LOCH LOMOND, STIRLING CASTLE AND THE TROSSACHS TOUR

Land of Legends and Heroes

Your Journey

Join us as we spend the day exploring Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and The Trossachs, Scotland’s true land of legends and heroes.
Your Sixstar coach journey departs from Edinburgh, travelling through the West of the city your guide will share a lifetime of local insights
into Scotland’s World Heritage City Centre. Very soon we pick up speed as we hit the highway and follow the valley of the River Forth, one of
Scotland’s greatest rivers whose story is inextricably intertwined with our destination of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

Our first stop of the day is at Helix Park, an Eco-park that straddles the Forth and Clyde canal, the country’s very first industrial super highway that links the East and West of Scotland. The horses heads known as the Kelpies tower over the site in testament to the work horses that powered our industrial revolution.

We continue our journey North West, passing Stirling Castle where we will return later in the day. The landscape changes as we travel towards
the Highlands.

The flat agricultural plains give way to a mysterious mountain landscape that was once home to Highland Clans and cattle rustlers.

Very soon you catch a glimpse of Loch Lomond, one of the largest and best-known bodies of freshwater anywhere in the Uk. Poets, writers, artists and outlaws have all drawn inspiration from this unique environment and you have the opportunity to experience your own breath-taking moments as we arrive at the conservation village of Luss or “Dark Village”. There has been a settlement here before since the sixth century and today Luss is one of Loch Lomond’s most popular destinations.

From the pier you have the option to join a boat cruise that takes in many of the island’s that are scattered around the Loch. If you prefer to stay on dry land you can explore this historic village, skim stones from the beach or for the young at heart join the Woodland Faerie Trail.

Our journey continues to Aberfoyle in the heart of the Trossachs, sitting on the banks of the River Forth. Aberfoyle has it’s own enchanting connection with Faeries through Reverend Robert Kirk who compiled a collection of stories of local
folklore and faerie folks. After stopping for lunch, we begin the climb through the Dukes pass, a mountainous route through the heart of the Trossachs. This track through the mountains was opened in 1885 by the Duke of Montrose to connect the roads of the estate, some of the grandest views in the whole of the Highlands are waiting for you around every corner. From here we will continue to Stirling Castle, Scotland’s ancient Royal Palace and military stronghold. Sitting on top of a volcanic crag in the Forth valley. Stirling Castle has witnessed battles for the survival of Scotland, royal births, dark deeds and its own feathered birdman.

Immerse yourself in centuries of history as you wander through the Great Hall and Royal Palace. See for yourself the mighty defences that made
Stirling Castle such a formidable and prized fortress that continues to captivate visitors to this day.

After this full day out in the magical landscapes of Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and Stirling, we return to Edinburgh in the Early evening.

Arrive back at your drop off point approx 6.30PM

Itinerary

7

Pick Up Direct From Your Accommodation

Time: TBC
7

Approx 1 hour stop

The Kelpies – explore and take photo’s

7

Approx 90 minute stop

Luss – explore the quaint village, visit the wonderful church, relax at
the beach or go on a cruise (optional)

The choice is yours.

7

Approx 1 hour stop

Aberfoyle
Enjoy a leisurely lunch + drink

7

Approx 2 hour stop

Stirling Castle – free time to explore + visit the
Royal Palace, site of some of Scotland’s most significant battles and
guardian of the route between the Highlands and Lowlands.

7

Drop Off Direct To Your Accommodation

6.30pm (approx)
Edinburgh

Places we visit

Helix Park – Kelpies
Kelpies stand at 30 metres tall . They are the largest equine sculpture in the world. They are named Duke and Baron as they are modelled on two Clydesdale draft horses by sculptor Andy Scott. They were completed in 2013 and opened to the public in 2014, they also have their own visitor centre.

Each night when darkness appears and the sun goes down the Kelpies light up in all different colours. You will learn of the eerie tale about
Kelpies the shapeshifters from your guide.

Loch Lomond
The glorious Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Loved by Queen Victoria and immortalized in writing by Sir Walter Scott.

The national park landscape is known as the Highlands in miniature and was the first area of the Highlands to open up to intrepid 19th Century visitors. These early Travellers endured much discomfort as they were hauled along unpaved tracks on an open pony and trap. Today the track might have been upgraded but the rugged scenic grandeur that takes your breath away remains!

You can follow in the footsteps of wanderers, clans folks and ancient armies.

Luss (The Dark Village)
The stunning picturesque Village of Luss is within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and has a population of approximately 450 people. At times the village of Luss was called the “Dark Village” as it lay in the shadow of the surrounding hills. It has an array of beautiful quaint cottages adorned with Vibrant flowers pots and hanging baskets and are photographed by visitors from all over the world. You can wander through the village where you will find small gift shops and tea-rooms.

To the South of the village is Luss Church built in 1875 and steeped in history.

It is a beautiful little church with a fascinating graveyard and the church interior is definitely worth exploring, in fact each year more than 100 couples from around the world get married here. You also have the stunning beach where you can take relax or take a cruise and see many of the Island’s that are around the Loch.

Luss beach is a key attraction for visitors and although it can be busy in the peak times it has a very relaxed feel to it, with stunning views across to Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most Southerly Munro, or individual mountain over 3,000 feet high.
You can take a paddle in the clear water, skim stones or sit back, relax and take it all in, you also have the option to join a 90 minute cruise and explore the other island’s along the loch.

Stirling Castle
For more than 700 years mighty Stirling Castle has stood at the crossroads between the distinctive and unique Highland culture and identify as Scotalnd’s mountainous north and the industrious agricultural Lowlands of the country. Often described as the Broach that clasps these two cultures together, Stirling Castle is truly the gatekeeper of Central Scotland.

This is the land of Rob Roy McGregor, the Highland Chieftain who fought with the Jacobites in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie centuries before, the flood plains of the Forth Valley witnessed Scottish and English armies battling it out sword on sword in some of Scotland’s most ferocious and nation defining battles.

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