2022 - Royal Highland Show
2022 marks the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland's (RHASS) 200th anniversary and will see the return of the magnificent Royal Highland Show after an absence of two years. Come and experience the celebration of the very best of Scotland's food, farming and rural life at this world class event in Edinburgh - a great opportunity to enjoy displays, demonstrations and competitions with cattle, light horse and heavy horse, sheep, goats and poultry, the Countryside Arena, a massive Food & Drink Hall, Show Jumping as well as handicrafts, speciality shopping, music, dancing and more. There's so much to see and do.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
DAY 1 - Sit back and relax for the big drive north, stopping for the opportunity of lunch or refreshments. Continue to your hotel near Stirling for your 3-night stay. DBB
Your hotel is situated on the fields of the Battle of Bannockburn, one of Scotland's major historical sites. You may like to learn more about the famous battle at the Visitor Centre which is directly next to the hotel (entrance to the Battle Experience not included - approx. £7.50 pp in 2021. Entry to site and Visitor Centre FOC). Or take a gentle stroll through the trees behind the hotel to rub shoulders with the mighty statue of King Robert the Bruce on the site of his greatest victory. From here there are wonderful panoramic views. Additionally, there is a bus stop directly outside the hotel with a regular bus service for the 10-minute journey into the centre of Stirling with its magnificent castle, steeped in history.
THE ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW
Whether you're from the city or countryside, a veteran showgoer or a first-time visitor - The Royal Highland Show has something for everyone. It’s the one place you can meet, touch, smell, taste and take home the very best of Scotland!! You can expect the largest display of agricultural machinery in the UK, a dedicated forestry area, rural crafts, sheep-shearing, farrier and forge competitions, the wonderful sight of Heavy Horse Turnouts, Countryside Arena, a star studded Cookery Theatre, Equestrian Village, Outdoor Living area, Lifestyle Village, Floral Walkway plus hundreds of musicians and groups of dancers performing throughout the day on the various stages. Comfortable shoes are a must!
A DAY OUT TO CRIEFF, CALLANDER & THE TROSSACHS
Sitting in a valley amid the wonderful Perthshire scenery where the rolling Lowland landscape meets majestic Highland terrain, elegant Crieff is a bustling old-style resort with its great selection of local businesses offering everything from arts and crafts, gifts and clothing as well as food and drink. A stop will be made at the Crieff Visitor Centre, a popular attraction on the outskirts of town. The centre is home to the world-renowned Caithness Glass and you can enjoy the skilled craftsmen at work from the viewing gallery before meandering around the gift shop and garden centre. Then it’s onto Loch Earn, a gently lapping Highland freshwater loch dramatically edged by mountains on the edge of The Trossachs National Park. Nearby Ben Vorlich, a steep-sided hill of 985m sits in the shores of Loch Earn. Head south along the shores of Loch Lubnaig to the pretty town of Callander on the River Teith. Set dramatically beneath high, wooded crags, the colourful town lies immediately south of the Highland Boundary Fault which is historically a meeting point between the Highlands and the Lowlands. Crammed with teashops and souvenir shops, bustling Callander gained fame as the location for the original Doctor Findlay's Casebook television series.
DAY 4 - Setting off early this morning for the journey homeward with suitable refreshment stops en-route.
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King Robert Hotel, Bannockburn
This 3* modern hotel is situated on the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, just a couple of miles from historic Stirling.
All 52 bedrooms are of a good size offering a comfortable, homely feel with TV, WiFi and tea / coffee making facilities.
There is a bright, informal restaurant and a relaxed bar area with outdoor seating. There is no lift but ground floor rooms are available.