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- Loch Ness and the Highlands of Scotland
- Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Stirling Castle
- St. Andrews and The Kingdom of Fife
- Rosslyn Chapel and Craigmillar Castle
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From Edinburgh, this tour heads towards Stirling, catching views of the Castle and The Wallace Monument, and then proceeds northwards into the Highlands. Through Callander and on over Rannoch Moor to the dark brooding Pass of Glen Coe.
After crossing Loch Leven at Ballachulish we stop for lunch in the Fort William area, then follow the course of the Caledonian Canal up the Great Glen to Fort Augustus on Loch Ness.
At Drumnadrochit, we will have the opportunity to visit the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre, or take an optional sail on the waters of Loch Ness. Then on around Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, where we turn to head south driving through the Cairngorms and then over the Drumochter Pass, alongside the Perth to Inverness railway, the highest point on any railway in Britain.
Descending through Glen Garry and the Forest of Atholl, we will catch a quick but magnificent view of Blair Castle before making a stop in picturesque Pitlochry. Journeying past Perth, the Ancient Capital of Scotland, and through the Kingdom of Fife, we will cross the Forth Road Bridge viewing the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge before arriving back in Edinburgh with a million memories.
Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Stirling Castle
Summer: Mon Tue Thur Fri and Sun
Winter: Wed Fri Sun
Heading west towards Loch Lomond we take time for a short panoramic tour of Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow and see how this once industrial giant is again flourishing. Soon after passing the River Clyde, we come to the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest expanse of water, with time for a boat trip or a ramble, as you wish.
Moving on, we soon come to the village of Aberfoyle, the gateway to the Trossachs where we will stop for lunch. With its lochs, glens and heather covered mountains this area is known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, and was a favourite destination of Sir Walter Scott, who used the location as the backdrop for his ‘Rob Roy’ and ‘The Lady of the Lake’.
Soon after driving through the picturesque village of Callander we pass the massive 14th century Doune Castle, which was featured in the movie ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’. Then on to Stirling, with an opportunity to visit the castle or other nearby attractions and take in the magnificent views over the Forth Valley towards the imposing Wallace Monument, the memorial to the man immortalised in the movie ‘Braveheart’.
Leaving Stirling, we pass Bannockburn, scene of Robert The Bruce’s famous victory over the English in 1314, and then Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1542.
St. Andrews and The Kingdom of Fife
Summer only: Wed and Sat
From Edinburgh we head to South Queensferry and the Forth Bridges, giving us the chance to take a photo of arguably the best bridge in the world.
Crossing the River Forth our next stop is the magnificent Dunfermline Abbey, burial place of St. Margaret and King Robert The Bruce. There will be a chance to photograph his gold ornate tomb and wonder round the Abbey and grounds and see the results of the 'reformation' when churches were destroyed and desecrated supposedly in the name of God..
Passing Carnegie Hall we travel to the Fife coast and the fishing villages of the 'East Neuk', stopping in Anstruther an old Herring stronghold. Where you may take the opportunity to try the best fish and chips in Scotland or have a snack at the Fisheries Museum.
Continuing to St Andrews, home of golf, religion and of course education. Prince William our future king is currently studying geography here at the oldest university in Scotland. Roam for 2.5 hours in historic and beautiful settings, in good weather the beach featured in the movie Chariots of Fire is particularly popular.
Golfers may want to visit the grave of "Young Tom Morris", the Golf Museum, the links course putting green or how about walking along Grannie Clark's Wynd, which crosses the 1st and the 18th of the old course. It is a public right of way!
Rosslyn Chapel and Craigmillar Castle
Summer: Monday and Friday
Winter: Mon only
"Voted the best day tour out of Edinburgh time after time" IF YOU WANT TO SEE HISTORY, IF YOU WANT TO FEEL HISTORY, THIS IS THE TOUR FOR YOU!! Entrance to Craigmillar Castle is included in the tour price.
Passing Holyrood Palace Dynamic Earth and the new Parliament building, we drive through the Queens Park with its three lochs, and over Arthur's Seat Britain's largest volcano where James Hutton (the father of modern geology) devised his theories. We head south around Duddingston Kirk to Craigmillar Castle. Much loved and visited by Mary Queen of Scots, this magnificent partially ruined castle is a favourite with everyone including Historic Scotland who have presented the custodian with a top award for content, presentation and service. This is where the plot to assassinate Mary's husband Lord Darnley was hatched and where The Earl of Mar (brother to James III) was imprisoned and declared insane by his brother.
Entrance is included to the castle that belonged to the Preston's, often Lord Provosts of Edinburgh in the 15th and 16th centuries. Abandoned by the Gilmores in the 1770's it is the finest example of a medieval tower house in the Lothians and also has the best views.
We then head to one of the most amazing places you will ever visit- Rosslyn Chapel is unique and famed worldwide for the beauty of its carvings and the aura of mystery and magic that surrounds it, as featured in the best sellers “The Da Vinci Code” and 'The Hiram Key'. We will hear stories about Freemasonry, Knights Templars, The Holy Grail, Gypsies, Solomon, Babylon and much more, even a Scotsman in America before Columbus all this within a 15th Century Chapel that will totally captivate you. A visit to the souvenir shop although not compulsory is a must. This tour will normally be in an 29 seater luxury coach making it more personal and making it easier to tour these marvellous sites.
- For custom made tours please click on this link for Ian at www.serenityscotland.co.uk