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
Perched on the edge of a picturesque private garden in the New Town, Kimpton Charlotte Square 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 this 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 include 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 Orkney Islands
Depart Inverness with your driver today and cross the Kessock Bridge and follow the dramatic coastline north. Lunch is in one of the picturesque Sutherland fishing villages before you arrive at the most north-easterly point on the British mainland - Duncansby Head. From here there are wonderful views from the lighthouse down the coast to the incredible Duncansby Stacks. After a short journey you can stop for refreshments at John O’Groats, the Scottish mainland’s most northerly village. On arrival at Gills Bay, you will board the ferry and cross the Pentland Firth to the world-famous islands of Orkney. Depending on the weather your first stop on the islands will be either the quaint Italian Chapel or a short cliff-side walk to the Neolithic chambered Tomb of the Eagles. In the early evening you will arrive at the Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, capital of Orkney, where we include 2 nights at The Kirkwall Hotel. You’ll have time to visit the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral or explore the town’s historic winding streets and harbour.
The Kirkwall Hotel with stunning views to the north is one of Orkney's finest Victorian Buildings, perfectly situated within the historic town of Kirkwall, on the picturesque harbour front, close to the marina and the main shopping area, ideal for business or leisure. This is the best hotel on the island and the ideal base from which to explore.
The Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae
Today you will explore these fantastic, ancient islands – a land of contrasts where tranquil green pastures, fringed by shores of golden sands, are lashed by the untamed waters of both the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. The first stop will be the standing stone circles at Stenness and Brodgar. The Stones of Stenness are also one of Orkney’s most famous sites and date from at least 3000BC. The Ring of Brodgar is part of Orkney's World Heritage site and the circle has become an iconic part of the islands' identity. It is 104 metres wide and is one of the finest stone circles in the world with 27 standing stones. In the afternoon you will visit the internationally renowned Skara Brae. This incredibly well-preserved stone village contains an intricate maze of dwellings, stone beds, lintels, and cupboards all intact, and dating back some 5,000 years. The site was revealed in 1850 by a violent storm and is now one of the most famous Neolithic sites in Northern Europe. You can enjoy an optional lunch in the picturesque seaport of Stromness. You’ll have time to explore the flagstone paved streets and hidden alleyways and, in the afternoon, it’s a scenic drive to the Brough of Birsay for a short coastal walk. We cross the causeway to this tidal island and visit the remains of both Pictish and Norse settlements, including St. Peter's Kirk. On the far side of this small island we visit the lighthouse and spectacular cliff face. In the late afternoon you can view The Tomb of Maeshowe, the finest chambered tomb in Western Europe. Built before 2700 BC, it was raided by the Vikings in the mid-12th century and plundered of all its 'treasures'. They did, however, leave behind one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions in the world. Finally, it’s back to Kirkwall for our second night after what is sure to have been a memorable day.
Full Day with your driver/guide to the Isle of Skye
This morning you will meet your driver/guide and take the ferry back to the mainland before continuing to take the land bridge across to the Isle of Skye. 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 via the majestic Glencoe and along Loch Lomond to Glasgow. Stunning scenery abounds. On arrival in Glasgow check into your hotel for your final night 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.