Scotland Adventure

The Watermans

Sunday 19th May – Tuesday 28th May 2024

Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights


Overview

Explore Scotland’s vibrant and historic cities, book-ending your journey between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Venture into mountains and subarctic landscapes, staying in a luxuriously restored 19th-century farmhouse in Cairngorms National Park, where you might conquer a “Munro” (a mountain in Scotland with an elevation over 3,000 feet). Hike in dramatic scenery in Glencoe, and spend a day on the high seas exploring the islands of the west coast. Savour local flavours with farm-to-table cuisine, neighborhood pub fare, and true Scottish hospitality. Enjoy it all with your knowledgeable guide, who brings the landscape and history to life on this wonderful 10-day adventure.

Highlights

  • Explore a traditional Whisky Distillery and raise a wee dram to your adventures
  • Find the secret sandy beaches and island trails of the less-travelled west coast with your expert guide
  • Hear the tales and local legends with a walking tour of Edinburgh's cobbled streets, storytelling in a traditional pub and a fascinating tour of Glasgow street art

Day by Day

Day 1 - Sunday 19th May - Welcome to Edinburgh

Arrive at Edinburgh Airport where a private transfer will take you to your hotel. Depending on your energy level, you may wish to explore the city, or simply relax at your hotel. Edinburgh is a delightful mix of Medieval history, vibrant trending neighbourhoods, and craggy landscape. Grab a pint at a local pub or wander the halls of the National Gallery.

Edinburgh – Recommended Restaurant List 

Overnight: Edinburgh | Kimpton Charlotte Square
Room Type: King Premium Room
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Monday 20th May - Exploring Edinburgh

This morning you are picked up by a local guide and taken for a wonderful tour of Scotland’s hilly capital to discover the secrets that are hidden in plain site. Admire Edinburgh Castle overlooking the sea and the spires of St. Giles’ Cathedral. Revel in the ancient exploits of Sir William Wallace (known as Braveheart) and the hometown of actor Sean Connery.Your guide will leave you at lunchtime and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city at your own pace, or simply sit back and relax and watch the world go by in one of the many cafes in the Grassmarket.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Kimpton Charlotte Square
Room Type: King Premium Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Tuesday 21st May - Hiking in the Cairngorms

Head out of the city this morning toward the mountains of Cairngorms National Park. On arrival set off on a wonderful warm-up hike through the Scots pines to a viewpoint that stretches across the Spey Valley to the mountains beyond. Established as a National Park in 2003, Cairngorms’ mountain peaks give way to lush forests, enchanting walking trails, sparkling rivers, and local wildlife. Small villages and traditional farms dot the dramatic landscape. Arrive at your unique farmhouse accommodation in the late afternoon in time to settle in before dinner.

Overnight: Near Kinguissie | Killiehuntly Farmhouse
Room Type: Double Room
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 4 km / 3 miles | 162 m / 530 ft elevation gain | Approx: 2 hrs

Day 4 - Wednesday 22nd May - The High Peaks Of The Cairngorms

Cairngorms National Park is home to 5 of the 6 highest peaks in Scotland, and people come to Scotland every year to “bag a Munro,” or scale a mountain over 3,000 feet. Today this could be you—and if you are up to the challenge you could even bag two!

Alternatively, hike to a green lochan (small lake) where, legend has it, fairies come down every night to wash their clothes. From here you can continue up the Hill of the Shepherd with great views over the adventure town of Aviemore. Whatever you decide, this will be a day to remember.

Overnight: Near Kinguissie | Killiehuntly Farmhouse
Room Type: Double Room
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 18 km / 11 miles | 932 m / 3,057 ft elevation gain | Approx: 8 hrs

Day 5 - Thursday 23rd May - Battles and Barrels

After an active day yesterday, spend today delving into the history of Scotland, beginning with a visit to Culloden Battlefield where the final battle of the 1745 Jacobite Rising took place. You could also visit Clava Cairns, a wonderful collection of burial chambers dating back to the Bronze Age.

After lunch, stretch your legs on a walk alongside the River Findhorn where it squeezes through narrow rocks. End the day at a whisky distillery for a tour and tasting of the famous spirit before heading back to your accommodation for another delicious dinner.

Overnight: Near Kinguissie | Killiehuntly Farmhouse
Room Type: Double Room
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 18 km / 11 miles | 932 m / 3,057 ft elevation gain | Approx: 8 hrs

Day 6 - Friday 24th May - Hiking in Glencoe

Bid farewell to the mountains of the Cairngorms and head west towards the Nevis Mountain Range. The scenery on this journey is incredible; be sure to keep your eyes out for the summit of Ben Nevis, poking her head through the clouds. Your destination for today’s hike is the dramatic Glencoe, with hidden valleys steeped in history and jagged mountains rising from the ground which you can summit today if you wish. After the hike head to a traditional walkers’ tavern where you will meet a local storyteller who will entertain you with the myths and legends of days gone by. You are then taken to your luxury accommodation with time to settle in before your evening meal.

Overnight: Port Appin | Aird Hotel
Room Type: Superior Room
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 - Saturday 25th May - West Coast Islands by Boat

The clear blue waters and the white sandy beaches of Scotland’s west coast could lead you to believe you are in the Caribbean instead of the British Isles. Your morning trip on the boat will take you on a spectacular journey around some of the islands of the west coast, where the local seal colony, and perhaps some dolphins, may pop their heads up to say hello. After being dropped off back in Oban at lunchtime the afternoon is free to explore more of the coastline or head back to your hotel and relax with some afternoon tea.

Overnight: Port Appin | Aird Hotel
Room Type: Superior Room
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 - Sunday 26th May - West Coast Hiking

This part of the west coast offers excellent hiking, with some of the best trails found on the isles. Board a local ferry this morning and head to the Isle of Kerrera, where you follow a wonderful circuit of the island before stopping at a beautiful spot for lunch with a view.  This afternoon, head back to the mainland, where there’s time to explore the town of Oban before returning to your hotel.

Overnight: Port Appin | Aird Hotel
Room Type: Superior Room
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 11 km / 7 miles | 275 m / 902 ft elevation gain | Approx: 5 hrs

Day 9 - Monday 27th May - Glasgow

Today you head back to the bright lights of the city. On the way to Glasgow, stop off at Kilmartin Glen, site of one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age artefacts in Scotland. En route to Glasgow, take a stroll in the small village of Luss on the shores of Loch Lomond before arriving in the city in the late afternoon. After arriving at your hotel, you can relax after your journey or head out to explore the city.

Glasgow – Recommended Restaurant List 

Overnight: Glasgow | Kimpton Blythswood Square
Room Type: Superior Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Tuesday 28th May - Explore Glasgow

This morning, you are met by your local city guide for a journey through the centre of Glasgow following some of the wonderful murals that are dotted about the city. These works of art can pop up overnight and are helping to revitalize neighbourhoods within Glasgow.Your afternoon is free to continue exploring Glasgow independently, this evening a private transfer will take you to Glasgow Airport for your departure flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 9 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above, plus snacks available in van
  • 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 Day 3 to Day 9
  • Private Transfer from Edinburgh Airport to Hotel on Arrival Day, with Meet & Greet
  • Private Transfer to Glasgow Airport from City Centre on Departure Day
  • All Ferry Travel mentioned in the itinerary
  • All guided hikes, activities, entrance fees specified in the itinerary as follows;
    • Private Morning Walking tour of Edinburgh
    • Entry to Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
    • Whisky Distillery Tour & Tasting
    • Private Storyteller Experience in Traditional Pub
    • Morning boat trip around the West Coast
    • Private Guided Walking Tour of Glasgow Street Art
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Scotland Team
  • Gratuities for included meals and local activities
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% non-refundable deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed
  • The pricing provided is a guide price, this will vary depending on time of year, number of travellers and any adjustments to the itinerary
Optional Upgrades Read More

Room upgrades are available in some locations, subject to availability. Pricing is available on request

Arrival & Departure Read More

Your guide will meet you at Edinburgh at on the first day of your trip.

You will be returned to Glasgow at on the final day of your trip.

Pricing Read More

The price of this trip is £8,967 per person and is based on availability at the time of booking.

The TOTAL NET price for this itinerary, based on 2 clients sharing a room is £17,934 GBP per person, and includes a donation for our Conservation & Community Fund *

*The Conservation & Community Fund is a voluntary donation of £12 per person which goes towards conservation and community projects in the locations we operate.  If you would like to opt out just let your trip designer know. Please click here for more information.

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