V3- Scottish Explorations

Van Den Hurk

Tuesday 16th July – Wednesday 24th July 2024

Number of Travellers: 7
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Tuesday 16th July - Welcome to Scotland

On arrival at the airport you will be met by a private driver who will transfer you to your city centre hotel. Depending on your arrival time you can choose to relax at the hotel or head out to start exploring this unique city.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Virgin Hotel
Room Type: x4 Chamber Castle View Rooms (x1 for single occ)

Day 2 - Wednesday 17th July - Exploring Edinburgh

This morning immerse yourselves in the winding cobbled streets of historic Old Town Edinburgh, as you enjoy a private walking tour with an expert local guide. Discover the highlights of this unique capital city from the Palace of Holyroodhouse all the way up the ‘Royal Mile’ to the mighty ancient fortress which is Edinburgh Castle itself. Walk the ramparts atop castle rock and hear the tales of the One O’Clock gun and the stories of locals of times past. Your guide will leave you here so that you can spend as much time in the castle as you wish. You then have a free afternoon to continue explorations at your own pace, pick up souvenirs or relax as you prefer.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Virgin Hotel
Room Type: x4 Chamber Castle View Rooms (x1 for single occ)

Day 3 - Thursday 18th July - Journey north to the Cairngorm National Park

After breakfast, commence your self drive journey to the Cairngorms National Park. Embrace the scenic drive, absorbing the breathtaking landscapes en route. Meet your guide for a picturesque walk amidst the stunning countryside. Later, travel on to your accommodation to settle in and relax before your adventures ahead in the Cairngorms.

Overnight: The Cairngorms | Killiehuntly Farmhouse
Room Type: x3 Farmhouse Rooms & x1 Hayloft room (x1 for single occ)

Day 4 - Friday 19th July - Trails and Rivers

Take to two wheels this morning on a mountain bike ride through the pine forests of Rothiemurchus. Discover the shimmering lochs and mountain vistas as you pedal your way along the trails. The exact route for today will be discussed with your guide to offer options for a more challenging or leisurely cycle depending on the groups preferences. Later, it is time to take to the water to explore a secluded gorge. Gorge walking is a mix of rock scrambling and white water fun with plunge pools and natural slides. You will meet your local expert to spend time working your way up the river, jumping off ledges, swimming down streams and having lots of fun in the water.

Overnight: The Cairngorms | Killiehuntly Farmhouse
Room Type: x3 Farmhouse Rooms & x1 Hayloft room (x1 for single occ)

Day 5 - Saturday 20th July - Hiking and Woodwork

Today, enjoy a short walk around the secluded forests and trails of the Uath Lochans with great views of the surrounding mountains and native pine forests. Later in the day, head to a unique outdoor workshop in a woodland glade, where you will meet a local craftsman. Learn how he creates his beautiful unique carved pieces out of local Scottish wood and you can then have a shot at creating a special wee souvenir yourself.

Overnight: The Cairngorms | Killiehuntly Farmhouse
Room Type: x3 Farmhouse Rooms & x1 Hayloft room (x1 for single occ)

Day 6 - Sunday 21st July - Travel to Perthshire

Leave the Cairngorms behind as you journey south to the rollin hills of Perthshire. Reach the river side and your start point for today’s exhilarating White Water Rafting experience. Meet your local instructor who will keep you in safe hands as you are briefed and kitted up before taking to the waters. Paddle your way downstream through the wave trains and following the meanders of the river, be ready to feel a splash or two of the fresh Scottish water. After this adventurous time on the water it is your choice if you would like to take a short hike or perhaps warm up with a little hot chocolate from a local specialist.

Overnight: Perthshire | The Grandtully Hotel
Room Type: x4 Double Rooms (x1 for single occ)

Day 7 - Monday 22nd July - Tasting Delights

Make your way to the Glenturret Distillery today, which prides itself on being the oldest working distillery in Scotland. Enjoy a fascinating tour before a unique experience in the michelin starred Lalique Restaurant. It is then time to stroll through the luscious greenery of the impressive formal gardens of Drummond Castle. Dating back to the 17th century, the gardens have seen many changes over the years, have time here as you wish.

Overnight: Perthshire | The Grandtully Hotel
Room Type: x4 Double Rooms (x1 for single occ)

Day 8 - Tuesday 23rd July - Canoe Adventures

Today travel to a nearby Loch and take to the waters by canoe to explore your wonderful surroundings. Your expert guide will teach you the basics for a fun and enchanting loch journey. Returning to shore, you may choose to visit Menzie Castle, seat to the Clan Menzies for over 500 years. If preferred, simply have time at your hotel to relax and make the most of your final trip evening together.

Overnight: Perthshire | The Grandtully Hotel
Room Type: x4 Double Rooms (x1 for single occ)

Day 9 - Wednesday 24th 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.

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 8
  • Airport Transfer on Arrival Day
  • Airport Transfer on Departure Day
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Day 2- Private Edinburgh City Tour
    • Day 4- Bike Hire
    • Day 4- Private Gorge Walking Experience
    • Day 5 – Private Woodwork Session
    •  Day 6- Private White Water Rafting Experience
    • Day 7 – Private Distillery Tour
    • Day 7 – Admission to Drummond Gardens
    • Day 8 – Private Canoe Loch Experience
    • Day 8 – Admission Castle Menzies
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • All Flights
  • Vehicle Hire
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main 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
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