Chauffeur Tour Scotland's Braveheart Day Tour
Tour the historical Braveheart sites of Scotland and finish with a dram of whisky - all with your own personal chauffeur-guide at your disposal.
A one day tour inspired by William Wallace. Travel to Stirling, the Gateway to the Highlands and make a brief stop at the Church of the Holy Rude, the second oldest building in Stirling after the castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned Queen while still a small baby and where her son was crowned King of Scotland, then round the corner to Stirling Castle which overlooks the River Forth where William Wallace defeated the army of Edward I.
Travel the short distance to the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, when on September 11, 1297 the forces of Andrew de Moray and William Wallace clashed with those of John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey, and the English forces suffered defeat.
Folklore indicates that the quarter of William Wallace’s body that was displayed at Stirling is now buried at Cambuskenneth Abbey due to the strong links that his uncle, a member of the priesthood, had with the monks at the Abbey. Cambuskenneth Abbey is mostly ruined now, and apart from the main tower little remains bar foundations and a few walls. A marker exists in the grounds inscribed with the initials “WW” in antique script and although this inscription may just be fuelling the legend many believe that there is truth in this tale.
Soak up the history and stunning views from the Wallace Monument, perched high on the Abbey Craig around where Wallace camped before his heroic battle of Stirling Bridge, built in 1869 to commemorate Scotland’s hero. When you reach The Crown at the top of The Monument the view will take your breath away. Climb the 246 steps if you dare visiting the Hall of Arms, the Hall of Heroes and the Royal Chamber before reaching The Crown. It’s one of the finest sights Scotland has to offer, from Ben Lomond and The Trossachs in the West, and through The Forth Valley past the city of Stirling and The Ochil Hills to The Pentland Hills in the East.
Lastly, travel through the little villages to reach Deanston Distillery. Through their experienced tour guides, see how they evolved from an 18th century cotton mill to a whisky distillery producing their distinctive Single Malt Whisky which is sweet and fruity with a malty honeyed spiciness on the palate. Enjoy the guided tour and a dram of their Deanston 12yo Highland Single Malt Whisky and refreshments and home baking in the modern Coffee Bothy.
Alternatively, travel back towards Edinburgh and visit the magnificentLinlithgow Palace, the summer Palace of the Royal Stewart Dynasty and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. This majestic royal palace lies roofless and ruined yet you still feel a sense of travelling back in time as you enter the centre courtyard. It became a truly elegant ‘pleasure palace’, and a stopping place between Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle.
Please note we can include VIP passes to Stirling Castle. These will allow your group fast track entry. Please ask when you enquire about your Braveheart Tour.
Duration: 8 hours (starting in Edinburgh or Glasgow).
This itinerary is only a guide as other historical sites can be incorporated into a tailored sightseeing tour of your own making. The Tour price does not include your entrance fees, lunches, dinners or the drivers gratuity.