Scotland in Classic Style

Edinburgh, Blairgowrie, Loch Torridon, Loch Creran

From $9200 Per person in low season

Per person for 12 nights based on two adults traveling together, and including all accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, some excursions, luxury transportation in a Mercedes Viano or similar and the services of a top private driver guide throughout

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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

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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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This suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

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.

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.

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  1. Days 1-3: The Principal Edinburgh George Street

    Edinburgh, Scotland

    The Principal George Street, located in the heart of Edinburgh is a classic luxury hotel. The hotel seamlessly blends restored original Georgian features with comfortable, modern furnishings. Perfectly located, Edinburgh's famous sites are moments away.

  2. Days 4-7: Kinloch House Hotel

    Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland

    A beautiful 19th-century country house, Kinloch House Hotel is a perfect home away from home in the Perthshire countryside. Surrounded by palaces, castles and golf courses, Kinloch House has plenty to offer, both within its walls and further afield.

  3. Days 7-10: The Torridon

    Loch Torridon, Wester Ross, Scotland

    The Torridon is a luxury Scottish country house hotel located in one of the most spectacular corners of Scotland. Offering fantastic food and an array of activities to you get out and about, the Torridon is the quintessential Scottish Highland retreat.

  4. Days 10-13: 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.

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.

  • A Round of Golf at St Andrews

    Follow in the footsteps of legends with a round on the world's oldest and most iconic golf course. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised globally, but the greatest feature of the Old Course is that it remains open to all.

  • 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.

  • Rosslyn Chapel

    One of Scotland’s most remarkable buildings, Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin was founded in 1446 and today attracts visitors from far and wide, drawn by its unique and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting.

  • 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.

  • Traquair House

    Situated near Peebles on the Scottish Borders, Traquair House is the oldest continually inhabited house in Scotland. Gain a wonderful insight into Scottish history, explore its charming grounds and try award-winning ales at Traquair House Brewery.

  • 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

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.

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