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Highland Castles & the Grampian Mountains

Destination: HighlandsOperator: Just Go Holidays Terms
Departs: 27/05/2024Type: Sight Seeing
Duration: 5 daysQuality: Good * * *
Departs Via: All AreasBoard: Half Board
Tour Code: J46354Transport: Coach Pickup
Supplements
Pick up Supplement Band B £15.00 per person
Pick up Supplement Band C £30.00 per person
5 Day UK Holiday Insurance £35.00 per person
Single Room £70.00 per person
Adults £299.00
Children £299.00
Deposit Per Person £99.00
* Children: Max age 12
* Babies: Not allowed
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Description
Description
Join us for five unforgettable days away to experience the grand landscapes of the Scottish Highlands! Steeped in stories and recounted in songs, the romantic scenery of Scotland is on full display on this trip, which features the towns of Banff and Stonehaven, as well as the delightful Ballater with its breathtaking views of the Grampian Mountains. We also explore several of Scotland's most legendary castles such as Fyvie, Crathes and Dunnottar, the sites of battles, tragedies and, of course, hauntings throughout the centuries to cap off this spectacular break.

Pick up Supplement Band B - £15 per person

Abergele, Abingdon, Accrington, Acle, Aldershot, Alfreton, Ampthill, Anlaby, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Aylesbury, Bangor, Banstead, Barrow-in-Furness, Barton-le-Clay, Bebington, Beccles, Belper, Beverley, Bexhill, Bexley, Bicester, Biggleswade, Billingham, Bishop Auckland, Bodmin, Bognor Regis, Bourne, Bracknell, Brentwood, Bridgend, Bridgnorth, Bridgwater, Brighouse, Bromsgrove, Buckingham, Burnham-on-Sea, Burnley, Camberley, Camborne, Canterbury, Canvey Island, Cardiff, Chatham, Chatteris, Chelmsford, Chepstow, Cheshunt, Chorley, Christchurch, Clacton-on-Sea, Cleethorpes. Clevedon, Coalville, Cockermouth, Colwyn Bay, Connahs Quay, Cottingham, Dalton-in-Furness, Deal, Dereham, Didcot, Diss, Dover, Downham Market, Driffield, Droitwich, Ellesmere Port, Epsom, Evesham, Farnborough, Farnham, Felixstowe, Filey , Flint, Flitwick, Folkestone, Gravesend, Great Malvern, Hailsham, Harlow, Harrogate, Hatfield (Herts.), Haverhill, Haywards Heath, Hedge End, Hereford, Herne Bay, Hertford, Heswall, Hinckley, Hitchin, Holbeach, Honiton, Horley, Horsham, Hove, Hucknall, Hythe (Kent), Ilkeston, Immingham, Keighley, Kempston, Keynsham, Kidsgrove, Kingswood, Leamington Spa, Leatherhead, Leek, Leighton Buzzard, Lewes, Lewisham, Leyland, Lichfield, Liskeard, Llandudno, Long Eaton, Loughborough, Louth, Mablethorpe, Maidenhead, Malton, Market Deeping, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Mildenhall, Mold, Morecambe, Nailsea, Newark, Newbury, Newhaven, Newport (South Wales), Newport Pagnell, Newton Abbot, Northallerton, Northop, Nuneaton, Oakham, Ormskirk, Oswestry, Paignton, Penzance, Pershore, Polegate, Pontefract, Prestatyn, Princes Risborough, Redruth, Retford, Rhyl, Rickmansworth, Ringwood, Ross-on-Wye, Runcorn, Rushden, Saltash, Sandy, Scunthorpe, Seaford, Sevenoaks, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sittingbourne, Skegness, Skipton, Sleaford, Slough, South Benfleet, Southport, St Neots, Staines, Stanford-le-Hope, Stonehouse, Stourbridge, Stourport, Stratford-upon-Avon, Stretford, Stroud, Sudbury, Sunbury, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Swadlincote, Swaffham, Swansea, Tamworth, Tewkesbury, Thame, Thirsk, Tilbury, Tonbridge, Torquay, Totton, Truro, Tunbridge Wells, Ulverston, Wallasey, Wareham, Warwick, Waterlooville, Wellingborough, Wellington (Shrops.), Welwyn Garden City, Weston-super-Mare, Whitby, Whitehaven, Whitstable, Widnes, Winchester, Woking, Wokingham, Workington, Worksop, Wymondham, Yate, Lindale, Redcar, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Guisborough, Skelmersdale, Daventry & Chippenham.


Pick up Supplement Band C - £30 per person

Barnstaple, Bideford, Bridport, Chapel St Leonards, Cinderford, Coleford, Cromer, Cwmbran, Dursley, East Cowes, Ely, , Fakenham, Falmouth, Frinton-on-Sea, Gainsborough, Glastonbury, Harpenden, Harwich, Hunstanton, Ingoldmells, Launceston, Ledbury, Leominster, Ludlow, Lydney, Lyme Regis, Market Rasen, Maryport, Nantwich, Newport (Isle of Wight), Newquay, Pickering, Ryde, Sandown, Selby, Shanklin, Shepton Mallet, Snettisham, South Molton, Street, Swanage, Thornbury, Wells, Welshpool, Whitchurch (Shrops.), Wigton, Devizes, , Welksham & Trowbridge
Itinerary
Coach Itinerary

Included Excursions

Stonehaven & Dunnottar Castle (full day)For our first excursion, we head to picturesque Stonehaven, famous for its Hogmanay Fireballs Ceremony, where locals swing blazing spheres above their heads to ward off evil spirits. Why not visit the Stonehaven Tolbooth Museum, rich in history as a former courthouse and jail, enjoy the fresh sea air with a stroll along the sheltered harbour or simply sit back and relax in one of the lovely cafs or restaurants? We then head to the atmospheric Dunnottar Castle, a ruined medieval fortress which sits on a dramatic rocky headland. Once the home of the Earls Marischal, one of Scotland's most powerful families, the castle holds many secrets of Scotland's past. King Donald II was killed here by invading Vikings, William Wallace once captured the castle and famously, it was at Dunnottar that a small garrison fought back against Cromwell's army for eight months and saved the Scottish Crown Jewels from destruction.

Ballater & Crathes Castle (full day)The pretty village of Ballater sits in the heart of Royal Deeside, an area that captivated Queen Victoria due to its stunning landscape of moody mountains and shimmering rivers. Surrounded by countryside, the village is known for its spring water and is the nearest community to Balmoral Castle, which explains the many 'By Royal Appointment' signs that can be seen on local independent shops. Take a stroll to admire the historic buildings and browse the Ballater Gallery, which showcases Scottish artists with international reputations. Next up is Crathes Castle, a unique 16th-century castle built by the Burnetts of Leys, which remained in the family for over 350 years and is now under the care of the National Trust for Scotland. The castle offers an intricate maze of turrets, towers, oak panels and painted ceilings, as well as fine antique furniture, family portraits and the Horn of Leys, given to the Burnett family by Robert the Bruce in the 14th century. Outside, there is a historic walled garden to explore, complete with a sculpted topiary, exotic flowers and yew hedges planted as early as 1702. There are also several waymarked trails in the surrounding woodland, where you can look out for the rich variety of wildlife including roe deer, red squirrels and woodpeckers.

Banff & Fyvie Castle (full day)We make our way to the county town of Banff, popular with Robert Burns and Lord Byron, where the sights range from the former royal Banff Castle and the pre-Reformation market cross to the old harbour and the intriguing treasures in Banff Museum. For our last visit, Fyvie Castle awaits, where the historic halls are filled with uniquely Scottish legends dating back to its royal beginnings in the 13th century. In true Scottish fashion, Fyvie holds many tales of supernatural happenings. From the indelible bloodstain and the name carved by a ghost on the window ledge of the Drummond Room to one of the three fabled 'weeping stones' that it's said will curse the castle's owners until all three are reunited, the evidence of Fyvie's colourful and haunting history can still be seen today.

Coach Bullets
- Return coach travel- 4 nights at the Britannia Hotel, Aberdeen (JG2 rating) with dinner & breakfast- Excursions to Stonehaven, Dunnottar Castle, Ballater, Crathes Castle, Banff & Fyvie Castle Please note: this tour may not be suitable for those with limited mobility due to the castles' accessibility.

Search Bullets
- 4 nights at the Britannia Hotel, Aberdeen (JG2 rating) with dinner & breakfast- Excursions to Stonehaven, Dunnottar Castle, Ballater, Crathes Castle, Banff & Fyvie Castle

JG3
Hotels with a JG3 rating tend to be a more formal style of hotel, often part of a hotel chain, or are very-welcoming family-owned properties. Generally, they offer a greater range of facilities and services, and bedrooms tend to be a little more spacious with additional features. Public areas are larger and include lounge seating, bar and restaurant with good quality food served either buffet style or waiter service.
Venue Information
Britannia Hotel, Aberdeen Britannia Hotel, Aberdeen
The Britannia Hotel, Aberdeen is well located in the 'granite city' for our special break away. The hotel includes en-suite rooms with TV, telephone and tea/coffee-making facilities as well as a bar, lounge, restaurant and free Wi-Fi. All meals are buffet style.
Hotel/Attraction Links
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Pick-Up Points
.Altrincham Stamford New Road Map
.Ashton-Under-Lyne Bus Station Map
.Birkenhead Old Pump House Map
.Blackburn Ainsworth Street Map
.Blackpool Central Coach Station Map
.Bolton Bolton Interchange Stand G Map
.Burnley Bus Stop Outside Prestige Park, Map
.Bury Coach Stop Map
.Chester Coach Lay-By On Vicars Lane Map
.Cleveleys Outside Nat West Bank Map
.Ellesmere Port Bus Lay-by Outside Library Map
.Leigh Bus Station Map
.Leyland Bus Stop At The Queens Hotel Map
.Liverpool Opposite The Bus Stand On Old Haymarket Map
.Oldham Stand C Bus Station Map
.Preston Bus Station Map
.Runcorn Bus Station Old Town Map
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