(Edinburgh, Oban, Dingwall, Aberdeen)
Experience the family adventure of a lifetime as you explore the land known for its turreted skylines, picturesque jumbles of medieval tenements, and labyrinths of cobbled alleyways.
Spend your days taking in all the sights and sounds of Edinburgh’s elegant streetscapes; roaming lush hillsides dotted with old stone churches and relics; and witnessing the amazing landscapes and wildlife that abound in the area. Spend your evenings in castles and be treated like the royal family in accommodations that offer breathtaking views and some of the finest amenities in all of Scotland.
Enjoy a private-guided tour of beautiful Edinburgh- Scotland's capital city, and visit Edinburgh Castle and the Museum of Childhood. Continue on to Edinburgh Zoo and wave to the two new adorable pandas before stopping in at “Our Dynamic Earth,” an interactive exhibit that will take you on a 3D and 4D journey through our planet’s history. Visit Loch Ness and keep your eyes open for its elusive monster “Nessie” before continuing on to the Highland Folk Museum and hopping on a dolphin cruise. For the adults in the group, a stop at one of the many distilleries for a tasting of single malt Scotch may be in order, as might a visit to the British Golf Museum in St. Andrews. Scotland is a magical land where you and your family will make memories that last a lifetime.
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Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy a full day private excursion taking in a panoramic tour of Edinburgh- Scotland's capital city, including the classical Georgian New Town and the medieval Old Town, both world heritage sites with possible visits to Edinburgh Castle and the Museum of Childhood. The museum has an extensive display or toys from days gone by. Later you can visit Edinburgh Zoo, a favourite visit of travellers and locals alike especially with the recent addition of two pandas. Or why not visit Our Dynamic Earth with its interactive displays. It will take you on a journey through our planet’s past, present and future with interactive exhibits and impressive technology with 4D and 3D experiences.
Please note: Per Person entrances fees have not been included to allow for maximum flexibility. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would like all entrances included and this can be added.
Leaving Edinburgh this morning you will drive north to Stirling to visit the magnificent Castle perched majestically above the city. You then travel back in time taking the scenic paddle steamer along Loch Katrine, undoubtedly one of the most picturesque boat journeys in Scotland. After time at leisure for lunch, your journey will continue to the stunning west coast of Scotland. Enroute to Oban you could explore Cruachan Power Station with a train trip through the mountain.
Take a scenic ferry journey from Oban to the magical Isle of Mull, the second largest of the Inner Hebrides and the fourth largest Scottish island. Travel to Tobermory, the largest settlement on the island. From here you can take a wonderful journey of discovery in a whale watching trip. You may be lucky and catch site of some of the wonderful wildlife which abounds on this small island.
Continue your adventure as you leave the west coast of Scotland this morning and travel eastwards towards Loch Ness, possibly Scotland's most famous Loch, known for its elusive monster. Before arriving there you will pass through Fort William and if the timings are right you would be able to take a trip on the West Coast Railway, made famous in the Harry Potter films. Visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle in their dramatic position overlooking the Loch. Or stop at the Loch ness exhibition and learn about the secrets of it or, indeed take a cruise on the loch. You might be lucky and “Nessie” will make an appearance.
Please note: Per Person entrances fees have not been included to allow for maximum flexibility. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would like all entrances included and this can be added).
Travel south a little today to the Highland Folk Museum. The museum brings to life the domestic and working conditions of earlier Highland peoples. In this living history museum visitors can learn how the Scottish Highland ancestors lived, worked, built their home, and dressed. This is Highland life from the 1700s to the present day. Or join a cruise for some Dolphin spotting departing from Inverness Marina.
Enjoy a full day guided touring travelling in the stunning countryside between Inverness and Aberdeen. You will visit Cawdor Castle, romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth and a fantastic example of a fairy-tale Scottish castle steeped in history. For adults, enjoy a tasting at one of the many distilleries en route. Closer to Aberdeen there is Storybook Glen, a magical world of make-believe and fun for children (and adults) of all ages, set amidst 28 acres of spectacular scenic beauty on Royal Deeside. See more than 100 of your favourite nursery rhyme and fairytale characters. Enjoy exquisite flowers and plants, majestic trees, secret waterfalls, exotic animals and fairytale houses.(no entrance fees included).
Today we will take the scenic coastal route southwards to Edinburgh stopping around St Andrews. For golfers you can visit the British Golf Museum. For the children – Scotland’s Secret Bunker, Scotland’s best kept secret for over 40 years, hidden beneath an innocent Scottish Farmhouse. Today it is a Cold War museum that would have served as a Regional Headquarters had the Cold War turned Hot.
Welcome to Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Spa, a magnificent 13th century fortress set within acres of wooded parkland on the picturesque banks of the River Esk. From the moment you arrive at Dalhousie Castle, one of the finest luxury hotels in Scotland, a warm Scottish welcome awaits. Whether relaxing in the The Spa, enjoying one of the library's extensive collection of books and a drink from the 'secret bar' next to the open fire, dining in the ancient barrel vaulted dungeon on the exceptional cuisine or relaxing in your unique castle bedroom, you will always feel as welcome as the 'Laird'.
A warm welcome awaits you at the Barcaldine Castle in the beautiful surroundings of this, Argyll’s only ancient Castle with bed & breakfast facilities, built in 1609 by “Black” Duncan Campbell and restored in 1897 by Sir Duncan Campbell 3rd Baronet of Barcaldine. Barcaldine Castle offers something truly beautiful. A Scottish Castle set on the shores of Loch Creran with breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains of Glencoe in early Spring to the golden colours of Autumn.
Located in Dingwall, some 30 minutes from Inverness, Tulloch Castle (4*) dates from the 12th Century, when first the Bains and later the Clan Davidson laid claim to its lands. Like its lively history, the Castle's fortunes have changed many times. Now, it is once again a magnificent fortress, with a ready welcome for travelers. When you arrive, you will be met with Tulloch’s countless period features including the 250-year old paneled Great Hall. As you enter the magnificent hallways you will pass by painstakingly restored original fireplaces and ceilings. The castle accommodates 20 en-suite well appointed bedrooms all with their own unique character and charm. The hotel has an onsite restaurant where only the best Highland produce is freshly prepared for you by the chefs. Round off the evening relaxing in front of a roaring log fire with a fine Scottish Malt from the vast selection in the Green Lady Bar.
Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa (4*) is a 19th century mansion house set in 30 acres of tranquil countryside. Located 3 miles outside the city centre, the hotel has 109 traditionally decorated guest rooms with satellite TV and internet access throughout. Enjoy sophisticated dining in Blairs Restaurant or a nightcap in Soapie's Lounge Bar. The spa has luxurious treatment rooms as well as an indoor heated pool and fitness room.
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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November 06, 2013
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November 05, 2013
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November 06, 2013
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October 22, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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September 24, 2013
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