Eastern Scotland is an often overlooked part of the country. The Scottish tourist trail is firmly implanted in the western highlands but Aberdeenshire, Moray and Tayside offer a fascinating collection of places to visit, deep Scottish history and myths and legends abound.

Charming and historic locations are coupled with some of Scotland’s best scenery that offer open ocean views across the North Sea. Be assured of a warm welcome at fantastic hospitality venues that offer unrivalled food providence.

Discover a part of Scotland that is off the tourist trail but centre stage in Scotland’s story.

Each private tour is conducted in our premium Mercedes minivans, ensuring your comfort as we venture along the narrow cobbled streets of Edinburgh and narrow country lanes of the highlands.

Your knowledgable kilt-wearing private tour guide will tell you the stories and show you the sights on this tour. We offer flexibility and your time inside and outside the vehicle is up to you.

Inclusions:

• All-inclusive private tour
• Dedicated private tour guide and driver
• All accommodation on a Bed and Breakfast basis
• Entrance to all listed sites / attractions
• All travel costs
• Luxury Mercedes tour van

Exclusions:

• Lunch & Dinner
• Drinks

Options:

• Visit Loch Ness & The Great Glen
• Glasgow pick up and / or return
• Gratuities

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KEY SIGHTS ON THIS TOUR…

After meeting you at your Edinburgh accommodation we’ll set off on a journey of discovery along the road less-travelled. Eastern Scotland is often overlooked by the big tour groups but offers an authentic and rich visitor experience, full of stunning landscapes, ancient history and inspiring views.

Day 1

Leaving Edinburgh we’ll travel along ‘the royal route’ as we pass Linlithgow Palace and The Kelpies. Arriving at Stirling Castle we’ll explore the ancient monument and discover were Kings and Queens lived, grand banquettes took place and near about strange events that Stirling has hosted over the years.

Departing north we cross into the Highlands as we travel through the formidable landscape of Spittal of Glenshee before arriving at The Royal Castle of Balmoral, the Queen’s Scottish retreat. Nestled into the Cairngorm National Park we’ll step through the grand rooms and cozy corners of Balmoral that offers a fascinating insight into the private life of The Royal Family. We then call at nearby Braemar where we stop for the evening.

Day 2

After a hearty breakfast we continue north before joining the Strathspey railway for a steam train ride across the river Spey. The historic preservation railway offers a quirky and unique way of travelling and your guide will meet you at the end of the trip.

We visit Cawdor Castle, the ancestral home of the Campbells of Cawdor Cawdor Castle and home to over 23 generations of the Cawdor family. After lunch we continue onto Brodie Castle with it’s grand medieval architecture and fantastic art collection. After a walk along the coast of Spey Bay and an opportunity to see dolphins in the Moray Firth we’ll enjoy a visit to Strathisla Distillery, including a hosted tour of the distillery and a premium whisky tasting experience.

Day 3

In the morning we visit Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire which comes complete with stunning baronial interiors, a racquets court and bowling alley, as well as the ice house. Learn the story of The Green Lady who is said to haunt the castle. We’ll then call at the sea port town of Aberdeen. Aberdeen is a vibrant city with its own old town, grand avenues that give it the title of ‘The Granite City’ and docklands area.

We then start south along the coast with panoramic views over the North Sea as we arrive at one of Scotland’s most photographed castles, Dunnottar. Famously perched on the top of a rocky headland jutting out into the sea, Dunnottar Castle has been fortified since the early middle ages. Learn about famous visitors including Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots and how the castle was the backdrop to saving The Honours of Scotland from Cromwellian troops in the 1650’s.

Day 4

On our last day we visit picture-postcard Glamis Castle, ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne. Learn about the monster of Glamis and the White Lady who haunt the tower house and learn about the castle’s royal connections.

Arriving in the city of Dundee on the Firth of Tay we’ll visit the famous RRS Discovery, part of the Royal Recognisance Fleet, Discovery visited the Antarctic continent during the BANZARE exploration and was involved of both Scott and Shackleton’s expeditions. We’ll then cross the River Tay into The Kingdom of Fife.

We visit St Andrews, famous for its University and connections to golf, see the Royal & Ancient Golf Club and The Old Course before a driven tour of the town to see the ruined Castle and Cathedral as well as the quaint fishing harbour.

We culminate the trip with a visit to Lindores Abbey Distillery, on the site of Lindores Abbey where whisky was first produced in Scotland in 1494. Learn about ‘Aqua Vitae’ and taste the famous product that is again being produced here after a hiatus of 523 years.

We then continue south across the Forth Bridges with a brief scenic stop in Queensferry before arriving back in Edinburgh at the end of our journey.

SUGGESTED TOUR ROUTE…

Each tour we operate is unique and designed to your requirements. Here is an example of this tours route…

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  • Distance 480.38 miles
  • Time 12 h 43 min
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ALL OF OUR TOURS COME COMPLETE WITH…
KILT WEARING TOUR GUIDE

We are passionate, professional and full of personality. Let us share our knowledge of Scotland

HOTEL / CRUISE BERTH PICK UP

We’ll collect & return you at the start and end of the tour

BOTTLED SCOTTISH WATER

Premium still and sparkling Scottish water is provided in glass bottles

PREMIUM MERCEDES MINIVAN

Our minivans offer luxury interiors and excellent legroom for up to 7 people and their bags

ONBOARD WIFI

Stay connected to friends and family on tour with unlimited super-fast wifi

RECENT CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS
5 star review

We were not disappointed! I requested a customization to a tour and Alexander was happy to accommodate. Extremely knowledgeable about Scottish history and the Outlander film locations. Highly recommend!

Marisa F, September 2021

5 star review

We covered a lot of ground within a day and it quickly became clear how personable, accommodating and knowledgeable Alexander is. Make sure you tap into his vast knowledge of Scottish history!

Catherine L, September 2021

5 star review

Time very well spent with great company and a good few laughs thrown in. All the hidden treasures, that were such a nice surprise! Thank you so so much Sandy! Slainte x

Tracy H, August 2021

5 star review

Alexander has a fantastic knowledge of his own city. His van is immaculate and spotless. I can thoroughly recommend his tour to anyone who wants to see the city from the comfort of an armchair.

Andrew M, August 2021

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