V2- Scottish Highlights Itinerary

The Flack Family

Thursday 27th June – Friday 5th July 2024

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights


Overview

Get under the skin of the real Scotland exploring historic cities and Highland glens. Feel the stories of the past come alive as you travel through this vibrant and unique landscape. Discover the wild beauty of the remote glens and enjoy the contrast of the sociable culture in our welcoming towns. Your expert private guide will not just take care of all the logistics, but will add their expertise and local knowledge to share their favourite insiders secrets with you. You are sure to be smiling about times on this trip for years to come.

Highlights

  • Explore beautiful corners of Scotland’s landscape hiking with an expert guide
  • Ride the Jacobite Steam Train on the Classic Rail Journey to the West Coast
  • Discover the beauty of the magical Isle of Skye

Day by Day

Day 1 - Thursday 27th June - Welcome To Scotland.

Arrive into Edinburgh Airport where you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your city centre hotel. Depending on your arrival time you may wish to head out and explore the city a little or you can choose to relax in your welcoming hotel.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral
Room Type: x1 Executive King Room, interconnecting with x1 Executive Twin Room plus extra bed.
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Friday 28th June - Discover Edinburgh's History.

Spend the morning exploring the tales of the cobbled streets and alleyways of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town with an expert local city guide. Your guide will meet you at your hotel this morning to visit some of the famous sights as well as discovering some lesser known gems. Later, take a trip back in time and wander the dark streets of Edinburgh to visit the eerie dwellings of the Real Mary King’s close. Experience a private tour and learn how the locals used to live and work in these underground alleyways. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral
Room Type: x1 Executive King Room, interconnecting with x1 Executive Twin Room plus extra bed.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Saturday 29th June - Meet Your Guide & Travel to the Highlands. Afternoon Horse Riding Experience.

This morning your driver guide will meet you at your hotel to begin your journey north. There are many options of places to stop off as you travel through the rolling hills and towering mountains of Perthshire and the Cairngorms National Park. Arriving in the highlands, enjoy lunch before you climb on horseback to journey through a myriad of forest tracks and trails. Travel on to your boutique hotel in the heart of a quaint village, your base for the next 2 nights.

Overnight: Braemar | Fife Arms
Room Type: Family Suite, 2 Bedroom, plus extra bed.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Sunday 30th June - Balmoral Castle Tour and Afternoon Cycling.

This morning visit the beautiful Balmoral Estate. This residence has been part of the British Royal Family since it was bought for Queen Victoria in 1852. Enjoy a private tour of the Castle and delight in the impressive grounds and gardens. With your guide, take to two wheels this afternoon to explore the ancient woodlands. The route will be discussed with you guide depending on weather and energy levels.

Overnight: Braemar | Fife Arms
Room Type: Family Suite, 2 Bedroom, plus extra bed.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Monday 1st July - Travel to the West. Falconry Experience.

Travel through the winding glens to the west highlands today. Stop off in the highland village of Aviemore to experience an exhilarating falconry display, watching these majestic raptors fly high. Later, continue your journey west, to the highland town of Fort William to settle into your Castle hotel.

Overnight: Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: x2 Large Double Rooms (one twined with extra bed)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Tuesday 2nd July - Jacobite Steam Train & Over The Sea To Skye.

Enjoy a magical world renowned Classic Rail Journey on the Jacobite Steam Train this morning. The ‘Harry Potter Train’ will puff its way through beautiful scenery all the way to the West Coast. Here you will alight at the small fishing town of Mallaig and be met by your guide. This afternoon you take the short ferry ride over the sea to Skye. Depending on ferry times there may be time for some exploration with your guide on the way to your hotel.

Overnight: Isle of Skye | Kinloch Lodge
Room Type: x1 Double Suite & x1 Twin room with extra bed.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Wednesday 3rd July - Explore The Isle Of Skye.

Today you have a full day to explore some of the special corners of this magical island with your guide. You will be spoilt for choice with fascinating history and dramatic landscape on offer, with unique hiking routes through stark and unusual rock formations and sweeping coast and mountain views to enjoy in almost every direction. This ‘misty isle’ is also home to so many curious stories and legends of fairies and islander culture, your guide will share some of the best hidden gems and personalise the day to your interests.

Overnight: Isle of Skye | Kinloch Lodge
Room Type: x1 Double Suite & x1 Twin room with extra bed.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Thursday 4th July - Return To The Mainland, Eilean Donan Castle & Loch Ness.

Returning to the mainland this morning, by way of the graceful Skye bridge, it is not long before you see one of the prettiest castles in Scotland. Eilean Donan occupies an island at the confluence of three sea lochs and stands in defiance of the towering peaks surrounding it. Take your time here to explore and enjoy the iconic view before continuing onwards through mountain glens. On arrival at Loch Ness set out onto the deep secretive waters and enjoy a scenic but thrilling zodiac ride, keeping your eyes open for ‘Nessie’ herself. Then continue to a warm welcome in Inverness, to make the most of your final night of your Scottish adventure.

Overnight: Inverness | Ness Walk
Room Type: x1 Sutie with extra bed & x1 Double Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Friday 5th July - Depart

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and take you to the 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
  • 8 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide from Day 3 to Day 9
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • Airport Transfer on Arrival Day, including Meet & Greet
  • Airport Transfer on Departure day
  • All Ferry Travel mentioned in the itinerary
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Private Morning Walking Tour with Expert Local Guide
    • Private Mary Kings Close Tour
    • Horse Riding Experience
    • Half Day Cycling Adventure
    • Private Falconry Experience
    • Journey on Jacobite Steam Train (Fort William to Mallaig, Private Carriage)
    • Entry to Eilean Donan Castle
    • Boat Trip on Loch Ness
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support form 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.
Pricing Read More

The NET price for this itinerary, based on 5 clients, and including a £12 per person conservation contribution is:

£33,550 GBP total.

Terms & Conditions Read More

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