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Mazza Tour of Scotland

A small group tour which commenced on Friday, June 25th, 2004. This wee Tour of Scotland was based out of the Highland Perthshire town of Dunkeld and the old coaching Inn, The Royal Dunkeld Hotel.

Day 1:
After a delayed arrival at Edinburgh Airport, the group visited, and had lunch at, the historic village of Culross in the Kingdom of Fife. After Culross we drove through Fife and North into Highland Perthshire, to Perth, where we visited Branklyn Gardens, before completing our first days drive to Dunkeld where we settled into our base location at The Royal Dunkeld Hotel.

Day 2:
After Breakfast we visited a local Crafts Fair and Art Exhibition, and then, on a very Dreich (rainy) morning, we drove N West through Aberfeldy past Taymouth Castle to Kenmore on the banks of Loch Tay. After lunch in Kenmore at the Taymouth Crafts Shop we returned to Dunkeld over the misty high mountain road from Kenmore to Amulree through Glen Quaich. After dinner in The Royal Dunkeld Hotel the group attended a Gilbert and Sullivan Evening in the theatre at the
Birnam Institute.

Day 3:
After Breakfast the group attended the morning service at Dunkeld Cathedral. Around 1pm we drove South through Perthshire to Stormontfield. From Stormontfield we drove past Meikleour Beech Hedge and through Blairgowrie on our way to lunch at the village of Meigle with its famous pictish stones. After lunch we spent the afternoon visiting Glamis and Glamis Castle, returning for dinner at The Royal Dunkeld Hotel. After dinner
the group attended a performance by the Glasgow Phoenix Choir in Dunkeld Cathedral.

Day 4:
After Breakfast we drove South to The Kingdom of Fife and St Andrews. From St Andrews we drove 9 miles South to the East Neuk of Fife and the harbour and fishing village of Crail, then on to my own hometown of Cellardyke followed by lunch at the Craws Nest Hotel in Anstruther. After a fine local lunch of newly-caught Pittenweem Haddock we visited the harbour at Pittenweem, then the church at St Monans. From St Monans we returned to ancient St Andrews for a brief visit to St Andrews University before returning along the South Bank of the River Tay through Newburgh, then returning for dinner at The Royal Dunkeld Hotel.
After dinner the group attended a wonderful live music session at the Tap Inn in Birnam.

Day 5:
After Breakfast the group joined a Jeffs Coach for a day tour of the City of Edinburgh. Returning for dinner to The Royal Dunkeld Hotel. After dinner
the group attended a local Highland Night in Birnam.

Day 6:
After Breakfast we drove North to Pitlochry then along the River Tummel to Loch Tummel and Foss. We then drove to Tummel Bridge and than over the hills to Struan and Struan Church. After a coffee break at Struan Inn we drove South to lunch at a cafe beside Loch Faskally in Pitlochry. After lunch we spent a few hours shopping in Pitlochry before visiting Port Na Craig and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Returning South to Dunkeld we stopped to view two Clydesdale Horses on the way to the beautiful Hermitage at Dunkeld.

Day 7:
After Breakfast we drove South West to Dunblane and visited Dunblane Cathedral. We then visited Doune Castle before visiting Kilsyth and Kilsyth Anderson Church. Returning East we had lunch in The Portcullis Hotel in old Stirling. After a quick lunch we visited Stirling Castle and the Robert The Bruce statue before driving back North through Crieff to the beautiful Sma Glen and then onwards to Rumbling Bridge just outside of Dunkeld before returning for dinner at The Royal Dunkeld Hotel.

Day 8:
After Breakfast we drove South again through Perthshire and into West Fife to visit Dunfermline Abbey (photos) and the Abbot House, then over the Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh Airport where my guests flew off to London.



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