Thursday 6th: We travel north and over the border into Scotland and check-in at the
Aberdeen Altens Hotel. Tea, coffee and shortbread will be served on arrival.
Friday 7th: Depart our hotel after breakfast for Huntley via Inverurie to Dean’s Shortbread
Factory. Witness the famous shortbread being created before browsing the gift shop. On
then to Fyvie Castle for an included visit. This is an extraordinary Baronial fortress with
lavish interiors and a world famous art collection, with its own ghosts, legends and folklore.
Saturday 8th: With a backdrop of lush rolling hills, Crathes Castle and Gardens is this
morning’s destination. Discover the history of the turrets, towers, oak panels and painted
ceilings of this magnificent Disney-esque designed 16th century tower house. Spend time
in the lovely gardens before we make our way for time at leisure in the resort village of
Ballater. On then to Banchory and a short, but delightful journey on the Royal Deeside
Railway. This heritage railway is in a beautiful setting and runs along the River Dee.
Sunday 9th: Time at leisure follows a morning tour of Aberdeen centre by coach and on
foot. Spend time in the historic merchant quarter or relax in one of the many parks and
award winning gardens. Before returning to our hotel, see the small fishing village of ‘Fittee’
and stop at the Torry Battery Viewpoint, where you may have an opportunity to see
Monday 10th: We leave our hotel after breakfast and return home.