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Highland Castles & The Whisky Trail

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  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2T10955

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

5 Days Away - 2021

Enjoy five splendid days away to explore the beauty of the Scottish Highlands with its magnificent castles and charming towns, along with the opportunity to taste a wee dram at the Glenfiddich Distillery and Strathisla Distillery.

PRICE FROM ? £249 per person
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Itinerary

What's Included?

  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights at the 3-star Britannia Hotel, Aberdeen with dinner & breakfast
  • Free Whisky Galore excursion (Speyside Cooperage, Glenfiddich Distillery & Strathisla Distillery)*
  • Free excursion to Ballater & Crathes Castle
  • Free excursion to Stonehaven & Dunnottar Castle
  • Included visit to Edinburgh

    *Please note: visits to the Glenfiddich Distillery and the Strathisla Distillery will be replaced with a visit to the Cardhu Distillery on breaks departing on the 4th, 18th and 25th April 2022.

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Whisky Galore

Whisky Galore

Our whisky trail delivers a real taste of Scotland and begins at the Glenfiddich Distillery. Founded by William Grant in 1887, this is one of the oldest family-owned Scotch distilleries. The whisky-making process has remained unchanged since 1887, using the same water source of the Robbie Dhu spring and unusually-shaped stills to guarantee unique quality and authenticity. We learn more about the process during our fascinating visit.

Next is Speyside Cooperage, home to the ancient art of coopering since 1947 and an integral part of the whisky industry. As well as water, barley and distillation, the quality of good whisky depends on the cask in which it matures. By using traditional methods and tools, nearly 150,000 oak casks are made and repaired here each year for the whisky distilleries in the surrounding area and throughout the world to use. Discover the sights, smells and sounds of the working cooperage, enjoy a journey through the lifecycle of a cask and see the highly-skilled coopers at work.

The Whisky Galore trail concludes with a trip to Strathisla Distillery, the oldest working distillery in the Scottish Highlands. Established in 1786 and located in the Speyside region, it was the first distillery to be owned by the Chivas brothers. To this day, Strathisla Single Malt is at the heart of every bottle of Chivas Regal, a popular blended Scotch whisky. A visit here is the perfect chance to discover the ancient craft of distilling spirits and the secrets behind Strathisla’s world-famous blends.

Ballater

Ballater

The picturesque village of Ballater sits in the heart of Royal Deeside, are area that captivated Queen Victoria due to its stunning landscape of moody mountains and shimmering rivers. Surrounded by countryside, the village is known for its spring water and is the nearest community to Balmoral Castle, which explains the many ‘By Royal Appointment’ signs that can be seen on local independent shops. Take a stroll to admire the historic buildings, browse the Ballater Gallery, which showcases Scottish artists with international reputations, or discover the painstakingly-restored royal waiting room at the Royal Station, which re-opened in August 2018 after a devastating fire in 2015.

Crathes Castle

Crathes Castle

Set against a stunning landscape of rolling hills, Crathes Castle is a unique 16th-century castle located near the small town of Banchory. Built by the Burnetts of Leys, it remained in the family for over 350 years and is now under the care of the National Trust for Scotland. The castle offers an intricate maze of turrets, towers, oak panels and painted ceilings, as well as fine antique furniture, family portraits and the Horn of Leys, given to the Burnett family by Robert the Bruce in the 14th century. Outside, there is a historic walled garden to explore, complete with a sculpted topiary, exotic flowers and yew hedges planted as early as 1702.There are also several waymarked trails in the surrounding woodland, where you can look out for the rich variety of wildlife including roe deer, red squirrels and woodpeckers.

Stonehaven

Stonehaven

Nestled in stunning countryside, Stonehaven is a picturesque harbour town on the North East coast of Scotland. The town is famous for its Hogmanay Fireballs Ceremony, where locals swing blazing above their heads to ward off evil spirits. During our visit you may like to discover the Stonehaven Tolbooth Museum, rich in history as a former courthouse and jail, enjoy the fresh sea air with a stroll along the sheltered harbour or simply sit back and relax in one of the lovely caf s or restaurants.

Dunnottar Castle

Dunnottar Castle

The atmospheric Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress which sits on a dramatic rocky headland near the charming town of Stonehaven. Once the home of the Earls Marischal, one of Scotland’s most powerful families, the castle holds many secrets of Scotland’s past. King Donald II was killed here by invading Vikings, William Wallace once captured the castle and famously, it was at Dunnottar that a small garrison fought back against Cromwell’s army for eight months and saved the Scottish Crown Jewels from destruction. The castle also had plenty of royal visitors, including Mary Queen of Scots and James VI.

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Accommodation

Britannia Hotel, Aberdeen Britannia Hotel, Aberdeen

The Britannia Hotel is an attractive, modern hotel well located in the ‘granite city’ for our special break away. All meals are buffet style.

Hotel Features: Bedrooms with en-suite facilities, TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities • Bar • Lounge • Restaurant • Free Wi-Fi in public areas • Lift

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