Arrive in Edinburgh where you will be warmly welcomed by your Drumscot Driver. Travel west to the ancient burgh of Stirling and its Castle, once a Royal Palace for Mary Queen of Scots and where William Wallace and Robert the Bruce claimed their part in Scotland’s dark history. From the Wallace Monument view the sites of the Battles of Bannockburn and Stirling Bridge which shaped the nation. To the north and west rise the hills of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the stomping ground of local folk hero and outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Stay at Gleneagles and enjoy the extensive facilities of this luxurious hotel.
Travel north from your hotel to Aberfeldy and head to Highland Safaris for a morning tour with your kilted Safari Ranger, up and over the hills where you will hopefully catch sight of red deer, ‘famous’ grouse, elusive mountain hare and, with luck, a majestic golden eagle. Share the passion for nature, culture, history and breath-taking scenery between 2000 and 3000 feet. If time permits. You could visit Blair Castle, stunning home of the Duke of Athol and Europe’s only private army. Stop in at the smallest distillery in Scotland at Edradour for a tour and tasting before returning to Gleneagles for the night.
Travel through the brooding Rannoch Moor and drama of the Glencoe Pass to Fort William to catch the Jacobite Express Steam Train to Mallaig following “The Road to the Isles”passing Glenfinnan and Arisaig en route in true Jacobean country. Take the ferry to the Isle of Skye with the magnificent Cuillin Mountains rising up to meet you. Stay at Kinloch Lodge Hotel for 2 nights, sumptuous home of the celebrated Scottish Cookery Writer Lady Clare Macdonald.
Spend the morning with Kinloch’s Head Chef Marcello Tully and learn the art of producing the finest Scottish Cuisine before enjoying the fruits of your labour for lunch.Drive to the charming fishing village of Elgol and enjoy a panoramic view of the forbidding Cuillin Mountains. Stay overnight at Kinloch Lodge.
Cross over the Skye Bridge to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle where three great sea lochs meet on the Kyle of Lochalsh. From the Castle you can look down Loch Druich to the Five Sisters of Kintail. Stop off at Plockton, a small Highland fishing village and one of the prettiest in Scotland. From there, travel north into the tranquillity and spectacular landscape of Wester Ross. Stay overnight at The Torridon, a quintessential retreat hotel in an idyllic location at the top of a sea loch.
Visit the outstanding Inverewe Gardens, a jewel in the crown of Scottish Gardens with its many exotic plant species from around the world and stunning seascapes views.We recommend the picturesque fishing village of Ullapool as a great place for a spot of lunch and an amble down to the lochside harbour. Stay overnight at The Torridon.
Travel south via Inverness and through the massive Cairngorms National Park, the largest in the UK. Learn what Highland life was like in the 1700s at the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore. Stroll beside the waterfalls and rapids of the River Braan at the Hermitage near Dunkeld in the heart of “Big Tree Country”. Stay overnight at the Bonham Hotel in Edinburgh, a stylish boutique hotel ideally located in the city centre.
Depart Homeward Bound.
COST PER PERSON: £2859 UK POUNDS (Based on 4 people travelling)
(approximately $3773 USD based on £1 = $1.32 USD)
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