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Glasgow Sightseeing

Glasgow Sightseeing

Glasgow City Tour

The history of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city is rich and diverse. In its 1400 years Glasgow has been a religious community, a salmon fishing village, a medieval university town, a major centre of trade with North America and the second city of the British Empire, famed for its shipbuilding and engineering.

Today Glasgow is renowned as one of Europe’s foremost visitor destinations. Its outstanding variety of museums, galleries and performance venues led to the city being one of the first to be designated European City of Culture.

Victorian Glasgow has left a magnificent legacy of civic buildings that are just waiting to be discovered. Visit the recently refurbished Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum where the highlights include impressionist paintings and wonderful medieval armour. Close by take a walk in leafy Kelvingrove Park or visit the campus of Glasgow University to enjoy the panoramic views from the tower.

Back in the city centre the Gallery of Modern Art has four floors of exhibition space that attracts visitors and locals alike and to the east the People’s Palace, on Glasgow Green, tells the story of the city from the perspective of ordinary working folk. The bustling Merchant City was once home to warehouses and markets. Now it’s a sophisticated area of bars, restaurants and housing. This historic area is home to towering Glasgow Cathedral, which dates from Norman times, the Necropolis where many of the city’s wealthy merchants are buried and the Provands Lordship, the oldest building in Glasgow.

Glasgow is a city with its own style. A style that is reflected in its modern retail centres (known as “The Style Mile”) which attract shoppers from all over Europe.

Our open-top bus tour of Glasgow is the ideal way to discover all that is best about Scotland’s largest and most colourful city. There are up to 3 departures every hour and you can hop on and off at stops along the route so that you can explore the places of interest that you are hearing about in the commentary. Your ticket is valid for 48 hours. The commentary is provided in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish.

What’s included
– Transport by open-top bus
– Personal recorded commentary in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Russian, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese.
– Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
– Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
– Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
– Gratuity to your driver

Availability:
Everyday

Price:
Adult: 18 £
Child (5-15 years old): 8 £

Highland Whisky, Woodlands and Braveheart Country

Departing from Glasgow we travel northwards to Stirling where our first visit of the day is to the imposing Wallace Monument*. This Victorian tribute is to Sir William Wallace, Scotland’s great freedom fighter and the real “Braveheart”! The monument contains various exhibits, including his mighty 1.7 metre two-handed sword. If you are feeling fit why not climb the 246 spiral steps to be rewarded with wonderful views towards Stirling Castle, the River Forth and the City of Stirling below.

Next we travel through Strathallan to reach Auchterarder, the location of the famous Gleneagles Hotel and Golf Resort. This will be the venue of the 2014 Ryder Cup and there is a photo-opportunity to capture where the international legends of golf play.

The attractive spa town of Crieff sits in the foothills of the Grampian Mountains and is home to The Glenturret Malt Whisky Distillery*, the home of the Famous Grouse. After a tour of the distillery there’s an opportunity for a tasting and visit to the shop, a must for any whisky connoisseur! There are a number of trails if you’d like to enjoy a walk in the extensive distillery grounds. There will be time for lunch in the distillery’s popular restaurant.

After our lunch stop we travel by beautiful Loch Earn and through “bonnie” Strathyre to reach the Pass of Leny and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The Trossachs is known as the “Highlands in miniature” and provides a wonderful vista of sparkling lochs and mountain glens. We make a stop to enjoy the views of Loch Achray before our coach climbs the dramatic Dukes Pass to reach the pleasant village of Aberfoyle, where we will make a refreshment stop.

After our relaxing visit to Aberfoyle we make the short drive back to Glasgow and the end of our tour.

* Admission fees extra

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned touring coach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Wednesdays and Saturdays

Price:
Adult: 39 £
Child (5-12 years old): 36 £

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands

Scotland’s National Parks
These areas are carefully selected for their outstanding natural beauty. We will tour through two of our most famous National Parks. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs was Scotland’s first and we will drive the entire length of Loch Lomond. As we cross into the Highlands you’ll see a scattering of islands forming a line across the loch and Ben Lomond towering in the distance.

Later in our tour we shall tour through the Cairngorm National Park as we make our way southwards from Inverness. This area is famed for its alpine-like scenery, crystal clear lochs and pretty villages. The four peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains will dominate our travels through the park – the remoteness of this area providing the ideal home for golden eagles, capercaillie and a host of rare wildlife.

Glen Coe and Fort William
After crossing the bleak wilderness of Rannoch Moor we will make the descent into Glen Coe where the mountain grandeur that surrounds us offers exciting scenery and history. Glen Coe is most famously known for the massacre of the resident MacDonald Clan by Campbell troops in 1692. The story that led to this infamous act will captivate you. After time for photographs our coach continues along the banks of Loch Linnhe to Fort William.

Loch Ness
Dark, deep and narrow mysterious Loch Ness is bound to impress. It extends for 24 miles (38 km) and is up to 700 feet (212 m) deep. It’s said that Loch Ness contains more freshwater than the lakes of England and Wales combined!

Loch Ness is, almost certainly, most famous for its elusive resident – Nessie. On this tour you’ll have the option enjoying a short sail on the loch* when you can mount your own Monster spotting adventure. As well as sailing the dark waters of the loch the cruise will provide wonderful views of Urquhart Castle. This atmospheric castle was once one of Scotland’s largest strongholds and it has had a long and bloody history.

* Cruise fare additional

What’s included
– Transport by luxury air-conditioned minicoach
Live commentary in English.
– Services of an experienced tour host
– Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
– Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
– Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
– Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Everyday

Price:
Adult: 46 £
Child (5-12 years old): 44 £

Oban and the Western Highlands

Our journey takes us northwards through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with it’s lochs and mountains and into the Highlands. From Glasgow we make our way through Rob Roy country towards the little Highland village of Tyndrum. Next we travel through Glen Lochy to romantic Kilchurn Castle, which stands guard at the head of Loch Awe. For years Loch Awe was a natural protection for the Campbells of Inveraray against their enemies from the North.

Oban is a picturesque fishing port set on the Firth of Lorn. We have plenty of time to discover this bustling town and enjoy the views towards the Island of Kerrera and the Inner Hebrides beyond.

The 3rd Duke of Argyll built the “new” town of Inveraray between 1746 and 1780 at the head of Loch Fyne. The town sits in the shadow of his castle and, as we will discover, this pleasant town retains much of its 18th Century charm.

During our descent of the “Rest and be Thankful” mountain pass we’ll see the original road, built by General Wade, winding its way up the through the glen. Soon we reach the Argyll Forest Park where icy streams cascade down through wooded glens. Shortly we will return to the gentle shores of Loch Lomond once more and make the short joruney back to Glasgow.

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned touring coach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays

Price:
Adult: 49 £
Child (3-12 years old): 45 £

Oban, Glen Coe, West Highland Lochs and Castles

Leaving Glasgow behind we head west, crossing the Firth of Clyde, where there are wonderful views of Dumbarton castle, famed for its connections with Mary, Queen of Scots and William Wallace, the real Braveheart!.

Romantic Loch Lomondis next. Look out for towering Ben Lomond and “The Cobbler”, one of the peaks of the “Arrochar Alps”. Soon we enter the Argyll Forest Park and start our ascent of the dramatic “Rest and be thankful” mountain pass.

Inveraray, a quaint small town built in the mid-18th century, on the shore of Loch Fyne. Here we can choose to visit Inveraray Castle*(April – October only), the historic home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell, which is nestled in large beautiful gardens overlooking Loch Fyne. Alternatively, explore the town’s white-washed Georgian houses, wide streets and enjoy views across the shores of Loch Fyne.

We pause to admire the spectacular ruins of Kilchurn Castle, majestically situated on Loch Awe, and beautifully framed by mountains. Then it’s on through the narrow Pass of Brander to reach lovely Loch Etive beyond. Look out for 13th Century Dunstaffnage Castle which, it is said, was the ancient home of the Stone of Scone for Centuries associated with the Crowning of Scottish Kings.

Shortly we make the descent into the fishing town of Oban, the gateway to the Hebrides. This picturesque town sits overlooking an attractive horseshoe bay which is best viewed from MacCaig’s Folly, an unfinished tower that sits overlooking the town on Oban Hill.

After time for lunch and exploring Oban, we cross the Connel Bridge to continue our journey northwards through Benderloch – as we do catch a glimpse of the Falls of Lora below. We pass Castle Stalker, the ancient seat of the Stewarts of Appin, which sits on its own little islet overlooking the Isle of Lismore.

Listen carefully as we hear the sad tale of the Glen Coe Massacre which took place in 1692. This infamous event saw some 40 members of the resident MacDonald Clan murdered by troops of the Campbell Clan. As we enter the Glen we’ll pass Signal Rock where the order for the attack was given.

Today Glen Coe is a much more peaceful place which is known for its stunning scenery and varied wildlife which includes red deer, wildcat and golden eagle. We’ll make a stop here so you can capture a photo or two for yourself.

Our journey southwards takes us through the wilderness of Rannoch Moor then back to Loch Lomond where our final stop of the day will be in the picturesque village of Luss. Here we can enjoy the views over the “bonnie, bonnie banks” before making our way back to Glasgow.

* Admission fees extra

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned minicoach
Live commentary in English.
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays

Price:
Adult: 40 £
Child (5-12 years old): 37 £

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

We start our tour with a drive through the picturesque Campsie Fells, passing pretty Glengoyne Malt Whisky Distillery, before making the first stop of the day at Balmaha, by the “bonnie, bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond. To the north striking mountains guard the “Queen of all Britain’s lakes” while, to the south, islands span the loch like giant stepping stones! You can get the best views of the “bonnie, bonnie banks” by taking an optional one-hour cruise on the loch*. Alternatively you can enjoy a stroll around the picturesque village of Luss and savour the loch-side vistas.

The Trossachs is a wonderful area of lochs and mountains that is rightly known as the “Highlands in Miniature”. From the pretty village of Aberfoyle the coach climbs the dramatic Dukes Pass to reach scenic Loch Achray. After a brief photo-stop we continue our drive through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Parkand long the banks of Loch Venachar to the popular Victorian holiday town of Callander.

A real highlight is our visit to the medieval city of Stirling. Here there is an opportunity to visit Stirling Castle*. The castle overlooks the ancient city of Stirling and is one of the historic buildings that have come to symbolise the spirit of Scotland. Our extended stop in Stirling will allow a leisurely visit to the Castle or a chance to explore the city itself.

After our time in Stirling we join the motorway for the short journey back to Glasgow.

* Admission fee extra

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned touring coach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Mondays and Thursdays

Price:
Adult: 39 £
Child (5-12 years old): 37 £

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