Final Information - Lin Family Scotland Vacation (v2)

Sunday 5th May – Tuesday 14th May 2024

Number of Travellers: 12
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights

Overview

Create fabulous family memories together as you adventure to the islands and in the heart of the Highlands of Scotland. Discover wonderful landscapes  and stories in the mountains, on the water and in the depths of the ancient glens as you explore this wild playground. Your private guides will not just lead you on your explorations, but also take care of all the logistics and add their expertise and local knowledge to share their favourite insiders secrets with you. You are sure to all be smiling about times on this trip for years to come.

Highlights

  • Relax in the warmth of Scottish Hospitality in unique accommodations, picked for their unique locations as well as their welcome
  • Take an unforgettable picnic trip with ponies showing you the way to the best fresh air lunch spot around
  • Explore the history and stories of the cobbled streets of Edinburgh on a fascinating walking tour with an expert local guide

Day by Day

Day 1 - Sunday 5th May - Welcome to Scotland!

On arrival at Edinburgh airport you will be met by your private transfer drivers and taken to your boutique hotel in the heart of the city.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Rutland Hotel, Edinburgh
Room Type: 1 x standard twin (upgraded to 2 bed apartment FOC), 3 x standard doubles, 1 x 2 bedroom apartment

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Travel Date: May 5, 2024 | Airline: United Airlines | Flight Number: UA 8502
Departure Airport: YYZ | Departure Time: 7:05 pm
Arrival Airport: EDI | Arrival Time: 6:50 am

2 pax – Melody & Simon

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Supplier: Littles Chauffeur Hire
Booking Reference: 2701200
Pick Up Location: EDI Airport | Pick Up Time: 6:50 am | Approx Duration: 0.75 hrs
Phone: 0141 883 2111

2 pax – Melody & Simon

Note: Rutland Hotel Standard Double Room booked for pre night, to allow Simon & Melody access on arrival. Breakfast is available and is served until 10am.

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Travel Date: May 5, 2024 | Airline: Delta | Flight Number: Delta 208
Departure Airport: JFK | Departure Time: 10:05 pm
Arrival Airport: EDI | Arrival Time: 10:05 am

2 pax – Douglas & Catherine

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Supplier: Littles Chauffeur Hire
Booking Reference: 2701201
Pick Up Location: EDI Airport | Pick Up Time: 10:05 am | Approx Duration: 0.75 hrs
Phone: 0141 883 2111

2 pax – Douglas & Catherine

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Travel Date: May 5, 2024 | Airline: British Airways | Flight Number: BA 1448
Departure Airport: LHR | Departure Time: 1:25 pm
Arrival Airport: EDI | Arrival Time: 2:50 pm

7 pax – Stephanie, Benjamin, Alex, Ashton, Elizabeth, Elisha, Jon

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Supplier: Littles
Booking Reference: 2701203
Pick Up Location: EDI Airport | Pick Up Time: 2:50 pm | Approx Duration: 0.75 hrs
Phone: 0141 883 2111

4 pax – Stephanie, Benjamin, Alex, Ashton

  • 3 & 5 year old in this group.  Clients are bringing their own car seats.

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Supplier: Littles
Booking Reference: 2701202
Pick Up Location: EDI Airport | Pick Up Time: 2:50 pm | Approx Duration: 0.75 hrs
Phone: 0141 883 2111

3 pax – Elizabeth, Elisha, Jon

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Departure Train Station: KGX Arrival Train Station: EDB | Arrival Time: 3:18 pm

1 pax – Pamela Yu Lin (making her own way to hotel)

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Restaurant: Kyloe Restaurant & Grill | Location: 1-3 Rutland Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AE
Reservation Time: 6:00 pm | Booking Reference: 6797152 - under Stephanie Lin
Phone: 0131 229 3402 | Website: https://kyloerestaurant.com/

Please note that this is purely a table reservation, please pay directly.

Day 2 - Monday 6th May - The Underground Streets of the Royal Mile

This morning you will head to the Royal Mile where you will enjoy a private tour of the underground streets of the city with a private guide – discover what life was like back in the 1500s and hear stories from days gone by.  The rest of the day is free to relax, explore or simply sit back and watch the world go by.  Tonight, you can dine out in one of the many wonderful restaurants the city has to offer before returning to your hotel for the night.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Rutland Hotel, Edinburgh
Room Type: 1 x standard twin (upgraded to 2 bed apartment FOC), 3 x standard doubles, 1 x 2 bedroom apartment
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Activity: Private Tour Of Underground Streets
The Real Mary King's Close:
Start Location: On the Royal Mile, across from St. Giles’ Cathedral and the Mercat Cross | Start Time: 10:00 am | Approx Duration: 1 hrs

Booking Reference: 41718655 - Simon Lin
Phone: 0131 225 0672 | Website: https://www.realmarykingsclose.com/

Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled tour and give reception your name.

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Restaurant: David Baan | Location: Edinburgh
Reservation Time: 6:00 pm | Booking Reference: Booked under Stephanie Lin
Phone: 0131 556 5888 | Website: https://www.davidbann.co.uk/

Please note that this is purely a table reservation, please pay directly.

 

Day 3 - Tuesday 7th May - Exploring Edinburgh

Your local city guide will collect you from your hotel this morning and you will head off to explore the city. From the well known landmarks to the secrets hidden in plain sight, discover the lesser known areas of the city and allow your guide to bring the place to life with stories and tales of life here. After a wonderful morning the rest of the day is free to relax, perhaps relax at the hotel or enjoy some retail therapy on the bustling Princes Street.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Rutland Hotel, Edinburgh
Room Type: 1 x standard twin (upgraded to 2 bed apartment FOC), 3 x standard doubles, 1 x 2 bedroom apartment
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Guide Details - Shauna Ansell Read More +

Name: Shauna Ansell
Contact Number: 07989 664 023
Meeting Place: The Rutland Hotel, Reception | Meeting Time: 9:00 am

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Restaurant: The Scran & Scallie | Location: 1 Comely Bank Road, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH4 1DT
Reservation Time: 5:30 pm | Booking Reference: B7FMJDJ7 - Under Simon Lin
Phone: 0131 332 6281 | Website: https://scranandscallie.com/

Please note that this is purely a table reservation, please pay directly.

Day 4 - Wednesday 8th May - To the West Coast

Your main driver guides will collect you this morning and you will set off on the next part of your adventure. Your first stop will be at Stirling Castle, one of the most important castles in Scottish history. Explore the vaulted hallways and historic rooms as well as the beautiful gardens with your guides, hearing about the tales of Royalty that used to walk these halls. Continuing on, your journey will take you through Loch Lomond National Park where you can stop for a leg stretch before arriving at your hotel on the shores of the sea loch with beautiful views across the islands of the inner Hebrides.

Overnight: Oban | Loch Melfort Hotel
Room Type: 3 x Double, 1 x Twin & 1 Double and Twin Interconnecting
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Guide Details - Scott McNeish Read More +

Name: Scott McNeish
Contact Number: + 44 (0)753 335 6572
Meeting Place: The Rutland Hotel | Meeting Time: 9:00 am

Day 4 - Guide Details - John Hamilton Read More +

Name: John Hamilton
Contact Number: 07496 554756
Meeting Place: The Rutland Hotel | Meeting Time: 9:00 am

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Hotel: Loch Melfort Hotel | Location: Arduaine, Oban
Reservation Time: 6:00 pm | Booking Reference: Under Simon Lin
Phone: 01852 200 233 | Website: https://www.lochmelfort.co.uk

Please note that this is purely a table reservation, please pay directly.

Day 5 - Thursday 9th May - The islands of the Inner Hebrides

Your private boat will be at your disposal today as you set off to explore the islands of the Inner Hebrides. From the soaring seabirds to the playful dolphins there is so much to see in these rich waters. See the world’s third largest whirlpool from the safety of the boat and perhaps enjoy some time ashore as you explore the area. A fantastic day for the whole family to enjoy.

Overnight: Oban | Loch Melfort Hotel
Room Type: 3 x Double, 1 x Twin & 1 Double and Twin Interconnecting
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Hotel: Loch Melfort Hotel
Reservation Time: 6:00 pm | Booking Reference: Under Simon Lin

Please note that this is purely a table reservation, please pay directly.

Day 6 - Friday 10th May - Optional Activities

Today you can split into groups and head off for your own adventures. For the more adventurous there is the option to take the ferry to Kerrera and enjoy a circular walk of the island taking in the Hutcheson Monument and a well deserved stop at the local tea rooms, or perhaps head out for a hike along the coastline looking out for seals, dolphins and other local wildlife. For the others, you can head down to Kilmartin Glen to discover the neolithic ruins and the history of ancient Scotland in this fantastic part of the country. Meeting back at your hotel later on, you can swap stories and enjoy a final night on the west coast.

Overnight: Oban | Loch Melfort Hotel
Room Type: 3 x Double, 1 x Twin & 1 Double and Twin Interconnecting
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
Walk Details: 10 km / 6 miles | 299 m / 980 ft elevation gain | Approx: 5 hrs

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Hotel: Loch Melfort Hotel | Location: Arduaine, Oban
Reservation Time: 6:00 pm
Phone: 01852 200 233 | Website: https://www.lochmelfort.co.uk

Please note that this is purely a table reservation, please pay directly.

Day 7 - Saturday 11th May - Transfer to the Cairngorms

It’s time to leave the west coast behind and head to your last destination on your Scottish Adventures. Travelling up the coastline you will stop off to explore the mystical valley of Glencoe, with its jagged mountains rising up from the valley floor. With the legends of battles and magic sown into the fabric of the land here, your guides will regale you with stories of days gone by as you explore some of the wonderful places here. Continuing on, you will arrive at your exclusive use Farmhouse in the heart of Glenfeshie with views across the Cairngorms Plateau from your doorstep.

Overnight: By Kingussie | Killiehuntly Farmhouse
Room Type: Exclusive use of Farmhouse and Bothy
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Hotel: Killiehuntly Farmhouse | Location: Near Kingussie
Reservation Time: 5:30 pm
Phone: 01540 661 619 | Website: https://killiehuntly.scot/

Stephanie – 6 pax

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Hotel: Killiehuntly Farmhouse | Location: Near Kingussie
Reservation Time: 6:30 pm
Phone: 01540 661 619 | Website: https://killiehuntly.scot/

6 pax

Day 8 - Sunday 12th May - Optional Activities

Today you make the most of the Cairngorms National Park and you will head off to enjoy various activities in smaller groups. You may wish to head to Aviemore and have an exhilarating morning whizzing along the local mountain bike trails and feeling the wind in your hair. Or you may wish to climb one of the highest mountains in the National Park and feel totally on top of the world as you survey the valley floor beneath you.

For the less adventurous, you could enjoy a day out at the local beach – perhaps taking to the water in a canoe or pedalo – or head to the Highland Folk Museum and explore the school room and the old fashioned sweet shop here! After a wonderful day out as a family, you will return to the farmhouse for dinner and perhaps an evening under the stars around the firepit.

Overnight: By Kingussie | Killiehuntly Farmhouse
Room Type: Exclusive use of Farmhouse and Bothy
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 18 km / 11 miles | 932 m / 3,057 ft elevation gain | Approx: 8 hrs

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Hotel: Killiehuntly Farmhouse | Location: Near Kingussie
Reservation Time: 5:30 pm

6 pax

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Hotel: Killiehuntly Farmhouse | Location: Near Kingussie
Reservation Time: 6:30 pm

6 pax

Day 9 - Monday 13th May - Cairngorms Picnic With Ponies

Take time together as a family today to slow down, relax and explore the hidden nooks of the Cairngorms. With the trusty ponies, their keepers and your guides, you can truly immerse yourself in the landscape and enjoy some delicious food in the heart of the Cairngorms.

Please note that due to recent storms and landscape changes the pony walk is not suitable for the younger members of the party. However the kids and their parents will be transported to the picnic site in a 4×4 vehicle (using the client’s own car seats), arriving with time to explore there before the rest of the party join them.
This is a full day out, leaving Killiehuntly approx 10am, and returning around 5pm. It is a remote location with no fixed facilities, and guests should be dressed appropriately for a day outdoors.

Overnight: By Kingussie | Killiehuntly Farmhouse
Room Type: Exclusive use of Farmhouse and Bothy
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Hotel: Killiehuntly Farmhouse | Location: Near Kingussie
Reservation Time: 5:30 pm

6 pax

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Hotel: Killiehuntly Farmhouse | Location: Near Kingussie
Reservation Time: 6:30 pm

6 pax

Day 10 - Tuesday 14th May - Depart

Your guides or private transfers will take you to catch your onward travel today – taking with you a small part of Scotland in your heart as you depart.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Supplier: Inverness Airport Taxis
Pick Up Location: Killiehuntly Farmhouse | Pick Up Time: 4:00 am | Approx Duration: 1.25 hrs
Phone: 01463 630 247 / 07886905665

4 pax – Stephanie, Benjamin, Alex, Ashton

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Travel Date: May 14, 2024 | Airline: BA | Flight Number: BA 1467
Departure Airport: Inverness | Departure Time: 7:00 am
Arrival Airport: LHR | Arrival Time: 8:35 am

4 pax – Stephanie, Benjamin, Alex, Ashton

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Supplier: Your Guide
Pick Up Location: Killiehuntly Farmhouse | Pick Up Time: 6:45 am | Approx Duration: 0.25 hrs

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Travel Date: May 14, 2024
Departure Train Station: Kingussie | Departure Time: 7:36 am
Arrival Train Station: EDIN

2 pax – Doug & Catherine

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Supplier: Your Guides
Pick Up Location: Killiehuntly Farmhouse | Pick Up Time: 8:00 am | Approx Duration: 0.25 hrs

6 pax – Pamela, Melody & Simon, Elisha, Jon & Elizabeth

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Travel Date: May 14, 2024
Departure Train Station: Kingussie | Departure Time: 8:47 am
Arrival Train Station: Kings Cross | Arrival Time: 3:49 pm

3 pax – Pamela, Melody & Simon

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Travel Date: May 14, 2024
Departure Train Station: Kingussie | Departure Time: 8:47 am
Arrival Train Station: EDIN

3 pax – Elisha, Jon, Elizabeth

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 9 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Snacks each day
  • The services of Two qualified and experienced guides from Day 4 to Day 10 inclusive
  • All transfers in Two private vehicles driven by our guides on guided days
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • D3 – Private Morning Walking Tour of Historic Edinburgh with Expert Local City Guide
  • Entry To Stirling Castle
  • Private Boat Explorations of West Coast – Full Day
  • Optional Activity (Ferry to Kerrera/Kilmartin Museum, etc…)
  • Private Pony Picnic Experience
  • Optional Activity (Equipment Hire/Entry Fee, etc…)
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support form 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
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Notes On Weather & Flexibility

Weather in Scotland can be 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.

 

Useful Contacts

24 hour in-country support (Wilderness Scotland):  +44 (0)1479 420 020, or out with regular office hours +44 (0)7766 794 640 (urgent calls only)

Emergency services:  999 or 112

NHS 24 (24 hour free medical advice):  111

 

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.

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Please see our booking terms here.


Accommodation

The Rutland Hotel, Edinburgh

1-3 Rutland Street, Edinburgh | Edinburgh |
EH1 2AE | Phone: +44 (0)131 229 3402
Web: therutlandhotel.com

Loch Melfort Hotel

Oban |
PA34 4XG | Phone: 01852 200 233
Web: lochmelfort.co.uk

Killiehuntly Farmhouse

By Kingussie | Highlands |
PH21 1NZ | Scotland
Phone: 0154 661 619
Web: killiehuntly.scot


Meet Your Guides

Scott McNeish

Contact Number: + 44 (0)753 335 6572

Me In Three – Easy-going | Mischievous | Patient

I am incredibly lucky to be able to guide in Scotland.  After a nomadic childhood growing up in Austria, Hong Kong, Norway, and Canada I caught the bug for adventure travel and have spent a lifetime skiing, climbing and canoeing and have been lucky enough to join trips all over the world.

Following a career in the Royal Air Force I settled in the Highlands and love the wildness of a winter’s day out in the Cairngorms. To me, Scotland is the world ‘distilled’ into one great mini adventure playground and offers so much I just need to keep exploring it.

Place to play

I absolutely love climbing and skiing in the Cairngorms in winter and camping on the west coast beaches in summer.

Not a lot of people know this

I’m definitely not royalty but I cracked a joke with the late Duke of Edinburgh, had lunch with Princess Ann and Prince Harry used to bring us cakes!

John Hamilton

Contact Number: 07496 554 756

Me In Three – Enthusiastic | Passionate | Outdoors

I am an individual entirely committed to the outdoors through adventure. I have a passionate appreciation of remote locations via active travel such as kayaking, ski mountaineering, canoeing, mountain biking, walking, etc – especially through sharing experiences with others. I am completely committed to introducing others to the outdoors and all that the outdoors has to offer. I take my partner and two spaniels everywhere I can and take them canoeing and have even taken my 15-year-old spaniel on the ski chair lift often. I play guitar and have supported some of Scotland’s best known traditional musicians. I love Correlejo, Fuerteventura, and have been there 14 times. I love the excitement of paddling white water. I love the snow!

“I am happiest when I have travelled to a remote area, am camping, enveloped in nature and with great company.”

Place to Play

Paddling, skiing, walking and Biking ‘anywhere’ in Scotland.

Not a lot of people know this

I own a book that was owned by Robert Burns, Scotland’s greatest poet. His signature is on the inside cover. It has been passed down to me from my Grandfather and Father. Every year I host a Burns supper at my house and sing Burns songs in respectful memory.