Final Information - Solas Travel - Chris and Nicole's Scottish Adventure

Lynch & Camarillo

Sunday 21st April – Thursday 2nd May 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights

Overview

From the moody mountains of Glencoe to the mystic island of Skye, this 13 day adventure will get you under the skin of this ancient land and connect you with the “real” Scotland.  Explore castles with your guide in the Highlands and tantalise your tastebuds with a foodie tour in Edinburgh.  This trip will immerse you in the Scottish culture and leave you wanting to return for more.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery of an iconic Glen
  • A private out of hours tour of a historic Castle
  • Kayaking amongst the seals in a stunning Loch
  • Discover the hidden gems of Edinburgh

Day by Day

Day 1 - Sunday 21st April - Welcome to Scotland - Glencoe

On arrival at the airport you will be met by your private guide / driver who will transfer you from the bustling city to the spectacular highlands.  As you travel through the dramatic scenery you will have the option to stop and stretch your legs, enjoying some of the best views in the country.  Head to your luxurious accommodation and enjoy a relaxed evening relishing the peace and tranquility of the mountains.

Overnight: Glencoe | Kingshouse Hotel
Room Type: Feature Room
Meals Included: None

Day 1 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: April 21, 2024 | Airline: Lufthansa | Flight Number: LH 960
Departure Airport: Frankfurt | Departure Time: 11:05 am
Arrival Airport: Glasgow | Arrival Time: 12:05 pm

Day 1 - Guide Details - David Russell Read More +

Name: David Russell
Contact Number: 07711 026 123
Meeting Place: Glasgow Airport Arrivals Hall | Meeting Time: 12:05 pm

David will meet you in arrivals holding a sign with your names on it.

Day 1 - Dinner Details Read More +

Hotel: Kingshouse Hotel | Location: Glencoe
Reservation Time: 7:15 pm | Booking Reference: Chris Lynch
Phone: 01855 851 260

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Day 2 - Monday 22nd April - Explore Glencoe

Your guide will meet you at your hotel this morning and take you through the stunning scenery of Glencoe. These dramatic mountains and ridges have featured as the backdrop in many films and once you are looking up at these summits it is easy to see why! Today you will explore this famous valley with your guide, there are plenty of options to suit every level of energy and challenge.  Get your camera ready as the sun glints over this magical place, making the most of the golden hour to get some incredible pictures of this historic location.

After your day settle down with a celebratory beverage in a traditional climbers pub and listen to local legends and fascinating tales of the dark past of Glencoe told by a local storyteller.

Overnight: Glencoe | Kingshouse Hotel
Room Type: Feature Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Hotel: Isles of Glencoe Hotel | Location: Glencoe
Reservation Time: 7:30 pm
Phone: 01764 651843

At the Waters Edge.  Please pay directly

Day 3 - Tuesday 23rd April - Road to the Isles

Today you’ll travel 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. Admire the silver sand beaches of Arisaig and the views into the distance of Skye and the small isles. Your guide will share the tales of the local area as you go, making the landscape come alive with characters and events from the past.

Take the iconic ferry over the sea to Skye, delighting in magnificent views over the water as the spectacular Cuillin mountain range comes into view.  Spend the evening relaxing at your delightful hotel or enjoy exploring the surrounding area.

Overnight: Isle of Skye | Marmalade Hotel
Room Type: Premier Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Hotel: Cuillin Hills Hotel | Location: Portree
Reservation Time: 6:15 pm | Booking Reference: BKV74FDY
Phone: 01478 612003 | Website: https://www.cuillinhills-hotel-skye.co.uk/

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Day 4 - Wednesday 24th April - Guided Explorations on the Isle of Skye

Today you have the morning 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 morning to your interests.  This afternoon enjoy a delectable afternoon tea at your hotel, sampling the delights as you chat about your morning’s adventures.  This evening is free for you to relax and enjoy your hotel.

Overnight: Isle of Skye, | Marmalade Hotel
Room Type: Premier Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Restaurant: Scorrybreac Restaurant | Location: Portree
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: BLDRPNLK
Phone: +44 (0)1478 612 069 | Website: https://scorrybreac.com/Home

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Day 5 - Thursday 25th April - Weavers & Castles

Enjoy a relaxed morning as you explore the streets of the quaint seaside town of Portree.  Perhaps enjoy the many craft and art shops or wander down to the harbour to discover the abundant photography opportunities.  This afternoon head north to discover a local weavers who continue this local tradition using pedal power!  Or head out to Waternish point, a great place for wildlife spotting and photography.

This evening enjoy a very special out of hours experience, exploring the historic Dunvegan Castle after the doors are closed to the public.  Hear stories of legends and clans as your explore each room enjoying the silence and space to soak in the incredible atmosphere of this historic place.  Head back to your hotel this evening reminiscing of a wonderful day, perhaps enjoy a warming dram as you look out over the calm waters of the Loch.

Overnight: Isle of Skye | Marmalade Hotel
Room Type: Premier Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Restaurant: The Three Chimneys | Location: Dunvegan
Reservation Time: 8:00 pm | Booking Reference: B9ZGL2NP
Phone: 01470 511258 | Website: https://www.threechimneys.co.uk/

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Day 6 - Friday 26th April - Transfer to Torridon

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, the most photographed castle in Scotland, 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 enjoy the iconic view before continuing onwards through mountain glens and into the spectacular Torridon region.  There are lots of options on the way to stop and take a short walk or just enjoy the incredible views, your guide will be on hand to help you make the most out of your experience. 

Arriving at your luxurious hotel this evening, you can’t help but be mesmerised by this beautiful place, perched between the water and the mountains.  You can choose to rest and relax for the evening enjoying the world class facilities at your hotel or perhaps explore the area on one of the many walking paths surrounding the hotel.

Overnight: Torridon | The Torridon
Room Type: Master Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Restaurant: 1887 Restaurant | Location: Torridon
Reservation Time: 7:15 pm
Phone: +44(0)1445 791 242 | Website: https://www.thetorridon.com/eat-drink/1887-restaurant/

Please pay directly.  They have already taken a £100 deposit which will be taken off your final bill

Day 7 - Saturday 27th April - Sea Kayaking and Hiking

This morning enjoy an incredible sea kayaking experience on the stunning sheltered waters of Loch Torridon, right in front of your hotel.  With the cool breeze, small waves and glint of sunlight on the water captivating your senses, you will loose yourself in the peace and tranquility of this place.  Keep a look out for the friendly resident seals who like to pop their heads up to say hello.  Head back to dry land and this afternoon enjoy some hiking with your guide. This region is famous for its unusual mountain formations and provides some of the best hikes in the country and your guide will be on hand to make sure you enjoy every moment.  Spend a relaxed evening at your hotel after a wonderful active day.

Overnight: Torridon | The Torridon
Room Type: Master Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Sea Kayaking Read More +

Activity: Sea Kayaking
The Torridon Hotel: Torridon Outdoors
Start Location: The Torridon Hotel | Start Time: 9:00 am
Phone: 01445 791 242

Please arrive at the ‘Torridon Outdoors’ check in at the office near hotel entrance at 0900.  The hotel staff will be glad to help if you get lost.

Day 7 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Bo & Muc | Location: Torridon
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm
Phone: +44(0)1445 791 242 | Website: https://www.thetorridon.com/eat-drink/bo-muc-brasserie/

Please pay directly.  They have already taken a £40 deposit which will be taken off your final bill

Day 8 - Sunday 28th April - Culloden & the Cairngorms

Today you will make your way through the heart of the highlands to the Cairngorm National Park.  On the way stop at Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last battle of the Jacobite rising in 1746.  Here you will take a private tour of the battlefield with one of their guides before heading to the site of three Bronze Age burial chambers and standing stones known as Clava Cairns. This site is exceptionally well preserved and a great example of prehistoric history in Scotland dating back over 4,000 years.  Continue on to your cosy accommodation in the heart of the National Park.

Overnight: Cairngorms | Killiehuntly Farmhouse
Room Type: Hayloft
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 - Dinner Details Read More +

Hotel: Killiehuntly Farmhouse | Location: Kingussie
Reservation Time: 7:30 pm
Phone: 01540 661 619

Day 9 - Monday 29th April - Exploring The Beautiful Cairngorms National Park

Today is totally up to you.  Perhaps head out with the guide to explore the many hiking routes in the area or simply spend the day enjoying the peaceful surroundings of the accommodation which has far stretching views across the Spey Valley.  Relax with a good book or perhaps enjoy the wild Sauna Yurt!

Overnight: Cairngorms | Killiehuntly Farmhouse
Room Type: Hayloft
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Hotel: Killiehuntly Farmhouse | Location: Kingussie
Reservation Time: 7:30 pm
Phone: 01540 661 619

Day 10 - Tuesday 30th April - Transfer to Edinburgh & Stirling Castle

Today you leave the highlands behind and head to the bustling city of Edinburgh.  There are plenty of options to stop on the way, perhaps stop at the famous House of Bruar to enjoy a wee treat and shop for luxury Scottish souvenirs including harris tweed and tartan goods.  There is also a chance to take a short hike to the falls of Bruar, admiring the dramatic rushing waters of the falls.  As you continue south, stop to visit the Stirling Castle, one of the grandest castles in Scotland with an imposing location and fascinating history.  Arrive at your luxurious hotel, perhaps explore the surrounding streets taking in the atmosphere of this incredible city.

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

Day 10 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Six by Nico | Location: Edinburgh
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: B9DLDADW
Phone: 0131 225 5050 | Website: https://www.sixbynico.co.uk/

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Day 11 - Wednesday 1st May - Exploring 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, while enjoying some local foodie delights. 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 explorations at your own pace, pick up souvenirs or relax and enjoy the facilities at your hotel’s incredible spa.

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

Day 11 - Guide Details - Gavin Hunter Read More +

Name: Gavin Hunter
Contact Number: 07788 708896
Meeting Place: Reception, The Bonham Hotel | Meeting Time: 9:00 am

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Restaurant: Scran & Scallie | Location: Edinburgh
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: B37ALJZV
Phone: +44 (0)131 332 6281 | Website: https://scranandscallie.com/

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Day 12 - Thursday 2nd May - Depart

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

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Littles Chauffeur Hire
Booking Reference: 2700978
Pick Up Location: Reception, The Bonham Hotel | Pick Up Time: 9:00 am
Phone: 0141 883 2111

Day 12 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 2, 2024 | Airline: United Airlines | Flight Number: UA 979
Departure Airport: EDI | Departure Time: 12:30 pm
Arrival Airport: IAD | Arrival Time: 3:35 am

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 11 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified, experienced and knowledgeable guide from Day 1 to Day 10 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • Private 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 Storyteller Experience
    • An after hours Private Tour of Dunvegan Castle
    • Entry Fee, Eilean Donan Castle
    • Half Day Sea Kayaking experience – Not Private
    • Private tour of Culloden
    • Entry fee, Stirling Castle
    • Half Day Private Walking Tour with Qualified Blue Badge City Guide, Edinburgh
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks in the vehicle on guided days
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • International & Internal 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 – April 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
  • Sturdy hiking boots/shoes (sneakers or tennis shoes are not suitable for any hiking in Scotland)
  • Day pack 20-30 litre for carrying water and extra layers
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Warm layers
  • Warm hat, gloves and a neck gaiter
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Smart casual attire for dinners

Note: If you would like us to provide trekking poles for your use then please just let us know and we will ensure these are available for you.

 

Useful Contacts

24 hour in-country support (Wilderness Scotland):  +44 (0)1479 420 020, or out with regular office hours +44 (0)7766 794 640 (urgent calls only)

Emergency services:  999 or 112

NHS 24 (24 hour free medical advice):  111

 

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.

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Accommodation

Kingshouse Hotel

Glencoe | Ballachulish |
PH49 4HY | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1855 851 260
Web: kingshousehotel.co.uk

Marmalade Hotel

Home Farm Road | Portree | Isle of Skye |
IV51 9LX | Scotland
Phone: 01478 611711
Web: perlehotels.com/marmalade

The Torridon

by Achnasheen | Wester Ross |
IV22 2eY | Scotland
Phone: 01445 791 242
Web: thetorridon.com

Killiehuntly Farmhouse

By Kingussie | Highlands |
PH21 1NZ | Scotland
Phone: 0154 661 619
Web: killiehuntly.scot

The Bonham

35 Drumsheugh Gardens | edinburgh | Midlothian |
EH3 7RN | Scotland
Phone: 0131 226 6050
Web: thebonham.com


Meet Your Guide

David Russell

Contact Number: 07711026123

I have been involved in the outdoors for the entirety of my professional working life so far. I became involved in mountain and water sports at university and decided after graduating that a city life was not for me! I moved to the Highlands, trained as an outdoor instructor and settled down in the Cairngorms National Park. In 2011 I gained the Mountain Leader qualification. I began leading trips with Wilderness Scotland in 2012, and have guided on walking and paddling trips since then, but have always specialised as a photography guide. In 2014 I took a full time role in the Wilderness Scotland office team but still head up the guiding for many of our photography trips.

My own work features mainly mountain and forest images, and I love sharing these special places with our travellers and helping them get the most out of their experience and their camera. In my own time I still get out regularly on the hills and lochs with my camera and especially love making more committing trips into wild places such as the Cairngorm mountains, camping overnight to be in the right place for spectacular sunrises. A few of my shots have enjoyed some modest successes in competitions and various publications

I firmly believe that you don’t need anything special in terms of camera equipment to get the best out of Scotland’s beauty. What you do need is a reverential love of wild places, a great deal of patience and a willingness to listen to what nature tells you. With this attitude you’ll have the chance to see some truly amazing sights.