On arrival at Edinburgh airport, transfers depart for your orientation drive of the city. Learn about the cultural city and see the sites as you drive along princess street. Finish the tour with lunch, then the rest of the day is yours to relax before joining your Travel Director and fellow guests at 17:30 for your Welcome Dinner, with the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of good food and wine.
Hotel: Apex City Hotel, Edinburgh | Meals: Lunch, Dinner With Wine
Today is a day at leisure to relax and enjoy the city or explore as you please. Later, have a lively and memorable evening of traditional Scottish song, dance, tartan and bagpipes is in store for you. In addition to wine and dinner, your kilted hosts will lead you through some of the best-loved Scottish music and songs and you will sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Join a local expert and wander the 18th century New Town with its neoclassical Georgian facades. In the Old Town, visit Edinburgh Castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and Scotland’s Crown Jewels, the Honours of Scotland. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure or perhaps join an optional trip to Rosslyn Chapel?
Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and journey to St. Andrews, passing the Old Course, home of golf since its creation in the 15th century. Enjoy free time to explore. Perhaps stroll to West Sands Beach where the famous ‘Chariots of Fire’ scene was filmed? Alternately, wander to St. Andrews University where the love story of Kate Middleton meeting her Prince Charming began. Cross the Tay and journey to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon run. Continue via Blair Atholl and pass the Grampian Mountains on the way to the sparkling Spey Valley. Stop at Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens, one of the only occupied castles in Scotland, inhabited by the same family since the 16th century. As guests of the castle you will be treated to an authentic Farm-to- Table experience, in the tradition of a Scottish Tea and Scones. Continue to Inverness, where your luxury hotel is set within four acres of manicured grounds offering the very best in Highland hospitality.
Hotel: Kingsmills Hotel and Kingsclub, Inverness | Meals: Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
See Culloden Moor in the morning, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army was crushed in 1746. Visit the Culloden Visitor Centre before continuing along the shores of Loch Ness. Keep your eyes peeled for the legendary monster! Next, follow the rugged coast north to the fishing port of Wick. Pause at the Old Pulteney Distillery to taste a wee dram of whisky and learn about the production of this national drink.
Hotel: Norseman Hotel, Wick | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Start the day by driving to the most northern point of the British mainland, John O’Groats. Board the ferry to the beautiful Orkney Islands where the countryside is breathtakingly majestic and the tranquility supports a quieter pace of life. Here the hardy locals say they live ‘below the wind and above the water.’ Your Local Expert was born and bred on the islands and accompanies you as you visit the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mysterious Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and the small chapel built by Italian prisoners during World War II. Return to your hotel for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel through stunning, pristine landscapes along the northern coast with its white sandy beaches, and further inland to misty valleys and glens, lochs and rushing waters. Stop along the way for lunch before arriving late afternoon to your hotel in Gairloch.
Hotel: Gairloch Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Today it’s “Over the Sea to Skye”, the largest and most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides. On the way to Broadford, hear romantic takes of how young Flora MacDonald helped rescue Bonnie Prince Charle then cross to the Kyle of Lochalsh. Stop for a photo at remote Eilean Donan Castle, which under a clear sky offers a perfect reflection in its loch. Move on to the Fort William where you will spend the night. In the evening, get together with your Travel Director for a sumptuous Celebration Dinner.
Hotel: The Ben Nevis Hotel, Fort William | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Today you will stop in Glencoe before spending time around peaceful Loch Lomond, ‘Queen of Scottish Lochs’ according to
Sir Walter Scott and the largest in Great Britain. Perhaps experience the beauty and tranquillity of the loch with an optional cruise before continuing to Glasgow? An orientation drive through the city will show you the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo’s Cathedral. Then the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore as you wish.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow | Meals: Breakfast
Depart early from the hotel in Glasgow and transfer to the airport in Edinburgh for your flight home.