Stirling Castle, Trossachs and Whisky Tour in picturesWritten by Helmut Watterott
Are you coming to Greenock on a cruise ship or are you just wanting to see an amazing scenic and historic part of Scotland why visiting this great country?
Our Stirling Castle and Trossachs tours is a favourite especially among cruise excursions from Greenock and Glasgow Ports. We might offer these tours too from Ayr port cruise excursions but most ships will stop at both Greenock and Ayr. Therefore it is best to do Ayrshire tours when at Ayr.
The tour starts at Greenock port where we depart for Stirling Castle. The route takes us along the Clyde river. We drive through Greenock, past the old docks, location of the famous Clyde shipyards of which only a few still remain. On the opposite of the banks of the Clyde you can also see one of the oldest fort locations on the Clyde, Dumbarton Rock which now still hosts the spectacularly situated Dumbarton Castle.
Greenock Port Cruise Ship tour meeting point
The Cunard Queen Mary 2 when she was in port
We also drive through the heart of Glasgow and onwards to Stirling where our first stop is the majestic Stirling Castle and Palace situated on a crag (volcanic rock outcrop). Our visit to the castle lasts about one and a half hours.
The Great Hall at Stirling Castle
Hunt of the Unicorn tapestry at Stirling Castle
When we depart we start heading west and north. We drive past the medieval Doune Castle (Castle Leoch in Outlander fame and part of our Outlander Tour) and Deanston Distillery. The site of what was once the largest waterwheel in Europe and a cotton mill.
Deanston Distillery in Doune
Doune Castle. One of the most complete medieval castles in Brittain. This castle is the famous Castle Leoch in the Outlander fame, was used in the pilot episode of Game of Thrones and is well loved as the castle in Monty Python the Holy Grail
Out trip then takes us through some beautiful tourists villages like Callander, Strathyre and Crianlarich. We usually stop for a few minutes on the shores of Loch Lubnaig as it is a beautiful loch in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. As time allows we will visit the Falls of Falloch which is rumoured to have been the swimming hole of the infamous Rob Roy and then we have lunch at the Drover Inn, pub of the year 1705. A wonderful pub, restaurant and hotel unchanged for 300 years and also frequented by Rob Roy.
Loch Lubnaig Queen Elizabeth Forest Park
The Falls of Falloch, swimming hole of the infamous Rob Roy
The Drovers Inn, pub of the year 1705
Our trip then heads down on the western shores of Loch Lomond back towards Glasgow for a last stop at the Auchentoshan distillery. If time allows you get a full tour of the distillery or just a tasting. Only then do we make our way back towards Greenock and the port. Auchentoshan can also be visited as part of our Whisky Tours.
Auchentoshan tasting room