For many who come to Scotland, it is because of iconic films which have made a long lasting impression on them. This can certainly be said of the film “Outlaw King” and “Braveheart”. This tour delves in to the history of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace and explores places associated with them.
In this day trip from either Glasgow or Edinburgh, you will visit many of the important battlefields where the Scottish Wars of Independence was fought.
08:30 – Depart your city (Glasgow or Edinburgh) and head on to the motorway (M90 or M9 respectively) to Stirling.
09:30 – Arrive at the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre
This state of the art immersive experience is where you become involved in this decisive battle between Edward II of England and Robert the Bruce in 3D. Watch as the horses gallop towards you and try to dodge the arrows as they come rushing through the air before your eyes.
The centre also offers refreshments and a shop.
10:30 – depart Bannockburn and travel in to Stirling itself and make your way up to the mighty Stirling Castle.
11:00 – arrive Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle is the reason why so many battles took place around here. It was a strategic position, which overlooked the lowest bridging point across the River Forth. From the battlements, follow the gaze of King Robert Bruce himself as his statue looks towards Bannockburn, the site of his most famous victory. Savour the imposing Wallace Monument as it stands out against the scenic Ochil Hills.
Lunch while here.
13:00 – depart Stirling Castle down the hill and make the short journey over the River Forth.
13:30 – arrive at National Wallace Monument
The National Wallace Monument is a draw for all William Wallace fans and it is no mean feat to reach the top of the 246 steps, but you are rewarded with the most wonderful panorama. The monument tells the story of Wallace and his importance to Scotland’s national identity. The wooded walk is not for the faint hearted but there is also minibus should you prefer to use it. There is a café and gift shop for souvenirs.
15:00 – return to Glasgow or Edinburgh.
Did you know that William Wallace was not the true ‘Braveheart’ but it was in fact King Robert the Bruce? Legend says that Bruce’s heart, whilst on pilgrimage to the Holy Land with his faithful men, was thrown out of the danger of battle with the words “Onwards brave heart!”