We check in to the Best Western Plus Keavil House Hotel in the afternoon. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager.
Monday: Edinburgh & Dalmeny House
We start the morning with a guided tour of Scotland’s vibrant capital city of Edinburgh. Most of the city’s sights can be found within the medieval Old Town and the elegant Georgian buildings of the New Town, all overlooked by the iconic castle perched high above the city.
From here, we make our way to Dalmeny House and Estate, home to the Earls of Rosebery since 1662. Sitting in rolling parkland with spectacular views overlooking the Firth of Forth, the house was completed in 1817 in Tudor Gothic style with highly-decorated chimneys and crenellations. Home to the 7th Earl and Countess of Rosebery, Dalmeny boasts inspired architecture and an extraordinary collection of antique furniture, artworks and other curiosities. We discover more about the house’s history, architecture and the Rosebery family on our guided tour.
Later, we return to Edinburgh where the evening is left free to explore at leisure and find a local restaurant to enjoy dinner before the coach takes us back to the hotel.
Tuesday: Abbotsford & Thirlestane Castle
We head first to Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, one of the great Romanticists and the foremost literary figure of his day. Created by the writer himself in the Scottish Baronial style and set in beautiful formal gardens, the house contains an impressive collection of historic relics and an extensive library which we discover on our guided tour.
Afterwards, we visit Thirlestane Castle where we enjoy a guided tour. The historic seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale and the home of the Maitland family, one of the most reputable families in Scotland, this defensive fort dates back to the 13th century and boasts rose pink sandstone and fairy tale turrets. The interiors are a mix of 19th century and early Baroque and highlights include the Duke’s bedroom with its exquisite plasterwork ceilings, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Room and the extensive family portraits and historic toy collections.
Wednesday: Arniston House & Hopetoun House
This morning we visit Arniston House. Set within a 6,000 acre working estate, Arniston has been described as one of the most important William Adam houses in Scotland. Home to the Dundas family since 1571, the latest generation still own and live in the house today. On our guided tour we discover exquisite artwork, beautiful period furniture and stunning architecture, while we learn more about the intriguing family history.
We continue on to Hopetoun House, one of the finest examples of 18th-century architecture in Britain. Designed by William Bruce and then extended and changed by Scottish architect William Adam, it is widely recognised as Scotland’s finest stately home. The magnificent interiors reflect the elegance of the Georgian era and are decorated with the best period furniture, paintings, tapestries and clocks, with beautifully crafted finishes of carving, gilding and plasterwork.
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for our journey home.
Please note: the itinerary order is subject to change.