From Glasgow our route takes us north to Loch Lomond National Park, home to the 310 year old Drovers Inn – a place frequented by the infamous Rob Roy MacGregor. Its the perfect place to enjoy some refreshments while trying to spot some of the ghouls and ghosts said to haunt its ancient walls.
As we climb into the Highlands the landscape changes dramatically. The desolate Rannoch Moor gives way to the spectacular Glencoe, setting to one of the most shameful episodes in Scottish history – the Glencoe Massacre. There’s an opportunity to stop here, stretch your legs and take in the breath-taking majesty of the Glen.
Spean Bridge, close to the Highland resort town of Fort William, and Ben Nevis (Great Britain’s highest peak) is the perfect place to stop for lunch before heading north into the Great Glen where we take in the stunning beauty of the Caledonian Canal, considered by many to be one of the world’s great waterways.
Enjoy the superb scenery as we hug the shoreline of Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle (ruins). It sits close to the deepest part of Loch Ness and is the place to spot the Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie as we like to call her. With just a little under 2 hours to spend at Loch Ness there is the option for you to explore Urquhart Castle & Visitor Centre and/or take the superb Loch Ness by Jacobite Cruise.
On our route down through the Cairngorms National Park and Grampian mountains, keep a look out for Ruthven Barracks, for what you see today is pretty much how it was left after the Jacobites fled in 1746.
Our final refreshment stop is in beautiful Perthshire before we head past Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and Stirling Bridge; scene of William Wallace’s great victory on our return to Glasgow.