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Robert The Bruce, William Wallace and Rob Roy : Stirling Castle and the Scottish Heroes
SUMMARY: Visit the land of Kings and Outlaws, Scottish heroes and English invaders, travel through the rugged beauty of Scotland’s first National Park, and experience the renaissance splendour of Stirling Castle, whilst discovering the history of some of Scotland’s most famous heroes. Travel back in time to the age of Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and Rob Roy MacGregor.
This area of stunning natural beauty, beloved by Sir Walter Scott and Queen Victoria, has inspired generations of visitors who have come to enjoy the soaring mountains, crystal clear lochs and heather clad hills.
HIGHLIGHTS & KEY LOCATIONS: Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument, Bannockburn, The Trossachs.
TOUR DURATION: One day.
ITINERARY: After departing Edinburgh or Glasgow we will make our way Bannockburn where, in 1314, King Robert the Bruce, now celebrated in the newly released movie 'The Outlaw King', famously defeated the English army intent on reaching our next destination; Stirling Castle. Sited upon a rocky crag, Stirling Castle is a truly magnificent example of a royal Scottish Castle. The beautifully decorated Royal Palace, home to James V; the magnificent Great Hall built by James IV; and the elegant chapel built by James VI, allow us to experience what life was like in a 16th century Royal Court.
From Stirling we drive past The Wallace Monument, commemorating Sir William Wallace’s famous victory over the army of King Edward I at Stirling Bridge in 1297. The life of Sir William Wallace and the battle of Stirling Bridge are, perhaps, most famously celebrated in the Mel Gibson movie ‘Braveheart’.
After lunch, our journey continues to the charming Highland town of Aberfoyle, gateway to the Trossachs. Taking the famous Duke’s Pass, a road named after the Duke of Montrose, we cross over the Highland Boundary fault and into the Highlands. Experience the stunning views of Ben Venue and Ben Ledi as we descend down to the shores of beautiful Loch Achray, made famous in the paintings of John Everett Millais and in the writings of Sir Walter Scott.
Our journey then continues north through the wild and rugged Balquhidder, resting place of our final Scottish Hero, Rob Roy MacGregor, made famous by the novel of Walter Scott and the movie starring Liam Neeson. We now return south along the shores of Loch Lubnaig to the charming town of Callander before bidding farewell to The Trossachs and returning to Edinburgh or Glasgow.
OVERNIGHT STOPS & ACCOMMODATION: Why not extend your tour further, and enjoy Stirling and The Trossachs at a more leisurely pace?