Edinburgh & the Cairngorms National Park

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Travel Style: Array Full on
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
6 days
From: $ 1,850 $ 308 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Take a food tour of Edinburgh's New Town with a food writer.
  • Explore Rothiemurchus Estate in the Cairngorms with a countryside ranger, ending with a champagne picnic.
  • Go horseback riding through the largest swathe of Scots Caledonian pine forest left in Europe.
  • Enjoy a whisky and folklore tour in the heart of Edinburgh.
  • Take a distillery tour and tasting paired with locally made artisan chocolates.

Short Description

Our Scottish travel guides reflect the recent findings of our specialists who travel regularly to Scotland to seek out new places to stay and visit as well as imaginative ways of discovering the well-known highlights. The guides give tips on everything from Edinburgh for first timers to the culture and history of Scotland, so that you can get the most out of your time there.

Our Scotland specialists can guide you along the way using personal experience and in-depth knowledge on pursuits from touring the region's whisky distilleries or its medieval castles, to exploring the Isle of Skye or hiking through untouched valleys.

Style Private guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Edinburgh
End City Grantown-on-Spey

Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh

On arrival in Edinburgh, you'll be driven to your centrally located hotel in Edinburgh's attractive New Town. After some time to settle in and perhaps a little self-guided exploration, you’ll join a shared whisky and folklore tour this evening to learn more about the country's myths and legends, as well as its national drink of choice.

Accommodation options While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, this itinerary is 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

Day 2: Edinburgh

This morning, meet your private guide for a walking tour through Edinburgh's Old Town and New Town, learning more about their distinctive architecture as well as the city's storied history. The afternoon is yours to explore at your leisure. If the weather allows, we suggest walking up to Arthur's Seat for some excellent views across Edinburgh's distinctive buildings and spires and out to the sea.

Accommodation options While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, this itinerary is 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

Day 3: Edinburgh

Today, you’ll take a private gastronomical tour of Broughton Street and its surrounds. You’re led by an internationally published food writer who has an excellent knowledge of Edinburgh's food and drink scene and its local food producers and can take you to the best eateries for some samples. Later, we recommend meandering through Dean Village or perhaps exploring one of Edinburgh's outstanding museums.

Accommodation options While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, this itinerary is 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

Day 4: Grantown-on-Spey

Collect your rental vehicle this morning and drive north toward the Cairngorms National Park. En route, stop at Dalwhinnie Distillery — the country's highest whisky distillery — for a tour and tasting paired with some locally produced artisanal chocolates.

Accommodation While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, this itinerary is 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

Day 5: Grantown-on-Spey

Head to Rothiemurchus Estate this morning, whose Scots Caledonian Pine forest is the largest remaining area of its kind in Europe. You'll meet your private guide here and explore the estate by Land Rover. Finish with a champagne picnic overlooking the national park’s lakes, forests and mountains. This afternoon, join a shared horseback-riding tour along some of the trails that wind through the forest of Rothiemurchus and along lakeshores.

Accommodation While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, this itinerary is 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

Day 6: Return home

Drive north to Inverness today to return your car at the airport, before making your onward journey home.

 

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Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max

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