Stirling Castle , Doune Castle and the Kelpies tour

Your private tour  includes a pickup from your hotel / Airbnb in Edinburgh  , a professional driver/guide , a stay of up to an hour at each location plus a return to Edinburgh .

Your expert guide will give details of the history of each castle and information about films and TV shows made at each location . Your guide will always be friendly, helpful and informative .

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The Kelpies

The Kelpies sculptures are the largest works of art in Scotland, and the largest equine sculptures in the world. 
Sculptor Andy Scott was on hand for the opening, along with Duke, a Clydesdale horse which was one of the actual models for the 30m (100ft) works. The Kelpies Falkirk are each made from 300 tonnes of steel.
More than two million people have visited the Kelpies since they were opened in April 2014.

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s most impressive castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture. Built by the Stewart kings of Scotland , the castle was completely renovated over a 10 year period which finished in 2011. As the castle is closed for the next 3 months we can only visit the castle from the outside .

From Stirling Castle visitors can take in views of the Forth Valley and Ben Lomond , as well as two of Scotland’s most important battle sites – Stirling Bridge (1297) and Bannockburn (1314). The castle is at the head of Stirling’s historic old town.Like Edinburgh Castle , Stirling sits on a volcanic rock dominating the city skyline .

Stirling Castle is not only one of Scotland’s grandest and most imposing castles, it was also a real favourite with Scotland’s Stewart kings and queens. James IV created the Great Hall, the largest medieval banqueting hall ever built in Scotland, and James V’s Royal Palace, with its lavishly decorated Renaissance façades, was a masterpiece of the period.

Major conservation work has been carried out at Stirling Castle over many years to preserve the attraction as a major national and international monument. The refurbishment of the Great Hall was completed in 2011 . A particular feature of the Great Hall is stained glass windows featuring clan crests . A number of banquets and concerts are held in the Hall throughout the year .

Doune Castle – Game of Thrones and Outlander

Originally dating to the 13th Century, Doune Castle near Stirling was a favourite place for Mary Queen of Scots .

Doune Castle has five claims to movie fame –

  • Outlander – Doune was Castle Leoch , and it also features in the 20th century episode when Claire and Frank Randall visit the castle on a day trip in season 1 episode 1 .
  • Game of Thrones . Doune represented the castle Winterfell in Game of Thrones.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Outlaw King
  • Mary Queen of Scots

Once a Royal residence, Doune Castle was rebuilt by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany in the late 14th century .

Inclusions

  • professional driver / guide
  • air conditioned sedan car
  • 3 USB charging points

Exclusions

  • lunch
  • entrance tickets
  • gratuities

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