SPLENDOUR AND MARVELS OF STIRLING CASTLE
“Of ladies, knights, of passions and of wars, of courtliness, and of valiant deeds I sing...” Just like in a great poem of the past, this intriguing tour of Stirling Castle enables us to relive the magic of ancient times with its magnificent furnishings, brightly coloured frescoes, fascinating decorations and even staff in period costume.
What we will see
- Panoramic tour along the banks of Loch Lomond
- Short guided tour of the magnificent Stirling Castle
- Lavishly decorated Royal Palace halls
- Stirling Heads: marvellous wood-carved portraits
- Staff in period costumes
- Tapestry hall
- View over the Highlands and Lowlands
- Views of Glasgow
What we will do
- We start our excursion with a panoramic tour traveling through Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park with enchanting rural landscapes.
- We reach the charming town of Stirling, located in the heart of Scotland and boasting a long fascinating past under the Scottish sovereigns. It was also the protagonist of some of the main events in the region’s history including epic battles, heroic gestures and bloody massacres.
- Our destination is the magnificent Stirling castle, one of the largest and most imposing in Scotland erected on a rocky peak dominating the valley where William Wallace, the famous “Braveheart” defeated the large English army in 1297.
- We embark on a thrilling short guided tour of the castle to admire its marvellous architecture and immerse ourselves in the enchanting atmosphere evoking the splendour of the past.
- We cross the halls of the sumptuous Royal Palace, built by James V, and richly decorated with motifs inspired by the Italian Renaissance, brightly coloured frescoes and elegant furnishings that recreate the apartments of the king and queen during the mid 16th century.
- We enter the King’s Inner Hall, where we can admire reproductions of the magnificent Stirling Heads, i.e. Dozens of carved wooden medallions dating back to Medieval times portraying kings and queens, courtiers and knights, jesters and damsels as well as Roman Emperors and heroes from classical mythology.
- The castle is made even more magical thanks to the staff in period costume with ladies and elegant gentlemen or servants introducing us to everyday life in the castle.
- We end the tour with a visit to the tapestry hall where we can observe skilful weavers at work on one of the most elegant medieval tapestry collections in the world.
- We also have the chance to admire the lovely view over the Highlands and Lowlands from the yard in front of the castle, an enchanting landscape that deserves a photo-shoot.
- We then head back to the port but not before passing through* Glasgow* with its charming historic city centre boasting a rich artistic, cultural and architectural heritage.
What you need to know
- There is limited availability of Italian speaking guides; if none are available, the excursion will be conducted in English.