Final Information - Jacada Travel - Nancy and Charles Scotland Explorations

Wednesday 14th August – Tuesday 20th August 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Wednesday 14th August - Welcome to Scotland

On arrival into Edinburgh airport you will be met by your private guide who is also your driver for your time in Scotland and you’ll head north into the heart of the largest national park in the UK.

Depending on the time of arrival there may be time to stop off for a short leg stretch where towering pines rustle in the wind as the water crashes over rocks as it heads down stream or perhaps visit a local castle which is home to the only private army in the UK.

Your accommodation this evening is in the pretty village of Braemar, where you can enjoy a delicious dinner before returning to your suite for the night.

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms
Room Type: 1 x Victoriana Suite
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 1 - Flight Details Read More +

Airline: Norwegian Air Sweden | Flight Number: D 83502
Departure Airport: Copenhagen | Departure Time: 13:40
Arrival Airport: Edinburgh (EDI) | Arrival Time: 14:30

Day 1 - Guide Details - Alison Motion Read More +

Name: Alison Motion
Contact Number: +44 (0)7906 667 355
Meeting Place: Edinburgh Airport | Meeting Time: 14:30

Your main guide/driver will meet you in Arrivals.  They will have a sign showing your name.

Day 1 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: The Flying Stag | Location: at The Fife Arms
Reservation Time: 18:45

This meal is included in your trip.  Please pay for drinks locally.

Day 2 - Thursday 15th August - Exploring the National Park

Whenever you are ready this morning you can head out with your guide to start exploring the National Park.  Famous for its impressive mountains and incredible hikes, there are also lots of things to see at a lower level.  You will head to the foot of the iconic Lochnagar mountain to visit Loch Muick, which has a variety of wildlife and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

For lunch, relax in a beautiful spot and enjoy a luxury picnic with a view.

After lunch, you can spend the afternoon at your own pace exploring the local area.

Your guide will arrange a time to meet the night before.

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms
Room Type: 1 x Victoriana Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 2 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Osteria da Fife | Location: at The Fife Arms
Reservation Time: 18:45

Table reservation only, please pay locally

Day 3 - Friday 16th August - Castles and Creativity

Head out this morning to explore Braemar Castle, home of hunting, building, Jacobite Risings and Burnings!  This castle was at risk of closing permanently in 2007 until the local community stepped up to help!  Learn how the power of the people helped save this historical landmark as you wander through the rooms that depict the journey of how the castle has transformed over the years.

This afternoon, you will have time to relax and enjoy your accommodation and surroundings.

Your guide will arrange a time to meet the night before.

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms
Room Type: 1 x Victoriana Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: The Clunie | Location: at The Fife Arms
Reservation Time: 18:45

Table reservation only, please pay locally

Day 4 - Saturday 17th August - Transfer to Edinburgh

It is time to leave the Highlands this morning and head back to the bright lights of the city.  On your way south you can divert to the city of Dundee to explore some of the wonderful museums here such as the V&A or RSS Discovery that took Captain Scott to the Antarctic over a century ago.  Explore the streets and enjoy some lunch before continuing onto Edinburgh in the afternoon.

Your guide will drop you off at your hotel and you’ll have the rest of the day to yourselves to use the spa facilities or head out to start soaking in the festival atmosphere.

Your guide will arrange a time to meet the night before.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral Hotel
Room Type: 1 x Deluxe Castle View Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Forage & Chatter | Location: 1A Alva, Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH
Reservation Time: 18:45 | Booking Reference: 45086
Phone: +44 (0) 131 225 4599 | Website: https://www.forageandchatter.com/

Table reservation only, please pay locally

This restaurant requires a credit card to secure this booking, please note the cancellation terms below.  If you cancel or do not show up within the time frames below, we will charge you the following. No-shows or cancellations less than 1 day in advance will be subject to a charge of £35 per person. Changes to guest count made less than 1 day in advance will be subject to a charge of £35 per person.

This is a 20 minute walk from the hotel or a 10 minute taxi ride – the concierge at your hotel can arrange a taxi if you wish.  Please pay locally.

Day 5 - Sunday 18th August - Exploring Glasgow

Your guide will collect you from your hotel this morning and you will head west to Scotland’s second city for the day.  Explore the highlights of the city on a private walking tour with an expert local guide this morning.  Discover the stories tied in with the varied architecture of streets that have been home to all kinds of creatives over the years. See the influences of Charles Rennie MackIntosh and admire the popular contemporary graffiti murals tucked into unexpected corners all over the city. 

The rest of the day is free to continue exploring with your guide, perhaps visit Kelvingrove or take a wander along the river banks that seem so tranquil within the hustle and bustle of the city.  When you are ready your guide will take you back to Edinburgh so you can enjoy dinner in one of the many local eateries in the city before retiring for the evening.

Your guide will arrange a time to meet the night before.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral Hotel
Room Type: 1 x Deluxe Castle View Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Hawksmoor | Location: 23 West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA
Reservation Time: 18:45 | Booking Reference: 2109910889
Phone: +44 (0) 1315 264 790 | Website: https://thehawksmoor.com/locations/edinburgh/

Table reservation only, please pay locally

This is a 5 minute walk from your hotel or a 5 minute taxi ride – the concierge at your hotel can arrange a taxi if you wish.  Please pay locally.

Day 6 - Monday 19th August - Festival Vibes and the Royal Military Tattoo

The streets of Edinburgh will be buzzing with energy due to the various festivals running this month and you will pass street performers and entertainment on every corner as you explore. Follow your curiosity through the twisting cobbled streets of the Old Town with your guide and enjoy the vibrant ambience. There will be a huge variety of different shows and concerts to choose from if you wish to catch a performance.

After a wonderful day you will head to the castle esplanade tonight to experience the wonder that is the Royal Military Tattoo.  Enjoy dinner in the castle itself where members of the cast will give a preview of what is to come before you take your premier seats ready for the performance.  Let the music and the military precision lead you on a journey through the stories before the fireworks light up the sky above your head to signal the end of this annual spectacular.  A fantastic way to end your time in Scotland.

Your guide will arrange a time to meet the night before.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral Hotel
Room Type: 1 x Deluxe Castle View Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Edinburgh Tattoo Read More +

Activity: Edinburgh Tattoo
Castle Dinner Package:
Start Location: Edinburgh Castle | Start Time: 18:30
Booking Reference: 2481929
Phone: +44 (0) 131 225 1188

Your guide will make sure you know where to go for your Edinburgh Tattoo experience.

Your hotel can help you book a taxi should you require.

Please note, whilst there is no dress code for this package, we ask that you respect your host and fellow guests and dress accordingly, i.e. smart casual, avoiding short trousers and sports shoes. As you are sitting in the outdoor arena for the Tattoo performance, a warm top layer or coat is recommended.

This is a mixed dining experience and guests will be seated at shared tables for dinner.

Day 7 - 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

Day 7 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Littles Chauffeur Hire
Pick Up Location: The Balmoral
Phone: +44 (0) 141 883 2111

*PICK UP TIME TBC*

Your private transfer driver will meet you at the reception of your hotel.

Day 7 - Flight Details Read More +

Airline: Westjet | Flight Number: WS61
Departure Airport: Edinburgh (EDI) | Departure Time: 12:05

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 6 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by your guide on guided days
  • Private Airport Transfer on Departure Day
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Entry tickets to Blair Castle
    • Entry tickets to Braemar Castle
    • Luxury Picnic
    • Private creative workshop – subject to availability
    • Entry tickets to V&A Dundee
    • Entry tickets to RSS Discovery
    • Morning walking tour of Glasgow with an expert city guide
    • Dinner in Edinburgh Castle and Premier seat tickets to the Royal Military Tattoo
  • 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
  • Activities are only private if specifically stated

 

Notes On Weather & Flexibility

Weather – August in Scotland can be a very wide range of weather, and very changeable. Suitable clothing and footwear is essential, as well as a flexible attitude. Plans may have to be changed to accommodate Mother Nature, and your guide will have back-up plans that they will discuss with you if required.

 

Essential Packing List

  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Waterproof over-pants
  • Sturdy hiking boots/shoes (sneakers or tennis shoes are not suitable for any hiking in Scotland)
  • Day pack 20-30 litre for carrying water and extra layers
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Warm layers
  • Warm hat, gloves and a neck gaiter
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Smart casual attire for dinners

Note: If you would like us to provide trekking poles for your use then please just let us know and we will ensure these are available for you.

Tipping Guidelines

For tipping our guides – We don’t generally recommend a set amount as tipping is not expected in the same way that it is in North America. However, similar North American travel companies generally suggest something along the lines of £10-30 per person per day for your guide, which is a wide range to choose from. Generally, we would encourage you to ask yourself what you were expecting from your guide, and then think about how they have exceeded those expectations and choose an amount you are comfortable with.

For local services such as restaurants again tipping is not expected but if you receive great service then 10-15% of the bill is normal.

Luggage Notes

Please note that we expect travellers to bring an average of One Large Holdall or Suitcase and up to Two smaller day-bags or hand-luggage sized pieces. If you expect to bring more than this then please let us know well in advance of arrival so that we can ensure there is capacity for this (additional charges will apply if separate luggage transfers are required).

Important Contact Numbers Read More
Wilderness Scotland Office | 9:00am – 5:30pm

UK: +44 (0)1479 420 020
US: 866 740 3890


Out of Office Hours | 5:30pm – 9:00am

+44 (0)7766 794 640


Emergency Services

999

Optional Upgrades Read More
  • Room Upgrades are available in some locations, subject to availability. Pricing on request.
Important Additional Information Read More
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Terms & Conditions Read More

Please see our booking terms here.


Accommodation

The Fife Arms

Mar Rd | Braemar | Royal Deeside |
AB35 5YL | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1339 720 200
Web: thefifearms.com

The Balmoral Hotel

1 Princes Street | Edinburgh |
EH2 2EQ | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)131 556 2414
Web: roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/the-balmoral-hotel


Meet Your Guide

Alison Motion

Contact Number: +44 (0)7906 667 355

Its always been about the outdoors. As a teacher, I was forever taking my class outside to learn. This led to being involved in food and farming education, taking teachers and pupils out to learn about our great Scottish food, and our farmers and crofters. Working as part of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) meant I got involved with fabulous people from all over the farming world.

From there I moved to promoting, encouraging and embedding outdoor learning via my role with Grounds for Learning/Learning through Landscapes. I jumped ship when I realised I was spending more time encouraging others to get out from behind the desk rather than getting out there myself. I became a STGA Blue badge (accredited tourist guide in Scotland) and am having a complete blast doing that. Taking people out and about in Scotland doesn’t feel like a job, and I wonder why I didn’t do it sooner.

My favourite thing is hillwalking, with over 70 munros under my belt, but I also sea kayak in fair seas, and I am a sometime MTB trails cyclist, and a gardener. I love being in forests, on rivers and coasts. The health and wellbeing aspect of being outdoors is also my bag. For me, it’s not always about the big hills and the long paths, but more about the smaller routes, the history and interesting stuff to look at along the way. I’m also keenly interested in the land use debates ongoing in Scotland just now – its present iteration and its historical roots.