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4-Day Scottish Castles Experience Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Day 1: Edinburgh - St. Andrews - Dunnottar Castle - Aberdeen

Pass By: 6 Waterloo Place Rabbie's Cafe Bar, Edinburgh EH1 3EG Scotland
Check-in 15 mins prior to departure and meet with your driver guide.

Stop At: Falkland Palace & Garden, 11 miles north of Kirkcaldy, Falkland KY15 7BY Scotland
The palace was the countryside home for many of the Stuart royalty. They would make use of the woodland areas in the vicinity to hunt.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven AB39 2TL Scotland
This is the archetypical Scottish castle. Mystrerious, ruined, and beautiful.
Duration: 45 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Aberdeen.

Day 2: Royal Deeside Area - full day touring

Stop At: Castle Fraser Garden & Estate, Sauchen AB51 7LD Scotland
Stand before one of the largest tower houses in the land. Dating from the 15th century, Castle Fraser is a fabulous place to soak up the atmosphere of old Scotland and its colourful stories. Enjoy panoramic views and discover quirky features such as secret staircases, hidden trapdoors, a spy hole and a wooden leg.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Crathes Castle, Crathes, Banchory AB31 5QJ Scotland
Crathes Castle is every inch the classic Scottish tower house, and a fantastic day out for all the family! Discover a labyrinth of cultural history, from portraits and antique furniture to painted ceilings. Explore the famous garden and enjoy a walk through the wider estate.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Aberdeen.

Day 3: Fyvie Castle - Brodie Castle - Culloden - Forres

Stop At: Brodie Castle, Off A96 20 Miles East of Inverness, 4 Miles West of Forres, Forres IV36 2TE Scotland
A 16th century mansion that belonged to the Brodie Clan until 1980. And Culloden moor is the resting place of those lost in the final land battle to have taken place in Great Britain.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Fyvie Castle, Turriff, Fyvie AB53 8JS Scotland
A magnificent fortress in the heart of Aberdeenshire, Fyvie Castle’s 800-year history is rich in legends, folklore and even ghost stories. Discover the amazing collection of antiquities, armour and lavish oil paintings. Stroll around the picturesque loch, or visit the restored glass-roofed racquets court and ice house.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Culloden Moor IV2 5EU Scotland
Visit the powerfully moving site of the final Jacobite Rising – the last and most harrowing pitched battle to be fought on British soil. Explore the interactive visitor centre, view fascinating artefacts from both sides of the confrontation, and experience the battle in their immersive surround cinema.
Duration: 45 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Forres.

Day 4: Dalwhinnie Distillery - Loch Leven Castle - Edinburgh

Stop At: Dalwhinnie Distillery A885 Highland Village, Dalwhinnie PH19 1AA Scotland
Dalwhinnie is the highest Distillery in Scotland and takes its waters right from the source of the River Spey.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Loch Leven National Nature Reserve, Kinross KY13 8EU Scotland
In the middle of the Loch you 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.

You can enjoy a boat ride over to the island and explore at your own leisure before we return back over the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Edinburgh Bus Station, Edinburgh EH1 3DX, UK
Departure Time
8:45 AM
Duration
4 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Accommodation included: 3 nights
  • 3 nights en-suite accommodation in a B&B or 3-star Hotel (breakfast included)
  • Professional driver guide
  • Transportation by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach (small groups max 16 passengers)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Meals and refreshments
  • Admission fees
  • Entry/Admission - Falkland Palace & Garden
  • Entry/Admission - Dunnottar Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Castle Fraser Garden & Estate
  • Entry/Admission - Crathes Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Brodie Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Fyvie Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Culloden Battlefield
  • Entry/Admission - Dalwhinnie Distillery
  • Entry/Admission - Loch Leven National Nature Reserve
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years
  • Please note: you will be required to choose between either a 3-star Bed and Breakfast or 3-star hotel at time of booking
  • Booking three or more people: we can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately
  • When booking three or more people, efforts will be made to book a combination of suitable rooms (double/twin/family). Preferences should be noted upon booking in the Special Requirements section
  • Family rooms are limited and may be available on request. Maximum of 2 Adults and 1 child in one room. Family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children are not available
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) 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.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 22 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 21 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great castle tour. Our tour guide was amazing and so full of information and history about the places we visited, she was also easy to understand. Loved that it was a small tour bus, only 16 people, so we didn't have to fight the crowd...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 5 June 2019 via mobile

What better way to discover this great country than with a history and geology profesor as your guide?! Sean has a wealth of knowledge about history, nature and his country and shares this in the most eloquent form. He really takes you back in time...More

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