Long stretches along glorious lochs, unparalleled views, history; Scotland has it all! Visit Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Inverary Castle, Glencoe, Dunkeld, Scone, Stirling Castle and lots more castles, lochs and mountains along the way.
After picking you up, we head out along the 'bonnie, bonnie banks' of Loch Lomond, Scotland's largest expanse of fresh water before heading into Argyll around Loch Fyne, Scotland's longest sea-loch (and home of the world-famous oysters!), to Inverary Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll and seat of the Clan Campbell. From there we head to Kilmartin, which has the most important Neolithic and Bronze Age remains on the mainland. At Dunadd Fort you can place your foot in the ceremonial stone used by ancient kings of Scotland during coronations. We then travel up the west coast through breath-taking scenery to the quaint fishing port of Oban for our overnight stay.
Today we continue up the west coast to Dunstaffnage Castle, built by the Clan MacDougall but held by Robert the Bruce for many years. Then, with Loch Linnhe on our left, we continue past iconic Castle Stalker and then head south-east through Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre in 1692. There are tremendous vistas on both sides as we head up through the pass and across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor. There will plenty of opportunities for photo-stops! From here we head along Loch Tay to the Iron-Age crannog (a round-house on stilts in the loch) reconstruction, offering a fascinating insight into life 2,500 years ago. We then follow the River Tay into ancient Dunkeld, with its partially ruined cathedral, and its links to Shakespeare's Macbeth, for our overnight stay.
Heading south, we visit Scone Palace, scene of many 'coronations' of Kings of Scotland on the mysterious 'Stone of Destiny'. Then to Stirling, visiting the Castle with its imposing position on the skyline, the Memorial to William Wallace (forget Braveheart!) and the Bannockburn battlefield site at its base, scene of Scottish King Robert the Bruce's finest moment with his victory over King Edward II's army in 1314, sending the English king 'homewards to think again'. Sadly, it's time then to bring this fascinating journey through Scotland's history to an end, returning you to your drop-off point.