Trips for Brave hearts

Princess Merida is the feisty star of Disney/Pixar's Brave. (Pixar/Handout)

Princess Merida is the feisty star of Disney/Pixar's Brave. (Pixar/Handout)

ROBIN ROBINSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:52 PM ET

If you have children, you have likely already seen, or at least heard of, Brave -- the latest 3D fantasy-adventure from Disney-Pixar.

Brave is set in the Scottish Highlands -- a place of myth, mystery, royal connections and epic battles long before the exploits of the film's feisty Princess Merida.

Families will little fans who want follow in Merida's footsteps may want to check out Visit Scotland's Brave micro-site, where they will find new self-guided driving itineraries designed to help visitors explore the real places that inspired the film. The suggested routes are centred around themes such as Ancient Scotland, Myths and Legends and Scottish Castles.

In addition, Visit Scotland has dozens of suggestions for Brave-related travel experiences with links to tours, attractions, etc.

See visitscotland.com/brave.

More Brave Experiences

For those who would like to immerse themselves more fully the Brave experience, there are also film-themed touring packages.

For example, small group tour operator, Rabbie's Trail Burners, has a four-day "Scottish Castle Experience" departing Sept. 14. Highlights include castle-style accommodation, daily breakfast, a private tour of Falkland Palace, visits to Royal Deeside, Brodie Castle and Culloden, Dalwhinnie Distillery, Loch Leven and Castle, and a farewell castle banquet. See rabbies.com.

And Royal Scottish Tours has Brave Adventure 2012 family driving packages that include seven-nights' accommodation, including one night in a beautiful Scottish castle hotel. See royalscottishtours.com.


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