Perhaps Scotland's most important castle, a recent survey also rated Stirling castle as the UK's favorite heritage attraction. The view from the castle across the River Forth to the National Wallace Monument and Ochil Hills is inspiring.
Shortly after leaving Stirling, come face-to-face with hairy Highland cows, everyone's favorite photo stop (April to October).
You will then continue through the Trossachs, or Highlands in miniature, via a scenic drive over the Dukes Pass to include several wonderful photo opportunities.
After lunch, it is onwards to the famous Loch Lomond. Here enjoy a short nature walk in the National Park culminating in a superb viewpoint over Scotlands largest lake and the Highlands.
Finish the day at Glengoyne Distillery with a guided tour and the opportunity to sample their signature 12-year-old malt.