Final Information - Truvay Travel - Claire explores Scotland

Thursday 15th August – Friday 23rd August 2024

Number of Travellers: 1
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Thursday 15th August - Welcome to Scotland

On arrival onto Scottish soil you will be met by a private transfer driver and whisked away to your hidden hideaway in the heart of the Loch Lomond National Park.

Drive time from Edinburgh airport to Monachyle Mhor is approximately 1hr 30mins without stops.

Overnight: Lochearnhead | Monachyle Mhor Hotel
Room Type: Feature Room
Meals Included: None

Day 1 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: August 15, 2024 | Airline: Ryanair | Flight Number: 5151
Departure Airport: Dublin | Departure Time: 19:30
Arrival Airport: Glasgow International (GLA) | Arrival Time: 20:30

Day 1 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: East of Scotland Chauffeur Drive
Booking Reference: #121637
Pick Up Location: Glasgow Airport (GLA) | Pick Up Time: 20:30
Phone: +44 (0) 131 370 1555

Your private transfer driver will meet you at Arrivals and have a sign showing your name.

Day 1 - Dinner Details Read More +

Hotel: Monachyle Mhor | Location: Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Perthshire, FK19 8PQ
Reservation Time: 22:30

A cold platter will be provided for you on arrival.  Please pay locally.

Day 2 - Friday 16th August - Exploring the National Park

Your main guide who will also be your driver will meet you at the hotel today so you can spend the day exploring the park.  If you are up for a challenge, you may wish to summit one of the nearby munros (mountains over 3000ft) or you may prefer to walk along some of the iconic West Highland Way that traverses the east side of the Loch before getting a boat back along the shoreline.  The choice is yours and the guide will make sure that you get the most out of your day.

In the late afternoon, you could stop off to visit Rob Roy’s Grave – the famous outlaw who became a folk hero as he stood up to the Scottish Government.  Hear the story of his life as you drink in the view from his final resting place before returning to the hotel for a delicious dinner.

Local driving – nothing too long

Overnight: Lochearnhead | Monachyle Mhor Hotel
Room Type: Feature Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 2 - Guide Details - Scott McNeish Read More +

Name: Scott McNeish
Contact Number: +44 (0)7533 356 572
Meeting Place: Monachyle Mhor Hotel | Meeting Time: 09:00

Your main guide/driver will meet you at the reception of your hotel.

Day 2 - Dinner Details Read More +

Hotel: Monachyle Mhor | Location: Lochearnhead, Perthshire, FK19 8PQ
Reservation Time: 19:30
Phone: +44(0)1877 384 622

Please note that this is a table reservation only.  Please pay directly.

Day 3 - Saturday 17th August - To the West

Leaving the mountains and lochs of the park behind this morning, you will start your journey towards the west coast and the next part of your adventure.  Your destination is the dramatic Glen Coe, with its jagged peaks towering over the valley floor.  Wind your way along some of the most scenic roads in Scotland where you can stop off for a leg stretch – perhaps up to Signal Rock where, legend has it, the signal was given to start the Glencoe Massacre.  Let your guide bring this landscape to life with stories of the clan battles and the Jacobite uprising before you arrive at your accommodation for the evening.

Transfer time from Monachyle Mhor to Glencoe House approximately 1hr 30 mins without stops

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

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

Day 3 - Dinner Details Read More +

Hotel: Glencoe House | Location: In your Suite
Reservation Time: 19:30
Phone: +44 (0) 1855 811 179

Your dinner will be served in your Suite this evening.  Please note this is a reservation only.  Please pay directly.

Day 4 - Sunday 18th August - Wildlife and Walking

It is an early start this morning as you head south to the town of Oban.  Take to the water this morning as you board a high speed RIB to visit some of the fantastic local wildlife that are abundant around the coastal islands.  See seals, whales, sharks and dolphins as you whizz along the ocean with the spray in your face and the wind whipping through your hair.

Back on dry land, you have lots of options for this afternoon.  Perhaps spend the afternoon exploring Kerrera – a small island just off the coast with an epic tearoom!  Or head south to Kilmartin Glen that has one of the biggest collection of neolithic artefacts in the world….the choice is yours.

Transfer time from Glencoe House to Oban is approximately 1hr without stops.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

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

Day 4 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Pierhouse Hotel & Seafood Restaurant | Location: Port Appin
Reservation Time: 18:00 | Booking Reference: BHN99CT6
Phone: +44 (0)1631 730 302

Please note this is a table reservation only.  Please pay directly.

Name on the reservation is Claire Craven.

Day 5 - Monday 19th August - Canyoning

Set out on an adrenaline filled day today as you meet up with a group of like minded people and navigate the narrow gorge by jumping, sliding, climbing and splashing your way from top to bottom!  Under the watchful eye of your expert guide, you’ll create some fantastic memories and feel your blood pumping as you line up to jump off the highest cliffs.

While you have been out your guide will have moved your luggage to your next hotel which is a beautiful castle hotel nestled in the shadows of the UK’s highest mountain.  Dine on Michelin standard food this evening if you wish or perhaps stop off at a local pub for dinner on your way and a warming dram after your exhilarating day.

Local driving – nothing too long.  

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: Near Fort William | Inverlochy Castle Hotel
Room Type: Junior Walled Garden Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Dinner Details Read More +

Pub: Black Isle Bar | Location: Fort William
Reservation Time: 17:00
Phone: +44(0)1397 700876

Please note dinner at this location is non-bookable, walk ins are welcome.  Please pay directly.

Day 6 - Tuesday 20th August - Local Activities and Transfer to Perthshire

There are many options to explore this morning for your final morning on the west coast.  Perhaps you might like to take to two wheels and whizz down the longest blue mountain biking route in the UK which offers incredible scenery, gentle sweeping bends and a guaranteed adrenaline kick!  Or you might like to enjoy a hike to a local waterfall or even try your hand at a spot of climbing…the choice is yours and your guide will discuss all these options with you so you make the most out of your morning.

After a wonderful morning, you will head to Perthshire, where verdant forests and tranquil lochs await.  Arrive at your luxurious accommodation and relax for the evening or perhaps head out to explore the surrounding area.

Transfer time from Inverlochy Castle to Fonab Castle approximately 1 hr 45 minutes mins without stops.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: Pitlochry | Fonab Castle Hotel
Room Type: Woodland Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Fonab Castle | Location: Pitlochry
Reservation Time: 19:00
Phone: +44(0) 1796 470 140

Please note this is a table reservation only.  Please pay directly.

Day 7 - Wednesday 21st August - Free morning & White Water Rafting

This morning you can choose to relax and enjoy your surroundings or head out to explore more of the area with your guide before your exhilarating experience awaits this afternoon.

Take to the flowing water of the River Tay on a white water rafting adventure.  With experienced guides leading the way, you will paddle through swirling currents, surge over frothy waves and navigate through narrow channels, all while surrounded by stunning Scottish scenery.  Feel the rush of excitement as you conquer each rapid and embrace the sense of camaraderie with your fellow rafters.  Whether you are a beginner or seasoned adventurer, white water rafting on the River Tay promises an unforgettable and invigorating experience in the heart of Scotland’s wilderness.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: Pitlochry | Fonab Castle Hotel
Room Type: Woodland Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Knockendarrach Hotel & Restaurant | Location: Higher Oakfield, Pitlochry, PH16 5HT
Reservation Time: 19:00 | Booking Reference: 219139279897\139279897
Phone: 44 (0) 1796 473473

Please note this is a table reservation only.  Please pay directly.

Dinner is 3 courses, canapes and tea or coffee and is a set price.

This is a 5 minute car ride to the restaurant, please ask the hotel to arrange a taxi for you and pay locally

Day 8 - Thursday 22nd August - A free day in Perthshire

Step onto the familiar territory of the golf course this morning, as you make your own way to the local club for a round along the fairways and over the bunkers.

This afternoon, you can head back to the hotel and perhaps treat yourself to some wonderful treatments, take a leisurely swim in the pool, or perhaps just relax in the steam room letting the warm air soothe your tired muscles.  Of course, should you wish to venture away from this haven – the village of Pitlochry is just a short walk down the hill where you can while away the afternoon pottering around the boutique shops or sitting with a coffee and a good book watching the world go by.  The perfect way to end your time in Scotland.

Overnight: Pitlochry | Fonab Castle Hotel
Room Type: Woodland Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Round of Golf Read More +

Activity: Round of Golf
Pitlochry Golf Club:
Start Location: Pitlochry Golf Club | Start Time: 10:30
Booking Reference: 64868
Phone: +44(0)1796 472792

Game of golf including hire of small clubs and a trolley.

Please arrive in plenty of time for your tee time, your hotel can arrange a taxi for you.  Please pay for the taxi locally.

Day 9 - Friday 23rd 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.

Transfer time from Fonab Castle to Edinburgh Airport approximately 1hr 30 mins without stops

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: East of Scotland Chauffeur Drive
Booking Reference: #124095
Pick Up Location: Fonab Castle | Pick Up Time: 09:30
Phone: +44 (0) 131 370 1555

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

Day 9 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: August 23, 2024 | Airline: Ryanair | Flight Number: FR817
Departure Airport: Edinburgh (EDI) | Departure Time: 13:10
Arrival Airport: Dublin | Arrival Time: 14:15

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 from Day 2 to Day 7
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • Private Airport Transfer on Arrival Day
  • Private Airport Transfer on Departure Day
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Wildlife RIB trip around the islands
    • Canyoning experience
    • Option to go mountain biking or climbing
    • Afternoon white water rafting
  • 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

For Canyoning

  • Sturdy footwear (we recommend hiking or running shoes that you don’t mind getting wet!)
  • A swimsuit or shorts to wear underneath a wetsuit
  • A towel
  • A packed lunch for the day and water

For Mountain Biking

  • Padded Cycling shorts for comfort
  • Leggings or similar (not loose wide pants)
  • Gloves for comfort

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

Terms & Conditions Read More

Please see our booking terms here.


Accommodation

Monachyle Mhor Hotel

Balquhidder | Lochearnhead | Perthshire |
FK19 8PQ | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1877 384 622
Web: monachylemhor.net

Glencoe House

Glencoe | West Highlands |
PH49 4HT | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1855 811 179
Web: glencoe-house.com

Inverlochy Castle Hotel

Torlundy | Near Fort William |
PH33 6SN | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1397 702 177
Web: inverlochycastlehotel.com

Fonab Castle Hotel

Foss Road | Pitlochry | Perthshire |
PH16 5ND | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1796 470140
Web: fonabcastlehotel.com


Meet Your Guide

Scott McNeish

Contact Number: +44 (0)7533 356 572

I work within the operations team at Wilderness Scotland and am incredibly lucky to be able to be part of the guiding team too.  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.