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Royal Deeside and Captain Scott’s Discovery

  • Crathes Castle and Gardens ©Images courtesy of National Trust for Scotland

    Crathes Castle
4 day tour
From £229 per person - minimum 20 passengers

Royal Deeside has been a favourite with British Royalty since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert first fell in love with the area. Staying in the Granite City of Aberdeen or Dundee, the fourth largest City in Scotland, which ever you decide a great time awaits. This tour explores some of the lesser known attractions of this quieter part of Scotland. With the opportunity to travel on the Royal Deeside Railway, at one time regularly frequented by royalty, or visit the spectacular Great Garden at Pitmedden, which date back to 1675. We are sure you will fall in love with North East Scotland.

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Dates throughout 2022 & 2023

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to your hotel

Arrive at your hotel and relax before dinner.

Day 2

Captain Scott’s Discovery and Glamis Castle

After breakfast, depart for Discovery Point, Dundee and Captain Scott’s Ship, the RRS Discovery. Follow in Captain Scott’s footsteps and see his crew’s hardships and triumphs on their voyage to the Antarctica. You may instead choose to visit the newly opened V&A Museum. Back on dry land continue onto Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. Return to your hotel with time to relax for dinner.

Day 3

Drum Castle and The Royal Railway

After breakfast, travel to Drum Castle, considered to be the most scented garden in Scotland. Gifted to Scotland by King Robert the Bruce in 1323, Drum combines medieval history, Jacobean romance and Victorian opulence in one. After enjoying Drum Castle continue onwards to the Royal Deeside Railway, at one time regularly frequented by royalty. This standard gauge steam and diesel hauled heritage railway is in a beautiful setting running alongside the River Dee. The return journey lasts 20 minutes, there is also a carriage tea-room for a light lunch after your journey. In the afternoon, visit nearby Crathes Castle with one of Europe’s finest walled gardens. With connections to King Robert the Bruce, this late 16th century castle has towers, turrets and stories of resident ghosts. Some of the rooms still retain their original painted ceilings and collections of family portraits and furniture. Return to your hotel for dinner.

Day 4

Return home

After breakfast start your journey home.

Suggested Hotels

Aberdeen Altens Hotel ****

Situated on the main southern approach to Aberdeen this modern hotel is just a short drive from the city centre. Ideally located to discover Aberdeen, the East Coast and the Highlands, this hotel has modern amenities including a gym, indoor pool and spa. Relax in one of the en-suite bedrooms which all feature a trouser press, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and flat-screen TV. There are rooms adapted for disabled access.

Park Inn Aberdeen ***

Located right in the city centre, near the waterfront, this hotel is the perfect home base for exploring the area’s top sights and attractions. With meeting rooms, Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a well-equipped fitness centre, Park Inn Aberdeen offers modern amenities for a convenient and comfortable stay. Experience Scottish hospitality in the restaurant and bar. There are 185 spacious bedrooms and all of them feature en-suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, flat-screen TV, individual climate control and tea and coffee making facilities.

Mercure Ardoe House, Aberdeen ****

This hotel is a beautiful 19th century mansion house set in 30 acres of tranquil Aberdeenshire countryside, just 3 miles outside Aberdeen. With a luxurious spa, an indoor heated pool and a fitness room, this is the perfect backdrop for a relaxing weekend. There is a sophisticated restaurant and a comfortable bar. Each of the 120 traditionally decorated bedrooms features en-suite bathrooms, satellite TV and hospitality tray. Rooms adapted for disabled use are available and there is on-site coach parking.

Doubletree by Hilton Dundee ****

On arrival at this historical Scottish mansion in central Dundee you will be served a warm chocolate chip cookie. The hotel enjoys a quiet suburban location within six acres of landscaped gardens. The restaurant offers innovative British dishes and the lounge has an extensive drinks menu. Leisure facilities include a sauna, indoor pool, gym and steam room. The spacious bedrooms are with en-suite bathrooms and feature a plasma TV, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. There are rooms adapted for disabled use available.

Best Western Queens, Dundee ***

Located in the heart of Dundee’s vibrant West End culture quarter, this is a great base to discover this beautiful and historic city. This charming place has a breakfast room, bar, meeting rooms and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Relax in one of the spacious bedrooms with satellite TV and tea and coffee making facilities. There is a lift serving most floors and free on-site parking.

Dates 4 days / 3 nights
2022 dates From £229.00 per person
2023 dates Prices on request
All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place for a coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 20 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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