Arrival Transfer Edinburgh
Upon arrival in Edinburgh, you will be met by your driver/guide holding a sign with your name on it and privately transferred to your hotel. Check in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. The Kimpton Charlotte Square is perched on the edge of a picturesque private garden in the New Town and the hotel blends traditional glamour with the Scotland of today. Outside, a classical Georgian exterior stands as an ode to the past in the heart of the New Town, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Edinburgh Walking Tour
Your tour, with an expert local guide, will explore the city’s main attractions on or around the Royal Mile including The Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Scottish Parliament and of course Edinburgh Castle. Entrances are included to Edinburgh Castle.
The afternoon is free to explore the city further at your leisure. You may wish to include a tasting and optional lunch at the Scotch Whisky Society, join a scheduled evening Underground Ghost tour in the cities underground vaults or arrange a trip to visit Rosslyn Chapel.
is one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe, Set in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city it is sure to capture your imagination. The scenery will take your breath away. Standing on its great rock, Edinburgh Castle dominates Scotland’s capital. Great events have taken place within its wall and it has witnessed many sieges. To control the castle was to hold the keys to the kingdom. Iron Age warriors understood the rock’s military potential and built a hill fort here. The castle is now a worldfamous visitor attraction and a key element of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.
Full day with your driver/guide to St. Andrews
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and meet with your driver/guide for a full day east into the Kingdom of Fife and to St Andrews, you will have time to see the Castle and the University and of course the Old Course. You can enjoy an optional lunch along the way. In late afternoon check into your hotel in St Andrews for an overnight.
Old Course Hotel
Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, the Old Course Hotel overlooks the famous links courses and the West Sands Beach. This prestigious AA Five Red Star-awarded hotel has 144 rooms including 35 suites and is recognised as one of Europe’s leading resorts.
Full day with your driver/guide to Inverness
After breakfast today, you will be met by your private driver/guide and depart St. Andrews. You will travel via Glamis Castle for an included visit before continuing along the whisky trail. Here we will include a stop at one of the distillery's for a tour and tasting. In the afternoon, you will arrive in the town of Inverness and check in to your hotel. The rest of the evening is free.
Glamis Castle has been the ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372, inspiration for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and birthplace of HRH The Princess Margaret. Expert guides will help you follow in the footsteps of Mary, Queen of Scots, James V, Bonnie Dundee, the Old Jacobite Pretender to the throne James VIII, the ill-fated Janet Douglas and of course tell the story of the bitter-sweet life of Mary Eleanor Bowes. The innovative Macbeth Trail, located in the Pinetum, was first proposed by Des Cotton, Head Gardener in conjunction with Tommy Baxter, General Manager. Neith Art and Sculpture, collaborative artists who work predominantly in wood, were commissioned to produce a series of seven sculptures. The Macbeth Trail at Glamis is sculpted from Oak, Douglas Fir and Noble Fir trees grown on the Estate. The artists have successfully captured the essence of the play by sculpting major scenes; the work is figurative but captures the madness, mental turmoil and tempestuous weather of the play. There is much to see at his magnificent estate and we highly recommend a visit here.
Nestled on the leafy banks of the River Ness, lies Ness Walk. An idyllic 5-star retreat hotel in Inverness, just 10 minutes from Loch Ness. Surrounded by a dramatic canopy of impressive trees, our grand building allows you to experience a secluded atmosphere in the heart of the vibrant city centre. Originally a 19th century house, our lovingly restored Grade B listed building still retains many of its periodic features. But unified with modern design and architecture, providing a flawless balance between past and present.
Jacobite Cruise Sensation
We includes a cruise on the loch and a visit to a castle, whilst experiencing the legends, myths, history and spectacular views of Loch ness. Learn everything there is to know about the home of Nessie as you roll along her shores. Then get your camera ready for a 30-minute cruise on the world-famous waters and then a fascinating hour to have a nosy around the once mighty stronghold of Urquhart Castle, as well as a trip to the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition - all entry fees included.
Full Day with Driver/Guide to the Isle of Skye
This morning you will meet your driver/guide for a full day tour to the Isle of Skye. En-route you will see the most photographed castle in the world, Eilean Donan. The island of Skye, connected to Scotland's northwest coast by bridge, is known for its rugged landscapes, picturesque fishing villages and medieval castles. The largest island in the Inner Hebrides archipelago, it has an indented coastline of peninsulas and narrow lochs, radiating out from a mountainous interior. Spend the afternoon exploring the wonderful Island and the spectacular scenery.
Kinloch Lodge is a historic destination hotel and restaurant on the Isle of Skye off the north west coast of Scotland.
From Skye via ferry to Mallaig and Jacobite Steam Train to Fort William and on to Glasgow with your driver/guide
This morning you will check out of your hotel and meet your driver/guide before driving the short distance to the port of Armadale. You will catch the morning ferry for the 45-minute journey from Armadale to Mallaig admiring the spectacular scenery as you go. On arrival in Mallaig you will take the Jacobite Steam Train to Fort William where you will meet with your driver again and continue to Glasgow for a final night. Check in to your hotel and the rest of the evening is free to enjoy the city.
Jacobite Steam Train Trip
Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain's most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis! The train stops en route to Mallaig at the village of Glenfinnan (see below). Beyond Glenfinnan are the beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig. You may alight at Arisaig by request to the guard. From here, on a clear summer's day, you can see the "Small Isles" of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye. The train continues on from here passing Morar and the silvery beaches used in the films "Highlander" and "Local Hero".
Blythswood Square Hotel
Blythswood Square has been a prestigious address since the early 19th century. Overlooking a private garden square, the hotel's Georgian townhouses were originally home to wealthy merchants and were later turned into the club headquarters for The Royal Scottish Automobile Club.
Private Departure Transfer Glasgow Airport
After breakfast this morning we include a private transfer to Glasgow Airport. Please be ready in the hotel lobby.