Today, we undertook a private, small group tour as follows:

  • Left Glasgow prompt at 9.00am
  • Arrive Stirling Castle about 10.20am. Here we undertook a short tour covering  the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Kitchens, Tapestry Weaving and general aspects of the castle’s architecture and history. Also views across the surrounding landscape including Wallace Monument.

Palace at Stirling Castle

Entrance to Stirling Castle

 

Great Hall at Stirling Castle

Medieval Reenactment at Stirling Castle

Medieval Kitchens at Stirling Castle

After the castle tour we repaired to the nearby Portcullis Hotel/Pub for refreshment.

  • Next we drove through Muthill and Crieff to the Famous Grouse or Glenturret Distillery where we availed of the standard tour,learning about the entire malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation process. After the interesting tour we availed of lunch at the Distillery restaurant.

Famous Grouse Experience

  • Next we drove back through Crieff to visit the famous and very colourful gardens at Drummond Castle which are absolutely stunning and immaculate. Wandering around were a small muster (flock) of peacocks.

Drummond Castle Gardens

Gardens at Drummond Castle

  • After Drummond, we drove up the A9 to Dunkeld and visited the Falls of Braan at Ossian’s Hall. A super experience in the late afternoon sunlight.

Ossian's Hall at Dunkeld

Tour Group at Ossian's Hall

  • Next we drove further north up to Pitlochry to find the Dunfallandy Pictish Stone which we duly located. This dates back to about the 9th century and is well preserved behind a  perspex case.

Dunfallandy Pictish Stone

  • After photographing the Stone we drove back down the A9 to Dunkeldwhere we availed of an evening meal at Howie’s Bistro. This was a good experience with the food served very quickly.
  • After our meal we drove back down the A9 to base in Glasgow arriving late but satisfied after a successful day visiting the best bits of central Scotland.
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