Friday, 30 November 2012

One Day Coach Tours From Edinburgh

We are often asked about coach tours out of Edinburgh by current or future guests to the Guest House.  So here is the detail that expands the answer we can normally give! There are four or five companies running tours to the rest of Scotland from Edinburgh. In our opinion they are all much the same, with differences being down to the individual guide it seems as much as the company, and are virtually the same price. Past feedback has been good for Rabbie's and Timberbush Tours in particular though.

Most, including the two mentioned though, involve a bleary-eyed rush to the Royal Mile to leave early morning typically around 7-7.30am. One firm though will pick up from the guest house (an advantage of being in the city centre) and this is nearly always after you have had some breakfast - far more civilised!! Now trips built around either Roslyn (Rosslyn, Roslin) Chapel or St Andrews are fine if that is exactly what you want, but public transport will easily take you straight to the main attraction in either case. That leaves two main choices, Loch Ness which is great if that is what you really, really, really want to do, but it's an awful long way on the bus and in winter much of it in darkness. 

This leaves us with Loch Lomond, absolutely stunning, genuine Highlands, and a reasonable distance away with little trips to Stirling Castle and Glasgow thrown in. This has consistently excellent feedback from past guests. We can sort this one out for you - a few days notice is usually fine. The details below outline the details of this particular tour

Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle

Estimated Departure times: 09.00
Days of week:
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday (every day in Summer)
Additional Info: FREE pick up from the Guest House. Please note the tour price is for transportation and your guided tour only.

Tour Route
Heading west towards Loch Lomond, we take time for a short panoramic tour of Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow and see how this once industrial giant is again flourishing.

Soon after passing the River Clyde, world famous for it’s heavy industry and shipbuilding, we stop on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest expanse of water, with time for a boat trip or a ramble, as you wish. The Loch Lomond and Trossachs area was recently designated as a National Park, where the magnificent landscape has fired the imagination of writers and artists for centuries.

Moving on, we soon come to the village of Aberfoyle, the gateway to the Trossachs, where we will stop for lunch. With its lochs, glens and heather covered mountains’ this area is well known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, and was a favourite destination of Sit Walter Scott, who used the location as the backdrop for his ‘Rob Roy’ and ‘The Lady of the Lake’.

Soon after driving through the picturesque village of Callander we pass the massive 14th century Doune Castle, which was featured in the movie ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’. Then on to Stirling, with an opportunity to visit the Castle. With at least an hour’s stop on the castle esplanade you will be able to visit the castle or other nearby attractions and take in the magnificent views over the Forth Valley towards the Wallace Monument, a 200-foot memorial to William Wallace, the man immortalised in the movie ‘Braveheart’.

Leaving Stirling, we pass Bannockburn, scene of Robert The Bruce’s famous victory over the English in 1314, and then Linlithgow Palace, birthplace if Mary Queens of Scots in 1542. Suitable and relaxing music will be played during your comfortable drive home.

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