This tour covers Stirling, The Trossachs and Loch Lomond. It includes many of the historic sites which make up Scotlandís bloody history. Strategically positioned on the eastern route into the Highlands, Stirling saw two great battles during the Wars of Independence - in 1297 at Stirling Bridge and in 1314 at nearby Bannockburn. North-west this morning into "Braveheart" country where the road passes close to Bannockburn the site of King Robert the Bruceís defeat of the English in 1314 and where a huge bronze equestrian statue commemorates the man who became an icon of Scottish independence.
Just two miles north of the battlefield the town of Stirling grew up around magnificent Stirling Castle. Seven battlefields can be seen from the wonderful Renaissance architecture of Stirling Castle as can the Wallace Monument which recalls "Braveheart" William Wallaceís famous victory in 1297. Visitors to the monument can "meet" Wallace and learn all about his patriotism.
Onward west into the lovely Trossachs - "Scotland in Miniature" - a region of craggy hills and sparkling lochs which is the meeting place of the Lowlands and the Highlands. Writers, including Sir Walter Scott, have been inspired here and the area was home to Scotlandís colourful folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor and his "Children of the Mist".
From here the drive continues to the "bonny" banks of Loch Lomond. The legendary beauty of the "Queen of Scottish Lochs" so often celebrated in song and verse, is one of blue waters flanked by the awesome peaks of Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps in an area officially designated as one of outstanding natural beauty in Scotlandís first National Park. The journey then circles back to Edinburgh.
It is recommended that a maximum of three visitor attractions be visited today and after leaving Stirling the drive can skirt the Trossachs into scenic Perthshire to follow the shores of Picturesque Loch Earn into Crieff, where Glenturret Distillery is home to the Famous Grouse Experience and where stunning Drummond Castle Garden is one of Scotlandís most important formal gardens and which featured in United Artists film "Rob Roy".
Further east is the "Fair City" Perth where castellated "Scone Palace" breathes history like nowhere else in the country. Within its grounds, Moot Hill - one of Scotlandís most hallowed historic sites - was the crowning place of the Kings of Scotland. Immortalised in Shakespeareís Macbeth and poised above the River Tay, Scone overlooks the routes north into the Highlands.
Upon making your booking your tour guide will be in contact with you to work on your perfect itinerary
|Private tour in "E" Class (4 people)
||£550.00 + VAT
|Private tour in "S" Class (4 people) / MPV (7people)
||£604.00 + VAT
|Half Day Tour
Local excursions are also available and can either be booked independently or via the hotel.