Relive the books, walk in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire, and explore ancient castles and little villages that have not been changed since the 16th century.
The Braveheart Experience
- Private Tour 1-6 people | Suitable from +5 years old
Get to know Scotland’s Famous Heroes!
Follow in the footsteps of two of Scotland’s most famous heroes, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. These warriors fought during the 13th and 14th centuries during the battles of Scotland’s wars of independence. Climb the steps of the National Wallace Monument to view the famous Wallace sword and scale the walls of Stirling Castle, which provided the backdrop of two of Scotland’s most famous battles. We also learn how the battles took place by visiting the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre.
- The National Wallace Monument
- Stirling Castle
- The Bannockburn visitor centre
- Departs from your accommodation at 9 a.m.
- Returns at 6 p.m. approximately
- Bring waterproof clothing and walking shoes
- Transportation and air conditioning as standard
- The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
- Tour exclusions – Entry fees to visitor attractions
- Estimated cash needed for lunch and visitor attractions would be £40
- Your route north to Stirling is one that has been used for thousands of years by invading armies. The English armies used it during the Scottish Wars of Independence, and we discover why this area is so important in Scottish history. As you approach the city of Stirling, the castle dominates the skyline. Known as the ‘Key to Scotland’, for centuries this was the most important castle in Scotland to hold. To the north is the 220-foot high tower of the National Wallace Monument, commemorating Scotland’s great hero William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson in the Oscar-winning movie Braveheart. To the south are the battlefields of Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce led his armies to victory over Edwards II and his men.
- The first location we visit is the National Wallace Monument, one of Stirling’s most distinctive landmarks, overlooking the scene of Scotland’s victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge on the 11th September 1297. This is a place where history is something you can touch and feel as you follow the story of Sir William Wallace, patriot, martyr, and Guardian of Scotland. Soak up the history and stunning views from the Wallace Monument, perched high on the Abbey Craig around where Wallace camped before his heroic battle.
- Soon after, we visit Stirling Castle, which provides awesome views over the Forth Valley and the historic battlefields. Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s most historic sites, which was home to the Stewart kings and queens throughout the centuries. Highlights include the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, The Regimental Museum, Great Kitchens, Tapestry Studio, and the Queen’s Palace, which your guide will be happy to take you through. You can also enjoy lunch at the Unicorn Café, which offers a range of hot and cold drinks and food.
- Our next visit takes us to the Bannockburn Visitor Centre, where we learn about the famous battle where Robert the Bruce raised his standard in 1314 and gathered his men to take on the might of the English army led by King Edward II. Stand shoulder-to-shoulder with medieval warriors whilst learning about the tactics of the two opposing kings in a truly immersive experience. Witness the sights and sounds of medieval battle first-hand, including ancient battle strategies, weapons, and armor. Each tour culminates in a visit to the Battle Room. Here, you witness Bruce’s decisive victory against all odds before taking the opportunity to recreate the Battle of Bannockburn and take command of the virtual battlefield.
- We then finish our tour and take the short drive back to your accommodation.