Romantic Tour of Scotland
11 Nights; 12 Days
Kimpton Charlotte Square (Day 1,2)
Old Course Hotel (Day 3)
Ness Walk Hotel (Day 4,5,6)
Kinloch Lodge Hotel (Day 7,8,9)
Glencoe House (Day 10)
Cameron House Hotel (Day 11)
Executive Vehicle and Private Driver Guide.
Your very own dedicated Travel Co-ordinator (assigned at point of booking).
Breakfast at all Hotels Included
Executive vehicle hire according to itinerary
Professional driver for route according to itinerary
Services of private local guides in activities according to itinerary
Admissions to all sites according to itinerary
Accommodations according to itinerary
Your very own dedicated Travel Co-ordinator (assigned at time of booking).
Day One - Welcome to Edinburgh
Transport:Mercedes V-Class (or similar) with Private Chauffeur Transfer
Luxury Accommodation: Kimpton Charlotte Square, Edinburgh (2 Nights)
Upon your arrival at Edinburgh airport, one of our representatives will welcome you and drive you to the historic capital, where you will begin your exciting Scottish adventure.
You will have time to relax and settle into your accommodation at Kimpton Charlotte Square, a trendy and luxurious hotel in Edinburgh’s vibrant new town, where you will spend the next two nights.
In the evening, you will dine at Aizle which is within the Garden Room at Kimpton Charlotte Square. With a hyper fresh tasting menu which is subject to daily change to ensure only seasonal produce of the highest quality is used, you are in for a fantastic dining experience. There is also a drink pairing option to allow you to sample some refreshing drinks, expertly tailored to complement each dish.
Day Two - Scotland's Romantic Capital
Romantic, Private Walking Tour of Edinburgh
Luxury Accommodation: Kimpton Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
After a relaxing breakfast, you will be met by a private guide who will take you on a romantic walking tour of Edinburgh. You will get to see many of Edinburgh’s most cherished attractions and landmarks. You will begin by strolling along Princes Street Gardens, the dividing line between Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns. This area of the city was previously a loch, which was notoriously used as a site for “witch ducking”, as well as dumping waste. However, in 1820 the loch was drained and the most beautiful gardens were created in its place. You will then visit the Scott Monument, a huge and elaborate monument to one of Scotland’s most famous and prolific writers and public figures, Sir Walter Scott. Taking great pride in our literary legends, this is the second largest monument for a writer in the world.
From there you will head up to Calton Hill, a fantastic viewing point for taking in both the cityscape of Edinburgh, as well as Arthur’s Seat and the Pentland Hills further off in the distance.
You will stroll up the historic Royal Mile, passing traditional pubs, souvenir shops, and street performers. If you fancy something to drink, we recommend visiting the Jolly Judge, a little hidden gem which provides a warm Scottish welcome and a cold pint to cure your thirst. Your next stop will be St Giles Cathedral. The church was formed in the 1120’s and is known as the ‘Cradle of Presbyterianism’. The architecture and design are breath-taking, though the highlight has to be the beautiful stained-glass windows.
Your final stop of the day will be Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Castle was voted Scotland’s best paid tourist attraction and for good reason. The castle is steeped in history with the oldest part of the building dating back to the 12th century. The castle houses the famous Crown Jewels, The Stone of Destiny, and Mons Meg — the huge cannon which could fire a 150kg stone.
And to round off the tour in style, you will be treated to a tour of Edinburgh Castle followed by a delicious afternoon tea, just what you’ll be needing after all those steps.
For dinner this evening you have a reservation at the prestigious Forage & Chatter in Edinburgh’s West End. This restaurant uses only the freshest Scottish produce, much of which is foraged, to serve up a culinary sensation. Dishes include cured sea trout, sirloin steak, wild garlic risotto, and monkfish.
Following dinner you have a drinks reservation at The Johnnie Walker Rooftop Bar, located in central Edinburgh. You can enjoy a huge range of drinks, speciality cocktails, and of course, some Johnnie Walker whisky all while taking in unrivalled panoramic views across the beautiful Edinburgh skyline.
From there you will return to the Kimpton Charlotte Square for the evening.
Day Three - The Kingdom of Fife
Blackness Castle, Lunch at The Cellar, St Andrews
Luxury Accommodation: Old Course, St Andrews (1 Night)
Once you have awoken and eaten a leisurely breakfast, your morning adventure will begin by visiting Blackness Castle. This is a 15th-century fortress near the village of Blackness, on the south shore of the Firth of Forth, featured in the Outlander TV series.
Afterwards, lunch is at The Cellar, a Michelin Star restaurant in the old fishing villiage of Anstruther. Located in the heart of East Neuk and often referred to as a hidden gem, this restaurant has an inspired selection of seasonal Scottish produce and locally foraged ingredients from our coastline and countryside.
Your next destination is the famous town of St Andrews, the ‘Home of Golf’ and Scotland’s oldest university. Here you have a selection of events to choose from, including a visit to St Andrews Cathedral in its beautiful setting, walking along the historic streets littered with fascinating shops, exploring the National Golf Museum as well as visiting the famous Old Course.
Your accommodation for the evening will be the appropriately named Old Course Hotel, overlooking the famous Old Course and the West Sands Beach.
Day Four - The Beautiful Cairngorms
Glamis Castle, Cairngorms, Cairnwell Pass, Lunch at The Flying Stag, Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Inverness
Luxury Accommodation: Ness Walk Hotel, Inverness (3 Nights)
After a luxurious breakfast, your private driver will be waiting and you will travel to Glamis Castle, a spectacular castle dating back to the 14th century, and which was the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Now, the stunning grounds and castle are open to the public to explore and marvel at.
From there you will head to one of the wildest places in the UK, the Cairngorms National Park. This notorious area of Scotland is incredibly beautiful with its vast open moorland, mountains, and plenty of wildlife. On this route you will have the pleasure of driving over the Cairnwell Pass, one of the highest roads in the UK at an elevation of 2,200ft above sea level. It is also very steep at numerous sections, but don’t worry, your experienced driver knows just how to drive this magnificent road.
The next stop will be for lunch at The Flying Stag bar in The Fife Arms. Not many bars are designed by artists, but The Flying Stag was created by artist James Prosek who came up with the concept of the hybrid between a stag and a ptarmigan, a bird that lives high in the Cairngorms. The bar is truly a sight to behold and a perfect spot for enjoying a menu bursting with fresh Scottish favourites.
After lunch you will get to enjoy a whisky and chocolate tasting tour at the prestigious Royal Lochnagar Distillery. The team at Lochnagar have paired up with Braemar chocolate shop to devise a specially crafted tasting experience pairing premium whisky with the perfect chocolates to bring out the best flavours in each.
From there it’s on to the 5-star Ness Walk Hotel, which sits right on the banks of the River Ness and enjoys an oasis of calm in Inverness, an otherwise busy city, as it is surrounded by a huge canopy of trees. Here, beautiful period features combine with sleek modern features to deliver an ambiance that oozes sophistication.
You will dine in the luxurious Torrish Restaurant this evening, where you will be warmly welcomed and have the chance to try some Isle of Lewis mussels, Orkney hand-dived scallops, Speyside lamb, as well as many other delicious dishes. There is also a vegan à la carte menu, so there will be something for everyone.
Day Five - Romantic Highland Landscapes
Chanonry Point, Fyrish Monument, Romantic Picnic Lunch, Rogie Falls
Luxury Accommodation: Ness Walk Hotel, Inverness
Day five begins with a visit to Chanonry Point (Gaelic: Gob na Cananaich) on the Black Isle, widely acclaimed as the best place in the UK to see bottlenose dolphins from the land. Also, keep an eye out for seals, porpoises, and otters. The lighthouse at the tip of Chanonry Point is still active and was first lit back in 1846.
Your next stop is a romantic walk to the Fyrish Monument. The Fyrish Monument has a rather heart-warming history, back in the early 1780’s, the local people were being ordered to leave the land they had worked on for hundreds of years. As a solution, Sir Hector Munro ordered the construction of the monument to provide labour for the people. It is even rumoured that Sir Munro deliberately had stones tossed down to the bottom of the hill, just so they had to be retrieved, thus allowing the workers more labour time and more pay. Take the short walk along the ‘Jubilee Path’ to reach the summit, then enjoy the sensational views over the Cromarty Firth from this historic monument. As a special treat for lunch today, the hotel will prepare a luxurious picnic for you to enjoy while sitting enjoying the views from the top of the hill.
As you travel onwards you will first stop at Rogie Falls, a beautiful spot just above the village of Contin. Enjoy a short walk to the suspension bridge to view the waterfalls and the Black Water River in all their glory. Watch the water as it flows down from the nearby Ben Wyvis Mountain. Rogie Falls are a sight to behold and famous for viewing leaping Atlantic salmon.
For dinner this evening you will head to a firm favourite in Inverness, The Mustard Seed, which offers top class food in a relaxed atmosphere. Located in a converted church, this allows for some excellent features, such as the double height ceiling and large open fire, all of which add to a sense of The Mustard Seed being truly special. On the menu you will find such delights as breast of wood pigeon, Cajun halloumi fries, Scottish salmon, and sweet and sour tofu.
Day Six - Historic Highlands
Cawdor Castle, The Garden Restaurant, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns
Luxury Accommodation: Ness Walk Hotel, Inverness
After breakfast, you’ll head to the nearby Cawdor Castle & Gardens. This romantic highland castle is the 14th century ancestral home of the Campbells of Cawdor. You will have the opportunity to explore the gardens and the castle renowned for its relationship with Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Legend has it that this castle is built around a holly thorn tree, which you will be able to view in the castle’s dungeon.
Your lunch stop today is at Boath House. The Garden Restaurant, set within their beautiful gardens, offers a tasty menu using ingredients foraged from the surrounding garden. You will enjoy exquisite views and a tranquil dining experience.
After lunch, you will visit Culloden Battlefield. Powerfully emotive, drenched in history and Highland blood, this is where the Jacobite Rising came to a tragic end. Explore the interactive visitor centre, view fascinating artefacts from both sides of the confrontation, and gain a full understanding of one of Scotland’s most epic battles.
Last but not least on today’s tour is the ancient Clava Cairns, one of the most evocative sites you will find in Scotland. A cemetery site dating all the way back to the Bronze Age, the burial cairns and the standing stones are remarkably well-preserved. Many feel a strong sense of wonder at this site as they reflect on ceremonies held here over 4,000 years ago.
This evening you will have dinner reservations at Bruach at Ness Walk. This brand new and exciting outdoor bistro dining experience is certainly one you will remember. With elaborate floral décor and unrivalled views of River Ness, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a range of delicious cocktails and dishes such as katsu curry and the Bruach burger.
Day Seven - Enchanting Journey to The Isle of Skye
Private Boat Tour of Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye
Luxury Accommodation: Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye (3 Nights)
First on the agenda today is making your way to Loch Ness. Here you will be able to soak up the views of this magnificent loch from dry land before making your way to the village of Drumnadrochit, on the shores of Loch Ness. Here you will join your private boat, the “Cluaran Dubh”, meet your skipper Gordon and embark on your Private Boat Tour of Loch Ness which lasts for around an hour. You will enjoy stunning views of Loch Ness, The Great Glen, and Urquhart Castle. Gordon, your skipper, was born, raised, and still lives on the Loch Ness shores. He will enlighten you with anecdotes such as witches casting spells to protect Nessie ‘The Loch Ness Monster’ from cryptozoologists. A charming and entertaining journey with awe-inspiring scenery throughout.
Your next stop today is a visit to Eilean Donan Castle, which wouldn’t look out of place in a Game of Thrones scene! This ancient castle was built in the 13th century and survives remarkably well to this day. The tiny bridge across the water to its own little island really gets your imagination running wild as to what it must have been like living there all those hundreds of years ago. You will also be able to enjoy some stunning views out over Loch Duich. A coffee and gift shop are also available. Eilean Donan is widely considered as the most beautiful castle in Scotland, due to the idyllic setting at the junction of three different lochs (Loch Long, Loch Duich, and Loch Alsh).
After leaving Eilean Donan Castle, you will travel over the engineering masterpiece that is the gently curving Skye Bridge and onto Skye where you will make your way to your luxury accommodation for the next three nights, Kinloch Lodge Hotel.
For dinner you will have a reservation in the hotel restaurant where the kitchen staff really go the extra mile to provide you with the very best local produce Scotland has to offer. From Perthshire partridge to Skye venison, and a range of Scottish cheeses, Kinloch Lodge always delivers a first-rate dining experience.
Day Eight - Isle of Skye Adventure
Old Sligachan Bridge, Fairy Pools, Portree, Kilt Rock & Mealt Falls, Old Man of Storr
Luxury Accommodation: Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye
After waking up in your majestic island surroundings and enjoying a delicious breakfast, you will be met by your driver and start your first day of sightseeing on the magical Isle of Skye.
Built in 1818, the old Sligachan Bridge is a perfect example of excellent engineering standing the test of time. Set against the backdrop of the Black Cuillin Mountains, enjoy the manmade and natural wonders together.
From there it’s onwards to Glenbrittle and the magical Fairy Pools, Skye’s most popular attraction. With their crystal clear waters and beautiful waterfalls, it is easy to see why. You will walk 20 minutes to the fairy pools themselves, an easy hike, allowing you to soak in the magnificent scenery all around you. Ancient folklore says that fairies swim in these pools and if you are feeling brave, you may wish to do so as well.
You will then stop and explore Portree, the main town on the Isle of Skye. With local craft shops and a bustling fishing port, you will have the opportunity to interact with friendly locals and experience Portree’s thriving culture. Have your camera at the ready as you will want to grab a picture of the brightly coloured, cottage lined harbour.
After your morning of exploring, you will head for some lunch at the Scorrybreac Restaurant. “Scorrybreac” means “speckled rock”, a tribute to the cliffs close to the restaurant. Combining Scottish produce with French influence, the team here produce food which may just blow your mind.
You will then continue north to Kilt Rock & Mealt Falls. You will notice that these ancient 90 metre cliffs resemble a pleated kilt, hence the name ‘Kilt Rock’. You will witness both of these spectacular sights, Kilt Rock & Mealt Falls, from the same viewpoint on the Trotternish Peninsula. The other beautiful sight here is Mealt waterfall which, flows from the nearby Mealt Loch, with the water plunging from the cliff tops to the rocky coast below.
Your last stop of the day will be at The Old Man of Storr, a monumental rock pinnacle that can be seen from far and wide. A staggering sight to behold, be sure to have plenty of battery left in your camera as there are photo opportunities aplenty here.
You will then return to Kinloch Lodge for another evening of relaxing in comfort.
Day Nine - Romantic Wildlife Boat Trip
Private Boat Charter from Portree to Isle of Raasay and Rona
Luxury Accommodation: Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye
Today you are in for a special treat. You will board your private boat charter at Portree and embark on a guided trip (lasting around 4 hours). On this romantic wildlife watching trip, be sure to take your camera and be on the lookout for sea eagles, dolphins, whales, otters and seals, which are regularly sighted throughout the year. And, of course, be sure to snap a couple of selfies.
Your private boat has a spacious open deck, a heated indoor cabin, and a toilet on board. We will explore the dramatic coastline of Skye from the sea, offering a unique perspective on the Old Man of Storr, The Kilt Rock, and Mealt Falls. We will visit the beautiful islands of Raasay and Rona off Skye’s coast and go wildlife watching in the Inner Sound. You will enjoy a champagne picnic lunch on the privately owned island of Rona.
After an incredible adventure on the water, you will return to dry land and make your way back to Kinloch Lodge for the evening.
Day Ten - The Majestic West Coast
Ferry from Skye to Mainland, Glenfinnan, Champagne Afternoon Tea, Glencoe
Luxury Accommodation: Glencoe House, Glencoe (1 Night)
Today your first expedition will be a short ferry trip from Armadale to Mallaig, before heading to the remarkable Glenfinnan. Harry Potter fans will be excited to get the chance to see the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the bridge that carries the Hogwarts Express on its way to that world-famous school of witchcraft and wizardry. There is also the Glenfinnan Monument, a huge tower overlooking Loch Shiel which stands in memory of those who died for the Jacobite cause.
Whilst in Fort William, you will visit the 5 Star Inverlochy Castle for a sumptuous Champagne Afternoon Tea.
As you continue on your journey you will approach the iconic mountain of Buchaille Etive Mor, standing in all its glory, and you will be taken on a little de-tour along Glen Etive. A single track road to the head of Loch Etive is a vision to behold. Those familiar with the 007 James Bond movie ‘Skyfall’ may recognise the idyllic setting.
After a long day of visiting some of Scotland’s most beautiful spots, your driver will escort you to Glencoe House. This luxurious 5 star mansion hotel is set in 10 acres of private gardens and combines picturesque tranquillity with outstanding service.
This evening you will have a dining experience a little different to the norm. You will be served food of the utmost quality, there’s no surprise there. However, you will be served at your very own private dining room within your suite. Regardless of whether you dress up or dress down, there is no need to leave the comfort of your own suite.
Day Eleven - The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Birds of Prey Experience, Lunch at the Boat House, Spa Facilities
Luxury Accommodation: Cameron House, Loch Lomond (1 Night)
The day will begin with a visit to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park to indulge in its rich history, thrilling wildlife, and gorgeous views. Famous for being the largest loch in Britain, Loch Lomond promises nothing but outstanding views for you to marvel at.
You will then have the opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the most impressive birds of prey on a “hawk walk”. This interactive experience allows you to witness first hand how these majestic creatures use their wings and tail feathers with delicate precision to land on your safety glove. You will also hear from an experienced guide who will tell you all about the lives hawks lead.
You will then stop for lunch at the Boat House restaurant set on the shores of Loch Lomond. Enjoy the freshest seafood with exquisite views of Loch Lomond.
Eventually you will wind your way to Cameron House, which sits right on the shores of Loch Lomond, your accommodation for the evening. The second you step foot in Cameron House you know you’re in a luxurious spot. Indeed, Cameron House is the destination of choice for celebrities when they visit Scotland, from sports stars to musicians. Taking huge pride in offering the very best in Scottish hospitality, the team here will ensure you enjoy a fantastic stay to remember. You will have the chance to relax and make use of the spa facilities before your dinner reservation.
In the evening you will be dining in Cameron House’s Tamburrini & Wishart Restaurant. With huge chandeliers above and lush red tartan carpets below, you will instantly get a sense of how luxurious this restaurant is. The tasting menu changes every two weeks to ensure it represents the freshest locally sourced produce Scotland has to offer.
Day Twelve - Departure
As your romantic adventure comes to a close, you will be escorted back to Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport where you will say your goodbyes and reflect on what we hope was an experience of a lifetime. We wish you a safe journey home and hope to see you again soon.