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Day 1

Collect clients from Glasgow hotel at 0915. Drive to Rosslyn Chapel, south of Edinburgh (about 90 mins). We spend about 90 mins visiting this iconic site with its unique history and link with the
Da Vinci Code. We avail of the special guided tour and admire the wonderful carvings and architecture. Superb photo opportunities! Only negative aspect is the lack of heating, which is particularly noticeable during the winter time!

At midday we drive into Edinburgh to avail of a light lunch at the Restaurant adjacent to the Palace of Holyrood House. This eatery is a value for money, self-service facility which is adequate for our purposes.

After some external photos of the Palace we move on to Calton Hill, the famous ‘Athens of the North’ which, owing to clement weather, affords superb views of Edinburgh City and the Forth Estuary.

On then to 96 George Street and the Grand Lodge of Scotland which incorporates a museum and library. This is a fascinating building with opportunities for learning about Masonry.

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After the Grand Lodge we drive back to Glasgow via famous parts of Edinburgh, including the Mound, Grassmarket and Castle.

Arrive back at the hotel about 5.00pm.

Day 2

Collect group from hotel at 0900 then drive north through central Glasgow through Strathblane to Glengoyne Distillery. We arrive in time for the 1000am tour which transpires to be excellent value as our group enjoys the sole services of a distillery tour guide.This tour last about 90 mins and proves a very interesting and informative experience.

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Late morning we drive on up through the Trossachs, taking in Aberfoyle and Loch Katrine, the latter forming Glasgow’s main water supply. After some short photo stops we drive on to the superbly situated Lake of Menteith Hotel where we enjoy a pleasant pub lunch combined with superb views of Scotland’s only Lake on an island in which sits the famous Inchmahome Priory. Again, the weather permits photo opportunities at this scenic spot.

After a relaxing and enjoyable lunch we drive on to Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s best visitor attractions which also offers superb views of the local countryside and the nearby Wallace Monument of ‘Braveheart fame.

After an enjoyable tour of Stirling Castle we move on back to Glasgow.

Overall, a diversified and interesting short tour of Scotland’s famous sites. Enjoy Scotland with catswhiskerstours

  • Latest statistics show that Scotland is becoming a safer place-as reflected in a 2005-6 murder rate at a 15 year low of 93 compared with 137 in 2004-5. The number of firearms related offences also fell.
  • Two men from Aberdeen University died after being caught in exposed conditions in the Cairngorms. Temperatures had dropped to minus 20C (minus 4F).
  • Big upsurge of immigration from Eastern Europe: Figures indicate that possibly 60,000 migrants from the new EU states have arrived in Scotland since their countries joined Europe two years ago.
  • The Crook Inn, a 400 year old hostelry where Robert Burns wrote the Willie Wastle poem in 1792, has been acquired by a developer who is seeking permission to convert the inn into four separate properties. The development is being opposed by the local community. The Inn is used as a base by the Porteous Clan and receives many visitors from America.

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Bodies have been found in bogs all over Scotland and North West Europe, about 150 in total including the famous Tollund Man of Denmark. Recent discoveries in Ireland include:

Preservation of the bodies is generally good, aided by peaty conditions which produces a chemical reaction in turn halting decomposition. The sooner the bodies are deposited in the bog after death the better the state of preservation. This is due to halting of the normal decomposition process.

It has been noted that the bodies have often been subject of violent deaths. They tend to be found on the borders of tribal boundaries and/or Royal estates. According to one theory, the burials represent an offering to the gods of fertility by kings in support of successful reign. The bodies are placed on the borders of estates to ensure success of the Kingship-by appeasing the gods of fertility.

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