Start today with a visit to Stirling Castle one of the best examples of a medieval castle in Europe. Stirling Castle played an important part in centuries of Scottish history and has been beautifully restored.
Enjoy a wonderful introduction to the wild scenery of Scotland travelling through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Arrive at Balmaha on beautiful on Loch Lomond.
Heading now westwards through dramatic mountains to arrive at the ‘Rest and be Thankful’ after a steep climb in the car.
Onwards to the charming Georgian village of Inveraray and visit the stunning Inveraray Castle.
Overnight – Inverary
Travel through the Highland villages of Tyndrum and Bridge of Orchy to the iconic Glencoe Mountain pass. Take time to photograph the magnificent mountains before learning about the infamous Massacre of Glencoe in the exhibition centre.
Travel along Loch Linnhe heading north to Fort William past the UK’s highest mountain – Ben Nevis, perhaps taking time to visit Neptune’s Staircase (eight locks) on the Caledonian Canal and hear about the Scottish engineer Thomas Telford who completed it in 1822.
Explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness and imagine the battles which took place there so many centuries before.
Arrive in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.
Start today with a visit to the excellent award winning Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre. Hear the stories from both the Jacobite and government soldiers.
An option to visit the amazing Fort George which was built after the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 to protect the north and is still operating as an army barracks today. Or visit Brodie Castle in Spring when the grounds are carpeted with over 100 varieties of daffodil.
Enjoy time strolling along the River Ness and the shops and cafes of Inverness or take a relaxing boat trip on the Moray Firth to look for dolphins.
Travel back to your accommodation after a historical day.
Continue into the Speyside whisky and castles area. The highlight of today is exploring the stunning Ballindalloch Castle and the extensive grounds and colourful gardens.
Leave the castle after an amazing visit, to travel over one of Scotland’s highest roads to arrive in Royal Deeside and the delightful town of Ballater.
Overnight at Ballater.
Travel along the beautiful River Dee to enjoy the family history story of this much loved Crathes Castle and famous hedges. One of Britain’s finest castles to explore.
In the afternoon travel westwards again to the newly restored Ballater Railway Exhibition where Queen Victoria first arrived when she bought Balmoral.
Depending on the time of year, we may visit Balmoral Castle, the summer residence of our Royal Family for generations.
Many options for relaxing stops today as we admire stunning mountain landscapes, small villages, and whisky country.
Check in near the village of Carrbridge in the Cairngorm mountains or enjoy the option to travel south to visit the ancient childhood home of the Queen Mother, Glamis Castle.
Enjoy the chance to shop for some of Scotland’s best food and drink or quality cashmere and tweeds at the famous House of Bruar.
Explore the many rooms and beautiful ballroom of the fairytale Blair Castle. The home of the Duke of Atholl for 700 years you will learn about the only private army in the UK.
Enjoy the rolling hillsides and colours of Perthshire - “Big Tree Country” by walking to the roaring falls of The Hermitage
Journey through the Kingdom of Fife to cross over Scotland’s newest bridge – the Queensferry Crossing. The only place in the world to see three working bridges from three centuries!
Finally arrive in the city after enjoying the best castle collection in Scotland.