The Forth Bridges
We drive through the town of South Queensferry and stop to take in the views across the River Forth and the three Forth bridges, including the iconic cantilever railway bridge opened in 1890.
From here we drive the short distance to Linlithgow and Linlithgow Palace, home to the Scottish monarchy in the 15th and 16th century and birthplace of Mary Queen Of Scots. After viewing the ruins from the forecourt and visiting the only statue of Mary in Scotland, we drive towards Stirling.
As we arrive at Stirling we see Stirling Castle sitting on an imposing volcanic plug overlooking the Carse Of Stirling. Driving up the cobbled streets to the castle we will understand why the castle and the town held such importance in historic Scotland. The views from the castle ramparts across the Carse of Stirling towards the Wallace Monument are outstanding.
Your guide will conduct a full guided tour of Stirling Castle including the Royal apartments, Great Hall, Kitchens and gardens before walking along the ‘wall walk’ that affords stunning views for miles around. Learn about the Monarchs that lived here, events that took place within the castle walls and learn about The Battle of Stirling Bridge and why it was a pivotal event in the Wars of Independence.
David Stirling Memorial
The Father of the Special Air Service that was formed as an elite tactical unit during World War II, on a good day the memorial affords stunning views over the Trossachs towards Loch Lomond.
We drive through the Dukes Pass, a twisting rural road that takes us through the heart of The Trossachs area towards Loch Lomond. If we’re lucky, a lone piper stands at the top of the pass and we stop for photos.
Take in the stunning views over the biggest freshwater loch (lake) in the UK, the centrepiece of Loch Lomond at The Trossachs National Park. We’ll call at the picturesque lochside town of Balmaha and take in the views, before having a late lunch at a quaint loch-side inn.
Optionally, it is possible to take a boat trip over the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond which includes a short stop at the heritage village of Luss. We’ll ask if you want to do this after you book.
From Loch Lomond it is time to travel back to Edinburgh. Take in the beautiful scenery of highland fault line as we drive east, including The impressive Campsie and Ochil Hills.