Scottish Castle Experience 2021

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4 Days / 3 Nights (B 'n B)
Availability : May - October
Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

Scottish Castle Experience: 2 nts Aberdeen, 1 nt Forres

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book. 

Feel like a lord or lady as you wander through castles and manor houses. 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.

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS / MAX 16 GUESTS

Tour Details
Places you explore

Falkland Palace – The palace was the countryside home for many of the Stuart royalty who would come here 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.

Dunnottar Castle – This is the archetypical Scottish castle. Mysterious, ruined, and beautiful.

Dalwhinnie Distillery – The distillery that pairs delicious whisky with chocolate.

Loch Leven & Castle – Lochleven Castle is the famous prison fort to Mary Queen of Scots.

Pick Up Location & TIme

Edinburgh  (Google Map)
Check-in closes at 8:30am (tour departs at 8:45am) – Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ

Drop off Location & Time

Edinburgh
6:30pm

Price Includes

  • 3 night Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • Daily full Scottish breakfasts
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide

Meals

  • 3 breakfast
  • 0 lunches
  • 0 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Entry fees to visitor attraction
  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Explore in 16 seat mini-coaches, always taking the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving. Our driver-guides are world famous for their knowledge, facts, quirky stories, history, and fairy-tales. They truly take you beyond the guidebooks and into your adventure. You make your trip your own. We provide the timetable; and you can choose where you want to eat and which attractions you pay to see. So, if you want to skip a castle and read your book by a mountain view, you can.

Itinerary

Day 1Edinburgh - Aberdeen

You depart from Edinburgh, travel north, and cross the Queensferry Crossing into the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Your first visit of the day is Falkland Palace. This palace was built in the 16th century and is set in the medieval village of Falkland, which features in the television show, Outlander.

You continue to St Andrews where you have a chance to get lunch and explore the cobbled lanes and ancient university buildings.

Travelling north towards Aberdeen, you have a chance to admire the House of Dun, a beautiful Georgian mansion located within a woodland estate.

In the afternoon, you visit Dunnottar castle. This ruined cliff top fortress is one of Scotland’s megastars and adorns the front covers of travel magazines everywhere. So, it’s a great spot to take in the view and test your photo skills.

Day 2Aberdeen

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. Later on, you can have an opportunity to visit 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 to Aberdeen for another overnight. (B)

Day 3Aberdeen - Forres

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 Forres for your overnight stay. (B)

Day 4Forres - Edinburgh

You travel south through some of the most stunning scenery Scotland has to offer.

You pass Kingussie where you may have an opportunity for a quick photo stop at the Ruthven Barracks. From here, you continue to Dalwhinnie Distillery where you have the chance to taste the ‘Water of Life’. Dalwhinnie is the highest distillery in Scotland and takes its waters right from the source of the River Spey.

After a lunch stop in Pitlochry, you head to Loch Leven. In the middle of the loch you find Lochleven Castle*, a late 14th-century tower, which was the setting for the most traumatic year in the life of Mary Queen of Scots.

You can enjoy a boat ride over to the island and explore at your own leisure before we return over the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh. (B)

Dates and Prices
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: May 14 to October 8 – Friday $880 $970

All guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

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Notes
Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage: You’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

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