Debbie Wells Tour

statue of Mary Queen of Scots at Linlithgow Palace

Private guided tour of Scotland for American clients covering Fife, the Highlands, Skye and Edinburgh, amongst other Scottish highlights.

Day 1:

On their arrival, this took us up appropriately to Linlithgow Palace, that has played such a role on our history.
From there on to the beautiful historical town of Dunblane, with a walk around the Old town and her magnificent Cathedral.
Next up to Sheriffmuir which so appropriate for Debbie, albeit her forbear was not involved in the inconclusive Battle there in 1715, but instead was in the army that took the Port of Leith, moved down to Kelso in the Borders to try and raise the Border Jacobites, and lastly, down into England to try and raise Jacobite feelings there. History tells us it all ended up in a damp squib, the English and Scottish Jacobites falling out, and with the adventure ending in Preston, where her forbear was captured, and ended up being deported to the British Penal Centre in Virginia, where Debbie and her family still live.
Finally to Callander for the night.

statue of Mary Queen of Scots at Linlithgow Palace
The great Stewart Palace Of Linlithgow
St. Michael’s Church at Linlithgow2
Blackness Castle on the Firth Of Forth
Dunblane Cathedral
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Day 2:

took us up to Balquidder to revisit Rob Roy Macgregor’s Family Grave, and the gorgeous drive in Clan Maclaren country along the gorgeous Loch Voil. Then Glen Dochart, up to the Black Mount, over Rannoch Moor to Glencoe.
Then into Lochaber to Inverlochy, Glenfinnan, Loch Morar, and the Ferry from Mallaig to Skye, for our first night on the “Misty Isle”, only for this time to be the Sunny Isle.

Loch Lubnaig
Loch Morar
Loch Voil
Rob Roy Macgregor’s Grave
On the Boat to Skye
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Day 3:

of Debbie Wells Tour in Skye.
This included the wonderful drive into the Cuillin to Elgol.
A quick visit to Dunvegan via Sligachan, before driving out to Neist Point.
Then round the coasts of Waternish and Trotternish via Uig, to Dalmuir to see Flora Macdonald’s Monument.
Then to Portree via the Quirang and the Storr.

Old ruined Kirk and graveyard in Strath Suardal
Heavy traffic by Torrin on Loch Slapin
Loch Slapin looking over to Torrin
Neist Point with views out to the Outer Hebrides
Debbie and Sherry at Neist Point
Flora Macdonald’s Monument at Kilmuir
Looking out over Portree Harbour
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Day 4:

We said goodbye to Skye, taking the ferry over to Glenelg on the Mainland.
We visited the Broch of Dun Telve and Dun Troddan, before driving through the beautiful Glen More, to a magnificent welcome of the great view, looking down to the sea of Loch Duich and the 5 sisters of Kintail in Glen Shiel. Then down to the Great Glen, where we paid our respects to Glengarry Castle, the home of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s loyal supporter of the ‘45.
Then on down Loch Linnhe to Ballachulish and into the gorgeous Stewart area of Appin, with views of Castle Stalker, Loch Etive and Oban for our next night.

The ferry to Glenelg
Broch Dun Troddan
Castle Stalker on the Sound Of Shuna and Loch Linnhe
Glengarry Castle Hotel, with Loch Oich behind
The ruined Glengarry Castle
Loch Duich and the 5 Sisters of Kintail in Glen Shiel
The ladies at Glen More
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Day 5:

of Debbie Wells Tour firstly took us off to Taynuilt, and then took us down via Kilchrenan the west side of Loch Awe, the longest freshwater Loch in Scotland.
We visited the castle of Carnasserie then Kilmartin and Kilmartin Glen, an area rich with ancient standing stones. Next a visit to Dunadd, the ancient home of the Scotie Tribe, from whom Scotland gets her name. Next down to Lochgilphead and into Knappdale to Tarbert and the Mull Of Kintyre to visit both Skipness Castle and Chapel. Finally a wet drive back to Tarbert for Night 5.

Carnasserie Castle
Sherry and Debbie at Carnasserie Castle
Standing Stones in Kilmartin Glen
Our arrival at Dunadd
Black sheep on Dunadd Hill
The Queen of Dunadd!
The King of Dunadd
Misty view over to the Isle of Arran
Skipness Castle
Kilbrannan Chapel at Skipness
The Kirk at Kilchrenan on Loch Awe
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Day 6:

of the Debbie Wells Tour, took us up the finest of Scottish Sea Lochs to Inveraray, where we had a lovely walk around this fine Georgian town, built after the ‘45 largely by the architect Mylne, on the instructions from the Duke of Argyll to move the old castle, which had been in the vicinity of the Castle. After an excursion up to the northern tip of Loch Awe, we visited the quirky St. Conan’s Kirk, returning around the northern tip of Loch Fyne, down the Eastern banks of the Loch to visit Old Castle Lachlan past the MacArthur district of Strachur. The day was complete at the Creggan Inn near Strachur.

First 18th century house of the new Inveraray
The beautiful 18th century Inveraray Kirk
The 15th century Old Castle Lachlan
Castle Lachlan, looking over Loch Fyne
The Main Street of Inveraray
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Day 7:

of the Debbie Wells Tour, took us down the “Rest and be Thankful” firstly to Loch Lomond. The weather had deteriorated and some changes to the day had to be made, including a walk up Loch Katrine, and a boat trip out to Inchmahome Priory on the Lake Of Menteith. So a cozy lunch instead at the lovely Lion and Unicorn in Thornhill. Then more indoor sports at the excellent Antique centre near Kilmahog, and on to Stirling and a visit to the historic Cambuskenneth Abbey. Next a quick visit to Menstrie Castle, and a walk up to Castle Campbell, above Dollar, finished by our night 7 at the Tormaukin Hotel in Glendevon.

Butter Bridge In Glen Kinglas
A very moody "Rest and be Thankful"
Debbie and Sherry at Menstrie Castle
Duck Bay on Loch Lomond
The steamer just leaving up Loch Katrine
The Freemason’s Lodge at Thornhill
Some of the ruins of Cambuskenneth Abbey
Debbie and Sherry at Castle Campbell or Castle Gloom
The tree at Castle Campbell
Mischief at the Tormaukin Hotel
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Day 8:

of the Debbie Wells Tour took us into the Kingdom of Fife. Again the weather stopped our visit to Loch Leven, but we first visited the wonderful historic town of Falkland, with its fine Stewart Palace and wonderful 17th century architecture. The Falkland Islands take their name from this town. Then on to the town of Cupar, and then to the sweet little town of Ceres, where we visited the very fine National Heritage Museum.
The town has the shortest Main Street in Scotland, and a memorial of those town folk who partook in the famous Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
Then on the ladies request, we visited the fine Elcho Castle, one of Scotland’s best preserved tower houses of the the 16th century, connected to the powerful Wemyss family.
Our final visit was a return to the 17th century town of Culross, in my opinion together with Falkland, two if the finest little towns in Scotland, where coal was first discovered in the world by the monks of the 7th century.
The day concluded with a drive to Edinburgh.

Falkland Cottage Craft Centre
The National Heritage Centre in Ceres
Elcho Castle
Old Tolbooth In Culross
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Day 9:

Day 9 was our final day if this wonderful tour with these two amazing ladies.We had so much fun – there was so much interest, and they were a joy to be with.
Our day took us walking round the Old and New Towns, culminating with a late lunch at the Signet Library in Parliament Square.
All good things always have to come to an end, but…

At the Vennel by the Flodden Wall
Looking down on the Grassmarket
Where the Witches were burnt, on the Castle Esplanade
Sherry and Debbie in Princes Street Gardens
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