Scotia’s Coast to Coast This wonderful twin centre tour starts on the south-westerly tip of Scotland and then travels across east to the Aberdeenshire coast. Packed full of great visitor attractions we feature Logan Botanic Gardens, Castle Kennedy Gardens, Discovery Point in Dundee, Crathes Castle and Gardens and a visit to a working farm to see some Highland Cattle! PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive in time for dinner at the North West Castle Hotel. Day 2 Portpatrick, Logan Botanic Garden & Castle Kennedy Gardens We start the day with sightseeing in Portpatrick, a pretty picture-postcard harbour on the Mull of Galloway with superb views over the Solway Firth to Ireland and the Isle of Man. After a short stop, we head to Logan Botanic Garden , Scotland’s most exotic garden. Due to the location’s almost subtropical climate, we can explore fascinating plant treasures from South/Central America, Southern Africa and Australasia. In the afternoon we visit the delightful Castle Kennedy Gardens , one of Scotland’s hidden treasures and home to a historical collection of Rhododendrons, Championship Trees and rare species. Set in 75 acres around the ruins of Castle Kennedy and surrounded by the White and Black Lochs, the lily pond is a truly remarkable sight. Day 3 Aberdeen via Discovery Point Dundee After breakfast, we say goodbye to the west and begin our journey to Aberdeen via Dundee, where we pause for a visit to Discovery Point . Here we explore Captain Scott’s ship, RRS Discovery , which he sailed on his remarkable Antarctic expedition. We gain an insight into the man who captained this historic adventure at the turn of the 20th century and the story of life on board for the Discovery crew. Afterwards, we continue our journey on to Aberdeen, our base for the next 3 nights. Day 4 Aberdeen Driver’s Day Off Today we spend the day at leisure exploring the ‘Granite City’ of Aberdeen, famous for its stunning, sparkling, granite buildings and monuments which shimmer in the sunlight. Perhaps take a stroll down to the harbour where you may just see their resident pod of dolphins playing in the waters, then do some serious souvenir shopping in the vibrant centre of Union Street. Perhaps we can explore Old Aberdeen, with its cobbled streets, mature trees and 15th century fortified cathedral, where Aberdeen’s first University was founded in 1495. Day 5 Crathes Castle & Highland Cow Farm Visit After breakfast, we visit Crathes Castle and Gardens . Standing against a backdrop of rolling hills and set within its own glorious gardens, Crathes Castle is every inch the classic Scottish tower house. Inside we find a labyrinth of cultural history including family portraits and fine antique furniture, whilst the walled garden is a wonderful jungle of history, from modern exotic blooms to massive yew hedges. In the afternoon we travel to the Lochton Of Leys Farmhouse, the home of Aberdeenshire Highland Beef . Here, we meet Grace and her herd of pedigree Highland Cattle up close and personal, learning about the history of this native breed and how they are farmed today, on a 1 hour guided tour . We also enjoy a beef tasting and tea/coffee served with homemade Scottish shortbread. Day 6 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.
North West Castle Hotel Stranraer, Ayrshire Plus
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Nights 1 & 2
Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Located in one of Aberdeen’s most historic buildings about 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of the city, this stylish and chic 4 star hotel is ideal for visitors to the ‘Granite City’. The hotel boasts 218 beautifully appointed bedrooms, each equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift and 40 ground floor bedrooms. Guests dine in the Chop Grill & Bar before relaxing with a drink in surroundings of dark wood and traditional Scottish interiors in the whisky lounge. Spa treatments can be pre-booked with the hotel and charges apply.
• Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is off-site & chargeable
Nights 3, 4 & 5
5 Nights Half Board Twin from £507pp Double for Sole Use Supplement from £85 Selected Dates Only Inclusions 2 Nights Half Board at North West
3 Nights Half Board at Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel • Porterage
Castle Hotel • Porterage • Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner • Entrance to Logan Botanic Garden • Entrance to Castle Kennedy Gardens • Entrance to Discovery Point
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner • Entrance to Crathes Castle and Gardens • Tour of Aberdeenshire Highland Beef with beef tasting & refreshments
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