Edinburgh, Perthshire & Royal Deeside
Enjoy the captivating history of Edinburgh and venture north to discover a place of majestic glens, ancient forests and spectacular mountains. In the heart of Scotland lies Highland Perthshire and the valley of the River Dee with the Cairngorms National Park in the west and pleasant rolling farmland to the east. Relax as we journey through some of Scotland's finest scenery whilst enjoying the numerous fine towns and villages in their beautiful settings and the historic places that make this picturesque part of Scotland, a truly majestic place.
Day 1 is a fabulous introduction to the history and heritage of Scotland as we take in the sights and atmosphere of Edinburgh. We begin with a visit to spectacular Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano. Here you will view the Scottish Crown Jewels dating from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, these are the oldest set of Crown Jewels in the British Isles. Lunch will be arranged in the City of Edinburgh with its medieval architecture and winding cobbled streets of the Old Town before travelling to the best preserved medieval castle in Scotland; Craigmillar, providing wonderful views over the city of Edinburgh. Later we visit Rosslyn Chapel made famous by Dan Browns book The Di Vince Code and its supposed connection with the Knights Templar. Overnight in Edinburgh.
Day 2 begins with a morning visit to The Royal Yacht Britannia. Home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, Britannia is now berthed in Edinburgh allowing you to follow in the footsteps of Royalty and discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences. From here we travel to Stirling via South Queensferry to view the Forth Rail Bridge and lunch will be arranged in the area. Arriving at Stirling Castle, with its commanding position atop an intrusive crag, ample time will be offered to allow you to take in the castle’s long and turbulent history. Knights, Nobles and Foreign Ambassadors once flocked to the Royal Court at Stirling Castle to revel in the castle's grandeur. Overnight in Dunblane.
Day 3 we take the southern gateway to the Cairngorms National Park and Royal Deeside, this is Scotland’s hidden route north to the highlands and Glenshee is a place steeped in history. We journey through The Spittal of Glenshee, situated where four glens meet to Braemar, a delightful highland village surrounded by dramatic scenery. Here we will visit Braemar Castle, an impressive fortress built in 1628 by the Earl of Mar on the site of an even older habitation. Lunch will be arranged in the area before we travel north to the Royal Lochnagar Distillery situated beside her Majesty the Queen’s Scottish Home, Balmoral Castle. Your distillery tour ends with a dram of the award-winning Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old Single Highland Malt. Overnight in Royal Deeside.
Day 4 we set off through the stunning scenery of the Cairngorms National Park bound for the highland town of Grantown-on-Spey with streets lined with unique and interesting shops selling everything from whisky to pottery. Surrounded by the Monadhliath and Grampian mountain ranges, the forests here contain remnants of the original Caledonian pine forest and include a rare kind of pinewood found only in Scotland and Norway. From here we travel through the village of Carrbridge viewing its famous 18th century packhorse bridge and then on through Aviemore. Lunch will be arranged in the area before we head further south to the House of Bruar which offers excellent highland retail therapy. Overnight nr Pitlochry.
Day 5 begins with an exhilarating safari adventure as you travel from the valley floor to the high ridges by Land Rover to explore this stunning environment. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch and an easy paced wilderness walk whilst looking for Red Deer, Grouse, the elusive Mountain Hare and even Golden Eagles as you travel through forests, mountains and moors. After your highland safari we make our way to the ancient centre of Perth located on the banks of the famous River Tay. There has been a settlement here since prehistoric times and this afternoon will be spent in the grounds of Scone Palace, home of the 'Stone of Destiny' where the King of Scots were crowned. When we are ready we will head back to Edinburgh for your Airport transfer where we must sadly say farewell.
£445 per day (1-3 people)
This tour is available All Year
Price excludes hotels - please enquire for accommodation packages.
Our service is second to none. When you choose a Luxury Highland Tour you can relax in the knowledge that your entire experience will be the best that Scottish hospitality can provide. This all comes with an exceptional personal service and your own designated tour co-ordinator. Price includes tour driver/guide and associated costs, luxury tour vehicle and your chosen attractions. Lunches, beverages and gratuities are NOT included.
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