Start Date: 11th October 2021
Duration: 3 nights
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Pick-up from either Edinburgh or EDI Airport (TBC). We head for Stirling to explore the interesting history of the area and its ancient structures. The journey takes us past the ruins of Linlithgow Palace, a favourite retreat of the Stewart Kings and Queens of Scotland’s past. We will visit Stirling Castle for a 2-hour tour to take in the castles' long and turbulent history. This is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, both historically and architecturally. The famous Wallace Monument can be seen from the castle’s parapets. Overnight City of Stirling.
After breakfast, we head out to explore Scotland’s first National Park and the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond. Here, we stop to visit the quaint village of Luss for a photo opportunity and refreshments. Moving on, we take the mountain pass to the loch-side village of Inveraray, Scotland’s first planned town, for lunch. We head west for an afternoon in Kilmartin Glen, often described as the “Birthplace of Scotland”, rich in standing stones, ancient burial cairns, and a fortified hill fort. Overnight in the seaside town of Oban.
This morning, we tour north along the coast and look at Castle Stalker occupying a unique position on Loch Linnhe. Further along, we stop in Glencoe, an area famous for its dramatic scenery, bloody history, and mountains formed through violent volcanic eruptions. After lunch in Killin village, we tour through to Kenmore on the banks of Loch Tay. Scotland’s oldest hotel, built in 1572, stands in the centre of this attractive village. After a look around here, we move on to Pitlochry. Overnight in the Highland town of Pitlochry.
After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely morning with some free time in the Victorian town of Pitlochry, perhaps taking an easy walk along the river before we travel to the quaint highland village of Dunkeld with its ancient riverside Cathedral. Later, we take the scenic route through Blairgowrie to Ruthven and visit Glamis Castle & Gardens, that has been the home of the Lyon family since the 14th century. We make our way south to the city of Dundee on the Firth of Tay and to the town of St. Andrews. End in St. Andrews.