Shapiro Scottish Adventures

Sunday 9th June – Thursday 20th June 2024

Number of Travellers: 4
Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights

Overview

Soak in the adventures of the Highlands and the layers of history in the cities and castles of Scotland. Discover the best of each location with the insights of your expert guides and lose yourself in admiring the beautiful landscapes you are travelling through. Enjoy special moments and create memories together which will make you smile for years to come.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Sunday 9th June - Arrive - Welcome to Edinburgh

On arrival at Edinburgh Airport a private driver will transfer you to your iconic hotel in the spectacular city of Edinburgh. Choose to rest and relax at your luxurious accommodation or explore the nearby streets.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral
Room Type: Deluxe Castle View
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Monday 10th June - Royal Scotsman Adventure - Day 1

Self-Arranged Royal Scotsman Trip

Overnight: Self-Arranged Royal Scotsman
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Tuesday 11th June - Royal Scotsman Adventure - Day 2

Self-Arranged Royal Scotsman Trip

Overnight: Self-Arranged Royal Scotsman
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Wednesday 12th June - Royal Scotsman Adventure - Day 3

Self-Arranged Royal Scotsman Trip

Overnight: Self-Arranged Royal Scotsman
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Thursday 13th June - Royal Scotsman Adventure - Day 4

Self-Arranged Royal Scotsman Trip

Overnight: Self-Arranged Royal Scotsman
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Friday 14th June - Return to Edinburgh, Bagpipes Lesson & Foodie Tour

Your Royal Scotsman journey finishes today, returning you to Edinburgh where you will be met by a private driver to take you to drop your bags in your hotel. You are then free to head out for lunch and some free time before heading to a fun private bagpipe lesson. Meeting a characterful piper, hearing about the history of the tunes and seeing what kind of music you can create on this traditional instrument.

Finish your day with a private foodie walking tour of Leith, enjoying the local insights and history from your experienced guide as well as some delicious tastes along the way. There is no better way to explore a different area of the city.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral
Room Type: Deluxe Castle View
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 7 - Saturday 15th June - Historic Edinburgh, The Castle & Rosslyn Chapel

Meet your engaging expert local guide in the hotel foyer and set off to spend the morning exploring Edinburgh’s Old Town. There is much to be discovered and your private guide will ensure that you experience the very best day possible. Their local knowledge will allow them to bring the city’s rich history and heritage to life like no book can, providing you with a unique insider’s introduction to the city. The Old Town is brimming with cobbled streets, tightly-packed buildings, narrow closes and hidden courtyards, all steeped in history and many astonishingly well-preserved.

Your guide will depart at lunchtime, leaving you to enjoy your meal at leisure. Then this afternoon take your time exploring Edinburgh Castle with the fascinating audio guide. Step inside the ancient walls and learn of the royalty who lived and died here, the battles fought over it and the struggles for control of the nation; it is rumoured to be the most besieged place in Britain.

This evening a private taxi will take you to soak in the unique atmosphere of Rosslyn Chapel, just a short distance outside the city.  Founded in 1446 as the Collegiate Church of St. Matthew, the chapel is famous for its remarkable stone carvings depicting Biblical stories and moral messages. In 2003, a new chapter was added to the Rosslyn Chapel’s history with the publishing of The Da Vinci Code, and filming for the 2006 movie took place at the chapel. Explore the chapel’s history with an expert private guide, both ancient and modern, and unravel the mysterious of this enigmatic place of worship before returning to your hotel

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral
Room Type: Deluxe Castle View
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Sunday 16th June - Meet Your Guide and Transfer to Gleneagles via Stirling Castle

Your private trip guide (who will also act as your driver for your time together) will collect you from your hotel this morning and together you will head north. Take a wee bit of a detour so that you can stop to explore the mighty Stirling Castle, which was the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots. This castle has withstood a turbulent history, so there are plenty of tales to discover before you carry on towards your luxurious resort hotel. Your guide will ensure you arrive with plenty of time to settle in and maybe enjoy some of the world class facilities before you freshen up for dinner.

Overnight: Perthshire | Gleneagles
Room Type: Estate Rooms in the Main House
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Monday 17th June - Day Trip to St Andrews

St. Andrews is the world’s premier destination for golfers, with the earliest documented evidence of golf in the town dating from 1553. It is also the spiritual and administrative home of the sport: the R&A is based here and Thomas Mitchell Morris Sr was born here. He is known as Old Tom Morris and worked as an apprentice and helped establish the first ever professional tournament. The legendary Old Course is located in the town and completing it is the ultimate achievement for the serious golfer.

Explore this famous university town with an expert local guide, discovering where Prince William and Kate Middleton both received their education. Admire the sweeping coastal views and soak in the years of history in the cathedral as you hear the local stories.

Overnight: Perthshire | Gleneagles
Room Type: Estate Rooms in the Main House
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Tuesday 18th June - North into The Highlands

Today you head north right into the mountains of the Highlands, passing through the edge of the Cairngorms National Park and admiring the scenery becoming wilder as you travel. Take the opportunity to stop to explore along the way too. Enjoy a scenic leg stretch to a thundering waterfall with your guide or visit the historic Blair Castle. You also have the opportunity to visit the House of Bruar, a luxury retail experience in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.  Known for its exquisite Scottish clothing, gourmet food and artisanal products you are sure to find something you like before you head on your way.

Overnight: Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: Walled Garden Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Wednesday 19th June - Spectacular Glencoe

Glencoe is undoubtedly one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the whole of Scotland. Site of the 1692 Massacre of Glencoe, today it is a hauntingly beautiful Highland glen which evokes the spirit of the clans who ruled this land for centuries. The deep valley and towering mountains were carved out by icy glaciers and volcanic activity centuries ago and today, it is one of the most dramatic and beautiful places in Scotland. Not unsurprisingly, the area has seduced filmmakers, having also featured in James Bond’s Skyfall, several Harry Potter films, Mary Queen of Scots, and Netflix’s Outlaw King.

The hiking here is superb, and there are great options for every level of challenge and ability. Your guide will discuss the best routes for the day, depending on the weather and your preferences, and you will explore together. End the day with a well-earned warming dram in a traditional mountaineer’s pub as a local storyteller regales you with local tales and legends.

Overnight: Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: Walled Garden Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 12 - Thursday 20th June - Depart - Farewell Scotland

This morning your guide will transfer to Edinburgh Airport to make your onward connections. Waving farewell for now but taking with you fantastic memories of a lifetime.

(NOTE: Travel time is approx 3.5 hrs, so a late afternoon flight departure time is essential)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 7 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Some meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide from Day 8 to Day 12 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • Airport Transfer on Arrival Day, including Meet & Greet
  • Private Transfer from Royal Scotsman to Edinburgh Hotel to drop bags – Day 6
  • Private Taxi To & From Rosslyn Chapel
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Private Bagpipes Lesson
    • Private Foodie Walking Tour of Leith
    • Morning Private Walking Tour of Historic Edinburgh with Expert Local Guide
    • Entry to Edinburgh Castle
    • Private Guided Tour of Rosslyn Chapel After Closing
    • Entry to Stirling Castle
    • Private Half Day Walking Tour of St Andrews with Expert Local Guide
    • Entry to St Andrews Cathedral
    • Entry to Blair Castle (or another entry fee as per interest)
    • Private Storyteller Experience in Glencoe
  • 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
  • Private Cooking Class Experience, including sit down dinner afterwards (which you create!). Pricing on Request.
  • Exclusive Evening VIP experience & Guided Tour on Royal Yacht Britannia. Pricing on Request
  • Private Tour of Broomhall House by Lord Bruce. Pricing on Request.
  • Visit a contemporary kilt creator who uses the traditional garment and tartan in a fresh and interesting way. Pricing on Request.
  • 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:

  • £7,995 GBP per person

 

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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Terms & Conditions Read More

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