Start Date: 19th August 2022
Duration: 8 nights
We leave Edinburgh and tour west to Culross village (Cranesmuir village in Outlander) to explore the narrow, cobbled streets. Next, we visit Doune Castle (Castle Leoch in Outlander and Winterfell in Game of Thrones) and after lunch, visit the Wallace Monument before heading for Stirling Castle for a 2hr tour to take in its turbulent and colourful history. Overnight Dunblane Hydro.
Today is a fabulous introduction to the highland landscape; explore the mountains and glens of Scotland’s first National Park and the village of Luss on the shores of Loch Lomond. Later, we head for the beautiful lochside town of Inveraray with its famous castle. The journey north takes us through the mountain scenery of Glencoe. Overnight Fort William
Step aboard the Jacobite steam train, now famous as the Harry Potter “Hogwarts Express”, for a scenic 2hr rail journey along the West Highland Railway. Trundle along the west coastline and over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct on the way to the fishing village of Mallaig. After a lovely lunch we take the ferry “Over the Sea to Skye” and spend the remainder of the afternoon at Eilean Donan Castle. Overnight nr Skye.
Today is a tour of the Isle of Skye, passing through Broadford and the Cuillin Mountains to the main settlement on the Island, Portree, with colourful houses and traditional harbour. Enjoy a picturesque walk at the Fairy Pools before we head north to admire the scenery and views at the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock Falls, the Quiraing, and seascapes over the Sea of the Hebrides. Overnight nr Skye
We travel through Glen Shiel to the charming village of Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness. After a walk around the village and canal, we head north along the banks of Loch Ness with fabulous scenery and picturesque villages along the way to spend the afternoon at Culloden Battlefield which will provide a lasting image of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite Army. Overnight nr Inverness.
The Golfers travel to Castle Stuart Golf Course for a round of golf. Fantastic scenery, beautiful fairways and enticing challenges, make this one of the best links courses in the world. The rest of the group can head into the ‘Capital of the Highlands’, Inverness, to explore. When we re-group, enjoy a relaxing afternoon visit to Cawdor Castle & Gardens. Overnight nr Inverness.
After breakfast, we head out for a scenic trip through the Cairngorms National Park to the east coast. We will visit Carrbridge village, Grantown-on-Spey, and stop to have lunch in the area. If desired, we will visit Glenlivet Whisky Distillery for an informative tour of the distillery and a tasting of their delicious Single Malt before moving on for the east coast. Overnight Aberdeen.
Today the golfers will play beautiful Cruden Bay Golf Course, the others can enjoy a walk at the nearby seacliffs - an interesting land formation and plenty of sea birds to photograph too. Re-grouping, we head south along the east coast visiting Stonehaven village and view the ruins of Dunnottar Castle. Further south, we visit 12th century Abroath boasting an attractive old harbour and beaches. Overnight St Andrews.
We wake to the Kingdom of Fife and spend the day exploring St Andrews and the East Neuk of Fife. The Golfers will either try for the Old Course, or play Kings Barns for a memorable round of traditional Scottish links golf. Non-golfers can explore the medieval centre of St Andrews, consisting of narrow alleys and cobbled streets, view St Andrews Castle, and the now ruined Cathedral. When we re-group, we will head back to Edinburgh via the quaint East Neuk fishing villages. Overnight Edinburgh.