the narrative of Scotland's fight for independence.

Experience the legendary Kelpies sculptures towering 30 meters high. These modern engineering masterpieces pay tribute to Scotland’s industrial heritage and mythical folklore. Take the opportunity to capture stunning photos of these iconic structures set against the tranquil landscape. 

Continue your journey to the Scottish symbol of resilience, Stirling Castle. Perched on Castle Hill, this fortress has witnessed many defining moments, becoming a pivotal point for both the Scots and the English during the Wars of Independence.

After a lunch stop, enjoy a drive towards the National Wallace Monument, a tribute to Sir William Wallace, the legendary Scottish hero. If time allows, your guide will tailor the tour to include any additional attractions that cater to your interests.  

During the tour, your guide will provide insightful commentary and answer any questions, ensuring a comprehensive and engaging experience. As the day comes to an end, you will be driven to your hotel with memories of a journey through Scotland’s heart and soul.

This tour is perfect for history enthusiasts, culture seekers, and anyone looking to explore the iconic- and hidden gems of Scotland. Embrace the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich heritage and natural beauty of Scotland



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