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Scotland: Family Adventure in the Scottish Highlands

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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Price: From £1,850
Trip Type: Ready to Customise
Location: Scotland
Accommodation: Deluxe
Difficulty: Your Own Pace

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Take an enthralling family adventure as you travel through the Scottish Highlands, experiencing the highlights and picking your favourite activities to make this a truly personalised experience. Get up close and personal with local wildlife, relive history as you explore ancient castles, and set-jet as you visit locations used in Harry Potter movies and Outlander! Along the way you’ll seek out the Loch Ness Monster, visit the mystical Isle of Skye, and take on a range of outdoor activities, led by expert guides.

This Ready to Customise itinerary is perfect for families who want to build their dream family-friendly adventure tour through the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. The various daily options allow families to seek out the activities best suited to their group’s interests, preferences and ability levels.

 

Pricing:
Price based on four people travelling. The final price will depend on the activities selected and other customisation of the itinerary. This ‘from’ price is a net rate so is not commissionable and agents need to add their margin.

Trip Highlights

  • Create special family memories as you adventure through the Scottish Highlands together, sampling some of the best fun on offer.
  • Explore Scotland's adventure hotspots - Fort William, and Cairngorms National Park - with a selection of fun outdoor activities to choose from.
  • Relax in comfortable, family-friendly 4 star hotels and guest houses, adding an extra dimension to your trip to Scotland.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Over the Sea to Skye

Meet your guide in Inverness this morning and together you will start your journey west. The journey takes you along the scenic northern side of Loch Ness and through the steep mountains of Kintail with no shortage of views to admire. Along the way you can choose to stop at either Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness, or the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, elegantly apart on its own island. Then continue over the bridge to the Isle of Skye itself and onwards to your welcoming hotel to settle in for your first night on the island.

Overnight: 4 star | Bosville Hotel | Isle of Skye.

 

Day 2 – Skye by Land and Sea

A short stroll from your hotel takes you down to Portree harbour this morning, where you board a boat to explore the picturesque Sound of Raasay. Admire the mountain vistas, sea cliffs and caves, which are home to a wide variety of seabirds and other wildlife. Look out for sea eagles, dolphins, seals and even whales, as well as the lively seabird communities.

Later, explore northern Skye with your guide, with its stunning scenery and fascinating cultural sites. A recommended option is a short hike into the magical landscape of the Fairy Glen – your guide will share intriguing local legends and history as you hike. Returning to Portree, choose from the many restaurants and inns, perhaps taking advice from your guide to find the one that’s perfect for you.

Overnight: 4 star | Bosville Hotel | Isle of Skye (B)

Day 3 – Harry Potter's Steam Train

Leaving Portree, head south to the imposing ruin of Armadale Castle. This once-grand structure used to be home to the powerful Clan Donald, who ruled the western coastline of Scotland for hundreds of years. Learn about their history as you explore the vibrant gardens with your guide or take a short hike further into the rolling moorland hills surrounding them.

Afterwards, a short ferry ride takes you back to the mainland, ready for the next stage of your adventure. Step aboard the famous Harry Potter steam train for a memorable journey through beautiful scenery and over the famous viaduct. Wizard costumes optional but encouraged! Arriving into Fort William, your guide meets you off the train and transfers you to your canal-side hotel.

Overnight: 4 star | Moorings Hotel | Fort William (B)

Day 4 – Scotland's Adventure Capital

Fort William is known as Scotland’s adventure capital, and today you will find out why. Choose your favourite from the following options, which can all be tailored to your preferred level of challenge and personal interests.

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  • Guided hiking with your private trip guide. Anything from a gentle scenic stroll to aiming for the summit of Ben Nevis. For an easier hike with great views, we can even take a gondola to give us a boost up the mountain.
  • Watersports – Try sea kayaking on a nearby bay, or open canoeing on the Caledonian Canal. On these guided activities, you will enjoy a new perspective of the landscape, and may enjoy close encounters with the local wildlife. These activities are available as half or full days
  • Day trip to Glencoe. Enjoy an easy hike and then settle in to hear tales and legends of the glen from a storyteller with bagpipes.

Overnight: 4 star | Moorings Hotel | Fort William. (B)

Day 5 – Across the Highlands

We head east to the heart of the Highlands, the Cairngorms National Park. We’ll stop at the Highland Folk Museum, a fascinating outdoor site which was used in the filming of Outlander and other historic dramas. As well as the old crofts, this is a wonderful place to spot red squirrels in the pine forest. After lunch, take your pick from these activities – you can choose one or two activities to enjoy this afternoon:

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  • Guided afternoon hike with your guide. This could be anything from a hike up a wee summit to an easy valley or lochside stroll.
  • Hand-feed the local red deer with a knowledgeable ranger.
  • Try your hand at an archery session against the backdrop of the Cairngorm Mountains.
  • Take on a thrilling zip-line course which sees you zooming high above waterfalls and trees.

In the late afternoon, arrive in the lively village of Aviemore and settle into your friendly guest house, before heading out for dinner.

Overnight: 4 star | Ravenscraig Guest House | Aviemore (B)

Day 6 – Exploring Cairngorms National Park

The Cairngorms National Park is a perfect outdoor playground for so many different activities. We recommend choosing two or three of the activities below, depending on your interests, to create the perfect day.

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  • Explore the mountains, glens or forests on a hike led by your private guide. This can be a half or full day experience.
  • Off-road biking. Choose from easy rides on traffic-free gravel trails (suitable for all the family) or take on some of the local single-track by mountain bike, led by your guide. This can be a half or full day experience.
  • Meet the local reindeer herd and enjoy a scenic walk to their mountainside home. These cheeky characters will make you laugh as they nudge their way in for food. This is a half day experience.
  • Discover Loch Morlich’s beautiful freshwater beach. Venture onto the water by canoe or SUP at this local’s favourite spot, or enjoy a walk through the beautiful forests which surround it. This is a half day experience.
  • Landrover Safari with a local ranger. See behind the scenes on a working Highland estate and hear its history as you discover fabulous views and meet red deer. This is a half day experience.

As an extra option, we recommend an evening trip to a wildlife hide. Keep your eyes peeled for pine martens, badgers, and other nocturnal wildlife who are regular visitors at the hide. Alternatively, settle into your favourite family restaurant and share laughs as you reflect on your Scottish adventure holiday.

Overnight: 4 star |  Ravenscraig Guest House | Aviemore (B)

Day 7 – Depart

After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy some free time in Aviemore before your guide transfers you back to Inverness for the end of the trip. (B) 

 

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Accommodation Read More

On this deluxe trip, you’ll be staying in family-friendly 4 star hotels or guesthouses.

A warm welcome is assured and you can enjoy superior comfort and the finest service in these. Accommodation is in double, twin or family bedrooms. Breakfast is included each morning.

Please note that alternative accommodations may be offered when you book if availability at any of these is limited.

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What’s Included:

The ‘from’ pricing above includes the following:

  • 6 nights accommodation in 4-star small family-friendly hotels and guest houses, on a B&B basis
  • Services of a private qualified guide throughout
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide
  • All guided hikes included in itinerary
  • D1 – Entry to either Urquhart Castle or Eilean Donan Castle
  • D2 – Morning boat trip from Portree Harbour; after exploration of Northern Skye
  • D3 – Armadale Castle visit; ferry to mainland; steam train ride to Fort William
  • D4 – One of the excursions as described in the itinerary
  • D5 – Visit to the Highland Folk Museum and afternoon activity of their choice
  • D6 – Two of the activities / excursions as described in the itinerary
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-country support

Exclusions:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
Upgrade and Customise Your Trip Read More

Upgrade options (prices on request)

  • Room or hotel upgrades are available in each location
  • Some activities are available as exclusive experiences with a private instructor or guide

Optional Extras (prices on request):

  • Pre and Post nights in Inverness can easily be arranged
  • Extra activities on Days 4, 5, 6 or 7
  • Further activities requested by the clients
  • Visit to whisky distillery or gin distillery

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