Pitlochry is a bustling town in the heart of Scotland and a wonderful base from which to travel through the wild and wonderful Scottish scenery. This area is rich in history and we tread in the footsteps of Scottish and English kings and queens as we visit Scone Palace, Glamis Castle and Drumlanrig Castle on the Scottish border. We also visit Edinburgh for some shopping or sightseeing, Discovery Point to see Scott’s Antarctic Ship and still have time for you to explore Blair Castle, taste some whisky, or buy some souvenirs, all from the wonderful four-star Atholl Palace Hotel.
Day 1 A fairly early start is required today to make our way via Oxford and the motorways to our overnight hotel in the Lake District/Carlisle area.
Day 2 After breakfast we make our way over the border into Scotland and travel via Dumfries to Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate. Time will be given for you to visit both the house and gardens of this magical pink 300-year-old castle perched above the Nith Valley and we have included a lunch of soup and sandwiches. We continue our journey through Dumfries and Galloway to Pitlochry.are waiting to take us home.
Day 3 A free day to explore the busy town of Pitlochry, or just relax and enjoy your surroundings. Within walking distance you have Blair Athol distillery, the Pitlochry Dam Visitors Centre with its ﬁsh ladder on the River Tummel, the Pitlochry Explorer’s Garden and much more.
Day 4 We travel west to Dundee and make our way to Discovery Point where you can see and explore Scott’s Antarctic Ship, The Discovery. This is an excellent presentation telling the tale of the most heroic voyage and exploration ever undertaken. Alternatively, you might like to visit the V&A Dundee, Scotland’s ﬁrst design museum (FOC). Please note there may not be time to visit both. We then make our way to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. After free time for lunch, there is a guided tour of this majestic house and then time to enjoy the tranquil gardens before returning to the hotel.
Day 5 Today we travel the short distance to Perth for lunch and sightseeing. We then visit Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scottish Kings. You will have ample time to discover this unique house and learn stories of Mary Queen of Scots and Marie Antoinette as well as Robert the Bruce and Charles II. Time will also allow you to visit the ornate gardens and Pinetum.
Day 6 A free day or a day of options. Your driver is available to either take you via Loch Tummel to Queen’s View and to Blair Castle, the House of Bruar (a shopping outlet), The Falls of Bruar (a 20-minute walk to a spectacular waterfall), or take a taxi to the Edradour Brewery (entrances extra).
Day 7 Travelling south to Edinburgh, we drop you in the centre where there will be free time to enjoy the city. After lunch we travel south across the Pentland Hills and across the border into England to our overnight hotel in the Newcastle/Durham area.
Day 8 We make our way down the Great North Road making several stops for refreshments and cross the Thames at Dartford before returning to the south coast, where our ever faithful taxis are waiting to take us home.
This privately-owned four-star hotel lies at the end of a sweeping drive overlooking wooded parkland grounds on the outskirts of Pitlochry. Elegant and spacious lounges are decorated in keeping with the ﬁne Victorian Gothic architecture of the building. Bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. For leisure there is a fresh spring water indoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, gym, and a pitch and putt course. The hotel has a lift.