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Scottish Castle Experience Small Group: Edinburgh to Edinburgh

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 860

If majestic castles fill your visions of Scotland, this is the short Scotland tour of your dreams. A round trip from Edinburgh, it takes in Falkland Palace, the House of Dun, Royal Deeside, and Fyvie and Brodie Castles.


This small group experience (maximum 16 participants) gets you off the beaten track so you get a real feel for the country. Our guides are hand-picked for their pride and passion for their country. You choose your style of accommodation. Transportation is in modern Mercedes Benz mini-coaches.

This 5-day trip through Scotland focuses on the castles, gardens and palaces of this dramatic country.

Set out from Edinburgh, bound for the Kingdom of Fife. Explore Falkland Palace on a guided tour, and St. Andrews, the birthplace of both golf, and a modern Royal marriage. Stop in for photos at Dunnottar Castle, which partly inspired the movie Brave. The following day, explore the castles of Royal Deeside, including Castle Fraser, noted for its walled gardens. Then take a short respite from stone walls, visiting the Falls of Feugh, where you’ll enjoy a nature walk. Spend the afternoon at Crathes Castle, home to the ancient Horn of Leys.

Fyvie Castle is a highlight of the Turriff region, noted for its splendid armoury and tapestries. Enjoy lunch at Brodie Castle before you explore it proper, then follow the Clan Walk of Culloden, where once-warring Scottish clans are immortalised. On your final day, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Scotland, passing through Inverness, with a tour stop at the Dalwhinnie Distillery. Admire Loch Leven Castle, once the prison of Queen Mary of Scots. A boat ride takes you in for a closer look before your return to Edinburgh.


 

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Accommodation in Edinburgh

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    Jurys Inn Edinburgh



    Jurys Inn is one of the most centrally positioned hotels in Edinburgh, located just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. Our hotel in Edinburgh is less than a two-minute walk from Waverly Train Station ...

    Jurys Inn is one of the most centrally positioned hotels in Edinburgh, located just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. Our hotel in Edinburgh is less than a two-minute walk from Waverly Train Station and a 5-minute walk to Edinburgh Bus Station. Our prime city centre location also means that Jurys Inn guests are a short 15 minute walk from Holyrood Park, which is one of many Edinburgh gems that offers a "unique historic landscape" bursting with heritage and plenty of hills and 'crags' to explore.

    Whether you're looking for hotels in Edinburgh for business at the International Conference Centre, or touring Edinburgh Castle and the sights of historic Scotland's capital, our Edinburgh hotel ensures all your destinations are within easy - and always interesting - walking distance.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Coffee Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Hairdryers
    • Handicap accessible rooms
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lift/elevator
    • Meeting Facilities and Planners
    • Public Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service Limited Hours

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    Hilton Edinburgh Carlton



    Blending perfectly into the historic surroundings of the Royal Mile, Hilton Edinburgh Carlton is an iconic element of the city. The building dates back to 1900s and is part of the impressive North Bridge which links Edinburgh's Old and New town together, giving you easy ...

    Blending perfectly into the historic surroundings of the Royal Mile, Hilton Edinburgh Carlton is an iconic element of the city. The building dates back to 1900s and is part of the impressive North Bridge which links Edinburgh's Old and New town together, giving you easy access to countless shopping, dining and entertainment. Once one of Edinburgh's top department stores, the building was fully refurbished in 2016 to bring the décor back to its stylish best.

    Facilities

    • Baggage storage
    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Electric Service
    • Elevator
    • Fax
    • Fitness Rooms
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Printing Services
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Services
    • Valet Service

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    Nira Caledonia



    Nira Caledonia, the boutique hotel in Edinburgh Scotland, blends Bohemian chic with contemporary comfort. Amid the plush pelmets, rich textures and original cornices you will find flat-screen televisions, Nespresso coffee machines and iPod docking stations. You'll find warm, heartfelt service and a cool, quirky style. ...

    Nira Caledonia, the boutique hotel in Edinburgh Scotland, blends Bohemian chic with contemporary comfort. Amid the plush pelmets, rich textures and original cornices you will find flat-screen televisions, Nespresso coffee machines and iPod docking stations. You'll find warm, heartfelt service and a cool, quirky style. The cuisine at the Blackwood's Bar and Grill is natural, fresh and often organic, with ingredients farmed, caught, raised or bred in Scotland. With a friendly touch - and a touch of theatre - the hotel welcomes independent-minded travellers who prefer to go their own way.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Bar(s)
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Non-Smoking Property
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Parking Facilities (at cost)
    • Restaurant

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 860

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Day 1

Edinburgh Train Station to Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Stay Central Hotel

Located in the heart of Cowgate in Edinburgh, Stay Central Hotel offers easy access to several entertainment venues in the lively city. They offer 37 refurbished rooms fit for two to six guests, providing guests a good night's sleep after a long day of exploring the city. Stay Central Hotel guest rooms provide just the right amount of amenities so guests can lay down their heads for a few hours before hitting the pavement again the next morning. A central location near the Royal Mile means all of the best sights of Edinburgh are nearby.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Stay Central Hotel

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    Stay Central Hotel



    Located in the heart of Cowgate in Edinburgh, Stay Central Hotel offers easy access to several entertainment venues in the lively city. They offer 37 refurbished rooms fit for two to six guests, providing guests a good night's sleep after a long day of exploring ...

    Located in the heart of Cowgate in Edinburgh, Stay Central Hotel offers easy access to several entertainment venues in the lively city. They offer 37 refurbished rooms fit for two to six guests, providing guests a good night's sleep after a long day of exploring the city. Stay Central Hotel guest rooms provide just the right amount of amenities so guests can lay down their heads for a few hours before hitting the pavement again the next morning. A central location near the Royal Mile means all of the best sights of Edinburgh are nearby.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Non-Smoking Property
    • Wakeup Calls Available

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Day 2

Falkland Palace and House of Dun

Please make your own way to the starting point at Rabbie's Café (Waterloo Place, Edinburgh) for the 9:00am departure. Ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes early.

Leaving the World Heritage City of Edinburgh and travel north, crossing the Forth Road Bridge into the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Your first visit of the day will be Falkland Palace, where during a private, guided tour you will be able to discover more of this pretty Royal Palace. Built between 1502 and 1541, it is set in the heart of the unique medieval village of Falkland and has been the residence and hunting lodge of eight Stuart monarchs. Highlight of the visit will be to see the Real Tennis court, built in 1539! You continue to St Andrews and during a town walk, your guide will tell you more about its past and more recent history. Its connection to the patron Saint of Scotland, birthplace of Golf, ancient University town and matchmaker to a Royal couple - there is a lot to see! Your afternoon visit will be at the House of Dun near Montrose. This beautiful Georgian house, overlooking Montrose Basin, was built in 1730. It features superb plasterwork and now houses the Hutchison collection of Scottish colourists and the Stirling collection of furniture, ranging from the 18th century to the 1960s. On route to Aberdeen you will make a photo stop at Dunnottar Castle, a dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress in a truly stunning setting. Dunnottar is where they filmed Hamlet's Macbeth and provided inspiration for Disney Pixar's movie "Brave". From here you continue to Thainstone House Hotel where you will stay for 2 nights

Duration2 Nights
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Thainstone House

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    Thainstone House



    Thainstone House is a grand family home and hotel in Inverurie, near Aberdeen. The house dates back to the 18th century and has a rich history as both a grand private home and as a much loved Aberdeenshire landmark. Now lovingly restored, this elegant Aberdeen ...

    Thainstone House is a grand family home and hotel in Inverurie, near Aberdeen. The house dates back to the 18th century and has a rich history as both a grand private home and as a much loved Aberdeenshire landmark. Now lovingly restored, this elegant Aberdeen hotel welcomes its guests with traditional Scottish hospitality. Set in the heart of Aberdeenshire amongst 44 acres of woodland and parkland, Thainstone House is minutes from the vibrant town of Inverurie and close to Aberdeen Airport. Also with great rail links to and from Aberdeen city centre and the airport, it is perfect for short breaks and makes an ideal business accommodation choice

    Facilities

    • Banquet Facilities
    • Bar
    • Beauty Treatments
    • Conference Centre
    • Disabled Facilities
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Free Parking
    • Front desk safe
    • Games Room
    • Gym
    • Hot Tub
    • Lounge
    • Pets Accepted
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Swimming Pool
    • Welcome Tea Tray
    • WiFi

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Day 3

Royal Deeside

Today will be spent in the Royal Deeside area, famous for its many castles. Your first visit 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 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. Maybe take a short nature walk in Glen Tanar or the Burn o' Vat. Lunch stop 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 given in 1323 by Robert the Bruce are just a few of the features of this historic castle. You are free to explore the house and the stunning gardens at your own pace.The gardens stay green irrespective of the time of year, as with the ancient yew hedges that frame the upper parts of the gardens, particularly the fountain and rose gardens. 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 Thainstone House Hotel later for another overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Fyvie and Brodie Castles

Your tour heads further north today and starts the day with a visit to Fyvie Castle near Turriff, which will open its doors especially for our party at 9.30. Fyvie Castle dates back to the 13th century and has a fine collection of arms and armour as well as 17th century tapestries and opulent Edwardian interiors.You then continue, travelling through beautiful scenery and on to Nairn, where lunch will be taken at nearby Brodie Castle. Then you have time to explore the castle further. Dating from the 16th century, this imposing castle stands in rich Morayshire parkland. It has unusual plasterwork and a major art collection and tells the fascinating story of the Brodie family. In the afternoon you will be able to 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 with a special Insignia Stone. The Clans are represented with their individual Crest and personal inscription. After the visit you continue to Knockomie House Hotel. A dinner for our group will be held tonight in one of the private rooms.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Knockomie Hotel

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    Knockomie Hotel



    Set in Four acres of gardens this Family-run, award winning Country Hotel was built in 1821 and is located south of Forres. Knockomie Hotel is amongst a new generation of romantic, luxury Scottish Highland Hotels, providing friendly, honest and unstuffy service. Situated four miles from ...

    Set in Four acres of gardens this Family-run, award winning Country Hotel was built in 1821 and is located south of Forres. Knockomie Hotel is amongst a new generation of romantic, luxury Scottish Highland Hotels, providing friendly, honest and unstuffy service. Situated four miles from the Moray coast and the world famous village of Findhorn, Knockomie is perfectly placed in intimate surroundings for a relaxing and special break. In 1812 a villa was built which is where the Cockburn Room is situated. In late 1986 the country house was sold to open as a hotel and in November 1987 the Ellis Family purchased the hotel, which at that stage had 7 bedrooms. Since then it has been developed slowly and in 1993 a new extension was built on providing another bedrooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry
    • Non Smoking Property
    • Restaurant
    • Wakeup Calls Available

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Day 5

Loch Leven and Return to Edinburgh

Travel through some of the most stunning scenery Scotland has to offer, passing Inverness and Kingussie on the way to your stop at Dalwhinnie Distillery for a tour. Head to Loch Leven in Kinross, where you will find Loch Leven Castle, famous for its imprisonment of Queen Mary of Scots. Enjoy a boat ride to the castle before returning to Edinburgh in the evening. The tour concludes back at Rabbie's Café (around 6:30pm), and you are free to make onward arrangements from here.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2017: May 4, 18; Jun 8, 29; Jul 20; Aug 17;  Sep 7, 21; Oct 5.
2018: Apr 26; May 10, 24; Jun 7, 21; Jul 5, 19; Aug 2, 16, 30

PRICE INCLUDES:

Transportation in an air conditioned Mercedes mini-coach with a maximum of 16 passengers, services of a professional driver/guide, all ferry and bridge crossings, private 3 course farewell dinner at Knockomie House, breakfast daily, plus entrance fees and tours (guided and self-guided) at Falkland Palace, House of Dun, Castle Fraser, Crathes Castle, Fyvie Castle, Brodie Castle, Culloden, Dalwhinnie Distillery, and Loch Leven Boat trip and Castle.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

All beverages, other meals, gratuities, and items of a personal nature.

OTHER INFORMATION:

The program may be subject to change. Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15kg) and one carry-on bag per person.

Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. If you have mobility problems or special requirements please let us know when booking.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share and include all taxes. Subject to availability.

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