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Grand Houses of Scotland

Grand Houses of Scotland

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Time: All Year

Accommodation: 5 Star Hotel

Start Date: 4 Nights / 5 Days

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

Scotland contains some of the finest castles and houses in the world, in spectacular locations. This tour includes many of the most important, including the Queen's residence in Edinburgh - the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Glamis Castle, Scone Palace and Culzean Castle. You will see the interiors of all of the buildings and view the fine interiors and artworks on display.

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This tour is for those who are interested in the beautiful architecture and landscaped grounds around the best castles and country homes in Scotland. You will have the opportunity to see exquisite interiors and gardens in spectacular locations, whilst staying in a luxurious hotel.

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Itinerary

Palace of Holyrood House - Lennoxlove

Palace of Holyrood House - Lennoxlove

With a spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat is the PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE - the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Known as the home of Mary Queen of Scots it was the setting for the most dramatic parts of her reign. The Royal Apartments are currently used for State ceremonies and are finely decorated with works from the Royal Collection. LENNOXLOVE House is a C13th tower house which has recently been restored by the owner, the 15th Duke of Hamilton. Some wonderful artefacts like the death mask of Mary Queen of Scots together with fine furniture from the Douglas and Stewart families.

Day 2: Dalmeny House - Hopetoun House

Day 2: Dalmeny House - Hopetoun House

A short distance from Edinburgh lies DALMENY HOUSE. In one of the most beautiful settings in Britain, the house has been the home of the Earls of Rosebery for 300 years. There is a superb collection of tapestries, paintings and French furniture from the C18th. Close-by is HOPETOUN HOUSE. Often regarded as Scotland’s finest stately home, it is the work of the William Adam built around the turn of the C17th. The house was later enlarged by adding grand state apartments cover by a magnificent facade. Set in 100 acres, the house is approached by the Royal Drive, used only by members of the Royal family.

Day 3: Glamis Castle - Scone Palace

Day 3: Glamis Castle - Scone Palace

GLAMIS CASTLE is one of Scotland’s greatest castles, more a French Chateau than medieval castle. It is a five storey tower block, originally a royal hunting lodge. For over 600 years, it has been the family home of the Earls of Strathmore and the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. SCONE PALACE is built on the site of an ancient site of an abbey. 1500 years ago it was the capital of the Pict kingdom and the centre of the fledgling Celtic church. In the intervening years it was the seat of Parliament and crowning place of kings. Today, it is the home of the Earls of Mansfield and has a superb collection of art.

Day 4: Traquair House - Floors Castle

Day 4: Traquair House - Floors Castle

TRAQUAIR House is Scotland's oldest inhabited house. On the River Tweed, it was originally a Royal hunting lodge. In 1478 it passed by the Crown to a branch of the Stewart family who still live here today. The collections within the house can trace ten centuries of Scottish history. Within the grounds is the famous brewery producing Traquair House Ales. FLOORS CASTLE is the largest inhabited castle in the country. In Scottish Borders country it has been the family home of the Dukes of Roxburgh since 1721. The apartments have a rich display of art from all over the world and it has been used in many movies sets.

Day 5: Drumlanring Castle - Culzean Castle

Day 5: Drumlanring Castle - Culzean Castle

DRUMLANRIG Castle was built in 1679 by the Duke of Queensberry and is the finest example of Scottish domestic architecture. Built of local sandstone, inside is a fine collection including cabinets and art also the relics of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Craft shops, bike trails and wonderful gardens complete the estate. CULZEAN Castle is set on the west coast cliffs tops and was transformed from a simple tower house by the architect, Robert Adam into one of the country’s greatest houses. An apartment in the castle was given to Eisenhower as thanks for his service in WWII.


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