Scotland: A Family Adventure

Gleneagles, Isle of Eriska & Edinburgh

From $3900 per person in low season

per person for 7 nights based on a family of 4, including all accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis (dinner included at isle of Eriska), transportation in a luxury Mercedes Viano and your own dedicated driver guide

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At a Glance

  • Ideal for families with children aged 6 and up

  • Visit the rolling glens of Perthshire and a stay at Gleneagles with lots of activities to choose from

  • Take a steamship across Loch Katrone and a 13-mile cycle along the shortline in Loch Lomond National Park

  • Learn to sea kayak

  • Hike around the Isle of Kerrera

  • Take a RIB boat into the Sound of Lorn in search of seals, dolphins and sea eagles

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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Itinerary

Delve into Scotland’s wild and stunning interior on a luxury adventure packed with experiences for all the family. Travel to the rolling glens of Perthshire, through Loch Lomond and onto the rugged west coast of Scotland before culminating in Edinburgh.

Scotland's natural beauty is very hard to sum up, and we simply suggest you get out and about and soak it all up! From its scenic glens, lochs and mountains you will see picture perfect landscapes time and time again. Begin in Perthshire and stay at Gleneagles, established in 1924 as a 'Palace in the Glens' - get out and about as a family including cycling, riding, falconry, walking, off road safaris and of course its fantastic golf offering. With established family programs in place from 2 years to GoPro loving teenagers, Gleneagles is the perfect retreat for all the family.

Your private driver will then take you to the stunning West Coast, where we have suggested staying for 3 nights in a 2-Bedroom Garden Cottage at the Isle of Eriska Hotel which you use as a base to explore this part of Scotland a little more. The next day you will head out in sea kayaks under the close supervision of your private guide (we can offer two-person kayaks for young children).

Wander back to Oban and catch the ferry to the Isle of Kerrera - it is a great place to hike around the island before stopping at a little tearoom for lunch. After that, why not try your hand at geo-caching or jumping into a fast RIB boat to explore the Sound of Lorn in search of seals, dolphins and sea eagles and, if you are lucky, basking sharks, minke whales and orcas, before crossing the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, the third largest in the world.

End your stay in Edinburgh at its most iconic hotel, The Balmoral, located right in heart of the city on Princes Street, with all Edinburgh's highlights within an easy walk. Your children will thank you as you can join a daytime ghost tour (it's not too scary). From the narrow, cobbled streets of Old Town to the wide Georgian boulevards of New Town, Edinburgh is a city of contrasts. Wander to the castle to watch the 'One O'Clock Gun', before exploring the Royal Mile.

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  1. Days 1-2: Gleneagles

    Perthshire, Scotland

    Think Gleneagles and golf instantly comes to mind, but a stay at Gleneagles is about far more than that. It is a luxury bolthole surrounded by an adventure playground: rolling glens and the fresh Scottish air just waiting to be explored and breathed in.

  2. Days 3-6: Isle of Eriska Hotel

    Loch Creran, Scotland

    The Isle of Eriska Hotel is located on a private island at the mouth of Loch Linnhe in Western Scotland. Small and intimate, the hotel has opened two luxury lodges, 'The Hilltop Reserves', all surrounded by the splendour of Scotland's magical landscapes.

  3. Days 6-8: The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel

    Edinburgh, Scotland

    The Balmoral is Edinburgh's 'Grande Dame', opened in 1902 it retains a wonderful old-world charm, but has been given a loving splash of luxury and style by Rocco Forte. With its attentive service, it is the go-to hotel in Edinburgh.

Experiences

  • A Round of Golf at Gleneagles

    With three championship golf courses, Scotland’s PGA National Golf Academy, and a member of Great Golf Resorts of the World – golf is at the very heart of Gleneagles.

  • Clay Pigeon shooting

    Whether you are a novice or a crack shot, a morning or afternoon spent clay pigeon shooting at the world-famous Gleneagles Shooting School is an exhilarating pursuit that can safely be enjoyed by anyone over the age of eight years old upwards.

  • Culloden Battlefield

    Culloden is an evocative place. The site of the last battle on British soil, and the last stand of an ancient royal dynasty whose lineage went back to the Dark Age Kingdom of Dalriada, a visit to Culloden battlefield is a must for keen historians.

  • Edinburgh Castle

    Dominating Scotland's capital city from its elevated position, Edinburgh Castle has had a history as diverse as its previous inhabitants.

  • Edinburgh Festival

    Edinburgh is best known for its world-famous August festival: a huge, month-long arts, music, theater and comedy extravaganza that includes several festivals running at the same time and is the largest cultural gathering on the planet.

  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo

    The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution held every August, and a highlight of the Edinburgh Festival. Massed pipes and drums, military bands, cultural troupes and global musicians all perform against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

  • Eilean Donan Castle

    Eilean Donan is recognised around the world as one of the most iconic images of Scotland, situated amongst a striking landscape on an island where three great lochs meet. The entirety of the castle and a visitor center can be explored at your leisure.

  • Falconry at Gleneagles

    Guests of Gleneagles have the unique opportunity of learning the Sport of Kings at one of the world's most acclaimed falconry schools. Whether you are a complete beginner or would like to perfect your technique, you will find falconry utterly absorbing.

  • Fishing the River Spey

    Enjoy some of the finest salmon fishing in the world along Tulchan Water on the River Spey. Whether you're a novice or a highly experienced angler, the experienced ghillies will ensure that you get the most from your day on the river.

  • Glencoe

    Glencoe is Scotland’s most famous glen, and its dramatic scenery has been the backdrop to an equally dramatic history. Glencoe today remains irresistible to climbers and walkers keen to explore this magical and mysterious place.

  • Highland Games

    The fun and spectacle of a Highland Games, one of Scotland's most quintessential experiences, makes a wonderful day out and offers a great chance to meet the locals. Events like tossing the caber, tug of war and highland dancing are bound to enthral you.

  • Hogwarts Express

    The Jacobite Steam Train runs between Fort William and Mallaig on the wonderfully scenic West Highland railway line, famed for its iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct which may seem familiar as it is on the way to Hogwarts in three of the Harry Potter films.

  • Holyroodhouse

    The Queen's official residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is located at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Originally founded as a monastery in 1128, Holyroodhouse has played a key role in Scotland's turbulent history.

  • In Search of Nessie

    Board a fast RIB for an exhilarating private expedition in search of the fabled Loch Ness Monster. Even if a sighting proves elusive, you'll be thrilled as you travel at up to 40 knots and explore the history, culture and landscapes of Loch Ness.

  • Isle of Mull

    The Isle of Mull is the second largest of the Hebrides, an archipelago off the west coast of Scotland and is a paradise for those who love the great outdoors.

  • Isle of Skye

    The Isle of Skye is derived from the old Norse sky-a which translates to "cloud island", so called because of its often mist-cloaked hills.

  • Marine Wildlife & Corryvreckan Whirlpool Safari

    This exceptional boat adventure in the Firth of Lorn offers a thrilling marine wildlife experience. Watch for minke whales, orcas, dolphins, basking shark and seabirds before taking on Corryvreckan, the world's third largest whirlpool.

  • Private Highland Safari

    You will be picked up from your hotel and taken on a tailored safari with your Safari Ranger in a 4x4. This Safari will inspire you with an insight into this magnificent natural wilderness and you will stop for a delicious picnic lunch too.

  • Private Tour of a Whisky Distillery with a Master Distiller

    Join a master distiller and learn the secrets of the finest whiskies in the world before sampling the golden nectar afterwards. We can arrange exclusive visits to legendary distilleries such as Dalmore, Glenlivet, Laphroaig and Macallan.

  • Private tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia

    Discover what life was like on board The Queen's floating Royal residence, the Royal Yacht Britannia. For over 44 years she served the Royal Family, traveling over a million miles to become the most famous ship in the world.

  • Red Deer Photo Stalking

    Experience the wonder of Scotland's Highland wilderness as you get up close to Britain’s largest and most magnificent land mammal, the red deer, in the company of an experienced stalker.

  • Sacred Iona, Puffins & Fingal's Cave

    This wonderful cruise by RIB takes you from Oban to explore the stunning holy island of Iona with its famous abbey, before continuing to see the spectacular basalt columns of Staffa and famous Fingal's Cave and, in season, a delightful puffin colony.

  • Salmon Fishing on the Tay

    The River Tay is one of the most productive salmon rivers in Scotland, and spending a day on the river in the company of one of Scotland's best private fishing guides is a memorable and poetic experience.

  • Sea Kayaking Adventure

    The West Coast of Scotland is Europe's sea kayaking capital, and its fabulous wildlife and inspiring scenery make sea kayaking here a fabulous adventure activity for the whole family.

  • St Andrews

    St Andrews is known by many worldwide as the "home of golf" and the most frequent venue for The Open Championship but it is also a beautiful and historic coastal town and home to the oldest university in Scotland.

  • Stirling Castle & the Trossachs

    Stirling Castle is one of the most important castles in Scotland’s history. It has witnessed the

    crowning of many Scottish Kings and Queens, and the earliest parts of the building date back as far as the 15th and 16th centuries.

  • Urquhart Castle

    Magnificently positioned above Loch Ness, the ruins of Urquhart Castle has stood for well over a thousand years. Visiting Urquhart Castle offers superlative views and a fascinating history from St Columba to the seventeenth century when it was blown up.

  • Visit Castle Stalker

    Castle Stalker, with its bewitching island setting against a dramatic mountain backdrop, has made it an icon of the Scottish Highlands. It is one of the best-preserved medieval tower-houses in western Scotland and a wonderful subject for photographers.

  • Wildlife Hub at Appin

    The Wildlife Hub at Appin on the coast of Loch Linnhe features interactive displays and live webcams so you can learn all about the animals and birds that call the Scottish coast their home.

Location

Gleneagles, Isle of Eriska & Edinburgh

Begin your trip in the great outdoors at the world renowned Gleneagles resort, around an hour's drive from both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports, ideally situated to enjoy a range of outdoor pursuits. Next stop is the Isle of Eriska on the edge of Loch Linnhe and around a 2-hour 15-minute drive from Gleneagles. Your final call on this journey is Edinburgh, where you will be based at the charming and centrally located Balmoral; the drive here is approximately three hours and stops can be made on route to break up the journey. Fly home or continue your trip from Edinburgh airport, around a 30-minute drive away.

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