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Royal Scotland

Wander picturesque villages, stay in a castle fit for a fairy-tale, and explore the abbeys and palaces that dot the landscape. Take in the breathtaking views over the highlands and stroll the pristine forests and woodlands. Taste award-winning sweets by a world-renowned chocolatier and go on safari in search of game, birds and other interesting creatures. Continue to the wide open spaces of Royal Deeside and visit landmarks set in spectacular mountain scenery such as Balmoral Castle; the Royal Family’s holiday home. Meet local farmers who raise the famous Highland cows and see the ruins of Dunnottar Castle perched on the edge of the North Sea. Sample a dram or two of local whiskey at a distillery dating back to 1898, and stop in at Scone Palace – the crowning place for the Kings of Scots.

Trip Type: Adventure

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Day By Day

Day 1 – Arrive in Scotland and Culross Guided Tour and Culross Palace

Upon arrival into Scotland, Edinburgh Airport, you will be met by your driver and assisted to the vehicle. Transfer from the airport to Highland Perthshire via Culross.

Step into the past and wander along charming, peaceful streets which were once full of hustle and bustle of a thriving 17th century port on the River Forth. Known as one of the most picturesque villages in Scotland, Culross has appeared many times in the hit TV series Outlander. Explore the beautiful refurbished Culross Palace, which dates from 1597, and imagine what it would have been like to live within the splendid interiors. Relive the domestic life of the 16th and 17th centuries amid the old buildings and cobbled streets of the fascinating Royal Burgh of Culross. Behind the palace is the restored 17th century garden, complete with herbs, vegetables and fruit trees. The Town House, once the legal and commercial center of Culross, is also open to visitors as is the Study, where Bishop Leighton of Dunblane reputedly composed his sermons.

Visit Dunfermline Abbey, founded by Queen Margaret in the 11th century. Some of Scotland’s greatest medieval monarchs were laid to rest at Dunfermline Abbey. Founded as a priory, Dunfermline was made an abbey by David I and later became a royal mausoleum. Following the Protestant Reformation of 1560, Queen Anna of Denmark created an imposing palace with the monastic guesthouse at its heart. Charles I was delivered here in 1600 – the last monarch to be born in Scotland.

Starting Accommodation: Fonab Castle Hotel


Day 2 – Queens View and Highland Chocolatier Tour

Queens View overlooks Loch Tummel and is said to have been named after Queen Victoria, following her visit to the area in 1866. Enjoy stunning views overlooking the Loch and the Tay Forest Park where you will enjoy a short, guided walk amongst a mosaic of woodlands which hold the stories of past lives. Visit the Highland Chocolatier where you may indulge in a guided chocolate tasting and learn about the world of gourmet chocolate. Award-winning Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett trained under Master Chocolatiers of the Belgian, Swiss and French schools. Iain has a small, dedicated team of chocolatiers which he trains in-house to meticulously hand craft his chocolates which provide top chefs with gourmet truffles of an artisan quality unavailable elsewhere.

Starting Accommodation: Fonab Castle Hotel
Meals: Breakfast


Day 3 – Highland Highlights Safari Tour

The town of Pitlochry is one of Scotland’s most beautiful and vibrant places. The land surrounding it has been sculptured by the elements and is steeped in nature, history and culture. Join your kilted Safari Ranger aboard your Land Rover on a Highland Safari. Armed with binoculars keep an eye out for the majestic Red Deer, the Famous Grouse, the elusive Mountain Hare or even the soaring Golden Eagle as you travel through forests, mountains and moors on private hill tracks. A bothy is a basic shelter found in mountainous areas and here you will enjoy some traditional Scottish hospitality surrounded by inspiring mountain views.

Starting Accommodation: Fonab Castle Hotel
Meals: Breakfast


Day 4 – Highland Perthshire to Royal Deeside, via Braemar

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and open spaces of an area that Queen Victoria once said: 'all seemed to breathe freedom and peace'. Along the way, visit Balmoral Castle which was completed for Queen Victoria in 1856 and remains a Scottish holiday home for the Royal Family today. If the Royal Family are in residence at the time, you can visit Braemar Castle, built in 1628.

Surrounded by the fine Grampian Mountains and woodland scenery, Braemar is a delightful village. Situated in the spectacular mountain scenery at the eastern gateway to the highest mountains of the Cairngorms National Park, it is heaven for walkers, climbers or wanderers. A quarter of a mile east of the town stands Braemar Castle, a 17th century castle with a colorful past. Built by the Earl of Mar in 1628, it has been a hunting lodge, fortress, garrison and family home. This ancient village is also home to the world famous annual Braemar Gathering and Highland Games. Held on the first Saturday in September, the event is regularly attended by the Royal Family and features the best pipe bands, pipers, Highland dancers and athletes.

Set amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside, in the shadows of Lochnagar, is the Balmoral Estate. Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, the Estate has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since. It covers about 20,000 hectares of heather clad hills, ancient Caledonian woodland, and of course the beautiful River Dee nearby. Over the past 150 years, careful stewardship by The Royal Family has preserved the wildlife, scenery and architecture for all to enjoy.

Starting Accommodation: Fife Arms Hotel
Meals: Breakfast


Day 5 – Cows and Castles

The Highland cow is a Scottish breed of rustic cattle and a must see on any trip to Scotland. Today you will visit a local farm and meet the owners who breed the famous Highland cows. This intimate tour will take you around the farm and get you up close and personal with the iconic Highland Cattle in the heart of the Scottish Countryside. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Aberdeen or perhaps take a short journey along the Aberdeenshire Coast to the seaside town of Stonehaven and nearby Dunnottar Castle.
 
A romantic, evocative and historically significant ruined Castle, Dunnottar Castle is perched on a giant conglomerate on the edge of the North Sea. This fortress holds many rich secrets of Scotland’s colorful past. The dramatic cliff top site was the home of the Earls Marischal, once one of the most powerful families in the land.

Starting Accommodation: Fife Arms Hotel
Meals: Breakfast


Day 6 – Braemar to Nairn, via Brodie Castle and Benromach Distillery

Discover what it was like to work in one of Scotland’s most beautiful castles, Brodie Castle, a 16th century castle overflowing with antique furniture, paintings and ceramics. Here you will experience a Head Housekeeper tour where you are joined by the housekeeper who spent much of her childhood at Brodie Castle and worked there from a very young age.

Gentle Moray countryside surrounds the rose-colored Brodie Castle, ancestral home of the Brodie clan for over 400 years, although their family seat has been here since the 12th century. Learn how changing times altered the castle’s shape and purpose. The impenetrable 16th-century guard chamber is flanked on one side by a cozy 17th-century wing and on the other by a sprawling Victorian extension. The castle houses a magnificent collection of furniture, ceramics and artwork, including works by 17th-century Dutch masters and 20th-century Scottish Colorists. It also boasts an impressive library containing over 6,000 volumes.

Enjoy a traditional Scottish lunch at a local country house hotel followed by a whisky tasting in a beautiful traditional bar. The Benromach Distillery is located close by where you will enjoy a heritage tour and a tutored tasting session. Enjoy other whiskies from the Speyside area such as Glenfiddich and Glenlivet depending on time.

Starting Accommodation: Boath House Hotel
Meals: Breakfast


Day 7 – Nairn to Edinburgh, via Perth and Scone Palace and Edinburgh at Leisure

Travel back through the cairngorms and reach Scone Palace just outside the city of Perth. After lunch, travel to Edinburgh.

Once the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in the history of Scotland. It is regarded as a national treasure and is revered as the historic jewel in the crown of Scotland. Today, Scone Palace is the home of the Earls of Mansfield. There is so much to see and enjoy at Scone Palace including an outstanding collection of antiques, paintings and rare artifacts. Even its grounds, as splendid as the Palace itself, are renowned throughout the world. Right above the River Tay, Scone Palace overlooks the routes north to the Highlands and east through Strathmore to the coast. The Grampian Mountains form a distant backdrop, and across the river stands the city of Perth.

Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, is a historic, cosmopolitan and cultural city. The setting is wonderfully striking: a city is perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags, which rise from the generally flat landscape of the Lothians, with the sheltered shoreline of the Firth of Forth to the north. Edinburgh Castle dominates the city-center skyline and from its ramparts you can look down on medieval lanes and elegant, sweeping terraces that hold over a thousand years of history, mystery and tradition.

Yet Edinburgh is also a modern, dynamic capital where international festivals attract the world's leading performers, galleries display cutting-edge art, and bars, restaurants and clubs create a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere with a distinctly Scottish twist. 'Edinburgh,' said writer Robert Louis Stevenson, 'is what Paris ought to be'.

Starting Accommodation: Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast


Day 8 – Depart Edinburgh

Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your Edinburgh accommodation to Edinburgh Airport to connect with your departing flight.

Meals: Breakfast


Pricing

Package Level: Deluxe

Pricing for this package is on request. Please call a Swain Destinations Specialist to customize this journey.


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Details

Length:

7 Nights

Pricing:

Pricing on request

Destinations:

Pitlochry; Ballater; Nairn; Edinburgh

Inclusions:

  • Airport Transfers
  • 3 nights Pitlochry
  • Culross Guided Tour and Culross Palace
  • Queens View and Highland Chocolatier
  • Highland Highlights Safari Tour
  • Culross to Royal Deeside with Castle Visit
  • 2 nights Ballater
  • Cows and Castles
  • Braemar to Nairn, via Brodie Castle
  • 1 night Nairn
  • Nairn to Edinburgh via Perth and Scone Palace
  • 1 night Edinburgh
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts
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