Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument Tour – Greenock Port – Itinerary
The Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument Tour from Greenock Cruise Ship Port has a visit to the mighty Stirling Castle as the first treat of the day. Then we cross the city of Stirling to visit the National Wallace Monument. We include a photostop at the world-famous Gleneagles golf course, enroute to the bustling and pretty town of Crieff. Our final visit of the day can be either a visit to Drummond Castle Gardens or the Glenturret Whisky Distillery.
Stirling Castle was one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland because it occupies a strategic position. It stands atop a massive Castle Rock, protected by the River Forth and guarding the gateway to the Highlands. Within the castle are many historic buildings, palaces and halls, together with exhibitions gardens and the Stirling Tapestries.
The National Wallace Monument
The National Wallace Monument was begun in 1861, and by the time it opened in 1869 it contained four main floors and the glorious stone crown above. The upper three floors are nowadays the Hall of Arms, the Hall of Heroes, and the Royal Chamber. Panoramic views across both the Highlands and the Lowlands can be enjoyed from the Crown.
We drive-by Gleneagles, a golfing mecca since James Braid designed the first two courses in 1919. When the hotel opened in 1924 the press hailed it as the eighth wonder of the world. In 1993 Jack Nicklaus designed and opened the Monarch’s course. More recently the Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup have both graced Gleneagles.
Crieff is a bustling market town. It sits astride the boundary of the Highlands and the Lowlands and as a result hosted a major cattle market (or tryst) from the 1600’s to the 1800’s. Rob Roy MacGregor was a frequent visitor, often to sell cattle. In the nineteenth century the town became a fashionable destination for tourists visiting the Highlands.
Drummond Castle Gardens
Drummond Castle Gardens are a beautiful example of Scottish Renaissance style gardens. The castle (not open to the public) was a Drummond stronghold dating from 1400’s. The gardens and grounds are open to the public and are a delight to walk through. These gardens featured in both the movie “Rob Roy” and the TV series – “Outlander”.
Glenturret Whisky Distillery
Glenturret Whisky Distillery is reputedly the oldest working distillery in Scotland – having been legally producing the “Water of Life” since 1775. It is said, however, that distilling began on the site as early as 1717. There are a number of distillery tours available at Glenturret, and your guide can advise.
Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument Tour – Price
Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument Tour – Departure – Greenock Port
The tour departs from just outside the harbour gates. We will always inform you directly if there is any alteration of departure point.