Scottish castle experience

4 day tour

Places you’ll explore

Explore the power and majesty of Scotland’s castles on this tour from Edinburgh to the Highlands.

Places you explore

Falkland Palace – 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.

Royal Deeside – The Royal family’s beloved stunning hill land area of the north east.

Brodie Castle & Culloden – 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.

Dunnottar Castle – This is the archetypical Scottish castle. Mystrerious, ruined, and beautiful.

Dalwhinnie Distillery – The distillery that pairs delicious whisky with chocolate.

Loch Leven & Castle – Lochleven Castle is the famous prison fort to Mary Queen of Scots.

Your journey

Feel like a lord or lady as you wander through castles and manor houses. Stride ancient battlefields like a sword-wielding Highlander. And relive Scotland’s history defining moments of conceit and treachery as you listen to your driver-guide’s epic tales.

On this tour, you’ll join the ranks of esteemed history lovers while you travel over sea, loch, and glen. You visit Scotland’s most impressive castles, tower forts, and palaces. And you even get a chance to take a boat trip and visit Scotland’s highest whisky distillery.

This tour is your ticket into Scotland’s medieval past and royal history.

So, join this day tour and indulge in the mystery, beauty, and history of Scotland.

Departs

09.30 – Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

Returns

16.15 approx

Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old)

Prices per person in 2019

  • May: £239 / £224 discounted
  • June – September: £259 / £244 discounted

Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old)

Tour departs almost every:
• 2nd Friday

 

Important information

  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes

Tour inclusions

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a  driver-guide

Tour exclusions

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Tour Accommodation

Day 1

  • Take a self guided tour of the majestic Falkland Palace
  • Walk the cobbled streets of the ‘home of golf’, St Andrews

You depart from Edinburgh, travel north, and cross the Queensferry Crossing into the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Your first visit of the day is Falkland Palace. This palace was built in the 16th century and is set in the medieval village of Falkland, which features in the television show, Outlander.

You continue to St Andrews where you have a chance to get lunch and explore the cobbled lanes and ancient university buildings.

Travelling north towards Aberdeen, you have a chance to admire the House of Dun, a beautiful Georgian mansion located within a woodland estate.

In the afternoon, you visit Dunnottar castle. This ruined cliff top fortress is one of Scotland’s megastars and adorns the front covers of travel magazines everywhere. So, it’s a great spot to take in the view and test your photo skills.

Day 2

  • Wander through the beautiful gardens of Castle Fraser
  • Relive the mysterious tales of Crathes Castle

Today is spent in the Royal Deeside area, famous for its many castles.

Your first visit is Castle Fraser, one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses. You can round the visit off with a walk through the beautiful 18th century walled garden. Later on, you can have an opportunity to visit Banchory where you might be able to see salmon jumping at the Falls of Feugh.

Lunch is at Ballater, before continuing with your afternoon programme. Crathes Castle provides the highlight for the afternoon. Turrets, gargoyles, and the ancient Horn of Leys are just a few of the features of this historic castle.

You’re free to explore the house and stunning gardens at your own pace. Wandering through the outstanding, world-renowned June Borders, beautiful vistas of the castle can be seen through the fusion of colourful flowers.

You return back to Aberdeen for another overnight.

Day 3

  • Admire the ancient tapestries at Fyvie Castle
  • Learn about Britain’s last land fought battle at Culloden

Your tour heads further north and starts the day with a visit to Fyvie Castle. Fyvie Castle dates back to the 13th century and has a fine collection of arms and armour as well as 17th century tapestries.

You continue, travelling through beautiful scenery and on to Nairn, where lunch will be taken at nearby Brodie Castle. You have time to explore this imposing castle’s unusual plasterwork and art collection.

In the afternoon, you can take the Clan Walk at the Culloden Visitor Centre. The Clan Stone Walkway is designed to commemorate the Scottish Clans and their clansmen who fought at the battle of Culloden.

After the visit, you continue to Forres for your overnight stay.

Day 4

  • Sample whisky in the area it’s casked at the Dalwhinnie Distillery
  • Travel by boat to visit the imposing Lochleven Castle

You travel south through some of the most stunning scenery Scotland has to offer.

You pass Kingussie where you may have an opportunity for a quick photo stop at the Ruthven Barracks. From here, you continue to Dalwhinnie Distillery where you have the chance to taste the ‘Water of Life’. Dalwhinnie is the highest Distillery in Scotland and takes its waters right from the source of the River Spey.

After a lunch stop in Pitlochry, you head to Loch Leven. 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.

If  y ou have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we are happy to assist.

Best wishes,

Your Unicorn Travel team

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