Picture your new home for a week: a magnificent, fortified 16th Century tower located just 20 miles east of Edinburgh.
Secluded in the Scottish countryside, we have created a six night itinerary perfect for groups of friends and family. Our private chef will prepare gourmet meals throughout your stay, your driver will guide you through the history of the area, including a foodie tour of Edinburgh, visiting a Tartan mill, Whisky tasting, and a bagpipe concert in the privacy of your own castle!
This itinerary is for exclusive use only, and can be taken for groups between six and eight.
Greeted by your host, you will depart Edinburgh in our luxury private transfer service direct to your private castle for the week. The journey time is less than one hour. A champagne reception will welcome you as you are introduced to the staff. After you settle in to your rooms and explore the castle, indulge in a delicious four course dinner, prepared by your private chef.
After breakfast this morning you will take a ten minute drive to visit Dirleton Castle, a romantic castle often in the forefront of Scottish history since it was built in the 12th century: one of the oldest standing castles in Scotland. The renowned gardens include an Arts and Crafts Victorian garden and the herbaceous border, which has been authenticated by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest.
Continue to Tantallon Castle, step back to the 14th century and stand in the footsteps the battlements of the last of the grand medieval castles and marvel at its scale. Set high on a cliff edge and featuring a massive red sandstone curtain wall, Tantallon Castle was home to the Red Douglas dynasty.
Return to the castle for your first lunch, followed by a relaxing afternoon in the tower, or enjoy exploring the extensive gardens and for the energetic perhaps a walk up to a nearby viewpoint with 360 panoramic views of the breathtaking landscape.
Enjoy cocktails and a superb four course dinner.
After a leisurely breakfast, you will have an opportunity to spend some time in the kitchen learning some of the chef’s culinary secrets during a cooking demonstration while he prepares your next gourmet meal.
After lunch, depart for a short drive to North Berwick, a quaint seaside village with 2000 years of history. After a walking tour of the area, you will have an opportunity to take a boat ride on the Three Islands Seabird Safari where you will see a range of amazing wildlife in their natural habitat, including the world’s largest colony of Northern gannets on the Bass rock.
Return to the castle to sip on a cocktail before indulging in another wonderful dinner.
After breakfast, depart for a full day excursion to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.
You will meet your personal tour guide who will lead you through Edinburgh Castle, a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh. Archaeologists have dated the occupation of the Castle Rock upon which it sits, back to the Iron Age. The castle was home to kings and queens. Queen Margaret (later St Margaret) died here in 1093, and Mary Queen of Scots, gave birth to James VI in the royal palace in 1566.
After your visit, take a two minute stroll to one of the city’s finest restaurants – The Witchery, which is located in a 16th century building at the Edinburgh Castle gates. The restaurant is famed to be most atmospheric and spectacular dining destination in the city
After lunch, stroll through the infamous Royal Mile, passing through many of the historic landmarks of the city, through it’s cobbled streets and small alleyways, learning the history of the old city of Edinburgh. Conclude your afternoon with a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse – the official home of Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland, and is used by Her Majesty for State ceremonies and official entertaining. The Palace has been a royal residence for over 500 years and is closely associated with Scotland’s rich history
Return to the castle for another relaxing evening and gourmet meal at the castle.
Spend your morning at leisure today, whether your preference is relaxing with your favourite novel in the library, or for those craving more activity, clay pigeon shooting or archery can be arranged on site.
Enjoy a wonderful lunch at the castle before departing for a Scotch Whisky tasting at Glenkinchie, located on farmland this is a rural distillery dating back to 1852. Here you will sample four whiskies, in a breathtaking setting while learning the history of the production of the nation’s favourite tipple.
While you enjoy your cocktails this evening, you will be entertained by a local piper and his bagpipes. For the more musically inclined, there will be an opportunity to try your hand at the Scottish instrument yourself.
Enjoy another wonderful meal in the comfort of your own private castle.
After breakfast you will take a short drive to Haddington, home to one of Scotland’s most ancient and notable houses: Lennoxglove House. A history of Scotland is told through the celebrated art collection from Van Dyke, Raeburn, Lely and Kneller along with important artifacts from Mary Queen of Scots, Napoleon and Charles II.
After your visit, stop at the small village of Athelstaneford, the birthplace of the Scottish Flag. Visit the heritage centre, showing a visual dramatisation of the traditional origins of Scotlands flag.
Return to the castle for an afternoon at leisure, perhaps fishing in the castle ground’s pond, or challenging the staff to a game of boules on the lawn.
Enjoy cocktails and your six course farewell gala dinner.
Depart the castle after breakfast to return to Edinburgh for your onward travel arrangements.