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Half day tour to Kelpies/Stirling Castle

I'm trying to find a tour that is maybe 4-6 hrs or so, out of Edinburgh, to Stirling Castle and the Kelpies. I see lots of 8-10 hr tours that also go to Loch Lomond, but I believe that is part of one of our Rabbies tours. We only have 2.5 days in Edinburgh, so didn't want to spend a whole day away - also love to toss in Falkirk Wheel, so might have to look at a private tour - any suggestions?

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Are you familiar with Heart of Scotland tours? Perhaps they have an itinerary for you. We took an all day tour elsewhere with them (AKA the Wee Red Bus) and it was quite nice. We visited Stirling Castle on our own from Edinburgh by train and it was easy if it comes to that. Safe travels.

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2534 posts

private tour might be good. I took some friends from Kansas City on a tour 2 years ago at this time of year.Drove to the Falkirk wheel,it was undergoing maintenance so did not have a chance to actually take a boat ride on the wheel but it is a fascinating place and the area around there is lovely,I then took them to some of the canal locks for a quick stop and then to the Kelpies which is just a stunning piece of sculpture. At both the wheel and Kelpies are shops and cafes . I then took them down to South Queensferry to see the stunning 3 bridges and have a great late lunch at the Ferry Toll bar then back to Edinburgh to have an evening meal with myself and extended familyThey really enjoyed their day out. I am sure a private tour could arrange something like that,Stirling instead of south Queenferry.

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2940 posts

How many are in your party? A private tour for just 2 or 3 customers will be pricey; a larger group will spread out the per-person cost.

As others described, you could probably do this on your own without too much difficulty.

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Yeah - it's only two of us. I reviewed where our Rabbies tours go to, and Loch Lomond is NOT one of the places. I think I'll just book their Stirling Castle tour out of Edinburgh. I'll prob book our train tickets to York for around lunch time, so that would give us the morning to see anything we feel we missed in Edinburgh.