Ferguson Family Adventure in Scotland

Sunday 5th May – Tuesday 14th May 2024

Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights


Overview

This family adventure will see you finding the very best fun that Scotland has to offer and enjoying it all together. Explore ancient castles, hear the stories of this beautiful landscape as you hike with your experienced guides, and search for the elusive Loch Ness Monster on a fast-paced boat ride! From rugged coastlines to quiet mountain glens, discover beautiful scenery and fun adventures at every turn. Your guides will share their knowledge and favourite places with you as they handle all the logistics and driving, leaving you to relax and simply enjoy your trip together.

Highlights

  • Explore some of the most beautiful landscapes in Scotland with your expert guides
  • Search for Nessie in her loch and look out for special Scottish wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Head into the hills on a 4x4 Landrover Safari with a Kilted Ranger

Day by Day

Day 1 - Sunday 5th 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 | Apex Grassmarket
Room Type: 1 x Family Room (2 Queen Beds) & 3 x City Double Rooms
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Monday 6th May - Exploring Historic Edinburgh

Spend the morning exploring the tales of the cobbled streets and alleyways of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town with an expert local city guide on a private walking tour. You will visit some of the famous sights as you walk the ‘Royal Mile’ from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and finish with entry to Edinburgh Castle. Admire the spectacular views out over the city as you walk the ramparts and the fascinating buildings of this historic fortress. Hear all about the One O’Clock Gun and see the oldest crown jewels in Europe as well as The Stone Of Destiny which Scottish Monarchs have been crowned on for centuries. Your guide will leave you here and this afternoon is free for you to continue exploring at your own pace, maybe using some tips from your guide this morning.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Apex Grassmarket
Room Type: 1 x Family Room (2 Queen Beds) & 3 x City Double Rooms
Meals Included: None

Day 3 - Tuesday 7th May - Meet Your Guides & Head North to Glencoe Via Stirling Castle

Your main guides will meet you at your hotel this morning and together you head north to start your Highland adventures. Stop en route to visit Stirling Castle, which is one of the grandest castles in Scotland with an imposing location and a turbulent history before heading onwards to the stunning scenery of Glencoe. These dramatic mountains and ridges have featured as the backdrop in many films and once you are looking up at these summits it is easy to see why! Today you will explore this famous valley with your guide, there are plenty of options to suit every level of energy and challenge. After a short hike settle down with a celebratory beverage in a traditional climbers pub and listen to local legends and fascinating tales of the dark past of Glencoe told by a local storyteller. Then carry on to your welcoming hotel.

Overnight: Fort William | The Garrison Hotel
Room Type: 4 x Garrison Suite (one with pull-out sofa for the kids)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Wednesday 8th May - Wildlife Boat Trip & Afternoon Waterfall Hike

Head out onto the water today for a special boat cruise on Loch Linnhe to the island that the local seal population likes to hang out at. There is also lots of other wildlife to keep your eyes open for while you take in some fabulous views of Ben Nevis and the surrounding landscape. Maybe you will be lucky enough to see a soaring sea eagle, or leaping porpoises, as well as a variety of other seabirds as you explore past the Caledonian Canal and even a shipwreck.

After lunch you can explore the atmospheric Glen Nevis at the foot of the tallest mountain in the country. Walk along the dramatic gorge to reach the secluded but impressive Steall Falls. There is a notorious wire bridge crossing the water nearby, but most people are content to admire it rather than use it!

Overnight: Fort William | The Garrison Hotel
Room Type: 4 x Garrison Suite (one with pull-out sofa for the kids)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Thursday 9th May - The Road To The Isles & Arisaig Beaches

Today you explore the stunning Road to the Isles, frequently listed as one of the most beautiful drives in the world and it is easy to see why. 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. Explore the small harbour town of Mallaig and spend time enjoying the beautiful silver sand beaches of Arisaig with views out to the islands before heading back to Fort William.

Overnight: Fort William | The Garrison Hotel
Room Type: 4 x Garrison Suite (one with pull-out sofa for the kids)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Friday 10th May - Searching for Nessie on Loch Ness & Transfer to Inverness

This morning you head north to the canalside village of Fort Augustus and step aboard a fast paced Zodiac boat trip out onto the dark waters of infamous Loch Ness. Look out for wildlife such as feral goats, golden eagles and of course the elusive monster! After lunch explore the ruins of Castle Urquhart on the shores of the loch before finishing your journey to Inverness. This large castle has a rich and bloody past that dates back centuries. It was eventually destroyed by government troops so it could no longer be used as a stronghold by local clans.

Overnight: Inverness | Glen Mhor Hotel
Room Type: 1 x Family Room & 3 x Deluxe Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Saturday 11th May - Brodie Castle!

Today is finally time to visit Brodie Castle and explore some of your family history in this area. Set in acres of countryside, this magnificent turreted castle has been home of the Brodie clan for over 400 years so there is plenty of history to discover. The castle also has wonderful grounds and a  Playful Garden which is full of excitement for the whole family to explore. Follow your curiosity and heritage connections in the local area this afternoon. Maybe taking a beach stroll to visit a creative coastal community and keep your eyes open for dolphins, or stepping back to Jacobite times at the site of Culloden Battlefield. With the flexibility of two guides and vehicles you can even choose to split up and maybe some of the party would like to visit a whisky distillery this afternoon.

 

Overnight: Inverness | Glen Mhor Hotel
Room Type: 1 x Family Room & 3 x Deluxe Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Sunday 12th May - Cairngorms National Park

Today you head south into the Cairngorms National Park. Spot a ruined castle on an island as you enjoy a gentle hike by a mountain loch and keep your eyes open for the cheeky red squirrels in these ancient Caledonian Pines. Further on stop off to explore the huge open air site of the Highland Folk Museum and relive history in its 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! Your guides will then take you onwards to your welcoming accommodation.

Overnight: Pitlochry | Atholl Palace Hotel
Room Type: 1 x Superior Family Room & 3 x Superior Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Monday 13th May - Landrover Safari with Kilted Ranger & Special Chocolate Treats

Take an exhilarating Landrover safari with a kilted Ranger this morning. Explore private estate tracks and see what traditional gillies and estate managers drive every day as you head up into the mountains. Keep your eyes open, Red Deer, Mountain Hares and Eagles are the local residents here. If you are brave enough then you can meet the deer up close too, and even try feeding them.

Maybe take a short walk to explore the local area with your guide this afternoon, possibly discovering an ancient castle on the way. Finish up the afternoon with a sweet treat at the local award-winning chocolate shop.

Overnight: Pitlochry | Atholl Palace Hotel
Room Type: 1 x Superior Family Room & 3 x Superior Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Tuesday 14th May - Depart

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before your guide drives you to Edinburgh Airport to catch your flight home. Waving farewell for now but taking with you special family memories and wonderful stories of your explorations.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 9 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of Two qualified and experienced guides from Day 3 to Day 10 inclusive
  • All transfers in Two private vehicles driven by our guides on guided days (Minivans)
  • Airport Transfer on Arrival Day, includes Meet & Greet
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Morning Private Walking Tour with Expert Local Guide in Edinburgh
    • Entry to Palace of Holyroodhouse
    • Entry to Edinburgh Castle
    • Entry To Stirling Castle
    • Private Storyteller Experience in Glencoe
    • Wildlife Boat Cruise (approx 2 hrs)
    • Loch Ness RIB Trip (approx 1 hr)
    • Entry to Urquhart Castle
    • Entry to & Guided Tour at Brodie Castle & Gardens (not private)
    • Landrover Safari with Kilted Ranger (not private)
    • Special Chocolate Treat at Chocolatier
  • 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.
Optional Upgrades Read More
  • Room Upgrades are available in some locations, subject to availability. Pricing on request.
  • Private Meeting with a Genealogist in Edinburgh at the start of the trip (includes family research prior to meeting). Pricing on request.
  • Private Tour at Brodie Castle. Pricing on Request.
  • Land Rover Safari can be Private. Pricing on Request.
  • Arrival at Glasgow Airport & Transfer to Edinburgh Hotel from there. Pricing on Request.
  • Add 2 Nights in Glasgow to Extend the trip. Pricing on Request.
Pricing Read More

The NET price for this itinerary, based on 10 clients rooming as per the itinerary is:

  • £43,650 GBP Total

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