Stirling & The Trossachs
Day one a beautiful ride up to the Trossachs via the A1 A66 and M74 Clear skies and sunshine and a great way to start the holiday. We met up with Paul Osborne and Denis & Christine Harding at a great café on the A66 http://www.mainsgillfarm.co.uk/ and enjoyed the rest of ride up in company.
The Lodge turned out to be great with spacious rooms and great views
Day 2 was a chill out day watching the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan and enjoying our new home for the week with ‘Ozzie’s veranda’ and beautiful sunshine.
Day 3. Loch Katrine beckoned, after seeing Paul Merton visit this place on his programme. A great day out https://www.lochkatrine.com/ and a delightful trip on the Sir Walter Scott https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Sir_Walter_Scott
Sir Walter Scott
A motley crew
Some fitting sized spanners spotted in the engine room
Day 4, Stirling beckoned another ‘ ice cream day’, enjoyable walking through the town up to the castle and enjoying the views and the cafés of Stirling.
And we found where Norrie lives?
And some Cannons
Great Café with homemade apple and caramel and lemon drizzle scones, yummy!
Stirling Castle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stirling_Castle
Then onward to the Wallace memorial https://www.nationalwallacemonument.com/
Some great carvings on the way up, Christine was heard to remark on the way that she hadn’t signed up for mountain climbing.
Great views from the base of the monument.
Day 5. And a short round trip of 250 miles past stunning lochs and mountains through the glens to Oban and back with a few stops including the https://www.thegreenwellystop.co.uk/Restaurant/ Great day out with great scenery fish and chips in Oban with a Scotch pie for me. Then back via Inveraray.
Bridge at Inveraray
Landscape at Inveraray
Day 6, Callandar
A ‘wee tea’ in Callandar
Nice Memorial seats around the base of Callandar war Memorial Day
Day 7 Drummond castle gardens Wow!!! https://www.drummondcastlegardens.co.uk/the-picture-gallery/
Mile long entrance to Drummond castle
What a back drop.
Then back to our accommodation and a delightful evening, as we were joined by Mick & Sue l and Al & Dawn on their way up to the Orkneys.
And some have to have a pudding as well!!! After a nice evening we wished Mick, Sue, Al & Dawn bon Voyage as they headed further north.
Day 8. Site move to the Scottish rally at Falkirk, nice level field adjacent to the Rugby club. Great to see Bob and Denny, Norrie and the rest of the Scottish Clan, an evening of socialising and catching up was had in Falkirk rugby Club https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkirk_RFC
Day 9. Tracy had seen a banner advertising some Highland games on our tour so we opted to go to Blackford and see the games .What a great day out. Highland dancing, caber tossing bagpipes and more. https://www.blackfordhighlandgames.co.uk/
Tossing the caber
Then back to the site for an evening’s entertainment in the rugby club with a Ceilidh. In the interlude the raffle was drawn with Christine doing well and the awards with our very own Paul Osborne picking up the long distance.
The Mug Shot!! It certainly is in our DNA!
Ceilidh with Adam taking a starring role
Norrie in action
Sunday day 10. We walked to the Falkirk wheel in the morning and rode to the Kelpies in the afternoon.
Day 11. Wrap up and a dry ride home. Fabulous 10 days in this beautiful part of Scotland with lovely weather and great company. A big thanks to Bob and Denny Smith and their clan for organising the ‘Heid o Glen’ rally at Stirling.
John and Tracy