Scotland's Tales and Mysteries


Scotland's Tales and Mysteries Tour

Scotland is renowned for its ghostly sightings and for its history - steeped unexplained happenings. Here there is a wealth of wonderfully mysterious castles for you to explore. This tour starts in Edinburgh where you can learn of the wizard, Major Weir; travel on to Glamis Castle reputed to be the most haunted castle in Scotland; and visit the famed Loch Ness.

Your Scotland's Tales and Mysteries Tour Includes:

  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Breakfast daily, except day of arrival
  • Ferry one way from Armadale to Mallaig for car and 2 passengers
  • Scotland's Tales and Mysteries Tour road book with full itinerary and additional Scotland/sightseeing information 
  • Car Rental: Group C Standard Shift Car*
  • Carbon offsetting contribution donated to the National Trust for Scotland

*Upgrades to automatic and larger cars available for a supplement.


Tour of ScotlandDay 1
Arrival at Edinburgh Airport, collect your hire car and make your way to the hotel to check in. In the afternoon you might want to visit Rosslyn Chapel which is situated south of Edinburgh or alternatively discover Edinburgh, Scotland's Capital City. Around Edinburgh, especially its Old Town, a lot of mysterious stories are to be found. For example Major Weir, a wizard, lived near the Grassmarket. He used to send his walking stick on errands! We recommend taking part in a ghost tour which starts across the road from the city chambers on the Royal Mile or visit ‘Mary King's Close', an underground streets and one of the most haunted places in the UK. Also Edinburgh Castle is worth a visit and location of many ghostly tales.
Overnight Edinburgh.

Day 2
Leaving Edinburgh today, follow the signs to Perth and head on the A94 to Glamis Castle, which has been described as the most haunted castle in Scotland. Head further north to the White Caterthuns and the Brown Caterthuns, the remote remains of two hillforts or hilltop towns just north of the main road A90. In the White Caterthun there is on the northern outer bank a magic stone about which is said, when touched in moonlight will make one rich! Access to the Caterthuns is from the minor road that passes between them en route to Bridgend. Also Edzell Castle, where a white lady roams, is in this area. Now continue your journey over the Cairn-Ò-Mount Road B974 into the Royal Deeside.
Overnight Royal Deeside area.

Scotland Tales and Mysteries TourDay 3
Follow the road through the Dee Valley. West of the Cairngorms you find Ben Macdui, who is connected with the Gray Man of Ben Macdui: a giant figure, who many people have seen in the area of the mountain top. He wanders there in fog and snow. Now take the A939 via Tomintoul to Granton on Spey.
Overnight Granton on Spey/ Aviemore area.

Day 4
Stay on the A939 and follow, heading north, over Dava Moor. The Moor is the place where the Scottish King Macbeth met with the three witches as described by Shakespear's play. Now follow the signs to Inverness until you reach Culloden. Here the last battle on British soil was fought and the English army beat the Scottish Jacobite troops under Bonnie Prince Charles in a gruesome battle.
Overnight in the Inverness area.

Day 5
From Inverness head further north over the Black Isle. The A832 takes you to Fortrose, where you find a monument for Brahan Seer, one of the mostfamous seer in Scotland in the 17th century. He predicted for example the arrival of the locomotive in the Scottish Highlands. Unfortunately he came to a terrible death - he was burnt alive in a barrel of tar because he had made an indiscrete prediction. Follow now the road further to Cromarty, its name is connected to the tale of a mermaid who is said to have lived there.
Return back to the Inverness area for overnight.

Scotland Vacations: Scotland's Tales and Mysteries TourDay 6
Today head to Loch Ness, where we recommend a visit at the Loch Ness 2000 exhibition. Here you can have an interesting insight into the phenomenon of Loch Ness and its alleged monster. Now follow the A87 further West at Invermoriston and on to the Isle of Skye over the Skye Bridge by Kyle of Lochalsh. Follow the signs to Portree. Here, on the main road by Sligachan a phantom car was sighted several times - an Austin from 1934! The car approaches from behind, overtakes and then disappears.
Overnight on the Isle of Skye.

Day 7
From Portree you circle west to visit Dunvegan Castle, the ancient seat of the Clan MacLeod, who played an important role in the tale of the Fairy Flag of Dunvegan. There are remains of an ancient silk flag at the castle which is said to be dating back as far as the 4th century. The tale tells that the banner was woven by fairies and it was only allowed to be used by the Clan MacLeod for protection three times - so far it has been used twice.
Overnight on the Isle of Skye.

Scotland VacationsDay 8
Take the ferry today in the south of the island from Armadale to Mallaig. Back on the main land the B830 takes you south and after a short trip you reach Loch Morar, where unexplained sightings, similar to Loch Ness have been made. See if you can spot ‘Morag' the monster said to live in the loch. Continue your journey to Fort William where you can discover more about the history of the area in the West Highland Museum in the centre of town. The museum is said to have a ghost also - a former curator who one can still hear being busy at the typewriter.
Overnight in the Fort William area.

Celtic Tours in ScotlandDay 9
Today head south west and travel through stunning and eerie Glencoe and further via Crianlarich and Lochearnhead to Callander, where you can visit the Rob Roy & Trossachs Visitor Centre. Rob Roy was a man who actually lived in this area and about whom there are many tales.
Overnight in the Trossach area.

Day 10
Discover the land of Rob Roy more by travelling via the A821 to Loch Katrine and Aberfoyle towards the west. Doon Hill and the Old Kirk in Aberfoyle are associated with the Reverend Robert Kirk, a priest who is more notorious for his belief in fairies. As Robert was a seventh son, he was said to have been gifted with second sight and he chatted to fairies frequently. One night in 1692 he was found dead on Doon Hill and has haunted the hill since then. It is said that by now the fairies have turned him into one of the high spruce trees which grow on the top of the hill. You will find a sign posted path leading you to the top. Turn now towards the east towards the Royal Burgh of Stirling. From here Edinburgh and Glasgow are easily reached. Drop off hire car and departure


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