V2 - Weindling Family Scottish Adventure

Barbara Weindling

Sunday 28th July – Friday 9th August 2024

Number of Travellers: 3
Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights

Overview

Experience the very best of Scotland as you adventure through stunning scenery with an expert guide who loves to share this beautiful land and its wild places. Taste delicious meals created with local produce, indulge in the rich history of whisky and relax in welcoming hospitality at the end of every day with a wee dram. Create special memories of unique experiences in beautiful regions full of history and character.

 

Highlights

  • Fully immerse yourself in the local landscapes as your guide drives you through the scenic roads of the Highlands
  • Experience stunning local produce and exceptional regional whisky throughout your adventure
  • Enjoy centuries worth of history at your fingertips
  • Explore walks off the beaten path and experience Scotland as an insider

Day by Day

Day 1 - Sunday 28th July - Welcome to Edinburgh

Arrive in Edinburgh and settle into your accommodation.

Explore the history of the city and wander down the Royal Mile towards Calton Hill and take in the sweeping views of the city. Spend the afternoon exploring the New Town.

 

Overnight: Edinburgh | Self-Arranged

Day 2 - Monday 29th July - Exploring Edinburgh

In the morning, enjoy a private walking tour with an expert local guide, learning more about the historic city.

Free afternoon to continue exploring the city at your own pace.

 

Overnight: Edinburgh | Self-Arranged

Day 3 - Tuesday 30th July - Journey north to Gleneagles

Embark by train to Gleneagles, enjoying the scenic journey along the way.

Upon arrival at Gleneagles, enjoy the complimentary chauffeur transfer from the train station to the hotel. Settle into your accommodations and perhaps take a leisurely stroll and prepare for your adventure in the countryside.

Spend the evening having a fabulous dining experience in one of the Michelin starred restaurants and retire to your rooms for a peaceful sleep.

Overnight: Gleneagles | Self-Arranged

Day 4 - Wednesday 31st July - Country Pursuits at Gleneagles

After a delicious breakfast, head into the Gleneagles countryside and explore some of the many offerings at the resort. Whether you wish to test your target practice with a round of clay-pigeon shooting or saddle up and explore the stunning estate on horseback, enjoy switching off and immersing yourself in the beautiful surrounding landscapes.

Overnight: Gleneagles | Self-Arranged

Day 5 - Thursday 1st August - Escape to the West Coast

This morning you will meet your expert guide, who will whisk you away in your private transport to the Scottish West Coast. You will take in the history if Stirling Castle and listen to your guide regale tales of William Wallace. From here, you will travel through stunning parts of the Scottish Highlands, including Rannoch Moor, one of the last remaining wilderness of Europe.

To finish off your day, you will arrive at the iconic Inverlochy Castle, a 13th century castle nestled in the shadow of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

Overnight: Near Fort William | Inverlochy Castle Hotel
Room Type: Junior Walled Garden Suite - TWIN and Walled Garden Attic Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Friday 2nd August - Hiking in Glencoe

Enjoy breakfast before meeting your guide and heading out to explore Glencoe. The spectacular Glencoe, carved out centuries ago by glaciers and volcanic eruptions, offers some wild and scenic hiking. One great option is to hike along a narrow rowan-hung gorge until you reach the Lost Valley. This enclosed meadow – high, green, and hidden by precipitous tors, is said to be where the Macdonald clan used to conceal their rustled cattle. Surrounded by jagged peaks that shift in and out of mountain mist, visit the Glencoe Center to learn about the landscape’s haunting history.

Overnight: Near Fort William | Inverlochy Castle Hotel
Room Type: Junior Walled Garden Suite - TWIN and Walled Garden Attic Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Saturday 3rd August - Over the Sea to Skye

Today 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. Admire the silver sand beaches of Arisaig and the views into the distance of Skye and the small isles. Your guide will share the tales of the local area as you go, making the landscape come alive with characters and events from the past.

You may wish to stop at the historic the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which you may well recognise from the Harry Potter films. Hear the tales of the Glenfinnan Monument and enjoy the stunning landscapes.

Take a stroll on the white sand beaches of Arisaig and soak in the views of the Small Isles before continuing your journey via the ferry to the Isle of Skye.

Overnight: Portree | Marmalade Hotel
Room Type: Superior Twin and Premier Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Sunday 4th August - Skye's Trotternish Peninsula

This morning head out with your guide to explore the dramatic landscape of the Quiraing on the northern peninsula of Skye. As you walk, admire the stark rock formations that rise from the rugged ground like the great ruined battlements of a long-forgotten war. Chat with your guide about the geology and history of the area, enjoying the incredible sweeping views of the islands, mountains and sun-clipped shores that stretch in every direction.

This afternoon, visit the world famous Talisker Distillery and learn how the local landscape shapes the flavours of their whisky while you sip on a wee dram.

Overnight: Portree | Marmalade Hotel
Room Type: Superior Twin and Premier Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Monday 5th August - Loch Coruisk Explorations

Enjoy a boat trip along Loch Coruisk enjoying the dramatic backdrop of the jagged peaks of the Black Cuillin mountain range. Alight at the remote northern reaches of the loch and enjoy a hike back along the loch at the bottom of the ridge peak which reach up directly from the waters edge. This is a truly spectacular wild spot and this day is sure to be a highlight of your trip.

Overnight: Portree | Marmalade Hotel
Room Type: Superior Twin and Premier Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Tuesday 6th August - Loch Ness Adventures

Today you will depart the Misty Isle and visit the iconic ruins of Urquhart Castle. Perched on the shores of Loch Ness, the castle offers a glimpse into a bygone era of conflict, clans and legends. As you explore the ramparts and peer through the weathered windows, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views over Loch Ness, its serene waters shrouded in legendary tales.

Your adventure will continue as you take a cruise across the Loch in a private charter searching for the fabled Nessie. Settle into your hotel for a warming drink, with memories of an unforgettable adventure.

Overnight: Inverness | Ness Walk
Room Type: Laurel King and Laurel King - Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Wednesday 7th August - Step Back In Time

Today you will journey through history with your guide. Your first stop is the magnificent turreted Brodie Castle, with its Playful Garden, which has been the home of the Brodie clan for over 400 years. Then walk the walls of Fort George, an impressive historic military fortification which took 22 years to build after the bloody battle of Culloden. Keep your eyes open for Dolphins as they are often spotted leaping in the waters here. This afternoon take your time discovering atmospheric Culloden Battlefield itself, the site of the last battle of the Jacobite rising in 1746 with so many stories to tell.

 

Overnight: Inverness | Ness Walk
Room Type: Laurel King and Laurel King - Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 - Thursday 8th August - Transfer to Edinburgh

Depart Inverness and enjoy watching the views become more mountainous as you get closer to the Cairngorm National Park. This morning we would love to host you in the Wilderness Scotland office for a meet and greet with the Wilderness Team and to hear about your fabulous trip. Your guide will happily accompany the rest of your family on a hike through ancient Caledonian Pine Forest to see if they can spot the local cheeky red squirrels leaping from tree to tree.

In the afternoon, stop off to explore the huge open air site of the Highland Folk Museum and relive history in recreated buildings from life through the ages. Don’t miss the old fashioned sweetie shop, it’s our favourite!

Afterwards, you will depart south on the final leg of your trip. Arriving in Edinburgh in the late afternoon, your guide will leave you to relax at your hotel and depart. In the evening, stroll through the bustling streets of Edinburgh and enjoy the Military Tattoo on your last night!

Overnight: Edinburgh | Self-Arranged
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 - Friday 9th August - Depart Home

After a fabulous 12 days exploring Scotland, depart home.

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • Accommodation from Day 5 through to Day 11
  • Driver guide from Day 5 through to Day 12
  • Private Walking 1/2 day Tour of Edinburgh
  • Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument Admission
  • Talisker Distillery Tour
  • Loch Coruisk Boat Trip
  • Ferry transfer
  • Picnic Lunch on Days 8 and 9
  • Loch Ness Cruise
  • Urquhart Castle Admission
  • Brodie Castle, Fort George, Culloden, Highland Folk Museum Admission
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
  • Edinburgh accommodation on Days 1, 2 and 12
  • Gleneagles accommodation and activities on Day 3 and 4
  • Train tickets from Edinburgh to Gleneagles