Scottish Castles and Manors
Days: 8 days
- Enjoy 8 days living like royalty as you stay in luxurious, historic Castle Hotels and Manor Houses. An ideal itinerary for honeymoons, anniversaries and special occasions, or simply to treat yourself.
Enjoy 8 days living like royalty as you stay in luxurious, historic Castle Hotels and Manor Houses. An ideal itinerary for honeymoons, anniversaries and special occasions, or simply to treat yourself, Scottish Castles and Manors Tour takes you from the romantic scenery of the Mull of Kintyre past the lochs, glens and castles of the Highlands , through the Whisky country of the North East and back to Scotland's stunning capital, Edinburgh.
Day 1 Braveheart's Stirling
From Edinburgh visit the Falkirk Wheel or Castle Campbell before arriving in Stirling , scene of many of Scotland's historic battles and associated with a number of great Scottish heroes. At the Battle of Stirling Bridge 'Braveheart' William Wallace routed the English and at nearby Bannockburn and Robert the Bruce gained independence for Scotland. Visit Stirling Castle , once a royal seat that rivalled Edinburgh, the Wallace Monument and Bannockburn Heritage Centre and learn more about Scotland's battles with the 'auld enemy'.
Overnight Airth Castle .
Day 2 Loch Lomond and the Mull of Kintyre
Travel West in to spectacular scenery of the Trossachs National Park to the shores of Loch Lomond, once a hideaway for outlaw Rob Roy. Stop in quaint town of Inverary, home of the powerful Campbell clan and visit Invararay Castle before turning south along the shores of Loch Fyne and in to the inspiring countryside of the Mull of Kintyre which inspried paul McCartney's poetic song.
Overnight Stonefield Castle .
Day 3 Oban, Glencoe and Fort William
From the Mull of Kintyre head north along the spectacular west coast towards the quaint port of Oban "Gateway to the Isles"to visit the beautiful Dunollie Castle, overlooking the bay, and the world-famous Oban Whiskey distillery. Continue north passing Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak, and the infamous Glencoe, eerie site of the massacre of the MacDonald clan in 1692. Pass thorugh the bustling harbour town of Fort William beforedriving the shores of Loch Lochy to Glengarry.
Overnight Glengarry Castle Hotel
Day 4 Loch Ness and Inverness
Explore the shores of Loch Ness making a stop to visit the stunning twelth century Urquhart Castle, or to wander the banks of the loch and try to get that elusive snap of the monster himself. At the head of Loch Ness you will find Inverness, the capital of the Highlands nestled on the banks of the river Ness. Enjoy a visit to the city Museum and Castle before making your short onward journey to Dingwall.
Overnight Tulloch Castle .
Day 5 The Grampians, Whisky Country and Aberdeen
From Inverness travel in to the Grampian Highlands a region home to stunning natural scenery, prehstoric stonecircles, fortified mansions, fairytale castles and an abundance of whiskey distilleries. Stop at the home of malt Dhallas Dhu at Forres before visiting Elgin, where you'll find the Glen Moray distillery Elgin Cathedral and Spynie Palace . A short drive south at Dufftown is the georgian manor off Duff House and the famous Glenfiddich distillery standing in the shadows of the stunning Balvenie Castle . Make a final stop at Tolquhon Castle before arriving in Aberdeen.
Overnight Ardoe House Hotel.
Day 6 Glamis Castle and St Andrews
Explore the classic Georgian architecture and rich maritime history of Aberdeen before journeying south. Head to Forfar and the spires and turrets of Glamis Castle which featured in Shakespeare's Macbeth before crossing the Firth of Tay to St Andrews, a city which combines a vast history with a contemporary edge being home to Scotland's first university, a medieval castle , the spectacular St Andrews Cathedral ruins and of course the most famous golf course in the world. Continu south to the outskirts of Edinburgh.
Overnight Dalhousie Castle .
Day 7 The Scottish Capital and Edinburgh Castle
Journey in to the town centre of the Scottish Capital; Edinburgh. Explore this magical city, wander the wide avenues of the Georgian new town and the winding, cobbled lanes of the medieval old town. Walk the Royal Mile, Visit the Spirit of the Tattoo and "Whiskey Experience" exhibitions before visiting Holyrood Palace and of course the stunning Edinburgh Castle wrapped in history, home to the scottish crown jewels and offering some of the most spectacular views over the city.
Overnight Dalhousie Castle .
Purchase the Great British Heritage Pass offering entry and queue skip to a number of sites on your itinerary.