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Wherever you are in Grampian, you are never far from a castle for this is Scotland's Castle Country and it's where you will find Scotland's unique Grampian Castle Trail.
One moment you will be in Norman Scotland, the next in Renaissance Scotland. You can let your imagination run riot in dark romantic ruins or in magnificiently furnished castles. The trail is approximately 150 miles long and can be followed in either direction. At least one hour should be allowed for each property visit.
Those properties belonging to the National Trust for Scotland are open during the period May-September with some opening at Easter and weekends in October. Their gardens and grounds are open all year. A few of the Historic Scotland properties are open all year.
You can see the castle trail here: www.agtb.org/scottish-castles.htm
Explore these Scottish castles on one of our weekend leisure breaks.
More than half Scotland's distilleries are close to the River Spey in Moray and the best of these are linked together in Scotland's unique Malt Whisky Trail. A journey here is to gain insight into the traditions and skills of this most rural of Scotland's industries, and to discover the many delights of Speyside. With seven distilleries on the trail, plus the traditional skills of the or barrel maker at the Speyside Cooperage in Craigellachie, enjoying a distillery visit, tour and tasting is an essential ingredient of your Scottish holiday or short break experience at Mountview.
The trail is about 70 miles long (110 km) and you can easily spend an hour in each distillery. A guide will normally be available to take you around the distillery and share some of the secrets of whisky production. At the end you will usually be invited for a 'wee dram' in the distillery shop.
For more details, visit www.maltwhiskytrail.com