This morning, tour commenced at Glasgow’s Radisson hotel at 0915. We drove up to Stirling Castle in central Scotland which ranks as one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions. Here we visited the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Kitchens and Tapestry Weaving. Good views from this high vantage point.

Stirling Castle

After Stirling, we moved on to:

  • Wallace Monument, a tone built tower which commemorates the life and achievements of William Wallace aka ‘Braveheart’. We managed to climb up the 250 plus steps to the top and avail of the superb views over the landscape including Stirling Castle. On way down to Visitor Centre we encountered a piper in full flow which was a nice bonus.

Wallace Monument

View from Wallace Monument

Piper

  • Doune Castle near Stirling. This nearly complete structure evolved from a Royal hunting lodge and gained fame in recent times as a film set for ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’.

Doune Castle

  • Scone Palace near Perth.This is a very well presented early 19th century mansion which his historic home to the Earls of Mansfield. This palace is latest in a succession of historic buildings on the site close to which is the historic crowning place of Scottish Monarchs centered on the Stone of Scone. Inside Scone Palace can be viewed a wealth of antiquities, furniture and paintings. Our visit coincided with a rally of Porsche car owners perhaps totalling 30 vehicles.

Scone Palace

 

Stone of Scone

  • Finally, we headed for our overnight destination of Braemar in the Highlands via Meikleour Hedge (world’s tallest) , Glenshee and some spectacular scenery including heather just beginning to emerge into bloom.
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