Steve – Driver – Scottish Lowlands
Well here I am this week in The truly amazing place called Scotland. Being a Wee Scottish lad myself, I am very proud to say that is a fantastic place to come from, and I am very proud of my heritage and my own homelands. Scotland offers so much from our Ancient History, Our culture and folklore which is known worldwide, and best of all our dramatic scenery from Lowlands to Highlands.
So what can I tell you about my tour this week, well here we go prepare to be impressed.
I have been based in the very picturesque setting of Drymen on The Eastern side of one of Scotland’s most famous Lochs (Loch Lomond) Loch Lomond is Scotland’s largest Fresh Water Loch by area and the scenery surrounding it is ever-changing. Loch Lomond lies on the Highland Boundry Fault, so on one side the scenery is lush and flat, but on the other side it is Mountainous and just breathtaking ( especially this week as the mountains have been dusted with snow) we have been staying at The Winnock Hotel, with its oldest part of the building dating back to the 1700’s, formerly thatched cottages, the transformation from cottages and a milkbar to a Hotel make this an excellent location to view The Scottish Lowlands, The staff are friendly and welcoming, the food is fantastic, and the rooms are very comfortable, the hotel offers a nice relaxing atmosphere, with real coal fires and nightly entertainment, even next door is The Clachan one of the village pubs, quite often in its heyday frequented by The infamous Scottish Highlander Rob Roy Mc Gregor.
After our journey up from the South our first excursion was to the capital city of Edinburgh, we travelled by the impressive Stirling Castle and The skyscraping Wallace Monument, a very important place in Scottish History, with two significant Battles being fought here, Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn, with these Battles being led under the Kings of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, we then continued passing Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scotts before arriving in Edinburgh. On arrival I commenced with a city tour of the capital, taking in the sights of Edinburgh Castle, The Palace of Holyrood, The Royal Mile, Arthur’s Seat, The Old Town, The New Town and even a bit of Harry Potter.
On day three we first of all made our way to the capital of the Trossachs by the way of The Lake of Monteith and Inchmaholme Priory, on arrival in Callender we had a wander around this splendid resort with time to visit the Rob Roy Museum to discover the life and times of the Highland Giant, who was declared an outlaw, after strolling the vibrant street that was once lined with coaching inns we departed and made our way to Kilmahog to visit Hamish, Heather and Honey, a family of Highland Cows known world-wide. (Highland cows are the oldest breed of cattle in the world) from here we took the Trossachs trail passing the three beautiful Lochs, the most well-known one of the three being Loch Katrine, inspired by Sir Walter Scott, to which the Steam Ship that has been cruising the Loch is known as The Lady of the Lake, we then climbed the infamous dukes pass in the snow (what a picture) and we stopped to view the Queen Elizabeth Forrest Park and Loch Drunkie ( yes loch drunkie is the real name, it derives from the whisky smugglers) before arriving in the old mining village of Aberfoyle for lunch. On or departure we visited Lomond Shores for a wee bit of afternoon shopping.
On day four we departed and headed for the fourth most populous city in the Scotland, the city of Dundee, Dundee is a lovely city situated on the Firth of Tay, famous for its Marmalade, Cakes and of course the Beano, with characters such as Desperate Dan, Mini the Minx and Dennis the menace, The city boasts a magnificent cathedral and The RRS Discovery the three mast ship that navigated the Antarctic expeditions, launched 1901 at Dundee and now returned home as a Museum, from here we crossed over the Tay bridge (1.4 miles long) to the University town of St Andrews most famous for its fantastic Cathedral, once the largest in Scotland, today it lies in ruins, but a magnificent sight to see. St Andrews is the home of golf and the Links there are always busy with the want to be winners of golfing competitions. The sands here ar so amazing, offering stunning views, and the film chariots of Fire was actually filmed here, of course not forgetting, this is where the romance of Prince William and Kate Middleton started during their studies at the University. On our departure we travelled through the town of Auchtermuchty the home of the famous Scottish musicians Jimmy Shand and The Proclaimers.
So I hope you like my short abbreviation of one of our fantastic Scottish Tours.
Come and join us on a Scottish Tour and I will show you the fantastic adventures that Scotland has to offer.
Steve – 18th April 2012