Shieldhill Castle sits conveniently between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Set in the romantic upper Clyde Valley, this 800-year-old fortress a perfect starting point for your Scotland hot air balloon ride over the rolling South Lanarkshire countryside.
Our closest hot air balloon rides near Glasgow, admire the beautiful hills and valleys of Biggar and Lanark as you rise up, up and away from this historic spot.
Flying south over Biggar, you may spot a few museums such as Moat Park Heritage Centre and Lamington Chapel. Home to six of the finest museums in Scotland, some call Biggar Scotland’s ‘Museum Town.’
You may float over the 10-acre Biggar Park Garden, so keep your eyes peeled for the pools, small Japanese garden and other eye-catching features.
Or the wind could guide your hot air balloon directly over Dawyck Botanic Gardens, with its North American trees standing over 40 metres tall.
Depending on the time of year you travel, you may catch one of the many events that take place in the Biggar’s show field. The Biggar Show is held in July while the Biggar Rally, with hundreds of vintage vehicles on display, has taken place annually for more than 40 years.
A journey north could offer views hot air balloon ride towards Glasgow and Lanark, while a southerly wind will take you into the centre of Clyde Valley.
Whichever way the wind blows, you’ll be sure to have an enchanting hot air balloon ride journey, viewing the beautiful Scottish landscape from a unique perspective.
Now a luxury hotel, Shieldhill Castle has a lovely restaurant where cooked breakfasts are served using locally sourced produce – perfect for a post-flight breakfast or afternoon tea before a sunset balloon ride.
Pilot Chris Aindow flies our big red Virgin balloon in the Lake District and southern Scotland.
From Edinburgh (28 miles)
Take the A702 (Carlisle) for one mile beyond Dolphinton and turn right onto the A721 Glasgow. Just beyond Elsrickle turn left for Biggar. After 200 yards turn right (no sign) and at the end of the road turn left and then right onto Shieldhill Road. After 1.5 miles, Shieldhill Castle is on the right. From Glasgow (30 miles)
Take the M8 (Edinburgh) to Junction 6 and the A73 to Lanark. In Carluke, turn left onto the A721 for Peebles. In Carnwath, turn right at the traffic lights towards Biggar. After 4 miles turn right again for Quothquan and continue to end of road turn, before turning left into Shieldhill Road. Shieldhill Castle is 1.5 miles on the Left.