On the Trail of William Wallace
6-night / 7-day Self-drive itinerary
From £499 per person travelling in Autumn 2020 or Spring 2021 based on two sharing
If you think of sword-wielding Scottish heroes, then the chances are that William Wallace will come to mind. This may be through an interest in history or a love of Mel Gibson’s portrayal in the blockbuster film ‘Braveheart’. Either way, he is regarded as one of greatest Scots of all time, leading an army against the occupation of the English in the Scottish Wars of Independence in the 14th century. There are numerous sites and memorials to this great man peppering the Scottish cities and countryside, and it’s the perfect option for a self-guided drive through this scenic region.
- Spend two nights in Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, and visit its landmark castle
- See the resting place of Robert the Bruce at Dunfermline Abbey
- Explore the National Wallace Monument
- Visit Stirling’s impressive castle and the nearby Bannockburn battlefield
- Stop in the village of Elderslie, assumed birthplace of William Wallace
- Lose yourself in the cloisters of the mysterious Rosslyn Chapel
- Return flights with EasyJet from a choice of regional airports including 23kg luggage per person
- 2 nights at the 3-star Jury’s Inn Hotel in Edinburgh
- 2 nights at the 4-star Hotel Colessio in Stirling
- 2 nights at the 4-star Jury’s Inn Hotel in Glasgow
- Daily breakfast
- Car hire for five days and arrival transfer in Edinburgh
On arrival in Edinburgh from your choice of regional airport, meet your transfer to the 3-star Jury’s Inn Hotel.
This afternoon head out on foot to explore Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile, just a two-minute walk from your hotel. A medieval highway overlooked at one end by Edinburgh’s imposing castle, this iconic thoroughfare is today an eclectic combination of shops, restaurants, pubs, and visitor attractions.
From the castle you can find superb panoramic views over the city and see numerous historical artefacts, including the Scottish crown jewels. Look out for the stone statues of both William Wallace and Robert the Bruce as you enter the main gate.
For dinner tonight, why not try the mouth-watering William Wallace burger at The Albanach restaurant?
A full day to further explore the captivating capital of Scotland. Why not visit the Queen’s official Scottish residence at Holyrood Palace or see the impressive displays at the National Museum? Alternatively, you can take the walk up to Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano with impressive views and a well-preserved hillfort. For a more gruesome experience, check out the Edinburgh Dungeons or join a night-time ghost walk through Greyfriars Kirkyard.
Check out of the hotel and pick up your car at the nearby city depot. This morning drive north over the Firth of Forth to Dunfermline Abbey (approx. 40 mins). This impressive abbey is the final resting place of King Robert the Bruce, the victorious leader of the Scottish armies and a close ally of William’s.
From here head west (approx. 40 mins) to visit the National Wallace Monument with its commanding views over the city of Stirling and the battlefield of Stirling Bridge. The monument offers visitors displays and artefacts that retell the story of William Wallace and his significance in Scotland’s history and struggle for independence.
Finish the day with the short drive to your hotel in Stirling.
10 minutes south of Stirling is the site of one of Scotland’s most notorious battles: the Battle of Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce led his army to against the English led by King Edward II in June 1314. Walk across the battlefield itself and see the all-important stretch of water known as Bannock Burn, finishing your visit with the visitor centre’s award-winning 3D battle simulation.
This afternoon return to your hotel for lunch and then walk (10 minutes) to one of Scotland’s most impressive castles and most-visited attractions. A key location and focal point for both William Wallace and Robert the Bruce’s victories, Stirling Castle has been included on many people’s bucket lists. With costumed performers, superb exhibitions, and attractive castle gardens, it is easy to see why.
Check out of your hotel and drive west to Glasgow (approx. 35 mins), a bustling, distinctive city full of character and striking architecture.
After checking in at your hotel explore the city by foot and perhaps follow part of the ‘Mural Trail’ to take in some of the city’s best art pieces adorning the sides of many of its buildings. If you fancy a bit of shopping, head to the ‘Style Mile’, three main shopping streets considered a paradise for shoppers.
Travel west this morning to the village of Elderslie (approx. 30mins) located in the historic county of Renfrewshire. This is the assumed birth location of Sir William Wallace, who was born here around 1270. He is remembered by the Wallace Monument in the centre of the village. Also look out for the Wallace yew tree in which legend claims he hid amongst the branches to evade capture.
This afternoon, perhaps drive north to the southern shores of Loch Lomond for a meal at the Oak Tree Inn, two-time winner of Scotland’s Best Independent Pub aware and boasting its own-brewed beer, before returning to Glasgow.
Start the day by driving south-west to Lanark to visit the UNESCO site of New Lanark Mill and also the St Kentigerns Church, said to be where William married Marion Braidfute.
On return to Edinburgh, stop at the iconic Rosslyn Chapel, just south of the city, to see its mysterious carvings and ornate stonework which have inspired numerous artists and writers – most notably Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.
Your final stop is Wallace’s Cave, located near the site of the Battle of Rosslyn, before finishing at the airport for your flight home.
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