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Day Trips

If you’re accompanying someone on one of our Art, Craft, or Activity Holidays and wondering what there is for you to do, you’re in luck! We’ve curated a week’s worth of day trips and adventures so that you can discover some of Scotland’s best kept secrets while staying at Gartmore House.

Landscapes, lochs, and majestic myths, you don’t have to go far to uncover Scotland’s delights. Even around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, you’ll be greeted by craggy mountains, dense green forests, and glimmering lochs—exactly the kind of scenery you’d expect to find in a fairy tale. And that’s just on our doorstep!

Adventure out just a little bit further and Scotland’s history starts coming to the fore. Here, ancient castles sit high up on rocky outcrops, manor homes are finding new leases of life, and historic battlegrounds are close at hand.

Please note: all packages are subject to change and subject to weather, availability, etc.

Monday – Scottish History

Start the week off right and delve straight into the Scotland’s fascinating history. Doune castle brings out the royal connection while the likes of Dunkeld Cathedral and Tullibardine Chapel showcase some beautiful medieval architecture. You’ll find out how these historic sites have changed over the years and how many of them are finding new lives as filming locations for the large and small screen.

• Departure approx. 9:00am
• Doune Castle
• The Hermitage and Dunkeld Cathedral
• Dunkeld House Hotel for afternoon tea
• Tullibarden Chapel
• Drummond Castle Gardens
• Arrive home approx. 6:00pm

Priced at £300 per person

Tuesday – West Coast Highlands

What would any trip to Scotland be without a Highland experience? Bask in the beauty of Loch Lomond in the morning, with its rolling hills and gentle, shimmering waters, before heading over the Rest and Be Thankful towards Inveraray. End the day at Loch Awe and the unique St. Conan’s Church. There won’t be a day quite like it.

Itinerary is as follows:

  • Depart approx. 8:30am
  • Balloch to visit the Maid of the Loch for a boat trip
  • Photo stop in Luss for pictures of Loch Lomond
  • Inveraray
  • Kilchurn Castle and Loch Awe
  • St. Conan’s Church
  • Home for approx. 6:00pm

Priced at £300 per person

Wednesday – Edinburgh

A trip to Edinburgh is essential. Bursting with culture and history, the country’s capital offers something for everybody. Marvel at the stunning Gothic architecture of Rosslyn Chapel with it’s detailed arches and vibrant stained glass windows, then head to Holyrood Palace to learn all about its royal residences dating right back to Mary Queen of Scots and beyond. Once your time in Edinburgh is up, you’ll head home via Linlithgow where you’ll see a few more of Scotland’s favourite castles and palaces. A must-see for any history lover!


  • Depart approx. 8:30am
  • Rosslyn chapel
  • Holyrood Palace and tour
  • Midhope Castle/Blackness Castle
  • Linlithgow Palace
  • Return approx. 6:00pm

Priced at £300 per person

Thursday – Local Interest

You don’t have to go far from Gartmore House to have a day packed full of adventure. Summertime takes you across the Lake of Menteith to Inchmahome Priory where Mary Queen of Scots found a safe haven as a child, before whisking you off to Deanston Distillery for a cheeky wee dram. Meanwhile, wintertime brings a whole new programme of events for you to enjoy. Discover Andy Scott’s towering sculptures, The Kelpies, as well as the Falkirk Wheel.

Summer itinerary:
• Depart approx. 9:00am
• Inchmahome Priory
• Deanston Distillery
• Loch Katrine Sailing
• Arrive home late afternoon

Winter itinerary:
• Depart approx. 9:00am
• The Kelpies & Helix Park
• Falkirk Wheel
• Wallace Monument
• Stirling Castle
• Arrive home late afternoon

Priced at £300 per person

Week Long Package

Let us take care of business and whisk you away somewhere new every day while you’re staying with us. Each morning, you’ll set out in comfort, with your guide by your side every step of the way, to sample all the best bits of Scotland. From misty mountains, rugged glens, and lush greenery, to smoky drams and historic settings, Scotland has something satisfy every cultural craving.

Priced at £1000 per person.

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