Scotland: Edinburgh & the Highlands - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Discover the rich heritage and dramatic beauty of Scotland, from its refined cities steeped in time-honoured tradition to its heathered highlands shrouded in the mists of legend.

Journey Overview

Discover the rich heritage and dramatic beauty of Scotland, from its refined cities steeped in time-honoured tradition to its heathered highlands shrouded in the mists of legend.

Journey Highlights

  • Stay at the Old Course Hotel, set on the links at St. Andrews
  • Tour Edinburgh, where you enjoy a private, before-hours visit to the majestic Royal Yacht Britannia
  • See Culloden Moor, battlefield of the Jacobite struggle
  • Drive through the Great Glen, past Glencoe and Fort William to Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
  • Indulge during a tour and tasting at a Scotch whisky distiller
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Glasgow, Scotland

Arrive in Glasgow, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, gather with fellow guests for cocktails and a welcome dinner at the hotel. 
Hotel du Vin Glasgow | Meals: D

Day 2: Glasgow | Hidden Gems

Enjoy an exclusive before-hours visit to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, home to one of Europe’s great art collections. Next, explore the art of distilling as you cross the Erskine Bridge for a private tour of the Auchentoshan Distillery. Return to the city for lunch at the Willow Tea Rooms, emblematic of the local Arts & Crafts movement of the early 20th century. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Hotel du Vin Glasgow | Meals: BL

Day 3: Inverness | Along the Great Glen

Venture to the shores of scenic Loch Lomond and embark on a private cruise across its waters, before continuing to Fort William, gateway to the Western Highlands. After time for lunch, proceed through the Great Glen past Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain. Pass Fort Augustus and travel to Loch Ness, home of fabled “Nessie.” Stop to view the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle before proceeding to your historic country house hotel. Tonight, celebrate Scottish tradition at your hotel, starting as the resident bagpiper plays you into dinner. 
Culloden House | Meals: BD

Day 4: Inverness | Into the Highlands & Barrel Making

Start your day with a visit to Clava Cairns, a Bronze Age stone formation used as a setting for the Outlander series. Stop at Speyside Cooperage to discover the ancient art of barrel making, learning how coopers shape, shave and char oak casks for whisky. After lunch at a traditional local pub, explore Johnston’s Cashmere Mill. Return to Inverness, to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. 
Culloden House | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Inverness & St. Andrews | Across the Moors

Visit Culloden Moor, the historic battle site where the Jacobite army of Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated in 1746. Enjoy A&K-exclusive access to this poignant site before opening hours. Continue to Glamis Castle, the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, childhood home of the Queen Mother and, legend has it, one of the most haunted castles in Britain. After lunch, enjoy a tour and a stroll through its beautiful gardens. Then, journey to the lovely coastal town of St. Andrews, regarded as the home of golf and site of the Open, the world’s oldest professional golf championship. After an introduction to the historic town, check into your hotel set on the famous links.
Old Course Hotel | Meals: BLD

Day 6: St. Andrews | Design Your Day

Today, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

  • Bike to a Nature Reserve along a quiet path that leads to Tentsmuir Forest and a lovely beach.
  • Enjoy an Enhanced Whisky Tasting on a private tour of a modern distillery making craft whiskies.
  • Embark by Sea Kayak on an excursion along the craggy local coastline, looking out for seals and other wildlife.

Enjoy your afternoon and evening at leisure. 
Old Course Hotel | Meals: B

Day 7: Edinburgh | Traditional Afternoon Tea

Today, journey to Edinburgh, Scotland’s elegant capital. Begin your visit with a tour of Holyrood Palace (subject to cancellation in the event of an official function). Continue up the Royal Mile to the historic Signet Library, where you are invited to one of Edinburgh’s most substantial afternoon teas, featuring savory side dishes and sweets that make for a satisfying lunch. Afterward, explore Edinburgh Castle with an expert local guide and take in the stunning views over the city and beyond. Later, check into your hotel for an evening at leisure. 
The Balmoral | Meals: BL

Day 8: Edinburgh | A Private Visit to Her Majesty’s Yacht

Begin your day with a private, before-hours visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, a proud vessel that served as a floating home to the Royal Family for over 40 years. Enjoy a panoramic overview of the local sights before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. This evening, gather for a farewell dinner at a fine local restaurant. 
The Balmoral | Meals: BD

Day 9: Depart Edinburgh

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing flight.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 8.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Culloden House, Inverness

Scotland: Edinburgh & the Highlands - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

At the time of the Jacobite uprising in 1745-46, Bonnie Prince Charlie used Culloden House as his lodging and battle headquarters prior t ... Read more

The Balmoral, Edinburgh

Scotland: Edinburgh & the Highlands - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

The Balmoral is a grand railway hotel at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address. A landmark in the centre of the city, the historic buildin ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

May 25, 2020 - Jun 2, 2020
Price AU$9,850pp Single Supplement AU$3,180 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Jun 8, 2020 - Jun 16, 2020
Price AU$10,140pp Single Supplement AU$3,615 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Jul 6, 2020 - Jul 14, 2020
Price AU$10,140pp Single Supplement AU$3,615 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Aug 31, 2020 - Sep 8, 2020
Price AU$10,140pp Single Supplement AU$3,615 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Sep 7, 2020 - Sep 15, 2020
Price AU$10,140pp Single Supplement AU$3,615 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Sep 21, 2020 - Sep 29, 2020
Price AU$10,140pp Single Supplement AU$3,615 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Notes:

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.