Taking a tour is a fantastic and easy way to take in the sights of Scotland, and there's so much to choose from. Whether you're looking an expert led walking tour, an in depth multi-day tour, or even a bespoke private tour, there's something to suit. Let us inspire you with some of the fantastic sights and attractions in Scotland and what tours you can take to see and learn about these amazing locations.
You could start with a truly iconic mode of transport - the PS Waverley. As the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world, the Waverley is a great way to see Scotland with a number of destinations that you can stop at.
Visit Arran, Bute, Cumbrae, and the sacred site of the Holy Isle on a cruise, or if you're interested in the Western Isles, you could cruise past the four lochs of Shuna, Melfort, Craignish and Crinan before seeing the spectacular Corryvreckan Whirlpool! But with so many choices for destinations, take your time to pick the one that's right for you.
It's a relaxing way to enjoy the sights as you have a drink in one of the restored period lounges, and shop for souvenirs on-board - Find out more about the PS Waverley and its cruises.
If you're a little short on time during your visit to Glasgow, why not take a tour of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs to see the Highlands in miniature? Sweeney's Cruise Co. take you on the loch in their range of luxury boats; whilst both Rabbies and Timberbush Tours will take you on half day or full day tours straight from Glasgow, where you'll be able to see the postcard views of the loch, stroll around the picturesque loch-side towns for some lunch, and even fit in a visit to Glengoyne Distillery for a truly Scottish experience.
The city of Stirling is a great place to immerse yourself in Scottish history with the abundance of historical attractions in reach. Explore Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, and Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre and see the rest of the city on a walking tour (check out the Stirling Ghost Walk for the brave among you!).
And just a short drive away from Stirling are The Kelpies, the world's largest equine sculptures, standing at 30metres high each. Take a tour around The Kelpies, which are the centerpiece within The Helix greenspace - an area where canals and pathways have been developed and revitalised to connect communities. There is also lots for kids, with adventure play areas, a splash zone and a visitor centre.
Also not-to-be-missed is The Falkirk Wheel, an engineering feat that sees an innovative boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal to the Union Canal.
Looking for a do-it-all tour? Consider a trip around Oban, Glencoe, and the West Highland Castles. Both Timberbush Tours and Discover Scotland offer a guided journey around the natural beauty of the West Highlands, taking in the beautiful harbour town of Oban, the dramatic Glencoe, and the historic sites of Kilchurn Castle, one of the most photographed castles in the country!
Discover the landscapes in Ayrshire that inspired Robert Burns, Scotland's most famous poet!
You'll also get the chance to delve a little deeper with visits to Alloway Old Kirk, the setting for Burns' poem Tam o' Shanter, the ruins of Dunure Castle on the coast, and the Brig o’ Doon - the original 15th century cobblestone bridge over the River Doon. Have a look in your wallet or purse and you might find this iconic sight on the Scottish £5 note too!