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Braveheart Day Tour

Travel north to Stirling, once known as the 'Key to Scotland', with its imposing position in the centre of the countryto Stirling Castle, (included). For centuries this was the most important castle in Scotland and the views from the top make it easy to see why. Stirling Castle played an important role in the life of Mary Queen of Scots. She spent her childhood in the castle and Mary's coronation took place in the Chapel Royal in 1543. Travel the short distance to the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, the scene of Wallace's greatest triumph, 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. Soak up the history and stunning views from the Wallace Monument, (included) perched high on the Abbey Craig around where Wallace camped before his heroic battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, built in 1869 to commemorate Scotland’s hero. Now travel to the west towards Stirling and to Deanston Distillery. Through their experienced tour guides, see how they evolved from an 18th century cotton mill to a whisky distillery producing our 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 before returning home.

 

St Andrews Day Tour

Leaving Edinburgh detour through Queensferry to take in the fabulous view of the Forth Bridges. The Forth Road Bridge is a suspension bridge which was opened in 1964 andThe Forth Rail Bridge, the more iconic of the two, is a cantilever bridge and was opened in 1890 after 7 years of construction and still has the world’s second longest single span. You will now travel over the Forth Road Bridge and into the Kingdom of Fife. Travel via the scenic coastal route through the beautiful fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife where there are many galleries and arts and crafts shops. Anstruther for its famous fish shop, Pittenweem – a centre for arts and crafts and Crail – a visit to the harbour is a must. Once you reach St Andrews your first stop will be St. Andrews Cathedral ruins. The Cathedral dominated the history of the medieval church in Scotland from its construction in the 12th century until the Protestant Reformation in 1560. Scotland’s largest and most magnificent medieval church, the cathedral was the seat of Scotland’s leading bishops. On the Scores stand the ruins of St. Andrews Castle which was the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews. Travel into the town centre to North Street and see the stunning St. Salvator's Chapel, the chapel is a rare and beautiful example of Late Gothic architecture. You cannot miss St. Andrews University, the educational location of the William and Kate, as St Salvators Quadrangle sits behind the Chapel. Travel to South Street and The Tower of Holy Trinity, a Category ‘A’ listed building, and the most historic church in St Andrews. This was where John Knox first preached in public in June 1547. St Andrews was once bounded by several "ports" or town gates. Two are still in existence, one of which is West Port on South Street which is Category ‘A’ listed and one of the few surviving in Scotland. The towers were influenced by those seen at the base of the Netherbow Port in Edinburgh. Turn towards the Old Course Hotel and the Links 18th green where you may be able to get a picture of The Swilken Bridge before returning home.

 


Robert Burns Day Tour

South of Glasgow visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum which celebrates the life and prodigious talent of Scotland’s most cherished poet and houses the world’s largest collection of Burns’s manuscripts, along with many of the poet’s personal possessions, from his desk, chair and writing set through to his pistols and waistcoat buttons. Explore the atmospheric Auld Kirk of Alloway which dates back to the 16th Century. Burns' father, William Burness and his sister, Isabella Burns Begg are buried in the kirkyard. Finally cross and have photos taken at the picturesque Brig o ’Doon from the famous epic poem “Tam o ’Shanter” before having some refreshments in the famous Brig O' Doon Hotel gardens. You have the option of turning towards Kirkoswald to visit The Whisky Experience where you can explore, nose and taste an incredible selection of malts and single casks and fill your own personal bottle to take home as a memento. Alternatively you can head straight to the home of The Kennedy Family, one of Scotland’s oldest families and can trace ancestry to Robert the Bruce. Culzean Castle was their principal seat from 1759, (although it can be traced back as far as 1569), the Castle and its landscape reflecting their status and aspirations. The Castle sits on a 600 acre estate which incorporates the Swan Pond, the Deer Park and stunning gardens and a chance to enjoy some refreshments at the visitors centre or the Old Stables restaurant before returning home. 

 

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