Scottish Castles Experience 2024/2025

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

Scottish Castles Experience: 2 nts Aberdeen, 1 nt Nairn

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 through glens and mountain passes. You visit Scotland’s most impressive castles, tower forts, and palaces. And you even get a chance to visit a distillery that was started by one of the pioneering women in the whisky industry.

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 – Once you’ve seen these moody mountains, tumbling rivers, and sweeping moors; you’ll understand why this land stole Queen Victoria’s heart and was a peaceful retreat for Queen Elizabeth II.

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

Blair Castle – Gardens, antlers, and gory battles: delve into Scottish history at this famous castle.

Cardhu Distillery –  The first distillery pioneered by a woman, Helen Cumming.

Culloden –  A sad place to visit. It’s the location of a tragic Outlander scene, and a catastrophic battle between Jacobites and Government troops.

Pick Up Location & TIme

Edinburgh  (Google Map)
Check-in closes at 08:30 (tour departs at 08:45) – 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
  • Admission to Falkland Palace
  • Admission to Castle Fraser
  • Admission to Crathes Castle
  • Admission to Fyvie Castle
  • Admission to Culloden Visitor Centre, Museum & Battlefield
  • Admission to Blair Castle and Garden
  • Flavour Journey tour and Tasting at Cardhu Distillery

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

  • Peer beyond the walls of Falkland Palace and find out why Mary Queen of Scots loved it
  • Walk the cobbled streets of the ‘Home of Golf’, St Andrews

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. It started as a hunting lodge for the Scottish kings and was later transformed into a more lavish place. When Mary Queen of Scots stayed here, she would…. play tennis on the world’s oldest tennis court, which you can still see in the palace gardens. Follow in the footsteps of this tragic heroine and explore the medieval village of Falkland, which also 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.

In the afternoon, you keep travelling north and 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.

You spend your night in Aberdeen.

Day 2Aberdeen

  • Wander through the beautiful gardens of Castle Fraser
  • Relive the mysterious tales of Crathes Castle

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, you travel to Ballater for lunch, a charming village with close associations with the British royal family.

Crathes Castle provides the highlight for your afternoon. With its pinkish façade, turrets, and a colourful garden, it looks like a fairytale castle, but it’s also haunted by the Green Lady.

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 - Nairn

  • Admire the ancient tapestries at Fyvie Castle
  • Learn about Britain’s last land-fought battle at Culloden

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 to Elgin, where you have lunch. If you are a history lover, make sure to marvel at the intricated carvings of a weathered Pictish stone, standing on the grounds of the ruined Elgin Cathedral.

In the afternoon, we continue to Culloden Battlefield, where the final Jacobite Rising came to a harrowing end, bringing on the persecution of the Highland way of life. Walk around this eerie, flat, and tragic landscape and pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the last battle fought on British soil.

After the visit, you continue to Nairn for your overnight stay. (B)

Day 4Nairn - Edinburgh

  • Sample whisky at the heart of the Speyside Region
  • Step into Scottish history at Blair Castle

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

First, you can sample the rich and slightly fruity whisky at Cardhu, which is the first distillery pioneered by a woman, Helen Cumming.

You pass Kingussie, where you may have an opportunity for a quick photo stop at the Ruthven Barracks. From here, you continue south to Blair Castle. As you explore this historic site, learn about Mary Queen of Scots, discover a ballroom adorned with 175 antlers, roam the 9-acre Georgian garden, and have lunch.

Then, you continue your journey through the lush landscapes of Perthshire, home to some of the most remarkable woodlands, and have a break in one of the picturesque towns. 

You return over the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh in the evening. (B)

*Itinerary and distillery visits are subject to change.

Dates and Prices - Authentic Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: June to September – Friday $1,230 $1,370
2024: October  – Friday $1,200 $1,330
2025: April to May – Friday $1,340 $1,510
2025: June to September – Friday $1,410 $1,580
2025: October  – Friday $1,340 $1,510

All guaranteed departures.

Dates and Prices - Hotel accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: June to September  – Friday  $1,390 $1,560
2024: October  – Friday $1,360 $1,520
2025: April to May – Friday $1,560 $1,900
2025: June to September  – Friday $1,620 $1,960
2025: October  – Friday $1,560 $1,900

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.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

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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