- Stroll Edinburgh's vibrant Royal Mile
- Immerse yourself in Highland history at the Culloden Battlefield
- Cruise past castles on the legendary Loch Ness
- Sample world-class cuisine & locally distilled whiskies on the Isle of Skye
|Day 1||Arrive in Edinburgh, Explore the City on a Private Photography Tour||Edinburgh|
|Day 2||Edinburgh Food Tour, Drive to Inverness, Culloden Battlefield Private Tour||Inverness|
|Day 3||Cruise the Caledonian Canal & Loch Ness||Inverness|
|Day 4||Drive to the Isle of Skye, Tannery Visit & Three Chimneys Culinary Experience||Skye|
|Day 5||Skye & Raasay Whisky Trail||Skye|
|Day 6||Drive to Edinburgh, Historian Guided Walking Tour||Edinburgh|
|Day 7||Depart Edinburgh|
Day 1: Arrive in Edinburgh, Explore the City on a Private Photography TourWelcome to Scotland! Upon arrival at the airport in Edinburgh, you'll be met by your private driver and transferred to your hotel. Scotland's capital since the 15th century, Edinburgh is a lively and picturesque town built among rocky hills and crags, filled with quirky charm and atmospheric corners to explore. Highlights include Holyrood Palace, the royal residence since the 16th century, the Old Town's picturesque jumble of medieval tenements piled high along the Royal Mile, and hilltop Edinburgh Castle, a royal fortress that dominates the city's scenic skyline.
Day 2: Edinburgh Food Tour, Drive to Inverness, Culloden Battlefield Private Tour
From whisky to smoked salmon to fried mars bars, Scottish food is often stereotyped. On today's three-hour culinary tour, you'll deconstruct those stereotypes and examine many of the ways Scotland is pushing forward its cuisine while adhering to traditional practices. Led by a chef or food writer, this tour gives you insider access to some of Edinburgh’s top food shops, where you'll meet shop owners, taste artisanal products, and discover some of the best-kept secrets of Scottish culinary traditions.
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Day 3: Cruise the Caledonian Canal & Loch Ness
Admire some truly stunning Highland scenery today, with a two-hour cruise along the Caledonian Canal to the legendary waters of Loch Ness. Boarding at Dochgarroch, the breathtaking journey takes you past the lakeside ruins of Urquhart Castle and a panorama of mountains, water, and sky.
Day 4: Drive to the Isle of Skye, Tannery Visit & Three Chimneys Culinary Experience
Today you'll get back on the road and drive west to the Isle of Skye. The largest island in the Inner Hebrides, Skye boasts a breathtaking coastline of peninsulas and coves radiating out from a mountainous center. Known for its rugged beauty and charming fishing villages, the island is also famous for its excellent whisky. Upon arrival, discover some island traditions with a visit to Skyeskyns Tannery, where you'll learn about the time-honored methods of sheepskin production and leather making. After a 15-minute tour of the tannery and its processes, you'll visit the showroom to discover the many different breeds and types of sheepskin.
Get settled into your hotel, then head to the Skye Serenity Spa and soothe tired muscles with a full body massage using locally sourced seaweed oil. Designed to detox and balance the body while removing areas of tension and stress, it's the perfect way to pamper yourself after the day's drive.
In the evening, an unforgettable culinary experience awaits with a six-course tasting menu at the renowned Three Chimneys. Considered one of the best restaurants in the UK and the world, the dishes at Three Chimneys are all "mile zero"—with oysters fished from the bay, crab from nearby Loch Bracadale, lobster from Loch Dunvegan, and local Talisker whisky flavoring sauces and deserts. The cuisine is both traditional and inventive but always refined. You'll sit at the communal kitchen table, watching the tableau of a busy kitchen as they prepare an evening of world-class dishes and drink pairings.
Day 5: Skye & Raasay Whisky TrailEmbark on an exciting full-day journey through Skye's whisky heritage today, visiting three distilleries over two Hebridean islands. With private transportation and a whisky guide to lead the way, you'll tour Skye's two historic distilleries, Talisker and Torabhaig, before catching a ferry to the nearby Isle of Raasay to sample their eponymous spirit alongside accompanying chocolates to compliment the complex flavors. All three distilleries are located in magnificent settings, and you'll enjoy scenic views as you learn about how water, climate, and land shape the character of the islands' remarkable whiskies.
Day 6: Drive to Edinburgh, Historian Guided Walking TourSay goodbye to the magic of the Hebrides today, as you enjoy a final morning on Skye before starting the return drive to Edinburgh. After dropping off your rental car and settling in at your hotel, join a three-hour historian-led private tour to explore more of the city's rich history and hidden corners. You'll begin in the shadow of Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat, dramatic parts of the former royal hunting grounds of Holyrood Park. Move on to admire 17th-century mansions clustered nearby, visit sites of old breweries and sugar houses, and catch a glimpse of the city's industrial past.
Day 7: Depart Edinburgh
Your adventure draws to a close today as a private transfer takes you to the airport to catch your departing flight. Safe travels!
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