This Lochs and Glens (Lakes and Valleys) tour takes us through some of Scotland’s most picturesque landscape. As we head North West along the fabled A85 and A82, we visit no less than 12 Lochs.
As we climb into the mountains we visit Glen Etive with a hope of catching sight of some Red Deer. Etive Mor is an extinct super volcano standing at the gateway to Glen Etive which came 2nd place in a poll by Tripadvisor of the “top 10 places to see before you die” .
Our last stop is the magical Glencoe. Considered by most Scot’s to be the heart of the Highlands. This area has a turbulent history, notably the massacre of Glencoe in 1692 when 38 men of Clan Macdonald were slain by government troops.
This tour is only available 1st April to 31st October
Argyll and Bute on Scotland’s West Coast gives you a great impression of Scotland’s Highlands without driving quite as far as our other West Highland Tours. This route takes us along the West bank of Loch Lomond as we head to our first stop, Inveraray Castle
Inveraray Castle is home to the Duke of Argyll and just one of the ancestral home’s of Clan Campbell. The original castle has been standing on the shore of Loch Fyne since the 1400’s.
Next we shall visit Kilchurn castle. Once again, another ancestral home of Clan Campbell until turbulent times turned this castle into a military garrison
This Whisky tour gives you a choice of 4 distilleries in the Perthshire area. Glen Turret in Crieff offers the Famous Grouse experience. Dewar’s of Aberfeldy has been a working distillery for the last 160 years. Edradour near Pitlochry is Scotland’s smallest whisky distillery and Blair Athol in Pitlochry is one of Scotland’s oldest working distilleries.
Each Whisky distillery tour takes between 1 hour 45 mins to 2 hours. If you wish to visit them all, we suggest only taking 1 tour and simply looking around the other locations. The drive between each distillery seems satisfying enough for the clients who have already enjoyed this tour.
On this tour we visit Stirling and head to the most famous battle in Scottish history Bannockburn. In 1314 Robert The Bruce defeated the might of the English army to regain Scotland’s independence. A monument stands where The Bruce had his command post and orchestrated what was to be, one of the greatest victory on Scottish soil.
Not too far away stands another monument to a Scottish hero – The Wallace Monument commemorating William Wallace (Braveheart!). Overlooking Stirling bridge, this monument marks the site of William Wallace’s famous victory over the might of the English army in 1297.
Stirling Castle is our next stop. This landmark towering over the city is very similar to Edinburgh Castle in appearance. Most of what you see today was built by the Stewart monarchy in the early 14-1500s.
Finally we head to the Highland boundary fault line in the beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. We take the scenic route around Loch Venachar, Loch Achray and Loch Drunkie on the spectacular Dukes Pass. This tour gives you a little taste of the Highlands without the lengthy drive involved in a typical highland tour from Edinburgh.
Julius Caesar invaded England in 55bc, but it was another 80 years before they took on Scotland. They built great roads, garrisons and forts which are still visible today. They eventually gave up and emperor Hadrian ordered a great wall to be built in 122ad to keep the Scots from invading England. Hadrians Wall stretches right accross the country to separate Scotland and England, although the wall is actually in England, and it’s not our border.
The Scottish borders region has rolling green landscapes, majestic castles, ancient abbeys and many stately homes. Far too many to see in a 1 day, but we have selected the finest of them to visit.You have as long or as little time at each, with no time restrictions, so these are your possibilities.
Melrose Abbey 1136ad, Jedburgh Abbey 1138ad, Dryburgh Abbey 1150ad, Floors castle 1721ad, Abbotsford House – home of Sir Walter Scott 1812ad and Traquair House 950ad – Britains oldest inhabited castle. You can’t see them all in a day, so let us know your preference if any and we will prioritise your choices.
You also have the option to visit Glenkinchie Whisky Distillery on this tour at no extra cost.
Falkland Palace is open 1st April to 31st October. We have a choice of different sites to replace this stop in winter
St. Andrews is famously known as the home of Golf, however 1000 years ago it was the religeous capital of Scotland.
More recently the town can boast its part in the meeting of our future King and Queen, Prince William and Princess Katherine Middleton at St. Andrews university. Their romance blossomed in this ancient town amongst the student hangouts and restauraunts.
With 11 golf courses, an ancient Abbey and Castle and the old University buildings to explore, the town of St. Andrews has something for everyone.
Next we will take a trip along the coast to the East Neuk of Fife and visit the picturesque fishing villages of Anstruther and Pittenweem. Our final stop will be Falkland Palace. Once home of the Stewart Kings and Queens, this palace also has the worlds oldest Royal tennis court.
Balmoral Castle is open 1st April to 31st July. We replace this stop with Scone Palace from 1st August to 31st October when this tour closes for the season. 1st April to 31st October only.
This tour starts with a drive to Glamis Castle. Ancestral home to the Earl and Countess of Strathmore for more than 600 years and childhood home of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon Queen Elizabeth the Queen mother. Glamis Castle is a Magnificent Red sandstone building dating back to the 14th century. The castle holds the most comprehensive history of Her Majesty, The Queen Mother to be found anywhere.
Next we take a drive through Glenisla, past Forter castle to the magnificent mountain landscape of the Cairngorm’s. From rich farm land and agriculture, to purple heather, wildlife and the great forest’s of Royal Deeside.
Here we will visit Her Majesty the Queen’s current Scottish home, Balmoral Castle. First purchased by Queen Victoria in 1852, it has remained a Royal residence ever since.
On route back to Edinburgh we stop to admire the Meikleour Hedge. Standing 100 feet tall and 530 meters long , it is the tallest and longest hedge on Earth.
We take you round the City of Edinburgh “off the beaten path” with a drive up Arthur’s seat. 823ft of volcano in the heart of Edinburgh, enjoy panoramic views of the city.
We then head to the Forth road and rail bridges. The rail bridge (The Forth Bridge), built in 1881, was considered at the time, the greatest feat of engineering in the industrial world.
Overlooking these landmarks are some of Scotland’s finest stately homes and castles. First we visit Hopetoun House. Arguably the finest stately home in Scotland.
Blackness Castle is our next stop. This sea side fortress is a text book example of a Scottish castle. Onto House of the Binns, with its striking hill top tower, is just a few miles away.
Next its on to the Palace of Linlithgow. A ghostly looking shell of its former grand royal days.
Finally we visit Rosslyn Chapel. Recently featured in Hollywood blockbuster The Da Vinci Code. With links to the knight’s templar and Built in 1446, this is believed to be the hiding place of the Holy Grail.
You also have the option to visit Glenkinchie Whisky Distillery on this Edinburgh tour at no extra cost.