Scotland is renowned for its beautiful traditional settlements and historical castles. It is believed that the country once had some 3000 castles, some of which are still in use today, while others lie in ruins. This perfectly paced 4 day tour explores the history of Doune Castle, Blair Castle and charming highland villages of the magical highlands whilst enjoying some of the most beautiful and diverse scenery in Scotland all topped off with a tour of a Whisky Distillery to sample the "Water of Life". We visit the villages of Carrbridge, Pitlochry, Fort Augustus on Loch Ness, Luss on Loch Lomond and the fishing villages of Crail and Anstruther.
Day 1 is a fabulous introduction to the Scottish landscape; visiting Doune Castle used as a film location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones and Outlander. Later, we explore the Loch Lomond in Scotland’s first National Park and the beautiful lochside village of Luss before we venture through the fabulous mountains of Glencoe, steeped in history with dramatic scenery and learn of the grim McDonald massacre of 1692. Overnight nr Glencoe
Day 2 takes in the wonderful Highland town of Fort William to view Britain’s highest mountain, then through the Great Glen to the charming village of Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness. After a relaxing walk along the Caledonian Canal to enjoy the atmosphere we now head further north to sample the “Uisge Beatha” or “Water of Life” at the Whisky Distillery before heading to Inverness, the ‘Capital of the Highlands’. Overnight Inverness
Day 3 explores the Cairngorms National Park with towering mountain ranges and large tracts of the original Caledonian Pine Forest. Heading south, we take in the village of Carrbridge, home to the oldest pack-horse bridge in the highlands, and Aviemore at the foot of the Cairngorms mountain range. Later, we enjoy a visit to Blair Castle & Gardens and then the Victorian town of Pitlochry with the opportunity to visit the Single Malt Whisky Distillery. Overnight Pitlochry
Day 4 explores the East Neuk of Fife and St Andrews; the home of golf and the home of Prince William while he attended the University - one of the oldest in the world. Explore the medieval centre of St Andrews, consisting of narrow alleys and cobbled streets with shops, restaurants and cafés. You can also view the remains of St Andrews Castle, and the now ruined Cathedral. We head back to Edinburgh via the quaint East Neuk fishing villages of Crail and Anstruther.
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