Hance Scottish Explorations - V2

Thursday 18th July – Friday 26th July 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Thursday 18th July - Welcome to Scotland

On arrival at the airport you will be met by a private driver who will transfer you to your city centre hotel. Depending on your arrival time you can choose to relax at the hotel or head out to start exploring this unique city.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral Hotel
Room Type: Old Town Executive View
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Friday 19th July - Exploring Historic 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 Balmoral Hotel
Room Type: Old Town Executive View
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Saturday 20th July - St Andrews & The Kingdom of Fife

This morning your Private Guide (who will also act as your driver) will meet you at your hotel and together you will head over the sweeping bridge to explore the gems to be found in Kingdom of Fife. Maybe explore part of the Fife Coastal Trail with a stroll along the “Fringe Of Gold”, as the Fife beaches are known. Take some time to admire the traditional villages which are built around tiny fishing harbours. These are all wonderfully picturesque with wee stone houses keeping watch over the brightly painted fishing vessels in the harbours, so make sure that you have your camera handy! Don’t forget to sample some traditional Fish & Chips. With fresh fish straight out of the sea, this area has won multiple awards for this Scottish dish and is famous for having some of the best in the whole of the UK.

Then continue to St Andrews, a characterful university town, full of history and stories. More recently the Prince & Princess of Wales famously met during their studies here. However, St Andrews is much better known for being the ‘birthplace of golf’. 

Overnight: St Andrews | Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
Room Type: Eden King Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Sunday 21st July - Transfer West Through The Highlands

Today the rugged West coast is calling you, and your guide will share some of the fascinating stops and stories along the way. Stop at Blair Atholl to walk the hallways and gardens of a castle that has been inhabited by the Dukes of Atholl for over seven centuries and boasts some fine 18th century interiors within its Scottish baronial architecture. There are also many superb options for scenic leg stretches as you admire the scenery becoming more mountainous. Or maybe take a fascinating tour of the highest Distillery in Scotland, with a wee celebratory dram at the end! Then your journey continues west towards your unique hotel, which was a particular favourite of Queen Victoria.

Overnight: Near Fort William | Inverlochy Castle Hotel
Room Type: Large Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Monday 22nd July - Over The Sea To Skye

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. Take a stroll on the white sand beaches of Arisaig and soak in the views of the Small Isles before you carry on. At the small fishing town of Mallaig you board the afternoon ferry for the short trip over the sea to Skye and onwards to your hotel with lovely coastal views.

Overnight: Sleat | Kinloch Lodge
Room Type: Luxury Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Tuesday 23rd July - 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: Sleat | Kinloch Lodge
Room Type: Luxury Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Wednesday 24th July - Transfer To Inverness

Returning to the mainland this morning, by way of the graceful Skye bridge, it is not long before you see one of the prettiest castles in Scotland. Eilean Donan occupies an island at the confluence of three sea lochs and stands in defiance of the towering peaks surrounding it. Take your time here to explore and enjoy the iconic view before continuing onwards through mountain glens. On arrival at Loch Ness set out onto the deep secretive waters and enjoy a scenic cruise, keeping your eyes open for ‘Nessie’ herself. Then continue to a warm welcome at your accommodation north of Inverness.

Overnight: By Dingwall | Newhall Mains
Room Type: Deluxe One Bedroom Cottage
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Thursday 25th July - E-Biking Explorations in The Cairngorms National Park

Head to the Cairngorms National Park today to explore on 2 wheels, and your guide will discuss the best options with you to suit your preferences. Maybe set out on one of the local’s favourite loops which undulates just enough to keep things interesting as you pass wooded hillsides and sparkling lochs to reach the village of Kincraig. Heading back to Aviemore you complete the loop along a road that weaves past lochs and great mountain views before a final wee climb back into town. Of course, our route notes highlight a couple of great cafes along the way which you may wish to pause at! For a longer ride, it’s worth extending the loop to the small town of Kingussie. On these extra miles, you’ll pass the atmospheric ruins of Ruthven Barracks and the Insh Marshes Nature Reserve. It’s also a short detour to the Highland Folk Museum, which is well worth a visit. Your guide will take you back to Inverness at the end of the day, your last night in the Highlands.

Overnight: By Dingwall | Newhall Mains
Room Type: Deluxe One Bedroom Cottage
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Friday 26th July - Fly To London

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and take you to the airport to catch your flight to London.  Waving farewell for now but taking with you special memories and wonderful stories of your explorations.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 3 to Day 8
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • Airport Transfer on Arrival Day, includes Meet & Greet
  • Airport Transfer on Departure Day
  • All Ferry Travel Included in the Itinerary
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Private Half Day Walking Tour of Edinburgh with Expert Local City Guide in Edinburgh
      • Includes entry to Edinburgh Castle
    • 3 x Entry Fees in Kingdom of Fife & St Andrews as per client interest
    • Entry to Blair Castle
    • Distillery Tour & Tasting – Dalwhinnie
    • Entry Fees on Skye as per interest, max 3
    • Entry to Eilean Donan
    • Scenic Cruise on Loch Ness (approx 1 hr)
    • Full Day Guided Road Cycling with Local Biking Guide in Cairngorms National Park
      • Includes all equipment hire
  • 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
  • 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
Pricing Read More

Pricing:

The NET price for this itinerary, based on 2 clients on a twin-share basis, and including a £12 per person conservation contribution is:

  • £8,855 GBP per person

Conservation Contribution

This voluntary donation of £12 per person goes towards conservation projects in the locations we operate.  If you would like to opt out just let your trip designer know.

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