Hiking Tour 2022

Cairngorm National Park (Credit: Airborne Lens)

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Edinburgh where you will be warmly welcomed by your Drumscot Driver who will escort you to your executive vehicle.

Travel north to the Kingdom of Fife and visit Falkland Palace, a hunting lodge of the Stewart monarchs including Mary Queen of Scots. From there drive to the picturesque East Neuk of Fife with its gentle coastline punctuated with charming fishing villages. Their narrow streets and working harbours a testament to the deep-rooted seafaring traditions of the area. Stay at the Ship Inn overlooking Elie Bay in the seaside holiday village of Elie.  Travel time approximately 1 hour.

St Andrews Cathedral (Credit: Kenny Lam)

Day 2

Join the Fife Coastal Path, a well marked trail which links the Forth and Tay estuaries along Fife's eastern shores. The 10 mile stretch from Elie to Crail enjoys some of the best seaside scenery on the trail while passing delicious food stops, picturesque villages, historic ruins and the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, once capital of the Scottish fishing industry. Meet your Driver in Crail, a timeless village of red roof-tiled cottages and cobbled streets. Drive further round the coast to the historic university town of St Andrews and visit the 13th Century St Andrews Castle and St Andrews Cathedral. Climb the many steps of St Rules Tower and be rewarded by a panoramic view of the town.

Day 3

Travel north across the River Tay to Dundee and amble along the newly regenerated waterfront to visit the impressive V&A Dundee, Scotland's most recent landmark which celebrates Scottish and international design. Continue north up the East Coast to the harbour town of Stonehaven for a spectacular walk to the ancient ruins of Dunnottar Castle which once held the Scottish Crown Jewels. Perched high on forbidding rocky outcrop and almost detached from the mainland, Dunnottar has the most dramatic setting and has witnessed much of the bloody history between Scotland and England. William Wallace celebrated victory here and Oliver Cromwell laid siege, hoping to seize the Crown Jewels unaware that they had already been smuggled out. Drive west into Royal Deeside, a county literally dotted with historic castles. The 16th Century Crathes Castle with its turrets and gargoyles is surrounded by exquisite gardens and Craigievar, a pink seven storey baronial tower is not to be missed. It has been meticulously restored and today’s interior is pretty much as it would have been when Queen Victoria visited the castle in 1879.  Enjoy some exemplary Scottish hospitality amongst the sumptuous décor and priceless art of the Fife Arms Hotel. Drive time approximately 3 hours 10 min.

Day 4

Braemar is a walker's paradise with a network of local paths and tracks for all abilities. A stroll through beautiful old pinewoods to the dramatic Linn of Dee where the river cascades through a narrow chasm was favoured by Queen Victoria or when the current Queen is not in residence at Balmoral, it is possible to explore the various cairns erected by the Royal Family on the Balmoral Estate on a walk with great views over Deeside and Balmoral Castle. Drive north up the Snow Roads as they traverse the mighty Cairngorm National Park, Scotland's most extensive range of high mountains. Visit the remote Glenlivet Distillery to learn about the history, folklore and tales of smuggling which surrounds the ancient craft of distilling malt barley. Sample a dram and with the services of your Driver there is no need to limit yourself! Stay at Firhall, a luxury Bed & Breakfast in the highland town of Grantown-on-Spey. Drive time approximately 1 hour 15 min.

Day 5

The Cairngorm National Park is home to four of the five highest mountains in Britain, 60 lochs, much of the surviving ancient Caledonian pinewoods and a host of wildlife. This magnificent environment provides everything from wild peaks for the fittest of walkers to easy forest rambles with a chance sighting of a local red squirrel, the elusive capercaillie, pine marten or osprey. Climb Ben Macdui, Scotland's second highest mountain with the expert leadership of a local guide, walking past the northern corries of Cairngorm Mountain and over the tundra-like plateau to the summit and the most rewarding views. Or, for a gentler day, take a walk round the magical Loch an Eilein surrounded by the pines of Rothiemurchus Forest and complete with a ruined island castle in its midst.

St Monans, East Neuk (Credit: Kenny Lam(

Day 6

Travel south and browse through the expansive collections of memorabilia at Blair Castle, home to Europe's only private army. Stop off at the House of Bruar, an upscale emporium selling Scottish luxury goods. Stretch your legs with a short uphill climb through the woods of Bruar Water for a magical view of the gorge and its series of tumbling waterfalls. The gushing falls inspired Robert Burns to pen "The Humble Petition of Bruar Water to the Noble Duke of Atholl", ostensibly a plea from the river to the 4th Duke to plant trees on its then barren banks. The Duke eventually did his bidding by loading a cannon with Scots Pine and European Larch seeds and blasting them across the hill side! Visit the charming town of Pitlochry and it's traditional Macnaughton's which has been dressing Scots in their Highland Dress since 1835. Stay at the stylish Grandtully Hotel, nestled in the rolling hills of Perthshire. Drive time approximately 1 hour 30 min.

Day 7

Return to Edinburgh Airport. Drive time approximately 1 hour 15 min.

Farewell to Scotland!!

COST PER PERSON based on 4 people travelling: £2400 UK POUNDS
(approx $3360 USD based on £1 = $1.4 USD)

What’s included:

  • 6 nights accommodation sharing double room and full Scottish Breakfast
  • Chauffer Driven Transportation throughout

What’s not included:

  • Flights
  • Airport transfer on day of departure
  • Dinners
  • Lunches

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