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Edinburgh [ˈɛdɪnb(ə)ɹə] (schottisch-gälisch Dùn Èideann [tuːn ˈeːtʃən]; deutsch Edinburg; amtlich City of Edinburgh) ist seit dem 15. Jahrhundert die Hauptstadt von Schottland (bis dahin war es Perth). Seit 1999 ist Edinburgh ausserdem Sitz des Schottischen Parlaments.

Edinburgh ist mit etwa 493.000 Einwohnern nach Glasgow die zweitgrösste Stadt Schottlands und seit 1996 eine der 32 schottischen Council Areas. Die Stadt liegt an Schottlands Ostküste auf der Südseite des Firth of Forth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glasgow

 The Lighthouse in Glasgow is Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture. It was opened as part of Glasgow's status as UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999.

The Lighthouse is the renamed conversion of the former offices of the Glasgow Herald newspaper. Completed in 1895, it was designed by the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The centre's vision is to develop the links between design, architecture, and the creative industries, seeing these as interconnected social, educational, economic and cultural issues of concern to everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Highlands in Miniature

Departing Edinburgh, we travel westwards for our first stop of the day at the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond; one of the prettiest and largest lochs in the whole of Scotland. Here you can enjoy an hour long cruise* taking in spectacular views of the loch's many islands and surrounding mountains. Alternatively, take a stroll through the picturesque loch side village of Luss; with its quaint houses, cafes and stunning views across Loch Lomond's western shoreline.

We continue through the Trossachs National Park, also known as 'the Highlands in Miniature' for it's abundance of lochs, mountains and forests. It's also famous for the legendary outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor. We will spend time exploring the area before stopping for lunch in a small village immersed in its beautiful surroundings.

 

After lunch, we make our way through the town of Callander, past the medieval Doune Castle before we make our final stop of the day at Stirling Castle*. The site is one of Scotland's most historically significant fortresses, sitting high on volcanic rock and offering wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. You will have time to visit the castle and learn of the exploits of key historical figures including William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. With lots of interesting things to see and do here, the Stirling Castle experience is a must for any visitor to Scotland.

 

Stirling Castle

 

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Der Loch Lomond (Aussprache: [ˌlɒχ ˈloʊmənd]; gälisch Loch Laomainn) ist ein See 23 km nordwestlich von Glasgow. Er liegt in den Council AreasArgyll and Bute, West Dunbartonshire und Stirling. Loch Lomond ist seit 2002 Teil des Nationalparks Loch Lomond and the Trossachs und gilt als der schönste See Schottlands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highland Whisky, Woodland & Braveheart

Our one day tour from Edinburgh explores the Wallace Monument, Perthshire’s beautiful scenic glens, Gleneagles Hotel Estate* - home of the 2014 Ryder Cup and Scotland’s oldest distillery, The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret (Est. 1775). Visit the impressive interactive Taste Experience Bar and enjoy a tour and tasting. Take a woodland walk at The Hermitage and enjoy a brief visit to the picturesque town of South Queensferry with the chance to enjoy spectacular views of the Forth Bridges.

 

Visit Scotland's Oldest Distillery

Leaving Edinburgh we travel west where our first stop is the Wallace Monument* in Stirling; a towering stone testimonial to the Scottish legend William Wallace. Inside you will find fascinating exhibits leading you through the life of the real Braveheart, and most impressive of all, Wallace’s legendary 5ft 6in (1.7m) tall broadsword.

We then travel north to Gleneagles Hotel Estate* – one of Scotland’s world class golf courses and site of the 2014 Ryder Cup. Enjoy a photo opportunity here and see where the international legends of golf play.

 

We continue our journey through the pretty countryside of Perthshire to our next stop in Crieff, where we visit The Famous Grouse Experience* at Glenturret Distillery. Learn about the traditional whisky-making process, see how you measure up to the world’s largest bottle of whisky and sample some of ‘The Water of Life’ itself at the fantastic Taste Experience bar. Enjoy a range of tasty lunch options in the Glenturret Café or take a stroll in the distillery grounds.

After lunch we travel through the picturesque scenery of the “Sma’Glen” until we reach the beautiful Hermitage for a short woodland walk (time permitting). Afterwards, we continue on to the town of Dunkeld, where we break for refreshments and a visit to ancient Dunkeld Cathedral. We then leave Perthshire and journey to the charming town of South Queensferry, where we make a brief stop to admire magnificent views of the Forth Bridges before returning to Edinburgh.