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Castles, Houses & Gardens of Scotland

Castles, Houses & Gardens of Scotland

Discover the unique tales of four historic houses with a tour based near Aberdeen.

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History, folklore and even ghosts are woven into the tapestry of the castles and houses of Scotland. Discover the unique tales of four of the most famous with a tour based near Aberdeen.


At a glance:

  • Castle Fraser

  • Crathes Castle

  • Fyvie Castle

  • Haddo House Garden

  • Aberdeen

  • Home pick up


This tour includes Sapphire Star travel.

Day 1

Following collection from home, travel to Scotland and the Westerwood Hotel and Golf resort, between Edinburgh and Glasgow for an overnight stay with dinner, bed and breakfast.


Day 2

Continue north, past Edinburgh and Dundee and along the east coast to arrive at the Best Western Summerhill Hotel for a four night stay with dinner, bed and breakfast.

B, D

Day 3

Approaching Castle Fraser, the granite walls rising up to the distinctive turrets make an imposing sight. This was the intended impression created when the castle was built between 1575 and 1636. Explore the round tower, Great Hall and Victorian kitchen. This afternoon, visit the stunning Crathes Castle, near Banchory, a magnificent 16th Century tower house standing on a family estate granted by King Robert the Bruce. The Walled Garden is really eight gardens ranging from formal to modern.

B, D

Day 4

The day is free to explore Aberdeen as the hotel is on a bus route into the city. The Duthie Park Gardens are worth a visit and admission is free. Aberdeen has a great maritime history with much to offer.

B, D

Day 5

The world-famous haunted Fyvie Castle in the lowlands of Aberdeenshire tells the story of ghosts, legends and folklore, woven into the tapestry of the castle's 800 year history. Five successive families and royal guests such as Robert the Bruce and Charles 1 have all left their mark. Enjoy a stroll around the the 18th century garden and lochside landscape. Later, drive to Haddo House Garden to visit the delightful terrace garden with flower beds, lovely borders and fountain. A magnificent avenue of lime trees leads to adjacent Haddo Country Park, with lakes, monuments and wildlife.

B, D

Day 6

Begin the return journey home, stopping in the south of Scotland for an overnight stay with dinner, bed and breakfast.

B, D

Day 7

Travel back to East Anglia where the door to door collection service will be waiting to return you home.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Evening Meal Included

Best Western Summerhill Hotel

Located just a short distance from Aberdeen, the Summerhill Hotel combines modern comfort with traditional service to create a delightful atmosphere.

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ardleigh Crown Ardleigh Crown Public House
Beacon Hill Services Beacon Hill Services Lorry Park
Bramford, Angel PH Bramford, Angel Public House
Bury St Edmunds Bus Stn Bury St Edmunds, Bus Station, Stand 9
Capel St Mary (North) Capel St Mary White Horse Public House
Setdown Point:Capel St Mary National Exp StopSouth
Chelmsford Services Chelmsford Springfield Services
Lorry Park (Off A12)
Claydon Crown Claydon Crown Public House Lay By
Colchester North Rail Stn Colchester North Rail Station
Combs Bus Shelter Combs Bus Shelter, Ipswich Road (Opp. Esso Garage)
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
Debenham Angel Debenham Angel Public House
Diss Bus Station Diss Bus Station
Eye Town Hall Eye Town Hall
Felixstowe Coach Park Felixstowe Coach Park, Garrison Lane, Felixstowe,
IP11 7SJ
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Kelvedon - The Tavern Kelvedon The Tavern, High Street/Station Road
Long Stratton Long Stratton Police Station
Mendlesham Kings Head Mendlesham, Kings Head Public House,
Mendlesham, Denters Hill Mendlesham, Denters Hill
Needham Market - Swan Needham Market, Swan Public House,
Newmarket Bus Station Newmarket Bus Station
Norwich - Castle Meadow Norwich, Castle Meadow,(Outside Galloway Office)
Redenhall/Station Road Junction of Redenhall Road/Station Road Harleston
(Old Duke William PH) IP20 0LB
Scole - Scole Engineering Outside Scole Engineering Garage, Scole
Sproughton Sproughton, Wild Man Public House
Stowmarket Railway Stn Stowmarket Railway Station
Stowupland Dents Corner Stowupland, Dents Corner,
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Witham Old Post Office Witham Old Post Bus Stop - Sorting Office
(NOT McColls Store)
Woolpit Church Woolpit Church

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