Final Information - V3 - Garruto Scottish Family Adventure

6 pax in 3 rooms

Tuesday 28th May – Saturday 8th June 2024

Number of Travellers: 6
Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights

Highlights

  • A morning exploring the highlights of Edinburgh
  • Meet a friendly herd of Reindeer in the Highlands
  • A scenic cruise on an iconic Scottish Loch

Day by Day

Day 1 - Tuesday 28th May - Arrive in Edinburgh

Your private driver will meet you at Edinburgh airport and transfer you to your welcoming hotel. Due to your early arrival time you have almost a full free day to play with. Check in at your hotel is from 14:30, so drop off your bags and head out to start exploring. This afternoon maybe take some time to relax and settle in, enjoying an oasis of calm as the city’s characterful streets buzz and bustle beyond the window.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Apex Grassmarket
Room Type: 2 x City Double (one for solo occ) & 1 x Family Room (which has 2 x Queen Bed)
Meals Included: None

Day 1 - Flight Details Read More +

Airline: United Airlines | Flight Number: UA 36
Departure Airport: EWR Arrival Airport: Edinburgh (EDI) | Arrival Time: 8:05 am

Day 1 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Littles Chauffeur Hire
Booking Reference: 2701072
Pick Up Location: Edinburgh Airport | Pick Up Time: 8:05 am | Approx Duration: 0.75 hrs
Phone: +44 (0) 141 883 2111

Your private transfer will meet you at Arrivals and will have a sign showing your name. 

Transfer Company system will send contact details for the chauffeur as an SMS 30 minutes prior to the reservation taking place, to the mobile number for the travelling passenger. If the client is unable to locate our chauffeur, they must call the mobile number provided, or call the Little’s Office on +44 (0)141 883 2111, which operates 24/7.

Day 1 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: The Scran & Scallie | Location: 1 Comely Bank Road, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH4 1DT
Reservation Time: 5:45 pm | Booking Reference: 6678990
Phone: 0131 332 6281 | Website: https://scranandscallie.com/

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly

Day 2 - Wednesday 29th May - Exploring Edinburgh

This morning immerse yourselves in the winding cobbled streets of historic Old Town Edinburgh as you enjoy a private walking tour with an expert local guide. Discover the highlights of this unique capital city from the Palace of Holyroodhouse all the way up the ‘Royal Mile’ 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 leave you here so that you can spend as much time in the castle as you wish. You then have a free afternoon to continue your explorations at your own pace, pick up souvenirs or relax as you prefer.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Apex Grassmarket
Room Type: 2 x City Double (one for solo occ) & 1 x Family Room (which has 2 x Queen Bed)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 2 - Private Walking Tour Read More +

Activity: Private Walking Tour
Expert Local City Guide: Hannah Tait
Start Location: Apex Grassmarket, Edinburgh | Start Time: 9:00 am | Approx Duration: 4 hrs

Phone: +44 (0) 7920 408 507

Your Expert Local Guide will meet you at the reception of your hotel

Day 2 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: The Lookout | Location: Calton Hill, Edinburgh, EH7 5AA
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: B2TQACAN
Phone: +44 (0) 131 322 1246 | Website: https://www.thelookoutedinburgh.co/

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly

Day 3 - Thursday 30th May - Meet Your Guide & Transfer North to The Cairngorm National Park

Today you head away from the bustling city to the tranquility of the Highlands. Your private guide, who will also act as your driver for your time together, will meet you at your hotel this morning and together you will head north. As you travel into the rugged mountains of the Cairngorm National Park, you will stop for an artisan tasting experience in the Highland Chocolatier, trying some of their delectable award-winning truffles.

As you near your destination, stop off 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! 

Note: An alternative longer route for today could take you to visit Stirling Castle instead if you prefer.

 

Overnight: Aviemore | Cairngorm Guesthouse
Room Type: 1 x Family Room (for the 3 children) & 2 x King Room (one for solo occ)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Guide Details - Susie Hill Read More +

Name: Susie Hill
Contact Number: +44 (0) 7952 594 213
Meeting Place: The Apex, Grassmarket | Meeting Time: 9:00 am

Your guide will meet you at the reception of your hotel

Day 3 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Anderson's Restaurant | Location: Deshar Road, Boat of Garten, Highlands, PH24 3BN
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: BLFVR9PA
Phone: +44 (0)147 983 1466 | Website: https://andersonsrestaurant.co.uk/

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly

Day 4 - Friday 31st May - The Unique Cairngorms & Reindeer Herd

This morning you head up into the mountains for a very special experience, meeting the local reindeer herd!  Walk to their summer grazing grounds, where you are right in walking amongst the herd and can even hand feed them.  Spend the afternoon exploring this unique area with your knowledgeable guide.  The Cairngorm National Park is full of incredible hikes, from low level hidden lochs and gentle forest strolls to more challenging summits. Discuss the best choices to suit your energy levels, the weather and your preferred level of challenge.  Enjoy a relaxed evening reminiscing of a wonderful day with great family memories made.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: Aviemore | Cairngorm Guesthouse
Room Type: 1 x Family Room (for the 3 children) & 2 x King Room (one for solo occ)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: The Old Bridge Inn | Location: Dalfaber Road, Aviemore, PH22 1PU
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: BPP43KVR
Phone: +44 (0)147 981 1137 | Website: https://www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk/

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly

Day 5 - Saturday 1st June - Loch Ness & Eilean Donan Castle on the Way To Skye

Enjoy some fabulous scenery as you head to Skye with your guide today, passing the deep waters of Loch Ness and through steep sided mountain glens on the way.  On arrival at Loch Ness set out onto the deep secretive waters and enjoy a scenic cruise, keeping your eyes open for ‘Nessie’. Stop to explore the elegant Eilean Donan castle, set out on the water on a private island and surrounded by majestic scenery. You will then continue onwards, passing over the graceful arc of the Skye Bridge onto ‘the misty isle’ itself and carrying on to your welcoming hotel in the harbour town of Portree.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: Portree | The Bosville
Room Type: 1 x Premier Double for solo occ, 1 x Superior Double (for 2 older children) & 'Mrs Beaton's Cottage (for 2 parents in Queen & youngest child in single bed) (NOTE that the cottage is over the road from the main hotel)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Dulse & Brose | Location: Bosville Hotel, Bosville Terrace, Portree, IV51 9DG
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: Garruto
Phone: +44 (0)147 861 2846 | Website: https://perlehotels.com/the-bosville/restaurant/

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly

Day 6 - Sunday 2nd June - Exploring Skye

Today you have a full day to explore some of the special corners of this magical island with your guide. You will be spoilt for choice with fascinating history and dramatic landscape on offer, with unique hiking routes through stark and unusual rock formations and sweeping coast and mountain views to enjoy in almost every direction. This ‘misty isle’ is also home to so many curious stories and legends of fairies and islander culture, your guide will share some of the best hidden gems and personalise the day to your interests.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: Portree | The Bosville
Room Type: 1 x Premier Double for solo occ, 1 x Superior Double (for 2 older children) & 'Mrs Beaton's Cottage (for 2 parents in Queen & youngest child in single bed) (NOTE that the cottage is over the road from the main hotel)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Restaurant at the Rosedale | Location: Rosedale Hotel, Beaumont Crescent, Portree, IV51 9DF
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: BJCRHLWX
Phone: +44 (0) 147 861 3131 | Website: http://www.rosedalehotelskye.co.uk/Restaurant

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly

Day 7 - Monday 3rd June - Ferry to the Mainland and Explore the Road To The Isles

After taking the short ferry back to the mainland you’ll travel 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 some of the fascinating local history as you explore. This takes you past the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which you may well recognise from the Harry Potter films. Stop to hear the tales of the Glenfinnan Monument and see if you can spot the Jacobite Steam Train puffing its way along the tracks. Depending on your inclination you can stop for a short hike on the beautiful silver sands of Arisaig and admire the views back to Skye and out to the small isles. Then continue onwards to Fort William.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: Fort William | The Garrison Hotel
Room Type: 2 x Garrison Suite (1 for Parents & 1 for kids), 1 x triple (for solo occ)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Crannog Restaurant at Garrison West | Location: 4 Cameron Square, Fort William, PH33 6AJ
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: BJ4H266Y
Phone: +44 (0) 139 770 5589 | Website: https://www.garrisonwest.co.uk/

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly

Day 8 - Tuesday 4th June - Glencoe & South To Glasgow

Before bidding the Highlands farewell today, stop to explore the atmospheric valley of Glencoe.  Formed of sharp ridges and peaks which were shaped by volcanoes, Glencoe has a turbulent and troubled past with layers of history to discover.  There are plenty of options here to stop and stretch your legs, your guide will help you take advantage of the views of this incredible place, sharing stories of its fascinating history before you continue onwards to Glasgow.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: Glasgow | Apex City Of Glasgow
Room Type: 2 x Superior Double (one for solo occ) & 1 x Superior Twin with Sofabed for 3 pax
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Oran Mor | Location: Top of Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: DMN-16853796149 - Bryan Garruto
Phone: +44 (0) 0141 357 6200 | Website: https://oran-mor.co.uk/fonn-mor/

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly

Day 9 - Wednesday 5th June - Robert Burns Country & Meet Family

Your guide will collect you from your hotel this morning and together you head south into the heart of ‘Robert Burns country’. Discover beautiful romantic countryside which inspired Scotland’s most famous poet and discuss with your guide what you would like to explore around catching up with your local relatives. Depending on your meet-up location you could walk in the footsteps of the Bard, visiting his birthplace museum and the inspiration of Tam O’Shanter. Your guide will take you back to your hotel and depart, leaving you to enjoy the next couple of days exploring Glasgow.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: Glasgow | Apex City Of Glasgow
Room Type: 2 x Superior Double (one for solo occ) & 1 x Superior Twin with Sofabed for 3 pax
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Stravaigin Restaurant | Location: 28 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NX
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: BH72R926
Phone: +44 (0) 141 334 2665 | Website: https://stravaigin.co.uk/

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly

Day 10 - Thursday 6th June - Exploring Glasgow

Enjoy the bustling city centre with an expert local city guide today. They will lead you on a fascinating private walking tour of some of the key highlights of ‘Scotland’s friendliest city’, exploring the varied architecture of streets that have been home to all kinds of creatives over the years. Discover the historical influences of Charles Rennie MackIntosh or set out to find the popular contemporary graffiti murals tucked into unexpected corners all over the city.

Once your local guide departs at lunchtime you have a free afternoon to continue your explorations at your own pace. Maybe spend a relaxed few hours exploring the magnificent halls and collections of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Whatever you choose, you are sure to be inspired.

Overnight: Glasgow | Apex City Of Glasgow
Room Type: 2 x Superior Double (one for solo occ) & 1 x Superior Twin with Sofabed for 3 pax
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Private Walking Tour Read More +

Activity: Private Walking Tour
Expert Local City Guide: Moira Goldie
Start Location: The Moxy (Merchant City) | Start Time: 9:00 am | Approx Duration: 4 hrs

Phone: +44 (0) 7975 723 365

Your Expert Local Guide will meet you at the reception of your hotel.

Day 11 - Friday 7th June - Free Day in Glasgow

Today you have a full free day to continue your explorations at your own pace. Your private guide yesterday will have given you tips and suggestions but there is plenty to keep you discovering. Maybe head to the Burrell Collection, visit the Modern Art Gallery or find a local pub with live music sessions. The choice is yours!

Overnight: Glasgow | Apex City Of Glasgow
Room Type: 2 x Superior Double (one for solo occ) & 1 x Superior Twin with Sofabed for 3 pax
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 - Saturday 8th June - Depart Glasgow - Farewell Scotland

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before your private transfer takes you to Edinburgh Airport to catch your flight home, taking with you special memories of a wonderful family adventure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Littles Chauffeur Hire
Booking Reference: 2701249
Pick Up Location: Apex Hotel, City of Glasgow | Pick Up Time: 9:00 am | Approx Duration: 1 hrs
Phone: +44 (0) 141 883 2111

Finish Location = Edinburgh Airport

Your private driver will meet you at the reception of your hotel.

Transfer Company system will send contact details for the chauffeur as an SMS 30 minutes prior to the reservation taking place, to the mobile number for the travelling passenger. If the client is unable to locate our chauffeur, they must call the mobile number provided, or call the Little’s Office on +44 (0)141 883 2111, which operates 24/7.

Day 12 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: June 8, 2024 | Airline: United Airlines | Flight Number: UA 162
Departure Airport: EDI | Departure Time: 1:30 pm
Arrival Airport: EWR

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation as specified in the itinerary
  • Most meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 3 to Day 9 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • All Ferry Travel mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport Transfer on Arrival Day, includes Meet & Greet
  • Airport Transfer on Departure Day from Glasgow Hotel to Edinburgh Airport
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Activities specified in the itinerary (not private unless otherwise specified):
    • Half Day Private Walking Tour with Expert Local City Guide in Edinburgh
    • Entry to Edinburgh Castle
    • Chocolate Tasting led by Audio-Guide
    • Donation Entry to Highland Folk Museum
    • Hill Trip with Cairngorm Reindeer
    • Entry Fee on Skye (variable as per interest)
    • Half Day Private Walking Tour with Expert Local City Guide in Glasgow
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 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

Notes On Weather & Flexibility

Weather – June in Scotland can be a very wide range of weather, and very changeable. Suitable clothing and footwear is essential, as well as a flexible attitude. Plans may have to be changed to accommodate Mother Nature, and your guide will have back-up plans that they will discuss with you if required.

 

Essential Packing List

  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Waterproof over-pants
  • Sturdy hiking boots/shoes (sneakers or tennis shoes are not suitable for any hiking in Scotland)
  • Day pack 20-30 litre for carrying water and extra layers
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Warm layers
  • Warm hat, gloves and a neck gaiter
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Smart casual attire for dinners

Note: If you would like us to provide trekking poles for your use then please just let us know and we will ensure these are available for you.

 

Useful Contacts

24 hour in-country support (Wilderness Scotland):  +44 (0)1479 420 020, or out with regular office hours +44 (0)7766 794 640 (urgent calls only)

Emergency services:  999 or 112
NHS 24 (24 hour free medical advice):  111

 

Tipping Guidelines

For tipping our guides – We don’t generally recommend a set amount as tipping is not expected in the same way that it is in North America. However, similar North American travel companies generally suggest something along the lines of £10-30 per person per day for your guide, which is a wide range to choose from. Generally, we would encourage you to ask yourself what you were expecting from your guide, and then think about how they have exceeded those expectations and choose an amount you are comfortable with.

For local services such as restaurants again tipping is not expected but if you receive great service then 10-15% of the bill is normal.

 

Luggage Notes

Please note that we expect travellers to bring an average of One Large Holdall or Suitcase and up to Two smaller day-bags or hand-luggage sized pieces. If you expect to bring more than this then please let us know well in advance of arrival so that we can ensure there is capacity for this (additional charges will apply if separate luggage transfers are required).

Important Additional Information Read More
  • Scotland General Info - PDF: View Now
  • Eat | See | Stay - Edinburgh - PDF: View Now
  • Eat | See | Stay - Cairngorms & Speyside - PDF: View Now
  • Eat | See | Stay - Isle of Skye - PDF: View Now
  • Eat | See | Stay - Glasgow - PDF: View Now
Terms & Conditions Read More

Please see our booking terms here.


Accommodation

The Apex Grassmarket

31-35 Grassmarket | Edinburgh |
EH1 2HS | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)131 300 3456
Web: apexhotels.co.uk/destinations/edinburgh/apex-grassmarket-hotel

Cairngorm Guesthouse

139 Grampian Road, | Aviemore |
PH22 1RP | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1479 810 630
Web: cairngormguesthouse.com

The Bosville

Portree | Isle of Skye |
IV51 9DG | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1478 612846
Web: perlehotels.com/the-bosville

The Garrison Hotel

High Street | Fort William | Inverness-shire |
PH33 6EE | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0) 1397 602 021
Web: thegarrisonhotel.co.uk

Apex City Of Glasgow

110 Bath Street | Glasgow | Glasgow |
G2 2EN | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0) 141 375 3333
Web: apexhotels.co.uk/destinations/glasgow/apex-city-of-glasgow-hotel


Meet Your Guide

Susie Hill

Contact Number: +44 (0)7952 594213

Originally from Edinburgh I moved to the West Highlands in 2010 leaving behind a staff nurse post to go back to university. Four years later I had a degree in Adventure Tourism Management (a degree in having fun) and had started working as a guide.

I now spend much of year guiding and the rest working as a technician in theatre and live events. How I got into this work is a whole other story!  Nursing was a career that I am really glad to have experienced however the chance to follow a passion was too great and I am now really happy in everything I do for a living.

Place to play

Wherever the wind takes me. I do have my favourite parts of Scotland and the UK but there are still many places I haven’t been and I absolutely love getting to explore somewhere completely new. I’m a big fan of mountain ridges but also quite fond of my couch with a good book and a cup of tea.

Not a lot of people know this

I sometimes work in fireworks and pyrotechnics and have worked on some of the biggest shows in the UK including the London Eye New Year display and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Can be messy graft but fun too.