Scottish Castle Experience

Explore the power and majesty of Scotland's castles on this tour from Edinburgh to the Highlands. On this tour, you'll join the ranks of esteemed history lovers while you travel over sea, loch, and glen.

Scottish Castle Experience

Explore the power and majesty of Scotland's castles on this tour from Edinburgh to the Highlands. On this tour, you'll join the ranks of esteemed history lovers while you travel over sea, loch, and glen.

Tour Highlights

  • Sightseeing including Falkland Palace, Royal Deeside, Brodie Castle, Culloden, Dunnottar Castle, Loch Leven, and much more!
  • Small groups up to 16 passengers.

Scottish Castle Experience Tour Includes

  • Five (5) nights accommodations; including two (2) nights in Edinburgh
  • Breakfast daily (except for morning of arrival).
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Edinburgh.
  • Four (4) days of custom touring.
  • All service charges and hotel taxes.

Additional Notes

Please Note Baggage Restriction: Due to size of coach there is a luggage restriction of 14kg (31 Ibs) of luggage per person on this tour. This includes one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small personal bag.

A maximum of 8 passengers per departure date can be booked on this tour due to limitations of the coach size. If you have a larger party and/or wish to have a group booked on this tour, please contact us directly, as it will have to be quoted as a private group and rates here do not apply.

Itinerary

Day 01: Thursday - Arrive in Edinburgh

Arrive in Edinburgh and transfer (included) to your pre-booked accommodations (note: check-in time is generally from 2:00 pm). Spend your day independently exploring Edinburgh on your own. Overnight in Edinburgh.

Day 02, Friday: Edinburgh – Touring

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 3, Saturday: Touring

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 4, Sunday: Touring

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 5: Monday – Touring

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 an optional boat ride over to the island and explore at your own leisure before we return back over the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh. Make your way back to your Edinburgh hotel for overnight.

Day 6: Tuesday – Departure

Check-out of your Edinburgh Hotel today for your return home. Transfer to the airport is included.

Rates & Hotels

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Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

Scottish Castle Experience - Based on BBs while touring
Scottish Castle Experience - Based on Hotels while touring

Tour Details

Your land package begins: / Your land package ends:

(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details


Accommodation Details

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UK Hotel

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Pre and post nights booked at a mid-level hotel [more]

Accommodations booked by Rabbies UK

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Depending on package booked, accommodations can be BB/Guesthomes, 3* Hotels/Inns (and some packages may include 4* Hotels) [more]

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There are no triple rooms for this tour.

Discount rate applies to children aged 5-15 years. Tours are not suitable for children under the age of 5.
 

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • Visitor attractions

Airfare

Unfortunately, due to the 2020 pandemic, Celtic Tours will only be offering airfare for groups sizes of 15 or more. Individuals should book directly with airlines. Please make sure you book your flight to arrive and depart on accurate dates. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date the tour starts in Edinburgh. Please book your air one day before to accommodate overnight flights.

Tour Guarantee

Although our UK tours are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 passengers, it does not mean a date is guaranteed until we check with the Edinburgh office. Although we get regular updates, a tour can sell out and we may not yet have it noted above. We must first advise of a guarantee before airfare is booked and ticketed. Thank you.