A Stirling Tour of Central Scotland Based around the Scottish ‘central belt’, our tour takes us to some of the region’s most iconic sights, including the mighty Stirling Castle and the world’s only rotating boat lift, the impressive Falkirk Wheel – where we enjoy a spin! We also board the heritage Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway for a journey along the shore of the Firth of Forth, before taking to the water on a couple of scenic cruises. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Falkirk Wheel & Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway This morning we visit the Falkirk Wheel , a fascinating feat of engineering connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. As part of our 1 hour tour , we experience this iconic rotating boat lift first hand, taking our seats on the canal boat for a memorable journey. In a matter of minutes, the amazing structure transports us 35 metres above, to the beginning of the Union Canal, before we descend back to the start point and visitor centre. In the afternoon we take a scenic return journey on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway . We sit back and relax on our heritage steam or diesel- hauled train, admiring the picturesque views as we travel along the shores of the Firth of Today we head to the city of Stirling and visit the striking hilltop Stirling Castle in the medieval old town. One of Scotland’s largest castles, we discover its historic and architectural significance, exploring the likes of the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Castle Exhibition, Regimental Museum, Great Kitchens and Stirling Tapestries. This afternoon we head to Hawes Pier in South Queensferry, from where we enjoy a 90 minute cruise on the Firth of Forth with guided commentary. Our Three Bridges circular cruise takes in spectacular views of the iconic Forth bridges, the Edinburgh skyline to the south, Fife to the north and the island of Inchcolm with its medieval abbey. Day 4 Loch Katrine Cruise & Historic Working Farm Forth passing woodland, wildflowers and waterfalls. Day 3 Stirling Castle & Three Bridges Cruise This morning we enjoy a relaxing cruise on Loch Katrine . Departing from the Trossachs pier, we sit back and admire the beauty of the area, taking in views of Ben Venue mountain, Ellen’s Isle and Queen Victoria’s loch-side Royal Cottage. After, we head to the shores of Loch Ard for a tour of an historical working farm . We are introduced to the weapons of the Jacobite Clans, learn the story of the Battle of Killiecrankie at which Rob Roy fought in July 1689, and enjoy a dram of whisky, tea/coffee & shortbread. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.
Historic Working Farm
King Robert Hotel Bannockburn, Stirlingshire
This great value hotel, situated on the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, is ideal for groups and is just 1.5 miles from historic Stirling. All 52 bedrooms are well sized and comfortable, offering a homely feel. There is a bright, informal restaurant and a comfortable bar area with outdoor seating. There is no lift but ground floor rooms are available. • Ground floor rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge 4 Nights Half Board Twin from £354pp Double for Sole Use Supplement from £76 Based on Monday arrivals
Inclusions • Porterage • Welcome tea/coffee & scones • Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner • 1 hour Falkirk Wheel tour • Return journey on Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway • Entrance to Stirling Castle • Three Bridges Firth of Forth cruise • 2 hour Loch Katrine cruise • Tour of an historical working farm with whisky, tea/coffee & shortbread
Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway
Albatross Approved Rating: ✓ Visited ✓ Inspected ✓ Graded
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