V2 - Wagner Travel - The Harris' Explore Scotland

Tuesday 21st May – Wednesday 29th May 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Overview

Immerse yourself in the heart of whisky country and the sweeping vistas of the Highlands on this 9 day adventure to the ancient land of Scotland.  From watching how the masters of wood work creating the barrels that house the famous spirit to enjoying a guided tasting of different regions, this trip will get you right under the skin of the land and people and leave you wanting to return for more.

Highlights

  • Take a foodie tour of Edinburgh with a culinary expert
  • Hike in remote landscapes with only the sound of the wildlife for company
  • Enjoy a spirit and spice workshop deep in the heart of the Glenlivet hills

Day by Day

Day 1 - Tuesday 21st May - To the North

On arrival at Edinburgh airport, you will be met by your main driver guide and you’ll set off on your Highland adventure.  Heading north out of the city there will be lots of options to stop off to stretch your legs or explore some castles before you arrive at your boutique hotel.

Tonight, you will begin your time in the Cairngorms with a local storyteller.  Sit back and relax with a dram in hand as the myths and legends wash over you and transport you back in time and under the skin of this ancient land.

Overnight: Braemar | Fife Arms
Room Type: Scottish Culture Room
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 2 - Wednesday 22nd May - Spirit and Spice and All Things Nice

Set out into the whisky hills to a private remote kitchen this morning and spend a fascinating day in the home and kitchen of the charismatic writer, broadcaster and ‘food anthropologist’ Ghillie Basan. Set in an idyllic location you will discover a colourful and well stocked kitchen with inspiring views over the local hills. Ghillie will guide you in cooking a delicious feast (including local ingredients foraged from the surrounding hills) while you share stories and learn about the dishes you are creating.

Overnight: Braemar | Fife Arms
Room Type: Scottish Culture Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Thursday 23rd May - Hiking in Balmoral and a Royal Lochnagar Distillery Tour

This morning, head out with your guide for a stunning hike in the beautiful Balmoral Estate. A Highland residence of the Royal Family since it was bought for Queen Victoria in 1852, walk through the ancient Caledonian pine forests, listening out for the white-water rush of a river and the bright sing-song call of a blackbird. Whether you fancy a mellow circular walk or a more demanding high-level stomp, your guide will be able to suggest the perfect option for you. After lunch, enjoy a private tour and tasting at the Royal Lochnagar Distillery, which was issued with a royal warrant by Queen Victoria in 1848. Learn about the history of Scotland’s most famous tipple while also having the chance to indulge in a tasting.

Overnight: Cairngorms | Fife Arms
Room Type: Scottish Culture Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Friday 24th May - South to Gleneagles

Today, leave the pretty stone village of Braemar behind as you travel south to Dunkeld. Stop at the Hermitage for a gentle walk through the leafy woodland. Pass Ossian’s Hall, a folly where you can look out over the cascading falls of the River Braan. Depending on how you feel, there is an option for a shorter or longer walk, both traversing the stunning countryside. Enjoy lunch in Dunkeld, perhaps having a potter around the pretty high street. Continue to your accommodation this afternoon where your guide will say goodbye and you can enjoy some free time in the luxurious surroundings.

Overnight: Perthshire | Self Arranged
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Saturday 25th May - Free Day at Gleneagles

Spend the day at Gleneagles indulging in everything that this glorious playground has to offer.  From falconry to fishing, from gun dogs to golf or from relaxing spa treatments to afternoon tea – there are so many options that you will be spoilt for choice!

Overnight: Perthshire | Self Arranged
Meals Included: None

Day 6 - Sunday 26th May - To Edinburgh

After a relaxing morning at Gleneagles you will be collected by a private transfer driver at lunchtime and taken south across the Firth of Forth to the heart of Edinburgh.  Here you will check into the sister hotel of the Gleneagles estate where you can enjoy a cup of tea by the fire or head out to start exploring the streets of this ancient stronghold.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Gleneagles Townhouse
Room Type: Town Bedroom
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Monday 27th May - A Food Tour of Edinburgh

After breakfast, meet an expert Edinburgh guide in the foyer of your hotel and head out for a private walking tour of the city. Very accessible on foot, the capital brims with locally sourced culinary delights. As you stroll down cobblestone streets, chat with your guide about the intriguing history of the city, delving deep into the Scottish larder.

This afternoon is free for you to continue exploring the city before returning to your hotel for the evening

Overnight: Edinburgh | Gleneagles Townhouse
Room Type: Town Bedroom
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Tuesday 28th May - Free Day in Edinburgh

Enjoy a free day in the capital city today, following your curiosity through the winding narrow streets and through the tranquil gardens.  Perhaps visit some of the city’s museums or enjoy a walk up Arthur’s Seat to see the city from a different angel.  Or you might like to head to Leith to visit the floating palace or dine at one of the delicious eateries in the area.

On your final night on Scottish soil, you will enjoy one last indulgence.  Head to the Johnnie Walker Experience where you will enjoy an exclusive experience before ending the day at the rooftop bar raising a glass to the setting sun and reliving the memories you have made.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Gleneagles Townhouse
Room Type: Town Bedroom
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Wednesday 29th May - Depart

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and take you to the airport to make your onward connections

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 9 (excluding Gleneagles which is being booked directly)
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 1 to Day 4
  • Ground transportation from Day 1 to Day 4
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
    – Session with a local storyteller
    – Cookery workshop with an acclaimed chef and author
    – Private tasting at the Royal Lochnagar distillery
    – Morning Foodie Tour of Edinburgh with an expert guide
    – Whisky pairing at the Johnnie Walker Experience and a table at the rooftop bar
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour 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