followed by Afternoon Tea at the Fife Arms Hotel
Drum Castle is part of the National Trust for Scotland. The Royal Forest and Tower of Drum were given to the Irvine family by Robert the Bruce in 1323. Later a Jacobean mansion house was added, and in the Victorian era, the lower hall was converted to a library, now containing a mighty 4,000 books. The beautiful Garden of Historic Roses is divided into quadrants that show how roses have been cultivated from the 17th to the 20th century.
The recently-refurbished Fife Arms Hotel is in the heart of Braemar, in the magnificent Cairngorms National Park. The five-star, award-winning hotel brings together Scottish heritage, craftsmanship and culture with world-class contemporary art and a strong sense of community. A visit to the luxurious hotel offers a range of unique experiences right on its doorstep, whether you want to tour the hotel’s exceptional art collection or walk up into the dramatic mountains surrounding it. You will enjoy a splendid afternoon tea and some free time in Braemar before heading back to Aberdeen.