LOCH LOMOND, THE TROSSACHS & STIRLING CASTLE
Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & Stirling Castle Day Tour
This allows you the opportunity to see a bit of everything. We start with a Glasgow panoramic tour with a short stop (30 minutes), in the Georgian city centre, George Square. At one point Glasgow was the second most important city of the British Empire, and still remains the “Industrial Capital” of Scotland today. Leaving the city behind us, we then head northeast towards Stirling and “Braveheart country”. Our next stop is the battlefield of Bannockburn.
It was here on the 23rd & 24th of June 1314 that King Robert I (“The Bruce”), defeated the armies of Edward II of England. Back on to the bus and we’re up to the “Key to the Highlands” Stirling castle, sitting high on its volcanic plug of rock Stirling castle was strategically the most important in the whole of the Kingdom. After our photo stop we head over the plains of Stirling and to the village of Doune and a visit to Doune castle, built in the 14th century it was home to Robert, Duke of Albany (the Great Grandson of “The Bruce”). More recently Doune castle has been the location for Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Macbeth, Outlander and Game of Thrones.
Continuing on, we now head towards the village of Callander, noted for the Romans, Rob “Roy” MacGregor, Civil
war and there two resident celebrities Hamish Dubh and Honey, the Highland cattle (Hairy Cows). Then it’s into Scotlands first National Park “The Trossachs”, a virtually unchanged landscape for nearly 300 years and made famous by the writings of Sir Walter Scott, the area is often described as the Highlands in miniature. Up and over the “Dukes Pass” down to the Victorian village of Aberfoyle and lunch (some retail therapy?).
Continuing our journey we now head towards the village of Balloch and the “Bonnie, bonnie” banks of Loch Lomond. If the weather permits, you will have the opportunity to take a 1 hour sightseeing trip on the Loch. Leaving Balloch behind us we head through the town of Dumbarton, it was here that Robert “The” Bruce died in 1329 and Mary, Queen of Scots left Scotland for France as a 5 year old in 1547. Leaving Dumbarton behind us we head over the river Clyde and make our way home, with a hundred memories and a camera full of photographs.
Tour Duration: approx 9.5 hours
Departure time: 08:00
Drop off time: 17:30
Full Day Sightseeing £610
*Price is for hire of minibus, not per person. Minibus will seat a group of up to 8 people.
Additional hourly rate £45.
PLEASE NOTE:The hire cost charged is for the exclusive use of the vehicle and my personal guiding services. It does not include any entrances for optional visits, boat trip charges or meals etc.
A selection of sandwiches and hot and cold drinks are available at an additional charge, but must be requested at time of booking.
*A non refundable deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking