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Depart for the north of Scotland crossing the Forth Road Bridge if coming from Edinburgh and continue up the M90 to Perth.
Overnight in Perthshire area.
After your breakfast visit Scone Palace, the family home of the Earl of Mansfield and also the site of the famous coronation Stone of Scone, brought there in the 9th century by Kenneth MacAlpine, King of Scots. A visit to the palace would not be complete without a visit to its magnificent gardens. The unique Murray Star Maze comprises a mixture of beech tree, half copper and half green planted in a way to create a tartan effect. Continue through the Perthshire countryside in the direction of Pitlochry, a small Highland town. You may want to stop on route to see the Falls of Dochart close to Killin. In Pitlochry, stop at the Salmon Ladder where you may be lucky enough to see salmon leaping! From Pitlochry, travel towards Braemar. You will take the very scenic & dramatic road over the Spittal of Glenshee one of the highest points in Scotland and also site of one of Scotland’s ski resorts. Descend into Braemar which sits in the heart of Royal Deeside, the favoured holiday area for the Royal Family in Scotland. Continue towards Aberdeen for overnight in the area.
Take a trip into Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen is lovely and is where the university is based. See Kings College, a chapel famous for its rich woodwork dates from the 16th century. Visit Duthie Park and Winter Gardens – a beautifully laid out 50 acre park with floral displays in all seasons including a “rose mountain”. There are two boating ponds and many interesting sculptures and mountains. The Winter Gardens feature exotic plants, flowers, birds, fish and turtles. In the afternoon travel through the spectacular Cairngorms National Park which is the largest National Park in Britain. Why not stop the car and take a breath of fresh air? There are over 100km of marked trails in the Cairngorms. You may even have the chance to catch a glimpse (and a photograph!) of some rare animals such as mountain hares, red deer and golden eagles. Accomodation in the Aviemore area.
Travel through the Speyside area towards Inverness. Speyside is a great area to sample some of Scotland’s Natural Larder. You can learn everything you need to know about Scotland’s National Drink with a tour of one of the Speyside distilleries. You can visit Glenfiddich, McCallan, Grants, Cardhu and many more. Each gives an audio-visual show and then a guided tour of the distillery to learn of the processes and for many the highlight is a tasting at the end of the tour. Visit Culloden Moor, site of the last land battle on British soil, wander around Inverness, capital of the Highlands, take the Strathspey Railway from Boat of Garten to Aviemore, watch the Ospreys at Loch Garten. Accommodation in Inverness area.
Enjoy a day visiting the West Coast of Scotland. Journey across to Ullapool, a quaint fishing village. Then travel down past the dramatic Corrieshalloch Gorge to the Inverewe Gardens, run by the National Trust. These magnificent gardens have a famous rhododendron collection and who would expect to find palm trees in Scotland. Return through the magnificent scenery of the Torridon area and past Loch Maree. Return to the Inverness area for overnight.
Iconic, historic and dynamic, the Forth Bridges represent amilestone in the development of design and engineering. Towering over the turbulent waters of the Firth of Forth, the structures are a highly celebrated Scottish landmark. With the imminent arrival of the beautiful new Queensferry Crossing, a new chapter is being written for the site of these world – famous bridges.
After enjoying breakfast set off and travel towards Edinburgh. After checking in to your accommodation enjoy the afternoon in Edinburgh. Walk down the Royal Mile – take time to explore the many “closes” which run off this street and which hold so many secrets. There are many restaurants, pubs & souvenir shops on the Royal Mile. In the afternoon, discover that Scotland’s natural beauty is not confined to the countryside, nature is abound in the capital city! Visit the world renowned Royal Botanic Gardens. Take a wander through over 70 acres of beautiful gardens; highlights include the Queen Mother Memorial Garden, the world famous rock garden and the Chinese hillside. Return to your overnight accomodation.
Stay at the Mercure Perth Hotel, a converted watermill set in the centre of Perth.
Enjoy warm Highland hospitality in the heart of Scotland at the Mercure Perth Hotel. One of the most unique hotels in Perth, set in a 15th century watermill, you can still watch the water trickling through the original water wheel from our garden, reception area and Lounge Bar. Perth city centre is on your doorstep and spectacular Perthshire scenery lies beyond.
With beautiful gardens and a medieval function room with 15th century features, the hotel makes a romantic venue for your wedding. Explore the rich history of the surrounding area including Scone Palace, coronation site of Scottish kings, six miles away. Complimentary standard WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
The Mercure Perth Hotel is 46 miles from Edinburgh Airport and 63 miles from Glasgow. A short drive takes you to botanical paradise, Branklyn Garden, three miles away.
Rooms at the Mercure Perth hotel look out over the 15th century hotel exterior and peaceful landscaped gardens. All bedrooms feature a flat-screen TV and complimentary WiFi. In privilege and superior rooms you can enjoy complimentary unlimited movies, a Nespresso coffee machine, newspaper, robe and slippers.
Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
Thistle Aberdeen Altens is a welcoming, contemporary hotel near the centre of Aberdeen, making it an ideal place to explore the unique attractions of the Granite City.
With 216 bedrooms, including a Suite, 12 meeting rooms, the largest seating up to 400 people theatre-style, and free on-site parking for 300 cars, we’re one of Aberdeen’s premier hotels for business meetings and events, and a popular local wedding venue.
But in this hard-working city, we take our relaxation seriously to. Aberdeen has no fewer than 45 parks and gardens, and a thriving cultural and sporting life. Closer to home, in the hotel itself, you can indulge yourself at our Otium Health & Leisure Club, which offers an indoor swimming pool, fully equiped gymnasium and studio, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, all of which are your’s to use at your leisure during your stay.
More than two centuries ago Bonnie Prince Charlie used Culloden House as his lodging and battle headquarters prior to that fateful battle on Culloden Moor.
Today, this handsome Inverness luxury hotel stands in nearly 40 acres where you are free to wander about the woodland and private gardens to enjoy the exceptional peace, tranquility and majesty of the grounds.
Undoubtedly our greatest asset is the staff. Here Highland hospitality has been elevated to its highest art form without being “stuffy” nor too “proper” or reserved. After all you deserve, without compromise, the very best.
Welcome to the Haymarket Hotel where a strong family presence and an experienced front of house management team with a combined 70 + years service in the Hotel industry are at your service.
Our aim is to to make sure your stay is comfortable, relaxing and stress free in an inviting, friendly and warm environment, let us look after you in our homely atmosphere leaving you to devote your energies to enjoying all that is best in our wonderful city.
The Haymarket Hotel is spread over 3 grade II Victorian town houses, built in the middle of the 19th century as part of the new town, they were primarily inhabited by wealthy merchants, businessmen and professionals of the day, we have sympathetically converted these historic buildings to offer 40 comfortable well appointed , modern bedrooms, whilst retaining the charm and character of the period.
Our sister Hotel, the Lairg, is situated on the same street , two doors up and offers a further 26 bedrooms also appointed to the highest of standards.
Your stay at The Haymarket Hotel would not be complete without a visit to our bar offering a good range of local beers and a wide selection of malt whisky’s, come in, relax and enjoy our renowned Scottish hospitality.
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