Outlaws, Heroes, the Jacobites Private Tour
A truly magnificent private tour and one that is sure to be on many a person’s bucket list. Exploring the land connected to Scotland’s outlaws, heroes and Jacobites. This tour will take you to Dumbarton Castle the place of William Wallace’s incarceration. The bonnie banks of loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs. Stunning Glencoe, setting to one of the most shameful periods in Scottish history. This area was also used in the James Bond movie Skyfall and as backdrop scenery in several Harry Potter films, including the climactic final showdown between Harry and Lord Voldemort at the Battle of Hogwarts. We’ll also visit the final resting place of Rob Roy MacGregor, one Scotland’s most famous supporters of the Jacobite cause.
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A stunning tour that will take us to sites associated with some of our outlaws, heroes, the Jacobites, Harry Potter and James Bond. Our first stop of the day will be to get a picture at Dumbarton Castle. A striking citadel in the ancient capital of Scotland, Dumbarton Castle boasts a 1500-year history. The presence of a settlement here is first recorded in a letter from St Patrick to King Ceretic of Strathclyde around 450 AD. In the letter he complained about a raid the Britons had made on his Irish converts. Known as ‘the Rock of the Clyde’ it has a strategic position guarding the point where the River Leven joins the River Clyde. It has seen battles and sieges throughout the ages by the Picts, the English, Oliver Cromwell and also by James IV in his efforts against the Earl of Lennox. In 870 AD the Vikings besieged Dumbarton Rock for four months and made off with a mighty haul of treasure and slaves when the castle finally fell.
Another notable page in its history is in 1305. This was when Sir John Menteith betrayed the Scots independence leader William Wallace (Braveheart) who was imprisoned here before being marched to London where he was condemned as a traitor to the King and sentenced to death without trial. One of Scotland’s most iconic heroes, Wallace endured a brutal death for refusing to back English sovereignty of Scotland. He was hanged, drawn and quartered. They took his head and limbs as trophies. Publicly displaying them to serve as a warning to any rebellious Scots. Travelling through the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park we will then make a stop for morning refreshments on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Known in song and verse throughout the world, Loch Lomond is the largest fresh water loch or lake in the whole of Great Britain and you’ll certainly have a hard time finding a more beautiful one, too.
Your driver-guide will take the single-track road towards remote Glen Etive. Once only intrepid climbers, hikers and campers would venture here. Howver, now it’s a magnet for tourists thanks to epic scenes in the James Bond film Skyfall where Bond took M to his family estate in the Highland wilderness. A short drive will bring us to tragic Glencoe, scene of the treacherous slaughter of the MacDonald clan. A shameful period in Scottish history, Glencoe with its haunting beauty will certainly leave you breathless. These very same peaks featured as backdrop scenery in several of the Harry Potter films. This includes the climactic final showdown between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort (we’re not scared to say his name, honest..) at the Battle of Hogwarts. Although they left no trace, it’s just a short hop to the edge of the forbidden forest where Hagrid’s Hut and the Covered or Wooden Bridge once stood. And speaking of Forests, after a hearty lunch at The Clachaig Inn, where there has been an establishment since the 1500s, you’re going to love our forest walk and don’t worry, you’re more likely to see Red Deer than Giant Spiders, we think.
Leaving Scotland’s most famous glen behind we then travel south to Balquhidder. It’s rich history closely associates Balquhidder with the famous outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. In 1689 aged 18 Rob Roy and his father took part in the Battle of Killiecrankie, site of one of the goriest battles in Jacobite history. He led the MacGregors during the Jacobite Rising of 1715 and for his part he ended up with a price on his head. Captured by the duke of Atholl, Rob Roy later escaped but in 1725 turned himself in to General Wade. He was charged with high treason against the crown and was then placed in London’s infamous Newgate prison. In 1727 while he awaited deportation to Barbados as an indentured servant Rob Roy was granted a Royal Pardon. Later, he died peacefully at Balquidder in 1734. Balquhidder Kirkyard is where you can go to view his grave. His final resting place attracts visitors from the world over. Was he a legendary soldier and clan leader, or on the other hand a villain and outlaw? We’ll let you decide.
Our return journey continues into the Trossachs, the ‘Highlands in miniature’. Majestic Munros – mountains above 3000 feet – laced with rushing waterfalls that reign over a kingdom of forest, river and loch. This wild and romantic landscape inspired Sir Walter Scott’s poem The Lady of the Lake and his novel Rob Roy. Look out for our woolly, long-horned Highland cows. We call them hairy coos!
Departing from and returning to Glasgow or Edinburgh.
This tour takes a minimum of 9 hours to complete. You can select your departure time when making a reservation. The options given are:
Private tour costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini coach and the services of an English speaking driver-guide.
Lunch and refreshments.
We can take children of any age on our private tours. However, please note that we are unable to provide or fit car seats. Our passengers must therefore must supply and fit their car seat if a child on board requires one. Please inform us in advance if this is the case.
Loch Lomond, Ben Lomond, Glencoe, Rob Roy MacGregor’s grave, The Trossachs and Dumbarton Castle.