Itinerary

This is our suggested itinerary for our self-drive tour on the Castle Trail. All of our itineraries are fully flexible and we would be delighted to add additional nights, or tailor the route to match your interests. Please request this when making an enquiry.

Day 1 - Arrive Edinburgh

Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland’s majestic capital and one of the most beautiful and historic cities in Europe. Explore the narrow alleyways, hidden courtyards and secret gardens of the Royal Mile and for a spectacular view of the city take a walk up Arthur’s Seat.
Overnight – Edinburgh

Day 2 - Edinburgh Sightseeing

Enjoy a City Sightseeing Bus Tour, a visit to Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House and explore the many attractions of this beautiful city.
Overnight – Edinburgh

Day 3 - Edinburgh to Pitlochry

Travel past Linlithgow Palace and on to Stirling to visit its medieval Castle and the National Wallace Monument. Visit Scone Palace, the ancient crowning place of the Kings of Scots, before continuing on to the pretty Victorian spa town of Pitlochry.
Overnight – Pitlochry

Day 4 - Pitlochry Sightseeing

Spend the day in Highland Perthshire amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. Visit 13th Century Blair Castle, traditional home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and the headquarters for the The Atholl Highlanders, Europe’s only remaining private army.
Overnight – Pitlochry

Day 5 - Pitlochry to Royal Deeside

Your self-drive tour takes you to the famous Castle country of Royal Deeside, home to some of the world’s most unique castles. You won’t miss the close associations that this area has with the Royal Family. Balmoral Castle is the Queen’s official “holiday home” and its grounds and an exhibition of paintings, artwork and royal tartans are open to the public.
Overnight – Royal Deeside

Day 6 - Royal Deeside Sightseeing

A full day to explore Royal Deeside and some of the most splendid examples of castellated architecture on a clearly sign-posted tourist trail. One moment you will be in Norman Scotland, the next in Renaissance Scotland - let your imagination run riot in dark romantic ruins or in magnificently furnished castles.
Overnight – Royal Deeside

Day 7 - Royal Deeside to St Andrews

The castle trail continues to visit the dramatic ruins of Dunnottar Castle, an evocative cliff-top fortress in a truly stunning setting. Continue on to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the late Queen Mother, before arriving in the Kingdom of Fife for your final night in St Andrews.

Explore the remains of the huge Norman Cathedral, take a stroll through the historic buildings of the 600 year old University, or practice your swing at the home of golf.
Overnight – St Andrews

Day 8 - St Andrews to Edinburgh

After breakfast it is less than a 90 minute journey to Edinburgh.