V3 - Jacada - Highland and Island Explorations

Ann Ridings and Friends

Monday 12th August – Tuesday 20th August 2024

Number of Travellers: 4
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Monday 12th August - Day Trip to St Andrews

You’ll escape the festival vibe today as you head out of the city to the hallowed greens of St Andrews.  Your private driver guide will collect you from your hotel and you’ll cross the Firth of Forth as you head north.

Enjoy a private walking tour of the town with your guide including visits to the Cathedral and the University and perhaps take a walk near the Old Course and watch the golfers in action!

On the way back to Edinburgh you could stop off at Anstruther, a pretty seaside village that has previously been voted to have the best fish and chips in the UK!

A wonderful day out and a great way to start the next part of your adventure.

Overnight: SELF ARRANGED

Day 2 - Tuesday 13th August - To the West

Your main driver guide will meet you at your hotel this morning and you will set off on the next part of your Scottish adventure.  Leaving the bright lights of Edinburgh behind, you will head west towards the dramatic peaks of Glencoe.

On the way you can stop off at Stirling Castle, one of the most famous castles in all of Scotland.  Take a tour of the castle before enjoying lunch in a local restaurant.

Continue on your journey in the afternoon, winding through the towering peaks of the valley before arriving at your accommodation for the night.

Overnight: Glencoe | Glencoe House
Room Type: 1 x 1 bedroom suite in the main house and 1 x Strathcona Lodge 50 metres from the hotel
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 3 - Wednesday 14th August - Road to the Isles

Set off towards the islands this morning as you enjoy a drive along one of the most scenic roads in the whole of the country.  Stopping off as you see fit, the day will be led by you as to what you want to see.  Perhaps stop at Glenfinnan to see the famous steam train thunder across the viaduct.  Or head along the coast to the small villages stopping off for lunch or a drink at a local pub.

A fantastic day exploring the west coast of Scotland.

Please note that breakfast for everyone will be served in the suite in the main hotel.

Overnight: Glencoe | Glencoe House
Room Type: 1 x 1 bedroom suite in the main house and 1 x Strathcona Lodge 50 metres from the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Thursday 15th August - Exploring Glencoe

Glencoe – a valley of myths and mystery, of magic and murder.  The tragic tales of life here are etched into the very fabric of life that echos through the impressive peaks and the hidden valleys.  Your guide will take you on a journey through this gorgeous place as you explore places that are off the beaten track and immerse yourself in the culture of this iconic part of the country.

To end your day, you will meet a local storyteller at a walkers tavern, who will regale you with tales of witches and witchcraft, of spirits and spells as well as the battles that were fought just a stones throw away from where you a sitting.  So relax, unwind and let the smooth amber nectar warm your insides as you get under the skin of the fabric of life in these ancient lands.

Please note that breakfast for everyone will be served in the suite in the main hotel.

Overnight: Glencoe | Glencoe House
Room Type: 1 x 1 bedroom suite in the main house and 1 x Strathcona Lodge 50 metres from the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Friday 16th August - Transfer To Mull

It is time to leave the Highlands and head to the second largest Inner Hebridean island today.  Journey through the ever changing landscapes as you cross the country from the mountains to the sea.  Board the late morning ferry to Mull keeping your eyes peeled for the local wildlife such as seals and dolphins that are abundant in these waters.

On arrival in Mull you will enjoy some lunch before setting off to explore the island from Duart Castle which proudly stands guard over the harbour to the island of Ulva with its standing stones and rugged landscapes.

Your accommodation this evening is a boutique guest house with far stretching views and a beautiful garden for a stroll after dinner.

Please note that breakfast for everyone will be served in the suite in the main hotel.

Overnight: Mull | Pennygate Lodge Guesthouse & Restaurant
Room Type: 2 x King Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Saturday 17th August - Isle Of Iona

The highlight of your trip has arrived as you head to the south of the island this morning to board the ferry to the small island of Iona.  This fabled isle is home to Iona Abbey which many people pilgrimage to year after year and is the burial site of more than sixty Scottish Kings.

Spend the day exploring the island from the tranquility of the nunnery walls to the windswept beaches of St Columba’s Bay before returning to Mull this evening for your final night on the island.

Overnight: Mull | Pennygate Lodge Guesthouse & Restaurant
Room Type: 2 x King Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Sunday 18th August - Mull Explorations

For your final day on the island spend the day exploring with your guide. Head north to the pretty fishing village of Tobermory with it’s brightly coloured houses and views back across to the mainland. Spend some time wandering through the streets and enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the many restaurants here.

On your way back to the accommodation, you can head round the north east coast to the oldest Inn on Mull for a wee dram or perhaps even a small guide led whisky tasting to see if you can taste the difference between Highland and Island whiskies!  A lovely way to end your last day on the island.

Overnight: Mull | Pennygate Lodge Guesthouse & Restaurant
Room Type: 2 x King Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Monday 19th August - Return To The Mainland & Journey South

It is time to depart the ancient land of Scotland and head back to London before your flight home tomorrow.

Take the morning ferry back to the mainland before heading to Glasgow to catch a train to London, taking with you a small part of Scotland in your heart and a longing to return.

On arrival at London Kings Cross a private transfer will be waiting for you to take you to your central London hotel for your final night on UK soil.

Overnight: SELF ARRANGED
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Tuesday 20th August - Depart

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

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 6 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 Day 7 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • Private Transfer to Claridges (self booked) from Central London Train Station
  • Private Transfer to the airport on Day 9
  • All Ferry Travel Included in the Itinerary
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Private day trip to St Andrews with a knowledgable local driver guide
    • Entry to Stirling Castle
    • Session with a storyteller – private
    • Entry to Duart Castle
    • Entry to Iona Abbey and Nunnery
    • Guide led whisky tasting
    • First Class train tickets from Glasgow to London
  • 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
Optional Upgrades Read More
  • Room Upgrades are available in some locations, subject to availability. Pricing on request.
Pricing Read More

Pricing:

The NET price for this itinerary, based on 4 clients on a twin-share basis, and including a £12 per person conservation contribution is:

  • £6,440 GBP per person

Conservation Contribution

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