About the tour: Tartan Explorer and Royal Deeside

Head north and join us on this fantastic 5-day tour to the superb sights of Scotland! Explore the area known as Royal Deeside, home to Balmoral Castle, as well as popular Pitlochry with its beautiful Victorian buildings. We will also discover historic Blair Castle and nearby Queen's View – a favourite of Queen Victoria – and see why the Royals have long loved Scotland. You can't visit Scotland without spending some time in the capital! Enjoy a guided tour of bustling Edinburgh, combining the best of the city's scenery with culture and heritage.

Tour Includes


  • 4 nights hotel with Scottish breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Local joining points
  • Porterage at the hotel

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 1300 811 500 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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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 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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    For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

    • Included meals: Dinner

    Sit back and admire the scenery passing by on our drive, climbing Devil's Elbow and across the remote Cairnwell Pass in the heart of the Grampion Mountains. We have a short break at the gates of Balmoral Castle to view Crathie Church, home of many a Royal Wedding, then it's on to Ballater for free time.

    Later this afternoon, we head to Braemar, home of 'The Highland Gathering'.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Balmoral Castle
    Balmoral Castle

    Included Highlights

    • Royal Deeside

    Today, we have an included guided tour of the Scottish capital city. Edinburgh is referred to as the ‘Athens of the North’ and also likened to Rome as it is built on seven hills. It is indeed a classical city in its own right.

    Evidence shows there was a tribal stronghold on Castle Rock in 600 BC, where now stands the city’s most dominant feature. The magnificent castle fortress is familiar to us through television as the setting for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. During its history, the city has become neatly divided in two – the Old Town of pre-18th century times, huddled under Castle Rock, and the New Town, with its fine Georgian architecture.

    Why not wander down the famous Royal Mile or Princes Street, do some shopping, or simply just admire the architecture in this beautiful city?

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Edinburgh Castle
    Edinburgh Castle

    Included Highlights

    • Edinburgh Guided Tour
    • Edinburgh

    Our included excursion takes us first to Queen’s View. This world famous viewpoint provides stunning vistas overlooking Loch Tummel and is said to have been named after Queen Victoria, following her visit to the area in 1866.

    We continue to Pitlochry, with chance to view the famous salmon ladder. One of Scotland’s most popular holiday resorts, Pitlochry nestles in the hills of the Tummel Valley. It sits amidst lush wooded, craggy mountains, tumbling streams and lochs. Beautiful Victorian buildings are set against a backdrop of forest-covered hills.

    We end the day with an included visit to Blair Castle. This Baronial-style castle has a long history and is the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, boasting a stunning setting, surrounded by breathtaking Perthshire scenery. The gardens provide a leisurely walk and the castle is home to some fine examples of Scottish design, tradition and history.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Blair Castle
    Blair Castle

    Included Highlights

    • Pitlochry
    • Blair Castle
    • Queen's View

    If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Tartan Explorer and Royal Deeside

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    1300 811 500

    Accommodation

    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 1300 811 500.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    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 3-star Angus Hotel in Blairgowrie.