True Direction Travel – Sun Scotland Whirlwind Highlights

Jennifer & Henry

Saturday 27th April – Friday 3rd May 2024

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights


Overview

Experience the very best of Scotland and feel embraced by this vibrant welcoming culture as you adventure through stunning scenery. Your private guide will not just take care of all the logistics, but will add their expertise and local knowledge to share their favourite insiders secrets with you. Hear the landscape come alive as you create special memories of unique experiences as you walk crenelated castle walls, discover hidden gems and soak in the rugged vistas. Taste delicious meals created with local produce and relax in true Scottish hospitality at the end of every day. 

Day by Day

Day 1 - Saturday 27th April - Welcome To Scotland & Head Straight To The Highlands!

Arriving by train into Glasgow, your Private Guide for Scotland will meet you at the station and together you will head directly north. Admire the landscape becoming more mountainous as you get further north. 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! Discover some of the beautiful views of this famous valley with your guide, and then settle down with a celebratory beverage in a traditional climbers pub as you hear some of the tales of the dark past of Glencoe. You will then carry on North to your opulent Castle Hotel, a favourite spot of Queen Victoria.

Overnight: Near Fort William | Inverlochy Castle Hotel
Room Type: Junior Suite
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Sunday 28th April - Road To The Isles & Over The Sea To Skye

Today you explore the stunning Road to the Isles with your guide, frequently listed as one of the most beautiful drives in the world and it is easy to see why. This takes you past the elegant Glenfinnan Viaduct and nearby Glenfinnan Monument, erected in tribute to the fierce spirit of the Jacobite uprising back in 1745. Take in the beautiful silver sand beaches of Arisaig with views out to the islands before heading on to the small harbour town of Mallaig. Here you will catch the ferry over to the Isle of Skye and head up the coast towards your hotel, maybe stopping to take in Armadale Castle or charming Torvaig Distillery on the way

Overnight: Isle Of Skye | Kinloch Lodge Hotel
Room Type: Cosy Standard
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - Monday 29th April - 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, photogenic 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 | Kinloch Lodge Hotel
Room Type: Cosy Standard
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 - Tuesday 30th April - Transfer To Inverness via Eilean Donan Castle & Loch Ness

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 your guide takes you onwards to Loch Ness. Here you 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 in Inverness, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city at your own pace or with your guide if you prefer.

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

Day 5 - Wednesday 1st May - Transfer To Edinburgh

Time to leave the Highlands behind today, as your guide takes you south through the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. There are many options for stops and explorations along the way. Maybe admire the elegant turrets of Blair Castle, discover a luxurious shopping experience, wander the star maze at Scone palace, or step back in time in the village streets of Culross. The choice is yours! On arrival in Edinburgh your guide will see you into your unique hotel and depart, leaving you to enjoy the rest of the day at your own pace.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe Old Town View
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Thursday 2nd May - Exploring Edinburgh

In the morning you will be met by your expert local city guide who will take you to visit some of the famous sights as well as discovering some lesser known gems. Edinburgh is a labyrinth of cobbled alleyways contrasted with Georgian townhouses and more modern architecture and this tour will give you a real insight into the history and character of this amazing city. Stroll ‘The Royal Mile’, enjoy colourful Victoria Street and finish in Edinburgh Castle as your guide takes you on a private tour.

At lunchtime your guide will depart, leaving you to continue your explorations independently; maybe venture underneath the streets into the dark past, take in a gallery or go aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, once the floating palace of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe Old Town View
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Friday 3rd May - Depart for London

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and take you to Edinburgh Airport to make your onward flight to London. Taking with you special memories and wonderful stories of your explorations.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 6 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 5 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • Airport Transfer on Departure Day
  • All Ferry Travel mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Entrance Fees on Skye as per interest (up to 5)
    • Entry to Eilean Donan Castle
    • Boat Cruise on Loch Ness (approx 1 hr)
    • Entrance Fees on Route from Inverness to Edinburgh as per interest (up to 3)
    • Private Morning Walking Tour with Expert Local Guide in Edinburgh
      • Includes Entry to Edinburgh Castle, Entry to Palace of Holyroodhouse & Another Entry Fee (as per interest)
  • 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
Optional Upgrades Read More

Room Upgrades are available in some locations, subject to availability. Pricing on request.

Pricing Read More

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

  • £8,700 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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