Scottish Castle Experience
For individuals and small groups
Experience the magical castles and breathtaking Scottish scenery on this castles, legends and history tour. Greatdays invites you to join us 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. You will visit Scotland’s highest Whisky Distillery and finish the tour with a boat trip on Loch Leven, following the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots.
Limited dates available during 2019
Welcome to Scotland
Arrive at Edinburgh Airport where your chauffeur will meet you and take you to your centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to rest and relax.
Start your day with a guided walking tour of the Royal Mile and learn the secrets of Edinburgh’s historic past. Then visit the Castle that dominates Scotland’s capital city from its great rock and discover its story. The afternoon is at your leisure.
Falkland Palace, St Andrews and the House of Dun
This morning you will join the rest of the group and start your Scottish Castle adventure travelling north into the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Your first visit will be Falkland Palace, the residence and hunting lodge of eight Stuart monarchs. You will then continue to St Andrews, birthplace of Golf, ancient University town and matchmaker to a Royal couple. Your afternoon visit will be at the House of Dun near Montrose, a beautiful Georgian house built in 1730. Overnight at a 3 star standard hotel in Aberdeen for 2 nights.
Castle Fraser and Crathes Castle
This morning, your first stop 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. You might be able to see salmon jumping at the Falls of Feugh before your lunch stop at Ballater. You will spend this afternoon at Crathes Castle where 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 castle.
Fyvie Castle, Clan Walk and Brodie Castle
Your tour heads further north today and starts the day with a visit to Fyvie Castle near Turriff. You then continue, travelling through beautiful scenery and on to Nairn, where lunch will be taken at nearby Brodie Castle. You will have free time to explore the Castle on your own. In the afternoon you will take the Clan Walk at the Culloden Visitor Centre. The Clan Stone Walkway was designed to commemorate the Scottish Clans and their clansmen who fought at the battle of Culloden. After the visit you continue to a 3 star standard hotel in the Forres area for your overnight accommodation.
Dalwhinnie Distillery and Loch Leven Castle
Today you will travel south again to Kingussie for a photo stop at the Ruthven Barracks. From here you continue to Dalwhinnie Distillery where you will have a 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 by Kinross. 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 will enjoy a short boat ride over to the Castle, following in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots. Then explore the island and tower house at your leisure, before returning back to Edinburgh.
Private transfer to the airport for your return flight home or extensions on an individual basis.