Stirling Castle & Loch Lomond Tour

1 Day Tour
from£300

Description

Stirling Castle & Loch Lomond

Enjoy the opportunity to explore the lands and castles roamed by famous Scottish heroes celebrated in films like Braveheart! An official quote - "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." John Muir, father of National Parks. So first we see wondrous and beautiful history then we are refreshed at the "Bonny, Bonny banks of Loch Lomond" singing allowed!

DID YOU KNOW? - Not only is this tour amazing but we'll pick you up and drop you back off wherever you are. No need to meet us?

Tour Highlights

  • Loch Lomond
  • Stirling Castle
  • Aberfoyle
  • Luss
  • Trossachs National Park

Schedule

Starting from Edinburgh at 08:30
Stirling Castle
Awesome, majestic, stunning, all these words describe one of the premier castles in Scotland. It provided a home for Scottish Kings and Queens from Alexander 1 in 11th century to James VI.17th century - It has its own Palace and the Queen's bedroom is utterly amazing.
Sitting high on an extinct volcano this awesome fortress was built for war - fought over by the Scots and English for centuries - some of the most famous, William Wallace 1297 Battle of Stirling and Robert the Bruce, 1314 Bannockburn, being featured in "Braveheart" the movie. Robert the Bruce's heart is buried at Melrose Abbey, his body in Dunfermline Abbey.
The Bruce caused letters to be sent to the then Pope. One known as The Declaration of Arbroath, "it is in truth not for glory nor riches nor honour we are fighting but for freedom alone, which no man give up but with life itself", this is thought to have influenced America's Declaration of Independence.
Wallace's Monument
William Wallace is remembered at Stirling with the building of a Victorian tower 1869 on a hilltop. It is here that Wallace's sword, a claymore, can be seen; over 5feet 4 inches long nearly the same height as Mel Gibson. Executed in London, England, 1305, Wallace's defiance and desire for Scottish Independence has never been forgotten. The National Monument's commanding views are of the plains around Stirling and over to the mountain peaksBens and lochs in the Trossachs National Park.
Loch Lomond
Wild scenery, miles of shore line great places to rest, to breathe, to walk and good food too. This loch has the largest area of fresh water in the UK. Arriving at the south end of the Loch gives us a chance to visit the Sea life centre at Balloch, then we can choose

  • Option 1 - wander up the loch side taking in the sights then take the long route on the road to Crianlarich. Stop at the local hostelry before turning south past more lochs via Kilmahog and Callander then by-pass Stirling Castle on our way home.
  • Option 2 - Cruise on the loch before returning home the shorter route.