6 Day Private Scottish Castle Tour Itinerary
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Scotland is home to some of the most majestic, iconic and romantic castles to be found anywhere on the planet. Our 6-day driver guided castle itinerary has been designed so you can visit a selection of these beautiful and historically significant castles on your vacation, but also to ensure that you will have the chance to experience the astonishing natural beauty and vibrant cities that Scotland has to offer.
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Your private driver will collect you in the morning as we begin the tour in our stunning capital city of Edinburgh. To begin with, you can enjoy the gorgeous panoramic views from ‘Arthur’s seat’ - the main peak of a group of hills located just outside the city. From here you can truly appreciate the scale and structural beauty of the castle and capture some wonderful photos.
The castle itself offers hours of intrigue and attractions. Over the course of your time here you can explore the Great Hall, which was constructed in the early 16th century, gaze upon the oldest set of crown jewels anywhere in the UK, take in the Scottish National War Memorial and much much more. We will also ensure that your visit to the castle coincides with the one o’clock gun a daily tradition of firing a cannon that dates back to 1861.
Once you’ve finished exploring, your driver-guide will take you on a short trip to the 16th century Holyroodhouse Palace - the official residence of the queen in Scotland.
In the evening, your chauffeur can recommend the best spots to enjoy some locally sourced produce for dinner and suggest where to enjoy a ‘tipple’ or two in the city’s incredible selection of bars and restaurants.
We will set off on the second day of your castle tour by taking the scenic drive from Edinburgh towards Stirling. On the way, you can take plenty of pictures as we cross the Forth Road Bridge and stop at Bannockburn to see the statue of Robert the Bruce that stands on the site of the famous battleground.
Given its dominance over the skyline of the city, you cannot fail to be impressed as Stirling Castle comes into view on the drive. Built between the early 12th century and the year 1600, the castle has a special place in Scottish history as home to generations of Scottish Kings and Queens. it will be no surprise to find out that the castle’s lore includes figures such as Mary Queen of Scots, Robert the Bruce, William Wallace, and Bonnie Prince Charlie.
In the afternoon your chauffeur will drive you to the Wallace Monument - a stunning 220-foot tall structure built-in memory of Scotland’s guardian William Wallace - who of course was the figure that the movie Braveheart was based upon. Here you can learn all about this vitally important figure from Scotland's history and even see the ‘Wallace Sword’ a large two-handed weapon measuring over 5ft in length believed to have belonged to Wallace himself.
In the evening, your private driver-guide will be happy to suggest fascinating historic locations and spots of interest around the old town alongside providing recommendations for the best places to enjoy Stirling’s numerous traditional bars and dining options.
On day three of your Castle tour, we will drive to the West Coast of Scotland to visit Inveraray Castle - the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of one of the most famous Scottish Highland Clans - the Clan Campbell.
Inveraray Castle is one of Europe’s earliest examples of Gothic Revival architecture and its setting just off the shores of the exquisite Loch Fyne makes it an unmissable destination on your castle tour of Scotland.
Thanks to its spectacular beauty, it is easy to understand why the producers of the hugely popular ‘Downton Abbey series selected Inveraray castle to feature on the show as ‘Duneagle Castle’.
We have two castles planned for today, beginning in the morning when your private driver will take you to Balmoral Castle - a grade A listed building owned by the Royal Family and residence for the Queen who spends a week here each year in Summer.
Balmoral castle is located on a royal estate containing Grouse Moors, lush forestry and herds of Deer, Highland Cows and Highland Ponies. The castle exhibitions and grounds will be open to the public from the 1st of April to the 31st of July so if your Scottish vacation coincides with these dates then it would be a shame not to view the splendor of Balmoral castle in all its glory.
After a stop for lunch, we’ll travel to the beautiful Cairngorms National Park and visit Braemar Castle. Constructed in 1628 to defend the Mar Estates from nearby clans, you’ll have the chance to step back in time and learn the stories of the castle’s interesting history.
You and your driver-guide will then travel to Inverness for your accommodation for the night.
We will begin the morning with a visit to Cawdor Castle in Nairnshire in the Highlands.
Cawdor Castle has a very unique origin story indeed. The structure was constructed around a Holly Tree - and in fact, you can still see the remains of this tree in the lower levels of one of the towers. Scientific testing has demonstrated that the tree died in approximately 1372 which suggests the castle itself is even older.
We will then travel to Glenfinnan Viaduct - perhaps the most picturesque section of railroad bridge in the world and notable for its appearances in the Harry Potter films - before spending the afternoon traveling to and exploring Eileen Donan Castle.
Eileen Donan Castle located on a small tidal island in the western highlands is one of the most recognizable castles in Scotland, and in recent years has featured as a filming location in productions such as ‘Highlander’, ‘James Bond: The World Is Not Enough’, and the ‘Outlander’ series.
Indeed, it’s beauty and uniqueness has earned Eileen Donan the reputation as being the most photographed castle in Scotland.
On your final day of the tour, your driver will take you on a guided tour down the west coast of Scotland - driving through the achingly beautiful Glencoe before arriving at Doune Castle.
Constructed in the 13th Century, the castle saw military action in the Scottish Wars of Independence, The Wars of the Three Kingdoms and the Jacobite Risings amongst other battles.
We will draw our tour to a close driving through the tranquil Loch Lomond and spending some time in Glasgow where you will want to visit Glasgow Cathedral and try some of the excellent local restaurants, before returning to the airport in time for your flight.
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