8 Nights of Scottish Castles
8 Nights of Scottish Castles
Medieval castles, royal strongholds, intimidating fortresses and romantic ruins - this tour is ideal for families interested in clan history.
We start with introducing you to Edinburgh Castle, which gives you an opportunity to understand Scotland’s history timeline. You will soon discover Scone Palace, Glamis Castle and Balmoral Castle, which are all still strongly connected to the current Monarchy.
Stirling, Dunvegan, Eilean Donan, Kilchurn, Urquhart, Blair and Inveraray Castle are a small selection of castles included on this trip. If there is a castle you’re hoping to see, just let us know and we can tailor your itinerary.
Follow the whisky trail, walk around the gardens of Drummond, take a journey on the Jacobite Steam Train and relax at popular towns such as Portree and Pitlochry.
Your Tour Details
Day 1. Tour of Edinburgh City with a guide-only service.
Tour the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Palace was once the home of Mary, Queen of Scots and was the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short life. The state-of-the-art Queen’s Gallery opened in 2002, which enable exhibitions of the most delicate works from the Royal Collection to be shown. Enjoy a walking tour of the famous Royal Mile with your guide - cobbled streets, tiny shops, mysteries and the stories of Scotland’s great figures of literature.
Enjoy a walking tour up the famous Royal Mile with your guide - cobbled streets, tiny shops, mysteries and the stories of Scotland’s great figures of literature.
Tour Edinburgh Castle, dominating Edinburgh’s skyline and giving stunning views across the city and countryside. Home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the legendary Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg, a giant cannon. Leave the Old Town and explore the New Town. Visit the Georgian house, built in the late 18th century and furnished as it would have been in 1796, presenting a fascinating insight into the past.
Day 2. Stirling Castle and Drummond Castle Gardens.
Perched high and proud on impressive cliffs, Stirling Castle has played a key role in Scottish history; the battles of Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn were fought within its shadow and Mary, Queen of Scots lived here as a child.
A Scottish Renaissance terraced garden, Drummond Castle Gardens is like a paradise with its cherubs, fountains, statues and urns. Walking down the impressive steps, the view of the surrounding woodland and hills is magnificent.
Day 3. Scone Palace and Glamis Castle.
Visit Scone Palace, which has been the seat of parliament and the crowning place of Kings of Scotland, including Macbeth and Robert The Bruce. Walk around the rooms and see the incredible collection of antiques and paintings.
The childhood home of The Queen Mother and birthplace of Princess Margaret, it can clearly be seen why Glamis Castle draws so many to its gates. The famous grounds are listed on the Inventory of Gardens making it a ‘must see’ on your visit to Scotland. Legends and fables are bountiful here, so whatever the weather why not tour the scenes of these traditional myths.
Day 4. Blair Castle and Balmoral Castle.
The 14th century Balmoral Castle was purchased by Queen Victoria and rebuilt in the mid-19th century. In her journals she described Balmoral as, “my dear paradise in the Highlands”. It still is a private getaway for the Royal Family each summer.
Home of the Earls of Atholl since the 13th century, Blair Castle is situated in a beautiful wooded valley. The 30 state rooms contain a unique collection of furniture and armoury. The Cummings Tower is the oldest and tallest part of the castle, making it a historic landmark.
Day 5. Cairngorms National Park and the Whisky Trail.
Visit Edradour Distillery. The surviving farmhouse distillery opened in 1825 and is the smallest distillery in Scotland. With everything made by hand, the distillery produced eighteen casks a week. Adults are welcome to taste the samples.
Travel to Cairngorms National Park, following the Whisky Trail.
Day 6. Views of Loch Ness. Tour Urquhart Castle and Eilean Donan Castle.
Loch Ness is a freshwater loch, 23 miles long and up to 700 feet deep. Loch Ness became famous when the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ was photographed.
On the famous shores of Loch Ness stands Urquhart Castle. It would appear like a picturesque scene if it wasn’t for the bloody historic accounts; the castle received attacks from both the Scottish and the English.
Protected by the Western Highland hills, Eilean Donan Castle is situated on its own rocky island and is one of the most photographed castles in Scotland. An attractive stone causeway leads over the loch, connecting the mainland to the castle.
Overnight: Isle of Skye.
Day 7. Dunvegan Castle, Portree and Old Man of Storr.
Isle of Skye has it all - ancient structures, natural miracles, unspoiled countryside and magnificent coastlines, broken by lochs. Portree is the main town and a working harbour.
Tour Dunvegan Castle; owned by the MacLeod clan since the 13th century. A wall surrounds the property, except for the sea gate entrance which was used in times of siege. The Fairy Flag is one of the castle’s most notable relics, legend states it has magical properties.
Explore the spectacular rock formations of the Old Man of Storr and the Quaraing and visit the enchanted Fairy Glen.
Overnight: Isle of Skye.
Day 8. Transfer to the ferry. See views of Armadale Castle followed by Castle Stalker. Ride the Jacobite Steam Train.
Transfer to Mallaig to board the Jacobite Steam Train. Described as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world. See the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis. Cross the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct (a location made famous by the Hogwarts’ train in Harry Potter).
Your driver-guide will meet you off the train at Fort William. See views of Castle Stalker, a 14th century castle in the middle of Loch Laich.
Day 9. Kilchurn Castle and Inveraray Castle.
Stop at the Campbell stronghold of Kilchurn Castle, now a picturesque ruin on Loch Awe.
The Gothic stone castle of Inveraray sits alone surrounded by 16 acres of greenery. Episodes of Downton Abbey were partly filmed at Inveraray Castle.
Made up of mountains, forests, rivers and lochs, the Trossachs National Park is a miniature version of the Highlands with historic connections to Rob Roy. The Corbetts mountains are between 2,500 and 3,000 feet, and break the horizon in a zigzag manner.
Return to Edinburgh.
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