SHORE EXCURSION - STIRLING CASTLE & LOCH LOMOND
FROM GREENOCK (GLASGOW) PORT
The beautiful City of Stirling is steeped in Scottish history. The Castle was the home of kings and queens including Mary Queen of Scots. Dating back many centuries, it commands views many miles in each direction. On your arrival at the castle you will be free to roam and soak up the surroundings of this imposing castle or take the free official tour, which starts on the hour.
You then journey on for a photo-stop to the 12th century Doune Castle, which has an intriguing history. It has been a film location for many films and tv series, including Outlander, Game of Thrones and Monty Python and The Holy Grail.
Continuing on, you stop for a photo-stop with a few famous “Hairy Coo’s” before heading through the soaking up the stunning views of Trossachs an your way to Loch Lomond, where you can take a stroll along the banks.
If time permits, you will also stop at the conservation village of Luss with stunning views across the loch before making your way back to your ship.
what to expect
Visit Scotlands stunning Stirling Castle, soak up the beautiful Scottish scenery with a visit to te shimmering bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.
You will travel east through Greenock and Port Glasgow to the City of Glasgow with views of Dumbarton Castle and Ben Lomond on the opposite other bank of the river.
You then travel north to the City of Stirling. Dating back to the 12th century, Stirling Castle sits majestically on a rugged crag above the City of Stirling and the surrounding plains. The castle commands a place in as one of the most important landmarks in Scotland’s bloody and brutal history. It was the of major strategic importance in any attempts on invasion, as it allowed the victor to control the north and south of our great country. It was also the playground of young royals such as Mary Queen of Scots and later, her son King James VI of Scotland and 1st of England. During one 50 year period it changed hands no less than 8 times! Today it still epitomises the splendour in which our royalty lived in the 16th century.
From the Castle there are commanding views of The National Wallace Monument, celebrating the memory of Sir William Wallace, a national hero, who laid the groundwork for Scotlands eventual independence from England in 1314.
After your castle tour, you head for Doune Castle for a photo-stop. Originally built in the 14th century for John Stewart, the Prince Regent, who was also known as “The Uncrowned King” , it has inherited a fantastic history through the centuries. You will immediately recognise it as the castle in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, “Winterfell” in Game of Thrones and most recently “Castle Leoch” in the Outlander TV series. We will not be touring the castle but it is a photo opportunity not to be missed.
You then take a relaxing drive through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park to admire the beautiful Scottish countryside on your way to the shores of “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond.
After a light lunch, it is now time to wend our way back to the ship and soak in the beautiful Scottish landscape.
If time permits, we will visit Lyle Hill in Greenock which affords panoramic views over the Clyde Estuary and Argyllshire Hills.
You eventually return to The Greenock (Glasgow) Ocean terminal in 60 – 90 minutes before your departure time.
Due to its proximity to many of Scotland’s attractions, Greenock (Glasgow) Port Shore excursions are usually in high demand, so please book well in advance and reduce the chance of disappointment.
Duration: 6-8 hour