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Holiday type Tours
Country United Kingdom
Resort Scotland
Travel type Fly
Price range From £439
Travel partner Newmarket Holidays
Duration 4 nights
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Balmoral and the highlands of Scotland

Join us in the heart of the Highlands. Enjoy Scotland's scenery, see Balmoral - the Queen's favourite summer retreat - and visit Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. You can even go monster-spotting at Loch Ness.


  • Return flights from your local airport to Edinburgh
  • Coach travel in Scotland
  • One suitcase allowance per person
  • Four nights dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation in the Carrbridge hotel, Carrbridge
  • Entrance to Balmoral castle
  • A visit to Brodie castle (April departures) or Cawdor castle (May, June and July departures) entrance fees payable locally
  • A tour of Royal Deeside
  • Visits to Loch Ness and Inverness
  • The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager
  • Government taxes and service charges
  • Single rooms are available for a supplement

Day one

Fly to Edinburgh where you will be met by our tour manager - someone whose love of the Highlands will help you make the most of your holiday. Stopping en route in popular Pitlochry, the journey to your hotel in Carrbridge takes about three hours. After check-in, the rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax or explore before dinner at the hotel.

Day two

Today's tour takes us over the Grampian mountains to Royal Deeside and Balmoral. Explore Balmoral's gardens and exhibitions, and see the Castle Ballroom's fine collection of silver, china, many paintings, and its uniform and highland dress display. Afterwards there will be a chance to see the famous Crathie church before moving on to the popular resort of Braemar. From here we visit Ballater, before heading back to the hotel for dinner.

Day three

Discover Loch Ness on today's visit. Travelling via Spean bridge and Fort Augustus, you'll travel along the Loch shore to Drumnadrochit, where you may like to visit the Loch Ness 2000 exhibition or to take a short cruise to view the Loch's abundant wildlife. The day ends with a visit to Inverness.

Day four (April departures)

Originally built in 1567, Brodie castle has been carefully restored to give visitors an insight into the everyday life of one of Scotland's oldest clans. The admission fee includes the cost of a guided tour, and there will also be time to explore the landscaped gardens of the estate. (This is a National Trust of Scotland property and NT membership cards are valid).

Day four (May-July departures)

Ancient Cawdor castle was immortalised by Shakespeare in 'Macbeth' - step over the drawbridge to enter a different world. The late sixth Earl Cawdor's fascinating (and often very funny) guide notes can be found in each room. The gardens, with their vast herbaceous borders, are also worth exploring.We return to the hotel in the late afternoon, stopping en route in Grantown on Spey. Dating back to the 1760s, this traditional Highland town boasts many historic buildings, fine Georgian and Victorian architecture and an impressive tree-lined square.

Day five

Transfer back to Edinburgh for your flight home. Depending on your flight time, there may be time to explore the city before you head to the airport.

Carrbridge Hotel

Set on the banks of the River Dulnain with spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains, the Carrbridge Hotel was originally established in 1803 as an inn for weary travellers. It has been extended and refurbished over the years and now has 100 bedrooms.

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