Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond, Whiskey Day Tour Highlights
- Stirling Castle
- Stirling Bridge
- National Wallace Monument
- Doune Castle
- Glengoyne Distillery
Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond, Whiskey Edinburgh Day Trip Itinerary
Discover the rich history within the walls of the imposing Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s most important structures both historically and architecturally. Marvel at the impressive Great Hall, built by James IV in 1501 to 1504, and the unmistakable grandeur of the Royal Palace. This was built around 1538 for James V and Mary of Guise, mother of Mary Queen of Scots, who was crowned at Stirling Castle in 1542.
Before leaving Stirling we visit the River Forth. This is where Sir William Wallace defeated the mighty English army at Stirling Bridge in 1297. We then drive the short distance to view the impressive National Wallace Monument, completed in 1869, to commemorate Scotland’s 13th-century hero.
Leaving Stirling behind, we travel along the scenic back roads visiting the impressive 14th century Doune Castle, built for the Regent Albany Scotland’s uncrowned king. In recent times Doune Castle has been used as a film location for ” Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and has also featured heavily in the popular romantic time travel series Outlander. Here it doubled as Castle Leoch, home of Jamie’s uncle Colum Mackenzie and his clan.
Next on our day trip from Edinburgh, we continue through the stunning Trossachs National Park. We will pass quaint villages before arriving at the ” Bonnie” banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest inland fresh-water loch. Here we spend time to take in the spectacular mountain vistas. There are many small islands ( knowing as Inchs) that are located on the loch, around 39 in total. You will also learn the true meaning of the romantic highland song ” you take the high road and I’ll take the low road”. This is the tragic story of the highland Jacobite who would never meet his loved one again on the ” Bonnie Bonnie” banks of Loch Lomond.
Leaving the shores of Loch Lomond behind, we make the short 30 minutes drive to the picture-postcard Glengoyne Whiskey Distillery at Glengoyne. Here you can enjoy an in-depth tour and a welcoming dram of Glengoyne’s 12 yr old single malt whiskey. After your tour we make our way back to your accommodation and sadly say our farewells.
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