Friday 6th August: Choice of Guided Tours (Included in Burnett Package)
Tour 1: Deeside
Royal Lochnagar Distillery & Braemar Highland Games Centre
The tour includes part of the Cairngorms National Park and is designed to explore Royal Deeside as well as the very different countryside of the watershed between the Dee valleys.
Royal Lochnagar Distillery was granted the Royal title by Queen Victoria. The distillery is a close neighbour to Balmoral Castle, which is closed to visitors in August as Queen Elizabeth takes her Balmoral holiday at this time.
Braemar Highland Games Centre will allow you to explore the background to Highland Games ahead of attending the Aboyne Highland Games on Saturday. Braemar is the location of what is believed to be the world’s earliest games, in the 1000s, organised by King Malcolm Canmore.
You will then enjoy free time in Braemar and Ballater to choose your own lunch venue independently, for shopping and to visit the Old Royal Station in Ballater.
Tour 2: Southern Tour
Dunnottar Castle, Abbey, Edzell Castle & Lewis Grassic Gibbon Centre
The tour travels across the Grampian mountains and includes both the coast and inland countryside of the Mearns and Angus areas.
Visiting Dunnottar Castle requires a degree of fitness however, it can be viewed easily from the clifftop viewpoint. Lunch will also be included at the Lewis Grassic Gibbon Centre.
Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland near Stonehaven The surviving buildings are largely of the 15th and 16th centuries, but the site is believed to have been fortified in the Early Middle Ages. Dunnottar has played a prominent role in the history of Scotland through to the 18th-century Jacobite risings because of its strategic location and defensive strength. Owned for centuries by the Keith Earls Marischal, Dunnottar and was held briefly by the Burnetts. The visit is an unforgettable experience in a truly stunning setting.
Arbroath Abbey, a historic ruin, was where the Declaration of Arbroath was written to affirm Scotland’s independence from England and signed in 1320 by the King and Scottish nobility. It forms the basis of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America.
Edzell Castle is originally the stronghold of the Stirlings of Glenesk, who were later replaced by the Crawford Lindsays. In the early 1600s the Laird Sir David Lindsay created ‘the pleasance’, a wonderful formal garden which we can visit; the bedding plants are usually at their best in early August.
Tour 3: Historical Aberdeen
The tour route will include the lovely granite buildings of Aberdeen’s West End, Old Aberdeen with the medieval St Machar’s Cathedral and university King’s College Chapel, the picturesque fishing village of Fittie, the beach and harbour areas and the city centre, where you will have free time to enjoy some shopping and lunch in a wide range of pubs, cafes and restaurants. During the tour, your guide will highlight and give you background about the following optional visits so you can return to them during your free time.
The Seabury Memorial in St Andrew’s Cathedral and memorial plaque in Marischal College - both of special interest to American Episcopalians.
The Kirk of St Nicholas, Aberdeen’s ‘mither kirk’ or mother church; parts of it date back to at least the 1100s.
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