Scotland’s Gardens & Castles: From Edinburgh to the Highlands

Jul 1 - 15, 2020

Tour Leader

Michael Turner
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Explore the gardens and castles of Scotland with their dramatic landscapes, rich heritage and culture, from Edinburgh to the Highlands, the Great Lochs and the West Coast.

Scotland is a country of dramatic landscapes, sublime beauty and haunting history, and this new 15-day tour takes you to some of its most beautiful gardens and castles. Explore the northern nation’s rich heritage and culture, from castles to farmsteads, small loch-side houses and gardens at their summer best. The tour begins in the vibrant city of Edinburgh and continues to the wild and magnificent Highlands, before surveying the castles of Inverness, the great lochs, the picturesque Isle of Skye, dramatic Orkney Islands and Pitlochry’s Balmoral Castle.


  • The beauty and culture of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital and centre of arts and entertainment
  • The finest gardens at their summer best: Broadwoodside, Drummond Castle, Inverewe and Dunvegan Castle
  • Great, historic estates: Floors Castle, Cawdor Castle, the tiny Eilean Donan Castle, Blair Castle and Balmoral
  • The Isle of Skye, famed for its rugged landscapes, picturesque villages, medieval castles and whisky
  • The grand landscapes of Scotland, its rivers, glens and mountains, villages and lochs; a cruise on Loch Ness and a ride aboard the Jacobite Steam Train

A limited number of places remain on this tour and as such, internet bookings are not taken. Please contact our travel consultant listed above if you wish to make a booking.

Your Tour Leader

Michael Turner is a garden historian and lecturer. For many years he was Senior Curator of the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney


Days 1–4: Edinburgh and surrounds: the Royal Botanic Garden, Floors Castle, Abbotsford House and Broadwoodside.

Days 5–7: In Inverness, visit Drummond Castle, the gardens of Cawdor Castle, Inverewe and Durnamuck.

Days 8–9: From Kirkwall, Orkney’s picturesque capital, discover the hauntingly beautiful landscape and its great archaeological significance.

Days 10–12: Cruise Loch Ness to the tiny castle of Eilean Donan. Explore the Isle of Skye, including Dunvegan Castle and garden and enjoy a whisky tasting.

Days 13–14: Travel by ferry to reach Mallaig to board the Jacobite Steam Train. From Pitlochry, visit Balmoral, the Scottish home of the Royal Family.

Day 15: Coach to Edinburgh.

A limited number of places remain on this tour and as such, internet bookings are not taken. Please contact our travel consultant listed above if you wish to make a booking.

Getting There

The tour begins at our hotel in Edinburgh and ends at our hotel in Pitlochry, with a group transfer to Edinburgh on the final day of the tour. Emirates and Qatar offer direct flights into and out of Edinburgh. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.


A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 60 days before departure: $500*
  • 60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
  • 44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
  • 14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due

*This amount may be credited to another ADFAS Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.

Unused Portions of the tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Travel Insurance

ADFAS Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ADFAS Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an ADFAS Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

Will the itinerary change?

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ADFAS Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

ADFAS Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

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Scotland’s Gardens & Castles: From Edinburgh to the Highlands Jul 1 - 15, 2020

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Jul 1 - 15, 2020
$11,470per person, twin share (land content only). $2,890 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Michael Turner

Limited Availability

A limited number of places remain on this tour and as such, internet bookings are not taken. Please contact our travel consultant listed below if you wish to make a booking.

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Tour Consultant

For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:

Rebecca Fussell 02 9235 0023
or 1800 639 699 (Outside Sydney)
(outside Sydney)