BEYOND EDINBURGH TOURS
BESPOKE STIRLING CASTLE & LOCH LOMOND TOUR
Northern Central Scotland offers a wealth of history, stunning landscapes and easy road connections all within reach of Edinburgh. Venture northwest and experience the Birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, The historic Royal Seat and Capital City of Scotland and explore the natural beauty of Scotland’s first national park.
WHAT WE’LL DO…
Departing from Edinburgh we immediately head west out of town. We drive through the town of South Queensferry and stop to take in the views across the River Forth and the three bridges, including the iconic railway bridge opened in 1890. From here we drive the short distance to Linlithgow and Linlithgow Palace, home to the Scottish monarchy in the 15th and 16th century and birthplace of Mary Queen Of Scots. After exploring the ruins we drive towards Stirling via a short stop at The Pineapple, a unique and interesting building that formed the centrepiece of one of Scotland’s largest walled gardens.
As we arrive at Stirling we see Stirling Castle sitting on an imposing volcanic plug overlooking the Carse Of Stirling. Driving up the cobbled streets to the castle we will understand why the castle and the town held such and important commercial stronghold in historic Scotland and why Stirling was the capital of Scotland. The castle is a fascinating visit and many areas have been re-created as they were when it was the Royal seat of Scotland.
From here we venture further west to Loch Lomond and the Loch Lomond at The Trossachs National Park and the picturesque loch side town of Balmaha. Take in the stunning views over the biggest freshwater loch (lake) in the UK and learn the story of Rob Roy McGregor, Scotland’s ‘Robin Hood’ who is buried nearby at Balquhidder.
From Loch Lomond it is time to travel back to Edinburgh. Take in the beautiful scenery of highland fault line as we drive east, including The impressive Campsie and Ochil Hills.