Murray Family Explore Scotland - V2

4 Adults & 2 Kids (9 & 12)

Saturday 3rd August – Thursday 8th August 2024

Number of Travellers: 6
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights


Create fabulous family memories together as you adventure through the Highlands of Scotland. Exploring beautiful landscapes and discovering fun together at every turn.  Your private guide will not just take care of all the logistics (and driving), but will add their expertise and local knowledge to share their favourite insiders secrets with you. You are sure to all be smiling about times on this trip for years to come.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Saturday 3rd August - Welcome To Scotland! Meet Your Guide & Head North.

This morning your Private Guide (who will also act as your driver) will meet you at Edinburgh Airport today, and together you head north. Depending on your arrival time there are various options for scenic leg stretches or stops along the way, but we you will certainly want to stop to take in the stunning scenery of Glencoe.

These dramatic mountains and ridges have featured as the backdrop in many films and once you are looking up at these summits it is easy to see why! Then continue onwards to your unique castle hotel, situated on the foothills of mighty Ben Nevis.

Overnight: Near Fort William | Inverlochy Castle Hotel
Room Type: 3 x Large Double (2 as Twins)
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Sunday 4th August - Explore The 'Road To The Isles'

Today you will enjoy superb views as your guide takes you west along the stunning Road to the Isles. This is frequently listed as one of the most beautiful drives in the world and it is easy to see why. Your guide will share the tales of the local area as you go, making the landscape come alive with characters and history. You may wish to stop at the historic Glenfinnan Monument, and see if you can spot the famous ‘Harry Potter Train’ puffing its way over the graceful arches of the viaduct. Take a stroll on the white sand beaches of Arisaig and soak in the views of the Small Isles, this is some of the most scenic beach-combing in the country. 

Overnight: Near Fort William | Inverlochy Castle Hotel
Room Type: 3 x Large Double (2 as Twins)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Monday 5th August - Transfer To Speyside via Loch Ness

Time to head deeper into the Highlands today, right into the heart of whisky country. Stop to set out onto the deep secretive waters of Loch Ness and enjoy a scenic cruise, keeping your eyes open for the infamous monster herself. Explore the ruins of Castle Urquhart on the shores of the loch. This large castle has a rich and bloody past that dates back centuries. It was eventually destroyed by government troops so it could no longer be used as a stronghold by local clans.

Then continue on through Inverness into Speyside, discovering just why the local whiskys are known around the world. Perhaps follow in the footsteps of the cheeky past distillers with a stroll on the Whisky Smugglers Trail, through the hidden glens of Speyside. Then quench your thirst with a tasting of the local produce after a tour of one of the characterful Speyside distilleries (tasting for adults only!). The perfect way to round off your day’s exploration before your guide takes you to your welcoming hotel.

Overnight: Speyside, Craigellachie | Craigellachie Hotel
Room Type: 1 x Comfy Luxe Double & 2 x Snug Twins
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Tuesday 6th August - Transfer South via Archery in Cairngorms National Park

Today you head south, skirting the edge of the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. This is a perfect place to stop for a short scenic stroll before you test your target skills with a fun session of archery. Channel your inner warrior with tips from your instructor.

Continuing on, stop to explore the huge open air site of the Highland Folk Museum and relive history in its painstakingly recreated buildings. This fascinating 80 acre site has over 30 dwellings “frozen in time” from the early 1700s to the mid 1900s so that you can experience the details of Highland life as it was back then. Don’t miss the old fashioned sweetie shop, it’s our favourite!

Overnight: Near Blair Atholl | Old Manse Of Blair
Room Type: 1 x Stables Family Suite (Double & Twin) & 1 x Bothy Family Room (2 interconnecting doubles)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Wednesday 7th August - Enjoy a 4x4 'Safari' With A Kilted Ranger & Local Highland Games

This morning get an insider’s insight of the area as you head out on a fun private Landrover safari with a kilted Ranger. Exploring private estate tracks to see what traditional gillies and estate managers drive every day. Keep your eyes open for the local wildlife, Red Deer, Mountain Hares and Eagles that are all to be found here before you head back down into the valley.

This afternoon enjoy a special experience as you immerse yourself in true Scottish culture and tradition at a local Highland Games. The air is filled with the invigorating sounds of bagpipes and rhythmic pounding of drums, and the lively cheers of the crowd. As you watch the competitors in their kilts, showcasing feats of strength and agility, you become part of a centuries-old spectacle that celebrates heritage and camaraderie.

The games are a sensory feast, with the aroma of traditional foods wafting through the air, colourful tartans adding a visual spectacle to the Highland dancers twirls and the thrill of events like caber tossing and tug-of-war creating an electrifying atmosphere that you can’t help but be caught up in.

Note: An alternative option would be to explore locally with your guide instead this afternoon if you would prefer.

Overnight: Near Blair Atholl | Old Manse Of Blair
Room Type: 1 x Stables Family Suite (Double & Twin) & 1 x Bothy Family Room (2 interconnecting doubles)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Thursday 8th August - Transfer To Edinburgh, Explore & Train To London

This morning your guide will transfer you to Edinburgh. They will help you secure your luggage at the Left Luggage facility in Waverley Train Station, and introduce you to your expert local city guide before they depart.

Immerse yourselves in the winding cobbled streets of historic Old Town Edinburgh as you enjoy a private walking tour this morning. Discover the highlights of this unique capital city and discover some hidden gems with your guide’s insider knowledge. Enjoy the buzz of the ‘Royal Mile’ as you head up to the mighty ancient fortress which is Edinburgh Castle itself. Walk the ramparts atop castle rock and hear the tales of the One O’Clock gun and the stories of locals of times past. Your guide will tailor the day to your interests as you get a sense of the stories and history of these streets. 

Your guide will depart at 1pm, leaving you to enjoy lunch before you pick up your luggage and board the early afternoon train to London and the next part of your adventures.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 5 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide from Day 1 to drop-off in Edinburgh on the morning of Day 6
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide during guided time
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Loch Ness Boat Trip (approx 1 hr – not private)
    • Entry to Urquhart Castle
    • Distillery Tour & Tasting (Tasting for adults only)
    • Archery Experience (Approx 1 hr 15 mins – not private)
    • Donation Entry to Highland Folk Museum
    • 4×4 Mountain ‘Safari’ with Kilted Ranger (not private)
    • Entry to Killin Highland Games
    • Private Walking Tour in Edinburgh with Expert Local City Guide
    • Entry to Edinburgh Castle
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking
  • A 20% deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed
  • This quote is valid for 14 days from the date quoted, after this time pricing may be subject to revision
  • Activities are only private if so specified
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