Scotland in Classic Style
Edinburgh, Blairgowrie, Loch Torridon, Loch Creran
- 12 nights
- from $9300 Per person
From days out exploring glens, castles and lake monsters to evenings cosying up with a malt whisky by the fire, Scotland offers so much to enjoy. Experience all this in exclusive style as you discover Edinburgh, Perthshire and the heart of the Highlands.
At a Glance
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors to Scotland
Enjoy the services of your own private driver/guide throughout
Experience Scotland's colorful history and vibrant culture
Stay in superb luxury accommodation including a castle in the Highlands
Go in search of the Loch Ness Monster
This inspiring 12-day itinerary is the perfect introduction to the magnificent wild landscapes and rich history of Scotland. Staying at some of Scotland’s finest hotels, from a luxury castle in the Highlands to a central hotel in the midst of lively Edinburgh, you’ll discover just what a special part of Britain Scotland is. We’ve laid on the VIP treatment with top-of-the-range private transfers, a variety of wonderfully engaging Scottish experiences to choose from and the chance to savour the finest produce from Scotland’s mountains, glens, rivers, lochs and seas.
Begin with three nights in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, often referred to as the Athens of the North. While the weather is usually not quite as sultry as its southern sister's, the welcome could not be warmer. Staying in the heart of the city, your private guide will take you out on an insightful guided tour of Edinburgh Castle, where you will see the Scottish Crown Jewels. You may wish to climb Arthur’s Seat for a view that you’ll remember forever and, if you’re visiting in August, you have a chance to enjoy the world’s largest arts and culture festival.
Heading north into the Perthshire Highlands via spectacular Stirling Castle, where Kings and Queens of Scotland were crowned, you’ll reach Blairgowrie. Here you’ll have the chance to experience a truly Scottish home-from-home stay in the beautiful Kinlcoh House, which dates back to 1840. Head out on an off-road safari adventure looking for red deer and golden eagles, stride across heather-clad mountainsides with your ghillie and cast a line for salmon before returning to unwind next to the log fire, perhaps with a classic malt whiskey in hand from the hotel's well-stocked bar.
As your journey continues North into the heart of the Highlands your scenic transfer to your next hotel features a vast array of activities and scenery en route to break up your journey. Heading towards the breathtaking Cairngorm mountains, stop at a Speyside whisky distillery for an exclusive visit to this small distillery which is not usually open to the general public. Then, continue on towards Inverness, regarded as the capital of the Scottish Highlands, and visit the historic Culloden battlefield.
Next, head out onto the waters of mysterious Loch Ness and, in between enjoying the classic Scottish scenery, keep an eye out for the tell-tale ripples that may indicate that ‘Here Be Monsters’. Safely back on land, you’ll now travel down the Great Glen, stopping off to visit the imposing ruined stronghold of Urquhart Castle above Loch Ness, and peer up at the peaks of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain,
The breathtaking Torridon hotel features imposing turrets and boasts an enviable loch-side location, making this a cosy base to enjoy the surrounding rugged landscape. You have a few days to make the most of the activities possible here, why not try your hand at clay pigeon shooting, set out on a guided walk or even discover the local wildlife on a sea kayak excursion?
After an exciting few days at the Torridon your private driver will escort you to your final hotel, the Isle of Eriska Hotel, located on a private island at the mouth of Loch Linnhe. Along the way, your guide will highlight the passing scenery to you as you pass by Eilean Donan Castle and historic Fort William.
With just 25 rooms the Isle of Eriska is a small hotel with an impressive array of facilities including a spa and golf course as well as 300 acres of land to explore. During your stay have a go at archery, sailing or mountain biking and be sure to work up an appetite to enjoy the hotel's renowned fine-dining restaurant. Keen ramblers may wish to pay a visit to Glencoe, Scotland's most famous glen, with a chance to spot golden eagles who frequent the area. Your guide will then take you aboard the ferry to visit the island of Mull, the second largest island in the Scottish Hebrides and home to a vast collection of wildlife and beautiful beaches. If you're visiting between April and July we can arrange for you to set out towards the magical island of Staffa to witness the colorful Puffins during their mating season. At the end of your trip, your private driver will transfer you to your chosen airport for your onward journey.
Location & Directions
Edinburgh, Blairgowrie, Loch Torridon, Loch Creran
A 30-minute drive from the airport brings you to your first hotel, Edinburgh's Principal George Street, situated steps away from a variety of shops and restaurants as well as some of Edinburgh's most-visited landmarks. From here, you will be driven north through Perthshire to reach Kinloch House Hotel, around an hour and a half away in Blairgowrie. Next, head further north in to the highlands to The Torridon, a scenic 3-hour 30-minute drive skirting round the Cairngorm mountains, allowing ample opportunity to take in the mountain scenery and to make stops along the way. You will then head back south past Fort William for a stay at the Isle of Eriska Hotel, set on a private island on the waterfront. You have the option of making stops along the way- inclduing the world-famous loch ness. Journey time without stops is around 4 hours. At the end of your trip you'll be driven just over 3 hours back to Edinburgh for your onward journey.
When to go
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.