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Private Tour to Blair Castle and Edradour Distillery
Tour Theme: Historic and Cultural Tours
This tour starts from: Edinburgh
Duration: 1 Day - Duration: 9 hours approx.
This is a Private Tour
From Edinburgh we will take you on a private tour to Blair Castle and Highland Perthshire. An area also known as Big Tree Country and home to the Duke of Athol.
The first stop of the day will be at the Queen's View. Originally the favourite spot for Robert the Bruce's Queen Isabella. But in 1866 Queen Victoria visited and assumed the stunning views of Loch Tummel were named after here.
After we then visit Blair Castle which is lays in a fairytale like setting. Guarding the Cairngorm Mountains, there has been a castle here since at least the 1200s. The medieval castle was part of a hunting expedition for Mary Queen of Scots; the tower was built during her time. It was the last castle ever seized in Scotland, in 1746 by its very own George Murray. Later transformed into a Georgian Mansion then a Victoria Castle. Queen Victoria visited here for 3 weeks as she was looking for a castle to purchase herself. She granted the Athol Highlanders to bare arms which makes it the only private army in Europe. You can see them on parade at the Athol Gathering Highland Games. The castle is open to the public during the summer months.
For lunch we can either go to the Athol Arms Hotel across from the castle or go to the Victorian town of Pitlochry. As an option we can offer a visit to Whisky Distillery where we get a chance to see the whisky making process then have a sample at the end of the tour.
Edradour Distillery is a small distillery near the Victorian town of Pitlochry. A traditional farm distillery producing handmade single malt since 1825. The standard tasting includes a tast of 2 drams including its cream liquor. You are also welcome to purchase more drams at the tasting bar or book the special 6 dram tasting on request.
Then enjoy a woodland walk at the Hermitage to the Black Linn Waterfalls. Keep an eye out for Red Squirrels and leaping Salmon.
This tour can be tailor-made if you have some alternative ideas to the above itinerary.
Private Tour to Queen's View, Blair Castle, Pitlochry, The Hermitage and Edradour Distillery
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