Tour Guide at Royal Apartments, Stirling Castle

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Oban on Scotland’s West Coast and drove S.E. into central Scotland visiting the following sites en-route:-

First to Loch Awe where we stopped for a view of Kilchurn Castle

Kilchurn Castle, Argyll, Scotland

Next to Inveraray, a planned town from the 18th century which sits on the shore of Loch Fyne. We availed of refreshments here and then moved passing Inveraray Castle, the home of the Duke of Argyll and Chief of Clan Campbell.

Loch Fyne, Inveraray, Scotland

Inveraray, Scotland

Next, we tracked Loch Fyne and Loch Long, through Arrochar and then Tarbet on Loch Lomond.

Next we stopped at the small village of Luss where our arrival coincided with Pancake Races, today being Shrove Tuesday. We also visited the church burial ground to see the Viking era ‘hogback’ grave-marker.

Pancake Races at Luss, Scotland

Loch Lomond from Luss Pier

Luss Village, Loch Lomond, Scotland

Hogback Grave-Marker at Luss, Scotland

Next we drove through rolling Trossachs countryside to Kippen where we stopped for lunch.

Next, on to Doune Castle, which is famous for featuring in films such as Monty Python and Outlander.

Doune Castle, Scotland

Next to Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions. A ¬†few miles outside Doune we encountered a statue of David Stirling, founder of Britain’s elite special forces the S.A.S.

David Stirling Statue

On arrival at Stirling Castle we visited the Royal Apartments, Chapel Royal, Kitchens, Military Museum and Great Hall.

Chapel Royal, Stirling Castle, Scotland

Great Hall, Stirling Castle, Scotland

Finally, we drove to nearby Wallace Monument which commemorates the life of William Wallace aka ‘Braveheart’ . The site was closed by late afternoon but we stopped for photographs before returning to Stirling to check into our hotel for the evening.

Wallace Monument, Scotland

Tomorrow, we drive east to St Andrews and Edinburgh.

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