Central Scotland has a hugely varied landscape with the rich farmland and rolling hills of Fife and Angus in the east and the mountainous Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park in the west. All of this region is within a day’s drive of Edinburgh and Glasgow but equally offers the opportunity of very rewarding extended tours.
Stirling and the Trossachs – a taste of the Highlands.
If you want a taste of the Highlands without spending hours on the road then this region offers everything you would expect – mountains, lochs, glens and hairy highland cows.
- Stirling and its former Royal Castle perched on top of a huge volcanic rock.
- The 220 ft (67m) Wallace monument celebrating Scotland’s great hero, William Wallace – better known these days as Braveheart
- Doune Castle which was the setting for the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail and more recently the TV series Outlander and Game of Thrones.
- The grave of the Scottish Robin Hood, Rob Roy at Balquhidder.
- Loch Katrine where we have a choice of sailing on the vintage steamship Sir Walter Scott or going for a pleasant lochside walk.
- Loch Lomond. This legendary 24 mile long loch is stunning and contains some 30 islands some of which can be visited by boat. The pretty village of Luss on the west side of the loch is a lovely place to visit.
- Inveraray Castle. Magnificent ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll.
Fife and Angus:
- St Andrews. famous as the golf capital of the world and home to Scotland’s oldest university whose students included Prince William and his now wife Kate Middleton. The city also features the remarkable ruins of St Andrew’s cathedral which was once one of the world’s major places of pilgrimage.
- Falkland Palace where the Stuarts relaxed by hunting and playing tennis in a 16th century tennis court which is still used today.
- Loch Leven where Queen Mary was held as a prisoner in a castle for a year during which time she was forced to abdicate.
- Dunfermline where Robert Bruce’s body is buried.
- The city of Dundee which features the award winning Verdants Works jute museum and tells the remarkable story of an industry which once employed more than 50,000 people in the city.
- Arbroath Abbey which was the setting for the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 which set outs Scotland’s arguments for independence and became a role model for the US Declaration of Independence.
- Glamis Castle where the Queen Mother grew up.
- The picturesque town of Pitlochry. Features include a fish ladder where you can watch salmon jumping through an underwater viewing station and the Blair Athol and Eradour whisky distilleries.
- Blair Castle. The home of the Duke of Atholl which looks like something out of a fairytale.
- Scone Palace. Historic mansion which is on the site of the former capital of the Pictish kingdom and the centre of the ancient Celtic church. It is also the place where Scottish Kings were crowned for centuries.