A Scottish Adventure

Sam Thiel

Sunday 29th September – Saturday 5th October 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

Overview

Embark on a bespoke trip into the heart of the Highlands. From the leafy region of Perthshire, wind your way into the awe-inspiring mountains of the Cairngorms National Park. Take a boat trip across the dark waters of Loch Tay and enjoy a unique cookery workshop inspired by Scotland’s most precious spirit. Make a stop at Culloden Battlefield, where the echos of history whisper across the grounds. Move on to immerse yourself in the ethereal beauty of the Isle of Skye, where you’ll meander along the island’s coastline, breathing in the invigorating sea breeze before delving into a visit to Talisker Distillery. Ribbon your way into the brooding, dramatic melancholy of Glencoe where stunning hiking trails await. Spot wildlife such as red deer, golden eagles and coastal birds amongst the luscious greenery. As the sun sinks below the horizon and the sky grows thick with stars, settle into hand-picked accommodations, carefully chosen for their relaxed luxury and traditional charm. On a trip designed just for you, enjoy discovering the bewitching beauty of Scotland.

Highlights

  • Meet a local guide to enjoy an unforgettable hike in Scotland's most iconic glen.
  • Discover the elemental, wild beauty of the west coast as you explore the Isle of Skye.
  • Under the guidance of a renowned chef, cook up a storm as you create a delicious meal inspired by whisky.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Sunday 29th September - Loch Tay and a Highland Safari

Catch the train from Pitlochry to Perth this morning and pick up your hire car. From here, enjoy a picturesque drive to the banks of Loch Tay – one of Scotland’s deepest lochs. Enjoy a guided boat trip across the smooth water, exploring the loch’s history, heritage and folklore. As stunning scenery unfurls beyond the bow, learn about the mysterious and beautiful landscape from the local skipper and look out for red deer grazing on the heathery hillsides beyond. Continue into the slate blue mountains of the Cairngorms National Park, making your way to the pretty village of Braemar. Check into the Fife Arms, a wonderfully restored coaching inn now filled with art, opulence and an outstanding whisky collection.

 

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Monday 30th September - Unique Foodie & Whisky Workshop

After hot coffee and a hearty breakfast, head out into the whisky hills of Glenlivet Estate to head to the home of Ghillie Basan, an esteemed chef and author of many books, including ‘A Taste of the Highlands.’ In the warmth of her beautiful stone cottage, with views that stretch large and long across the wild, heathery valley, enjoy cooking up a storm as you create a delicious meal inspired by the diverse whiskies of the region. Return to your accommodation and cosy into a comfy sofa with a book, or perhaps get an early night’s rest ahead of tomorrow’s adventure.

 

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Tuesday 1st October - Culloden Battlefield & Over the sea to Skye

After a leisurely morning, embark on a journey north to visit Culloden Battlefield, where you can immerse yourselves in the heavy history of the area. Wander the fields that are seeped in history and pay homage to the past before pulling yourself away and venturing to the Isle of Skye. Along the winding roads, watch as the Highlands envelop you before catching the small white ferry to the island, where you’ll check in to the Three Chimneys – your lovely accommodation for your time spent on this misty isle.

 

 

 

Overnight: Isle of Skye | Three Chimneys
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Wednesday 2nd October - Talisker Distillery & Dunvegan Castle

After breakfast, enjoy a beautiful drive down the island’s west coast and an amazing walk along the black sands of Talisker Beach. Look out across the vast expanse of sea and sky, listening to the cry of the circling gulls and enjoying the fresh, salt-stained air. After you walk, visit Talisker Distillery for a tour, tasting and lunch. Later this afternoon, visit Dunvegan Castle – the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland – before returning to your lovely hotel to relax.

 

Overnight: Isle of Skye | Three Chimneys
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 - Thursday 3rd October - Road from the Isles

Rise to the serene charm of the Isle of Skye and enjoy a filling last breakfast before heading out for the day’s adventure. Pick from various walks, maybe a stunning coastal wander or perhaps a grassier walk, slowly exploring the island at your own pace. After the walk, replenish your energy at afternoon tea with a view of the water before hopping back onto the small white ferry and sailing back to the mainland, where you’ll make the drive into the luscious greenery of Glencoe.

 

Overnight: Glencoe | Glencoe House
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 - Friday 4th October - Hiking in Glencoe

Enjoy a lovely breakfast this morning, looking out onto the rugged, wind-swept landscape. Afterwards, head out to explore Scotland’s most iconic glen. Carved out centuries ago by glaciers and volcanic eruptions, Glencoe is a spectacular place to hike. With many great options for walking, from climbing towards cloud-snagged summits to winding your way to a hidden meadow, today will undoubtedly be a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable adventure. As the day fades and light slides down the moor-clad mountains, return to Glencoe House this evening and relax, enjoying a dram of whisky and a delicious meal.

 

Overnight: Glencoe | Glencoe House
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Saturday 5th October - Back to Edinburgh

Take the morning to visit the Glencoe Centre and see how the landscape here was shaped by fire and ice before starting the journey back to Edinburgh. On the way, stop at Doune Castle, a mediaeval stronghold which has since been used as a location of film and TV. Stretch your legs as you explore the impressive castle and grounds. Arrive in Edinburgh later this afternoon, drop off your hire car and catch public transport back into the city, where your trip will conclude. Spend your final evening in Scotland in the capital, enjoying a relaxed dinner and watching the world go by.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 7
  • Ferry tickets
  • Meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and qualified guide
  • All entrance fees and guided activities mentioned in the itinerary including
    • Boat trip on Loch Tay
    • A cooking workshop with a private chef
    • Entry to Culloden Battlefiled
    • Afternoon tea on Skye
    • Tour and tasting in Talisker Distillery
    • Entry into Dunvegan Castle and Gardens
    • A donation to Glencoe Center
    • Entry to Doune Castle
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance including vehicle insurance
  • Parking fees
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities
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