Grassroutes

Itinerary

Grassroutes

DAY 1

Culzean Castle

Fly into Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport, meet your escort and driver and start your ‘ghost hunt’. Head south for a short journey to Culzean Castle, which has a spectacular cliff top setting. It was built by Robert Adams and converted from a fortified tower house into an elegant bachelor residence for the 10th Earl of Casillis. There are many reputed ‘ghosts of Culzean’. Find out about the ‘White Lady’, thought to be the ghost of an ill-treated maid, the little girl who spoke to the ghost of a former long dead owner and the Earl’s piper who is supposed to haunt the labyrinth of caves in the cliffs under the castle. Culzean Castle was used as a base by General Eisenhower during World War II and you will stay in his suites of apartments. Culzean is run in a delightful informal house party style. En route you can visit Robert Burn’s Cottage near Alloway. Stay 1 night at Culzean Castle.


DAY 2

Stonefield Castle Hotel

After a good nights rest and your first Scottish breakfast you are ready to head for the Highlands. Drive around Loch Lomond and Loch Fyne, and stop for lunch in Inverary. After lunch explore the wonderful Inverary Castle which was a Campbell stronghold for many years and built by the 3rd Duke of Argyll. On to Stonefield Castle for your second night. Stonefield is a 19th century Scots Baronial Mansion set in 60 acres of delightful woodland and has stunning views of the coast and superb food.


DAY 3

Glengarry Castle

After a good Scottish breakfast its time to head out for Fort William, stopping off en route at Glencoe, the ‘Weeping Glen’, a brooding landscape, which holds tales of the fearsome and ruthless McDonalds of Glencoe. Many a battle was fought here including the famous massacre of the MacDonald’s by the Campbell’s. Carry on to Fort William. After lunch continue to Invergarry. Invergarry Castle stands about half a mile east of Invergarry on the shores of Loch Oich. The castle dates from the early 17th century when it was built as a stronghold for the MacDonald Clan. It was destroyed by the Duke of Cumberland in 1746 and never rebuilt. A mile south of Invergarry on the shores of Loch Oich you will find The Well of the Seven Heads. Erected in 1812, the obelisk commemorates a gruesome past. Tonight you stay at Glengarry Castle Hotel close to Loch Ness. Glengarry Castle Hotel is another Scots Baronial Mansion with wonderful views over Loch Oich.


DAY 4

Tulloch Castle

After breakfast depart Glengarry Castle Hotel and head for a ride along the shore of mysterious Loch Ness, in search of ‘Nessie’, the Loch Ness Monster, first encountered in AD565. Stop off at dramatic ruined Urquhart Castle on the beautiful shores of the Loch and then through Inverness, over the bridge to the Black Isle and finally to your hotel for the night, Tulloch Castle. Tulloch is a truly mediaeval castle, dating from 1166, with its own resident ghost, secret passage, dungeons and cell. Enjoy a guided tour with the owners on most evenings.


DAY 5

Kildrummy Castle

From Tulloch you retrace your steps across the bridge over the Beauly Firth and drive south, though the Cairngorm Mountains National Park to Tomintoul, the highest village in Britain. Follow General Wade’s Road, built to assist the British Army to suppress the Highland Clans. Stay overnight at Kildrummy Castle Hotel, built with stone from the ancient 13th century castle, the remains of which are overlooked by the hotel.


DAY 6

Ballathie House Hotel

Head south for Perth, visiting en route Craigievar Castle, a pinkish coloured 7 storey an L-plan tower topped with lots of little turrets - quite a fairytale appearance. It has changed little since it was completed in 1626 by William Forbes, brother of the Bishop of Aberdeen. Craigievar has a great hall with fireplace, musician's gallery and a secret staircase. There is only one entrance and it is said that although the Forbes might enter through the main door, they all had to ultimately leave via a window as it was impossible to carry a coffin down the narrow stairs. Continue to Glamis Castle, the ancestral home of Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Scotland’s most haunted place! From here head south towards Perth and Ballathie House Hotel for an overnight stay. Ballathie House is a delightful 4 star Country House Hotel set in beautiful riverside grounds and ranked among the top 200 hotels in the UK.


DAY 7

Borthwick Castle

After breakfast you head south today, stopping off on the way at the famous Scone Palace, home of the Earl and Countess of Mansfield. Scone was built on the ancient site of an abbey. 1500 years ago was the centre of the ancient Celtic church. In the intervening years it has been the seat of the parliaments and crowning place of kings, including Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II. Onwards next for a short ride to the magnificent Borthwick Castle. 12 miles from Edinburgh set in a pastoral valley; this romantic mediaeval Castle was built in 1430. Once a refuge for Mary Queen of Scots, it was besieged by Cromwell in 1650. Check into your hotel for 2 nights stay and you are then free to roam. Dinner is taken in the magnificent Great Hall of the castle and after dinner you can enjoy a spooky tour of the castle and learn about its many ghosts.


DAY 8

Edinburgh

Full day sightseeing excursion to Edinburgh, which is only a short ride away. You will have plenty of time to take in the ambiance of this haunted city. You can visit Edinburgh Castle, check out the numerous museums, old shops and bars on the Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyrood House at the end of the Royal Mile, set against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat and Her Majesty the Queen's official Scottish residence. Edinburgh has an abundance of hidden secrets and legends to keep you engrossed.


DAY 9

Culcreuch Castle

From Borthwick, continue your journey south, with a possible stop at the New Lanark World Heritage Village site. Continue to the ruined but interesting Craignethan Castle, built in 1532 on a hill overlooking the River Nethan. It was specially designed to withstand artillery fire. Drive to Culcreuch Castle for your last overnight stay. Culcreuch Castle is a mediaeval castle, which has been converted in to a small family run hotel. It is steeped in history and was built by Maurice Galbraith of the Clan Galbraith in 1295. They were one of the most powerful clans in central Scotland. Enjoy your evening meal in the beautiful dining room perhaps after an aperitif in the Vaulted Dungeon Bar, a place where the most activity has been seen in the shape of ghostly figures.


DAY 10

Airport - Today it is a short ride back to Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport for your flight home.



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