Little’s Sample 6 Day Tour around Scotland
Upon arriving at Glasgow Airport you will receive a warm welcome from one of our uniformed chauffeurs to begin your tour of Scotland. Heading northwest out of the city into the Highlands, you very quickly reach the shores of Loch Lomond before crossing Rannoch Moor, a vast plateau over 1000 feet above sea level. From there you then descend into the magnificent and awe-inspiring Glencoe, site of the famous massacre of 1692. From here you head towards the shore of Loch Linnhe and onto Fort William which lies in the shadow of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Leaving Fort William behind you then take the ‘Road to the Isles’ west towards the fishing port of Mallaig, to catch a ferry and cross ‘over the sea to Skye’, the largest and most dramatic island on the west coast of Scotland.
Your hosts for the evening will be Lord & Lady MacDonald at the charming, cosy and luxurious Kinloch Lodge. A hotel and restaurant like no other, it holds a truly unique magical setting. Recognised internationally, Kinloch was cited as one of the world’s top 25 small hotels in Conde Naste Traveller Magazine. Head Michelin Starred Chef Marcello Tully not only serves exquisite food but also invites guests to private cookery demonstrations throughout the year. Lady Claire MacDonald, Kinloch Lodge’s proprietor, is an Award-winning cook and food writer. Claire’s recipes are easy-to-follow, straightforward, and realistic – quintessentially Scottish in taste, but international in appeal and if lucky enough you can secure a place at one of her exclusive cookery courses.
For lovers of the outdoors there is deer stalking and shooting available on the stunning Clan Donald Estate. Or for very experienced climbers, guides are on hand, to take you into the Cuillins – Skye’s breath-taking mountain range. The Isle of Skye’s Coral beaches are perfect for a romantic stroll. A tasting and tour at the Talisker whisky distillery is just as enjoyable
Full day exploring the Isle of Skye, with its magnificent lava landscapes, Gaelic & Norse culture and magnificent sea cliffs.
Today, leaving Skye you begin to head east, passing through yet more dramatic mountain scenery. Hugging the shore of Loch Carron and then passing through Glen Carron, the scenery gradually begins to change, becoming greener and less barren than that of Skye and the west coast. Culloden Battlefield, a short distance from Inverness, is steeped in the history of the Jacobite Uprising and battle of April 1746, between the English and Scottish armies and is well worth visiting.
Once described as the most beautiful Regency House in Scotland The Boath House was recently voted the Good Hotel Guide Scottish Hotel of the Year 2013. Proprietors Dan & Wendy Matheson offer warm hospitality and boast a Michelin Starred Restaurant & 4 AA rosettes. The property is set in 20 acres including well tended lawns, walled gardens, woodland and streams. An ornamental lake in the grounds is stocked with brown and rainbow trout and is also home to swans, wild geese and ducks. A series of well-kept paths connect with the house to enable guests to explore the gardens and rest and relax at secluded seating areas or on sunny terraces. The Matheson’s love of art has resulted in the house being designated an art gallery in 1997 and it is now home to works of art of up to 30 talented artists from Scotland’s Highlands and Islands.
On leaving the Inverness area you could pay a quick visit to the Clava Cairns – pre historic burial cairns which have survived for over 1000 years. Cawdor Castle, home of the Thane of Cawdor (from Shakespeare’s Macbeth), is close by and well worth a visit. From here you could head across the Dava Moor towards Grantown on Spey and Speyside, Scotland’s famous whisky producing area and partake of some whisky tours & sampling. The mountain village of Tomintoul is the highest village in the United Kingdom and after passing through it you head into Royal Deeside, the area of Scotland where the Royal family’s holiday home of Balmoral Castle is situated. Ballater, the local town, is interesting in that many of the shops are “by Royal Appointment” and bear crests of the various members of the Royal Family on the walls outside. Continuing east from here you will arrive on the outskirts of Aberdeen, the oil capital of Europe and Scotland’s third largest city, famed for is sparkling granite architecture.
A warm Scottish welcome will be awaiting you at the Marcliffe Hotel Spa and Restaurant – a prestigious and intimate five-star luxury hotel set in 11 acres of beautiful wooded grounds. The wine cellar boasts more than 400 choice wines and the distinctive, comfortable Drawing Room Bar is stocked with over 150 exquisite malt whiskies and a scintillating selection of Cognac, Armagnacs and rare European brandies. The focal point of the splendid drawing room is the baby grand piano which is festooned with a pictorial record of some of the many VIPs and celebrities who have visited and stayed in the hotel since it opened in 1993. With a real log fire burning invitingly, guests and visitors find the Drawing Room an ultra-relaxing retreat. An intrinsic part of the Marcliffe experience is the Spa where you will be cosseted and pampered with an intriguing selection of massages, aroma therapy, and facial and body treatments.
In the morning, you could spend some time exploring Old Aberdeen and the university before heading towards Crathes Castle & Gardens at Banchory. The castle, built in the second half of the 16th century, is a superb example of a tower house of the period. Some of the rooms retain their original painted ceilings and collections of family portraits and furniture. A visit to this property is enhanced by the walled garden, which incorporates herbaceous borders and many unusual plants. From here you could then head south towards Glamis Castle, Scone Palace and Perth before continuing to Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. Described as ‘the Athens of the North’, Edinburgh is full of places to explore, not least Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the historic Botanic Gardens.
Your hosts for this evening a 5 star boutique hotel, The Glasshouse, designed around modern and medieval Edinburgh, this 160 year old façade of the Lady Glenorchy Church is the epitome of luxury. Accommodation surrounds the 2 acre rooftop garden which boasts magnificent views of Carlton Hill. The hotel’s 65 guestrooms include 18 award- winning suites, which have been uniquely designed with a different Scotch whisky in mind. This award winning property is located right in the heart of Edinburgh and is the ideal base for exploring the city.
Day 6 (optional use of car and chauffeur / guide)
Today, we would suggest enjoying Edinburgh at your leisure. There is a wealth of historic sites, Michelin Starred restaurants and excellent shopping opportunities available.
Transfer to the airport & a fond farewell prior to your flight home or to your next destination.
All of Little’s itineraries are simply a starting point to create something totally unique for you. Everyone has their own personal ‘wish list’ and we always tailor the route, activities and hotels to you, whether you are a golf or whisky enthusiast, a lover of outdoor pursuits or you simply want to enjoy Scotland at your leisure.
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