Matt's Scotland Adventure - Final Information

Matt Barger

Monday 6th May – Wednesday 22nd May 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 17 Days / 16 Nights

Overview

This trip to Scotland promises to deliver the perfect mix of challenge, discovery and wonder. Bike, hike and golf your way from island to valley to mountain, discovering some of the most remote and beautiful places in the Highlands.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Monday 6th May - Welcome to Scotland

On arrival at the airport you will meet you expert Guide, Ben, who will also be your driver throughout this trip. Load up the van and set off for the Isle of Arran, just a short ferry ride of the west coast of Scotland, stopping for a quick bite to eat before making the crossing.

Often described as ‘Scotland in miniature’, it boasts rugged mountains, deep glens, winding roads and small coastal villages, all on an island that is only 20 miles long and 10 miles wide. Settle in to your luxurious hotel on the shoreline and head for dinner before enjoying a restful evening after your day of travel.

Overnight: Isle of Arran | Auchrannie Resort
Room Type: Suite & Exec Double
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 1 - Ferry Details Read More +

Operator: Caledonian MacBrayne

Departure Port: Ardrossan | Departure Time: 6:00 pm
Arrival Port: Brodick | Arrival Time: 6:55 pm

Day 1 - Dinner Details Read More +

Hotel: The Douglas Hotel | Location: Isle of Arran
Reservation Time: 7:30 pm
Website: https://www.thedouglashotel.co.uk/bistro/

Day 1 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: April 6, 2024 | Airline: British Airways | Flight Number: BA 1484
Departure Airport: London Heathrow | Departure Time: 1:10 pm
Arrival Airport: Glasgow | Arrival Time: 2:35 pm

Day 1 - Guide Details - Ben Anderson Read More +

Name: Ben Anderson
Contact Number: +44(0)7585 948 228
Meeting Place: Glasgow Airport Arrivals | Meeting Time: 2:50 pm

Day 2 - Tuesday 7th May - Discover Arran's Corbett's

Today your guide will take you on an adventure to discover some of the Corbett’s that lie on the Isle of Arran, known as the little sisters of Munros but every bit as enjoyable. If weather conditions allow and you feel up to a big day in the hills, you could attempt a round of Beinn Tarsuinn, Caisteal Abhail, Cìr Mhòr, Goat Fell, a cluster of beautiful hills easily accessed. With views across the island in every direction, you won’t be disappointed.

Overnight: Isle of Arran | Auchrannie Resort
Room Type: Suite & Exec Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 2 - Dinner Details Read More +

Pub: The Drift Inn | Location: Isle of Arran
Reservation Time: 6:30 pm
Website: https://www.driftinnarran.com/

Day 3 - Wednesday 8th May - Ride the Arran Circular & Golf Shiskine

Today Matt and Ben will get on the bikes and set off on Arran’s most famous cycling route, the Arran circular!  It’s got all the ingredients necessary for a perfect cycling loop, with a great balance of flat and hills, lots of cafés and cake stops and immense scenery. By no means an easy loop but a way to see every side of this beautiful island.

Andy will be joined by a second guide to explore more of the island, perhaps a hike or a tour of the islands history.

After getting the miles in on the bike and in the hills, enjoy a round of golf at Shiskine course before retiring for some well earned rest and relaxation at your hotel and sample some of the best local produce including amazing seafood and foraged delights.

Overnight: Isle of Arran | Auchrannie Resort
Room Type: Suite & Exec Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Round of Golf - Shishkine Golf and Tennis Club Read More +

Activity: Round of Golf - Shishkine Golf and Tennis Club
| Start Time: 3:00 pm | Approx Duration: 2.5 hrs

Website: https://www.shiskinegolf.com/

Day 3 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Brambles Seafood and Grill | Location: Isle of Arran
Reservation Time: 6:30 pm
Website: https://www.auchrannie.co.uk/brambles-seafood-grill.html

Day 4 - Thursday 9th May - ROUND OF GOLF AND JOURNEY EAST

After a hearty breakfast, Matt, Andy and Ben will board a helicopter from Arran to Campletown on the mainland where you will enjoy a game of golf at Machrihanish Golf Course, it is sure to be a game with a view! Back on board, your helicopter will take you to Monachyle Mhor, a boutique hotel deep in the heart of Perthshire at the foot of stunning Scottish mountains. Enjoy dining in their award winning restaurant and take a walk along the shores of the loch which is surrounded by mountains and wildlife.

Overnight: Lochearnhead | Monachyle Mhor Hotel
Room Type: 2 Feature Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Round of Golf - Macrahanish Golf Club Read More +

Activity: Round of Golf - Macrahanish Golf Club
| Start Time: 10:26 am | Approx Duration: 3.5 hrs

Website: https://www.machgolf.com/

*A caddie is booked to join Matt for this round of golf.

Day 4 - Dinner Details Read More +

Hotel: Monachyle Mhor Resturant | Location: Balquhidder
Reservation Time: 6:30 pm
Website: https://monachylemhor.net/dine/

Day 4 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Helicopter Transfer
Pick Up Location: Brodick | Pick Up Time: 9:40 am | Approx Duration: 1 hrs

09:40: Take off from Brodick (arrival 40 mins before departure)

10:00: Land at Machrihanish Golf Club

Day 4 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Helicopter Transfer
Pick Up Location: Machrihanish Golf Club | Pick Up Time: 3:00 pm | Approx Duration: 1 hrs

15:00: Depart Machrihanish Golf Club

16:00: Land at Monachyle Mhor

Day 5 - Friday 10th May - Ben Lawers & Loch Tay Loop

Today, Matt and Ben will be start on a full day on the bikes as you take on a route from Killin, past Ben Lawers & Loch Tay. Power up the hills and down the long stretches of quiet roads, enjoying the incredible scenery, stopping for a luxury picnic along the way. This route is sure to leave you with a big smile on your face!

Andy will be joined by a guide today to explore the Loch Tay area, with hills to climb, quaint villages and historical landmarks to explore, you will be spoilt for choice.

This afternoon, you will both continue your journey by car to Breamar with your guides. Enjoy a celebratory drink on arrival in one of the Fife Arm’s many bar options and indulge in their culinary delights.

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms
Room Type: 1 x Royal Suite & 1 x Scottish Culture
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Dinner Details Read More +

Hotel: The Flying Stag | Location: Breamar
Reservation Time: 6:30 pm
Website: https://thefifearms.com/eat-drink/flying-stag/

Day 6 - Saturday 11th May - Munro Bagging in the Cairngorms

This morning, Andy will depart the Cairngorms at 7.30am by private transfer to catch his onward connections, bidding farewell to Scotland for now.

After breakfast, Matt and Ben will head for the hills. There are 282 munros in Scotland and with so many to choose from in the Cairngorms, you are spoilt for choice. Classics like Ben Macdui which is the second highest mountain in Britain will give you spectacular views across the national park. Of course there are may more options for bagging munros in the area and your guide will discuss the best options for you and the weather conditions on the day.

After a big day, you will feast tonight on the delicious local produce and raise a toast to your achievement.

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

Day 6 - Dinner Details Read More +

Hotel: The Clunie Dining Room | Location: Breamar
Reservation Time: 6:45 pm
Website: https://thefifearms.com/eat-drink/the-clunie-dining-room/

Day 7 - Sunday 12th May - TRAVEL TO TORRIDON

This morning you will head north to the awe inspiring mountains of Torridon. You can choose to stop off for a game of golf on your journey at Cabot course (formally known as Castle Stewart) before your onward journey to the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

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

Day 7 - Dinner Details Read More +

Hotel: Bo and Muc | Location: Torridon
Reservation Time: 6:30 pm
Website: https://www.thetorridon.com/eat-drink/bo-muc-brasserie/

Day 7 - Round of Golf - Cabot Golf Course Read More +

Activity: Round of Golf - Cabot Golf Course
| Start Time: 11:30 am | Approx Duration: 3.5 hrs

Website: https://cabothighlands.com/

*A caddie is booked to join Matt for this round of golf.

Day 8 - Monday 13th May - CLIMB TORRIDON'S MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAINS

Today your guide will take you on an adventure into some of the UK’s most rugged and beautiful landscapes. Glen Torridon is surrounded by some of the most spectacular peaks in the UK, 6 of which are Munros. If weather conditions allow, you could attempt the traverse of Beinn Eighe ridge, a huge cluster of of rugged peaks, ridges and scree-covered slopes between Loch Maree and Glen Torridon.  The spectacular path climbs very steeply through a magnificent ancient pinewood up onto a bare, ice-scraped plateau of rock. Depending on your chosen route you could bag 2 Munros on this challenging day out.

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

Day 8 - Dinner Details Read More +

Hotel: Bo and Muc | Location: Torridon
Reservation Time: 6:30 pm
Website: https://www.thetorridon.com/eat-drink/bo-muc-brasserie/

Day 9 - Tuesday 14th May - TAKE ON THE BEALACH-NA-BA

Today can be an adventure of your choice. You could head out for another day in the hills, weather dependent or perhaps you feel ready to take on one of the greatest bike climbs in Britain. The Bealach-Na-Ba really takes the breath away and offers a big cycling challenge with a gruelling uphill, starting from near sea-level it rises 626m in 9.1km of uphill, reaching 20% gradient. But your reward is an thrilling downhill, finishing your adventure on a high.

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

Day 9 - Dinner Details Read More +

Hotel: 1887 | Location: Torridon
Reservation Time: 6:30 pm
Website: https://www.thetorridon.com/eat-drink/1887-restaurant/

Day 10 - Wednesday 15th May - DEPART

After breakfast, you will collect your Range Rover Sport keys from the hotel reception, bidding farewell to your guide, begin the stunning drive to Dornoch, enjoying the spectacular views and winding roads through the Scottish Highlands, reflecting on your adventurous 8 days climbing and cycling through the diverse and awe-inspiring corners of this beautiful country.

*Car hire details in the notes section.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Car Rental Pick Up Details Read More +

Pick Up Location: Torridon Hotel Reception | Pick Up Time: 9:30 am

Day 11 - Thursday 16th May - Dornoch

Day 12 - Friday 17th May - Dornoch

Day 13 - Saturday 18th May - Dornoch

Day 14 - Sunday 19th May - Dornoch

Day 15 - Monday 20th May - Dornoch

Day 16 - Tuesday 21st May - Dornoch

Day 17 - Wednesday 22nd May - Depart

Today you will drop your rental car at Dornoch Airport and board your flight to Dublin. Bidding farewell to Scotland and onward to Dublin.

Day 17 - Car Rental Drop Off Details Read More +

Drop Off Location: Dornoch Airport | Drop Off Time: 9:30 am

Day 17 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 22, 2024 | Airline: Net Jets | Flight Number: Private
Departure Airport: INV | Departure Time: 9:45 am
Arrival Airport: DUB | Arrival Time: 10:57 am

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 9 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of qualified and experienced guide Ben Anderson from Day 1 to Day 10 (plus a support guide on day 3, 4 & 5)
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guides on guided days
  • Airport transfer from Glasgow to Arran
  • Helicopter transfer on Day 4
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • 1 Round of Golf at Shiskine
    • 1 Round of Golf at Machrihanish + Caddie
    • 1 Round of Golf at Cabot + Caddie
    • Road Bike Hire
    • Whisky Tasting at Glenturret
    • Car Hire 15th – 22nd May (see notes for details) ***Please note – This hire car has a £4000 excess/liability, should an accident or damage occur, you will be invoiced for the excess amount.
  • 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
  • Activities are only private if specifically stated

 

Car Hire

Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic GPS –  8 Day Hire

Pick Up: 15th May, Torridon Hotel, pick up keys at reception.

Drop Off: 22nd May, Dornoch Airport, park in carpark, drop keys at reception (details of key drop contact will be confirmed ahead of trip)

***Please note – This hire car has a £4000 excess/liability, should an accident or damage occur, you will be invoiced for the excess amount.

 

Notes On Weather & Flexibility

Weather – May 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.

Terms & Conditions Read More

Please see our booking terms here.


Accommodation

Auchrannie Resort

Auchrannie Road | Isle of Arran |
KA27 8BZ | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0) 1770 302 234 
Web: auchrannie.co.uk

Monachyle Mhor Hotel

Balquhidder | Lochearnhead | Perthshire |
FK19 8PQ | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1877 384 622
Web: monachylemhor.net

The Fife Arms

Mar Rd | Braemar | Royal Deeside |
AB35 5YL | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1339 720 200
Web: thefifearms.com

The Torridon

by Achnasheen | Wester Ross |
IV22 2EY | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1445 791 242
Web: thetorridon.com


Meet Your Guides

Ben Anderson

Contact Number: 07585948228

I’m an enthusiastic and passionate cyclist and hill walker making sure my life and roles keep nature, fitness, family, and the outdoors at the forefront of what drives me. To guide and share the Scottish landscape is a privilege. The landscape provides challenge, excitement and creates memories. Cycling with steep crags hugging you from each side, walking through a remote Glen with big skies like an umbrella over us, listening to cuckoo’s and stags, these are moments we are so fortunate to experience on Scottish trips. It’s marvellous.

Place to play

Exploring the entire highlands in long multi-day trips with all the weather, fun and adventure that these excursions bring. Shorter days and trips spent in the Cairngorms mountain biking or hiking through the forests and glens on trails you couldn’t find anywhere else.

Not a lot of people know this

Whilst working in Canada I’m fairly certain I saw Sasquatch!

Stuart Wallace

Contact Number: 07970178066

Most people call me Wally. I have worked as an outdoor leader since I was 18. A UK mountain leader and single pitch climbing award holder. I climb in summer/winter all over Europe and the UK.

My Kayaking began on Welsh rivers and surfing waves on the Gower and Pembroke coast and has now become a bit more sedate since buying a sea boat.

Place to Play

West coast of Scotland. I live on the Isle of Arran, simply no place like it in Scotland. Mountains and Sea and road that goes all the way round.

Not a lot of people know this

My grandfather designed those meat carving forks with the hinged cut guard on the back preventing a sliced hand when cutting towards yourself!