Chen Family Scottish Explorations

6 pax (4 Adults & 2 Kids, 8 & 13yrs old)

Saturday 1st June – Sunday 9th June 2024

Number of Travellers: 6
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Overview

Create lifetime fabulous family memories together as you adventure through the Highlands of Scotland with your private guide. Experience the thrills and hear the stories of the landscape as you explore on foot, by boat and by train. You will discover that the magic isn’t just in the cobbled streets where Harry Potter was written, it is found all through this wild playground. Your private guide will not just take care of all the logistics, but will add their expertise and local knowledge to share their favourite insiders secrets with you. Take away special memories of your time in this bonnie wee country that will make you all smile for years to come.

Highlights

  • Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter as you take a magical steam train trip over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct
  • Hear the local legends and history from a local storyteller in atmospheric Glencoe
  • Zoom over Loch Ness looking out for the elusive monster in a thrilling zodiac ride
  • Explore some of the most stunning landscapes in Scotland and discover hidden Highland gems with your experienced private guide

Day by Day

Day 1 - Saturday 1st June - Welcome To Scotland!

On arrival in Glasgow Airport you will be met by a private driver who will transfer you to Cameron House. Settle into the peaceful surroundings, enjoy the hotel facilities and a relaxing evening.

Overnight: Glasgow | Cameron House
Room Type: 2 x Loch View Rooms
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Sunday 2nd June - Meet Your Guide & North To Glencoe

Your Private Guide, who will also act as your driver, will pick you up this morning and together you will head North to the Highlands! Stop in the amazing landscape of Glencoe and take a hike to explore with your guide. Then relax in the local mountaineers pub to meet a local storyteller who will spin you tales of the local history and Scottish legends before you head to your historic castle accommodation.

Overnight: Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: 1 x Junior Suite, 1 x Large Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Monday 3rd June - 'Harry Potter Train' & The Road To The Isles

Today you board the magical ‘Harry Potter’ Train and puff your way through beautiful scenery towards the West Coast and over the graceful arc of the Glenfinnan Viaduct. On arrival in Mallaig you will be met by your guide and head for lunch. You can either choose to take the train back to Fort William, or travel back with your guide so that you can stop to explore the ‘Road To The Isles’ as you go. Take a stroll on the silver sands of the Arisaig beaches and look out over the turquoise waters to the small isles, stop at Glenfinnan to discover the Jacobite history and admire Dumbledore’s Island as you pass.

Overnight: Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: 1 x Junior Suite, 1 x Large Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Tuesday 4th June - Loch Ness Monster Hunting & Urquhart Castle

This morning head out for a hike with your guide to discover waterfalls and a scenic loch (which you may recognise as seen from dragon-back in a certain magical film). Then take a fast paced Zodiac boat trip out onto the dark waters of infamous Loch Ness. Look out for wildlife such as feral goats, golden eagles and of course the elusive monster! Stop to explore the ruins of Castle Urquhart, which was destroyed by the government to stop it being used as a stronghold by local clans.

Overnight: Inverness | Kingsmills Hotel
Room Type: 2 x Luxury Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Wednesday 5th June - Whisky Country & Transfer To Braemar

The area of Speyside is known as the heart of whisky country, and the many distilleries here send sought-after bottles of ‘uisge beatha’ around the world. Maybe take a stroll along the River Spey before you discover the fascinating world of the cooperage, where they create the barrels used to store aging spirit. Then your travels take you over the ‘snow roads’ into the Cairngorms National Park, and to take a tour of a royally approved whisky distillery before heading to your unique luxury hotel.

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms
Room Type: 2 x Scottish Culture
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Thursday 6th June - Cairngorms National Park, Hiking & Exploring

The National Park is your playground today, and there are so many options to explore with your guide! You could hike up into the hills, or around a shimmering loch (discovering a ‘bothy’ along the way), visit a unique pyramid and hear about the strong local connections with the Royal Family. Discuss the best routes with your guide to suit your preferred level of challenge, the weather and your current energy!

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms
Room Type: 2 x Scottish Culture
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Friday 7th June - South To Edinburgh, Explore Kingdom of Fife

South to Edinburgh today. Make the most of your last day with your private guide and explore the Kingdom of Fife on the way. Visit historic St Andrews and the charming fishing villages, take in some of the fun coastal path, maybe visit a palace and take the time to taste the best fish & chips before heading to Edinburgh.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral Hotel
Room Type: 1 x Deluxe Castle View, 1 x Executive View
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Saturday 8th June - Magical Edinburgh, Free Afternoon & Concert!

This morning you will be met at your hotel by a local guide who will lead you on a private wonderful walking tour exploring the traces of magic that linger in all the cobbled streets and alleys of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Hear the stories and see the places where the Harry Potter books came to life as you discover hidden corners of this city. You then have a free afternoon to continue exploring at your own pace, and pick up any last minute souveniers, before your special concert this evening!

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral Hotel
Room Type: 1 x Deluxe Castle View, 1 x Executive View

Day 9 - Sunday 9th June - Depart

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and take you to Edinburgh Airport to make your onward connections. Waving farewell for now but taking with you special memories and wonderful stories of your explorations.

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 8 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above and below
    • Near Glasgow, Cameron House (1 Night)
      • 1 x Loch View Family Room with Balcony
      • 1 x Loch View Room Twin
    • Near Fort William, Inverlochy Castle (2 Nights)
      • 1 x Junior Suite w 2 additional beds
      • 1 x Large Double as Twin
    • Inverness, Kingsmills (1 Night)
      • 1 x Luxury Family
      • 1 x Luxury King as Twin
    • Braemar,  Fife Arms (2 Nights)
      • 1 x Scottish Culture Family Suite
      • 1 x Scottish Culture Twin
    • Edinburgh, The Balmoral (2 Nights)
      • 1 x Deluxe Castle View with 2 roll-away beds
      • 1 x Executive View Twin
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable UK qualified guide from Day X to Day X
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
    • Please note that this will be a minivan, so luggage space is not unlimited. If you require more space for luggage please advise & supplement would apply
  • Airport Transfer from Glasgow Airport to Cameron House on Arrival Day
  • Airport Transfer to Edinburgh Airport on Departure Day
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, (these are not private unless otherwise detailed) specifically:
    • Storyteller Private Experience in Glencoe
    • First Class Tickets on the ‘Harry Potter’ Train
    • Zodiac Trip on Loch Ness
    • Tour of Speyside Cooperage
    • Tour of Whisky Distillery & Tasting (for adults only)
    • Entry Fee as per interest in Kingdom of Fife
    • Entry to Edinburgh Castle
    • Private Morning ‘Harry Potter’ Themed Walking Tour with Local Expert Guide
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • Map and trip dossier
  • 24 hour 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 15% 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.
Optional Upgrades Read More

Room upgrades are available in some locations, subject to availability. Pricing on request.