Aberdeen Cattle & Castles – NEW TOUR
On this frightfully exciting tour we visit some of Scotland’s most haunted castles including Crathes, Drum and Fyvie. We also get into a ‘hairy situation’ at Aberdeen Highland Cattle Farm where we meet the native pedigree cattle herd, followed by a tasting. Next stop is Peterhead Prison Museum where we learn of the dastardly deeds and raucous riots caused by prisoners housed in “Scotland’s toughest jail”.
April - October 2020 & 2021
Suggested itinerary by coach
Travel to your hotel.
Aberdeenshire Highland Cattle Farm and Crathes Castle & Garden.
This morning we travel to an authentic highland farm for a unique food and farming experience. We meet Grace the Farmer and her herd of Pedigree Cattle; learn about the native breed and how they farmed today. Followed by a beef tasting, tea and coffee, and Scottish shortbread.
Standing against a backdrop of rolling hills and set within its own glorious gardens, Crathes Castle is every inch the classic Scottish tower house. At Crathes Castle we take a guided tour and visit the Green Lady’s Room, named after the spirit of a young woman who has often been seen by the fireplace wearing a green dress and cradling an infant in her arms.
Drum Castle and Garden and Aberdeen.
Gifted to the Irvines by Robert the Bruce in 1323, Drum is one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses and a hotspot of supernatural activities – from apparitions of Anna Forbes Irvine (who died in 1900) to the haunting laughter of her son Alexander, who died aged six in 1865. Hear stories of family heirlooms which inexplicably move in the night and ghostly footsteps in the dark. In the afternoon we return to Aberdeen for free time in the Granite City.
Peterhead Prison Museum and Fyvie Castle.
This morning we take a guided tour through the former HM Convict Prison, taking us through the 130 year history of “Scotlands Toughest Jail”. Fyvie Castle is a magnificent fortress in the heart of Aberdeenshire. Inside, the rooms are filled with antiquities, and out there is a picturesque lake. Ghosts, legends and folklore are all woven into the tapestry of Fyvie’s 800-year-old history, including tales of soldiers, poltergeists and the curse of the weeping stones. Alternatively your group could visit Pitmedden Gardens.
We start our journey home, stopping at Scone Palace, one of Scotland’s most important stately homes (optional – please ask for further details).
Park Inn Aberdeen ***
Park Inn Aberdeen is ideally located in the centre of Aberdeen and is the perfect home base for exploring the city’s top attractions and sights. Many shops and restaurants are within walking distance from the hotel, while Aberdeen Train Station is only a 10-minute walk away. The hotel facilities include a vibrant restaurant and bar serving international menu and cocktails. Guests can enjoy a fully equipped fitness centre, business lounge and public parking off-site. The hotel offers stylish and colourful rooms which feature flat-screen TV, climate control, work desk, safe, room service, tea and coffee making facilities. Many rooms have wonderful views of the city. Coach parking is off-site and chargeable.
Due to their nature, castle tours do involve steep stairs. Ghostly sightings (thankfully) cannot be guaranteed!
All castles are National Trust therefore National Trust groups or members will receive a discounted tour price.
|5 day tour|
|April – October 2020||From £314 per person|
|April – October 2021||From £318 per person|
Single supplement available on request