Savour whisky at Royal Lochnagar distillery
Visit Scone Palace, the ancient crowning place of the Kings of Scots
This morning we leave Inverness and head for Tominoul, the highest village in the Highlands. Sitting on north side of the Cairngorm National Park, with its central square and 18th century buildings, Tomintoul is a fine example of a planned village.
Next we head into Royal Deeside, the great valley of the River Dee that runs all the way from the sweeping mountains to the Aberdeenshire coast. We pay a visit to the Royal Lochnagar Whisky Distillery, where you can witness the craftsmanship of the distillers who make one of Scotland’s finest 12 year old single malts.
Following our distillery visit it’s time to relax over a leisurely lunch in the charming village of Braemar in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. This beautiful and remote village feels like the Highlands of a bygone era. Set amongst majestic mountains, peat coloured rivers and cool dark forests, it’s easy to see why the British Royal Family have made this area their favourite summer retreat.
From here the route south passes over Scotland’s highest mountain pass, through Highland Perthshire before stopping at Scone Palace*, the home of Scotland’s legendary Coronation Stone, better known as the Stone of Destiny.
From here it’s a short journey back to Edinburgh.