1. From Glasgow: Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Cruise Tour
Your route north to Stirling follows in the footsteps of the ancient invading armies. This land was the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire and was under attack during the Wars of Scottish Independence. As you approach Stirling, you spot the magnificent castle*. Perched on the high volcanic rock, this stronghold is known as the ‘Key to Scotland’, and it’s witnessed battles that were turning points in Scottish history. You can learn about its past and discover the secrets of the royal court when you visit. From Stirling, you travel into the Highlands to an area known as the Trossachs National Park. This land is full of shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops, and forest-filled glens. And it used to be a perfect place for outlaws like Rob Roy to hide. Hear the tale of this fascinating folk hero and enjoy the magnificent nature all around you before you stop for lunch in picturesque Aberfoyle. After lunch you continue the journey through the national park to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Framed by majestic mountains and adorned with over 30 islands, this stunning loch’s been celebrated in songs and poems for centuries. Join an optional hour-long cruise here to admire the loch from a different angle and enjoy the stories of the local wildlife, folklore, and history. Back on dry land, cast the last glance at the loch and the national park before you start your return journey to Glasgow, where you arrive in the early evening.