Exciting East Coast and Perthshire Adventure

Day 1

Branklyn Gardens, Perth V&A Museum of Design, Dundee, Arbroath Abbey

Meet Susan or John of Sublime Scotland at 9.00am at your pickup location to start your Scottish adventure.

Start our tour with a visit to the special Branklyn Gardens (a true hidden gem) in the city of Perth created in the 1930’s with rare species and exotic plants from across the globe. Now cared for by the National Trust for Scotland.

Travel east along the River Tay to the newly opened Scottish Design Galleries at the V&A Dundee. Scotland’s newest Museum of Design shows the worldwide influence of great Scottish architects and designers.

After a delicious lunch overlooking the mighty Tay, enjoy the Discovery for an excellent award-winning exhibition and explore the ship which took Scott to the Antarctic.

From Dundee take the coastal route to the ancient town of Arbroath and the stunning Arbroath Abbey. Visit Arbroath Abbey, famous for the Declaration of Arbroath, the most famous document in Scottish history.

Overnight in the village of Edzell.

Day 2

Glamis Castle, Lunan Bay beaches, Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven

Visit the stunning Glamis Castle, home of the Lyon family since the 14th century and birthplace of the Queen Mother. Enjoy the ghost stories in every room and a stroll in the beautiful gardens.

Continue to the beautiful beaches of Lunan Bay. Strangely overlooked by tourists, the wide sandy beaches are often deserted.

Continue to the spectacular and evocative ruined fortress of Dunnottar Castle. Perched on the clifftop above the roaring North Sea, explore the fascinating ruins of the Castle. In 1650 a small garrison held out against the might of Oliver Cromwell’s army for eight months and saved the Scottish Crown Jewels, the ‘Honours of Scotland’, from destruction.

Travel to the coastal town of Stonehaven and enjoy a seafood dinner or steak at a harbour Inn.

Overnight Stonehaven.

Day 3

Crathes Castle, Royal Deeside, Cairngorm NP, Pitlochry

Leave the coastal town of Stonehaven to explore the famous Royal Deeside where the Royal family have spent their holidays for generations.

Crathes castle is a 16th century castle in Aberdeenshire and was owned by the Burnetts of Leys family for almost 400 years after the land was gifted by King Robert the Bruce.

Take time to explore the villages of Aboyne and Ballater. Explore the shops with Royal Warrant or enjoy a stroll along the River Dee and soak up the mountain air.

Continue deep into the Cairngorm National Park and the remote village of Braemar where you may visit Balmoral Castle or enjoy watching local craftsman.

Enjoy a visit to the astonishing Fife Arms Hotel where the Art Collection is simply out of this world.

Continue through amazing mountain landscapes of the National Park to the Highland village of Pitlochry.

Overnight Pitlochry

Day 4

Highland Perthshire, Castle Menzies, Dunkeld, Scone Palace

Our final day and so much to see in Big Tree country. Explore the hidden gem of Castle Menzies – a splendid Renaissance example of the transition in Scottish Castles from earlier rugged Highland Fortresses, to later mansion houses.

Enjoy a more relaxed stroll through the Douglas Firs of the Hermitage or hike through the autumn colours of the wonderful waterfalls of the Birks of Aberfeldy.

A surprise awaits at Ossian’s Hall as a 18th century symbol of the Duke of Atholl’s love for his wife. She enjoyed watching the tumbling Falls of the Braan in the private viewing balcony.

Walk in the footsteps of early Scottish Kings at the Gothic Scone Palace. Enjoy the place where Scottish Kings were crowned on the Stone of Destiny at Scone Palace.  Have fun trying to escape from the historic ancient Maze in the Palace grounds.

Take photos of the posing peacocks and the stunning white ones too!

Return to your hotel in Edinburgh, Glasgow or Stirling.


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