Weinmann Scotland Explorations - V2

Sunday 21st April – Sunday 28th April 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Overview

Adventure through the Highlands and off the beaten track to discover the true Scotland.  Enjoy luxury accommodations where you can relax and unwind after the travel days and get under the skin of this ancient land as your knowledgable and expert guide brings the landscape to life as you venture away from the crowds.

Highlights

  • Explore beautiful corners of Scotland’s landscape hiking with your private guide
  • Discover Highland estate trails with a kilted ranger
  • Taste “Uisge Beatha” or ‘water of life’ at a classic Whisky Distillery

Day by Day

Day 1 - Sunday 21st April - Welcome to Scotland, Meet Your Guide & Head North

On arrival into Edinburgh, you will be met by your main driver guide and will head out of the city to start your Highland adventure.  Depending on your time of arrival, there may be options to stop off to start exploring on your way north to your luxury hotel in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park.

Explorations Options could be Scone Palace OR St Andrews, time dependant.

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms
Room Type: Scottish Culture
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Monday 22nd April - Hiking in the Cairngorms National Park

Enjoy a full day hiking and exploring the mountains and rivers of beautiful Deeside with your expert guide, who will tailor the day to your preference. You may choose to explore the beautiful Balmoral Estate, a highland residence  of the Royal Family since it was bought for Queen Victoria in 1852.  With ancient Caledonian pine forests and hidden lochs, there are plenty of spots to explore. 

Perhaps you will feel more energetic and choose to hike up into 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”.  The choice is yours and your guide will be on hand to make sure you have the best experience.  

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

Day 3 - Tuesday 23rd April - Transfer North Through Speyside, the Heart of Whisky Country

Today you transfer north through Speyside with your guide on a journey through the history of Scottish whisky, discovering just why the local whiskys are known around the world. Beginning the day with the chance to observe the ancient art of coopering, which is the skilled art of creating the all-important barrels that spirits rest in.

Perhaps follow in the footsteps of the cheeky past distillers with a stroll on the Whisky Smugglers Trail, through the hidden glens of Speyside. Then quench your thirst with a tasting of the local produce after a tour of one of the characterful Speyside distilleries. The perfect way to round off your day’s exploration before your guide takes you onwards to your Inverness hotel.

Overnight: Inverness | Kingsmills Hotel
Room Type: Garden King
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Wednesday 24th April - Hiking or Loch Ness Legends & History

Transferring West today you can choose to head into a beautiful glen to hike with your guide, or immerse yourselves in the legends & history of  Loch Ness. Explore the ruins of Castle Urquhart on the shores of the loch. This large castle has a rich and bloody past that dates back centuries. It was eventually destroyed by government troops so it could no longer be used as a stronghold by local clans.

At the southern end of the loch you will find the canalside village of Fort Augustus. Step aboard a fast paced Zodiac boat trip out onto the dark waters of infamous Loch Ness. Enjoy the views and keep an eye out for the elusive monster before continuing to your opulent hotel at the foot of the highest mountain in the UK.

Overnight: Near Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: Walled Garden Attic Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Thursday 25th April - Explore the beautiful 'Road to the Isles'

Today you will enjoy superb views as you drive west along the stunning Road to the Isles, this is frequently listed as one of the most beautiful drives in the world and it is easy to see why. Your guide will share the tales of the local area as you go, making the landscape come alive with characters and history. You may wish to stop at the historic Glenfinnan Monument, and see if you can spot the famous ‘Harry Potter Train’ puffing its way over the graceful arches of the viaduct. The white sand beaches of Arisaig are the perfect place to take a stroll and soak in the views of Skye and the Small Isles.  

Overnight: Near Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: Walled Garden Attic Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Friday 26th April - Exploring Atmospheric Glencoe & Transfer to Pitlochry

The dramatic mountains and ridges of Glencoe have featured as the backdrop in many films and once you are looking up at these summits it is easy to see why! Today you will explore this famous valley with your guide, there are plenty of options to suit every level of energy and challenge. Then your guide will take you onwards to your unique hotel. There may be time for more explorations on route depending on time and your hiking route choices.

Overnight: Pitlochry | Fonab Castle
Room Type: Superior Loch View Lodge Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Saturday 27th April - Morning 4x4 Trail Explorations & Afternoon Explorations

This morning you head out on a fun Landrover ‘safari’ with a kilted Ranger. Exploring private estate tracks to see what traditional gillies and estate managers drive every day. Keep your eyes open for the local wildlife, Red Deer, Mountain Hares and Eagles that are all to be found here. This afternoon continue your local explorations with your guide, discovering the local gems and finishing the day with some delectable chocolates at a local award-winning specialist. Your guide will depart after taking you back to your hotel, leaving you to enjoy one last relaxing evening in the Highlands.

Overnight: Pitlochry | Fonab Castle
Room Type: Superior Loch View Lodge Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Sunday 28th April - Depart

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and take you to Edinburgh to meet your business group. 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
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide from Day 1 to Day 7 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • Private Transfer from Fonab Hotel to Edinburgh on Final Day
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Entrance Fee on D1 as per interest (if time permits)
    • Tour of Speyside Cooperage
    • Tour & Tasting at Classic Whisky Distillery
    • Entry to Urquhart Castle
    • Zodiac Boat Trip on Loch Ness (or alternative activity)
    • Morning Mountain ‘Safari’ in 4×4 with Kilted Ranger
    • Chocolate Tasting (led by audio guide)
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • International & Internal 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
  • Activities are only private if specifically stated
Terms & Conditions Read More

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