Harrison Family Adventure

Harrison

Saturday 13th April – Saturday 20th April 2024

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights


Overview

A wonderful experience for the whole family on this 8 day adventure into the Highlands of Scotland.  Explore the rolling hills of Perthshire, travel in style on the Harry Potter Steam Train and visit Britain’s first open air museum, where scenes from the famous TV show Outlander were filmed!  Your experienced guide will tailor all hikes and activities to suit the whole family so you can sit back, relax and let the wonders of Scotland work their magic.

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful Arisaig coastline by kayak
  • Learn how people lived back in the Bronze Ages
  • Stay in a luxury Castle Suite

Day by Day

Day 1 - Saturday 13th April - Welcome to Scotland

On arrival at Edinburgh you will be greeted by your main driver guide who will transfer you to your city centre accommodation.  Once you’ve dropped your bags, you will set off to start exploring the city – from the cobblestone streets of the Old Town to the luscious green spaces of Holyrood Park.  Follow in the footsteps of JK Rowling and visit the places that inspired the tales of the child wizard.  Visit Victoria Street that Diagon Alley was based upon, Greyfriers Kirk where Tom Riddle is buried and other secret places only known to locals.  A fantastic way to start your time in Edinburgh.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Rutland
Room Type: 2 Bedroom Apartment
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Sunday 14th April - The Rolling Hills of Perthshire

You will head out of the city this morning to start your adventure in the Highlands of Scotland.  Your first stop will be at the crowning place of the Kings and Queens of Scotland where you will take a self guided tour of the Palace and gardens, where the kids will discover the adventure playground and the wonderful Murray Star Maze – see who can get to the middle first!  After lunch you will continue north where you can take a short walk to an ancient Georgian Folly, that overlooks a wonderful waterfall that crashes into dark pools far below.  Your accommodation for the next three nights is on the bank of the babbling River Tay.

Overnight: Perthshire | Grandtully Hotel
Room Type: 2 x Classic Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Monday 15th April - Lochs and Crannogs

Loch Tay is an iconic freshwater loch and this morning you will board the boat to learn more about this wonderful place.  This area is steeped in history, myths and legends that will be brought to life by your guide.   Enjoy the stunning scenery as you glide along the water, keeping an eye out for the Kelpies – shape shifting water spirits – that might appear out of the water!  Later on you will spend the afternoon at the reconstruction of an Iron Age Crannog, a wonderful interactive museum that really brings Scottish history to life and how people lived here in the Bronze Age.

Overnight: Perthshire | Grandtully Hotel
Room Type: 2 x Classic Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Tuesday 16th April - Exploring Pitlochry

The town of Pitlochry sits on the edge of the River Tummel and is a wonderful town to explore.  You can wander along the high street, perhaps taking a visit to the old fashioned sweetie shop before taking a walk along the river to the Salmon Ladder where you may see some fish jumping upstream and round Loch Faskally.  There is also a lovely whisky distillery in the heart of the village if you fancy a quick tour and tasting. Your final stop today will be for hot chocolates at the local chocolate shop which is right next to your hotel.

Overnight: Perthshire | Grandtully Hotel
Room Type: 2 x Classic Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Wednesday 17th April - To the West

It is time to leave the rolling hills of Perthshire behind and head to the dramatic mountains and jagged peaks of the Nevis Range.  On the way you will spend the morning at a wonderful outdoor museum that shows what life was like for Highlanders from the 1700s up until the 1950s. Take a lesson in the school, explore the local township where you can dress up in the costumes of the day and have some time to play in the wonderful playground.  Continuing on your journey you will arrive in the adventure town of Fort William, nestled in the shadow of the UKs highest mountain , where you will be living like royalty and staying in a beautiful castle hotel.

Overnight: Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: 2 x Connecting Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Thursday 18th April - Trains and Kayaks

Let your inner wizard run free this morning with an awesome trip on the famous Harry Potter Steam Train.  Dress up in your robes and grab your wand for this wonderful journey through some of the most scenic landscapes in Scotland.  Don’t forget to look out for Dumbledore’s island as you race along the loch and look out for flying cars as you charge across the viaduct.  Alighting in Mallaig your guide will be waiting for you and you will head to Arisag for an afternoon of kayaking around the coastline.  Explore the wee inlets and look out for the friendly seal colony popping their heads up to say hello as you glide along the crystal clear waters.  A wonderful way to spend a day on the West Coast.

Overnight: Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: 2 x Connecting Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Friday 19th April - Exploring Glen Nevis

For your final day in the Scottish Highlands you will explore the amazing Glen Nevis with its forests, lochs and mountains.  Under the watchful eyes of your experienced guide you will climb up to visit the impressive Steal Falls, the second highest waterfall in Scotland with a drop of 120 metres!  With views all the way down the glen on this walk, it showcases the best of Scotland.  On the way back you can pop into the visitors centre at the foot of The Ben before having a celebratory drink at a walkers inn to commemorate your time in Scotland.

Overnight: Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: 2 x Connecting Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Saturday 20th April - Return to Edinburgh

It is time to head back to the city in time for your flights home.  Depending on your schedule there may be time to stop for one last short walk on the way back as you transfer through the dramatic Glencoe back to Edinburgh.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 8
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Entrance fee for Scone Palace and Gardens
    • Boat Cruise on Loch Tay
    • Entrance fee for the Crannoch
    • Blair Athol Alt Dour Tour – Whisky Distillery
    • Audio Chocolate tasting at the Highland Chocolatier
    • Entrance fee for the Highland Folk Museum
    • First Class tickets for the Jacobite Steam train (Depending on whether train is running)
    • Half day Sea Kayaking – Sound of Arisaig
  • 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
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