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Overview

Since 1848 the Braemar Gathering has been regularly attended by the reigning Monarch (Chieftain of the gathering) and members of the Royal Family. We will visit the gathering and tour the Trossachs – gateway to the Highlands; cruise on Loch Katrine and ride the Strathspey Steam Railway through gorgeous Highland scenery.
The Braemar Highland Gathering has been an annual Highland highlight since the days of King Malcolm Canmore, 900 years ago. International athletes will be among those taking part in the “heavy” and “track” events. Pipers and dancers will be of the usual high standard while teams from HM Forces will compete in the Inter-Services Unit Tug of War Championship and in the Services Medley Relay Race. The whole event is an unbeatable spectacle of Scottish tradition and folklore.
Pitlochry is set in the heart of Scotland with real hospitality, clear sparkling air, beautiful scenery, rich clan history, fine food, plenty of space and lots to see and do. The area has been a tourist destination for well over 150 years, counting Queen Victoria among its earlier visitors. One of the town’s best attractions is the Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder which allows salmon to reach Loch Faskally to spawn.
Loch Katrine, with its many charms and rich heritage, is truly one of Scotland’s special places and has won the heart of countless visitors. Just as special as the magnificent scenery is the famous steamship – the “Sir Walter Scott” – which has sailed the loch for more than 100 years.
The Trossachs are where the Highlands and Lowlands meet. The gateways to this startling landscape, rich in mythology and folklore, are the villages of Callander and Aberfoyle.

Highlights

  • Scenic Highlands touring by coach
  • Entry to Braemar Gathering
  • Ride on Strathspey Railway
  • Loch Katrine Cruise

Included

  • Escorted throughout
  • 5 nights sharing a twin/double room at The Angus Hotel, Blairgowrie
  • 5 breakfasts & 5 dinners
  • All coach travel & touring in Scotland
  • Loch Katrine Cruise
  • Ride on the Strathspey Railway
  • Entry to Braemar Games – seated in open stand

Excursion Options:
• Aviemore Funicular Railway (payable locally)

Departures

Self Drive
Date – Price from – Tour Code

03/09/2020 £799pp BG9

Travel

Self-Drive

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Braemar Gathering & Highland Steam

6 days, 3rd September, 2020, £799 per person

Itinerary

Day 1: Pitlochry
Make your own way to the hotel. Check-in from 3pm. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you choose. Dinner in the hotel.

Day 2: Queens View on Loch Tummel & Pitlochry
This morning we depart the hotel for a full day tour to include a visit to Queens view set high above Loch Tummel. This is one of the most famous views in Scotland. The panorama west to the peak of Schiehallion and Rannoch Moor is breathtaking. There is also an informative visitor centre, which is the focal point of the Tay Forest Park and has an excellent audio-visual film, tearoom and forest shop. During the afternoon we continue to Pitlochry for some free time. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 3: Braemar Highland Gathering
Today we visit the best spectacle of Scottish tradition on the Highland calendar – The Braemar Highland Gathering, as it is properly called, is invariably attended by the Royal Family – the Queen is patron of the games. Enjoy the famous Highland sports of tossing the caber, hammer throwing and tug of war as well as Highland dancing and pipe bands. This is a not-to-be-missed spectacle in the Highlands each September. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 4: Aviemore and Strathspey Railway
Enjoy a ride on the area’s spectacular heritage railway, taking in picturesque views and stops along the line from Boat of Garten to Aviemore. In Aviemore you can enjoy an optional mountain train experience on a funicular train up Cairn Gorm (fare payable locally). Return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 5: Trossachs & Loch Katrine
Drive through the Trossachs to enjoy a relaxing cruise on Loch Katrine on the steamship Sir Walter Scott, or sister ship Lady of The Lake.Return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 6: Pitlochry
After breakfast we check out of the hotel.

Note: Order of excursions may be subject to change.

Note: The Queen is the patron of the Gathering and regularly attends, but her attendance is not guaranteed.

Accommodation

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The Angus Hotel – 3-star – Blairgowrie
Blairgowrie’s premier leisure hotel with a modern indoor pool and health spa is family owned and one of Perthshire’s best known hotels for over 100 years, situated right at the heart of the pretty county town of Blairgowrie. The restaurant is stylish and friendly and serves tasty Scottish fayre. The Leisure Club is where you can swim in a modern heated swimming pool, warm up those tense muscles in the sauna, clear the head in the steam room or sit back and while the time away in the modern spa bath. Each bedroom is individually decorated using high quality fabrics and modern furnishings to guarantee your comfort and relaxation. All feature en-suite bathroom, TV, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities.

What Our Customers Say

Fabulous destination with an excellent guide. Read more “French Riviera”

Mr Collick

Well organised and well informed. Coach driver was excellent. Tour guide was also excellent and always available. Read more “Monaco Historic GP”

Mr G Kergon

Well organised. Good friendly hotel. Staff very helpful.Good range of trips. very efficient transfer to race stadium. Our tour manager was an excellent guide and very helpful. Read more “Monaco Historic GP”

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