Have you always wanted to know what Scotland was really like? Then join us on an unforgettable journey to the heart of Scotland. Come and meet real Scots and experience the best of what Scotland has to offer. Hear the amazing stories, immerse yourself in culture, indulge in local delicacies as you enjoy the great Scottish outdoors and dive into the traditional yet modern lifestyle of the Scottish people.
It’s time to experience Scotland like a local… are you ready?
We begin our tour of Scotland in Edinburgh, where the group will assemble at a central meeting point. Once everyone has arrived we will take you through the itinerary for the week as you become acquainted with the rest of the group. We try our utmost to tailor our tours to meet your preferences, so don’t be afraid to ask questions or make requests. We hope you’re all in high spirits because the first stop on our tour is an absolute highlight for everyone.
From Edinburgh we’ll take a short drive to Kingsfield Golf Course where Ronnie and his experienced team will provide us with an unforgettable golfing experience. If you’re new to golf, don’t worry, this experience can be catered to all levels from beginners to experienced golfers. Known as the ‘Cradle of Golf’, Scotland has attracted thousands of golf enthusiasts each year, and now it’s your turn to experience the majesty of the game first hand.
Once we’ve worked up an appetite, Ronnie will accompany us to Champany Inn for a well earned steak lunch. Scotland is known well beyond its borders for its high quality beef but, if you’re not a meat eater, then you can choose from a wide range of other yummy options. Once here, taking a tour of the Champany wine cellar is a must, where we have the option to try a tipple from their extensive stock.
Our accommodation for the next few nights is the Gibliston Mill in Fife, home to our host and accomplished food lover and nutritionist, Jane Lorimer. Jane has converted these secluded Georgian stables into a gorgeous country home, surrounded by unspoilt Scottish countryside, and is where we’ll enjoy our first nights sleep in Scotland.
Today, our local guide Jane will accompany us to a traditional Scottish farm shop where you will be introduced to the fresh local produce of the area. Ardross Farm is an award winning farm shop with stunning views over the Firth of Forth. Enjoy the colours, tastes and smells of Scotland as you work with Jane to select locally grown ingredients with the aim to create an incredibly fresh and delicious meal of your own. Take your time and rediscover the enjoyment of food shopping in a calm and peaceful environment.
We will then head to Anster Cheese Farm for another ‘field to plate’ experience. From the viewing gallery you will learn all about the traditional Scottish methods of cheese production and witness the cheese being made first hand. Gaze out over rolling Scottish countryside towards the sea as you try some of the delicious food in the coffee shop or sample some of the award winning Anster cheese on offer.
With our bags full of fresh local produce, we head back to the charming Gibliston Mill where Jane will demonstrate the skills needed for us to prepare our lunch. You couldn’t ask for a more local experience!
After lunch, we will head to Kellie Castle for a private tour of the grounds and the castle itself. Kellie Castle is a ‘must see’ for history buffs, nature lovers and architecture enthusiasts alike. On this private tour you’ll learn all about the history, traditions and legends surrounding the castle and, if the rumours are to be believed, you might even bump into one of the two spirits that haunt the castle corridors.
Jane will help kick start the day with a traditional Scottish breakfast that includes Puddledub’s famous black pudding, haggis, bacon and other classic treats that will set you up for the day ahead.
First, we’ll head to Pitlochry, a gorgeous Victorian town set in the highlands of Perthshire. Known for its high street full of cafes and craft shops, the famous Salmon Ladder at Pitlochry Dam and one of the most famous viewpoints in Scotland set high above Loch Tummel, Pitlochry is always worth a visit.
Next we’ll visit the Highland Folk Museum, Britain’s first open air museum, in Newtonmore. You might recognise it as one of the filming locations for the hugely successful TV series ‘Outlander’. Join us on a journey to discover how the real Highlanders lived and learn about their crafts and traditions.
The next stop on our tour is one of our absolute favourites. We’ll head to Leault Farm where, amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland, you’ll get to experience a working sheepdog demonstration. Local shepherd and dog trainer, Neil, will show you how these incredible dogs are trained and how they keep their flock of sheep in check. Meet the wee Collie pups, feed the orphan lambs and you’ll even get to see some real life sheep shearing. It doesn’t get more Scottish than this!
Our accommodation for the evening is The Garth Hotel, a charming country Inn built in the 1850’s. Relax by the cosy log fire in the lounge or unwind in the hotel bar with a selection of up to 60 malt whiskies to try from.
Today you’re in for a treat as our local guide introduce you to the only working cooperage in the UK. At Speyside Cooperage we’ll have the opportunity to discover an integral part of the whisky industry: the ancient art of making whisky barrels and casks. On this unique tour, you’ll have the option to watch the coopers at work, try coopering for yourself or simply relax and enjoy the gift and coffee shop available. You definitely won’t see something like this everyday!
It’s time to put on your walking shoes, because today we’ll be exploring the great Scottish outdoors with our experienced guide, Ian. Ian is a Scottish outdoor adventure specialist and has written six books on the (sadly dying) folklore of the Cairngorms. There is something truly magical about experiencing Scotland with him as you wander through the breathtaking countryside.
We’ll say goodbye to Ian before driving to Aboyne where we spend the night at the luxurious Lodge on the Loch. Nestled on the banks of the Loch of Aboyne, The Lodge offers spectacular views out towards Mount Keen and Mount Lochnagar. Sit back and relax in the lochside hot tub or enjoy a spectacular meal at the Osprey Restaurant with panoramic views over the Cairngorms. It doesn’t get much better than this!
Today you get to experience a real Scottish tradition at one of the most famous highland games in the world, Braemar Gathering. As iconically Scottish as haggis, kilts or bagpipes the Highland Games are a must see when visiting Scotland. You’ll get to spend the whole day enjoying these unique sporting and athletic events such as: Tossing the Caber, Hammer Throw, Tug O’ War and so much more.
The Highlight if the day is the visit of Queen Elizebeth II who makes a personal visit from Balmoral every year wich will make this an unforgettable experience.
Afterwards, we’ll head back to the Lodge on the Loch for a well earned rest after a full day of fun, laughter and unique Scottish sports!
Make sure you have your cameras and phones fully charged because today you’ll be spoilt for scenery. We’ll start the day by driving along the East Coast towards Dunnottar Castle where you will be rewarded with some stunning views across the sea.
Dunnottar Castle is an evocative ruined cliff top fortress, attracting visitors from all over the world due to its historic significance and unimaginably scenic location. Dunnottar Castle was known as an unbreachable fortress and holds many secrets of Scotland’s fascinating past. Prepare to be wowed as, once seen, this castle is not easily forgotten.
For those of you who are interested, we can make a stop in St. Andrews on our way back to Edinburgh (just let us know on the day and we’ll make it happen). St. Andrews is well known for its world famous golf courses, its gorgeous architecture and, of course, for the University where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, first met.
We’ll make a necessary photo stop at the Firth of Forth before reaching our accommodation for the evening. From our exclusive viewpoint, we’ll enjoy the ultimate views across the Three Forth Bridges into the Kingdom of Fife; get your cameras ready!
We hope you have enjoyed experiencing Scotland as much as we have loved sharing it with you. As our tour comes to an end, depending on your preferences, you can choose to extend your stay in Scotland or fly home directly. Whichever option you choose, we will arrange transportation to the airport or to your chosen hotel.
We know that Scotland will capture your hearts as it has ours and we hope that means we will see you again soon. So, from everyone at TRIPorganiser, we say “cheerio the nou!”.