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Castle Hopping from Stirling

on Wed, 09/07/2016 - 11:39

Scotland is estimated to have in excess of 2,000 castles. Some are known only through historical records. Some are in a state of ruin. Some are intact stone structures but empty inside. Some are elegant dwellings still occupied. Some are museums filled with treasures. While castle hopping throughout Scotland may not be your primary focus during a stay in Stirling, you will likely want to visit a few in the immediate or not so immediate vicinity. Here are some good ones.

Stirling Castle

The most obvious one to visit is Stirling Castle.

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Scotland's Dramatic Landscapes, Captured by Photographer Glen McClure

on Tue, 07/26/2016 - 17:14
Scotland Untours
When we first announced our new Scotland Untour, we were inundated by emails from new and seasoned Untourists expressing their enthusiasm for our choice and their love of Scotland.
One of my favorite emails came from one of my favorite clients, Glen McClure. Regular readers of our blog know Glen as an amazing photographer and have enjoyed reading about his travels in France and Italy with Untours. 
His portraits of local people, many shot on Untours, provide a vivid window into the soul of the countries and cultures he visits.
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Why You Shouldn't Go to Scotland

on Wed, 07/06/2016 - 10:23
Scotland books

Myth busting and eating well in not-so-gray, not-so-dreary, not-so-boring Scotland.

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An Untour for All Ages: Scotland for the Young and Young at Heart

on Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:10
It can be difficult to find a travel destination that suits everyone’s needs: grandparents, parents, kids, and young adults. As your kids get older, their interests change and what defines a great destination shifts with it. Finding a country where the locals are warm, the museums are a plenty, but there are also quirky other things to do is key to an interesting trip for all involved, across generations.
I’ve traveled across much of Europe throughout my university years and I still believe that Scotland is one of the best places to travel with kids of every age, including the young adults
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Meet Val: Q & A with our local Scotland Untours Host

on Tue, 06/07/2016 - 19:46
This week Untours is talking with Val Storrie, our local Scotland Untours host, based near Stirling. We're getting the inside scoop about what are the best local gems to see and what experiences to not miss when in Scotland. 
What do you love about living in Scotland?
The friendly people, the banter, the stunning and dramatic landscape, the beautiful islands, and the history. 
What is something people don’t know about Scotland?
Scotland’s official animal is the unicorn. 
Where are the top places Untourists should explore in Stirling?
Be sure to find time for Castle Campbell, the
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A Scotland Untour in Stirling? We Have Located our New Untour Here for 9 Reasons

on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:58
Stirling, home of the new Scotland Untour

We’re thrilled to announce our new Scotland Untour, with our first arrival dates this fall. Stay tuned for details or sign up to get first notice when it is ready to book. In the meantime, here is a little more about our homebase there, and the reasons we have chosen Stirling and its surrounding countryside to host our Untour.

1. Stirling is vibrant. Enjoy its cobbled shopping streets, art centers, parks, and cozy cafes and pubs. Stirling’s medieval old town will captivate you. You’ll find a strong sense of place in the city’s castles and parks.
2. Stirling is central. Located in the heart