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Scottish Castle Tour

Scottish Castle Tour

Introduction

Time: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Accommodation: Castles & First Class Hotels

Start Date: Any Day Start

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

The word castle means a “fortified place” and it was first used to just before the Norman in the C11th. The main period of castle building was in the Middle Ages but, there are many earthworks and structures from well before this period some, some stretching back into pre-history. These classify as castles.

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There have been over 2000 castles in Scotland. They are found all over the country and range from ancient hill forts and tower houses to opulent Victorian country homes. We have picked out the best the country has to offer from Edinburgh Castle and the Crown Jewels to the iconic Eilean Donan. Hotels can include castles.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh - Castle - Royal Mile - Palace

Day 1: Edinburgh - Castle - Royal Mile - Palace

We start our tour in one of the World’s most famous streets, the ROYAL MILE. At the top of the street is EDINBURGH CASTLE. This is most famous of Scottish castle and dates from the C12th. Your will hear the stories and history and see the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny. The Royal Mile has numerous hidden alleys and legends and about half way down is ST GILES CATHEDRAL. At the bottom of the street is the PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE – the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. It is probably best known as the home of Mary Queen of Scots and the setting for the most dramatic parts of her reign.

Day 2: Linlithgow Palace - Stirling Castle

Day 2: Linlithgow Palace - Stirling Castle

To the west of Edinburgh is the ancient burgh of LINLITHGOW perfectly positioned besides the loch. Originally built in the C15th the palace, this is the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. There are many tales to discover. Then, travelling to STIRLING CASTLE which was once the residence of the Scottish Kings. It is here that some of the country’s most famous warriors lived and fought including William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. The exquisite architecture and cobbled streets of the Old Town are testament to Scotland’s past. In the old town is ARGYLL'S LODGING – the best example of a C17th town house.

Day 3: Glamis - Dunnottar - Crathes Castle

Day 3: Glamis - Dunnottar - Crathes Castle

GLAMIS Castle is one of Scotland’s greatest castles, more a French Chateau than a medieval castle. Built of red sandstone, for over 600 years it has been the family home of the Earls of Strathmore and the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. Set is a spectacular position the ruined remains DUNNOTTAR Castle tell the story of much of the country’s history. Prominent people from history from St Ninian to William Wallace have stayed here. CRATHES Castle is a splendid C16th family tower house with many items of furniture and paintings. The gardens, dating from 1702 are justly famous.

Day 4: Ballindalloch Castle - Cawdor Castle

Day 4: Ballindalloch Castle - Cawdor Castle

Our overnight stay for the next few nights is at one of the few real castles open for visitors. We are now in the Speyside area of Scotland – the largest concentration of whisky distilleries on the planet. BALLINDALLOCH Castle one of the most beautiful and renowned castles in Scotland. Known as the Pearl of the North it has been the home of the Macpherson family since 1546. CAWDOR Castle is magical place. Made famous by Shakespeare as the home of Macbeth, it is a fairly tale castle over 600 years old. (You will have the chance to visit a whisky distillery today).

Day 5: Culloden - Loch Ness - Eilean Donan

Day 5: Culloden - Loch Ness - Eilean Donan

The Battle of CULLODEN is arguably the most important battle in Scotland’s history. In 1745, Jacobites – mainly highland Scots rose up in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s claim to the throne. The final battle took place at Culloden where the Jacobites were defeated by the government. From here, we will take the road past Inverness then down the west side of LOCH NESS viewing it from one of the many viewpoints. There are boats to seek out the monster. The road to the Skye Bridge is probably the most scenic in Britain. On the way is EILEAN DONAN – the most photographed castle on earth and an icon of Scotland.

Day 6: Isle of Skye - Cuillins - Dunvegan Castle

Day 6: Isle of Skye - Cuillins - Dunvegan Castle

From PORTREE, the capital of the Isle of Skye, we will explore this most breathtaking of the Scottish Islands. The jagged ridge of the Cuillin Hills, dominate the western part of the island but there are many tiny villages, bays and inlets to explore on the lush lower ground in the east. Among the attractions to visit is DUNVEGAN Castle, the home to the Clan MacLeod for 800 years. The MUSEUM OF ISLAND LIFE tells the story of how crofters lived 100 years ago. Weather permitting, a good excursion is a boat trip to see the Sea Eagles in the local waters. Skye is a haven for local crafts with many specialist artisans.

Day 7: Boat Trip - Glenfinnan - Castle Stalker

Day 7: Boat Trip - Glenfinnan - Castle Stalker

Travelling around the CUILLIN hills we will reach the ferry to the mainland. This inspired the Skye Boat Song - a traditional folk song recalling Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape from Culloden - this takes us to Mallaig. Fort William is the capital of the Highlands and the road from the ferry is spectacular. On the way is GLENFINNAN – the viaduct was made famous in the Harry Potter movies. Castle STALKER sits majestically on the top of a loch. It was the seat of the Stewart Clan and comprises 3 stories and a prison. Access is via boat. DUNSTANFANNGE Castle is C13th building with an impressive chapel.

Day 8: Glen Coe - Inverarary - Loch Lomond

Day 8: Glen Coe - Inverarary - Loch Lomond

Driving through the spectacular mountain pass of GLEN COE, you will hear the very turbulent history and stories behind the conflict between the local clans. The scenery is some of the best in Scotland as we reach the port town of INVERARARY. The castle is the home of the Campbells and has fine furniture, artwork, tapestries and armour. This is close to Loch Fyne which is famous for oysters. A small restaurant on the banks of the loch is an ideal lunch stop. LOCH LOMOND is Scotland’s most famous water way and at the southern end is LUSS, a lovely C18th village used as a movie and TV sets.


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