Final Information - LeVan and Cerbone Scottish Explorations

LeVan and Cerbone

Wednesday 24th July – Monday 29th July 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Wednesday 24th July - Arrive in Edinburgh and transfer to Inverness

Your private driver/guide will meet you at you hotel this morning before you journey together to the Capital of the Highlands, Inverness. There are plenty of stops along the way (if your arrival time allows), perhaps visit Blair Castle, home to the Atholl family for over seven centuries, or take a short walk in the beautiful Cairngorm National Park. As you near Inverness you will visit Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last battle of the Jacobite rising in 1746. Here you will take a tour of the battlefield and visitor centre before heading to the site of three Bronze Age burial chambers and standing stones known as Clava Cairns. Head to your hotel to your welcoming hotel and relax for the evening.

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

Day 1 - Guide Details - Mungo Ross Read More +

Name: Mungo Ross
Contact Number: +44(0)7887 617 572
Meeting Place: The Balmoral Hotel Reception | Meeting Time: 09:00

Your guide will meet you in your hotel reception.

Day 1 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Rocpool Restaurant | Location: 1, Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5NE
Reservation Time: 18:00 | Booking Reference: BJ4VFDNL - Name: Suzanne LeVan
Phone: +44(0)1463 717274 | Website: https://www.rocpoolrestaurant.com/

Please note that this is a table reservation only, please pay directly.

Day 2 - Thursday 25th July - Transfer to Fort William & Loch Ness

Today you will make your way to Fort William, your stunning home for the next few days. En-route visit the iconic ruins of Urquhart Castle. Perched on the shores of Loch Ness, the castle offers a glimpse into a bygone era of conflict, clans and legends.  As you explore the ramparts and peer through the weathered windows, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views over Loch Ness. Take a scenic cruise across the waters of the second deepest loch in Scotland in search of the fabled Nessie. Arrive at your spectacular hotel and enjoy this incredible location as you sip on a warming dram.

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

Day 2 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Crannog Restaurant | Location: Town Pier, Fort William PH33 6DB
Reservation Time: 18:00 | Booking Reference: BAM4XQH9 - Name: Suzanne LeVan
Phone: +44(0)1397 705589 | Website: http://www.crannog.net

Please note that this is a table reservation only, please pay directly.

Day 3 - Friday 26th July - Steam railway and stunning scenery

Step back in time today as you board the famous Jacobite Steam Train and head to the coast. Journey through the beautiful scenery as you traverse the West Highland line on the “Hogwarts Express” you are offered unparalleled views of rugged mountains and sparkling lochs. Arriving in the quaint fishing village of Mallaig you will be met by your guide to explore the scenic harbour. Your guide will drive you back, explaining some of the history that surrounds this spectacular place. Enjoy your final evening at your beautiful hotel, reminiscing about your incredible experience so far.

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

Day 3 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: The Silly Goose, at The Lime Tree Hotel | Location: ​Lime Tree An Ealdhain Achintore Road, Fort William PH33 6RQ
Reservation Time: 18:00 | Booking Reference: B27HV6XC - Name: Suzanne LeVan
Phone: +44(0)1397 701 806 | Website: https://www.limetreefortwilliam.co.uk/the-restaurant

Please note that this is a table reservation only, please pay directly.

Day 4 - Saturday 27th July - History and Heritage - Transfer to Edinburgh

As you begin your journey to Edinburgh you will pass the historic area of Glencoe. As you travel through this captivating landscape your guide will explain some of the history surrounding its tragic past. Making your way South, you will stop to explore the impressive Stirling Castle, perched high on the cliff side dominating the landscape. Afterwards visit the imposing Wallace Monument, which celebrates Scotland’s first national hero William Wallace. Admire the huge Wallace Sword and climb the steps to gain the beautiful vista of the surrounding Ochil hills. Arrive in the bustling City of Edinburgh and enjoy a relaxing evening at your stunning accommodation. Tonight you will bid farewell to your Scotland guide.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral Hotel
Room Type: Junior Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: The Ondine | Location: 2, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD
Reservation Time: 18:00 | Booking Reference: B924AKDN - Name: Suzanne LeVan
Phone: +44(0)131 226 1888 | Website: https://www.ondinerestaurant.co.uk/

Please note that this is a table reservation only, please pay directly.

Day 5 - Sunday 28th July - Exploring Edinburgh

This morning is free for you to rest and relax at your hotel or explore the surroundings at your own pace. This afternoon, meet your experienced city guide in the foyer of your hotel and head out for an afternoon spent exploring the beautiful cobblestone streets of the city. Full of history, wander up the Royal Mile, stopping to visit the architecturally stunning St Giles Cathedral, and enjoy panoramic views from Edinburgh Castle. Later, transfer to the Royal Yacht Britannia to explore the late Queen’s former floating palace. Decommissioned in 1997 the Royal Yacht is now berthed in the waters of Leith. Experience an audio tour of the ship to discover at your own pace. This evening visit the Palace of Holyrood house for a special after hours tour of The King’s official residence in Scotland. Step behind the ropes to visit the rooms which are usually hidden from public eye.  Ending the tour with a glass of champagne, savour the ambience in a place few visitors get to see.  A wonderful way to end your time in Edinburgh.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral Hotel
Room Type: Junior Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Edinburgh Castle - Admission Read More +

Activity: Edinburgh Castle - Admission
Start Location: Castle Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 1SH | Start Time: 10:00

Please ensure you have a copy of the tickets with you on the day. Your tickets can be found below in the ‘Important Additional Information’ section.

You have flexible entry tickets for the castle, allowing you to arrive anytime after it opens. Your transfer to the Royal Yacht is scheduled for 12:30 PM. You can choose when to visit the castle based on how much time you want to spend there before heading to the yacht.

Day 5 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: East of Scotland Chauffeur Drive
Booking Reference: Suzanne LeVan
Pick Up Location: 11 Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF | Pick Up Time: 12:30
Phone: +44 (0)131 370 1555

Transfer to the Royal Yacht. Your transfer will be waiting at 11 Parliament Sqr, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, just down the Royal Mile from the Castle, near Mercat Cross.  If in any case, you are unable to locate your chauffeur, then please call the number above.

Day 5 - Royal Yacht Britannia - Audio Tour Read More +

Activity: Royal Yacht Britannia - Audio Tour
Start Location: Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ | Start Time: 12:45 | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Booking Reference: D5Q56VRR3 - Name: Suzanne LeVan
Phone: +44(0)131 555 8800

Please ensure you have a copy of the tickets with you on the day. Your tickets can be found below in the ‘Important Additional Information’ section.

Day 5 - Afternoon Tea Details Read More +

Restaurant: Fingal's | Location: Alexandra Dock, Port of Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 7DX
Reservation Time: 14:45 | Booking Reference: B3Y9H3DT - Name: Suzanne LeVan
Phone: +44(0)131 357 5000

Champagne Afternoon Tea. Please note that this is a table reservation only, please pay directly.

Day 5 - Guide Details - Lorna Colvin-MacLean Read More +

Name: Lorna Colvin-MacLean
Contact Number: +44(0)7814036325
Meeting Place: National Museum on Chambers Street | Meeting Time: 16:00

Your transfer will be in touch with your guide, Lorna, and take you to the National Museum on Chambers Street to meet before exploring the Old Town.

Day 5 - Palace of Holyrood House - Private Evening Tour Read More +

Activity: Palace of Holyrood House - Private Evening Tour
Start Location: Palace of Holyrood House | Start Time: 18:30 | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Booking Reference: LeVan
Phone: +(0)131 524 1040

Your guide will walk with you to the Palace and leave you to enjoy your private after-hours tour. It is approximately a 20-minute walk back to your hotel post-tour.

Day 6 - Monday 29th July - Farewell to Scotland and Fly to Dublin

Saying farewell to Scotland, your private transfer will take you to the airport this morning for your onwards flight to Dublin.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Littles Chauffeur Hire, Edinburgh
Booking Reference: 2704847 - Client name: Suzanne LeVan
Pick Up Location: The Balmoral Hotel Reception | Pick Up Time: 07:00
Phone: +44(0)141 883 2111

Your driver will send the details for the chauffeur 30 minutes prior to the reservation taking place. If in any case, you are unable to locate your chauffeur, then please call the number above.

Day 6 - Flight Details Read More +

Airline: British Airways | Flight Number: BA8877
Departure Airport: Edinburgh | Departure Time: 09:40
Arrival Airport: Dublin | Arrival Time: 10:55

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 6
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 1 to Day 4
  • Ground transportation from Day 1 to Day 4
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically;
    • Entrance Fee – Blair Castle & Gardens
    • Private Tour of Culloden Battlefield
    • Entrance Fee – Urquhart Castle
    • Loch Ness Scenic boat excursion
    • 1st Class Jacobite Steam Railway tickets
    • Entrance Fee – Stirling Castle
    • Entrance Fee – Wallace Monument
    • Entrance Fee – Edinburgh Castle
    • Entrance Fee- Royal Yacht Britannia
    • Private Edinburgh City Guide
    • Private tour of the Palace of Holyrood house
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 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

Activities are only private if specifically stated.

 

Notes On Weather & Flexibility

Weather – July 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 recommended
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Day pack 20-30 litre for carrying water and extra layers
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Warm layers and perhaps warm hat and gloves
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Smart casual attire for dinners

 

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 Contact Numbers Read More
Wilderness Scotland Office | 9:00am – 5:30pm

UK: +44 (0)1479 420 020
US: 866 740 3890


Wilderness Scotland Out of Office Hours | 5:30pm – 9:00am

+44 (0)7766 794 640


Wilderness Ireland Office | 9:00am – 5:30pm

EU: +353 (0)91 457 898
US: 844 235 6240


Wilderness Ireland Out of Office Hours | 5:30pm – 9:00am

+353 (0)86 873 7223


Emergency Services

999

NHS 24 (24 hour free medical advice)

111

Important Additional Information Read More
  • Edinburgh Castle Tickets - PDF: View Now
  • Royal Yacht Britannia - Audio Tour - PDF: View Now
Terms & Conditions Read More

Please see our booking terms here.


Accommodation

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 Balmoral Hotel

1 Princes Street | Edinburgh |
EH2 2EQ | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)131 556 2414
Web: roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/the-balmoral-hotel


Meet Your Guide

Mungo Ross

Contact Number: +44(0)7887 617 572

Having had the most extraordinary good fortune and privilege to travel on adventures and lead expeditions to all seven continents, allowing me to become more familiar with the Khumbu Valley in Nepal than the Lairig Ghru in the Cairngorms, I am still as passionate as ever to share my enthusiasm for my home country, Scotland.

Whether travelling on skis or snowboard; by kayak, canoe, raft, boat or windsurfer; shod in rock-shoes or snow-shoes or equipped with ice axe and crampons – whether out on my own, with friends, or leading and teaching others, I am still often not able to tell the difference between days of work or play.