1 Day Tour – Scottish Wars of Independence

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11 hours

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16

Min Age

5+

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Experience the Epic Scottish Wars of Independence Tour

Embark on a captivating journey through Scotland's storied past with our Scottish Wars of Independence Tour. Departing from the vibrant city of Glasgow. This day-long adventure will take you on a historical odyssey, immersing you in the events and personalities that defined Scotland's struggle for independence.

Dunfermline Abbey - Burial site of Scotland's greatest king.

Our first stop is Dunfermline Abbey, a place steeped in the legacy of King Robert the Bruce. This solemn abbey serves as the final resting place of Scotland's national hero, Robert the Bruce. As you explore the abbey's tranquil grounds, you'll feel the weight of history surrounding you, making it the perfect starting point for our tour.

Stirling Castle - The most besieged and important castle in Scotland.

Next, we journey to Stirling Castle, a remarkable fortress that played a pivotal role in Scotland's history. Perched atop a volcanic hill, Stirling Castle offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Inside, you'll step back in time as you wander through grand halls and discover the stories of kings, queens, and nobility who once walked these ancient corridors. The castle's strategic location made it a coveted prize in the Wars of Independence, and its role in shaping Scotland's destiny is unforgettable.

The National Wallace Monument - A great vantage point for defeating the English.

Continuing our tour, we visit The National Wallace Monument, a towering tribute to Sir William Wallace, the legendary Scottish knight who fought valiantly against English oppression. Climb the monument's 246 steps, and you'll be rewarded with stunning vistas of the Stirling countryside. Inside, you'll find a treasure trove of artifacts and exhibits detailing Wallace's heroic deeds.

Bannockburn - Where the fight for Scotland's independence really accelerated.

Our final stop is the historic battleground of Bannockburn. Here, you can walk in the footsteps of the brave Scots who fought under the leadership of Robert the Bruce, securing a landmark victory in the struggle for independence. The visitor center offers an immersive experience, bringing the Battle of Bannockburn to life through interactive displays and engaging storytelling.

Glasgow - After feeling what these Brave Scots did back in these unsettled times.

As the day draws to a close, we return to Glasgow. Our hearts filled with the indomitable spirit of Scotland's heroes. The Scottish Wars of Independence Tour is not just a journey through history, but a chance to connect with the resilience, courage, and determination that define the Scottish character. Join us on this unforgettable expedition, where every step tells a story of valor, sacrifice, and the enduring quest for freedom. Book your seat today and be a part of Scotland's epic past.

Included/Excluded

  • Transport in an air conditioned 16 seat mini coach
  • Bottled water
  • Air Filtration system onboard
  • An amazing Knowledgeable English-Scots speaking driver guide
  • Laughs along the way
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments (additional fee for refreshments)

Tour Plan

Tour Details

Check-in At 7:45am 

The Check in location is outside of Citizen M hotel at 60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3BW

Departure time 8am

Bus leaves at this time, so make sure you are here 15 minutes before, that way you’ll get your pick of seats and if you sit close to the driver you’ll get aw the banter. The patter. (The laugh and jokes).

End of tour 17:30 (Approx)

Late Arrivals

In the event that you are running late PLEASE give us a call and let us know, If we don't hear from you by 7:50am, we will attempt to call you, (we really don't want you to miss your tour). If by 8am you haven't arrived we will have to leave and you won't be refunded. (Please be on time) so that we can all have a Craicin Tour.

Children

We do not carry passengers under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.

What's included in the price

  • Transport in an air conditioned 16 seat mini coach.
  • Bottled water.
  • Air Filtration system onboard. (WEBASCO or similar).
  • An amazing Knowledgeable English-Scots speaking driver guide.
  • A very warm welcome and many laughs and stories along the way.

What's not included in the price

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions.
  • Lunch.
  • Refreshments (additional fee for refreshments).

Recommended items to bring on the tour with you

  • Waterproof Jacket.
  • Warm Clothing (You can always take layers off if it's too hot).
  • Comfortable shoes/boots for rough wet terrain.
  • Good comfortable socks.
  • Sun Screen (Recommended SPF30 (UVB) with 4 star UVA protection).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera/Smart Phone. (So that you will always remember your day with us).
  • Cash. (Most places take card but it's handy to have cash too).

Luggage

This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.

Itinerary

We will leave Glasgow and head northeast on the M8 motorway towards the UNESCO world heritage site, ‘The Forth (rail) bridge’ opened in 1890, the bridge was designed by John Fowler and Benjamin Baker. It is one of the largest cantilever bridges ever built and is unmistakeable with its oxidised red colour.

Once we cross the Forth road bridge or the Queensferry crossing, the other two bridges crossing the Forth, we will be heading to our first destination, Dunfermline Abbey. This is the site in which some of the most famous royals were buried, King Robert the Bruce, the most famous Royal here and his wife Elisabeth de Burgh. There are also other famous royals buried here like Malcolm III and his wife Saint Margaret who’s chapel sits at Edinburgh Castle.

We will now head to Stirling castle, the most important castle in Scotland. It is known as the ‘Key to Scotland’ it has changed hands between the Scottish and the English many times. We will be stopping here for lunch. On 11th September 1297 William Wallace and Andrew Murray conquered the English and regained the castle during the battle of Stirling Bridge. You can look down from the high castle walls to the area where the battle took place. You can look over the walls and see the Wallace Monument sitting up on the Abbey Craig; this is where Wallace and the Scottish army set up camp on the night before the battle of Stirling bridge. The Scots would have seen the English when they were miles away. It would have been some sight! The oldest building in the castle today dates back to 1381. After the battle of Bannockburn Robert the Bruce ordered that Stirling castle be destroyed so that the English couldn’t take it again.

We are now going a short journey from the castle to the Wallace Monument which was completed and opened exactly 572 years after Sir William Wallace had been victorious at the battle of Stirling bridge. There is something really special here that stands out, The Wallace sword, it’s the very sword Scotland’s national hero fought the English with, think of the amount of English blood this sword is responsible for.

After the Wallace monument we will visit the site of one of Scotland’s most important battles, The Battle of Bannockburn. Discover more about Robert the Bruce and the tactics that he used against Edward II army during the two day battle which started on June 23rd 1314 and ended the next day with the ‘outnumbered’ Scots being triumphant and sending the ‘terrified’ English that weren’t slaughtered homeward bound. After the battle was lost for the English, Edward II fled and Robert the Bruce’s right hand man and really good friend Sir James Douglas chased him all the way to Dunbar.

We will now return to Glasgow where the tour ends.

You can ask your guide for information on our other exciting tours we have to offer.

Remember, we also create bespoke tours to suit your needs where we will work together with you to get your perfect unforgettable tour.

Tour highlights

  • Dunfermline abbey - A magnificent feat of architecture and the final resting place of our Greatest ever King, Robert the Bruce.
  • Stirling Castle - Scotland’s most important castle back in medieval times, it is known as the ‘Key to Scotland’ due to it’s central location, it sits on castle hill, a crag surrounded by 3 steep cliffs.
  • Wallace monument - This sits on Abbey Craig, the exact spot where William Wallace and the Scottish army camped the night before the battle of Stirling bridge. It holds Wallace’s sword in the top of the monument.
  • Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre - This fantastic exhibition of how the battle of Bannockburn went down has everything you need to imagine what it was like back in 1314, you can almost feel it running through your blood.

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