Morag Dunbar, Scottish Driver-Guide and an accredited Scottish Blue Badge Tourist Guide - Suilven Mountain in the late summer sunshine

Stirling & The Trossachs

Guided Tours of the Trossachs

STIRLING AND THE TROSSACHS

The Wallace Monument & the Ochil HillsThis one day personal driver-guided tour is to an easily accessible part of the Scottish Highlands and can be undertaken from either Edinburgh or Glasgow.

It could include a visit to the strategically and historically important Stirling Castle.  Here the Royal Palace is a must as it has been completely refurbished and costumed characters are on site to answer questions in their historical context.  From the Castle can be seen the National Wallace Monument, named after one of Scotland’s most famous heroes, William Wallace (“Braveheart”).  2014 will see the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

Sleepy Highland BullTravelling westwards we pass Doune Castle (not just historical but famous for the filming of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”). Then it is on through the bustling little town of Callander on the edge of Rob Roy country. An option here is a detour to the village of Balquhidder where can be found Rob Roy’s grave.

West of Callander lie the Trossachs, (“bristly country”) romanticised by Sir Walter Scott, with its many beautiful lochs and with the option of a visit to Loch Katrine where a boat trip on the steamer “Sir Walter Scott” is a possibility.

From there a detour can be made to see a bit of Loch Lomond passing by Aberfoyle and the Scottish Wool Centre. Here can be found demonstrations of weaving and sheepdogs at work.

Finally – if whisky is of interest, why not include a visit to Glengoyne Distillery?