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Tour 2 - Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond
and Whisky
Monarchs, Mountains & Malt

Departs 09.00 - Returns 18.45 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
time SUMMER: 31st March 2014 to 31st October 2014 tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
time WINTER: 1st November 2014 to 29th March 2015 tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
All tours depart from Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. MAP. Duration 9 hours 45 minutes.

price£39.00 per person. Discount rate £36.00 (students, over 60s and children 5-12).

Tour highlights:
  • Stirling Castle
  • Hamish the 'hairy cow'
    (April to October)
  • Duke's Pass scenic drive
  • Loch Lomond
  • Glengoyne Distillery
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Follow in the footsteps of great Scottish heroes on this historic and scenic day trip into the Scottish heartlands. With at least 5 interesting stops and lots of time off the bus this is our ever-popular ‘taste of Scotland’ day tour!

mapOn our short journey to Stirling (travel time approximately 1 hour) we briefly pass Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and one of several palaces built originally for Scotland’s Kings and Queens. Although only a quick glimpse it’s a fascinating reminder of Scotland’s past.

During the Wars of Independence Stirling Castle was seen as the ‘key’ to the Kingdom of Scotland and was home to the Scottish Royals until the early 17th century.

Arguably Scotland’s most important historic building, Stirling is undoubtedly a great castle.  A 2012 survey rated it the UK's favourite heritage attraction in terms of value for money, customer service and quality of information. It also featured on a list of Europe's 40 "most amazing experiences" in a 2013 Lonely Planet guide.  We stop here for 1 hour 15 minutes where you will have the opportunity to tour the castle itself (adult £14.00, concession £11.00, 5-15s £7.50, under 5s free) or stroll around Old Stirling (ancient capital of Scotland).

Robert the Bruce Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle

The view from Stirling Castle across the River Forth to the National Wallace Monument is inspiring. Scotland’s greatest patriot, Sir William Wallace, launched an attack on the occupying English forces from here and his spectacular success at the Battle of Stirling Bridge (September 11th, 1297) is the stuff of legend.

After departing Stirling we drive past Doune Castle (a 'must see' for 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' fans!) and before long we are face-to-face with our great friend Hamish the hairy highland cow, everyone's favourite photo stop (April to October).  Our drive to Aberfoyle takes us along the banks of Loch Venachar, through the beautiful Trossachs - the 'Highlands in Miniature' - and over the Duke's Pass, a stunning landscape of lochs and mountains. This is Rob Roy country, popularised by Sir Walter Scott's books and poems. Legends and superstition of faeries or 'wee people' abound in these hills...

Glengoyne
Loch Lomond
From Aberfoyle it's only a short distance to Loch Lomond.  We traverse the Highland Boundary Fault as we go; a coast-to-coast geological rift which defines the landscape of this area. It is visible with the naked eye when we arrive at Balmaha, Loch Lomond. 

Here, by the famous ‘bonnie banks’, your guide will accompany you on a short nature walk, culminating in a superb viewpoint and photo opportunity over Scotland’s largest lake. 

Glengoyne
Whisky tasting

Scotland’s geological definition between Highlands and Lowlands can be seen in all its glory from here!

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs were designated Scotland’s first National Park in 2002 and it remains an extremely popular area with locals and visitors alike.

We finish the day at Glengoyne Distillery, situated in a wooded valley in the southern Highlands.

Glengoyne
Glengoyne Distillery
The distillery, which takes its name from ‘Glen Guin’ or Glen of the Wild Geese, has been producing a high quality single malt for nearly 200 years.

You will, of course, have the opportunity to tour this beautifully located distillery and sample the delicious 12 year old product for yourself! (adults £7.00, over 60s £5.00).





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