Scotland Road Trip: Stretch from Stirling to Glencoe
In the last article, we told you about what to see from Edinburgh to Stirling. Today, we continue this fabulous road trip from Stirling to Glencoe, a town tragically known for the Glencoe massacre that we’ll talk about a little more later.
We start in Stirling in the morning, I do not know if I told you but when we are on a road trip we like to get up early…
From Stirling to Glencoe: A Spectacular Route
The first stop from Stirling to Glencoe road trip is Dunblane, it’s 6 miles away. The next major stop is Doune Castle and it doesn’t open until 09:30, so we have a couple of hours for a couple of visits.
In Dunblane, there is the cathedral which in addition to being very old (XII century) is beautiful. We are very pleased with all the tombstones outside, not only this cathedral but in all the cathedrals and many churches, we have visited in Scotland.
Continue with this stretch from Stirling to Glencoe. After having a coffee in a café right in front of the cathedral and then, continue to see Doune Castle. And on the way, you’ll find the monument to Stirling who was an aviation colonel of the Second World War.
Not that I was particularly striking about the monument itself but the location, when we turned our backs on the monument, we were looking at one of those landscapes that we were imagining when we thought of Scotland, I was more time looking at the landscape than the monument.
Continue on your way to Doune to visit Doune Castle which is one of the main stops on the way from Stirling to Glencoe. This castle was very important during a time, but the real interest (especially for Vero) is that it is one of the main scenarios in which the Outlander TV Show was filmed.
We arrived at least half an hour before it opened so we took the camping gas and had a coffee in the meantime. We also took some pictures taking advantage that there were almost no people and then we took a walk around the castle, there is a river near a pretty nice walk.
The castle inside is pretty good and they also have it oriented to the Outlander theme, so it’s the actor who narrates you in the audio guide where some of the scenes and some anecdotes happen.
In addition, they explain what life was like inside the castle, the kitchens, the rooms, how they heated them, and how they took advantage of the heat of the kitchens for that too.
The halls were huge and tell you how important they were and how they served as a meeting point and ceremonies. As the diners were placed during dinner it was of paramount importance according to the levels and classes and the central fire had to be spectacular. Look at the size it’s.
You can’t make the route from Stirling to Glencoe and not visit this distillery. It is 23 miles from Doune Castle in Dumgoyne. It’s the Highland distillery that’s further south and we loved it. It is a family distillery, which does not belong to one of these large groups that now dominate all major distilleries.
This distillery is small and everything is done without haste, it is one of its mottos, its whisky is made without haste, without running.
The water they use is taken from a spring that reaches directly into the distillery and that they store in a kind of natural pool.
During the tour they explain the whisky manufacturing process, taking care never to reveal their tricks to you, logically. In the end, after several visits to distilleries, you realize that everyone counts more or less the same thing, except for one thing, how they do the process of malting barley.
We did the whiskey and chocolate tour and the truth we loved, we bought a bottle because it’s delicious, but I’m sure we’ll buy more.
Loch Lomonds Park and The Trossachs
On our route from Stirling to Glencoe we decided to cross Loch Lomonds Park and The Trossachs, it is a particularly nice park and it is also relatively close to Glasgow which makes it quite crowded.
This means that the regulations that allow outdoor camping in Scotland do not apply in this park and only in this park.
Along the way, we came across landscapes and roads like the one you can see in the photo, it was really inevitable to stand every 3 or 4 minutes to take a photo because the landscape and the environment were beautiful.
As we passed through the park we came across a super special rainbow, everyone who was driving stop to photograph it. It was a rainbow that did not have the typical shape but rather looked like a blanket that engulfed the mountain. The truth is, we threw a lot of pictures at it, and I’m not sure they’re doing justice to the show we saw live.
We also encounter landscapes and lakes like these. We were very lucky because it rained so little. There were clouds as you see in the photo, but it didn’t rain and the days were super pleasant.
We were heading towards Kilchurn castle which is a completely abandoned castle and half-destroyed but visitable, until 17:00. We knew we weren’t on time, so we were dedicated to enjoying the scenery knowing that the castle was going to see it on the outside.
The day began to get a little rainier and the sun mingled with clouds and rain. You didn’t know whether to put on raincoats or sunglasses or both. When we got to Kilchurn it was raining, but it was sunny. It was a pretty magical print.
We walked to the castle as it rained and we were able to take this photo, a pity because time did not accompany us, the best photos of this castle are not taken from here, but from the road that passes by the lake and in which it seems that the castle is in the middle of the lake, as in Eilean Donan. It’s a little spinel I’ve got nailed so I have to go back just to throw away that picture and all the ones that are clear.
We continue our way from Kilchurn castle to the Glencoe Valley. The Glencoe massacre occurred on February 13, 1692. The entire McDonald clan was killed by Captain Robert Campbell and his men in retaliation for a late oath of allegiance. This would have been one more battle if it weren’t for Captain Campbell and his men being there welcomed by the hospitality of the McDonald clan. In fact, from that moment on, the phrase “never trust a Campbell” was coined.
We decided to spend the night on the shore of Loch Linnhe with the view of Stalker castle. We put the tent in front of the castle, prepared spaghetti, took cookies as a dessert and a coffee to finish while enjoying the sunset with the castle at first sight. Just awesome! Very nice to end the day, don’t you think?
So far the stretch we made from Stirling to Glencoe, pretty awesome stretch, with historical monuments and nature parks, relaxation and entertainment. And you, would you visit anything else on this route?
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- 1 day on the Isle of Skye
- What to see in Edinburgh
- Scotland’s most beautiful castles
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