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4 Day Beautiful Scottish Castle’s Tour

On this tour, you get to experience the many impressive castles, towers and palaces that Scotland has to offer. Relive the steps of famous kings and queens before you, and follow the footsteps of those who fought battles. But it’s not all treachery and conceit, there’s also a chance to take a boat trip on a stunning loch and a wonderful whisky tour, where you’ll be able to taste Scotland’s famous tipple.

So, why not join us and sample Scotland’s royal history and medieval past.

Tour Highlights

  • Brodie Castle was the ancestral home to the Brodie Clan for over 400 years until 1980.
  • The windswept moors were the location of the Battle of Culloden in 1746.
  • Royal Deeside is In the north east of Scotland, and is both picturesque and mountainous.
  • Loch Leven Castle is the famous prison tower where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567.
  • Dalwhinnie Distillery is set within splendid mountain scenery, the distillery produces Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
  • Set at the foot of the Lomond Hills, Falkland Palace was the countryside home for many of the Stuart royalty.
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Edinburgh, Falkland Palace, House of Dun and Dunnottar Castle

Day 2

Castle Fraser and Crathes Castle

Day 3

Fyvie Castle, Brodie Castle, Culloden Visitor Centre and Culloden

Day 4

Ruthven Barracks, Dalwhinnie Distillery and Loch Leven Castle

Day 1

Setting off from Edinburgh, you’ll journey north, crossing the Forth Road Bridge into the historic Kingdom of Fife. Your first destination of the day is Falkland Palace and Gardens, once the main residence of the old Royal family of Scotland. Enjoy a private guided tour where you’ll discover more about this beautiful Royal Palace.

Travelling through splendid rolling countryside you’ll continue to St Andrews where you’ll have the opportunity to have lunch.

Following on from lunch, you’ll next stop at the House of Dun near Montrose. A wonderful Georgian house built in 1730. Travelling next to Aberdeen, you’ll have a photo opportunity at Dunnottar Castle, a dramatic ruined cliff top fortress.

Your final destination of the day is the Thainstone House Hotel, a lovely 18th century mansion house. This will be your comfortable accommodation for two nights.

Day 2

Setting off after breakfast, your first destination is Castle Fraser, a particularly grand Scottish baronial tower house, set within a beautiful 18th century walled garden. Your tour continues onto Banchory, with the possibility of spotting salmon jumping at the Falls of Feugh.

You’ll stop for lunch at Ballater before your next stop at Crathes Castle. Set within stunning manicured gardens, this 16th century castle has much to admire.

Take your time exploring the turreted castle and wonderful gardens at your own pace. Don’t miss the Horn of Leys, given to the Burnett family in the 14th century by Robert the Bruce.

After a glorious day, you’ll return to Thainstone House Hotel for the night.

Day 3

Your tour on day 3 begins by travelling further north before arriving at Fyvie Castle. This impressive castle dates to the 13th century and is full of armour and fabulous paintings. There is also a beautiful lake set within the gardens.

After travelling through the gorgeous scenery, you’ll arrive at Nairn before stopping for lunch at nearby Brodie Castle. Take some time to discover all that the castle built in 1567 has to offer.

When the afternoon arrives, you may enjoy a wander along the Clan Walk at the Culloden Visitor Centre. It was designed to commemorate the Scottish Clans and their clansmen who fought at the battle of Culloden.

You’ll leave Culloden behind as you continue your journey to your destination for the night at the Knockomie House Hotel, where a dinner will be prepared for you and your fellow travellers in one of their private rooms.

Day 4

After breakfast, the tour travels south through some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery, passing by Inverness, then travelling to Kingussie for a photo opportunity at the Ruthven Barracks.

Carrying on from here, your next destination is the wonderful Dalwhinnie Distillery, the highest Distillery in Scotland. The distillery was founded in 1898 and it produces Single Malt Scotch Whisky, using the local elements of clear spring water and peat.

In Pitlochry, you’ll enjoy lunch before heading on to Loch Leven. The 14th century Loch Leven Castle rests within the loch and is where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned.

You’ll take a short boat trip to the castle and have time to explore the architecture and island at your own perusal.

After enjoying your final highlight of the tour, you’ll once again board the coach for your return journey to the city of Edinburgh.

Important information

  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person

Departure Dates

18/08/17, 08/09/17, 22/09/17, 06/10/17
Departs 9.am – Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Returns 6.30pm approx
Discounts for Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old)

Tour inclusions

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an experienced driver-guide
  • Tour Accommodation
  • One night’s dinner
  • Entrances to Falkland Palace, the House of Dun, Castle Fraser, Crathes Castle, Fyvie Castle, Culloden Visitor Centre, Dalwhinnie Distillery, and Loch Leven Castle


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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