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Cruden Bay Trip 2018


Stoker's Scotland


Thursday 7th June to Monday 11th June 2018


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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.


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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.


Cawdor Castle


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.


Dunnottar Castle


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).


Huntly Castle


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.


Slains Castle





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.





In Cruden Bay 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.








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