Stirling Castle, Menteith, and a Dram
Our first stop is Stirling Castle, named as one of the Top 40 Amazing Experiences in Europe (new Lonely Planet e-Book). Magnificently situated on a volcanic rock, and traditionally identified as the site of Bede's urbs Iudeu, the medieval castle commands extensive views of both the Highlands and the Lowlands, and has recently been restored in all its Renaissance royal splendour From here we travel into the Trossachs, part of the province of Menteith, a picturesque southern area of the Scottish Highlands, where, stimulated by the works of Sir Walter Scott, Scotland's 'Tourist Trade' first began in the early nineteenth century. We finish the day with a tour of Glengoyne Whisky Distillery, rounded off by a tasting of its produce. Led by Dr Peter McNiven, leading authority on the place-names of Mentieth.
Arrive back in Glasgow (University Avenue) approx. 17.30.
Morning coffee and lunch – own arrangements, e.g. Stirling Castle café.
Cost £40 (lunch not included; does include 2 drams each in the Distillery).