Today, we will visit nearby Stirling, for a tour of its majestic castle. Stirling Castle is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, both historically and architecturally. It sits atop Castle Hill, an intrusive crag, which forms part of the Stirling Sill and has witnessed many significant moments in Scottish history. Once home to kings and queens, it has seen many baptisms, coronations and extravagant celebrations, but also imprisonment, murder and intrigue, some of which has only been discovered in recent decades. We will also visit the National Wallace Monument. This famous landmark stands above Stirling in the fields where William Wallace led his troops to victory at The Battle of Stirling Bridge and tells the story of the patriot and martyr who became Scotland’s National Hero.
We will then have some free time relaxing and browsing the shops and cafes of Stirling, the youngest city in Scotland - it only gained city rights in 2002 at the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
We will also visit one of Scotland's newest and most iconic landmarks - the Falkirk Wheel. Linking the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals, the unique boat lift replaced the 11 locks that previously linked the two and were dismantled in 1933. Inspired by a Celtic double headed spear, a vast turning propeller of a Clydebank built ship, the ribcage of a whale or the spine of a fish, it was opened in 2002 by Queen Elizabeth II and is a sight to be seen!
Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Hilton Dunblane (Jul 23) / Crieff Hydro Hotel (Jul 24)