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History of Scotland Experience Private Day Tour
Stirling Castle Tickets included
Visit Stirling for an epic history tour. Journey down through the ages of Scottish History from the heroic days of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, through the upheavals of the Stuart Dynasty, to the Jacobite Rebellion
The National Wallace Monument.
Battle of Bannockburn.
Stirling City & Stirling Castle.
Smith Museum & Art Gallery.
Three Bridges, Firth of Forth.
Views of the Highlands.
The National Wallace Monument (Tickets Included)
Upon leaving Edinburgh on your private history tour, we make for Stirling - the Key to Scotland. Here we begin our journey in the late 13th Century with William Wallace and the history of Scottish independence. 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. Here, Wallace and his vastly outnumbered rebel army conquered Edward I's cavalry. We will visit 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. The exhibits are reached via an ascending staircase topping out at 67m high. The crown of the monument features an open viewing platform from which one can see 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 (Tickets Included)
We then head only a few miles south toward the site of the pivotal Battle of Bannockburn. In 1314, a still greater hero made his name - Robert the Bruce. Bruce stoked the embers of resistance in Scotland, fired by Wallace. He sought to unify the country to his will of regaining 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 to Stirling City centre where you will be given a tour of the main thoroughfare. Here 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.
Stirling Castle (Tickets Included)
After visiting the Museum & Gallery, we will visit arguably one of the best Scottish Castles - Stirling Castle. The site brings us forward to the period of the Stuart Dynasty. Not only a foreboding defensive fortress, inside the castle grounds lies an incredible Renaissance Palace. It showcases 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.
Private Day Trip from Edinburgh to Stirling including Castle Tour Tickets
Luxury 4x4 Vehicle Transportation
Private Tour Guide
Entrance to attractions
Personalised pick-up & drop-off
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1 Person - Was £250*, now £200
2 People - Was £290, now £232.
3 People - Was £330, now £264.
4 People - Was £370, now £296.
*Based on full Adult ticket prices - price will cost less for Seniors/Students/Families.
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We ordinarily carry a maximum of 4 passengers. If your party is more than 4, please get in touch.
We will arrange extra space and provide you with a quote.
Where will we meet/drop-off?
Please provide 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 our day trips in Scotland are improved for the winter. We have fewer daylight hours. We are flexible with return times if you have a cruise/flight to catch.
What to bring:
Please wear comfortable but practical clothing and footwear on your Scottish history tour. This is to accommodate for changeable Scottish weather and terrain.
If you would like any more info regarding our day trips from Edinbrugh, please get in touch. We'll be happy to offer assistance.