2009 – Aberdeenshire & Angus

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13 – 20 July 2020 | 8 days

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Tour Itinerary

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DAY 1 – MON 13 JULY

Tim will collect you from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh Airport, from where we drive north, crossing the River Forth on the Queensferry Crossing, the world's longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge, through the ancient Kingdom of Fife and across the River Tay, to Dundee, where we make our first stop, for lunch and to visit the brand new Victoria & Albert Museum, the first design museum in Scotland and the first Victoria and Albert museum outside London.

From Dundee, we continue east to the House of Dun, the Erskine and, later, the Kennedy-Erskine family estate from 1375 until 1980, and of whom, John Erskine was a key figure in the Scottish Reformation. The current house, William Adam, house and was finished in 1743, replacing the original 14th century Tower House. The last Laird of Dun was Millicent Lovett, who moved out of the house in 1948, bequeathing it to the National Trust for Scotland on her death in 1980. There are formal terraces to the front of the house, and a charming walled garden to one side.

It's then just a 30-minute drive, along the Old Military Road, over the hills into Glen Dye to Tor-na-Coille, our hotel, where we plan to be in good time to check-in and relax, before drinks and dinner at our hotel.

Today's driving is about 120 miles/190 km

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DAY 2 – TUE 14 JULY

We start the day with a morning visit to Pitmedden Garden, one of the best-loved National Trust for Scotland (NTS) gardens in north-east Scotland. An elaborate formal garden of terraces, pavilions and parterres, not unlike Drummond Castle, Pitmedden sits on the site of an ancient formal garden, whose original layout is lost in the mists of time, and whose current design dates to the 1950s, when the NTS made the brave decision to 'invent' a new layout, based upon an amalgam of authentic 17th century designs, especially those of the 1647 engraving of the gardens at Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is a labour of love, with some 6 miles/10 km of box hedging and 30,000 to 40,000 annual bedding plants!

After lunch, at Pitmedden's award-winning tearoom, we venture south, for the afternoon at Castle Fraser, one of the most elaborate Z-plan castles and largest 'tower houses' in Scotland. Begun in 1575 by Michael Fraser, the 6th Laird, on the site of an earlier tower, and sitting in a 300 acre Capability Brown-style parkland, the castle is famous for the 'Laird's Lug', a secret room designed to facilitate eavesdropping on the Fraser's guests. The completely redesigned walled garden is planted with a huge range of plants, including some thought not hardy enough for inland Aberdeenshire.

We return to Banchory for dinner at the Cowshed.

Today's driving is about 80 miles/130 km

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DAY 3 – WED 15 JULY

We spend most of the day along the River Dee, starting with a visit to Balmoral Castle, the Scottish home of the Royal Family since Prince Albert bought it for Queen Victoria in 1852, ten years after her first visit to Scotland. The existing house was considered too small, so a new castle was designed, and Queen Victoria laid its foundation stone in 1853. The gardens, which were started under the supervision of Prince Albert, have been expanded and improved by successive members of the Royal Family and, between 1923 and 1925, Queen Mary devised the charming garden, with a semi circular wall of rocks surrounding a fountain. The formal gardens also contain a range of Victorian glasshouses and the conservatory, which displays flowering pot plants throughout the year.

We will have access to the grounds, the gardens, the stables and the Ballroom, the only room in the house open to the public, before lunch in the cafe at Balmoral. Afterwards, we continue along the Dee, stopping in the charming Grampian village of Braemar, famous for its annual Highland Games, and turn south, following Glen Clunie to the Spittal of Glenshee, for an afternoon's circular drive through the spectacular scenery of the Cairngorms.

We will stop to stretch our legs and take photographs, and, undoubtedly, we will stop for tea along the way, before dinner, en route home to our hotel.

Today's driving is about 120 miles/190 km

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DAY 4 – THU 16 JULY

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DAY 5 – FRI 17 JULY

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DAY 6 – SAT 18 JULY

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DAY 7 – SUN 19 JULY

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DAY 8 – MON 20 JULY

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DAY 9 – SAT 12 MAY

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