Scottish attractions not to be missed
Balquhidder– Edinburgh 2 hours
Scottish attractions not to be missed:
Almost half way to the Edinburgh, you reach the Doune Castle: jump at the occasion to take a break.
At Deanston Distillery
1 – Not to be missed in Scotland is getting to know a typical distillery, with a final tasting.
You can have something to eat at the attached restaurant before or after the tour.
2 – Lying in a wood very close to the village, perfectly shows how people used to live in the past. Several films, such as “Outlander” and the “Game of Thrones” were shot here. Ample parking.
Doune Castle opening times
3 – Scotland not to be missed. Edinburgh is about one hour away on the M9. First thing in Edinburgh, explore the Castle. (parking is available in the NCP parking site at the price of £ 15 for 3 hours)
On top of the hill overlooking the town, the Castle is a unique gem. You can take your time with the help of an audio guide (£3.50).
The route requires at least two hours. (opening times: Apr 1st/Sept 30th 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Oct 1st/Mar. 31st 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). Edinburgh Castle prices
The Royal Mile connects the Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, you can admire lots of significant buildings, such as St Giles’ beautiful gothic Cathedral (Scotland’s High Kirk) and the ultra-modern Scottish Parliament.
To get a different perspective on Edinburgh, the “Camera Obscura”.
If you start from the Castle, you will find Holyrood Palace at the end of the long avenue.
Information for the visit to the royal residence, its collections and its vast gardens can be obtained here.
I highly recommend you to walk it all on foot.
In the evening, have a pint in one of the very many pubs with live music in the Old Town, where you can enjoy a pleasant walk.
Some historical notes on Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most important historical and cultural monuments in Scotland. Its history dates back to the 12th century, when a wooden fortress was built on Castle Rock, a strategic natural site overlooking the city of Edinburgh.
In the 13th century, King David I of Scotland built a stone fortress on the site, which was then expanded over the following centuries. In the 15th century, the castle was one of the theaters of the Scottish Wars of Independence and was conquered by the English several times.
During the Renaissance, the castle was transformed into a royal residence, with the construction of the Royal Palace. In the 17th century, during the English Civil War, the castle was occupied by Scottish Covenanters forces who opposed King Charles I.
During the 18th century, the castle was used as a military prison and as a base for British troops during the Napoleonic Wars. In the 19th century, the castle was restored and opened to the public as a tourist attraction.
Today, Edinburgh Castle is one of the most popular attractions in Scotland, with thousands of visitors coming every year to admire its architecture, art collections, and history.