Cairn Travels invites you to experience the lowlands and highlands of Scotland as wells as the rugged, breathtaking and raw scenery of the Isle of Skye.
Day 1: The journey begins in Scotland’s beautiful capital, Edinburgh, dominated by its thousand year old castle which sits upon a towering crag. A private driver will meet and transfer you from the airport to the five star boutique hotel just twenty minutes from the airport and a ten minute walk to central Edinburgh. The hotel has a restaurant serving food available all day, offering a spin on classic Scottish dishes alongside timeless favorites. The vintage whisky cabinet is a connoisseur’s dream of rare and vintage single malts and blends; while the selection of artisan gins means you could stay for a week and never have the same G&T twice.
Day 2: Enjoy a leisure breakfast at the hotel this morning. This afternoon, a private driver will be your host on an all inclusive four hour tour of the city. Visit Calton Hill, Arthurs seat, old & new town Edinburgh, walk the Royal Mile and eat a Scottish meal with a twist.
Return to the hotel for dinner this evening.
Day 3: Today, your tour includes a visit to St. Andrews, the beautiful Scottish town on the coast of Fife today. Considered to be the home of golf, St Andrews is home to one of the oldest golf championships in the world. Explore the historic old town of St Andrews, take in the British Golf Museum and enjoy Afternoon Tea overlooking the famous Old Course. Sit back and enjoy some of Scotland’s finest tea and cakes while taking in the beautiful views. The ride is an hour back to the hotel.
Day 4: Have breakfast and be ready for departure at 8am. For the next five days, journey with a group of fellow travelers through the Highlands and the magical Isle of Skye. Head toward the towering Wallace Monument with stunning views of Stirling Castle . Try a dram of the ‘Water of life’ at a Highland whisky distillery before entering the Highlands heading through wild Rannoch Moor and Glencoe and on to the fishing port of Oban for an overnight.
Day 5: Take the Jacobite steam train from Fort William and discover why this spectacular trip has been voted the best train journey in the world by Wanderlust Magazine. Cross the Glenfinnan viaduct featured in the Harry Potter movies and take in the sweeping views of Loch Shiel. Arrive in Mallaig and take the ferry ‘Over the Sea to Skye’. Explore Armadale Castle and Gardens, the former home of the MacDonalds, before driving north to our overnight destination, Portree.
Day 6: Today explore more of the magical Isle of Skye with its awe-inspiring mountains, stunning coastline, myths and legends before returning to the mainland. On the way to Loch Ness, we stop at the incredibly photogenic Eilean Donan Castle and wind our way along the Great Glen to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands where you will stay tonight.
Day 7: Hunt for the elusive monster with a cruise on Loch Ness before heading north towards the stunning beauty of the north-west Highlands. Take in the beautiful town of Beauly dating back to 1230. Journey into the rugged and isolated mountains that secure Scotland’s place as one of the last great wilderness in Europe before heading back to Inverness for the evening.
Day 8 : Today return to the hotel in Edinburgh, but along the way, explore Culloden Battlefield, the scene of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s defeat back in 1746. Visit the Highland Folk Museum to get a real taste of Highland life from the past centuries before heading to Dunkeld with its mighty cathedral, on our way back to Edinburgh. The tour returns at approximately 5.30pm, just in time for relaxation pre-dinner at the hotel.
Day 9: After breakfast, a private driver will transfer you from the hotel to the airport for your return trip home.