03 AUG 22 Aberdeen AB1 – Royal Deeside Castle Tour


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Fairytale castles with Alice in Wonderland gardens, woods for roaming and wildlife spotting, tearooms with homebaking. The Deeside area is home to a splendid collection of castles and each has their own unique character. Depart Aberdeen on a scenic coach transfer to Crathes Castle. (35 min. drive)

Standing against a backdrop of rolling hills and set within its own glorious gardens, Crathes Castle provides a memorable experience with its towers, turrets and stories of its resident ghosts. King Robert the Bruce granted the lands of Leys to the Burnett family in 1323: the ancient Horn of Leys, which can be seen today in the Great Hall, marks his gift.
Inside your guide will show you a labyrinth of cultural history, from family portraits to fine antique furniture. The walled garden is a wonderful jungle of history, split into eight sections that encompass every green delight imaginable: a sculpted topiary, soft herbaceous colors and modern exotic blooms.

After your guided tour in Crathes Castle and lunch at a local restaurant, we will take you to Drum Castle. (20 min drive) 

Explore one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses at your own pace. Stroll through the Old Wood of Drum, home to oak trees dating from the 1700s. Admire Drum’s exquisite chapel, built in the 1500s. Relax amid the heady scents of the Garden of Historic Roses. The sweep of 700 years of history is stamped into Drum’s battlements, medieval square tower and sprawling extensions. The Royal Forest and Tower of Drum were given to the Irvine family by Robert the Bruce in 1323.
The beautiful Garden of Historic Roses is divided into quadrants that show how roses have been cultivated from the 17th to the 20th century. The ancient oak forest adjoins the castle, providing a sense of continuity through the centuries and a home for red kites, roe deer, red squirrels and badgers. 

Afterwards, return to your ship. (30 min. drive)

Starting time: 9.00 AM
Duration: full day tour
Activity level: 1/5

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