B&R Butterfield & Robinson – V6 – McVay Scottish Explorations

Saturday 15th June – Saturday 22nd June 2024

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights


Overview

Discover the true flavours of Scotland with insights from your expert guide. Explore history in the twisty cobbled alleyways of Edinburgh, hike in atmospheric glens and mountain ranges and celebrate it all with a special wee dram packed full of the flavours of Scotland. From the city streets to the wild Highlands, you are sure to fall in love with every inch of this character packed country.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Saturday 15th June - Welcome To Scotland!

On arrival at Edinburgh Airport you will be met by a private driver who will transfer you to your iconic city centre hotel to drop luggage before heading out to explore the city. Maybe take a leisurely stroll in Prince’s Street Garden, or visit the National Gallery. This afternoon meet a local genealogist who will help you uncover some of your ancestry that is linked with this ancient land. Enjoy learning more about where you have come from and delve deeper into your family tree. This evening is free for you to explore the local culinary options.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral
Room Type: Deluxe King interconnecting with Deluxe Twin
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Sunday 16th June - Explore Historic Edinburgh & Meet Your Guide

This morning a private expert local city guide will meet you at your hotel and together you will head out to discover the tales of the cobbled streets and alleyways of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. Visit some of the famous sights as well as discovering a few fascinating lesser known gems. At lunchtime you will be met by your main trip guide and you can chat about your upcoming adventures over lunch. This afternoon, choose to continue exploring the city with your guide, or take some time to relax by yourselves, the choice is yours. 

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral
Room Type: Deluxe King interconnecting with Deluxe Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Monday 17th June - St Andrew's - Golf & Explorations

This morning start your journey north with your guide, heading to St Andrews in the Kingdom of Fife. Two of your party will explore this characterful university town, full of history and stories and more recently the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge famously met during their studies here. However, St Andrews is much better known for being the ‘birthplace of golf’ and two of you will tee off on a fabulous links course on the same coastline as ‘The Old Course’. Enjoy the history and coastal views of a superb round of golf as well as a chat with the local players.

Depending on timings, later in the day you may want to see if you can fit in a visit to one of the charming and picturesque fishing villages with your guide. These harbour houses are now popular with artists and writers but the sea still has a heavy influence on everyday life for most people in the local communities.

Overnight: St Andrews | Old Course Hotel
Room Type: Eden Double interconnecting with Eden Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Tuesday 18th June - Into The Cairngorms National Park

Today you transfer North into the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. Stop to visit the ‘spiritual home of Scotch Whisky’ where you will enjoy a private apothecary experience, creating your own unique spirit. Learn about the ancient heritage of Scotland’s modern distilleries and enjoy a wee dram before your lunch here.

Break your journey to visit the beautiful Glamis Castle and Gardens this afternoon, where you will tour the corridors with an expert private guide discovering the haunted tales of the past and exploring chambers not open to the general public. Stroll around the impressive castle gardens, taking in the array of scents, sights and sounds of the nature that surrounds you, before continuing to the Highland village of Braemar and your luxurious hotel.

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms
Room Type: Discovery Family Suite (Interconnecting Double Nature & Poetry with a Twin Scottish Culture)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Wednesday 19th June - Hiking & Highland Activities

A full day to take in the highlights of this beautiful area today. Today is the perfect day for a more challenging full day hike for those of you who want to head up to a summit. Discover characterful mountain slopes and ridges rising from a sparkling Highland loch with views which were beloved by Queen Victoria.

An alternative option would be a shorter morning hike before returning to the village for an afternoon relaxing at your hotel or exploring the charming streets and royal connections.

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms
Room Type: Discovery Family Suite (Interconnecting Double Nature & Poetry with a Twin Scottish Culture)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Thursday 20th June - Transfer West To Glencoe Via Chocolate Treats & Tales of the Past

Transfer West today, enjoying the views and stopping at a couple of special locations on route. Discover the delights created by an award-winning Scottish Chocolatier with a private tasting guided by a chocolate master.

Travel on through the glens to reach a spectacular turreted castle, dating from the 16th Century. Here you will have a private tour and time to explore all the nooks and crannies of this restored castle which is the seat of the Clan Menzies.

Then continue towards the dramatic mountains and ridges of Glencoe, recognisable as the backdrop in many films and TV shows. Settle down in a traditional climbers pub to listen to local legends and fascinating tales of the dark past of Glencoe told by a local storyteller before heading to your elegant accommodation.

(Alternatives for this day include a private foodie workshop with a unique chef or a private art experience with a local artist, to unleash your creative side. Note that driving route would be different & longer.)

Overnight: Glencoe | Glencoe House
Room Type: 2 x One Bedroom Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Friday 21st June - West Coast Explorations

Today take to two wheels to explore the rugged and fascinating West coast on E-Bikes. There are great options to suit all abilities and preferred levels of challenge, your guide will discuss the best options to plan the day. So many choices to choose from depending on energy levels, ferries and the weather. Keep your eye open for views of Castle Stalker as you head to Port Appin, or choose to cross over onto the quiet Ardnamurchan Peninsula for something completely different.

Depending on your route choices you can continue your bike adventures or choose to head to Oban this afternoon and explore this bustling harbour town. Maybe even pop into the distillery, which they will be proud to tell you is older than the town itself!

Tonight your guide will join you for your final dinner to celebrate your Scottish adventures. Raise a glass to toast with the traditional ‘Slainte Mhath’, or ‘good health’ and reflect back on the special experiences you have enjoyed together.

Overnight: Glencoe | Glencoe House
Room Type: 2 x One Bedroom Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 - Saturday 22nd June - Transfer to Glasgow & Depart

Your guide will transfer you south to Glasgow to make your onward travel connections this morning (Airport or train station as per preference). Depending on your departure times there may be a chance for additional explorations along the way (drive time approx 3hrs). Waving farewell for now but taking with you special memories and wonderful stories of your explorations.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 7 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Some meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide from Day 2 to Day 8 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • Airport Transfer on Arrival Day, includes Meet & Greet
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Private Genealogist Experience (includes pre-meeting research)
    • Private Walking Tour with Expert City Guide in Edinburgh
      • Includes 2 x Entry Fees, variable as per interest
    • Golf Round for 2 Pax on Jubilee or New Course in St Andrews
      • Includes club hire, electric trolley & caddy fees
    • Entry Fees for 2 Pax exploring St Andrews with Your Main Guide
    • Private Apothecary Workshop in ‘Spiritual Home’ of Scottish Whisky
    • Private Glamis Castle Tour
    • Qualified Hiking Guide to lead more Challenging Hiking on Day 5
    • Private Chocolate Tasting with Chocolate Master
    • Private Tour of Castle Menzies
    • Private Storyteller Experience in Local Pub
    • Full Day E-bike Explorations
      • Includes Qualified Biking Guide, Full Day E-Bike Hire & Support Van (driven by main trip guide)
  • £100 Per Person WOW Moment Budget
  • T-Shirt Drop Moment – FOC
  • £100 Per Person Hosting & Enhancement Budget
  • 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 your 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.

 

  • Private Tour of Historic Underground streets in Edinburgh
  • Add a Bagpiper Welcome to Glamis Castle
  • Private Foodie Workshop with Unique Chef (instead of Chocolatier & Castle Menzies tour)
  • Private tour and tasting of Oban Distillery
Pricing Read More

The NET price for this itinerary, based on 4 clients in 2 rooms is;

  • £8,480 GBP per person
  • This includes a £12 per person conservation & community contribution which can be opted out of if wished, please see notes below.

 

Conservation & Community Contribution

This voluntary donation of £12 per person goes towards conservation & community projects in the locations we operate.  If you would like to opt out just let your trip designer know.

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