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4 Day Scottish Castle Experience

Explore the power and majesty of Scotland’s castles on this tour from Edinburgh to the Highlands. 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.




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Tour Highlights

  • 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 and 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 and Castle - Loch Leven Castle is the famous prison fort to Mary Queen of Scots
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Falkland Palace and St Andrews

Go on a private guided tour of the majestic Falkland Palace and walk the cobbled streets of the ‘home of golf’, 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.

Day 2 - Castle Fraser and Crathes Castle

Wander through the beautiful gardens of Castle Fraser and 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.

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 Aberdeen another overnight.

Day 3 - Fyvie Castle and Culloden

Admire the ancient tapestries at Fyvie Castle and 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 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.

Day 4 - Dalwhinnie Distillery and Loch Leven Castle

Sample whisky in the area it’s casked at the Dalwhinnie Distillery and travel by boat to visit the imposing Loch Leven Castle.

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.

Fife
49°
mostly cloudy
78% humidity
wind: 7mph E
H 58 • L 47
62°
Thu
66°
Fri
63°
Sat
65°
Sun
68°
Mon
Weather from Yahoo!

Important Information

  • Discounts for students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old).
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes.
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person.

Tour Inclusions

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
  • Air conditioning as standard.
  • The stories and services of a driver-guide.

Departure Information

  • Departs 09.00 – Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ.
  • Returns 18.30 approx.

Accommodation

  • We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre.
  • We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard.

B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

  • The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast.

B&B En/suite

  • The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price.

Hotels

  • Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals.
  • Breakfast is included in the price.

Hostels

  • A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds.
  • The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room.
  • Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals.
  • Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms.
  • Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).


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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