13 May to 23 September, 2016
Adult Price from £ 45
Child Price from £ 42
Child rates apply from 3-15 years inclusive.
We regret that children under 3 are not carried on this tour.
Product code: HEX 01860
Join us for a delightful day of castles, mountains and whisky. The Cairngorm National Park is the UK’s largest and stretches from the Spey Valley across the vast Grampian Mountains to Royal Deeside and beyond. Start the day with a visit to fairytale Cawdor Castle and its amazing gardens. Next the Whisky Trail beckons and we head to Glenlivet Malt Whisky Distillery for a tour and tutored tasting of the end product! Spend time in the pretty town of Ballater before heading to see Crathie Kirk, where the Royal Family worship when staying at nearby Balmoral Castle. We’ve kept the best until last as we return to Inverness by the dramatic Lecht pass over the Grampian Mountains.
From Inverness we make the short journey to fairytale Cawdor Castle*, a family home for over 600 years. Cawdor was made famous by William Shakespeare in his "Scottish Play” (Macbeth). This romantic castle dates from the 14th Century and boasts a varied collection of paintings, furniture and tapestries. Not to be missed are the extensive gardens and nature trails.
We join the famous Whisky Trail and no visit to this part of Scotland would be complete without a visit to a whisky distillery. After hearing how "the water of life” is produced and a guided tour of the whisky stills we can sample a "wee dram” in the tasting room. For whisky connoisseurs a visit to the distillery shop is a must!
Prince Albert bought the Balmoral Estate in 1852 and ever since this part of Scotland has been known as Royal Deeside. We’ll visit the pleasant little town of Ballater, once famous for its health-giving waters and now bristling with "By Royal Appointment” crests above the shops that overlook the town square.
As we drive along the Royal Deeside route you might be lucky to catch a glimpse of Balmoral Castle through the trees before we stop at little Crathie Kirk, where the Royal Family worship when staying at their nearby estate.
As we leave Royal Deeside behind look out for white-washed Corgarff Castle. This isolated Castle was used to protect the military road over the Grampian Mountains which was built in 1745 during Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite rebellion. This spectacular route has remained largely unchanged to this day and rises to some 600 metres. You’ll discover that The Lecht, as this road is known, offers a thrilling journey!
Our last stop is in Tomintoul, an attractive 18th century planned village with a central square and many Georgian and Victorian buildings. After time to chill it’s time to board our minicoach for the last part of our journey through picturesque Speyside and back to Inverness.
* Admission Fees
Cawdor Castle - £10.70 Adult £6.70 Child
This information is given for guidance only and prices are subject to change without notice.