Explore the power and majesty of Scotland’s castles on this tour from Edinburgh to the Highlands.
Falkland Palace - The palace was the countryside home for many of the Stuart royalty. They would make use of the woodland areas in the vicinity to hunt.
Royal Deeside - The Royal family’s beloved stunning hill land area of the north east.
Brodie Castle & Culloden - A 16th century mansion that belonged to the Brodie Clan until 1980. And Culloden moor is the resting place of those lost in the final land battle to have taken place in Great Britain .
Dalwhinnie Distillery - The distillery that pairs delicious whisky with chocolate.
Loch Leven & Castle - Loch Leven Castle is the famous prison fort to Mary Queen of Scots.
Sleep like a lord or lady as you stay in a castle and a manor house. Stride ancient battlefields like a sword-wielding Highlander. And relive Scotland’s history defining moments of conceit and treachery as you listen to your driver-guide’s epic tales.
On this tour, you’ll join the ranks of esteemed history lovers while you travel over sea, loch, and glen. You visit Scotland’s most impressive castles, tower forts, and palaces. And you even get a chance to take a boat trip and visit Scotland’s highest whisky distillery.
This tour is your ticket into Scotland’s medieval past and royal history.
Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
You depart from the city of Edinburgh and travel north, crossing the Forth Road Bridge into the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Your first visit of the day is Falkland Palace, and on a private, guided tour you can discover more of this beautiful Royal Palace.
You continue to St Andrews where you have a chance to get lunch.
Your afternoon visit is at the House of Dun near Montrose. This beautiful Georgian house was built in 1730. On route to Aberdeen you make a photo stop at Dunnottar Castle, a dramatic ruined cliff top fortress.
From here, you continue to Thainstone House Hotel, a lovely 18th century mansion house, where you stay for two nights.
Today is spent in the Royal Deeside area, famous for its many castles.
Your first visit is Castle Fraser, one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses. You can round the visit off with a walk through the beautiful 18th century walled garden. The tour continues to Banchory where you might be able to see salmon jumping at the Falls of Feugh.
Lunch is at Ballater, before continuing with your afternoon programme. Crathes Castle provides the highlight for the afternoon. Turrets, gargoyles, and the ancient Horn of Leys are just a few of the features of this historic castle.
You’re free to explore the house and stunning gardens at your own pace. Wandering through the outstanding, world-renowned June Borders, beautiful vistas of the castle can be seen through the fusion of colourful flowers.
You return back to Thainstone House Hotel for another overnight.
Your tour heads further north and starts the day with a visit to Fyvie Castle. Fyvie Castle dates back to the 13th century and has a fine collection of arms and armour as well as 17th century tapestries.
You continue, travelling through beautiful scenery and on to Nairn, where lunch will be taken at nearby Brodie Castle. You have time to explore this imposing castle’s unusual plasterwork and art collection.
In the afternoon, you can take the Clan Walk at the Culloden Visitor Centre. The Clan Stone Walkway is designed to commemorate the Scottish Clans and their clansmen who fought at the battle of Culloden.
After the visit, you continue to Knockomie House Hotel. A dinner for our group will be held tonight in one of the private rooms.
You travel south through some of the most stunning scenery Scotland has to offer.
You pass Inverness and travel to Kingussie for a photo stop at the Ruthven Barracks. From here, you continue to Dalwhinnie Distillery. Dalwhinnie is the highest Distillery in Scotland and takes its waters right from the source of the River Spey. A tour of the distillery is included and you have the chance to taste the ‘Water of Life’.
After a lunch stop in Pitlochry, you head to Loch Leven. In the middle of the Loch you find Loch Leven Castle, a late 14th century tower, which was the setting for the most traumatic year in the life of Mary Queen of Scots.
You enjoy a short boat ride over to the castle, following in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots. You can explore the island and tower house at your own leisure, before returning back to Edinburgh.
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On tours departing in 2017, accommodation in castle and country house style hotels is pre-booked. Overnights will be reserved for two nights at 4* Thainstone House on Bed & Breakfast basis. The third overnight of the tour is at 4* Knockomie House and includes dinner and breakfast.
On 9th June and 22nd September departures, tours will stay at Thainstone House for one night and Knockomie Hotel for two nights
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