Join us on this wonderful tour like no other, based in Perth, perfect for visiting the Enchanted Forest, renowned as Scotland’s premier sound and light experience! We spend our days exploring the beautiful autumn scenery, visiting the castles of Drumlanrig and Glamis, and tasting a little shortbread and whisky along the way.
Day 1 A fairly early start is required today to make our way up to our overnight hotel in the Cumbria area.
Day 2 We continue northwards and cross the border into Scotland, via Dumfries to Drumlanrig Castle. Time will be given for you to explore the gardens and the magical pink 300year-old castle perched above the Nith Valley, and we have an included lunch of soup and sandwiches. We continue our journey to Perth arriving in time for our dinner, and our fournight stay.
Day 3 Today takes us into the glorious autumn countryside ﬁrstly to Queen’s View at the head of Loch Tummel, before heading to Loch Tay, Loch Earn and to Crieﬀ. Here we ﬁnd the spiritual home of Famous Grouse and Glenturret, and we have a guided tour of the distillery along with a dram or two, before heading back to Perth and our hotel.
Day 4 This morning is free in Perth. You might like to visit Scone Palace (entrance not included), which is only three miles from the centre, do a little souvenir shopping, or just stroll along the River Tay. In the afternoon we visit the Black Watch Museum, housed in the historic Balhousie Castle, which tells the story of Scotland’s premier Highland Regiment. We have included a short tour, tea and shortbread. For those who don’t wish to walk to the museum, transport will be provided.
Day 5 A morning visit to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. We have time to explore the castle and gardens, where the abundance of trees ensures a spectacle of autumn colour. We return to Perth for a little free time and an early dinner before driving up to Pitlochry to enjoy the Enchanted Forest. With dazzling visuals and innovative designs set to music, explore the stunning autumn woodland setting of Faskally Woods as it is transformed by this spectacular sound and light show!
Day 6 Travelling south, we cross the Firth of Forth and reach Edinburgh. We have some free time for your own exploration, before continuing across the border to our overnight hotel in the Newcastle/Durham area.
Day 7 We make our way home, with suitable refreshment stops along the way, reaching the south coast in the evening to meet our ever faithful taxis.
The 17th Century hotel is centrally located within the town’s main shopping area and provides a welcoming atmosphere, good food and comfortable accommodation. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift, but some steps throughout.