Group Travel Tour Operator and DMC for Scotland
Heart of Scotland
Scotland has achieved many things over the years; this Scotland tour takes you to some of the greatest of those. Ranging from the very history and traditions of Scotland to some of the greatest structures in Scotland.
Scotland has a wealth of history; visit the hundreds of castles and learn about the creation of Scotland. Visit Falkirk, located between Edinburgh and Glasgow, famous for the engineering masterpiece the Falkirk Wheel. The Wheel was a massive project built to join two canals and has since been a major tourist attraction. Explore the Kelpies with the World’s largest equine sculptures, or take a stroll through the pretty Trossachs National Park before enjoying a tipple at the Glencoyne distillery. Finally, visit Sterling City, where you can take a guided tour to visit the castle, walk through the old town, or enjoy the museums and galleries.
Dates throughout 2022 & 2023
Suggested itinerary by coach
Travel to your hotel
Arrive at your chosen hotel in the Stirling or the Loch Lomond area and relax before dinner.
The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies and a ‘Wee Dram’
Depart for the historic town of Falkirk, famous for its engineering masterpiece the Falkirk Wheel. You will take a boat from the basin, and sail into the bottom gondola of the wheel, which gently lifts the boat up to join the Union Canal 35m above. After, visit the endearing Kelpies, which illustrates majestic water-born equine creatures. Continue via Stirling into the Trossachs National Park to visit the pretty Glencoyne distillery. Enjoy a dram of Glengoyne 12 year old Highland Single Malt Whisky overlooking the stunning waterfall.
In the morning, visit the majestic Stirling Castle which was the centre of art, culture and celebrity in the 16th century. In the afternoon you have the option of visiting the William Wallace Memorial, a great part of Scottish history. Please bear in mind that this attraction has a lot of steps. Alternatively, spend a free afternoon in Stirling City; there is a shopping centre, opportunity to have a wander around the old town or a cultural section including galleries and museums.
Return home or optional visit to Edinburgh
After breakfast, either travel home or depart for a full day tour to Edinburgh (available on request). Explore the secret closes of the Royal Mile, as you will see both ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Towns. Your local guide will explain some of the rich history of the city, and you will see Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament building and Arthurs Seat.
After breakfast start your journey home.
Suggested Hotels – Recently inspected by Greatdays staff
Golden Lion Stirling ***
Located in Stirling City Centre just down the hill from Stirling Castle, this hotel is the perfect base to explore the area. There are many shops, bars and restaurant on its doorstep, however you don’t have to leave the hotel for fine dining as there is the Cronies Restaurant and bar. Relax in one of the comfortable bedrooms which feature private bathrooms, flat-screen satellite TV and tea and coffee making facilities. This hotel has a lift to all floors. The coach parking is ten minutes’ walk away at Stirling Castle.
Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane ****
Only 40 minutes from both Edinburgh and Glasgow, this hotel is set in ten acres of private grounds overlooking the village of Dunblane. The hotel’s restaurant specialises in seasonal local produce and stunning, simple dishes and there is also a bar and lounge. Go for a swim in the indoor pool, work-out in the fitness room and relax in the sauna, steam room and whirlpool. The spacious and comfortable bedrooms are with en-suite bathrooms and feature LCD TV, hairdryer, iron, safe and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel has rooms adapted for disabled use and coach parking is available on-site.
Westerwood, Cumbernauld ****
Situated just a short drive from Glasgow City Centre, this stylish hotel is set in picturesque natural surroundings. After a busy day Flemings Restaurant invites guests to enjoy some delicious food and the lounge is the perfect place for refreshments. Leisure facilities include a gym, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, golf course and spa. Accommodation is provided by 148 spacious bedrooms with private bathrooms, iron and ironing board, trouser press, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift to all floors and coach parking.
Buchanan Arms, Drymen ***
This relaxed country house is situated in the pretty village of Drymen near Loch Lomond and close to Glasgow and Stirling. Enjoy meals at the award-winning restaurant and relax in the lounges. There is a health and leisure spa for your comfort. Some of the bedrooms offer beautiful views of the gardens and they all have en-suite bedrooms, telephone, hairdryer, TV and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to all floors and coach parking is available on-site.
Winnock Hotel, Drymen ***
This 18th century Inn near Loch Lomond is situated 14 miles from Glasgow. The restaurant and bar wait for you with good food, fine wine and friendly service. There are Heritage Rooms located in the oldest part of the hotel and Elegance Rooms in the newer Loch Lomond wing. They are all with en-suite bathrooms and feature TV, tea and coffee making facilities and direct dial telephone. This hotel has on-site coach parking.
|Dates||4 days / 3 nights||5 days / 4 nights|
|2022 dates||From £270.00 per person||Prices on request|
|2023 dates||Prices on request||Prices on request|
Single room supplement available upon request.