Scotland: Castles and Palaces of the Highlands17th Jul 2024

Scotland: Castles and Palaces of the Highlands

From:£1,395

Summary

This tour takes us through some of the most stunning and dramatic landscapes of Scotland. We head north to the charming village of Blair Atholl, where we find Blair Castle nestled in the secluded Perthshire countryside. The castle is the ancestral home to Clan Murray and the historical seat of the Dukes of Atholl. We then skirt around the western edge of the Cairngorms National Park to our Speyside hotel. From here we have a compilation of castles on our itinerary including the privately owned Ballindalloch Castle, château-style Dunrobin Castle and blush-coloured Brodie Castle.  We also stand in awe beneath the mighty ramparts of Fort George, one of the most impressive fortifications in Europe. The highlight of the tour is our visit to Cawdor Castle, immortalised in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth as the scene of Duncan's murder. We are delighted to be joined here by Lady Cawdor for a private drinks reception when we will find out what life in the castle is really like. Our final visit is to Scone Palace, which during its history has been the seat of parliaments as well as the crowning place of the Kings of Scots. Here we will be joined by Head Gardener (and ‘Beechgrove Garden’ presenter) Brian Cunningham for a private guided tour of the gardens followed by lunch.

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5 Days

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Deposit£125

Full Price£1395

(excludes flights)

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£1,395

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What to Expect

  • Meet and Greet with Lady Cawdor at Cawdor Castle
  • Lunch and Guided tour of the Gardens at Scone Palace with Brian Cunningham*
  • Visits to Blair Castle, Ballindalloch Castle, Brodie Castle and Dunrobin Castle and Scone Palace


Blair Castle

Departure Routes

LocationPickup TimeDropoff Time
To be advised00:0000:00
Glasgow - Bus Stop on North Hanover Street, opposite Queen Street station08:1517:45
Edinburgh -Outside Reception of the Delta by Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Road09:3016:30
Dunfermline - Halbeath Park & Ride, Jct 3, M9010:0016:00
Kinross - Moto Services M9011:0015:30
Perth - Broxden Park & Ride, A9311:3015:00

** Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure. **

Day by Day Itinerary

We depart northwards to the village of Blair Atholl at the gateway to the Cairngorms National Park. Nestled in the hills and surround by tranquil countryside, Blair Castle is home to some of the finest views in Scotland. Throughout the ages the castle has been transformed from its cold and austere beginnings in the Middle Ages to a delightful Georgian mansion and then to a Baronial Victorian castle.  Each of these influences can still be seen in the Castle as it appears today. A private guided tour of the Castle has been arranged, after which we enjoy a light lunch. We later continue to our hotel in Inverness.

Meals includedLunch, Dinner

Blair Castle

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