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Private Shore Excursion: Doune Castle, the Trossachs, and Loch Lomond from Greenock

In the early morning, meet your driver-guide at the dockside. Together with your travel companions (maximum eight people), hop aboard the air-conditioned minivan and get ready for your 8-hour private shore excursion. Start your tour with a 30-minute stop in Glasgow's Georgian city center, George Square. At one point Glasgow was the second most important city of the British Empire and remains an industrial capital of Scotland to this day. Leaving the city behind, head northeast toward Stirling and “Braveheart country.” Visit the battlefield of Bannockburn, where on the 23rd and 24th of June 1314 King Robert I “the Bruce”, defeated the armies of Edward II of England. Jump back on to the minivan and head up to Stirling Castle. Sitting high on its volcanic plug of rock, Stirling Castle was strategically the most important in the whole of the Kingdom of Scotland. After a photo stop head over the plains of Stirling and to the village of Doune for a visit to Doune Castle. Built in the 14th century, Doune Castle was home to Robert, Duke of Albany, the great grandson of Robert the Bruce. More recently the castle has been the location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Macbeth, Outlander, and Game of Thrones.Continuing on, head toward the village of Callander, noted for the Romans, Rob “Roy” MacGregor, civil war, and its two resident celebrities, the Highland cows Hamish Dubh and Honey. Then it’s into Scotland's first national park, the Trossachs. A virtually unchanged landscape for nearly 300 years and made famous by the writings of Sir Walter Scott, the area is often described as the Highlands in miniature. Up and over the Duke's Pass, head down to the Victorian village of Aberfoyle for some lunch (own expense) and perhaps a little shopping.Next, head toward the village of Balloch and the bonnie, or pretty, banks of Loch Lomond. If the weather permits, take the opportunity to enjoy a 1-hour sightseeing trip on the loch (extra cost). Leaving Balloch, through the town of Dumbarton, where Robert the Bruce died in 1329 and Mary, Queen of Scots left Scotland for France in 1547 at the age of five. Head over the river Clyde and arrive back at port eight hours later with a hundred memories and a camera full of photographs.

$665.82 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Doune Castle, the Trossachs and Loch Lomond in a Private Minibus from Edinburgh

This allows you the opportunity to see a bit of everything. We start with a Glasgow panoramic tour with a short stop (30 minutes), in the Georgian city centre, George Square. At one point Glasgow was the second most important city of the British Empire, and still remains the “Industrial Capital” of Scotland today. Leaving the city behind us, we head through the town of Dumbarton, it was here that Robert “The” Bruce died in 1329 and Mary, Queen of Scots left Scotland for France as a 5 year old in 1547. Heading towards the village of Balloch and the “Bonnie, bonnie” banks of Loch Lomond. If the time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to take a 1 hour sightseeing trip on the Loch. With Balloch behind us it’s almost time for lunch and perhaps, a little retail therapy in the little Victorian village of Aberfoyle. Then it’s up and over the “Dukes Pass” and into Scotlands first National Park “The Trossachs”, a virtually unchanged landscape for nearly 300 years and made famous by the writings of Sir Walter Scott, the area is often described as the Highlands in miniature. Continuing on, we now head towards the village of Callander, noted for the Romans, Rob “Roy” MacGregor, Civil war and their two resident celebrities Hamish Dubh and Honey, the Highland cattle (Hairy Cows).  Eight miles later we arrive at the village of Doune and a visit to Doune castle, built in the 14th century it was home to Robert, Duke of Albany (the Great Grandson of “The Bruce”). More recently Doune castle has been the location for Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Macbeth, Outlander and Game of Thrones. After your visit we’re onto the Plains of Stirling and into “Braveheart country” and the “Key to the Highlands” Stirling castle, sitting high on its volcanic plug of rock, Stirling castle was strategically the most important in the whole of the Kingdom. After our photo stop we head towards the battlefield of Bannockburn for another photograph opportunity, it was here on the 23rd & 24th of June 1314 that King Robert I (“The Bruce”), defeated the armies of Edward II of England. Back on to the bus for the final time we make our way back to Edinburgh, with a hundred memories and a camera full of photographs.

$672.55 Day Trips & Excursions

Doune Castle, the Trossachs, and Loch Lomond Day Trip

This tour allows you the opportunity to see a bit of everything. You'll start with a Glasgow panoramic tour with a short stop (30 minutes), in the Georgian city centre, George Square. At one point, Glasgow was the second most important city of the British Empire, and still remains the “Industrial Capital” of Scotland today. Leaving the city behind, it's time to then head northeast towards Stirling and “Braveheart country”. The next stop is the battlefield of Bannockburn, it was here on the 23rd & 24th of June 1314 that King Robert I (“The Bruce”), defeated the armies of Edward II of England. Back onto the bus and you'll head up to the “Key to the Highlands” Stirling Castle, sitting high on its volcanic plug of rock; due to its location, Stirling Castle was strategically the most important in the whole of the Kingdom. After the photo stop, it's time to head over the plains of Stirling and to the village of Doune and a visit to Doune castle, built in the 14th century. It was home to Robert, Duke of Albany (the Great Grandson of “The Bruce”), and more recently Doune castle has been the location for Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Macbeth, Outlander and Game of Thrones.Continuing on, you'll head towards the village of Callander, noted for the Romans, Rob “Roy” MacGregor, civil war and their two resident "celebrities" Hamish Dubh and Honey, the Highland cattle (Hairy Cows). Then it’s into Scotland's first National Park “The Trossachs”; a virtually unchanged landscape for nearly 300 years and made famous by the writings of Sir Walter Scott, the area is often described as the Highlands in miniature. Up and over the “Dukes Pass” and down to the Victorian village of Aberfoyle for lunch and some free time.Continuing the journey, you'll now head towards the village of Balloch and the “Bonnie, Bonnie” banks of Loch Lomond. If the weather permits, you will have the opportunity to take a 1 hour sightseeing trip on the Loch. Leaving Balloch behind, you'll head through the town of Dumbarton, it was here that Robert “The” Bruce died in 1329 and Mary, Queen of Scots left Scotland for France as a 5 year old in 1547. Leaving Dumbarton behind, you'll head over the river Clyde and make your way home, with a hundred memories and a camera full of photographs.

$665.82 Day Trips & Excursions

Shore Excursion: Doune Castle, the Trossachs and Loch Lomond in a Private Minibus from Edinburgh

Meet your private driver-guide at the port in the early morning. Together with your travel companions (maximum eight people), hop aboard the air-conditioned minivan and get ready for an 8-hour Scottish excursion. We leave Edinburgh behind us and head northeast toward Stirling and “Braveheart country." Stop at the battlefield of Bannockburn, where on the 23rd and 24th of June 1314 King Robert I "the Bruce”, defeated the armies of Edward II of England. Jump back on to the bus and head up to the “Key to the Highlands,” Stirling Castle. Sitting high on its volcanic plug of rock, Stirling Castle was strategically the most important in the whole of the Kingdom of Scotland. After a photo stop, head over the plains of Stirling to the village of Doune for a visit to Doune Castle. Built in the 14th century, the castle was home to Robert, Duke of Albany, the great grandson of  Robert the Bruce. More recently, it has been the filming location and inspiration for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Macbeth, Outlander and Game of Thrones. Continuing on, head toward the village of Callander, noted for the Romans, Rob “Roy” MacGregor, and its two resident celebrities Hamish Dubh and Honey, two furry Highland cows. Then it’s into Scotland's first national park, the Trossachs. A virtually unchanged landscape for nearly 300 years, the Trossachs was made famous by the writings of Sir Walter Scott and is often described as the Highlands in miniature. Up and over the Dukes Pass, drive down to the Victorian village of Aberfoyle for lunch (own expense) and perhaps some shopping. Continuing your journey after lunch and free time, its back into the countryside heading east and past Scotland's only lake, the Lake of Menteith, before being dropped off back at port.

$2353.92 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 3-Day Tour to the Highlands - Islands and the West Coast in a VIP Minibus from Edinburgh

Day 1 Depart Edinburgh around 8 am, travelling north to Dunfermline (one of our ancient Capitals) stopping to visit the 11th Century Abbey and ruined Royal Palace to visit the tomb of King Robert I (“The Bruce”). Up and through Highland Perthshire (Macbeth country), stopping at Dunkeld to visit the 12th Century Cathedral and have a coffee break.Heading back on the road we’ll head up to the “Pass of Killiecrankie” where a battle was fought during the Jacobite wars in 1689, continuing northwards we’ll pass Blair Castle and travel through the Grampian and Cairngorm mountains and arrive at Clava Cairns dating from the Stone and Bronze ages for a visit. We will then head up to Culloden Battlefield for our last visit of the day. It was on the moor that the last battle of any significance to be fought in Britain took place on the 16th April 1746. Then it’s off to the hotel for your well-earned dram and a relaxing evening. Day 2Depart our hotel around 0830 am, travelling South West our destination is the Isle of Skye, en route we travel almost the full length of Loch Ness, stopping for photographs at the ruins of Castle Urquhart (and possibly Nessie?), then we cut West through Glen Shiel and towards Eilean Donan Castle for a visit/comfort stop. Continuing our journey we “drive across The Atlantic” on the Skye Bridge and onto the Island, time will dictate our programme on Skye. We then head for the little port of Armadale and take the 45 minute crossing back to the mainland and drive through Glenfinnan towards Fort William and our overnight accommodation.Day 3Depart our hotel around 0830 am and continue our journey South.  We head along the banks of Loch Linne and into Glencoe, the setting for one of our blackest chapters in Clan warfare in February 1692, after a photo stop we continue Southwards up and over the Rannoch Moor, one of the last great wildernesses in Europe. Travelling down and through Balquhidder, we enter MacGregor country famous for Rob Roy and our last comfort stop of the day at the Victorian village of Callander (noted in history for the Romans, Rob Roy and the tragic Earl of Callander). Continuing our journey we drive through the village of Doune and its exceptional 13th Century Motte and Bailey Castle, noted for Robert Duke of Albany, David Stirling, Monty Python & The Holy Grail and more recently Outlander. Finally reaching the main motorway we drive past Stirling Castle, the battlefields of Bannockburn and the ruins of Linlithgow Palace before arriving back in Edinburgh around 8 pm.

$134.51 Private & Custom Tours

Outlander Day Tour & Sightseeing - Luxury Private Chauffeur

Your Sightseeing Tour starts from Edinburgh, ensuring a great start your chauffeur will do a full introduction and point out all the on-board facilities in the vehicle. Once the formalities are out of the way they will run through the itinerary for the day and ensure all the passengers are comfortable and answer any questions before setting off.You will begin your journey with a journey across the famous Forth Bridge before arriving in Falkland (Inverness 1946 in Outlander), is where you can see Mrs Bairds Bed and Breakfast as The Covenanters Hotel situated in the heart of the historic village opposite the recognizable ‘Bruce fountain’ and Falkland Palace with the Lomond Hills as the dramatic backdrop. Stop here to enjoy refreshments in the coffee shop before taking a walk around the village square to see the village parish church which was renamed Dalneigh Parish Church for the series.Next we make our way to the filming location of The Royal Burgh of Culross, a town that time has passed by, which lies on the banks of the River Forth and was the location for the fictional village of Cranesmuir. The town centre dates back to the 16th Century and it is at Culross Palace that you will find Claire’s herb garden and many of the buildings that star in the show. It is the most complete example in Scotland today of a Burgh of the 17th & 18th centuries.Leaving Culross now travel to Castle Leoch, home to the fictional Colum MacKenzie and the MacKenzie clan, in the beautiful little town of Doune. Doune Castle was built around 1400 by Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, Earl of Menteith and Fife, a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle. It plays a leading role in the show standing in for the fictional Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th century episodes, and if you want to see the famous backdrop where Claire’s mysteriously disappears through the standing stones Its most striking feature is the 100ft high gatehouse which includes the splendid Lord’s Hall with its musicians’ gallery, double fireplace and carved oak screen and you can hear the stories of the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail which was also filmed at the castle.A photo-stop at Linlithgow Palace which stands in for the prison entrance & corridors before visiting nearby the 15th century fortress of Blackness Castle which doubles as the setting for the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall and the heart-wrenching scene of Jamie’s incarceration. With views of the Forth Bridges as a backdrop Blackness Castle is a great opportunity for photos too Your sightseeing tour finishes with all passengers being taken back to Edinburgh, the Door to Door experience helps you enjoy the full tour without the worry of finding you way back at the end of the day.