- Golf the hallowed courses of St Andrews Links
- Embark on a three-day trek along the West Highland Way
- Tour the famed whisky distilleries of Skye
- Spot rare wildlife in Cairngorms National Park
- Discover the history & hidden corners of Edinburgh's Royal Mile
|Day 1||Arrive in Edinburgh, Drive to St Andrews||St Andrews|
|Day 2||St Andrews Walking Tour & Golf at the Carnoustie Links||St Andrews|
|Day 3||Guided Tour of Bannockburn, Drive to Bridge of Orchy & the Highlands||Bridge of Orchy|
|Day 4||West Highland Way Trek Day 1: Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse||Glencoe|
|Day 5||West Highland Way Trek Day 2: Kinghouse to Kinlochleven||Kinlochleven|
|Day 6||West Highland Way Trek Day 3: Kinlochleven to Fort William||Fort William|
|Day 7||Drive to the Isle of Skye, Torabhaig Distillery Whisky Tour||Isle of Skye|
|Day 8||Skyeskyns Tannery Visit & Three Chimneys Culinary Experience||Isle of Skye|
|Day 9||Isle of Raasay Whisky, Gin & Chocolate Tasting||Isle of Skye|
|Day 10||Drive to Aviemore, Cairngorms National Park Wildlife Tour||Aviemore|
|Day 11||Golf at the Spey Valley Championship Golf Course||Aviemore|
|Day 12||Drive to Edinburgh, Historian Guided Walking Tour||Edinburgh|
|Day 13||Edinburgh Private Photography Tour||Edinburgh|
|Day 14||Depart Edinburgh|
Day 1: Arrive in Edinburgh, Drive to St Andrews
Welcome to Scotland! Upon arrival at the airport in Edinburgh, you'll collect your rental car and make the roughly 1.5-hour drive north to St Andrews, your base for the night. After settling into your accommodations, the rest of the day is free for you to explore.
Aside from that, the Old Course—the world's most famous golf links—has a striking seaside location at the western end of town, and it's a thrilling experience to stroll the hallowed turf. Nearby is the magnificent beach of West Sands, made famous by the film "Chariots of Fire."
Day 2: St Andrews Walking Tour & Golf at the Carnoustie Links
Join an expert guide on a tour of the world's most famous golf course this morning. Walk in the footsteps of the game's greatest icons, and experience a player's eye view of the fabled links. Historic records show that golf has been played in St Andrews for more than 600 years, although many believe the game's origins in the area date back to the 12th century. As well as exploring the birthplace of the game, today's tour will provide insight into the town's unique history.
Day 3: Guided Tour of Bannockburn, Drive to Bridge of Orchy & the Highlands
Today you'll depart St Andrews and drive west, stopping along the way for an evocative history tour of Bannockburn, the site of one of Scotland's most important battles in 1314. Here you'll join a local expert historian on a guided walk of the vast battlefield. As you follow the route taken by the Scots to reach the English camp, you'll learn about the tactical decisions that won Scotland its freedom.
Day 4: West Highland Way Day 1: Bridge of Orchy to KingshouseYour first day's trek on the West Highland Way takes you 13 miles (21 km) through the beautiful and remote Rannoch Moor before crossing Glen Coe, home to some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the UK. Pass the impressive Buachaille Etive Mor to arrive at Kingshouse, one of Scotland's oldest inns and your base for the night.
Day 5: West Highland Way Day 2: Kinghouse to Kinlochleven
Day two starts with a hike from Kingshouse over the Devil's Staircase, the highest point on the West Highland Way. A steep ascent climbs 1,797 feet (548 m), rewarding you with sweeping views over Glen Coe and Ben Nevis. After 10 miles (16 km) of trekking, you'll finish up the day on the pristine shores of Loch Leven, where you'll settle in for the night in the secluded village of Kinlochleven.
Day 6: West Highland Way Day 3: Kinlochleven to Fort William
On today's 14-mile (23-km) section of the West Highland Way, you'll pass Lairig Mor, cross the beautiful valley of Glen Nevis, and skirt the foot of Ben Nevis, where the loch-side town of Fort William welcomes you for the night. Known as the “adventure capital of the UK,” this idyllic town's location between crystal clear lakes and snow-capped mountains draws outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world.
Day 7: Drive to the Isle of Skye, Torabhaig Distillery Whisky Tour
Today you'll get back on the road and drive north 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.
Your destination for the night is the lush Sleat Peninsula on the island's southwest coast. After checking into your accommodations, learn more about Skye's whisky production with a tour of the nearby Distillery at Torabhaig. Located on the site of a historic farmstead, this small, traditional distillery is the second-ever licensed single malt Scotch whisky distillery on the island. Tour the historic farm buildings made by stone hauled up from the bay by horse and cart, and discover how water, climate, and land shape the character of the island's spirits.
Day 8: Skyeskyns Tannery Visit & Three Chimneys Culinary Experience
Discover some Hebridean traditions this morning 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.In the evening, embark on an unforgettable culinary experience 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 sourced locally, 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 traditional and inventive but always refined. You'll sit at the communal table and watch the tableau of a busy kitchen as the staff prepares world-class dishes and drink pairings.
Day 9: Isle of Raasay Whisky, Gin & Chocolate Tasting
Hop over to the small island of Raasay today, where you'll delight your tastebuds with a whisky, gin, and chocolate tasting. After a short ferry trip from Skye, a scenic 15-minute walk takes you to the historic Raasay Distillery.
Here you can enjoy a guided tour of the production areas followed by a tasting. Start with the Isle of Raasay single malt, a lightly peated whisky balanced with rich fruit flavors. Then sample the island's first Scottish gin, inspired by Raasay's remarkable geology and unique water sources. Pairing each tasting will be handmade chocolates from the Glenshiel Chocolate Company, including a specially commissioned Isle of Raasay single malt-infused chocolate.
Day 10: Drive to Aviemore, Cairngorms National Park Wildlife Tour
In the morning, you'll bid the Hebrides farewell as you head back to the mainland and drive east across the Highlands to the small town and outdoor adventure hub of Aviemore. Nestled at the foot of the mountains of Cairngorms National Park, it's the perfect base for exploring the wild beauty of this region.
Day 11: Play the Spey Valley Championship Golf Course
Today you have the option of getting back on the links with a visit to the nearby Speyside Valley Championship Golf Course. Set on a magnificent heathland in the heart of Cairngorms National Park, this Dave Thomas-designed championship course is challenging but fair and offers stunning mountain views. The course has staged the European Challenge Tour's Scottish Hydro Challenge since 2009 and has established itself as one of Scotland's top inland courses.
Spey Valley has an old-fashioned out-and-back routing, and water comes into play on several occasions. Holes are generally very open, though heather and gorse line many fairways, and strategically placed trees are cunningly located on more than one fairway dogleg. Along the 18 holes, you'll enjoy the beautiful scenery and unique wildlife including deer, red squirrels, and osprey.
Day 12: Drive to Edinburgh, Historian Guided Walking Tour
Say goodbye to the Highlands this morning and drive south to Edinburgh, Scotland's capital since the 15th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 13: Edinburgh Private Photography Tour
Celebrate your penultimate day in Edinburgh with a unique photography tour led by a local professional photographer (known for their portraits of luminaries like David Bowie). Combining a photography lesson with a historic tour of the city, you'll traverse the famously photogenic Old Town. Along the way you'll learn how to frame the perfect photograph and capture unforgettable images of your trip.
Day 14: Depart Edinburgh
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