Early autumn is a great time to visit Scotland. Our tour is based just outside Aberdeen, The Granite City and takes you to the east coast of Scotland and along beautiful Royal Deeside.
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Day 1 - Wednesday
We travel to the comfortable Holiday Inn near Dumfries for an overnight stay, with dinner and breakfast included.D
Day 2 - Thursday
We cross the Firth of Forth and River Tay, and enjoy lunchtime stop in Dundee. Time to visit the new V&A Museum, Scotland's first ever design museum. The spectacular building was inspired by the dramatic cliffs along the east coast and showcases the very best of design from around the world. This afternoon we continue to the Aberdeen Altens Hotel for a four-night stay.B, D
Day 3 - Friday
We drive north to Huntly for a visit to Dean's Shortbread Factory. It was in 1975 in her kitchen that Helen Dean first created her delicious traditional shortbread. So popular was the light and crumbly shortbread that a small bakery was set up, followed by a larger factory on the outskirts of the town. Deans is still a family business and we will see shortbread being made before visiting the café and gift shop. On then to Fyvie Castle, an extraordinary Baronial fortress with lavish interiors and a famous art collection. In the grounds you will discover an unusual glass-roofed racquets court and a picturesque loch.B, D
Day 4 - Saturday
Today we follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria as we head along Royal Deeside. We will visit the turreted 16th-century Crathes Castle with its towers, oak panelling and painted ceilings. Explore the Walled Garden and admire the massive yew hedges. Later we go to Crathie Kirk, a granite church overlooking the River Dee which has been a place of worship for Queen Victoria and every British monarch since. We will also take a short but delightful journey on the Royal Deeside Railway, part of the line once used by the Royal Family and other visitors to Balmoral Castle.B, D
Day 5 - Sunday
We take a morning tour of Aberdeen by coach and on foot. At one end of the Esplanade is the quaint former fishing village of Footdee with its neat rows of mid-19th century cottages. We will also drive to the Torry Battery viewpoint where there are views of Aberdeen's new £350 million harbour, currently under construction, and a chance to spot some bottlenose dolphins.B, D
Day 6 - Monday
We leave Aberdeen and head south, skirting Edinburgh then through the Borders and the Northumberland National Park. Our overnight hotel is the Holiday Inn Scotch Corner near Richmond in North Yorkshire.B, D
Day 7 - Tuesday
Home today, travelling from Yorkshire through Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire to reach the local area and the waiting taxis during the early evening.B
THE ABERDEEN ALTENS HOTEL
Located 3 miles south of Aberdeen, the Altens is a 4-star contemporary hotel with leisure facilities including a sauna, spa and indoor pool. The Hotel has a lift.
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