Take a trip north of Edinburgh to picturesque Perthshire. Experience the contrast of two of Scotland’s best surviving Cathedrals, visit the stunning formal gardens at Drummond Castle and visit the peaceful retreat and ancient Caledonian Forrest at The Hermitage.
Journey past some of Scotland’s best sights along the way, including breathtaking views of Stirling Castle, The Wallace Monument and The Kelpies.
Each one of our private tours is conducted in our premium Mercedes Benz minivans, ensuring your comfort as we venture along the small cobbled streets around Edinburgh and narrow back roads.
Your knowledgable kilt-wearing driver & guide will tell you the stories and show you the sights on this tour. We offer flexibility and your time inside and outside the vehicle is up to you.
KEY SIGHTS ON THIS TOUR…
The Cathedral at Dunblane dates back over 1,000 years and is one of the best examples of a Medieval place of worship in Scotland. The tower dates from the 1100’s and the chancel in the 1400’s. During the religious reformation lead by John Knox, Dunblane Cathedral was stripped of its furnishings and fell into disrepair until it was fully restored in the 1800’s. Today a visit to the Cathedral is a fascinating and often overlooked trip.
Dunkeld Cathedral stands on the banks of the River Tay in Dunkeld, Perthshire. It is set within a beautiful wooded area to the northern end of the postcard perfect village of Dunkeld. Because of the long construction period of some 250 years, the cathedral shows mixed architecture. Gothic and Norman elements are intermingled throughout the structure. Although the northern part of the building lies in ruins, the cathedral is in regular use today and is open to the public.
The site has been a significant holy ground since the sixth century, founded after an expedition of Christian missionary Saint Columba. During the ninth century Causantín mac Fergusa constructed a larger sandstone cathedral and declared Dunkeld to be the centre of the Christian faith in Scotland.
The Hermitage near Dunkeld is a gentle woodland walk through the ancient Craigvinean forest to Ossian’s Hall, a surprising folly (retreat) overlooking the impressive Black Linn waterfall. The path to the folly traverses ancient Caledonian forrest and is home to some of the tallest trees in the Uk. The folly was built in 1760 for the Third Earl of Breadalbane to honour the blind bard Ossian. It is home to Ossian’s Hall of Mirrors. The building was badly damaged by an explosion in 1869. The early 20th century saw vandalism, decline and dereliction before a further restoration in 1952.
Located deep in Perthshire, Drummond Castle is a 15th century keep with a 17th century mansion house extension, set into 12 acres of formal terraced gardens. The Castle has seen a lot of history and is connected to Oliver Cromwell and The Jacobite cause, eventually being seized as a government asset. Today the house is private but the claimed gardens are considered to be the best example of their kind in Scotland and well worth a visit.
Drummond Castle’s Jacobite connections were revived recently when it was made famous in TV series Outlander, as the stand in for the Palace of Versailles in Paris.
On the return leg to Edinburgh we cross the Forth bridges at Queensferry. The famous cantilever designed Forth Railway Bridge, opened in 1890 can be seen spanning the river next to the 1964 road bridge, now replaced by the 2017 Queensferry Crossing.