Three Castles Tour (approx 7 hours)
1. Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven
For an unforgettable experience, we travel 17 miles south along the coast to visit a romantic and evocative ruined castle perched on a cliff edge some 160ft above the North Sea. Once graced with the presence of William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots, Dunnottar Castle was also the setting for the 1990 film Hamlet, staring Mel Gibson and Glenn Close.
Holding secrets from Scotland’s rich and colourful past, the castle was. It is most famously known for its small garrison of soldiers which held out for eight months against the might of Cromwell’s army to rescue Scotland’s Crown Jewels from destruction.
2. Crathes Castle, Banchory
Leaving Stonehaven we head south west to join the B974 on the ancient Roman military road between Fettercairn and Banchory where spectacular views can be seen from the high mountain pass at Cairn o’ Mount
Heading east on the A93 we arrive at an enchanted 16th century castle adorned with fairytale turrets and fantastic gargoyles. Situated in 595 acres of landscaped woodlands and beautiful walled gardens with ancient yew hedges, Crathes Castle boasts a recent archaeological discovery of what is considered to be the world’s oldest calendar. After enjoying lunch, you can explore the many Jacobean rooms with painted ceilings from the Scottish renaissance, or perhaps catch a glimpse of the ‘Green Lady’, whose ghostly spirit is said to haunt the castle to this day.
3. Drum Castle, Drumoak
Travelling a further 7 miles east is a 13th century medieval castle with the oldest tower in Scotland still remaining intact. With its exquisite furniture, fine paintings and magnificent views from the battlements, Drum Castle is also home to the beautiful Gardens of Historic Roses.