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    Queen Victoria Tour Scotland

    Welcome to Scotland, a country which was very close to Queen Victoria’s heart.

    Tell me a little about a Queen Victoria Tour of Scotland

    Catswhiskerstours works with guests to design and deliver a customised tour around a Queen Victoria theme.

    Tell me more about a Queen Victoria Tour of Scotland

    Summary information is provided below to assist guests determine focus and priorities for a tour.

    From the early days of her long reign (1837-1901 ) Queen Victoria developed a strong passion for Scotland. She acquired a Scottish Castle and landed estate (Balmoral) and visited the country frequently. This interest filtered down through the social structure of the day and acted as a catalyst for the emerging Scottish tourism industry.

    Tell me more about Queen Victoria’s Scotland

    Places associated with Queen Victoria can be categorised into three geographic areas: Edinburgh and environs; Central Scotland; and the Highlands. The latter being focused in an area between Braemar and Aberdeen which has become known as Royal Deeside.

    Tell me more about the visitor sites associated with Queen Victoria

    Edinburgh & Environs

    • Edinburgh Castle was visited by Queen Victoria between 1842 and 1886. She prompted various structural alterations and changes.
    • Rosslyn Chapel was a near ruin at the time of the Queen’s visit in 1842. At Victoria’s prompting the chapel was restored and brought back into use as a place of worship. Rosslyn chapel is now one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions as a consequence of featuring in the Da Vinci Code.
    • Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. Queen Victoria reintroduced the custom of using the Palace as a Royal residence.

    Central Scotland

    • Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were guests of Lord Breadalbane at Taymouth Castle in September, 1842. The Royal couple passed by again in 1866.
    • Blair Castle was visited on occasions from 1844 onwards. This castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. During the 1844 visit the Queen awarded the local military unit, the Atholl Highlanders, the right to bear arms, a right which is still exercised today.
    • Queen’s View. A panoramic view of Loch Tummel which was visited by Queen Victoria in 1866. This vista is probably named after the 14th century, Queen Isabella.
    • Falls of Bruar. Near Blair Castle. Visited by Queen Victoria in 1844.
    • Ardoch Roman Fort which had a long period of intermittent military occupation starting from the first century AD. There is a wall plaque recording Victoria and Albert’s visit in 1842.

    Scottish Highlands

    • Balmoral Castle was purchased by Victoria and Albert in 1848 and remains in the ownership of the Royal Family today.
    • The small town of Braemar (near Balmoral) was first visited by Victoria in 1848 when she attended a local Gathering and Highland Games.
    • Braemar Castle was visited by the Queen in 1849 as guest of the Farquharson family.
    • Royal Lochnagar Distillery. Situated close to Balmoral. The Royal Family visited the distillery in 1848, one of the first ever distillery tours!
    • Crathie Kirk. Queen Victoria worshipped here from 1848, a tradition continued by the current Royal Family.
    • Grave of Royal servant, John Brown, at Crathie burial ground. John Brown was born near Crathie in 1826 and died 1883. 
    • Sites on Royal Deeside include: Royal Deeside Railway, Crathes Castle, Aboyne, Finzean Estate, Fettercairn, Cambus O’May Bridge, Ballater, Ballater Old Royal Station, Glen Muick, Linn of Dee and Mar Lodge and Estate.

    How can Catswhiskerstours help with a Queen Victoria Tour of Scotland?

    • Customised, escorted tours for groups. 
    • Self-drive  (driving) tours with a Queen Victoria theme.

    For more help and information, contact Nigel-



    T: 44 (0) 141 638 5500

    We look forward to hearing from you!

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    Edinburgh Castle, ScotlandRosslyn Chapel, ScotlandPalace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, ScotlandTaymouth Castle, Kenmore, ScotlandBlair Castle, ScotlandQueen's View, Loch Tummel, ScotlandBalmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, ScotlandCrathie Kirk, Royal Deeside, ScotlandJohn Brown's Grave, Crathie, Scotland