My day trips

These are ideas only – I will adapt the route and add what ever is feasibly doable and is on your list,

Whisky distilleries, visits to a castle or an ecclesiastical building to suit you. I will also book a bus / coach and a lunch venue as desired.

  • Around the Firth of Forth
  • A day in the Trossachs – “Highlands in Miniature
  • The Kingdom of Fife
  • The Borders Country

Around the Firth of Forth

This day takes us around the industrious Firth of Forth. You will be surprised to see the Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was born in a lovely small town. The Kelpies have by now made it right into the centre of advertisement of Scotland. Marvel at the ingenuity that ensures the boat lift to take a boat 100 feet up using the electricity of only eight water kettles – and it looks very aesthetic too ! On the north side of the firth you will find Culross, a conservation village seemingly stood still in the 17 / 18 century – of course here too Outlander was filmed!

Looking up a street lined with houses 17th century. White painted on right hand side and pink, white, orange coloured houses on the left. Pan tiled. Cobbles end near the foregrougnk
Culross – Outlander village – conservation village. Most complete C17 place in Scotland
Head and neck of a horse. Sculpture made out of individual steel plates, 30 m high. called kelpie. Lawn in front and some tourist .
One of the two Kelpies near Falkirk, steel, 30m high, sculptor Andy Scott.

A day in the Trossachs – “Highlands in Miniature

A day in the Trossachs means leaving Lowland Scotland behind and a short trip into the highlands. The Trossachs have it all – lochs, hills, woodland and at its centre Loch Katrine. Sir Walter Scott made it famous in his ballad The Lady of the Lake and his historic novel Rob Roy. Our hero called this area home…

Stirling Castle high up on a rock outcrop. Two surrounding walls. One lower down, the other higher up directly protecting the castle. All sandstone.
Impregnable – Stirling Castle. Strategically the most important of all castles. Mary Queen of Scots spend her childhood here.

Lake rocks shrubbery. not much green
Loch Lubnaig

The Kingdom of Fife

The Kingdom of Fife is an ancient Pictish kingdom, now rolling agricultural land inland and beautiful fishing villages on the East Neue of Fife. Falkland was the hunting ground of the Stewart Dynasty and featured most recently as Inverness in the Outlander Series. St Andrews offers beautiful beaches, THE ancient golf course as well as Scotland’s oldest university and ruins of a castle and the cathedral.

Harbour wall with one boatin the water. Above wall street lined with white painted houses and pan tiles. Rainbow above. Water all calm
St Monans fishing village. St Monan’s church has a boat inside and celebrates harvest festival with fish!
View from lawn part of the garden to the back of a palace. the lbuilding on the left has a round tower on the corner with a roof still intact the rest of the building has no longer a roof. to its righ is a complete oblong building. blonde sandstone
Falkland Palace, Mary Queen of Scot’s favourite with her tennis court still in use.

The Borders country

The Borders are famous for their beautiful rolling hills, the highlands south of Edinburgh so different from the highlands up north – but just as empty. It was the part of the country that suffered most from invasions up and down the country – and has four ancient abbeys to show for, built to impress the king in the south and to help secure the border to England ! The ruins that are left are still very impressive – not to mention Rosslyn Chapel that can be added in – here you may find Dan Brown’s Holy Grail. It is also were Sir Walter Scott settled and build his home.

Huge house with lots of chimneys and small turrets. With woods in the background and lawn in front of the house and before that pasture
Abbotsford House. Sir Walter Scott bought this land from nearby Melrose Abbey – hence the name.
Three bridges crossing. In front the highest has 7 narrow high arches visible. This is the 1893 rail way viaduct. Behind, just under the arches is the modern road bridge from 1973. further below and behind, with much wider arches the road bridge from 1780. The older crossings are in red sand stone. In the foreground the edge of grassland. on the other side of the valley fields
Leaderfoot Viaduct (rail,1863) with Drygrange Road Bridge (1780) and modern road bridge (1973) behind
Ruins of an abbey. Whole walls are standing but other walls are missing. on grassland. Largely red and blonde sandstone.
Dryburgh Abbey – one of the four big Borders Abbeys dating back to the 12th century. Sir Walter Scott is buried here

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