Scottish Highlands In A Day Excursion
Our day begins bright and early at your hotel. Your expert guide and your driver will pick you up and you’ll start heading on a scenic drive out the city. We'll pass sites such as the Forth Bridge: a railway bridge which was completed over 125 years ago and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll continue west to Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and an exquisite example of Scottish Renaissance. We’ll visit the palace's exterior (as it's interior is currently being restored) and gain unique insights into the domestic life of Scottish royalty while admiring the splendid remains of what was once a pleasure palace and a stopping point between Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle.
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Beautiful Castles and Stunning Landscapes
At this point, we’ll break for lunch (at own expense). We’ll pick a restaurant or pub and feast on local delicacies such as venison or salmon, and if in season, plenty of soft fruits typical of this area. Full-bellied and rested we’ll be ready to tackle the second part of our journey. We’ll head further north to the picturesque town of Dunkeld, that sits on the banks of the River Tay. Here we will learn about the Jacobites and their revolts, and admire the brightly coloured 'little houses' of Dunkeld built in the early 1700s.
Finally, after packing in so much history, we’ll prepare our cameras and head for the grand finale of the day: the Queen’s View. In the heart of Highland Perthshire and surrounded by the Tay Forest Park, the viewpoint overlooks Loch Tummel and offers breathtaking views towards the mountains of the west. It has been suggested that the area was named after Queen Victoria, who visited in 1866, or Queen Isabella of Scotland, the wife of King Robert the Bruce.
Do we get to see highland cows? Yes, we generally manage a stop along the way to meet the local celebrities.
Can we include a visit to a distillery? Yes. Please contact us about pricing options.
Alex Collins is a PhDl student in the History of Art at the University of Edinburgh, where he researches medieval art and architecture.. He studied his MA in Art History and English at the University of St Andrews in 2009, before working in heritage and local government. At the University of Edinburgh, Alex teaches art and architectural history.
Born and raised in Milan, Irene moved to Scotland in 2009. She achieved a PhD in Art History at the University of Edinburgh in 2015. Her doctoral thesis looked at the artistic patronage of the Vespucci family in fifteenth-century Florence. Irene currently works at the University of Edinburgh. She loves art, coffee, yoga, and the sun – not necessarily in this order. Despite her reluctance to sit on planes, she is a travel addict and she hopes to tour the world one day. Edinburgh stole her heart and it is now her home.
Hugh was born in Scotland, and raised on his father’s farm in Perthshire. He was educated at Cambridge University, where he read French and German literature. After completing his doctoral thesis in German, he joined the British foreign service, and spent over 25 years travelling the world as a diplomat, ultimately with the rank of ambassador.
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