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Majestic Cairngorms and Royal Deeside

Majestic Cairngorms and Royal Deeside

Visit somewhere unique, memorable and ancient. The region is well-known for its unspoilt beaches, lush farmlands, pretty villages and attractive royal burghs. Carrbridge itself is a historic highland village and is possibly the best place in Scotland to see red squirrels and other wildlife including red deer, capercaillie, pine martens and golden eagles.

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Price Includes (all details are subject to change):


  • four nights dinner, bed and breakfast

  • admission into Balmoral Castle and Crathie Church (all subject to Royals in residence - April, May, July, September)

  • admission into Braemar Castle and Crathie Church (all subject to Royals in residence - August Only)

  • cruise on Loch Ness

  • three excursions

  • return coach travel and ferry fare N Ireland (£30 supplement)


Carrbridge Hotel, Carrbridge


Originally established in 1803 as an Inn for weary travellers, the Watt family have owned and managed the Carrbridge Hotel for over four decades. The hotel has been extensively refurbished and extended to provide modern accommodation whilst retaining its character. The Grill Room and Bar has a welcoming log fire and the chefs take pride in using only the finest produce to ensure wide and varied menus. (lift) This hotel will not accept Oxygen Cylinders.



Day One

Depart from your selected joining point and travel to the Carrbridge Hotel, Carrbridge. Comfort stops will be made en-route.

Day Two

Enjoy a scenic tour through the Cairngorms National Park to the popular and thriving village of Braemar, renowned for its annual Highland Games attended by the Royal Family. Visit the beautiful Balmoral Castle and Crathie Church (subject to opening times), the Scottish home and place of worship of the Royal Family (all subject to Royals in residence). Enjoy a relaxed walk in the grounds, view the exterior of the castle, visit the Mews Gift Shop and Cafe. Complete the day by visiting the picturesque, Victorian village of Ballater, in the heart of Royal Deeside. Here there are cosy cafes, speciality shops and many 'By Royal Appointment' signs to see. NOTE: Our August departure does NOT include entry to Balmoral Castle, this departure will include Braemar Castle.

Day Three

Visit the small highland town of Grantown-on-Spey, which is full of independent shops and beautiful architecture. Enjoy some free time in Aviemore, a well-known and popular destination with beautiful scenery and welcoming atmosphere. Aviemore is surrounded by towering mountains, sparkling lochs and dense forests; and has a great selection of shops, cafes and bars. Continue to the lovely village of Newtonmore and enjoy a visit to the Highland Folk Museum, Britain's first open air museum. Step back in time and experience life in the Highlands from 1700s to the 1950s. Explore over 35 historical buildings and discover how people in the Highlands lived, worked, went to school and enjoyed leisure time.

Day Four

Head to the charming settlement of Fort Augustus, situated on the impressive Caledonian Canal. Perhaps visit the Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre or the Clansman Centre and experience centuries of heritage and history from the surrounding area. Enjoy an exhilarating cruise on Loch Ness, taking in the stunning landscape and views of Urquhart Castle, before arriving in the 'Highland Capital of Scotland', Inverness. Admire the castle towering over the city as you wander through the bustling centre with its many shops, cafes and galleries.

Day Five

After breakfast you leave Carrbridge and travel home. Comfort stops will be made en-route.

Please Note

It may be necessary under certain circumstances for these excursions to be operated on different days to those shown.

Holiday Itinerary


For full Itinerary click here

For full Itinerary August Only  click here

For full Trading Charter and Booking Conditions click here


***This hotel will not accept Oxygen Cylinders in the hotel.


Not every holiday will suit your mobility needs and some are not suitable for persons using walking aids/wheelchairs etc.  Please ask a member of staff for details should you have any concerns regarding suitability.

JOIN AND PARK AT STENA LINE, BELFAST ONLY £30. To reduce travel time, separate vehicles or taxis may be used to convey passengers to join our holiday coach.


To reduce travel time, separate vehicles or taxis may be used to convey passengers to join our holiday coach.

Name Address Times
Annan WM Annan, War Memorial opposite Queensberry Arms
Ardrossan Ardrossan, Princes Street Bus Stop
Ayr Dodds Depot Ayr, Dodds Depot, 4 East Road
Ayr NEW Ayr, Douglas Street Bus Stop, Outside Bus Station
Ballantrae Ballantrae, Garage, Main Street
Ballymena Ballymena, Seven Towers Leisure Centre
Main entrance
Ballymoney Ballymoney
Biestys Centra / Route Service Station,
Ballynure Ballynure, The Village Chippy
Car Park, Larne Road.
Bangor Bangor, Town Car Park
opposite Bangor Railway Station Car Park
Belfast City Centre Belfast City Centre, Leonardo Hotel,
(formerly Jurys Inn), Great Victoria Street.
Belfast Stena Belfast - Stena Line Victoria Terminal 4,
West Bank Road (Cairnryan)
Cairnryan Stena Cairnryan - Stena Line Passenger Terminal
Loch Ryan Port.Cairnryan
Carlisle Asda Carlisle Asda
Bus Layby, Chandler Way
Castle Douglas Castle Douglas, Crown Hotel
Opposite Market Hill, King Street
Coleraine Coleraine, Lodge Hotel, Outside Front Door
Dumfries Dumfries, Whitesands, Coach Bay near Suspension
Bridge. (If Whitesands Closed, Brooms Rd Car Park)
Dunsilly Roundabout Dunsilly Roundabout
Car Park, Antrim
Eastriggs Eastriggs, Central Bus stop
Opposite the Baxter Hall (Church)
Girvan Girvan, Hamilton Arms Hotel
Glengormley Glengormley, Corrs Corner Roundabout
Larne Road Side.
Gretna Gretna Main Bus Stop
Annan Road
Gretna Green Gretna Hall Hotel, Front steps
Please park in the overflow parking space
Holywood Holywood, Redburn Square.
Irvine Irvine, Coach Park adjacent to Aldi
Kilmarnock Kilmarnock, St Marnock St (Police Station)
Kilwinning Kilwinning, Caley Station (top of Dalry Road)
Larne Larne, Fairhill Car Park
Victoria Road
Lisburn Lisburn, Sprucefield Shopping Centre, Bus Shelter
at mini roundabout near Marks & Spencers
Lochmaben Lochmaben, Outside Kings Arms Hotel
Lockerbie Lockerbie, The Townhead Hotel
Maybole Maybole, Cassillis Hotel
Moffat Moffat, The Balmoral Hotel
Newton Stewart Newton Stewart, The Crown Hotel
Newtownards Newtownards, Circular Road
McDonalds Car Park
Prestwick Prestwick, Station Road.
Saltcoats Saltcoats, Railway Station
Stevenston Stevenston, The Cross
Stranraer Stranraer
Bus Stop Opposite Police Station
Troon Troon, Ivy Cottage, South Beach, Bus Stop outside
Town Hall

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