A Scottish Summer Adventure

Lorraine Potter

Sunday 4th August – Friday 16th August 2024

Number of Travellers: 4
Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights

Overview

On a bespoke, thoughtfully crafted trip, enjoy a wonderful summer break in Scotland. From the glittering waters and misty mountains of the Isle of Skye to the cobblestone streets of Edinburgh, explore a landscape steeped in history, tradition and folklore. Hike along stunning trails that wind through brilliant purple heather, take a boat trip out to a remote loch and spend time with friends in the leafy region of Perthshire. Along the way, look out for the secretive Scottish wildlife, spotting roe deer, red squirrels and golden eagles. At your own pace, discover the beauty of this unique landscape and as the sun sinks below the horizon, settle into hand-picked accommodation, carefully chosen for their relaxed, traditional charm and delicious local food. Carefully curated to reveal the country’s crowning jewels, enjoy exploring the enchanting nature of Scotland.

Highlights

  • Enjoy winding through the vibrant cobblestone streets of Edinburgh and immersing yourself in the Fringe Festival.
  • Take a boat trip out to the wild Loch Coruisk, one of the most remote lochs in Scotland.
  • Paddle in the clear, turquoise waters of the West Coast, spotting dolphins, seals and golden eagles.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Sunday 4th August - Arrive in Inverness & Explore Loch Ness

This morning, land in Inverness, a small city far-flung in the Highlands of Scotland. On arrival at the quiet airport, pick up your hire car and head out along the shores of Loch Ness to visit the amazing ruins of Urquhart Castle. Magnificently situated on the shores of the loch, this castle has seen some of the most dramatic chapters in Scotland’s history. Wander around the atmospheric stone walls, all the while keeping an eye out for the loch’s resident monster, colloquially known as Nessie. After exploring, continue northwest to the outdoorsy-orientated town of Fort William, enjoying the beautiful views before arriving at your lovely private apartment to relax.

Overnight: Fort William | Lime Tree An Ealdhain

Day 2 - Monday 5th August - Private Sea Charter

This morning after a hearty breakfast head to the fishing port of Mallaig where you will meet your knowledgeable skipper. Today’s adventure  includes a day of landscapes and seascapes, as well as great wildlife and fishing opportunities.We will take a boat ride to Sandaig itself, where you can swim in the clear waters of the bay, comb the beach at your leisure, or stretch out on the pebbles and listen to the crashing waves. Taking advantage of the slower pace of the day, we frequently have a small picnic or barbeque at Sandaig, cooking either something we’ve brought or, more excitingly, anything we’ve managed to catch in the bay, off the side of the boat. After a day well spent  return to your apartment with rosy cheeks and salt kissed skin to relax and chat over the memories of a wonderful day.

Overnight: Fort William | Lime Tree An Ealdhain
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Tuesday 6th August - Sea Kayaking in Arisaig

This morning, drive west to the silver sands of Morar, a collection of powdery white beaches peppered along the coastline. Enjoy a stunning walk, keeping an eye out for coastal birds and enjoying a spot of rock pooling before meeting an expert guide for an afternoon of sea kayaking. From a sheltered, secluded bay, paddle out around hundreds of tiny islands. The seal colony here is friendly and curious, often slipping beneath your boat only to pop up on the other side to peer at you with their big dark eyes. Return to your apartment later this afternoon with pink cheeks and salt in your hair.

Overnight: Fort William | Lime Tree An Ealdhain
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Wednesday 7th August - Steall Falls & Ferry to Skye

Meet your Wilderness guide this morning at your accommodation, before all heading out together for an adventurous and exciting day. With plenty of lovely options to choose from, chat with your guide about what you all fancy. Perhaps hike to Steall Falls, a walk that ribbons its way through the dramatic Nevis Gorge and ends at some stunning waterfalls. Or, you may like to hop on the Nevis Range gondola up the flanks of Aonach Mor mountain, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including the mighty peak of Ben Nevis. This afternoon take the road less travelled towards the small fishing port of Mallaig and hop on a small white ferry over the sea to the Isle of Skye.

Overnight: Isle of Skye | Hotel Eilean Iaimain
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Thursday 8th August - A Boat Trip to Loch Coruisk

Feeling rested, head out with your guide to Elgol – a tiny hamlet scattered along the western cliffs of the Strathaird peninsula. From a small jetty, board the charming Bella Jane and sail over Loch Scavaig into the very heart of the Black Cuillin. Upon reaching the shore, leave the boat to explore Loch Coruisk, a deep, dark loch that stretches like a shadow below the impressive volcanic peaks. Choose to circumnavigate the loch with your guide or climb the rugged mountain of Sgurr na Stri – which is considered by many to offer one of the wildest and most spectacular views in Scotland. Return to your accommodation later this afternoon and bid farewell to your guide.

Overnight: Isle of Skye | Hotel Eilean Iaimain
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Friday 9th August - Fishing, Foraging and Exploring

After breakfast, meet Mitchell Partridge from Skye Ghillie and head off the beaten path into the untamed wilderness of Skye. A talented fisherman with a wealth of local knowledge about the landscape and the flora and fauna that call it home, enjoy a morning of bushcraft, fishing and foraging for wild snacks. This afternoon, enjoy some free time as a family to explore the island. Perhaps take some time to stroll the colourful streets of Portree or hike through the dramatic landscape of the Quiraing. As the soft breeze carries the smell of salt and sunshine across the heather, enjoy views across the white-flecked waves, listening to the raucous call of seabirds and enjoying time spent in the fresh air. This afternoon head North to Talisker fr a distillery tour on the oldest working distillery on the island, learn about the flavour, production and process before sampling three wonderful drams.

Overnight: Isle of Skye | Hotel Eilean Iaimain
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Saturday 10th August - Eilean Donan Castle & Arrive in Perthshire

After a leisurely breakfast, bid farewell to the Isle of Skye and drive back across the arching bridge to the Scottish mainland. Begin winding your way into the lovely, leafy region of Perthshire, making sure to stop along the way at Eilean Donan Castle. Perched on a tiny island, the castle stands at the confluence of three sea lochs and is instantly recognisable as one of the most iconic images of Scotland. Arrive at your friends’ farm later this afternoon, where you can relax all together for the next couple of days.

Overnight: Perthshire
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Sunday 11th August - Spend Time with Friends

Today, enjoy some time with your friends.

Overnight: Perthshire

Day 9 - Monday 12th August - Arrive in Edinburgh & Tour of Mary King's Close

After saying goodbye to your friends this morning, make the short journey into Edinburgh. Drop off your hire car and make your way to your welcoming hotel. Architecturally stunning, the capital city is very accessible by foot. After you’ve settled in, perhaps head out to stretch your legs with a local wander. This evening, enjoy a tour of Mary King’s Close – discovering an underground warren of hidden streets and listening to stories about the city’s dark, often gruesome history.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Bruntsfield
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Tuesday 13th August - Exploring Edinburgh

After breakfast, meet a Blue Badge Guide in the foyer of your hotel and head out for an engaging walking tour. Full of history, wander up the Royal Mile, visit St Giles Cathedral and enjoy panoramic views from Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy seeing many of the iconic sites while also visiting some of the lesser-known hidden gems that are tucked off the tourist trail. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to do as you please. Enjoy browsing the artisanal shops on the Royal Mile or stroll up Carlton Hill – the acropolis an unfinished monument which offers huge views over the city to the sea beyond.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Bruntsfield
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 - Wednesday 14th August - Edinburgh Castle & Military Tattoo

After breakfast, head to Edinburgh Castle for a guided tour. Dominating the skyline from its position on Castle Rock, archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age. Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this prestigious fortress, discovering the home of Mary Queen of Scots, visiting the oldest building in the city and observing the Scottish crown jewels. This afternoon is yours to explore. Visit the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street or Surgeon’s Hall Museums which holds the largest and most historic collections of surgical pathology in the world. This evening, enjoy the fantastic spectacle of the Military Tattoo.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Bruntsfield

Day 12 - Thursday 15th August - The Fringe Festival & Arthur's Seat

Your last full day in the city beckons, and with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in full swing, spend the day exploring some of the many family-friendly shows available. With an eclectic and diverse food scene, enjoy tasting your way through the streets, stopping at food stalls and picking up pastries and coffee. For a moment of quiet among the busy streets, perhaps wander down to the historic Dean Village – which offers a peaceful oasis of times gone past. You may also like to walk up Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano in the centre of the city, which is popular with both tourists and locals alike. This evening, enjoy a delicious celebratory dinner in one of Edinburgh’s many award-winning restaurants.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Bruntsfield
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 - Friday 16th August - Depart

After a good night’s sleep, head to Edinburgh airport early this morning to fly to London and then on home to Mauritius.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 6 and Day 9  to Day 13
  • Breakfasts throughout with the exception of days 8 and 9
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide on Day 4 & 5
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24-hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
  • Entrance to Urquhart Castle
  • Three hour family canyoning experience
  • Half day family sea kayak with guide and equipment
  • Boat tickets to the Isle of Skye
  • Bella Jane Boat Trip to Loch Coruisk
  • Half day family foraging adventure with Skye Ghillie
  • Talisker Whisky Distillery Tour
  • Mary Kings Close Tour
  • Half Day Blue Badge City Tour
  • Guided Edinburgh Castle Tour
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo tickets
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Car Hire
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide

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