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Cruden Bay Trip 2018
Thursday 7th June to Monday 11th June 2018
A five day trip to the Highlands and Aberdeenshire, staying for one night in Inverness, and three nights in the fishing village of Cruden Bay, where Bram Stoker wrote much of his fiction (including parts of Dracula). We will also visit Loch Ness, some of Scotland’s most picturesque castles, a distillery or two, and enjoy free time in Inverness and Aberdeen.
The appearance of this creature is not guaranteed!
Thursday 7th June:
Depart Inverness airport by coach at 12:00 to visit Cawdor Castle (5 miles). Free time for lunch and to explore the castle made famous by Shakespeare’s ‘Scottish play’.
Depart at 2:30 for Loch Ness (27 miles) visiting the Monster Visitor Centre and Urquhart Castle on the shores of the lake.
Return to Inverness for overnight stay.
Friday 8th June:
Morning at leisure in Inverness, with opportunity to visit the castle or take a local bus out to Culloden Moor to explore the battlefield. We depart on the 14:27 train to Aberdeen, arriving at 16:40, from where we proceed to Cruden Bay by bus or shared taxis for a three night stay.
Saturday 9th June:
After breakfast we depart by coach to visit local locations familiar to Stoker: the Bullers of Buchan (the inspiration for his 1895 novel The Watter’s Mou') and Whinnyfold where he stayed in 1902 and wrote The Mystery of the Sea. We then head south to Aberdeen (24 miles), for free time for lunch and to explore the city. Depart Aberdeen to visit the spectacular cliff-top castle of Dunnottar (10 miles) before returning to Cruden Bay (34 miles). Evening at leisure.
Sunday 10th June:
Depart by coach after breakfast for Gight Castle, ancestral home of Lord Byron. From there we head west to our first distillery of the day at Glendronach. After a lunch break in Huntly we will visit Huntly Castle, followed by a visit to the Strathisla Distillery, the oldest and most picturesque in the highlands, dating from 1786. Visit the ruins of Tolquhon Castle (35 miles) before our return to Cruden Bay (16 miles).
Monday 11th June:
At leisure in Cruden Bay, an opportunity to visit the beach and nearby Slains Castle, or return to Aberdeen for the journey home.
We will make our own arrangements for travelling to Inverness. Our coach will be at the airport for a midday departure.
You can choose to join us in Aberdeen just for the three night stay in Cruden Bay. Please indicate this when booking.
Accommodation in Cruden Bay is limited! To secure your place on our Stoker’s Scotland trip, members please return the booking form ASAP, and by January 31st at the latest.
Once confirmed, we also advise you to book your flights ASAP!
Non-members who are interested in joining us, please contact us through the contact e-mail address on the site.
Please be aware that if numbers have to be limited due to the constraints of transport and/or accommodation capacity, Society members and their guests will necessarily have to take priority over non-members.
Costs and Accommodation
For our one night in Inverness, we have reserved en-suite rooms in two establishments just a few yards from each other: the Black Isle Bar & Rooms and The King’s Highway Wetherspoon.
Single room prices range from £55 at the Black Isle to £109 at the King’s Highway: double/twin room prices range from £70 at the Black Isle to £129 at the King’s Highway. Rates are room only, but breakfast is available at the King’s Highway from 7am.
In Cruden Bay we have seventeen rooms reserved in two hotels, with only two of these rooms being designated as singles.
We have seven rooms booked at The Kilmarnock Arms, where Bram Stoker stayed (and signed the guest book in 1894!), and we have also reserved ten more rooms at the nearby Cruden Bay Bed and Breakfast, formerly the Red House Hotel where we stayed in 2000.
To allow more people to join the trip – and to reduce the costs of our coach hire – it would be really helpful if people are prepared to share! Single occupancy prices range from £70 per night at Cruden Bay B&B to £89 per night at the Kilmarnock Arms; double/twin occupancy prices are £95 per night at Cruden Bay B&B, and £129 per night at the Kilmarnock Arms.
All rooms are en-suite and the price includes breakfast.
The cost of this trip will depend, as always, on numbers and choice of accommodation.
Prices for the full four night trip, including hotel accommodation and coach hire for our sightseeing, will be in the region of £325 - £430 for singles; £245 - £320 per person if you are sharing a twin or double room.
For the Cruden Bay three night package, prices will range from £250 – £310 for single occupancy; £185 - £235 pp if you are sharing.