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Scottish Highlands 4-Day Castle Tour From Edinburgh

Sightseeing ToursCulture & HistoryHistory & HeritageMeet the LocalsNature & AdventureNature & PanoramaFood & DrinksOff the beaten trackEco CertifiedMedium-risk activities

Explore the power and majesty of Scotland’s castles on this tour from Edinburgh to the Highlands. Travel in comfort through beautiful countryside on this luxury, small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people.

Highlights

  • Visit beautiful palaces, mansions and countryside homes
  • Explore stunning castles in picturesque settings
  • Admire Scotland's finest natural scenery
  • Taste whiskey at the Dalwhinnie Distillery
  • Stay in small, locally owned guesthouses and B&Bs

Description

Day 1: Depart from Edinburgh and travel north into the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Visit Falkland Palace, built in the 16th century and is set in the medieval village of Falkland. Continue to St Andrews and explore the cobbled lanes and ancient university buildings. Travel north towards Aberdeen and admire the House of Dun, a beautiful Georgian mansion located within a woodland estate. In the afternoon, visit Dunnottar castle - a ruined fortress on the top of the cliffs. Day 2: Spend the day in the Royal Deeside area, famous for its many castles. Visit Castle Fraser, one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses. Round off your visit with a walk through the beautiful 18th century walled garden. Later on, visit Banchory and look for salmon jumping at the Falls of Feugh. After lunch, explore the house and stunning gardens of Crathes Castle at your own pace. Wander through the outstanding, world-renowned June Borders, and admire beautiful vistas of the castle through the fusion of colourful flowers. Return back to Aberdeen for the night. Day 3: Heads further north and start the day with a visit to Fyvie Castle dating back to the 13th century and holding a fine collection of arms and armour as well as 17th century tapestries. Continue on and travel through beautiful scenery towards Nairn, and enjoy a lunch at nearby Brodie Castle. Explore this imposing castle’s unusual plasterwork and art collection. In the afternoon, take The Clan Stone Walkway which was designed to commemorate the Scottish Clans and their clansmen who fought at the battle of Culloden. After the visit, continue to Forres for your overnight stay. Day 4: Travel south through some of the most stunning scenery Scotland has to offer to Dalwhinnie Distillery and taste the ‘Water of Life’. After a lunch stop in Pitlochry,  head to Loch Leven. In the middle of the loch you will 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. Enjoy a boat ride over to the island and explore at your own leisure before you return back over the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh.

Includes

Tour transport in a luxury 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach Driver/guide Bed and breakfast accommodation (3 nights)
Meals Refreshments Visitor attractions

Important Information

  • Return time - approximately 18:30
  • Transportation by the top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach for a more personal experience
  • Time off the bus will give you opportunities to take nature walks.
  • You're restricted to 14 kg (31 lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. 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) plus a small bag for onboard personal items
  • Accommodation: Choose from a selection of small, locally owned guesthouses and B&Bs. All rooms are en-suite. For individual travelers, please select the single accommodation option. For 2 or more people traveling together, please choose the twin room shared option
  • Bringing a waterproof jacket and suitable footwear for short walks is recommended
  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years

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