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Homes Of Edinburgh’S Landed Gentry

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS9035

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

HH 2021

PRICE FROM ? £785 per person
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Description

Scotland’s vibrant capital city of Edinburgh is surrounded by important estates and fine houses, owned by the landed gentry of generations past who often had connections to royalty or the politics of their day. These fascinating places boast an eclectic range of architectural styles and stunning collections and are often still family homes to this day. We discover the rich history and intriguing family stories behind these houses, giving us a glimpse into life from a bygone era. 

Itinerary

Sunday: Arrival
We fly to Edinburgh airport and transfer to the Best Western Plus Keavil House Hotel. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager.

Monday: Edinburgh & Dalmeny House
We start the morning with a guided tour of Scotland’s vibrant capital city of Edinburgh. Most of the city’s sights can be found within the medieval Old Town and the elegant Georgian buildings of the New Town, all overlooked by the iconic castle perched high above the city.

From here, we make our way to Dalmeny House and Estate, home to the Earls of Rosebery since 1662. Sitting in rolling parkland with spectacular views overlooking the Firth of Forth, the house was completed in 1817 in Tudor Gothic style with highly-decorated chimneys and crenellations. Home to the 7th Earl and Countess of Rosebery, Dalmeny boasts inspired architecture and an extraordinary collection of antique furniture, artworks and other curiosities. We discover more about the house’s history, architecture and the Rosebery family on our guided tour.

Later, we return to Edinburgh where the evening is left free to explore at leisure and find a local restaurant to enjoy dinner before the coach takes us back to the hotel.

Tuesday: Abbotsford & Thirlestane Castle
We head first to Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, one of the great Romanticists and the foremost literary figure of his day. Created by the writer himself in the Scottish Baronial style and set in beautiful formal gardens, the house contains an impressive collection of historic relics and an extensive library which we discover on our guided tour. 


Afterwards, we visit Thirlestane Castle where we enjoy a guided tour. The historic seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale and the home of the Maitland family, one of the most reputable families in Scotland, this defensive fort dates back to the 13th century and boasts rose pink sandstone and fairy tale turrets. The interiors are a mix of 19th century and early Baroque and highlights include the Duke’s bedroom with its exquisite plasterwork ceilings, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Room and the extensive family portraits and historic toy collections.

Wednesday: Arniston House & Hopetoun House
This morning we visit Arniston House. Set within a 6,000 acre working estate, Arniston has been described as one of the most important William Adam houses in Scotland. Home to the Dundas family since 1571, the latest generation still own and live in the house today. On our guided tour we discover exquisite artwork, beautiful period furniture and stunning architecture, while we learn more about the intriguing family history.

We continue on to Hopetoun House,one of the finest examples of 18th-century architecture in Britain. Designed by William Bruce and then extended and changed by Scottish architect William Adam, it is widely recognised as Scotland’s finest stately home. The magnificent interiors reflect the elegance of the Georgian era and are decorated with the best period furniture, paintings, tapestries and clocks, with beautifully crafted finishes of carving, gilding and plasterwork.

Thursday: Departure
We transfer to Edinburgh airport for our return flight home.

Please note: the itinerary order is subject to change.

Air Bullets

  • Return flights to Edinburgh *ATOL Protected
  • Airport taxes and luggage allowance (one piece of checked-in hold luggage per person)
  • Airport transfers in Scotland
  • 4 nights at the 4-star Best Western Plus Keavil House Hotel, Dunfermline with breakfast plus 3 dinners
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Edinburgh, Dalmeny House, Abbotsford, Thirlestane Castle, Arniston House & Hopetoun House
  • Guided city tour of Edinburgh
  • Guided tours of Dalmeny House, Abbotsford, Thirlestane Castle & Arniston House
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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  • 4 nights at the 4-star Best Western Plus Keavil House Hotel, Dunfermline with breakfast plus 3 dinners
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Edinburgh, Dalmeny House, Abbotsford, Thirlestane Castle, Arniston House & Hopetoun House
  • Guided city tour of Edinburgh
  • Guided tours of Dalmeny House, Abbotsford, Thirlestane Castle & Arniston House
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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Booking Flights

Please note the following information when booking flights.

  • We will need passenger names (First and Last name only) as per passport. These names MUST match with your passport (please add in the “notes” section of the booking process)

  • Please note the flights will be booked in the names given to us during the booking and that changes to names will incur a charge from the airline which will be passed on to you, along with a £10.00 Just Go! amendment fee. (If you do not enter a full name during the booking process one of our reservations staff will contact you following your booking)

  • Are you travelling on a British passport? (If not please let us know)

  • Do you or any of you party require assistance at the airport

  • Luggage will be booked as per the flight terms above. Where hold luggage is included this will be the airline minimum usually 15 or 20kg per person.

  • Day time flights will be booked and time sent over by either post or email on the ATOL certificate. (Flights booked outside the hours of 0600-18:00 customers will be contacted.)

  • Flight arrivals/departures are grouped for transfers and passengers may have to wait up to an hour on arrival for incoming/delayed flights.

  • Flights are non-changeable and non-refundable once they are booked by our air department.

  • Where applicable clients must be able to do their own online check in. If you wish us to do this on your behalf the charge is £25 per person and you must complete a form which we will send to you.

Flight Info

*Air holiday prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to fluctuation and availability. Other regional airports may be available and the final price will depend on your chosen airport, airline and flight time. This will be advised at the time of booking.

One piece of checked-in hold luggage PER PERSON is included however; the weight allowance does vary between airlines. Please ask for details.

Hotel transfers may be in shared vehicles. You may also have to await passengers arriving on other flights; for your convenience we will do our utmost to keep the waiting time to a minimum.

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Itinerary

Sunday: Arrival
We check in to the Best Western Plus Keavil House Hotel in the afternoon. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager.

Monday: Edinburgh & Dalmeny House
We start the morning with a guided tour of Scotland’s vibrant capital city of Edinburgh. Most of the city’s sights can be found within the medieval Old Town and the elegant Georgian buildings of the New Town, all overlooked by the iconic castle perched high above the city.

From here, we make our way to Dalmeny House and Estate, home to the Earls of Rosebery since 1662. Sitting in rolling parkland with spectacular views overlooking the Firth of Forth, the house was completed in 1817 in Tudor Gothic style with highly-decorated chimneys and crenellations. Home to the 7th Earl and Countess of Rosebery, Dalmeny boasts inspired architecture and an extraordinary collection of antique furniture, artworks and other curiosities. We discover more about the house’s history, architecture and the Rosebery family on our guided tour.

Later, we return to Edinburgh where the evening is left free to explore at leisure and find a local restaurant to enjoy dinner before the coach takes us back to the hotel.

Tuesday: Abbotsford & Thirlestane Castle
We head first to Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, one of the great Romanticists and the foremost literary figure of his day. Created by the writer himself in the Scottish Baronial style and set in beautiful formal gardens, the house contains an impressive collection of historic relics and an extensive library which we discover on our guided tour.


Afterwards, we visit Thirlestane Castle where we enjoy a guided tour. The historic seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale and the home of the Maitland family, one of the most reputable families in Scotland, this defensive fort dates back to the 13th century and boasts rose pink sandstone and fairy tale turrets. The interiors are a mix of 19th century and early Baroque and highlights include the Duke’s bedroom with its exquisite plasterwork ceilings, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Room and the extensive family portraits and historic toy collections.

Wednesday: Arniston House & Hopetoun House
This morning we visit Arniston House. Set within a 6,000 acre working estate, Arniston has been described as one of the most important William Adam houses in Scotland. Home to the Dundas family since 1571, the latest generation still own and live in the house today. On our guided tour we discover exquisite artwork, beautiful period furniture and stunning architecture, while we learn more about the intriguing family history.

We continue on to Hopetoun House,one of the finest examples of 18th-century architecture in Britain. Designed by William Bruce and then extended and changed by Scottish architect William Adam, it is widely recognised as Scotland’s finest stately home. The magnificent interiors reflect the elegance of the Georgian era and are decorated with the best period furniture, paintings, tapestries and clocks, with beautifully crafted finishes of carving, gilding and plasterwork.

Thursday: Departure
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for our journey home.

Please note: the itinerary order is subject to change.

Coach Bullets

  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights at the 4-star Best Western Plus Keavil House Hotel, Dunfermline with breakfast plus 3 dinners
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Edinburgh, Dalmeny House, Abbotsford, Thirlestane Castle, Arniston House & Hopetoun House
  • Guided city tour of Edinburgh
  • Guided tours of Dalmeny House, Abbotsford, Thirlestane Castle & Arniston House
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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Itinerary

Sunday: Arrival
We check in to the Best Western Plus Keavil House Hotel in the afternoon. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager.

Monday: Edinburgh & Dalmeny House
We start the morning with a guided tour of Scotland’s vibrant capital city of Edinburgh. Most of the city’s sights can be found within the medieval Old Town and the elegant Georgian buildings of the New Town, all overlooked by the iconic castle perched high above the city.

From here, we make our way to Dalmeny House and Estate, home to the Earls of Rosebery since 1662. Sitting in rolling parkland with spectacular views overlooking the Firth of Forth, the house was completed in 1817 in Tudor Gothic style with highly-decorated chimneys and crenellations. Home to the 7th Earl and Countess of Rosebery, Dalmeny boasts inspired architecture and an extraordinary collection of antique furniture, artworks and other curiosities. We discover more about the house’s history, architecture and the Rosebery family on our guided tour.

Later, we return to Edinburgh where the evening is left free to explore at leisure and find a local restaurant to enjoy dinner before the coach takes us back to the hotel.

Tuesday: Abbotsford & Thirlestane Castle
We head first to Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, one of the great Romanticists and the foremost literary figure of his day. Created by the writer himself in the Scottish Baronial style and set in beautiful formal gardens, the house contains an impressive collection of historic relics and an extensive library which we discover on our guided tour.


Afterwards, we visit Thirlestane Castle where we enjoy a guided tour. The historic seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale and the home of the Maitland family, one of the most reputable families in Scotland, this defensive fort dates back to the 13th century and boasts rose pink sandstone and fairy tale turrets. The interiors are a mix of 19th century and early Baroque and highlights include the Duke’s bedroom with its exquisite plasterwork ceilings, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Room and the extensive family portraits and historic toy collections.

Wednesday: Arniston House & Hopetoun House
This morning we visit Arniston House. Set within a 6,000 acre working estate, Arniston has been described as one of the most important William Adam houses in Scotland. Home to the Dundas family since 1571, the latest generation still own and live in the house today. On our guided tour we discover exquisite artwork, beautiful period furniture and stunning architecture, while we learn more about the intriguing family history.

We continue on to Hopetoun House,one of the finest examples of 18th-century architecture in Britain. Designed by William Bruce and then extended and changed by Scottish architect William Adam, it is widely recognised as Scotland’s finest stately home. The magnificent interiors reflect the elegance of the Georgian era and are decorated with the best period furniture, paintings, tapestries and clocks, with beautifully crafted finishes of carving, gilding and plasterwork.

Thursday: Departure
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for our journey home.

Please note: the itinerary order is subject to change.

Self Drive Bullets

  • 4 nights at the 4-star Best Western Plus Keavil House Hotel, Dunfermline with breakfast plus 3 dinners
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Edinburgh, Dalmeny House, Abbotsford, Thirlestane Castle, Arniston House & Hopetoun House
  • Guided city tour of Edinburgh
  • Guided tours of Dalmeny House, Abbotsford, Thirlestane Castle & Arniston House
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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Accommodation

Best Western Plus Keavil House Hotel

The 4-star Best Western Plus Keavil House Hotel is nestled in 12 acres of landscaped gardens, two miles from Dunfermline. This country house hotel and spa offers stylish bedrooms with free Wi-Fi, the Botanist restaurant and bar plus a health and fitness club with sauna, steam room, spa bath, indoor pool and gym. Spa treatments are available at extra cost.

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