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Enjoy Edinburgh and the stunning Holyrood Palace

The setting of Holyrood Palace is quite special. Sitting in the wide expanse of historic Holyrood Park is sheltered by the imposing volcanic hill of Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags. This extinct volcano goes back 350 million years. We enjoyed an off-season visit to this royal home. At times on the tour we were the only visitors to be seen! Her Majesty The Queen stays here every July when she is in residence in Scotland. This is when she hosts the Royal Garden parties and meets visitors of state. Holyrood Palace also has a rich heritage and has witnessed many important moments in our turbulent Scottish history. It has been a royal residence for over 500 years and it is possible to stand on the spot where Mary Queen of Scots, in the 16th century had lived and worked. A more gruesome note relates to the room where her Italian secretary Rizzio was taken and murdered! Some say you might still see the blood stains on the wooden floor! We loved the fountain in the …

Private Tour of Scotland

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It has been a busy September! Our Private Tours of Scotland have taken us to Stirling where we enjoyed the medieval Stirling Castle. This lovingly restored Royal  Palace was voted the best historic attraction in the UK. We also visited  the National Wallace Monument and climbed all the 248 steps to the top to see amazing views all over the beautiful region. As part of this tour  guests can enjoy excellent service and comfort at Abbotsford Lodge, in rural Callander, near Stirling. We also visited the fantastic ruins of Linlithgow Palace where the medieval Kings and Queens  entertained 16th century guests  from all over Europe. We travelled to the beautiful region of Argyll to visit Inveraray Castle and the island of Kerrera. This time we hiked to the defensive Gylen Castle, standing proud on the high coastal cliff since the 12th century. From here we could see the islands of Mull, Easdale and Seil.   One tour this month included a Landrover safari through the majestic Glencoe mountains. Here we met with an expert countryside ranger from the National Trust for Scotland. We …

Scottish Cathedrals

There are many Scottish Cathedrals offered on our tours. This tour included Dunkeld Cathedral. It is a lovely spot on the banks of the River Tay in Perthshire. The Cathedral was the centre of the Scottish Church until this moved to St Andrews Cathedral. In August the flower baskets around the village are stunning and add to the colour of the centre. On this tour we had also been to Fort Augustus. We had seen the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness. We then drove through stunning Glen Sheil and saw the famous Five Sisters of Kintail mountain ridge. Our visit to Portree was short but very enjoyable in the summer sunshine over the harbour. Dunkeld is an historic village where the centre was lovingly restored in the mid 20th century. It is now a lovely place to stroll through either at the end of a tour before returning to the city, or as a first stop on the way to the Highlands. Last week we had a picnic on the riverbank after a visit to Scone Palace and Huntingtower Castle. One of the …