Scottish Family Adventure

Garruto

Monday 27th May – Wednesday 5th June 2024

Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights

Highlights

  • A morning exploring the highlights of Edinburgh
  • Meet a friendly herd of Reindeer in the Highlands
  • A scenic cruise on an iconic Scottish Loch

Day by Day

Day 1 - Monday 27th May - Arrive in Edinburgh

Your private driver will meet you at Edinburgh airport and transfer you to your welcoming hotel. Take some time to relax and settle in, enjoying an oasis of calm as the city’s characterful streets buzz and bustle beyond the window. Depending on your arrival time, perhaps head out and explore the historic streets surrounding your hotel.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Apex (Grassmarket)
Room Type: 2 x City Double (one for solo occ) & 1 x Family Room (or Large Twin with pop-up)
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Tuesday 28th May - Exploring Edinburgh

This morning immerse yourselves in the winding cobbled streets of historic Old Town Edinburgh as you enjoy a private walking tour with an expert local guide. Discover the highlights of this unique capital city from the Palace of Holyroodhouse all the way up the ‘Royal Mile’ to the mighty ancient fortress which is Edinburgh Castle itself. Walk the ramparts atop castle rock and hear the tales of the One O’Clock gun and the stories of locals of times past. Your guide will leave you here so that you can spend as much time in the castle as you wish. You then have a free afternoon to continue your explorations at your own pace, pick up souvenirs or relax as you prefer.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Apex (Grassmarket)
Room Type: 2 x City Double (one for solo occ) & 1 x Family Room (or Large Twin with pop-up)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Wednesday 29th May - Transfer North, Chocolates & The Cairngorm National Park

Today you head away from the bustling city to the tranquility of the Highlands. Your private guide, who will also act as your driver for your time together, will meet you at your hotel this morning and together you will head north. As you travel into the rugged mountains of the Cairngorm National Park, you will stop for an artisan tasting experience in the Highland Chocolatier, trying some of their delectable award-winning truffles.

As you near your destination, stop off to explore the huge open air site of the Highland Folk Museum and relive history in its painstakingly 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! 

Note: An alternative longer route for today could take you to visit Stirling Castle instead if you prefer.

Overnight: Aviemore | Cairngorm Guesthouse
Room Type: 1 x Family Room (for 3 pax) & 2 x King Room (one for solo occ)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Thursday 30th May - The Unique Cairngorms & Reindeer Herd

This morning you head up into the mountains for a very special experience, meeting the local reindeer herd!  Walk to their summer grazing grounds, where you are right in walking amongst the herd and can even hand feed them.  Spend the afternoon exploring this unique area with your knowledgeable guide.  The Cairngorm National Park is full of incredible hikes, from low level hidden lochs and gentle forest strolls to more challenging summits. Discuss the best choices to suit your energy levels, the weather and your preferred level of challenge.  Enjoy a relaxed evening reminiscing of a wonderful day with great family memories made.

Overnight: Aviemore | Cairngorm Guesthouse
Room Type: 1 x Family Room (for 3 pax) & 2 x King Room (one for solo occ)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Friday 31st May - Loch Ness & Eilean Donan Castle on the Way To Skye

Enjoy some fabulous scenery as you head to Skye with your guide today, passing the deep waters of Loch Ness and through steep sided mountain glens on the way.  On arrival at Loch Ness set out onto the deep secretive waters and enjoy a scenic cruise, keeping your eyes open for ‘Nessie’. Stop to explore the elegant Eilean Donan castle, set out on the water on a private island and surrounded by majestic scenery. You will then continue onwards, passing over the graceful arc of the Skye Bridge onto ‘the misty isle’ itself and carrying on to your welcoming hotel in the harbour town of Portree.

Overnight: Isle of Skye | The Bosville
Room Type: 1 x Family Room (for 3 pax) & 2 x Superior Double (one for solo occ)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Saturday 1st June - Exploring Skye

Today you have a full day to explore some of the special corners of this magical island with your guide. You will be spoilt for choice with fascinating history and dramatic landscape on offer, with unique hiking routes through stark and unusual rock formations and sweeping coast and mountain views to enjoy in almost every direction. This ‘misty isle’ is also home to so many curious stories and legends of fairies and islander culture, your guide will share some of the best hidden gems and personalise the day to your interests.

Overnight: Isle of Skye | The Bosville
Room Type: 1 x Family Room (for 3 pax) & 2 x Superior Double (one for solo occ)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Sunday 2nd June - Back to the Mainland and Beachcombing

After taking the short ferry back to the mainland you’ll travel 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 some of the fascinating local history as you explore. 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. Depending on your inclination you can stop for a short hike on the beautiful silver sands of Arisaig and admire the views back to Skye and out to the small isles. Then arrive in Fort William to your unique hotel .

Overnight: Fort William | Nevis Bank Hotel
Room Type: 1 x Double & 1 x Small Double for solo occ & 1 x 'Double Double' for 3 pax
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Monday 3rd June - Glencoe & South To Glasgow

Before bidding the Highlands farewell today, stop to explore the atmospheric valley of Glencoe.  Formed of sharp ridges and peaks which were shaped by volcanoes, Glencoe has a turbulent and troubled past with layers of history to discover.  There are plenty of options here to stop and stretch your legs, your guide will help you take advantage of the views of this incredible place, sharing stories of its fascinating history before you continue onwards. Your guide will drop you at your city centre hotel and leave you to enjoy a relaxed evening in this amazing city.

Overnight: Glasgow | The Moxy (Merchant City)
Room Type: 2 x Queen (one for solo occ) & 1 x Family Room (Queen Bed & Sofabed) for 3 pax
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Tuesday 4th June - Exploring Glasgow

Enjoy the bustling city centre with an expert local city guide today. They will lead you on a fascinating private walking tour of some of the key highlights of ‘Scotland’s friendliest city’, exploring the varied architecture of streets that have been home to all kinds of creatives over the years. Discover the historical influences of Charles Rennie MackIntosh or set out to find the popular contemporary graffiti murals tucked into unexpected corners all over the city. Once your guide departs at lunchtime you have a free afternoon to continue your explorations at your own pace. Maybe spend a relaxed few hours exploring the magnificent halls and collections of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Whatever you choose, you are sure to be inspired on your last day in Scotland.

Overnight: Glasgow | The Moxy (Merchant City)
Room Type: 2 x Queen (one for solo occ) & 1 x Family Room (Queen Bed & Sofabed) for 3 pax
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Wednesday 5th June - Depart Glasgow - Farewell Scotland

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before your private transfer takes you to the airpot to catch your flight home, taking with you special memories of a wonderful family adventure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation as specified in the itinerary
  • Most meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 3 to Day 8 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • All Ferry Travel mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport Transfer on Arrival Day, includes Meet & Greet
  • Airport Transfer on Departure Day
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Activities specified in the itinerary (not private unless otherwise specified):
    • Half Day Private Walking Tour with Expert Local City Guide in Edinburgh
    • Entry to Edinburgh Castle
    • Chocolate Tasting led by Audio-Guide
    • Donation Entry to Highland Folk Museum
    • Hill Trip with Cairngorm Reindeer
    • Entry Fee on Skye (variable as per interest)
    • Half Day Private Walking Tour with Expert Local City Guide in Glasgow
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24 hour 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.
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