Another great new quality tour takes us from Ayrshire, home to Robbie Burns Scotland’s National Bard, on the West coast of Scotland to Aberdeen, the ‘Granite City’, on the rugged East coast. This scenic holiday takes in Scotland’s history and includes many great excursions including an Aberdeen Dolphin Adventure boat cruise, Royal Deeside train ride, entrance to Crathes Castle and a guided tour of Dumfries House with afternoon tea.
This stunning 4 star hotel is housed within a 19th century mansion and set within 30 acres of peaceful countryside and close to Aberdeen. The public areas contain many original period features including a stunning original staircase. The restaurant provides a grand and opulent setting and the Drawing Room, with its grand fireplace and rich wooden panelling, is the perfect place to relax whilst admiring the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Some of the hotels facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room. All of the 119 en-suite bedrooms are stylishly decorated with quality furnishings with a TV, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. A lift serves all floors.
Wednesday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive north to Scotland. Making use of the motorways we cross the border to arrive at our first hotel, the 4 star Marine Hotel in Troon for our 2 night stay. We have a welcome tea or coffee on arrival before time to relax before dinner.
Thursday After breakfast we visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, which offers a unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son. Set in 10 acres of the poet’s cherished countryside, the museum includes the famous Burns Cottage, where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work and the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour. From here we continue, by way of the strange phenomena that is ‘Electric Brae’, to Dumfries House, a stunning estate and 18th century house set in 2,000 acres of land. Here we enjoy a guided tour of the house before an included afternoon tea. Feeling refreshed we re-join the coach to make our way back to the hotel.
Friday After breakfast we say goodbye to Troon and begin our journey to Aberdeen via Glasgow, historic Stirling and Dundee where we have free time for lunch followed by a visit to Discovery Point. Here we explore Captain Scott’s Ship, named Discovery, which he sailed on his remarkable Antarctic expedition. We gain an insight into the man who captained this historic adventure at the turn of the 20th century and the story of life on board for the Discovery crew. After our visit we continue to Aberdeen and the 4 star Mercure Ardoe House Hotel for our 3 night stay.
Saturday This morning we make the short journey to Aberdeen where we spend time at leisure exploring Scotland’s third largest city. See the impressive turreted Town House in Union Street, the castellated Citadel at The Castlegate and the striking gothic Marshal College, the world’s second largest granite structure. Other points of interest include the Aberdeen Maritime Museum and the famous shopping Granite Mile. This afternoon we make our way to the Dolphin Education Centre for an audio presentation about Aberdeen’s dolphins which is followed by a 1 hour harbour cruise to see Aberdeen’s ‘urban dolphins’. Dinner will be served at the hotel this evening.
Sunday Another fine breakfast before making our way along the River Dee into Aberdeenshire. There are more castles per acre in Aberdeenshire than anywhere else in the UK and today we visit Crathes Castle for a guided tour. Turrets, gargoyles and the ancient Horn of Leys are just a few of the fascinating features of this beautiful home and the gardens are a delight at any time of year. After our tour we make our way to the Royal Deeside Railway at Milton of Crathes train station where we board the train for a 2 mile return journey. The Royal Deeside Railway is unique in having served all British monarchs from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth the second and foreign visitors travelling to Balmoral. After our journey we enjoy free time in the nearby town of Banchory before returning to our hotel for our final evening’s dinner.
Monday An earlier breakfast before we depart Aberdeen. We take the road to Stonehaven, then south through Strathmore to Perth. Using the motorway we cross the new Forth Bridge and reach Edinburgh before making a lunch stop in Jedburgh. Into England and down the east coast to return to our home area early evening after a fantastic Scottish break.
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