Oh how I miss the 'Bonnie' banks of Loch Lomond!By Niamh Duffy -
However, after a visit to Loch Lomond it all came flooding back, with many fond memories of playing on the beach, throwing rocks into the water and heading back to the hotel to warm up with a hot chocolate. If you haven’t yet visited Scotland I think it is definitely something you need to add to your bucket list.
Battle of Bannockburn & Stirling
History was on the agenda for our first full day in Scotland, with the Battle of Bannockburn site being our first activity. But this wasn’t your typical old school museum, with a 3D experience you were fully immersed into the battle field itself. You saw the true skill of the soldiers, the weapons they used and even could try on the armour. See the likes of the long bow, cross bow and spear at work before heading to battle yourself. Surrounding a table, you are split into two teams, the Scots and the English, appointed a King/Queen (I took to being Queen of England like a natural haha) and given the opportunity to ‘change history’. Choose to send the royalty in and risk them being killed, set traps, attack or retreat until the battle has been won. The most enjoyable way to learn about history without feeling like you are back at school!
After an exciting morning back in 1314 AD, you are brought back to modern day life in the beautiful town of Stirling. Stop for a coffee and cake in one of its many shops or head up to Scotland’s most impenetrable fortress before seeing the Wallace Monument, Cumm Abbey and the Old Town Jail.
Cairngorms National Park, Pitlochry & Braemar
The breathtaking views as we drove through the Cairngorms National Park were endless, with valleys, rivers and mountains round every corner. After quick pit stop in the quaint village of Pitlochry for a coffee and cake and a stroll round the shops we head deeper into the Cairngorms before lunch in Braemar. Braemar is famous for its Highland Games Park, with the Braemar Gathering taking place on the first Saturday in September every year, a favourite of the Her Majesty the Queen.
We were extremely lucky to have a very special traveller on board this tour, Janet, who celebrated her birthday with us, with a night filled with singing, chocolate and plenty of cake. Happy Birthday Janet!
It may have been rainy in Edinburgh but that certainly didn’t dampen spirits! Even the Queen thought it was a good day to pay a visit and throw a garden party at Holyrood Palace. We took a drive up the Royal Mile, which leads from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace, which is truly the heart of Scotland’s historic capital.
After stopping for lunch at the National Art Gallery we explored Prince’s Street, shopped in the traditional tartan shops and were treated to a few tunes on the bagpipes. Edinburgh is definitely well worth a visit!
Loch Lomond & Luss
The perfect end to the perfect holiday! A beautiful drive along the banks of Loch Lomond, stopping in Luss for a picnic and a speedboat ride on the Loch.
It is definitely hard to choose a favourite day but I think Day 4 of #LimitlessScotland tops it for me! The drive along the banks of Loch Lomond was beautiful but still didn’t give justice to the true beauty this vast expanse of water has.
Luss is the picture perfect quaint village you would expect to be located on the banks of Loch Lomond, the perfect place for a picnic. With speedboat rides, souvenir shopping and basking in the sunshine on the beach it was the best way to end an amazing holiday in Scotland!
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