Final Information - Weinmann Scotland Explorations - V4

Sunday 21st April – Sunday 28th April 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Overview

Adventure through the Highlands and off the beaten track to discover the true Scotland.  Enjoy luxury accommodations where you can relax and unwind after the travel days and get under the skin of this ancient land as your knowledgable and expert guide brings the landscape to life as you venture away from the crowds.

Highlights

  • Explore beautiful corners of Scotland’s landscape hiking with your private guide
  • Discover Highland estate trails with a kilted ranger
  • Relax and be pampered at the end of each day in luxurious Scottish hospitality

Day by Day

Day 1 - Sunday 21st April - Welcome to Scotland, Meet Your Guide & Head North

On arrival into Edinburgh, you will be met by your main driver guide and will head north to your luxury hotel in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park to start your Highland adventure.

Due to the arrival time into EDI, stopping for dinner on route will be the best option (as Fife Arms will no longer be serving food on your arrival). Your guide will discuss the options with you and you can agree what will suit you best.

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms
Room Type: Scottish Culture
Meals Included: None

Day 1 - Flight Details Read More +

Airline: British Airways | Flight Number: BA 1452
Departure Airport: LHR | Departure Time: 3:20 pm
Arrival Airport: EDI | Arrival Time: 4:45 pm

Day 1 - Guide Details - Dan Parker Read More +

Name: Dan Parker
Contact Number: 07837 957 584
Meeting Place: Edinburgh Airport Arrivals | Meeting Time: 4:45 am

Day 2 - Monday 22nd April - Hiking in the Cairngorms National Park

Enjoy a full day hiking and exploring the mountains and rivers of beautiful Deeside with your expert guide, who will tailor the day to your preference. You may choose to explore the beautiful Balmoral Estate, a highland residence  of the Royal Family since it was bought for Queen Victoria in 1852.  With ancient Caledonian pine forests and hidden lochs, there are plenty of spots to explore. 

Perhaps you will feel more energetic and choose to hike up into the atmospheric crags and corries of Lochnagar mountain which Lord Byron immortalised in verse, including the line “I sigh for the valley of dark Lochnagar”.  The choice is yours and your guide will be on hand to make sure you have the best experience.  

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms
Room Type: Scottish Culture
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 2 - Dinner Details Read More +

Hotel: The Clunie Dining Room | Location: Your Hotel
Reservation Time: 8:00 pm

Please note that this table reservation has been made as the hotel advised of limited availability. The hotel will check with you on arrival if it is still required. Please just update or cancel at this time if you do not require it.

Day 3 - Tuesday 23rd April - Transfer North to Inverness

This transfer day takes you through incredible scenery, so you have some choices to make. Maybe discuss the options for a short morning hike with your guide. Then you head to a classic links course on the ‘sunshine coast’ of the Mornay Firth. Here Robert will enjoy playing 9 holes of the Cameron Course, and Karen is welcome to accompany and watch. Your guide will then take you to your welcoming Inverness hotel.

Overnight: Inverness | Ness Walk
Room Type: Oak King
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Golf Read More +

Activity: Golf
| Start Time: 1:40 pm

9 Holes booked on Cameron Course for 1 player
Includes rental of Right-handed clubs & a manual trolley.

Day 4 - Wednesday 24th April - Hiking or Loch Ness Legends & History

Transferring West today you will start your day with a private fly fishing experience. Your guide will take you to a quiet trout loch where you will be met by your expert local fisherman. Spend the morning immersing yourselves in the techniques and lovely location with the added benefit of specific insider knowledge.

Then continue onwards to immerse yourselves in the legends & history of  Loch Ness. Explore the ruins of Castle Urquhart on the shores of the loch. 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.

At the southern end of the loch you will find the canalside village of Fort Augustus. Step aboard a fast paced Zodiac boat trip out onto the dark waters of infamous Loch Ness. Enjoy the views and keep an eye out for the elusive monster before continuing to your opulent hotel at the foot of the highest mountain in the UK.

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

Day 4 - Fly Fishing - Trout Read More +

Activity: Fly Fishing - Trout
| Start Time: 9:00 am

Max duration 4 hours (your guide will discuss with you if an earlier finish time is needed to manage the activities planned for the rest of the day)

Includes all equipment hire & services of an expert local fishing guide.

Day 5 - Thursday 25th April - Explore the beautiful 'Road to the Isles'

Today you will enjoy superb views as you drive west 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. Your guide will share the tales of the local area as you go, making the landscape come alive with characters and history. You may wish to stop at the historic Glenfinnan Monument, and see if you can spot the famous ‘Harry Potter Train’ puffing its way over the graceful arches of the viaduct. The white sand beaches of Arisaig are the perfect place to take a stroll and soak in the views of Skye and the Small Isles.  

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

Day 6 - Friday 26th April - Exploring Atmospheric Glencoe & Transfer to Pitlochry

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! Today you will explore this famous valley with your guide, there are plenty of options to suit every level of energy and challenge. Then your guide will take you onwards to your unique hotel. There may be time for more explorations on route depending on time and your hiking route choices.

Overnight: Blair Atholl | The Old Manse of Blair
Room Type: The Paddock
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Saturday 27th April - Morning 4x4 Trail Explorations & Afternoon Explorations

This morning you head out on a fun Landrover ‘safari’ with a kilted Ranger. Exploring private estate tracks to see what traditional gillies and estate managers drive every day. Keep your eyes open for the local wildlife, Red Deer, Mountain Hares and Eagles that are all to be found here. This afternoon continue your local explorations with your guide, discovering the local gems and finishing the day with some delectable chocolates at a local award-winning specialist. Your guide will depart after taking you back to your hotel, leaving you to enjoy one last relaxing evening in the Highlands.

Overnight: Blair Atholl | The Old Manse of Blair
Room Type: The Paddock
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Sunday 28th April - Depart

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and take you to Edinburgh to meet your business group. Taking with you special memories and wonderful stories of your explorations.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: East of Scotland Chauffeur Drive
Booking Reference: 117554
Pick Up Location: Old Manse Of Blair | Pick Up Time: 9:30 am | Approx Duration: 1.75 hrs
Phone: 0131 370 1555

End Destination = Gleneagles Townhouse in Edinburgh City Centre

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 7 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 7 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • Private Transfer from Hotel to Edinburgh City Centre on Final Day
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Entrance Fee on D1 as per interest (if time permits)
    • 2 x Entrance Fee on D3 as per interest
    • Entry to Urquhart Castle
    • Zodiac Boat Trip on Loch Ness (or alternative activity)
    • Morning Mountain ‘Safari’ in 4×4 with Kilted Ranger
    • Chocolate Tasting (led by audio guide)
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • International & Internal 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 – April 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.

 

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.

Important Additional Information Read More
  • Where To Eat - Braemar & Ballater - PDF: View Now
  • Where To Eat - Inverness - PDF: View Now
  • Where To Eat - Fort William - PDF: View Now
  • Where To Eat - Pitlochry & Auchterarder - PDF: View Now
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

Ness Walk

12 Ness Walk | Inverness |
IV3 5SQ | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1463 215 215
Web: nesswalk.com

Inverlochy Castle Hotel

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

The Old Manse of Blair

Blair Atholl | Perthshire |
PH18 5TN | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1796 48 33 44
Web: theoldmanseofblair.com


Meet Your Guide

Dan Parker

Contact Number: 07837 957584

Originally from mid-Wales, I spent most of my teenage years exploring the local crags, trails and rivers in search of new adventures. I have lived in the highlands for 6 years now and I love exploring new remote regions of this beautiful country.

I am lucky enough to call Aviemore home with my young family where I enjoy spending long days on the bike looking for singletrack gold.