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Scotland's Castle Trail & Royal Deeside

Scotland's Castle Trail & Royal Deeside

Sat 10-Fri 16 Aug 2024: A 7 Day Escorted Coach Holiday to Scotland's Castle Trail & Royal Deeside with Johnsons Coaches

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Saturday 10th to Friday 16th August 2024




Aberdeenshire has been called ‘the castle county’ for many years due to the fact this remote region of Scotland is home to more castles per acre than anywhere else in Britain. There are over 260 castles in the county, some of which are perched high on top of the remotest cliff tops, others that are nestled deep in thick pine forests, and many more situated in scenic rolling countryside. Scotland’s far north-east is famous for its stunning landscapes where mountains meet lochs and sea-battered cliffs front quaint fishing towns, so it is understandable that Aberdeenshire is one of the top tourist destinations in Scotland.


Look What’s Included

  • Door to Door Service

  • Our own courier service

  • Luxury Traveller Coach with ‘First Class’ Seating & Legroom

  • Fully reclining seats

  • Complimentary on board hot and cold drinks

  • Free Wi-Fi and USB charging points

  • Complimentary gift bag

  • 4 nights half board at the Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel & 2 nights half board at the Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel, Falkirk

  • Dundee Discovery Point

  • Aberdeenshire’s Highland Beef Farm with Guided Tour & Lunch

  • Crathes Castle

  • Pitmedden Garden

  • Guided tour of Aberdeen

  • Balmoral Castle

  • Braemar Highland Games Centre (including Refreshments)

  • Glamis Castle


Not included: All lunches


We board our Luxury Traveller coach for the leisurely drive north. Enjoy the scenic, undulating views of the Borders region as we journey to our overnight stay at the 4-star Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel near Falkirk.


Departing after breakfast we travel to Dundee, where after free time for lunch we visit Discovery Point. Here, we explore Captain Scott’s ship ‘Discovery’, which he sailed on during his remarkable Antarctic exploration. From here, we journey north to Aberdeen and our 4-night stay.


After breakfast we drive to Banchory to visit the Aberdeenshire Highland Beef Farm. This is a working farm, where the owners are passionate about their herd. Following tea, coffee & shortbread on arrival we have a guided tour where we meet this native breed, discover their history and sample some succulent highland beef. To conclude our visit, we include a lunch of ‘shoulders tea’, tatties & onions (A regional dish to Aberdeenshire) with beetroot and oatcakes on the side. Later, we continue to nearby Crathes Castle - one of the most superb castles in Scotland. This splendid 16th century family tower house has well-preserved interiors and wonderful gardens.


Today, a local coach and driver meets us for a visit to the highly acclaimed Pitmedden Garden. Admire the intricate box parterres, 40,000 plants in the colourful borders and breathe in the scent of roses. Later, we return for a Guided Tour of Aberdeen. Known as ‘Granite City’ and famous as the off-shore oil capital of Europe, this is a city with not one but two Old Towns: Old Aberdeen, with its cobbled streets, mature trees and 15th century fortified cathedral. Then there’s Footdee – known locally as Fittie – a quirky fishing quarter at the water’s edge, with squares of tiny cottages, flower-filled gardens andbrightly painted outhouses, their eccentric decorations drawing on the city’s seafaring soul.


This morning after breakfast, we travel west crossing the River Dee at the Bridge of Feugh, a waterfall to see we can catch a glimpse of the salmon jumping up the falls. Heading deeper into Royal Deeside we Stop at Crathie Kirk. This church has been used by the Royal family for worship since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert discovered and purchased the Balmoral Estate. We continue to Balmoral Castle before visiting the Braemar Highland Games Centre – where we discover the 200-year history of the Braemar Royal Highland Games Society. Our visit includes a bagpipe welcome and a welcome cup of tea with a scone.


We bid a fond farewell to Scotland’s far north and journey south pausing at Glamis Castle. Once home to the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, the castle oozes over 500 years of history where many legends and myths can be told. In the afternoon, we continue to our final nights stay in the Central Highlands.


We leave after breakfast and begin the journey home.

Your Hotel


4* Macdonald Norwood Hotel, Aberdeen

Norwood Hall Country House Hotel was built in 1881 on the site of the 15th century Pitfodels Castle, offering guests the best in breathtaking Scottish scenery and fine facilities. Conveniently located within easy reach of the historic city centre. Norwood Hall Hotel features log fires, wooded grounds and secluded gardens. The hotel retains many of its original Victorian features including sweeping staircases and colonnaded entrances. The library is open to guests and there are seating areas in the garden. The Tapestry Restaurant features fresh seafood from nearby ports and game from Highland estates. It also has an extensive wine list. The Georgian Lounge serves a selection of malt whiskies and light meals. Rooms are decorated in a classic style and feature modern facilities including flatscreen TV’s and Wi-Fi access. Some rooms have work desks and walk-in showers.

Mobility Grade: 4. The hotel offers good access throughout with a lift to all floors.


Duration, Dates and Prices:

Sat 10-Fri 16 Aug 2024

6 Nights



Tour Departs: 7.30am

Returns By: 7.30pm



Single Room: £231

Holiday Insurance: £42.50


(All prices are per person & are for the entire tour)

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