A castle, a whisky and a loch

Tour Number

Activity Level

575547


Categories

Day Trip / Out of Town, First Time Visitor, Museums / Culture, Shore Excursion

Details

Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent)

Private Tour Stirling Castle, Deanston Distillery, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.


Stirling Castle guards the gateway to the Highlands and is called the 'Brooch of Scotland' because whoever held it controlled the country. From its walls there are fine views of the route we will take later in the day.

Scotland's medieval battles for independence were fought in its shadow, the Battle of Stirling Bridge under the command of 'Braveheart' William Wallace and the Battle of Bannockburn won by 'Outlaw King' Robert the Bruce. It is also the location of the Renaissance palace of James V and was a residence of his daughter, Mary Queen of Scots.

Lunch is informal followed by a tour of Deanston Distillery to learn about the making of Scotland's national drink. There will also be an opportunity to drive past Doune Castle or 'Castle Leoch' of Outlander fame.

We return via the scenic Duke's Pass and Loch Venachar following the line of the geological fault which separates Highlands and Lowlands. We will enter one of Scotland's two national parks with the opportunity for a further rest stop.

Itinerary

8. 00am Depart Greenock Ocean Terminal (shore excursion)

8. 30am Depart accommodation in Glasgow

There will be a guided tour of Stirling Castle at 9. 30am followed by a Distillery Tour at 12 noon and lunch at 1pm.

We will return via the Dukes Pass and Loch Venachar with a further rest stop.

4. 30pm Arrive Greenock Ocean Terminal 5. 00pm Arrive Glasgow Accommodation

The itinerary may be slightly modified to ensure cruise ship passengers return to port at least 1 - 1 1/2hrs prior to departure.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port (Greenock Ocean Quay ), Airport (Glasgow International Airport ), Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: George Street, Glasgow between North Frederick Street and John Street and at the side of Glasgow City Chambers.

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport (Glasgow International Airport), Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: George Street, Glasgow between North Frederick Street and John Street and at the side of Glasgow City Chambers.

Duration: 9 hours

This tour will take place in all weather however the itinerary may be subject to amendment depending on traffic or road closures.

I will endeavour to return cruise ship passengers to ship 1hr - 1.30hrs prior to departure.

Transportation

'Flora' is a spacious Volkswagen Transporter 9- seat shuttle (2018) with good views.

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 GBP - Lunch is informal and credit cards are accepted at all venues.

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Food, Drinks, Snacks

Other: Entrance to Stirling Castle is extra. I advise booking on-line for fast track during high season.

Adult (16 - 59 yrs) £15.00
Concession (60 yrs+ and unemployed) £12.00

https://www.stirlingcastle.scot/visit/tickets-prices/

Whisky Tours are also extra. Several 50 min - 1 hr tours are available ranging in price from £9 to £35.

https://www.deanstonmalt.com/visit-us/

Private tour guide Elaine

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