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Balmoral, Royal Deeside & the Highlands

Balmoral, Royal Deeside & the Highlands

Dates Available:

  1. 20-Jun-2014

To book by phone please call Newmarket on 0121 647 4211 quoting BPM

Join us in the heart of the Highlands. Enjoy Scotland's stunning scenery, see Balmoral - the Queen's favourite summer retreat - and visit Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. You can even go monster-spotting at Loch Ness.
What The Price Includes
  • Return flights from your local airport to Edinburgh
  • Coach travel in Scotland
  • One piece of hold luggage per person
  • Four nights' dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation in the Carrbridge Hotel, Carrbridge
  • Entrance to Balmoral Castle
  • A visit to Brodie Castle (April departures) or Cawdor Castle (May, June and July departures) entrance fees payable locally
  • A tour of Royal Deeside
  • Visits to Loch Ness and Inverness
  • The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager
  • Government taxes and service charges

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Edinburgh where you will be met by our Tour Manager - someone whose love of the Highlands will help you make the most of your holiday.

Stopping en route in popular Pitlochry, the journey to your hotel in Carrbridge takes about three hours. After check-in, the rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax or explore before dinner at the hotel.

Day Two

Today's tour takes us over the Grampian Mountains to the breathtaking beauty of Royal Deeside and Balmoral. Explore Balmoral's gardens and exhibitions, and see the Castle Ballroom's fine collection of silver, china, many paintings, and its uniform and highland dress display.

Afterwards there will be a chance to see the famous Crathie Church before moving on to the popular resort of Braemar. From here we visit Ballater, before heading back to the hotel for dinner.

Day Three

Discover Loch Ness on today's visit. Travelling via Spean Bridge and Fort Augustus, you'll travel along the Loch shore to Drumnadrochit, where you may like to visit the Loch Ness 2000 exhibition or to take a short cruise to view the Loch's abundant wildlife. The day ends with a visit to the thriving city of Inverness.

Day Four (April departures)

Originally built in 1567, Brodie Castle has been carefully restored to give visitors an insight into the everyday life of one of Scotland's oldest clans. The admission fee includes the cost of a guided tour, and there will also be time to explore the landscaped gardens of the estate. (This is a National Trust of Scotland property and NT membership cards are valid).

Day Four (May-July departures)

Ancient Cawdor Castle was immortalised by Shakespeare in 'Macbeth' - step over the drawbridge to enter a different world. The late sixth Earl Cawdor's fascinating (and often very funny) guide notes can be found in each room. The gardens, with their vast herbaceous borders, are also worth exploring.

We return to the hotel in the late afternoon, stopping en route in Grantown on Spey. Dating back to the 1760s, this traditional Highland town boasts many historic buildings, fine Georgian and Victorian architecture and an impressive tree-lined square.

Day Five

Transfer back to Edinburgh for your flight home. Depending on your flight time, there may be time to explore this beautiful city before you head to the airport.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately three hours.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Access to Balmoral

Batricars and wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that apart from the ballroom, all other rooms are Her Majesty The Queen's private rooms and are not open to the public.

Access to Cawdor Castle

Wheelchair access is limited, and there are some narrow and steep stairs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

 

  To book by phone please call Newmarket on 0121 647 4211 quoting BPM

Departing From:

  • Birmingham Airport

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ATOL REF: 2325

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