Highland Whisky, Woodlands and Braveheart Country
Departing from Edinburgh we travel northwards to Stirling where our first visit of the day is to the imposing Wallace Monument*. This Victorian tribute is to Sir William Wallace, Scotland’s great freedom fighter and the real "Braveheart”! The monument contains various exhibits, including his mighty 1.7 metre two-handed sword. If you are feeling fit why not climb the 246 spiral steps to be rewarded with wonderful views towards Stirling Castle, the River Forth and the City of Stirling below.
We continue our tour through beautiful Glen Devon and pass the famous Gleneagles
Hotel, the venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup. The attractive spa town of Crieff is the location of
quaint Glenturret Malt Whisky Distillery*, the home of the Famous Grouse. You
can get a behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery with a opportunity for a
tasting and visit to the shop, a must for any whisky connoisseur. Select a
tasty dish from the lunch menu in the restaurant or take a stroll in the
distillery’s extensive grounds.
Next we venture into the Highlands taking the picturesque route through the "Sma Glen” and Strathbaan. Here the scenery takes on a rugged splendour, which is a fine introduction to the Highlands of Scotland.
The picturesque villages of Dunkeld and Birnam are set on opposite banks of the River Tay in the heart of Highland Perthshire and make a very pleasant stop.
There’s an opportunity for a gentle stroll when we stop at The Hermitage, an impressive wooded gorge. A pleasant walk will reward us with views an 18th Century folly overlooking the dramatic Falls of Black Linn.
After our leisurely stroll we head to nearby Dunkeld, where we make a stop for refreshments and a visit to ancient Dunkeld Cathedral which is idyllically situated on the banks of the silvery River Tay.
Next we head southwards and travel through the undulating hills towards Perth and then through the Kingdom of Fife. Watch out for Loch Leven, forever linked to the tragic story of Mary, Queen of Scots. Enjoy fine views of the Firth of Forth and the Forth Bridges when we make our last stop of the day in pretty South Queensferry. It’s a short drive back to Edinburgh.
* Admission fees extra