The National Wallace Monument
Battle of Bannockburn
Smith Museum & Art Gallery
Three Bridges, Firth of Forth
Views of the Highlands
The National Wallace Monument
Upon leaving Edinburgh, we make for Stirling - the Key to Scotland - and begin our journey in the late 13th Century with William Wallace. Wallace's youth saw Scotland change from a peaceful and prosperous nation into one characterised by division, political strife, and ultimately invasion. All of this culminated in the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 where Wallace and his vastly outnumbered rebel army conquered Edward I's cavalry. We will visit the The National Wallace Monument, standing proudly atop Abbey Craig in his honour. An incredible attraction, the monument was completed in 1869 during an age of resurgence of Scottish national identity. Today, the monument houses a series of halls telling the story of the time, where William Wallace's own sword is on display, all reached via an ascending staircase topping out at 67m high. The crown of the monument features an open viewing platform from which one can take in arguably the best 360 panoramic views in Lowland Scotland.
Due to the nature of the ascent up the monument (246 steps in all) we can offer a range of excellent alternative options in the area for those with reduced mobility. We will of course still visit the monument and take in some of the view before giving you more time elsewhere. Please get in touch and we'll be happy to tailor the perfect tour or you.
Visit the Battle of Bannockburn
We then head only a few miles south toward the site of the pivotal Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 where a still greater hero made his name - Robert the Bruce. Bruce stoked the embers of resistance in Scotland, fired by Wallace, and sought to unify the country to his will of regaining their independence. The Battle of Bannockburn lives on in the lore of Scotland, with tales of great bravery and heroism. The visitor centre, built in 2014, tells the story of the Battle and the Bruce's life through immersive 3D technology. One can follow in the Bruce's footsteps in the memorial park and see the spot where he raised his royal standard.
After Bannockburn, we take a short drive up the Stirling City centre where you will be given a tour of the main thoroughfare where you can spend an extended lunch at your leisure. The historic city has many fascinating artefacts and also lots of great places to eat and rest for a while.
The Smith Museum & Art Gallery
From lunch, we head close by to the Smith Museum & Art Gallery. The collection here houses over 40,000 objects, artworks, and photographs presenting Stirling to the world and its position historically as Scotland's beating heart.
After visiting the Museum & Gallery, we will up the hill to Stirling Castle. The site bring us forward to the period of the Stuart Dynasty. Not only a foreboding defensive fortress, inside the castle grounds lies an incredible Renaissance Palace showcasing much of the regal history of the site. Several Scottish kings and Queens have been crowned here, including Mary Queen of Scots in 1542. The period after the Stuarts was characterised in Scotland by rebellion, that of the Jacobites loyal to the deposed King James II (the Latin being Jacobus). The final siege of Stirling Castle took place in 1746, when Bonnie Prince Charlie tried to take the castle.
Luxury 4x4 Vehicle Transportation
Private Chauffeur Guide
Entrance to attractions
Personalised pick-up & drop-off
1 Person - from £299*
2 People - from £339*
3 People - from £369*
4 People - from £399*
*Based on full Adult ticket prices - price will cost less for Seniors/Students/Families.
Don't forget to choose the relevant option at checkout to apply your discount!
We ordinarily carry a maximum of 4 passengers. If your party is more than 4, please get in touch
and we will arrange extra space and provide you with a quote.
Where will we meet/drop-off?
Please provide address details of your accommodation, flight or cruise ship arrival upon booking.
Departure Time: 9:00am.
Return Time: 6:00pm
We will meet you at your accommodation/port of arrival 15 mins before departure.
The duration is approximately 9 hours (depending on daylight hours/time of year/preference). All itineraries are improved for the winter when we have fewer daylight hours. We are also flexible with return times if you have a cruise/flight to catch.
What to bring:
Please wear comfortable but practical clothing and footwear to accommodate for changeable Scottish weather and terrain.
All children under 18 must be accompanied by an Adult.
If you would like any more info regarding our fees please get in touch and we'll be happy to offer assistance.
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