The Ultimate Scottish Adventure

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  • July 31 – August 07, 2022
  • Scotland
  • Scotland
  • July 31 – August 07, 2022
  • 08 days / 07 nights
  • 6 – 12 guests

Overview

The absolutely best time to see Scotland is in summer during the Highland Games. Enjoy getting underneath the skin of this mystical land during our 8-day luxury tour for women and wander through some of the most stunning parts of Scotland. Explore the UNESCO site of Edinburgh with its incredible history, spend time meandering through extensive gardens on the west coast and enjoy visiting some iconic sites on the Isle of Skye with its 400 miles of jagged coastline. The dramatic light of the Outer Hebridean Islands will sweep you away. Attend the Highland Games near Dornach a summer tradition dating back to 1835. Our experienced and knowledgeable guide will bring the Scottish scenery to life with tales of clans, battles, medieval folklore, magic, fairies and even witchcraft which will leave you wanting to return very soon.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit HRH Queen Elizabeth’s floating palace
  • Enjoy a day out at the Highland Games
  • Sample the famous Uisge Beatha on the coast of Skye
  • Meet a local artist on Skye and discover her inspiration
  • Stroll through Attadale Gardens, and its 1755 manor house
  • Stay in a proper castle in Dornoch near the sea
  • Enjoy coffee and cake at the Skye Bakery in the charming harbor town of Portree
  • Lunch at Blair House, a 900+ year old Castle
  • Search for the dinosaur footprints on the beach
  • Shop for classic Scottish tweeds and cashmeres at a country store
  • Visit Edinburgh’s Royal Palace and the Ancient Castle
  • Explore the mountains, lochs and waterfalls of Skye

Itinerary

Day 1 – Sunday 31st July – Welcome to Edinburgh

On arrival in Edinburgh you will be greeted by your private transfer and taken to your hotel, just a stone’s throw away from the Old Town and that offers incredible views of the Edinburgh skyline.

This afternoon you are free to explore some of the city or simply relax at the hotel after your journey.  Your guide will meet you in the bar for some pre dinner drinks and a full trip briefing before you enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.

Overnight:  Kimpton Charlotte Square, or similar

Meals included: Dinner

Dinner Venue: Monteiths 

Day 2 – Monday 1st Aug – Cobblestone streets and floating palaces

Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel this morning and you will head out to start exploring this vibrant city.  Take a walk along the famous royal mile, stopping to admire the iconic landmarks such as St Giles’ Cathedral and the Palace of Holyrood. At the end of the Royal Mile Edinburgh Castle stands looking over the city, explore the castle’s Great Hall, the Royal Palace, St Margaret’s Chapel and Mons Meg the six ton siege gun.

Your guide will also take you off the beaten track to find some of the hidden gems that feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of the main street.  After a cafe lunch, you will head to the port of Leith and take a tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia, HRH Queen Elizabeth’s floating palace that took her all around the world.  See her bedchamber and where state functions used to take place as well as the kitchens and deep into the heart of this magnificent ship.  This evening is free for you to enjoy one of the many eateries that the city has to offer and your guide will help you make reservations, or snuggle up and enjoy room service in your room.

Overnight: Overnight:  Kimpton Charlotte Square, or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
Lunch Venue:
Grain Store Restaurant

Day 3 – Tuesday 2nd August – Over the sea to Skye

Through the rolling hills of Perthshire and into the Highlands you will head west this morning to the fabled Isle of Skye.  Your journey will take you through some stunning scenery including mountains, lochs and waterfalls.  After a revitalising lunch in a local deli, you will visit the studio of a local female artist Cath Waters who takes a lot of her inspiration from the dramatic light of the Outer Hebridean Islands and the west coast.  Hear about her travels around Scotland in her camper van and enjoy seeing some of her latest work.  Afterwards we may enjoy a walk along the beach at Talisker Bay on the West Coast of the island.  Your accommodation this evening is right on the shore of Loch Snizort, and your rooms will offer fantastic views across the loch and to the hills beyond.

Overnight: Skeabost House Hotel, Skye, or similar

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lunch Venue: Deli Gasta

Dinner Venue: At the hotel

Day 4 – Wednesday 3rd August – The Trotternish Peninsula

Skye is home to some wonderful rock formations that scatter the landscape of the Trotternish Peninsula.  The most famous of these is the Old Man of Storr, a towering rock that stands apart from the other fallen rocks, remnants of ancient landslides. Enjoy a walk to the base of this iconic feature and admire the views across to the islands of Raasay and Rona. Your next stop will be at the beach of Staffin, where you can search for the dinosaur footprints that appear here at low tide, they are harder to find that you think!  In the afternoon you will enjoy some time in the pretty harbour town of Portree, bolstered by some delicious coffee and cake at the famous Skye Bakery.  A wonderful end to a day of exploration!

Overnight:  Skeabost House Hotel, Skye, or similar

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lunch Venue: Bag lunch from a local deli.

Coffee and cake in the Skye Bakery on return to Portree

Dinner Venue: At the hotel

Day 5 – Thursday 4th August – Fishing Villages and Inspiring Gardens

Heading back to the mainland of Scotland you will stop this morning at the impossibly quaint fishing village of Plockton where you can spend some time exploring or simply enjoying a coffee at a local cafe and watch the world go by. Your next stop as you head north is at the gorgeous Attadale Gardens, which has been constantly reinvented since the house was built in 1755. Spend time exploring the different gardens, such as the sunken garden with its giant sundial, or the japanese garden, which incorporates the five traditional elements of Japanese garden design. Your final destination today is the seaside town of Dornoch, famous for its golf courses and its white sandy beach.

Overnight:  Dornoch Castle Hotel, Dornoch, or similar

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lunch Venue: Plockton Inn

Dinner Venue: At the hotel

Day 6 – Friday 5th August – Highland Games

Highland Games were first invented as a way of testing who was the strongest and bravest of the clan.  Musicians and dancers were also encouraged to showcase their talents so they could be a great credit to their clan. Today the format has been taken from Victorians times, with many athletes coming from all over the world to compete in the Heavy events such as Tossing the Caber or Stone put. Each Highland Games event is overseen by one clan who generally march as one onto the games field with the clan chief opening the games.  Enjoy a wonderful day watching the events, admiring the dancers and enjoying the music of this traditional Scottish day out.

Overnight:  Dornoch Castle Hotel, Dornoch, or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Lunch: Clients can buy their own lunch today as there are lots of food stands at the Highland Games

Dinner on your own or at the hotel (not included)

Day 7 – Saturday 6th August – Blair Atholl and Bruar

It is time to start heading south as your adventure is coming to an end.  Enjoy the scenery as you pass through the Cairngorms National Park with its impressive mountains and epic views.  On the way to your final accommodation, we visit Blair Castle, home to Europe’s only private army.  After lunch at a working water mill you will have some free time at the House of Bruar, a country store famous for its cashmere and woollen wear.  Spend time exploring everything that this wonderful treasure trove has to offer. If shopping isn’t your thing, then take a walk up to see the tumbling Falls of Bruar with your guide.

Your final accommodation this evening is a quaint hotel on the banks of the babbling River Tay, that offers incredible food and a lovely wee bar where you can raise a glass to your vacation and the memories that will linger long after you leave these mystical lands.

Overnight:  Grandtully Hotel, Grandtully, or similar

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lunch Venue: Blair Atholl Watermill & Tea Room

Dinner Venue: At the hotel

Day 8 – Sunday 7th August – Return to Edinburgh

Your guide will take you back to Edinburgh airport this morning in time for onward connections.  If there is time you may be able to enjoy a last gentle walk to see a magnificent waterfall from a georgian folly that is set underneath towering Scots pines – a lovely way to end your time in Scotland.

Meals included: Breakfast

Trip Notes:

GG2P always reserves the right to alter the itinerary based on weather or availability as well as exciting opportunities that might crop up!

NOTE -> Not to worry – Vegetarians will be well fed in all cafés and restaurants as well as those allergic to seafood or gluten. Options are plentiful.

Trip Cost

Trip Cost: 5,835 GBP*

 

  • * All our trips are organized and priced based on single occupancy at all the places we stay. If you’re traveling with a friend/relative or would prefer to save some money by sharing a room, we can usually organize double occupancy and a reduction in cost, on this trip if you wish you share, you’ll save at least $1,000 per person.
  • * All our trips are priced in the home currency of the trip’s location; however, we will invoice you in the equivalent USD calculated at the exchange rate at the time of invoice.
  • Savings can be had if you choose to room with an old or new friend. Please inquire.
  • Interest-free payment plans are available, which can bring down your 4500-euro trip to just 375 euros a month depending on how far ahead you book. Please inquire.

Inclusions:

  • All lodging
  • Breakfast each day starting on Day 2
  • Lunches from Day 2 to Day 8 Except Day 6
  • 5 Dinners plus a glass of wine/beer with each included dinner
  • The ervices of an experienced guide throughout
  • Ground transportation throughout (9 seater minivan)
  • All guided hikes, entrance fees and activities, specifically:
    • Entry to Royal Yacht Britannia
    • Entry to Edinburgh Castle
    • Entry to the Dinosaur Museum at Staffin
    • Entry to Attadale Gardens
    • Entry to Dornoch Highland Games
    • Entry to Blair Castle
  • Gratuities for included meals and accommodation

Exclusions:

  • International Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Spa treatments, souvenirs or personal laundry
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide

NOTE: All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking.

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