(Edinburgh, Inverness, Isle of Skye, Oban, Glasgow)
Visit the magical land of Scotland! With dramatic, historical castles practically around every bend in the road, stunning expansive and rugged land and seascapes, friendly folk, whisky distilleries and cosmopolitan cities, it has everything you could wish for in a great getaway trip to Europe. Spend time in Edinburgh - often considered one of the most charming cities in the world, stroll down the Royal Mile, visit the Queen's official home when in the city, and sample some of the gastronomic offerings in some of the great restaurants in the environs. Then, in the company of your knowledgeable driver-guide, you'll be taken on a circuit of Scotland taking in Inverness - the capital of the Highlands of Scotland, the Isle of Skye - the most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides, and picturesque Scottish villages before your return to Glasgow. Visit castles, gardens, taste local whisky, play an optional round of golf or take a boat trip on Lough Ness, and immerse yourself in the local culture as you stay in luxurious accommodations throughout.
Meet your driver for your private airport transfer today.
Avail of any of the optional tours available in the thriving city of Edinburgh. Consider a private tour with your own Licensed Guide and private vehicle if you have any interest in a certain aspect of the city such as the architecture or history - or if you just want to get a great indepth introduction to the city. Consider doing a guided walking tour - one of the best ways to see the city. If you feel like venturing out of the city, there are lots of places of interest such as Blair castle, Perth, whiskey distilleries, Cairngorm National Park - for a Lough ness themed tour, and the majestic Sterling castle sitting on its high volcanic rock, visible for many miles in every direction. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if any of these options are of interest.
Enjoy an unmissable evening of Scottish music, costume, bagpipes, fiddles and dance in the magically historic setting of Prestonfield House. Lavishly filled with baroque plasterwork, panelling, tapestries, paintings and furniture, many of these splendid original contents commissioned for the house remain to be enjoyed by guests today, including an imposing portrait of King Charles II which gazes down over diners in the restaurant. Named as one of the Best 101 Hotels in the World by style-bible Tatler. Prestonfield is described by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine as so extravagant it’s like walking onto the set of some flamboyant costume drama.
Enjoy exceptional entertainment with wine and a gourmet dinner this evening served by kilted waiters, just moments from the Royal Mile. The meal consists of traditional Scottish fare, including a choice of 2 options for each course for main course, a desert, tea/coffee and a half bottle of wine. (Please note this is a sample menu: Appetiser: Orkney Clapshot Soup - A creamy carrot, turnip and potato soup or Gamekeeper’s Pâté - Rustic venison terrine with red cabbage chutney. Main course: Scotch Beef Auld Alliance - Silverside of Scottish beef braised with French claret jus, skirlie potatoes and heather-honey-roast vegetables or Scottish Seafood - Scottish salmon, hake and Finnan haddie, creamy Mornay sauce encased in puff pastry. Desert: Prestonfield’s Jubilee Cranachan - Raspberry mousse, toasted oatmeal, butterscotch and Parlie biscuit or Great Chieftain O the Puddin Race - A taste of traditional haggis, ‘neeps and tatties. Tea or Coffee and clotted cream fudge).
(Transfer to and from event not included). Arrive by 6:45. Dinner 7pm. Show 8-10pm.
Hotel du Vin Edinburgh is a luxury, 4 star boutique hotel nestled deep in Edinburgh's Old Town and only a short walk from the historic Royal Mile. Neighbouring the famous Bedlam theatre. This hotel has 47 timelessly furnished rooms and stunning suites featuring monsoon showers, luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, plasma TVs, DVDs and air conditioning.
You will have a Driver-Guide with you for the duration of your multi-day Scottish adventure. Our Driver-Guides are all experienced drivers, are very personable, and extremely knowledgeable about the general history and culture of Scotland. Our Driver Guides tend to have 10 to 30 years experience conducting tours around Scotland. They are knowledgeable about the country and can provide plenty of suggestions for visits in your programme and including where to stop for lunches etc. Please note that they are not Certified Blue Badge Guides - where necessary an additional Guide will be included in your program for a specific cultural site. They are exceptionally personable and intuitive and much more than just a driver so you can rest assured that you are in great hands!
After breakfast your driver-guide will take you on a private tour of the city. You’ll have the opportunity to visit some the most outstanding attractions including Edinburgh Castle, at the top of the Royal Mile, and Holyrood House, the Queen’s official home when she visits Edinburgh (subject to closure when Her Majesty is in residence). You will also visit The Royal Yacht Britannia, home to Her Majesty The Queen for over forty years (entrances included).
The Witchery Restaurant located on the Royal Mile is a great place for dinner. The 16th century building located close to the Castle is lit exclusively by candlelight. The tapestry-draped main dining room is an ode to opulence: the seats are a rich red leather, the ceiling is gilded, and the walls are covered with oak panels salvaged from an old cathedral. The Secret Garden annex, meanwhile, is full of brass candlesticks and stone statues, and displays a series of painted doors that tell the story of Edinburgh's wine trade with France. The menu is equally sumptuous, offering dishes such as melt-in-your-mouth steak tartare, rabbit wrapped in Parma ham with tea-soaked prunes, and loin of roe deer with an earthy black pudding. But be sure to save room for the desserts — from the chocolate torte to the bramble, sherry and mascarpone trifle, they make a wickedly decadent end to the meal. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like to have a reservation made for you.
You will have a Driver-Guide with you for the duration of your multi-day Scottish adventure. Our Driver-Guides are all experienced drivers, are very personable, and extremely knowledgeable about the general history and culture of Scotland. Our Driver Guides tend to have 10 to 30 years experience conducting tours around Scotland. They are knowledgeable about the country and can provide plenty of suggestions for visits in your programme and including where to stop for lunches etc. Please note that they are not Certifiied Blue Badge Guides - where necessary an additional Guide will be incuded in your program for a specific cultural site. They are exceptionally personable and intuitive and much more than just a driver so you can rest assured that you are in great hands!
Following breakfast at your hotel you will be driven from Edinburgh to Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands. Passing some stunning scenery along your route you will also stop off to visit Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. The castle enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire. (Includes entrance to Blair Castle).
No vacation to the Scottish Highlands is complete without a visit to the beautiful and mystic Loch Ness and there is no better way to see the Loch than on a boat trip. Consider taking an exclusive cruise on a luxurious modern motor cruiser where you can enjoy a gourmet lunch onboard. Whether you cruise to the more popular destinations such as the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle or some of the lesser known but equally beautiful spots such as Dores Bay, you will enjoy the best of Highland hospitality from beginning to end. Please let your Sales advisor know if you are interested in including this optional activity into your trip.
A visit to Scotland without visiting some of the distilleries somehow just doesn't seem right! Consider stopping off at Dalwhinnie distillery and touring the premises. At the end of the tour, you'll have an opportunity to sample the 'Gentle Spirit' of the glen, a wonderfully full-bodied, smooth and warming malt whisky. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like to have this included in your day's activity today.
Culloden House Hotel is a 4 star luxurious accomodation located in the southeast neighborhoods of Inverness, capital of the Highlands. With hundreds of years of history, culture and luxury are combined with a relaxed atmosphere, personalised service and superb cuisine at Culloden House The interior features a wonderfully comfortable drawing-room with magnificent Adam plasterwork, many fine antiques and a large open fire.
Enjoy a full day guided touring around the stunning Inverness area. You will visit Cawdor castle, romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth and a fantastic example of a fairy-tale Scottish castle steeped in history. You will also visit the historic site of Culloden Battlefield and the garrison fortress of Fort George, begun in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden in 1746. (includes entrances to Cawdor Caslte, Culloden Battlefield and Fort George).
If you have any interest in golfing, you may like to consider playing a round of golf at the Castle Stuart Links course this afternoon. The championship links course overlooks the Moray Firth and well-known landmarks that are synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle - Kessock bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse. As Turnberry is to Ayrshire and Gleneagles is to Perthshire, Castle Stuart has been conceived to be for the Highlands – a beacon reaching out to golfers throughout the world. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in setting up a tee time for a round.
Today you'll be guided on a classic journey from the heart of the highlands to the stunningly beautiful island of Skye. Enroute you will visit Inverewe Gardens, built on a craggy hillside with a majestic setting on the water’s edge of Loch Ewe and home to an incredible selection of exotic plants which flourish in this remote spot due to the nearby gulf stream. Also, visit the iconic ruins of Eilean Donan Castle, imortalised in so many images of Scotland. (includes entrance fees).
Consider taking a side trip to take in the magnificentrly scenic Loch Torridon - an area where some of the finest scenery in Europe can be found. The mountains (Liathach, Beinn Alligin, Sgorr Ruadh, Maol Chean-deargare) are very nearly the highest in Britain, rising in places almost vertically to 3500 feet from the deep sea lochs. Many visitors to the area remark upon the unusual atmosphere - it is truly one of the world's rarest and special places. An alternative side trip today could be to Applecross Inn (which would necessitate an early start to the day). Applecross is an award winning family run Inn which uses locally sourced and beautifully prepared by a team of young chefs, and is known as one of the best seafood restaurants in the country. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like to include either of these options.
Duisdale House Hotel is a 4 star accomodation located on a hillside amongst lush gardens and the Duisdale forest, overlooking the stunning views of the Sound of Sleat. Inside, the grand staircase leads up to the 17 guest rooms and suites which are all individually designed in keeping with the traditional features of this former Hunting Lodge, but with added luxury and contemporary features that enable you to relax and indulge in a lavish, romantic getaway.
This morning you head back to the mainland by ferry from Armadale to Mallaig. If the timings are correct you maybe able to take the Jacobite Steam Train, used in the Harry Potter movies for the trip from Mallaig to Fort William where your driver will be waiting. Along the shores of Loch Linnhe to Glen Coe and then take the coast route to Oban passing the Falls of Lora and into Oban, Gateway to the Islands.
Please note: Per Person entrances fees have not been included to allow for maximum flexibility. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would like all entrances included and this can be added.
The Eriska Hotel, Spa and Golf (5*) offers luxurious accommodation with a view to match. Enjoy a traditional Scottish breakfast, while taking in 300 acres of lush landscapes all from the comfort of your own bed. Carefully blending the old with the new their designer rooms & luxury suites offer the finest bed linen, rich fabrics, and warm, contemporary décor. They’ll anticipate your every need with a wide range of in-room facilities and guest services. Guests can also relax and enjoy a quiet reprieve with their favourite tipple next to the fireplace in the Hotel Lounge. Since 1997 the Restaurant at Eriska has held the award of 3 AA Rosettes and a mark in the Good Food Guide. In March this year they were delighted to be awarded the "Hotel Restaurant of The Year” at the Scottish Restaurant Awards and in 2010 they won the "Taste of Scotland Award" at the Scottish Thistle Awards. Their award-winning chef serves an impressively diverse selection of fresh and seasonal produce. As well as their AA wine list they are renowned for their famous Farmhouse Cheese Trolley which is a favourite with their guests.
Today, you will leave Oban behind and you will be driven to the start of the Highlands, passing through breathtaking scenery including views along Loch Awe, the longest in Scotland. The countryside here is rich with history. We pass haunting Kilchurn Castle historically a stronghold of the Campbell Clan and the Pass of Brander where Robert the Bruce had a notable victory. Then it's on to Loch Lomond the largest expanse of fresh water in the country where we stop off at the conservation village of Luss for coffee and sightseeing.
The Carlton George (4*) hotel is located in the heart of the city next to George Square and adjacent to Queen's Street mainline station which offers a direct line to Edinburgh in less than 40 minutes. A beautiful building redeveloped as a hotel in 1999, it has an elegant entrance and is prominent within the city as one of the best hotels.
Airport transfer with a private vehicle and driver.
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