The Castle and Whisky Tour 2021

Comprehensive Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Edinburgh where you will be warmly welcomed by your own, private Drumscot Driver. Travel north to Falkland Palace, hunting lodge of the Stewart monarchs including Mary Queen of Scots.

From there to the historical university town of St Andrews and visit the 13th Century St Andrews Castle and St Andrews Cathedral, the largest church in Scotland prior to the reformation. Be rewarded by a panoramic view of the town and coastline by climbing the many steps of St Rules Tower.

Stay overnight at Rufflets Country House Hotel, a superlative country-house hotel on the outskirts of the town and offering fine dining in elegant surroundings.

Day 2

Cross the River Tay into the County of Angus and visit the fairy-tale Glamis Castle, childhood home of our Queen Mother.

A drive over the Cairn o’ Mount takes you into Royal Deeside a district literally dotted with castles and country houses of which Craigievar is possibly the finest most complete example of 17th Century Baronial Architecture and Fyvie has the best tea room!

Stay overnight at Dowans Hotel in the heart of Speyside. Whet your appetite at the Hotel bar which stocks over one hundred and sixty single malt whiskies ranging from a familiar twelve year old Glenfiddich to a rare and exclusive (and almost priceless) seventy year old Macallan.

Day 3

Follow the famous Whisky Trail through the picturesque Speyside district visiting some of the working distilleries to learn about the history, folklore and tales of smuggling which surrounds this ancient craft. Tours at Strathisla, Glenlivet and Glennfiddich Distilleries are our favourite but after a night at the Dowans Bar choose your own preferred dram for tasting and with the services of your Driver there is no need to limit yourself!

Stay overnight at Dowans Hotel.

Day 4

Travel into the Highlands and visit the site of the Highlander’s last stance at the chilling Culloden Moor. A visit to the romantic Cawdor Castle, literary home of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is the perfect antidote.

Fort George brings you back to the warring theme, this time from Jacobean times right up to modern day as it is still occupied by the British Army.

Stay at Sandown House outside Nairn, a luxurious guesthouse with exemplary accommodation.

Day 5

Take a boat trip down the spectacular Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle, built on a rocky promontory it commands a view from Inverness to Fort Augustus. The site has traces of Iron Age habitation as early as the 6th Century when St Columba visited and has apparently encountered infamous sea creature!

Stay overnight at Sandown House.

Day 6

Travel south to Blair Castle which dominates the local landscape and is home to Britain’s only “private army”. The nearby House of Bruar is a top end emporium of all things Scottish. If it is Highland Dress that you are after then a visit to Macnaughton’s in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, one of Scotland’s oldest retail establishments, will be sure sort you out.

Stay overnight in The Bonham, Edinburgh, a luxury boutique Hotel in the city’s West End.

Day 7

Enjoy the sites of Scotland’s capital city.

Visit Edinburgh Castle, a dramatic sight towering over Georgian city centre, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny.

Wander down the Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyrood, the official Scottish residence of our Queen and home of Mary Queen of Scots for 6 years.

The Royal Yacht Britannia with its sumptuous interiors is now moored at Leith Docks.

Walk round the Royal Botanic Gardens to see plant displays and specimens from around the globe.

Stay overnight at The Bonham, Edinburgh.

Day 8

Depart homeward bound.

COST PER PERSON: £1868 UK POUNDS (Based on 4 people travelling)

(approximately $2503 USD based on £1 = $1.34 USD)

What’s included:

  • 7 nights' accommodation sharing a double room and full Scottish Breakfast
  • Chauffeur Driven Transport throughout (excluding day 7)

What’s not included:

  • Flights
  • Airport transfer on day of departure
  • Dinners 
  • Lunches
  • Admission (relatively small costs) to Castles and Whisky Distilleries etc for ease of flexibility of the tour

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