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Loch Lomond: Scottish Highlands Sightseeing Cruise

1. Loch Lomond: Scottish Highlands Sightseeing Cruise

Depart from Balloch village and set sail beyond the stately homes of historic Scottish industrialists within view of Ben Lomond, Scotland's most southerly Munro. Continue towards Inchmurrin Island, the largest inland island in Great Britain and home to the ruins of the 12th century Lennox Castle. Learn the history and legend of Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas while enjoying some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. Enjoy a cruise commentary by famed historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver, best known from BBC's "Coast" and "A History of Scotland." 

Loch Lomond: Island Discovery 2-Hour Cruise

2. Loch Lomond: Island Discovery 2-Hour Cruise

Discover the legends and secrets of the islands of Loch Lomond on this cruise from Alexandria. Learn the history and the legends of Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas, while enjoying some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. Hop aboard the spacious and comfortable boat that Balloch Village Ferry Landing. Have plenty of space for indoor and outdoor viewing with opened and closed deck space, and full bar facilities where you can purchase a drink. Begin you circular cruise which passes the world-famous Loch Lomond Golf Club. Explore the middle island of Loch Lomond, sail through an area known to locals as "The Narrows", and continue onwards to the village of Luss. Listen to cruise commentary by famed historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver, best known from BBC's "Coast" and "A History of Scotland." Return to your starting point at the end of your journey.

From Edinburgh: Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Tour

3. From Edinburgh: Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Tour

Step into the story and witness the scenic landscapes and ruins from the TV show "Outlander" on this day trip from Edinburgh. Travel in a comfortable bus and see the village of Cranesmuir and the Tuilyies Standing Stones. Board your bus in Edinburgh's Royal Mile and head to Midhope Castle. Explore this 16th-century Tower House, which served as the backdrop to Lallybroch; Jamie Fraser's family home. Next, head to Blackness, home to Blackness Castle, an optional extra on this tour. The castle is used to represent Fort William in the series. Learn why this castle is known as "the ship that never sailed". Following in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie, your Outlander tour travels northwest to the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow. Stop to take a photo of Linlithgow Palace, Outlander's Wentworth Prison. Explore the town, purchase refreshments, and learn about this palace's history as a relaxing retreat for the Royal Family on journeys between Edinburgh and Stirling Castle. Continue to the Royal Burgh of Culross. a tiny 17th-century village on the coast of Fife. The gardens here feature in Claire's herb garden and the Mercat Cross in Outlanders' Cranesmuir Village. Enjoy plenty of time to stroll through this picturesque town and visit the quaint Biscuit Café. Next, head to Falkland. This small village in Fife served as the set for Inverness in Outlander, where Claire and Frank arrive on their second honeymoon. Spend time exploring the small village, enjoy refreshments, and optionally visit Falkland Palace and Gardens. Finish your tour with a stop in South Queensferry for photos and a stunning view over the Firth of Forth before returning to Edinburgh.

London: Sherlock Holmes Self-Guided Walking Tour

4. London: Sherlock Holmes Self-Guided Walking Tour

Explore London's Mayfair and Marylebone areas on an exciting Sherlock Holmes audio tour game. Put your detective hat on and get ready to solve a classic Sherlock Holmes case as you walk the streets of London. Have you heard of the Blue Carbuncle? Dr. John Watson sure hadn’t, until one evening when he happened to witness a very strange assault in Hyde Park. Watson finds himself to be in possession of a precious blue jewel. He has to turn to Sherlock Holmes, detective extraordinaire, for help. Dr. John Watson is at your service on this self-guided audio walking tour. He will tell you the story of the Blue Carbuncle, guide you to locations in London where the story takes place, and help you through some serious puzzle-solving detective work. Your self-guided mystery tour, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle", guides you from Brook Gate of Hyde Park to the Sherlock Holmes statue and museum in the iconic Baker Street. Walking to Baker Street, use your skills of deduction and feel the pulse of London. Tour includes stops at famous landmarks, where clues leading you closer to the culprit are hidden in your surroundings. All you need to be able to step into the story is a smartphone with headphones. Get ready to experience London on a self-guided walking tour with a difference. Stop and start as needed to suit your own sightseeing plans in London.

Loch Lomond: Sea Life Entrance Ticket

5. Loch Lomond: Sea Life Entrance Ticket

Get up close to over 1,500 creatures and find out what it feels like to touch a starfish and other creatures living in the interactive rock pool. Visit the playful family of otters Lily, Pickle and Cub, then journey through the tropical ocean tunnel and come face-to-face with blacktip sharks and other critters of the sea. Explore the Lochs of Scotland and see some of the amazing creatures that can be found in the native waters. Look out for the rare albino dogfish. Experience the deep loch tank which opened in March 2016 and is home to native species of shark and rays that can be found in UK waters. The big-bellied sea horses’ long tail contributes to their claim as one of the world’s largest seahorse species. Reaching up to lengths of 30 centimeters, the amazing big-bellied seahorse has a long, curly, grasping tail. Visit the bay of rays and meet the only cow nose rays in Scotland! Then, visit the blacktip reef sharks in the big ocean tank. Blacktips are among the most popular sharks inhabiting the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans due to their preference of shallow, inshore waters.

Loch Lomond: Evening Cruise

6. Loch Lomond: Evening Cruise

There is perhaps no sight more spectacular than the sun setting on Loch Lomond and this cruise affords you the opportunity to experience it for yourself. Hop aboard for this magical way to end any day.  Depart from Balloch village and set sail beyond the stately homes of historic Scottish industrialists, all within view of Ben Lomond, Scotland's most southerly Munro. From there, continue towards the world-famous Ross Dhu House and Loch Lomond Golf course, past Inchmurrin Island, the largest inland island in Great Britain and home to the ruins of the 12th-century Lennox Castle. Learn the history and the legend of Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas, while enjoying some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. Enjoy cruise commentary by famed historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver, best known from BBC's "Coast" and "A History of Scotland." The luxurious and smooth passenger boats offer excellent viewing, opened and closed deck space and full bar facilities.  

Loch Lomond: Kayak Hire

7. Loch Lomond: Kayak Hire

Paddle across the calm waters of Loch Lomond to discover the beautiful scenery of mountains and islands. Enjoy an activity perfect for beginners through to experts. Meet your instructor in Luss and start with an on-land lesson to ensure you get most from your experience. Kayak on to the loch and head towards the nearby islands. Explore the Narrows, and stop for a walk on the island of Inchconnachan as you keep a look out for local wildlife. Choose from a 2 or 4-hour hire period to suit your schedule and enjoy a fun outdoor adventure.

From Glasgow: Whisky and Loch Lomond Tour with Admissions

8. From Glasgow: Whisky and Loch Lomond Tour with Admissions

You leave Glasgow and start your journey by visiting Glengoyne*, a distillery boasting a lovely location and a unique way of distilling whisky. Operating since 1833, they’ve had enough time to perfect their methods. On your tour, you get introduced to the simple but magical process of turning barley, water, and yeast into whisky. And you discover that every stage of the production here is unhurried and that sweet and fruity whisky created by Glengoyne’s passionate team is a true feast for the senses. From here, you enjoy a drive through the countryside to the village of Balloch, for a tasty pub lunch. This charming place is the gateway to Loch Lomond, so we recommend you clear your head on a walk to the shores of this bonnie loch before you head towards the second distillery of the day. Next, it’s a visit to the state-of-the-art Clydeside distillery in Glasgow. Located in the famous Queen’s Dock, this exciting venue revives the tradition of whisky-making that was once a core industry in the city. You can visit their production site, see how the old blends with the new, and savour the light and delicate Lowland-style Single Malt Whisky. After a relaxed afternoon visit here you return to Buchanan Bus Station with the stories and flavours of single malt whisky fresh in your mind. *Itinerary and distillery visits are subject to change.

Luss: Loch Lomond Paddleboard Hire

9. Luss: Loch Lomond Paddleboard Hire

Discover Scottish nature and the islands around Loch Lomond by stand up paddleboard. Enjoy an outdoor adventure, with the option to choose from a 2 or 4-hour paddleboarding experience. Look out for the plentiful local wildlife as you glide across the water.  Meet in Luss, where an experienced instructor will give you a brief introduction to stand up paddleboarding on land. Paddle out onto the loch and be immersed in the beautiful landscape. Stop at nearby islands such as Inchconnachan and explore the Narrows, considered the jewel of Loch Lomond.

Glasgow and Scottish Lakes Tour in Italian

10. Glasgow and Scottish Lakes Tour in Italian

Meet your Italian-speaking guide in Edinburgh’s old town and travel west to Falkirk to admire the impressive Kelpies. Hop back on the bus for the drive to Loch Katrine, said to be the most beautiful lake in Scotland, enjoy a walk around its picturesque banks and will continue on our way to the town of Balloch to meet the largest lake in the United Kingdom, Loch Lomond and this is out stop for lunch (not included in the tour price). Last part of our tour is dedicated to visit Glasgow, our panoramic tour will show you the Tolbooth Tower, river Clyde, we will pass through the University area with its surrounding park and the Kelvingrove Museum. After a day of emotions and anecdotes, we will head back to the capital of Scotland and finish our tour on the Royal Mile.

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We enjoyed the cruise very much. The boat was spotless and the staff couldn’t do enough for the customers. The cruise was informative and not too overbearing. Nice wee Christmas tree in the corner to add to the Christmas spirit. Would definitely recommend the cruise. Even for a windy day the boat ride was smooth and not choppy at all. Refreshments are able to be purchased on board too. We brought our dog and he was happy enough on board.

Super amazing activity. I absolutely love sherlock holmes (benedict cumberbatch) and we throughly enjoyed the activity. A bit of advice. When crossing roads or trying to maneuver around people. Pause the story, and then resume when you can focus on it.

Bryan was a ton of fun, very knowledgeable and open to questions about Scotland in general - which is just something I personally enjoyed. The coach was comfy and warm upon reentry after our walksabouts at every stop. Super pleasant experience. 5/5.

The trip was great! Marc our guide was super nice and funny. We liked it so much because of him! Happy to tour with Marc again at any time!😘🤩☺️

A very nice excursion, very rich in places visited. Martin our guide has a great culture which he shares in an entertaining way and in music.