Hiking in Scotland V7

Taggart & Friends

Monday 9th September – Monday 16th September 2024

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights


Overview

Absorb the character and history of Scotland as you hike in stunning landscapes with your private guides who love to share this beautiful land and its wild places. Play some classic greens, enjoy the hidden gems and enjoy a unique whisky and food workshop with a fascinating character. Taste delicious meals created with local produce by the best chefs and enjoy the unique locations and character of your 5* accommodation at the end of every day.

Highlights

  • Explore some of the most beautiful landscapes in Scotland hiking with your qualified and knowledgeable guides
  • Play a round of golf on 'The New Course' at St Andrews, the birthplace of golf
  • Unique Foodie & Whisky Workshop In A Remote Chef's Kitchen
  • Relax and get pampered in luxurious 5* accommodation

Day by Day

Day 1 - Monday 9th September - Welcome To Scotland & Transfer North

On arrival at Edinburgh airport you will be met by your private trip Guides, who will also act as your drivers for your days together. Together you will head north towards your luxury castle accommodation in the Highlands. Depending on your arrival time, there may be time to stop for explorations on the way. Maybe a scenic warm up hike in a mountain glen, or explore a castle, before arriving in time to settle in before dinner.

Overnight: Nr Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: 6 x Large Double
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 2 - Tuesday 10th September - Highland Hiking Options

You have the full day to explore the surrounding mountains and glens on foot today and you will be spoilt for choice with all the possible routes. Together with your guides you will decide on an option which suits your preferred level of challenge (and energy!), and the weather. We would recommend heading to 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! Explore this famous valley with your guides  and after your hike settle down with a well earned 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: Nr Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: 6 x Large Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Wednesday 11th September - Unique Foodie Workshop and Transfer To Deeside

Today you transfer East to a wonderful exclusive use house in the Cairngorm National Park. On route you will set out into the whisky hills to remote and characterful chef’s home. Set in an idyllic location you will spend a fascinating day in the home and kitchen of the charismatic writer, broadcaster and ‘food anthropologist’ Ghillie Basan. Discover a colourful and well stocked kitchen with inspiring views over the local hills as you create delectable dishes and match them with local whisky. Then continue onwards to your unique Scottish mansion, where the house staff will make sure you feel right at home as you settle in before dinner.

Overnight: Nr Ballater | Candacraig House
Room Type: Exclusive Use
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 - Thursday 12th September - Hiking The Highlands

Superb hiking options abound in Royal Deeside and you will be spoilt for choice with all the possible routes. Together with your guide you will decide on an option which suits your preferred level of challenge, energy, and the weather.

Perhaps take in the views as you hike around the sparkling waters of Loch Muick, where the mountains of the Cairngorms rise up from the loch shores. This beautiful location has a long standing association with the British Royal family and a pretty hunting lodge built for Queen Victoria sits on the northern shore. Or maybe head up to 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”.

Tonight celebrate your Highland adventure in style with a delectable dinner in your luxurious exclusive use house, created by your private chef.

Overnight: Nr Ballater | Candacraig House
Room Type: Exclusive Use
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 - Friday 13th September - Transfer To Perthshire Via Golf At St Andrews

Today you transfer to the rolling countryside of Perthshire, but take the scenic route via St Andrews. This allows you to play a special piece of history, ‘The New Course’, the second course ever built in ‘the birthplace of golf’ back in 1895. Take your time enjoying this fabulous links course (or exploring the local area with your guides) before your guides transfer you to the luxurious resort of Gleneagles. You will have the rest of the day free to settle in and enjoy the hotel facilities.

Note: The round of the New Course will likely take approx 5 hrs. 

Drive time today is approx 2 hrs to St Andrews and 1 hr to Gleneagles from there.

Overnight: Auchterarder, Perthshire | The Gleneagles Hotel
Room Type: 6 x Double Manor Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Saturday 14th September - Hiking in Perthshire

You have the full day to explore the surrounding landscape on foot with your guides today. There are many fabulous options to consider and discuss with your guides, either all together or splitting into different parties. Maybe conquer a local summit for fabulous views, or enjoy a gentle atmospheric exploration to discover a waterfall along the glens. No matter what you pick, your guides will make the landscape come alive with stories and local insights as you hike.

Overnight: Auchterarder, Perthshire | The Gleneagles Hotel
Room Type: 6 x Double Manor Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Sunday 15th September - Play PGA Centenary Course Or Hiking

This morning take to the velvety greens of the legendary PGA Centenary Course at your hotel to enjoy a full round following in the footsteps of champions. Or head out for a full day hiking with your guides if you prefer. If you choose golf, then there may also be an option for a short hike with your guides to round off the day. 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, Perthshire | The Gleneagles Hotel
Room Type: 6 x Double Manor Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Monday 16th September - Depart

A private transfer will collect you from Gleneagles and take you to Edinburgh 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
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
    • Including Catering by a private chef at Candacraig House
  • The services of Two qualified and experienced Guides from Day 1 to Day 7 inclusive
  • All transfers in Two private vehicle driven by your guides from Day 1 to Day 7
    • Please note that the vehicles will be 9-Seater Minivans, so luggage space will be limited to 1 item of hand luggage and 1 item of main luggage per person. Please advise if the clients would prefer more space and have 3 guides & vehicles, or if they would prefer that one of the vehicles was larger. (We would still advise at least 2 vehicles for flexibility)
      • If clients are bringing their own golf clubs additional luggage space will be required. Pricing on request.
  • Airport transfers on departure day
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • D1 – Entry Fee on journey north if required
    • D2 – Private Storyteller Experience in Glencoe
    • D3 – Unique Private Foodie & Whisky Workshop Experience
    • D5 – Round of Golf on ‘The New Course’ St Andrews
      • Includes Green Fees, Club Hire, Electric Buggy & Individual Caddy
    • D7 – Round of Golf on The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles
      • Includes Green Fees, Club Hire, Electric Buggy & Individual Caddy
  • 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 15% 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.
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