Scottish Icons Modern and Ancient
‘ Some old and some new but are these all things that possibly make you think of Scotland? ’
This tour heads south towards Stirling, and then skirts the Firth of Forth which we finally cross at the Forth suspension bridge. In between iconic monuments at Abbey Craig and Bannockburn immortalise two of Scotland’s greatest heroes, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.
The modern icons tend to show off engineering expertise and innovative design and are linked to the history of the specific areas in which they have been built. There are of course other Scottish icons like tartan, haggis, bagpipes and sporrans which you never know could just appear.
Main tour landmarks
Please note route order may vary depending on collection point. The opening times of attractions limit visit options to any 2 selected from the 3 noted.
Collection at Hotel.
- Crieff - Famous Grouse (Photo stop) (Option 1 - Distillery Tour)
Glenturret Distillery is the oldest in Scotland and produces the Glenturret single malt and the Famous Grouse blends. A huge bronze grouse in the car park leaves you in no doubt as to the brand.
- The Gleneagles Hotel (Photo stop)
Built originally as one of the great railway hotels it has become one of the most prestigious venues for golf in the world. The four championship courses radiate from the hotel, which has hosted the Ryder Cup and in 2005 the international world leader (G8) summit
- The National Wallace Monument (Photo stop) (Option 2 - Tower Climb and Museum)
Visit the victorian monument built to record the achievements of William Wallace, who routed the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Climb the 246 steps, that take you through exhibitions at the intermediate floors, to the top of the 67 metre high tower for magic views over this battle ridden area
- Bannockburn Battlefield (Photo stop)
View the battlefield of 1314 now marked by two monuments and a new visitor centre. A place forever synonymous with Robert the Bruce and the site of one of the most historic battles in Scottish history
- The Falkirk Wheel (Photo stop)
A superb example of lateral thinking, architecture and engineering to produce a revolutionary boat lift that transfers canal barges between the Union Canal and the Forth and Clyde Canal, a height difference of some 35 meters.
- The Kelpies (Photo stop)
Two breathtaking stainless steel sculptures that celebrate the area’s relationship with the Clydesdale horse. Each over 30 metres high with the canal and locks slicing between the structures.
- Linlithgow Palace (Photo stop) (Option 3 - Internal access to ruins)
Once the home to all the Stewart Kings and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Now an atmospheric ruin next to the 13th century St Michael’s Church which is still in use today
- North Queensferry - Firth of Forth (Photo stop)
There is no better viewpoint from which to see the impressive Forth Rail Bridge than from the quayside virtually directly below the towering structure. Good views also of the road suspension bridge
Return to Hotel
The normal tour timings are;
Pick up 9.00am
Approx tour mileage is 125 miles (200km)
The price for this tour is £150 per person.
This price includes:
- Luxury tour transport
- Mid morning coffee and shortbread
- Al-fresco champagne picnic lunch
- Mid afternoon tea and pastries
- Entry fees at tour visit stops
- Tour information pack
Your Tour Transport
We use a Mercedes V Class AMG Line long wheelbase on all tours. Inside the cabin; leather seats, generous legroom, air conditioning and privacy glass ensure comfort and effortless travel.
Scottish weather is unpredictable but our al-fresco champagne picnic lunch is the perfect way to ‘take the bracing Scottish airs’.