Departing Glasgow we make our way to Luss – a picturesque highland village sitting on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. There has been a settlement here for over a thousand years at least. We know the Vikings passed through Luss in 1263 plundering the nearby communities and there are many items of historical interest both inside and outside MacKessogs Church including the “hog back” Viking grave dating from the 11th century.
From Luss our journey takes us up and over the dramatic Dukes Pass into the Trossachs known as “The Highlands in Miniature” so called due to its outstanding natural beauty. The name “Trossachs” comes from the Gaelic meaning “A Bristly Place”. It was home to one of Scotland’s most notorious outlaws – Rob Roy MacGregor – and was the inspiration behind Sir Walter Scott’s epic poem “Lady of the Lake” after he spent time in it’s wild romantic landscapes.
Remember your camera to capture the magnificent scenery and our Hairy Coo’s who are always happy to have their photo taken.
We will make a stop for lunch in the bustling tourist town of Callander. Crammed with teashops Callander is often described as the gateway to the Highlands. There are also a number of short walks here for visitors to explore.
After lunch we make the short journey to Doune Castle, a magnificent late 14th century example of the courtyard style. It was Swamp Castle, Castle Anthrax, Camelot in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and more recently a location in the pilot for Game of Thrones and the fictional Castle Leoch for the TV adaption of the Outlander novels.
Alternatively, you can enjoy a “wee dram” with a tour at the Deanston Whisky Distillery. See how the award-winning Deanston single malt Scotch whisky is made and join experienced tour guides on a journey through time, taking you back to its past as a cotton mill and through to its place at the top table of single malt Scotch Whisky.
Our final stop is at Stirling Castle – centre of art, culture and celebrity in the 16th century. However, the incredible Renaissance architecture hides a long and turbulent past. You’ll have time to take a tour and learn about the Castle’s important place in Scotland’s history and it’s close links to famous Scots like William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots, who was crowned here in 1543.