Little’s Sample 8 Day Tour around Scotland
Upon arrival at Glasgow Airport, you will be welcomed by one of our uniformed chauffeur guides to begin your tour of Scotland. Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland is rich in Victorian architecture, much of which dates from the time when the city was a wealthy industrial centre and ‘second city of the British Empire’. After exploring the main attractions and perhaps one of Glasgow’s many museums, you could check in at One Devonshire Gardens to relax for the remainder of the day and in the evening dining in one of the cities fine restaurants where you can experience some of the city’s famed hospitality. Glasgow boasts the finest shopping in the United Kingdom outside London, and the most vibrant and exciting nightlife in Scotland.
Set in a tree-lined Victorian terrace in the fashionable West End of Glasgow, Hotel du Vin Glasgow at One Devonshire Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel with that little bit more. This luxurious hotel has an enviable reputation for service and style, with stunning bedrooms and suites, a bistro, bar, cigar shack and whisky room. Described by one journalist as “hotels with substance and wit”, Hotel du Vin is a wonderful combination of wines, great cocktails and cigars, serious showers, divine Egyptian linens and classic bistros with a twist.
Today’s trip will take you northwest out of the city into the Highlands. For those who enjoy ‘’a wee dram’’ the Glengoyne & Auchentoshan distilleries are located a short distance from Glasgow. They offer the opportunity to discover the processes involved in making Scotland’s most famous export, and of course, sampling the end result. As you leave the city, very quickly you will pass the shores of Loch Lomond before heading up across Rannoch Moor. En route there will be opportunities to stop at your leisure to take photgraphs of the most breath-taking scenery our beautiful country has to offer. After crossing the moor you then descend into the magnificent and awe-inspiring Glencoe, site of the famous massacre in 1692. From here you head towards the shore of Loch Linnie and onto Fort William and Inverlochy Castle, both of which lie in the shadow of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.
Inverlochy Castle exudes luxury and glamour; it is also a food lover’s haven. Dinner at Inverlochy is an experience to savour in any of their three dining rooms, each decorated with period and elaborate furniture presented as gifts to Inverlochy Castle from the King of Norway. The menu features modern British cuisine, which is internationally recognized by all major guides, having been awarded AA 3 Red Rosettes and 1 Michelin Star. It combines excellent food with the very best personal service; they offer guests and visitors a unique experience, highly attentive yet unobtrusive. On selected dates guests can enjoy a cookery demonstration given by Chef Albert Roux, followed in the evening by a formal 5 course dinner with wine.
Today touring would take in the greater area around Fort William. Heading back down the shore of Loch Linnie, you could take the short ferry at Corran across to the Moidart and Ardnamurchan Peninsulas, the latter being the most westerly point on the British Isles. From here you would then head north towards the fishing port of Mallaig, to catch another ferry and cross ‘over the sea to Skye’, the largest and most dramatic island on the west coast of Scotland.
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.
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.
Full day exploring the Isle of Skye, with its magnificent lava landscapes, Gaelic & Norse culture and magnificent sea cliffs. The north of the island is home to Dunvegan Castle and the world renowned Three Chimneys restaurant, serving the finest local produce available.
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 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 voted the Good Hotel Guide Scottish Hotel of the Year 2013. Proprietors Don & 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 brief 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 in 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 bare crests of the various members of the Royal Family on the walls outside. Continuing west 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 will 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, including Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyrood and wonderful Botanic Gardens.
You could be welcomed by The Glasshouse Hotel’s 150 year old façade of the Lady Glenorchy Church. All 65 bedrooms have been redesigned, offering luxurious, contemporary furnishings. Many rooms within the hotel offer direct access to the roof top garden. Located a short walk from the Royal Mile, this hotel is ideally placed to enjoy the capital city.
Day 8 (optional use of car and chauffeur / guide)
Today, we would suggest enjoying Edinburgh at your leisure. The cobbled streets of the Royal Mile descend though centuries of history from the Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. From world-class museums and galleries to international Festivals, excellent shopping and Michelin Starred restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice in this lively and cosmopolitan city, with a distinctly Scottish twist.
Transfer to the airport & a fond farewell prior to your flight home or to your next destination.
*Please note that all itineraries are simply a starting point to create something totally unique for your individual clients. We recognise that every client has their own personal ‘wish list’ and therefore we will always tailor the route, activities and hotels whether they are golf or whisky enthusiasts, lovers of outdoor pursuits or simply want to enjoy Scotland at their leisure.
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