Balmoral Castle
Balmoral Castle

Historic Houses of Scotland

4 days From £675

2 June 2019

Go on the trail of monarchs both factual and fictional on our tour of Scotland’s historic houses, from the world-famous to the lesser-known.

What do Her Majesty The Queen and one of Shakespeare’s most accomplished tragic creations have in common? Oh, go on then, we’ll tell you — both have found themselves at home in the elegant environs of Scotland’s historic houses.

From Glamis, both the real childhood home of the Queen Mother and fictional dwelling of Macbeth, to Balmoral, the current monarch’s favourite bolthole (or so they say), we embark on a fascinating exploration of Scotland’s historic houses, with a few little surprises along the way — quick tipple at Edradour Whisky Distillery, anyone?

What's included?

  •  Accommodation
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
Book Now £675 Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £150

Tour highlights:

  • Visit to the private home of the Royal family, Balmoral Castle
  • Sample hand crafter whisky at Edradour Whisky Distillery
  • Experience the monument to Scottish hospitality at Glamis Castle

Tour details

Dates 2 June 2019 - 5 June 2019
Duration 4 days
Cost £675 Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £150 Balance due by 10 March 2019
Activity Level Easy-Going
Tour code BWHHS19A

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Glasgow 1100 1700
Edinburgh 1215 1545
Dunfermline 1245 1515
Kinross 1300 1500

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

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2 June 2019: Itinerary

The coach departs from pick-up points in Scotland for Kinross, where there will be an opportunity for lunch (not included), before our first visit at Loch Leven Castle. Loch Leven Castle has been visited by countless distinguished personalities during its history. Some of those taking the boat across Loch Leven came of their own accord, including King Robert Bruce (in 1313 and 1323). Others were held prisoner within the castle’s walls – such as Robert, the High Steward, in 1369, two years before his coronation as Robert II, the first of the royal house of Stewart. But the castle will be forever associated in the memory with another Stewart sovereign, Mary, Queen of Scots. She first visited in 1561 as a guest of the owner, Sir William Douglas. But her last stay, in 1567–8, was as his prisoner. It was at Lochleven that she was compelled to abdicate her throne in favour of her infant son, James VI. The castle walls held her for less than a year, and in May 1568 she escaped across the loch and before that month was out she was in exile in England and never saw her native land again. Access to the castle is by a 10-minute boat trip.

Following our visit we continue to our accommodation at the four-star Dunkeld House Hotel, where we enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, followed by dinner.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Dunkeld House Hotel

On our first full day, we begin at Braemar Castle which was built in 1628 by John Erskine, 2nd Earl of Mar as his highland Hunting Lodge. The castle replaced an earlier building on the site and stones from the original are thought to have been incorporated into the new build.

Our next visit is to Balmoral Castle the centrepiece of Royal Deeside itself. Built around 1854 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert the image of the castle is recognised world-wide. Though relatively modern it is clearly in the style of a 'Scottish' castle. It is a private home of the Royal family and each autumn the family spend up to two months holidaying there.

We will also pay a short visit to Crathie Kirk the quaint small church that is used by the Royal Family for worship while staying at Balmoral and where the Princess Royal married Timothy Lawrence.

We return to our hotel in time for dinner.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Dunkeld House Hotel

After breakfast today, we explore Blair Castle the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. The castle enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire. With its roots in the 13th century, Blair Castle’s history extends over some 740 years, during which time it has welcomed countless generations of visitors. At the gateway to the Grampian Mountains on the route north to Inverness, the location was highly strategic.

In the afternoon we will visit Edradour Whisky Distillery famed as the smallest in Scotland Our guided tour starts with a taste of the handcrafted whisky and a short film through which the history of Edradour and the whisky maker’s art will be revealed. This is followed by a guided tour of the distillery and cask warehouse to witness the traditional methods of whisky making, virtually unchanged for 150 years.

Our final visit today is to Menzies Castle near Aberfeldy. Architecturally fascinating, it is a splendid example of the transition between earlier rugged fortress and later mansion house.

We will enjoy our final dinner together in the hotel.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Dunkeld House Hotel

Our last morning in Scotland is spent at Glamis Castle, north of Dundee. It has been the ancestral home of the Earls of Strathmore for over 600 years and was the childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Glamis is a living, breathing monument to Scottish hospitality; a place of enjoyment, reflection, laughter and wonder for all. The castle has witnessed more than 600 years of history and we will take great delight in learning the many stories, secrets and intriguing tales that surround it. We will enjoy lunch here (not included) before we make our way back to our original departure points.

Meals include: Breakfast

2 June 2019: Additional Info

2 June 2019: Accommodation

In 280 acres of unspoiled Perthshire countryside, the Dunkeld House Hotel features an outdoor activity centre and luxury health club. The hotel offers free parking and spacious rooms.

The Dunkeld House Hotel Health Club has an indoor swimming pool, spa bath and fitness centre, and there is also the Dunkeld House Hotel spa. The activity centre offers clay pigeon shooting, quad biking and fishing, with the River Tayrunning through the grounds.

The rooms have modern en suite bathrooms and tea and coffee facilities. Rooms also feature large work desks, and many have scenic views. Room service is also available.

The Riverside Restaurant serves a creative menu using local and seasonal produce, whilst the Lounge Bar has an open log fire and a varied collection of local whiskies. Guests should make a dinner reservation if you wish to eat at the Riverside Restaurant, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.

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