V2 – Spain – Scotland Explorations

Chris and Caroline Spain

Friday 31st May – Saturday 8th June 2024

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Friday 31st May - Welcome To Scotland!

On arrival at Edinburgh Airport you will be met by a private driver who will transfer you to your city centre hotel. Depending on your arrival time you can choose to relax at the hotel or head out to start exploring this unique city.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Kimpton Charlotte Square
Room Type: King Premium
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Saturday 1st June - Free Day in Edinburgh

Today is free to do some shopping or visit some of Edinburgh’s wonderful attractions independently; venture underneath the streets into the dark tales, discover the Georgian opulence of the New Town or go aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, once the floating palace of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Kimpton Charlotte Square
Room Type: King Premium
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Sunday 2nd June - Meet Guide, Edinburgh City Viewpoint & Head North

Your private trip guide (who will also act as your driver for your time together) will meet you at your hotel this morning. Hike to a charismatic local viewpoint for some of the best views of the city and surroundings. Either Carlton Hill or Arthur’s Seat, an ancient (extinct!) volcano sits just east of the city centre. Although only 822ft tall, was described by Robert Louis Stevenson as “a mountain in virtue of its bold design”.

Then head north together towards the Cairngorms National Park. If there is time then there are some superb opportunities for scenic leg stretches along the way as you enjoy the scenery becoming more mountainous.

Overnight: Cairngorms National Park, Grantown On Spey | Culdearn House
Room Type: King Ensuite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Monday 3rd June - E-Bike Trail Explorations & Afternoon Hiking

Head out on two wheels to explore the local forest trails this morning. Using E-bikes to make your way through the ancient Caledonian Forest, your qualified biking guide will share some of their favourite local route with you. Discovering wonderful mountain vistas and sparkling lochs, and keeping your eyes open for the cheeky local red squirrels.

A picnic lunch today gives you more flexibility with routes and options. And after lunch you switch to two feet to enjoy some hiking explorations with your guide this afternoon too. There are endless route choices and your guide will discuss the best options with you.

Overnight: Cairngorms National Park, Grantown On Spey | Culdearn House
Room Type: King Ensuite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Tuesday 4th June - Salmon Fishing or Explorations & Transfer To Skye

Chris will have an earlier start today to get settled in for a morning of salmon fishing on the world-renowned Spey River. An experienced Ghillie will share their local knowledge and tips with you to make the most of this special experience. Caroline will head out exploring or hiking with your guide as she prefers.

This afternoon your scenic route takes you through mountain glens as you travel towards the Isle of Skye. Stop to admire 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 lovely hotel.

Overnight: Isle Of Skye | Duisdale House
Room Type: Lodge Room (NOTE that this is NOT in the main hotel building)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Wednesday 5th June - Wild Loch Coruisk & Hike in the Shadow of the Black Cuillins

This morning you head out to explore the secretive Loch Coruisk with your guide. From the tiny fishing village of Elgol you take a boat trip to the heart of the Black Cuillin mountains which tower above the blue waters of the loch. Along the way you can spot seals and perhaps dolphins in the coastal waters. The boat will drop you at the remote southern end of the loch and you can drink in the atmosphere of this stupendous place as you hike around the loch. Today is sure to be a highlight of the trip with memories to cherish.

Overnight: Isle Of Skye | Duisdale House
Room Type: Lodge Room (NOTE that this is NOT in the main hotel building)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Thursday 6th June - Ferry To Mainland, Road To The Isles & Glencoe

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. Admire the silver sand beaches of Arisaig and admire the views back to Skye and out to the small isles. Pass the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which you may well recognise from the Harry Potter films. Hear the tales of the Glenfinnan Monument and see if you can spot the Jacobite Steam Train puffing its way along the tracks. Then continue on to pass through Fort William and head further down the coast to Glencoe.

The dramatic mountains and ridges of Glencoe have featured as the backdrop in many films and once you are looking up at these summits it is easy to see why! This afternoon you will explore this famous valley with your guide, there are plenty of options to suit every level of energy and challenge. Then settle into your unique hotel which enjoys wonderful views of the local area.

Overnight: Glencoe | Glencoe House
Room Type: One Bedroom Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Friday 7th June - E-Biking Explorations

Head down the coast towards the bustling harbour town of Oban this morning to enjoy a wonderfully quiet and fun e-biking loop which takes in the small island of Lismore. Enjoy wonderful island views and get a sense of how the locals live with the weather and ferries. There are alternative biking options if you would prefer a longer road cycling route, or some more technical Mountain Biking trails. This day is very flexible and will be personalised to your preferences.

Overnight: Glencoe | Glencoe House
Room Type: One Bedroom Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Saturday 8th June - Transfer to Glasgow & Depart

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast in the Highlands before your guide transfers you to Glasgow Airport to make your onward connections. Waving farewell for now but taking with you special memories and wonderful stories of your explorations.

Note that a minimum of 2.5 hours should be allowed for drive time.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 8 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide in Scotland from Day 3 to Day 9 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by your guide on guided days
  • Airport Transfer on Arrival Day 1, includes Meet & Greet
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Half day Forest Trail E-bike Explorations In Cairngorms National Park
      • Includes Qualified Biking Guide & Full Day E-Bike Hire
    • Private Morning Salmon Fishing Experience for 1 pax
      • Includes experienced Ghillie, Equipment Hire & Rod Fees
    • Entry to Eilean Donan Castle (if time allows)
    • Boat Trip to/from Loch Coruisk on Isle of Skye (not private)
    • Full Day E-bike Explorations Near Oban
      • Includes Qualified Biking Guide, Full Day E-Bike Hire & Support Van if Road Cycling (driven by main trip guide)
  • £100 Per Person WOW Moment Budget in each country
  • T-Shirt Drop Moment – FOC
  • £20 Per Person Per Guided Day 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 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
Optional Upgrades Read More
  • Room Upgrades are available in some locations, subject to availability. Pricing on request
Terms & Conditions Read More

Please see our booking terms here.