Connoisseurs Choice (2019)


No tours available

Enjoy the ultimate experience of the Cairngorms National Park and the magnificent Scottish Highlands.


Duke Of Gordon Hotel

Cairngorm National Park

The Duke Of Gordon Hotel, owned by Cairngorm Travel, is one of the Premier privately owned hotels situated in the Heart of the Scottish Highlands in the village of Kingussie. The hotel looks out across the Spey Valley and the Cairngorm National Park to Ruthven Barracks, the site of an earlier stone castle, constructed in the 1300’s by the ancestors of the 1st Duke of Gordon.

With origins in the eighteenth century the hotel was originally built as a stop-over for passengers travelling by stagecoach along the old A9 to Inverness and the North of Scotland. The facilities and atmosphere now experienced in the hotel, combined with the hospitality of our staff make the Duke Of Gordon the ideal place to stay when visiting the Highlands.

The Duke Of Gordon’s truly traditional Scottish atmosphere proved to be an ideal filming location for the popular TV series MONARCH OF THE GLEN with a number of our guests appearing as extras.

As a result of extensive modernisation, the Duke of Gordon is one of the very few Highland hotels that can offer all the facilities and  some comforts of a modern hotel combined with the traditional  character and heritage of an old Scottish coaching inn. The hotel has 60 en-suite bedrooms, direct dial telephone, colour TV and  tea/coffee making facilities.

The experience of dining in the elegance and splendour of our impressive Balmoral Restaurant with its heavily corniced ceilings and Peddie murals depicting Scottish Highland history and local scenes of great natural beauty is one not easily forgotten. Our menus are carefully selected and prepared to provide the best traditional Scottish fayre. These, combined with our very personal service, make dining at the ‘Duke’ truly a Jewel in the Highland Crown.

On several evenings guests are piped into dinner by a piper in full Highland dress. Entertainment takes place most eveningsin the Ruthven Ballroom in the form of Ceilidhs, folk nights and dancing.

The Duke of Gordon and the Spey Valley have enchanted Royalty through the ages dating back to the visit of Queen Victoria and her devoted Consort on 8th October 1861. Come and see why Her Majesty was so inspired that she made specific reference to her visit to the ‘Duke’ in her personal diaries.

Your stay at the Duke Of Gordon Hotel includes:
A five course candlelit dinner every evening
Full Scottish buffet breakfast
Tea and Coffee facilities
Free WiFi
Hotel porterage
Entertainment most evenings


Your Itinerary

Experience the Kyle Line, the original "Great Railway Journey of the World" as featured in Michael Palin's popular documentary series. It goes from Inverness on the east coast of Scotland through to Kyle of Lochalsh on the west. The views from the window are worth the fare alone but no matter where you are along its 80 miles, historic Scotland is only a few metres away. (Train fare is included)

Experience Dunrobin Castle, which is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands. Dunrobin Castle is also one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, Take the opportunity to explore the castle and also watch the spectacular falconry show. On our return journey we stop in the beautiful scenic town of Dornoch. (Tour cost £26pp, entrance fees are included. To ensure availability please book prior to departure).

Enjoy some free time to explore Kingussie, or take a stroll to Ruthven Barracks built in 1719 after the Jacobite uprising.

Journey to Newtonmore to the Highland Folk Museum. The site portrays aspects of 200 years of Highland rural life starting with the early 1700s and ending with the mid 1900s. Within sight of the Cairngorm Mountains this interesting and varied landscape site combines farmland, woodland and open areas. (This attraction involves walking and is free to enter).

 Entrance fees are not included unless stated.

 

Your Tour Includes:

»Executive luxury return coach travel
»Breakfasts are included
»Dinner is included
»Full Tours Itinerary
»Entrance fees are not included unless stated.


Tours in this Itinerary

Departing
Tour Ref
Days
Price From
Saving
Pickup Points
Rooms
Available Seats