About the tour: Royal Tales and Highland Trails

Meet us in Scotland and discover rugged landscapes, famous whiskies and the natural beauty of Royal Deeside. Follow in the footsteps of the Queen as we tour Balmoral Castle, the Royal Residence. Then we visit Grantown and tour Speyside’s famous Malt Whisky Trail, before returning through stunning Grampian Highland scenery. And, to top this delightful holiday off, we head to Aberdeen and embark on the Castle trail, visiting Banchory and seeing the Crathes Castle and Gardens.

Tour Includes

  • 6 nights hotel with Scottish breakfast
  • 6 evening meals
  • Welcome tea and shortbread
  • Travel by executive coach

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Join at the overnight hotel in the Glasgow area.

    • Included meals: Dinner

    Head north to our hotel near Aberdeen for four nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Set amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside in the shadows of Lochnagar is Balmoral Castle, The Queen’s Royal Residence, and described by Queen Victoria as 'my dear paradise in the Highlands'. To make the most of your visit, a local castle guide will take you on a tour of the castle and grounds, telling you tales along the way. Later, enjoy free time in the riverside Deeside town of Ballater.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Guided tour Balmoral Castle and Grounds
    • Ballater

    Over the mountain tops and through the villages of Lecht and Tomintoul we visit Grantown on Spey before heading along Speyside’s famous Malt Whisky Trail – the world’s most recognised and well-known whisky region and the only one of its kind in the world. Famous brands like Glenfiddich and Chivas Regal distil here, together with twelve others like Dallas Dhu and Benromach. Enjoy a dedicated tour and tasting of four whiskies with a whisky expert, before returning through Grampian Highland scenery.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We firstly visit Banchory where the Castle Trail starts. The 50 mile trail has more castles per acre than anywhere else in the U.K. including Craigievar, Houghton, Fraser and Drum Castles. Entry is included into 16th Century Crathes Castle and Gardens with its turrets and towers, winding staircases, ornate ceilings, 240 hectares of formal gardens and its resident ghost! We have free time in the 'Granite City' of Aberdeen, Scotland’s third largest city.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Aberdeen & Castle Trail, including entrance to Crathes Castle & Gardens

    We head to our hotel in the Glasgow area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Make your own way home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast


    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for four nights at the 4-star Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa. This beautiful 19th century mansion house is set in 30 acres of tranquil Aberdeenshire countryside with 120 traditionally decorated bedrooms. It is said that the nearby royal residence of Balmoral Castle inspired the design for the Ardoe House’s fairy tale exterior. Ardoe House is three miles from Aberdeen, and the magnificent views across the River Dee makes it an exceptional country retreat. All bedrooms feature satellite T.V. and wi-fi throughout.

    Whilst staying at the Ardoe House Hotel, enjoy dining in the sophisticated surroundings of the Blairs Restaurant or, for something more informal, sample the delights of Soapie’s Lounge Bar. The hotel offers an indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. 

    Overnight stays will be in city-style hotels.

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