Macek Scottish Explorations – V2

Tuesday 25th June – Thursday 4th July 2024

Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights


Overview

Discover the true flavours of Scotland as you explore through this beautiful landscape, enjoying insights from your private Highlands guide. Explore history in the twisty cobbled alleyways of Edinburgh, hike in atmospheric glens and mountain ranges and celebrate it all with a wee dram packed full of the flavours of Scotland. From the city streets to the wild Highlands, you are sure to fall in love with every inch of this character packed country and create memories together to cherish for a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Hike in some of the most stunning wilderness landscapes and discover the local's favourites as you explore with your experienced private guide
  • Taste some of the freshest and most delicious Scottish produce in stunning locations in your luxury hotels
  • Discover delightful pairings of Whisky and flavours in an immersive cookery workshop with a charismatic chef in her remote kitchen
  • Relax and get pampered in your luxurious accommodations as you enjoy the scenic and unique locations

Day by Day

Day 1 - Tuesday 25th June - Welcome to Scotland!

On arrival at Edinburgh Airport you will be met by a private driver who will transfer you to your city centre hotel to meet your main private guide. Depending on your arrival time you can choose to relax at the hotel, chat over the trip ahead over an afternoon tea or head out to start exploring part of this unique city.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral
Room Type: Junior Suite with Castle View
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Wednesday 26th June - Exploring Historic Edinburgh

This morning immerse yourselves in the winding cobbled streets of historic Old Town Edinburgh as you are joined by a local expert guide and enjoy a private walking tour. Visit some of the famous historic attractions, wonder at the stories of the streets and discover the true character of the Old Town. 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. Walk the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle and hear the tales of the One O’Clock gun and the stories of locals of times past.

You then have options this afternoon to continue your explorations with your guide, immerse yourselves in the National Gallery, take a walk up to the skyline views from Arthur’s Seat or Carlton Hill or relax at your hotel as you prefer. 

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral
Room Type: Junior Suite with Castle View
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Thursday 27th June - North To The Cairngorms via St Andrews

This morning start your journey north with your guide, heading to St Andrews in the Kingdom of Fife. Most of your party will explore this characterful university town with a local expert, full of history and stories and more recently the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge famously met during their studies here. However, St Andrews is much better known for being the ‘birthplace of golf’ and one of you will tee off on a fabulous links course on the same coastline as ‘The Old Course’. Enjoy the history and coastal views of a superb round of golf and maybe a chat with the local players.

Then it is time to head north over the ‘snow roads’ into the beautiful Cairngorms National Park where you will settle into your unique and opulent hotel. Your home for the next 2 nights is the unique 5* Fife Arms Hotel, created by acclaimed gallery owners Hauser & Wurth and full of art and antiques.

Overnight: Braemar | Fife Arms
Room Type: Victoriana Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Friday 28th June - Royal Deeside Exploration Options

Royal Deeside is full of wonderful hiking options with all kinds of tales and history attached. Today you will be joined by a second qualified hiking hike so that some of the party can undertake a mare challenging hike if you wish. The mountains and rivers of beautiful Deeside area offer so many wonderful choices at all levels and your hiking guide will tailor the day to your preference.

Maybe explore the woodland trails and pyramids of the beautiful Balmoral Estate, the Highland residence of the Royal Family since it was bought for Queen Victoria in 1852. Or choose to hike up into the atmospheric crags and corries of Lochnagar mountain which Lord Byron immortalised in verse, including the line “I sigh for the valley of dark Lochnagar”.

With a second guide you have flexibility for some of the party to enjoy some different explorations. Maybe take the 1.5hr drive East to Aberdeen and walk in the footsteps of your family heritage. There are also options for a historic castle visit, or meet some hairy Highland Coos with a farm visit on the way back.

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms
Room Type: Victoriana Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Saturday 29th June - Transfer West Via Special Foodie & Whisky Experience

Today you head over the hills of Glenlivet to the private home and kitchen of a charismatic and well-travelled ‘food anthropologist’ who delights in sharing her findings and skills with others. Set in an idyllic and remote location you will discover a colourful and well-stocked kitchen with inspiring views over the hills. This house actually used to be a whisky smuggler’s den, so you are in the perfect place to enjoy a cookery workshop specifically designed to pair whisky and food on a unique flavour journey full of stories & with highlights of local and wild produce. Then your journey continues west towards your castle hotel, which was a particular favourite of Queen Victoria.

Overnight: Near Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: Junior Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Sunday 30th June - Glencoe - Landscape & Legends

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! Today you will explore this famous valley, there are plenty of options to suit every level of energy and challenge and you will joined by a second hiking guide so that everyone can choose the level of challenge they prefer. After your hike meet back up and settle down with a celebratory beverage in a traditional climbers pub as you listen to local legends and fascinating tales of the dark past of Glencoe told by a local storyteller.

Note: an alternative option for today would be to explore the ‘Road To The Isles’ on a drive with your guide. Admire the graceful arches of Glenfinnan Viaduct, stroll the white sand beaches of Arisaig with their views out to the Small Isles & Skye and hear the Jacobite history which has shaped this world-renowned drive.

Overnight: Near Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: Junior Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Monday 1st July - South to Gleneagles & Loch Kayaking

Heading south today, stop for one last Highland adventure on the way. Set out on the the sparkling waters of a scenic loch in kayaks (or open canoes if you prefer) to explore the scenery from a different perspective. Your expert instructor will ensure that you can make the most of the experience as you paddle along. Discover a fabulous picnic spot and stop for a bite to eat, food always tastes better outside doesn’t it? Then relax into the luxurious welcome of Gleneagles and some well-earned pampering.

Overnight: Auchterarder | Gleneagles
Room Type: (Arranged by Black Tomato)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Tuesday 2nd July - Gleneagles - Options

There are many fabulous options in the local area to consider and discuss with your guide, either all together or splitting into different parties. Maybe conquer a local summit for fabulous views, explore a local village, head to Perth to see the local racetrack, visit the mighty Stirling Castle, or enjoy a gentle atmospheric exploration to discover a waterfall along the glens.

If you have time we would highly recommend finishing your afternoon with a special tour & tasting at the oldest working whisky distillery in the country to raise a celebratory dram to your Scottish adventures. Or you could choose to simply relax within the grounds to make the most of your time and sample some of the huge variety of facilities here at Gleneagles.

Overnight: Auchterarder | Gleneagles
Room Type: (Arranged by Black Tomato)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Wednesday 3rd July - Train from Scotland & London Highlights

This morning your guide will transfer you from your luxurious resort hotel and take you to Edinburgh or Glasgow Train Station to catch your morning train to London. Taking with you many special memories of your Scottish adventures which are sure to make you smile for years to come. On arrival in London you will be met on the platform by a private driver who will whisk you off to your hotel to drop your luggage and meet your local city guide. Take in the iconic highlights of this unique city this afternoon with their expert insider knowledge (and your chauffeur at your disposal if you would prefer not to walk too much). 

Overnight: London | Mandarin Oriental - Hyde Park
Room Type: Superior Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Thursday 4th July - Depart

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and take you to Heathrow 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

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 7 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
    • Gleneagles arranged by Black Tomato as discussed
  • Some meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide from Day 1 to Day 8 inclusive
  • The Services of an additional qualified and experienced Hiking guide on Day 4 and Day 6
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by your guide on guided days
    • Second private vehicle driven by second guide on days with additional guide
  • Airport Transfer on arrival Day, includes Meet & Greet
  • Private Driver in London on Day 9
    • Includes pick up from Train Station, drop bags at hotel & chauffeur services for the full afternoon
  • Airport Transfer to London Heathrow on Departure Day
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Private Walking Tour of Historic Edinburgh with Expert Local Guide
      • Includes entry to Edinburgh Castle & one other entry as per interest
    • Golf Round for One Pax on Jubilee or New Course in St Andrews
      • Includes club hire, electric trolley & caddy fees
    • Private Walking Tour with Local Expert Guide in St Andrews
      • Includes entry Fees in St Andrews as per interest
    • Entry Fees in Royal Deeside on Day 4 if required, up to 3
    • Private Whisky & Foodie Workshop experience with charismatic Chef
    • Private Storyteller Experience in Glencoe
    • Private Loch Kayaking Experience
      • Includes special ‘surprise & delight’ picnic
    • Whisky Tasting at Glenturret Distillery OR Gleneagles
    • Train Tickets from Edinburgh/Glasgow to London, First Class
    • Private Expert Guide for London Highlights
      • Includes entry to Tower of London & Two other entry fees 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 NET price for this itinerary, based on 4 clients on a twin-share basis, and including a £12 per person conservation contribution is:

  • £12,795 GBP per person +VAT
    • This is £15,354 GBP Per Person including the VAT

 

Please note that the pricing includes a voluntary 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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