This morning, I collected my group of five guests from the Crown Princess Cruise Ship at Greenock at about 0830am and then proceeded as follows:
  • Drove through the old industrial port areas of Greenock and Port Glasgow, past Port Glasgow Timber Ponds along the River Clyde and acroos the Erskine Bridge to our first stop at Luss, a very quaint and colourful village on the banks of Loch Lomond. Just before the village we stopped to admire some extremely colourful gardens at private houses.

Colourful Garden at Luss

  • Upon arrival at Luss  we encountered a high volume of tourists but still managed to have a gentle stroll around the village, taking in the pier and historic church. The latter was open to vistors and inside showed a short film on the history of this historic Christian site and church spanning a period of  about 1500 years. In the churchyard we inspected an ancient ( possibly 9th century) Viking era ‘hogback’ grave-marker.

Luss Church

  • After completing our walking tour of Luss we we drove to the southern tip of Loch Lomond and then in to the Loch Lomond National Park, through Aberfoyle and into some stunning Trossachs scenery including Lochs Drunkie, Achray and Vennachar. Here we availed of some good photo stops. We also encountered a small herd of photogenic Highland Cattle.

Loch Achray

Highland Cow

  • Next we continued our drive through Callander to the village of Doune where we found Doune Castle, famous for its role in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. By timely coincidence there was small group of actors having some fun on the Monty Python them and singing ‘Always look on the bright side of life’. This was a an unexpected bonus for us!

Doune Castle

Welcome at Doune Castle

  • After Doune we moved on to a key attraction of Stirling Castle. Here we undertook a tour taking in the key aspects including:

Great Hall at Stirling Castle

  • After our tour of Stirling Castle we walked down into the old medieval town and availed of a light lunch at Darnley Tea Rooms which proved quite satisfactory.
  • Suitably refreshed we then headed down the A9 to Glasgow and Greenock to return to the ship in good time for departure that evening.
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