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This evening I am posting information on a day trip from Glasgow to the Trossachs, a scenic area north of Glasgow.

First stop was Glengoyne whisky distillery where we joined a regular tour to learn about the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation process which results in a range of single malts including a 10 year old, 12 year old, 17 year old and many special expressions. This is a privately owned distillery ( one of the few such in Scotland) and produces a spirit which has no peat content.

Here are the stills


Tour group at Glengoyne

Learning about the various malts at conclusion of the distillery tour.

Image of the distillery

Next we moved to the hotel at Lake of Menteith for a pub meal on the very edge of the Lake. Stunning views over the water! This is Scotland’s only lake, all the other bodies of water are lochs.

After lunch we elected to visit Inchmahome Priory which is located on an island in the centre of Lake of Menteith and which entails a short ferry ride. Below is an image of the ferry person at work.


View of Port of Menteith from Lake of Menteith

This sheep was spotted at Aberfoyle at end of our day’s tour.


This is the church section of the ruined priory.
This video provides a general overview of the priory buildings. The setting and architecture reflects the religious aspirations of the day-isolation and simplicity.

The priory was founded in 1238 for a small community of Augustinian canons by Walter Comyn, Earl of Menteith.Like many similar such establishments, the priory declined at the time of the Reformation in the late 16th century and subsequently became a ruin.

A trip to Inchmahome Priory can be a pleasant experience, especially when suitable weather prevails. There is also a wealth of fine trees, avenues, shrubs and flowers including hazel, yew, sweet chestnuts, oak, ash, sycamore and conifers.

After returning from the island we returned to Glasgow, enjoying the pleasant scenery en-route.

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Today, our private tour visited Glencoe, possibly the most famous of all Scottish glens.

The road winds through magnificent hill and mountain scenery including a view of Buchaille Etive Mor and the ‘Three Sisters’. The long wall of Aonach Eagach is a superb ridge-walk, albeit not without risk. Much of the land is under management of the National Trust for Scotland which operates a good visitor centre jut a mile or so outside of the village.

Glencoe’s other claim to fame (or notoriety) is the massacre in 1692 of 38 members of the Macian MacDonalds by a detachment of soldiers who happened to be from Clan Campbell as part of a Government initiative to bring the Highland clan chiefs to heel. The image below is of the memorial to the casualties of the massacre.


The following three images show the local Glen Coe scenery and are taken from differing view points.



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I am presenting today some images and videos of our one day personalized tour with a group of four visitors from New York City. We went to the heritage village of Luss on the shores of Loch Lomond, which is supposed to be the largest expanse of freshwater in the UK, and The Trossachs. The Trossachs are often regarded as “the Highlands in miniature”. You can find there wild glens and sparkling lochs, like the Loch Katrine.

Then, we went to Port of Menteith, to see the Lake of Menteith, which is supposed to be the only lake in Scotland. We took a ferry to an island in the middle of the lake where the ruins of Inchmahome Priory stand. It is a ruined Augustine (The Black Cannons) priory founded in 1238 by Walter Comyn, who was the Earl of Menteith. Then a light lunch at Lake of Menteith Hotel.,

There is also a selection of pictures of the Stirling Castle and Doune Castle.

Loch Lomond

Loch Katrine
Lake of Menteith

Images of The Priory


Doune Castle

Stirling Castle

View of the Wallace Monument from Stirling Castle

Videos


Loch Lomond


Lake Menteith

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