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Rabbie's Award Winning Small Group Tours

Scottish Castle Experience

.Private Tour Falkland Palace
~ Royal Deeside
~ Brodie Castle & Culloden
~ Dalwhinnie Distillery
~ Loch Leven and Castle
~ Castle Style Accommodation
~ Farewell Castle Dinner

Experience some the magical castles and scenes that inspired Disney Pixar's new animation "Brave", premiering this summer. "Brave" promises to be one of the biggest blockbusters of all time, showcasing Scotland's culture, storytelling and legends.
This 4 day castles, legends and history tour takes you on a wonderful and unique journey around Scotland. From Edinburgh to the east coast, along the castle trail of the Royal Deeside and into the Highlands. From here you will visit Scotland's highest Whisky Distillery and back into the Kingdom of Fife finishing the tour with a boat trip on Loch Leven, following the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots.

Stay like a lord or lady in Ardoe House Hotel near Aberdeen for 2 nights and 1 night at Mansfield Castle Hotel north of Inverness, where a farewell banquet dinner is included in the package.

Departs: 09.00 Returns: 18.30 approx.

Hotel Package Sharing Adult: £490 Children: £392

Hotel Package Single Adult: £590

Departing: 22/06 and 14/09


You can email us to book at tours@rabbies.com

or call us on: 0131 226 3133 (8am to 10pm)

Full Itinerary      

Day 1 You depart from the World Heritage City of Edinburgh and travel north, crossing the Forth Road Bridge into the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Your first visit of the day will be Falkland Palace, where during a private, guided tour you will be able to discover more of this Renaissance Royal Palace. Built between 1502 and 1541, it is set in the heart of the unique medieval village of Falkland and has been residence and hunting lodge of eight Stuart monarchs. Highlight of the visit will be to see the Real Tennis court, built in 1539!

You continue to St Andrews and during a town walk your guide will tell you more about its past and more recent history. Its connection to the patron Saint of Scotland, birthplace of Golf, ancient University town and matchmaker to a Royal couple – there is a lot to see! Your afternoon visit will be to the House of Dun near Montrose. This beautiful Georgian house, overlooking Montrose Basin, was built in 1730. It features superb plasterwork and now houses the Hutchison collection of Scottish colourists and the Stirling collection of furniture, ranging from the 18th century to the 1960s. On route to Aberdeen you can enjoy a photo stop at Dunnottar Castle, a dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress in a truly stunning setting, and the setting for scenes from "Hamlet". From here you continue to Ardoe House Hotel, a lovely 19th century mansion house, where you will stay for 2 nights.

Day 2 Today will be spent in the Royal Deeside area, famous for its many castles.Your first visit will be Castle Fraser, one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses. Begun in 1575, the present castle contains an evocative Great Hall, fine furniture and many Fraser family portraits. Round the visit off with a walk through the beautiful 18th-century walled garden. You continue to Braemar where you can visit the Salmon Ladder and take a short nature walk in Glen Tanar or the Glen of Vat. You can enjoy lunch in Ballater before tarvelling on to Crathes Castle. Turrets, gargoyles and the ancient Horn of Leys given in 1323 by Robert the Bruce are just a few of the features of this historic highlight.

You will be free to explore the house and the stunning gardens at at your own pace. The gardens stay green irrespective of the time of year and the ancient yew hedges frame the fountain and rose gardens.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 Ardoe House Hotel later for another overnight.

Day 3 Your tour continues further north with a visit to Leith Hall Garden and Estate, at Kennethmont near Huntley, which will open its doors especially for your group. Leith Hall was built over three centuries, starting in 1650, and remained the home of the Leith-Hay family until the mid-20th century. You then continue, travelling through beautiful scenery and on to Nairn where lunch will be taken at nearby Brodie Castle. Then you have time to explore this castle further. Dating from the 16th century, this imposing castle stands in rich Morayshire parkland. It has very unusual plasterwork and a major art collection and tells the fascinating story of the Brodie family. On route to your hotel in Tain you make a stop at Culloden, to take the Culloden Walk. The Clan Stone Walkway is designed to commemorate the Scottish Clans and their clansmen who fought at the battle of Culloden with a special INSIGNIA Stone. The Clans are represented with their individual Crest and preferred personal inscription. Culloden was the last battle to take place on British soil, back in 1746.

After your visit here you continue to Mansfield Castle Hotel. A private dinner for your group will be held tonight in one of the castle’s private rooms.

Day 4 You return south through some of the most stunning scenery Scotland has to offer. Passing through Inverness and down to Kingussie where you can enjoy a photo stop at the Ruthven Barracks. From here your tour continues 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 in your tour and you will also have the chance to taste the ‘Water of Life’.

After a lunch stop at Pitlochry Loch Leven beckons. 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. It was in 1567 that she was imprisoned and forced to abdicate before her dramatic escape a year later. You can enjoy the boat trip over to her island prison, following in her footsteps and explore the island and tower house.

Finally it is time to return back to Edinburgh, arriving around 18.30.

Departure Point
207 High St, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.

Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour.
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life.
Forced air ventilation as standard.
Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide
All ferry and bridge crossings.
Rabbie's Discount Card - money off restaurants, shopping and attractions.
Private 3 course farewell dinner at Mansfield Castle.
Entrances and tours (guided and self guided) at Falkland Palace, House of Dun, Castle Fraser, Crathes Castle, Leith Hall, Brodie Castle, Culodden, Dalwhinnie Distillery, Loch Leven Boat trip and Castle.

Lunch and refreshments.
Dinner on the first 2 nights of the tour at Ardoe House Hotel.
Drinks during the Dinner at Mansfield Castle.

Accommodation in Castle Style Hotels is included with this tour. Overnight has been reserved for 2 nights at 4* Ardoe House on Bed&Breakfast basis. The third overnight of the tour is at 3* Mansfield Castle and includes dinner and breakfast.

Discount Price
Children between 5 and 16.

Important information
Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. If you have mobility problems or special requirements please let us know when booking.


Photography Credits: Brian Forbes, Bert Kaufmann, Ikiwaner,Jonathan Oldenbuck.