Scotland: Edinburgh & the Highlands - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

​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, and learn about the cultures of its storied clans.

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, and learn about the cultures of its storied clans.

Journey Highlights

  • Set out on a four-wheel-drive safari into the wild Highlands, and enjoy a picnic lunch amid stunning natural landscapes
  • Explore Scotland’s heritage, trying your hand at the bagpipes in a fun workshop at the National Piping Centre
  • Gain access to areas usually off limits to the public, during an exclusive experience at majestic Inverary Castle
  • Learn the history of design in Scotland on a curator-led excursion through the recently opened V&A Dundee, a showcase of ingenuity
  • Board the majestic Royal Yacht ‘Britannia’ for a private, before-hours visit, during an exploration of Edinburgh
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

Make 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 the bagpipes during an interactive workshop at the National Piping Centre. Eat lunch at the Willow Tea Rooms, emblematic of the local Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
Hotel du Vin Glasgow | Meals: BL

Day 3: Inverary | Home Of A Laird

Journey to Inverary Castle, passing Loch Lomond along the way. Upon arrival, set out on a private guided walk through this aristocratic residence, for an exclusive A&K experience, followed by lunch. Then, drive through the Highlands and past Loch Tay to your hotel beside scenic Loch Rannoch.
Dunalastair Hotel Suites | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Kinloch Rannoch | A Highlands “Safari”

Ride Like a Local into the Highlands by 4x4 vehicle on a wilderness safari, absorbing the scenic views of lakes, forests and mountains, and keeping watch for native wildlife, such as red deer, mountain hares and golden eagles. Then, enjoy a picnic lunch in this idyllic location, followed by free time to relax, cast a fishing line, peruse local art galleries and craft shops, or simply marvel at the natural grandeur surrounding you.
Dunalastair Hotel Suites | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Dundee & St. Andrews | Scottish Innovation

Travel to Dundee to discover the recently opened V&A Dundee, a museum that showcases the history of Scottish design, technology and innovation. Enjoy time for lunch at your leisure, and then proceed on a unique Chef ’s Table experience at the Scotch whisky distillery at Lindores Abbey, called whisky’s spiritual birthplace, where you indulge in a tasting. Continue to the lovely coastal town of St. Andrews, site of the Open and regarded as the home of golf. After an introduction to the historic town, savor a Scenic Sundowner overlooking the iconic Old Course, and then check in to your hotel set on the famed links.
Old Course Hotel | Meals: BD

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.
  • Savor a Tutored Gin Tasting and create your own signature gin and tonic at a top local distillery.
  • Embark by Sea Kayak on an excursion along the craggy local coastline, looking out for seals and other wildlife.

Relax during an 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. 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 in to 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

Accommodation

Old Course Hotel, St Andrews

Scotland: Edinburgh & the Highlands - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

With 144 rooms including 35 suites, the Old Course Hotel is recognised as one of Europe’s leading resorts. It borders the renowned 17th R ... Read more

The Balmoral, Edinburgh

Scotland: Edinburgh & the Highlands - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

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 24, 2021 - Jun 1, 2021
Price AU$9,995pp Single Supplement AU$3,230 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Jun 7, 2021 - Jun 15, 2021
Price AU$10,285pp Single Supplement AU$3,670 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Jul 5, 2021 - Jul 13, 2021
Price AU$10,285pp Single Supplement AU$3,670 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Sep 6, 2021 - Sep 14, 2021
Price AU$10,285pp Single Supplement AU$3,670 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
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