Today we ventured to the Scottish Borders where we spent the day at the stunning Floors Castle. I am very much loving my first Adult Exclusive Adventures by Disney vacation. Of course, I miss my boys, but I can now vouch for the fact that the adult departures and itineraries are just as perfectly designed as the family trips. But, I digress, here’s more about our ROYALLY fun day…
Adventures by Disney Scotland
Day 1: Edinburgh – Failte!
Day 2: Edinburgh – Wrapped Up in Edinburgh
Day 3: Kelso – The Royal Treatment
Day 4: Inverness & The Highlands – History of the Highlands
Day 5: Inverness – Monsters & Dark Waters
Day 6: Inverness – Alba gu brath
Day 7: Inverness – Caledonian Escapades
Day 8: Inverness – Turas Math Dhut!
The Scottish Borders
Before heading out to the Scottish Borders, we sat down to a lovely breakfast spread at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian. Then we boarded our motorcoach and set off on our 1 hour and 20 minute adventure.
Coffee and Tea Reception at Floors Castle
Our day began at Floors Castle with a delightful reception. Here, I quite thoroughly enjoyed the exclusive experience of being served tea and cookies by the Private Butler of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, who call Floors Castle their home. Talk about the royal treatment!
Floors Castle Tour
Next we were off in two small groups, each with a private guide, to tour Floors Castle—the largest inhabited country house in Scotland—and its stunning gardens. Photos were not allowed inside, which I hate because this was the most elegant, current and welcoming castle we’ve see yet. You can tell a young modern family lives here!
Private Lunch in the Castle’s Courtyard Cafe
After our morning tour, we sat down in the Courtyard Cafe, open just for our party, for lunch. It was absolutely delicious and everyone raved about their meal.
Floors Castle Garden Tour
After lunch we set off with the head gardener and his assistant on a tour of the spectacular Walled Garden. I’ll be honest, before setting off this wasn’t something I thought I’d love. But, the head gardener was such a funny Scotsman with a great dry sense of humor and the tour was an absolute delight. In fact, most of our guides on this trip have had a similar personality – Disney does pick the best. :-)
Next we retreated to the Castle’s Courtyard Café for a shortbread-making lesson taught by the Private Chef of the Duke and Duchess. I absolutely LOVE shortbread and was thrilled to try my hand at creating this buttery treat. In a castle. In Scotland. Taught by the Duke and Duchess’ private chef. EEK!
While the kitchen staff baked our creations, we had a little time on our own. We opted for hot tea and a scone!
On the drive back to Edinburgh we watched the old Disney movie Greyfriars Bobby. It was so cute and I love how Disney weaves the story together so compellingly! (Remember, we learned about Bobby yesterday.)
Privately-Guided Underground Edinburgh Tour
After a break at the hotel we looped back in with our fellow adventurers to discover the true stories of Edinburgh’s dark side tonight! On our privately guided tour we got a peek into the city’s ghostly past and a visit to the underground vaults of Old Town Edinburgh. It was such a fantastic tour, with a great mix of history, lore and spooks.
The underground vaults were so creepy and when I came back after and was looking at photos, I swear I see a the profile of a face in one – the bottom left corner of photo two.
The Edinburgh Vaults, also known as the South Bridge Vaults and even as the Blair Street Underground Vaults are located on Blair Street, Edinburgh. The construction of South Bridge started in 1785, when the 19 arches to support it were built. The vaults, chambers and tunnels underneath it were walled in and sectioned off the descending levels. By 1788, when South Bridge was officially opened, approximately 120 vaults, or rooms, were ready. From workshops to wartime shelters, from illicit whisky stills to the bodysnatcher secret stores, here you discover what life underground was like 200 years ago.
At the historic heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, The Witcher takes it name from the hundreds of women and men burned at the stake as witches on Castlehill during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It is reputed that more witches were put to death on Castlehill during the reign on James VI than anywhere else in Scotland. The area around The Witchery by the Castle remains steeped in history, and dining in the restaurant is a magical experience!
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