(Edinburgh, Oban, Inverness)
Spend time in the mythical land of Scotland! From the cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh with its majestic castle, wide boulevards and stately buildings, to the wilds of the Inner Hebrides with sweeping seascapes, historical sites and quaint fishing villages to the northern cities of Aberdeen and Inverness, this private guided itinerary will enable you to see many of the country's highlights. In the company of a knowledgeable Driver-Guide, you'll get to explore this ancient land, experience the rugged beauty of the western islands, learn the secrets of whiskey making as you sip on a wee dram, and relax in luxurious accommodations throughout. Visit some of the more well known castles as well as some lesser known gems that dot the countryside, travel back in time taking an scenic paddle steamer along Loch Katine, explore the historic Abbey on Iona island, and soak in the atmosphere at the historic site of Culloden Battlefield and the garrison fortress of Fort George, dating back to 1746. There are lots of additional options to choose from - one thing is certain, you're sure to come away from your vacation with a greater appreciation and sense of awe of the rich heritage of Scotland.
Meet your driver for your private airport transfer today.
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.
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 be met at your central Edinburgh hotel by your guide to commence your walking tour. The buzz of Scotland's capital city sits in perfect contrast to the peaceful tranquility of the surrounding Lothians region. Edinburgh has one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world, making it the ideal city break destination. From ceilidhs and science to ghost, film and food festivals there's always something going on in the festival city, and that's just for starters. Discover world-class museums and galleries, learn the history of the city or spend an afternoon pub crawling - whatever your fancy! Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and perhaps take an umbrella!
Entrance ticket to Edinburgh Castle.
Edinburgh Castle has dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries. The Castle's rock has been a stronghold for over 3000 years. Learn more of the history and stories about this ancient place at your leisure.
Leaving Edinburgh this morning you will drive north to Stirling to visit the magnificent Castle perched majestically above the city. You then travel back in time taking the scenic paddle steamer along Loch Katrine, undoubtedly one of the most picturesque boat journeys in Scotland. After time at leisure for lunch, your journey will continue to the stunning west coast of Scotland. Enroute to Oban you could explore Cruachan Power Station with a train trip through the mountain.
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.
Take a scenic ferry journey from Oban to the magical Isle of Mull, the second largest of the Inner Hebrides and the fourth largest Scottish island. Travel to Tobermory, the largest settlement on the island. From here you can take a wonderful journey of discovery in a whale watching trip. You may be lucky and catch site of some of the wonderful wildlife which abounds on this small island.
Continue your adventure as you leave the west coast of Scotland this morning and travel eastwards towards Loch Ness, possibly Scotland's most famous Loch, known for its elusive monster. Before arriving there you will pass through Fort William and if the timings are right you would be able to take a trip on the West Coast Railway, made famous in the Harry Potter films. Visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle in their dramatic position overlooking the Loch. Or stop at the Loch ness exhibition and learn about the secrets of it or, indeed take a cruise on the loch. You might be lucky and “Nessie” will make an appearance.
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).
Glenmoriston Town House Hotel is an award winning 4 star hotel situated on the banks of the River Ness in the Scottish Highlands. The decor is warm, welcoming and elegant while the rooms are dedicated to comfort and relaxation. Guests can indulge in a delicious meal from the award winning restaurant, and take in all the sights that are situated nearby.
Please note that this hotel does not have an elevator. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would like to arrange porterage service prior to your arrival.
Heading south out of Inverness why not stop at Culloden Moor, scene of the last battle fought on British soil between the Jacobite and Government troops. Then cross over to Clava Cairns. The site is an exceptionally well preserved group of pre-historic burial cairns that were built almost 4000 years ago. Back to the main road and the faster road south perhaps stopping at Tomatin Distillery to discover just how the “water of life” is produced and, of course, a taste of the finished product. You last stop of the day will be the picturesque town of Pitlochry, geographical centre of Scotland. Some free time here to stretch your legs and enjoy some of the small unique shops the town has to offer. You journey head as this time you drive over the Forth Road Bridge and remember how your journey started admiring the bridge from below. Includes entrance fees to Culloden Moor and Tomatin Distilery.
February 19, 2014
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