You’re about to embark on a Magical Walking Tour of Scotland… are you ready?
We meet in our nation’s capital, the historic city of Edinburgh. Once the group has assembled, you’ll have the opportunity to meet everyone as we discuss our itinerary for the days to come. The tour begins by crossing the impressive Firth of Forth, a sea inlet on the east coast of Scotland where, from our exclusive viewpoint, we’ll enjoy the ultimate view across the Three Forth Bridges into the Kingdom of Fife; get your cameras ready!
The beautiful views don’t end there as we move on to the fabled Scottish Highlands. We continue on through Glenshee, home of the largest ski and snowboard terrain in Scotland, where we’ll stop for another breathtaking photo op before heading on into the Cairngorms. Allow your troubles to melt away as you relax into your surroundings, for these are some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the world.
It’s time to adjust your crowns as things start to get a bit more royal! As morning turns to afternoon, we move on to the summer residence of the British Royals: Balmoral Castle. We love the area of Deeside because it is so wonderfully romantic and dreamy. Green and free. This is where Prince Albert and Queen Victoria spontaneously lost their hearts to this enchanting castle and to each other. It was love at first sight for them and we hope it will be for you, too!
Our accommodation for the evening is the Darroch Learg Hotel. Risen like a phoenix from the ashes, the beautiful Darroch Learg Hotel has just reopened this year after a devastating fire in 2015. This idyllic hotel, nestled high on the mountain allows us a moment to enjoy the simplicity of nature from the comfort of the hotel grounds. Each of the cozy rooms are decorated with passion and attention to detail. We especially love the exquisite cuisine produced by the Darroch Learg. A Scottish cuisine that could not capture the magic of the land more aptly and one of our personal favourites!
It’s time to put on the appropriate sportswear because today you’ll be exploring the great Scottish outdoors!
Today you have the choice of a mountain bike tour with our tour guide, Chris, or you can go fly fishing with Ian. On one of Chris’s bike tours, you have the opportunity to gain a lot of insider knowledge. He’s a really cool cyclist who knows the area like the back of his hand. He makes sure to adapt the tour to your interests and abilities, getting your day off to a really great start.
Ian is a true part of the Cairngorms furniture and an expert in “folklore of the Cairngorms”. Ian has written many books about the (sadly dying) folklore of the Cairngorms and there is something truly magical about experiencing it with him as you wander through the country!
We’re not exaggerating when we say that Ian’s inner peace is contagious and will bring you closer to your beautiful surroundings. So, in a nutshell, which ever experience you choose, you’ll have one memorable day! The rest of the afternoon will be at your disposal, exploring the quaint Scottish villages of Braemar or Ballater.
Whether you choose to fly by the seat of your pants on a bike with Chris or fly fishing with Ian, we’ll end our day together back at the Darroch Learg Hotel. Here we can share in each other’s anecdotes of the day before hitting the hay! Day three will certainly have a lot more in store for us, so let’s get a good night’s sleep.
After breakfast, we continue on our Scottish adventure, heading towards the heart of the Scottish highlands and the original geographical centre of Scotland, Newtonmore. Moving on towards Spean Bridge, you’ll get to see numerous glistening lochs and majestic mountainscapes; with each mile the view becoming even more impossibly beautiful than the last. Known as ‘the crossroads of the Highlands’, we head south from Spean Bridge past the iconic town of Fort William and on to Glen Coe.
A place where history comes alive, Glen Coe is one of the most impressive valleys in Scotland and probably the most well known. Steeped in history, the formidable mountains of Glen Coe were carved out by glaciers and volcanic explosions that occurred centuries ago. Once here, you’ll have the wonderful opportunity to take a guided walk through Glen Etive where you may recognize your surroundings from the acclaimed James Bond film, Skyfall and several of the Harry Potter movies! On this breathtaking walk, you’ll learn all about the surrounding wildlife and geology from our local guide, not to mention Glen Coe’s historic past.
We understand that a full day of exploring will you make you hungry, but no one will go to bed hungry with us! Our quintessential Scottish accommodation this evening will be the newly renovated Kingshouse Hotel, where you can dine on local venison at The Way Inn. It’s a lovely little gem, ingeniously located in the middle of nowhere, embedded in the legendary Glen Coes. With nothing but the rolling Scottish countryside to lull you to sleep, you can’t ask for a more peaceful experience after a full day’s exertion.
We hope you’re full of energy after a night of perfectly undisturbed sleep. On Day 4 we explore the prehistoric Kilmartin Glen, Scotland’s largest stone circle area, in the magical Argyll.
This is one of our absolute favourite places in Scotland, filled with magical stories that we hope you find as interesting as we do! Scotland has so much to offer and we plan to wrap up these little adventures for you so that you can carry them in your heart forever. So, what are we waiting for?
Another one of our brilliant local guides will accompany us as we meander through the stone circles and ancient burial grounds of Kilmartin, later climbing the Dunadd Fort, where the kings of Scottis were crowned. Here, we can take a moment to think about the past and philosophize about which scenes could have taken place on that very spot, centuries ago; feeling like the heroes of yesteryear!
We’ll end the day at the Anchor Hotel, where we spend the night. This cozy, small harbour hotel is the perfect end to a historic day. Tonight, we have the option to enjoy the local catch of the day in the Seabed Restaurant and sample the smooth malts in the Loch Fyne Bar, gazing over the ferry terminal at Loch Fyne as we reminisce over the day’s activities. After a happy, hearty meal in the hotel or at a local pub, you’ll fall into bed with a smile on your face.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end as we come to the last day of our tour.
Heading back towards Edinburgh, our first ferry crossing will take us over to Portavadie, from where we will drive along the breathtaking Argyll coast. Our second ferry crossing will take us along the Clyde Firth on the Dunoon Ferry. With wonderful coastlines, picturesque fjord landscapes and the unique west coast, you’ll be spoiled for views.
(weather depending – this is Scotland after all!).
As we head back through the Central Belt, we’ll make a stop at the mystical Kelpie sculptures near Grangemouth. By now, your holiday album should be full to bursting, but make sure you still have some room saved on your memory drive as these iconic sculptures are not one to miss!
These equine sculptures are the largest in the world, weighing more than 300 tonnes each and 100ft tall. Whilst here you’ll learn about the importance of what they represent and how these magical structures were modelled after real life Scottish icons of the past. Have we spiked your curiosity yet? We’ll reveal all of the fascinating details about the Kelpies on our tour, as the saying goes: “all good things comes to those who wait”!
Once we’re back in Edinburgh, it’s time to say goodbye to the group. Those with a flight to catch, we’ll take directly to the Airport or, if you’d like to extend your tour, we’ll provide transport to your chosen hotel. Whether you stay or go, one thing is for sure, everyone will be leaving with the same wonderful feeling.
With so much more to see and do in Scotland, we hope this is not ‘farewell’, but rather, ‘see you soon’!
13th – 17th April 2019
18th – 22nd August 2019
Length of Tour: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Max. No Participants: 6 Pax
Price per Person: from £1.370,-
Single Supplement: £120,-
Tour starts in Edinburgh
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
incl. local guides on 3 days