Stuart & Anthony’s Tour to Glencoe

Anthony & Stuart at Doune CastleWe welcomed Stuart and Anthony from Hong Kong on their second private guided sightseeing tour with us. This is Anthony’s first visit to Scotland, he had never seen or touched snow and this was an ambition his. Our challenge for the day was set to ensure Anthony achieved both ambitions!

The day held so much promise when we left Edinburgh in glorious sunshine, however this was short lived! Our first stop was the wonderfully preserved Doune Castle. The castle was built in the late 14th century by the Duke of Albany, Regent of Scotland. Ivanhoe, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and more recently the US science fiction series Outlander were all filmed at Doune. The castle also features in Sir Walter Scott’s first novel, Waverley.

Travelling through Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park we stopped for morning coffee and delicious freshly baked scones at Mhor Bread in Callander. Unfortunately due to torrential rain we decided not to visit Rob Roy’s grave at Balquhidder. Continuing through the National Park, Anthony was delighted to see snow for the first time in his life on the mountains – the first of his ambitions was achieved.

At Killin we visited the dramatic Falls of Dochart, here the River Dochart meets Loch Tay. Our next visit was Etive Mòr where some scenes from James Bond’s Skyfall were filmed. At Glencoe, Anthony achieved his second ambition by touching snow – he was a happy man and even agreed to pose for photographs in driving sleet. A delicious bowl of soup beside the wood burning stove awaited us at Glencoe Ski Centre for lunch.

We returned to Edinburgh in glorious sunshine via Loch Earn, Perth, Fife and South Queensferry.

Doune Castle, Falls of Dochart & Glencoe

More photographs of Stuart and Anthony’s tour can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook.

If you would like us to create a private tour for you, we will be happy to offer you our advice and plan the tour around your requirements so that we can build the perfect tour for you. We recognise that for many of you this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity and our emphasis is upon making your time in Scotland an experience you’ll always remember.

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