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St Andrews & Royal Deeside

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(Tour code: ADB19)

Immerse yourself in the rich royal heritage of Scotland on this remarkable tour

Immerse yourself in the rich royal heritage of Scotland on this remarkable tour. Visit the former yacht of Queen Elizabeth II, explore historic castles, delight in a nostalgic journey on the Royal Deeside Railway and discover the idyllic coastal town of St Andrews.

Highlights
  • Edinburgh
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Stirling Castle
  • St Andrews
  • Aberdeen
  • Royal Deeside Railway
  • Balmoral Castle
  • Whisky tasting at the Royal Loch Nagar Distillery
What’s Included
  • Heritage Rail Excursion
    Journey on the Royal Deeside Railway
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

St Andrews & Royal Deeside 2019Tour Details

Print Itinerary
Day 1 Edinburgh
Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Your Scottish adventure begins today as we meet our group and Tour Manager in the lively city of Edinburgh. Tonight, we stay at the 4-Star Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh, a beautiful royal-themed boutique hotel.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle

Royal Yacht Britannia, Stirling Castle and to St Andrews

We transfer by coach this morning to Edinburgh's historic port, Leith, home to the former yacht of Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal Yacht Britannia. We spend the morning exploring the floating royal residence, seeing rooms such as the Queen's former bedroom and the elegant sun lounge. This afternoon we travel to Stirling where we enjoy a guided tour of the dramatic hilltop castle, once the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots. We continue to the seaside town of St Andrews, famous as a popular golfing location. Here, we check into the 4-Star Hotel Du Vin St Andrews, which boasts wonderful views across the bay.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 St Andrews
St Andrews

Discovering St Andrews

Our day begins with a guided tour of St Andrews, introducing us to its famous sights, such as the prestigious university and the Cathedral of St Andrew. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the charms of Scotland's oldest university town; take in the glorious Scottish coastline, as well as the delightful town centre with its plethora of charming shops and restaurants.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 4 Aberdeen
Aberdeen

To Aberdeen

After breakfast, we transfer to nearby Leuchars. From here, we travel by rail to Aberdeen, enjoying an orientation tour on arrival. This afternoon we visit the Gordon Highlanders Museum, a fascinating museum set in a 19th century cottage which honours the Gordon Highlanders regiment. Next, we transfer to our hotel for two nights, the 4-Star Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel, a beautiful, castle-style hotel located in a 19th-century mansion house and set within in 30 acres of grounds.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Royal Deeside Railway
Royal Deeside Railway

Royal Deeside Railway, Balmoral Castle and whisky tasting

Today's excursion takes us to Banchory, where we join the Royal Deeside Railway. Our scenic, heritage rail journey harks back to a bygone era of rail travel, taking us along the route of the pretty River Dee in lovingly restored carriages. We continue to Balmoral Castle, the Scottish home of the royal family since 1852, for a guided tour of the impressive estate. To round off a fantastic day, we visit the Royal Loch Nagar Distillery for a tour and whisky tasting, before a farewell dinner together at our hotel this evening.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Edinburgh
Edinburgh

Home

After a final breakfast at the hotel this morning, we transfer by rail to Edinburgh, where our tour concludes and you are free to make your way to the airport for you flight back home.

Recommended airport

We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to and from Edinburgh Airport, which is approximately 8 miles from your start point and approximately 4 miles from end point in Edinburgh.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

What’s included

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • All rail and coach travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 5 nights' hotel accommodation including 1 night at the 4-Star Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh, 2 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Du Vin St Andews, and 2 nights at the 4-Star Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel

Delicious meals included

  • 9 meals including 5 breakfasts and 4 dinners including a farewell dinner in Aberdeen

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Entrance to the Royal Yacht Britannia with audio tour
  • Visit to Stirling Castle with guide
  • Guided tour of St Andrews
  • Time at leisure to explore St Andrews
  • Orientation tour of Aberdeen
  • Visit to the Gordon Highlanders Museum
  • Journey on the Royal Deeside Railway
  • Balmoral Castle with guided tour
  • Whisky tasting at the Royal Loch Nagar Distillery

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers
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