Duration: 6 night(s) From £5,000
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Go for a luxurious adventure ticking off Scotland’s most iconic locations while staying in a luxury highland castle that sits on the shores of Loch Ness.
Start your adventure in Scotland’s ancient capital of Edinburgh. After spending a couple of days exploring this beautiful and cultural city, you will move into your lochside estate. This spacious and well staffed castle will be for your own exclusive use so you can spend your days living like royalty.
Your days living on the shores of Loch Ness will be peppered with guided activities such as a private RIB charter, various wilderness hikes, visiting local points of interest and open canoeing. There will also be plenty of downtime to enjoy your castle home and fully immerse yourself in the peace and tranquillity of the Scottish highlands.
Note: Guide price is based on a group of 8 guests however this holiday is available for groups sizes from 2 to 20, speak to one of our travel designers for more details.
After arriving at Edinburgh airport, it is only a short 30 minute transfer to city centre. Your accommodation for the next 2 nights will be a quintessential 5 star Edinburgh hotel. The 28 metre (190 feet) clock tower of this luxury hotel stands as a prominent landmark in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre, the clock itself running 3 minutes early so the residents don’t miss their train at the neighbouring Waverley Station.
You have the afternoon to choose from a variety of activities. You may want to relax and unwind in the hotel’s spa, take a stroll in the nearby Prince’s Street Gardens, visit the former private yacht of Queen Elizabeth 11, the Royal Yacht Britannia or enjoy a short hike to the top of Arthur’s Seat – a craggy hill with spectacular panoramic views over Edinburgh’s skyline.
Edinburgh is a city of 2 faces – the Old Town to the south and the New Town to the north. The Old Town is a maze of cobbled streets, alleyways and secluded courtyards with a hidden subterranean network of vaults that once housed the city’s poorest residents. The jewel in the Old Town’s crown is the vibrant thoroughfare of the Royal Mile with the imposing Edinburgh Castle standing proudly on its mount at one end and the grandiose Palace of Holyroodhouse at the other.
In contrast, the New Town was a product of the grand ideals of the Scottish Enlightenment – impressive Georgian residences sit neatly on wide and grid like avenues, giving a glimpse of how the city’s upper class lived in the 18th century. Today you will have the option to be joined by a local Edinburgh walking guide, who will show you the most interesting sights of the city and bringing the capital’s history to life with their expert knowledge.
You have the option on how you make your way to the Highlands today. A 3 hours train transfer will bring you to Inverness with the afternoon free to relax in your accommodation or to explore the charismatic city of Inverness. Alternatively, we can arrange for a guide to collect you from Edinburgh and transfer you north with stops on the way to break up the journey. On route there are many beautiful places to stop and stretch the legs. Examples include the wonderfully pretty Perthshire town of Pitlochry with one of the smallest whisky distilleries in Scotland or the Hermitage woodland walk and Georgian folly overlooking the falls of the River Braan.
Your final destination today is your very own highland castle, sitting within a 500 acre estate on the shores of the magical Loch Ness, the waters being home to a well-known mythical creature. A luxurious lochside castle with its numerous bedrooms, reception rooms and 5 star service will be yours exclusively for the next 4 nights so you can completely relax and enjoy your Highland countryside retreat away from all the stresses and strains of daily life.
This morning a privately chartered RIB boat will collect you from your castle residence’s very own jetty and take you on a tour of famous Loch Ness. Your captain will share some of the history of the area with you and of course tales of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.
From the boat will we will get great views of the ruins of Urquhart Castle sitting proudly on the banks of the Loch – the castle dates from the 13th to 16th centuries and has played many roles throughout history including through the wars of independence and the Jacobite Rebellions. It is now one of the most visited castles in Scotland due to its beautiful setting and its intriguing past. If you want, you have the option of going on shore to have a tour of the castle itself before returning to your own highland castle retreat.
Today you can experience the wonderful Highland landscape on foot as your guide will take you on a hike into the countryside. Your guide will gauge the interests and ability of your group and choose either a low level or high level trail. There are many wonderful hikes in the area featuring beautiful glens, hidden lochs and forest trails. You can choose to hike for the full day or perhaps just in the morning.
In the afternoon you can pay a visit to the nearby Culloden Battlefield to learn about the Jacobite Rebellion and Scotland’s bloody past or to just relax back at your accommodation.
Making the most of our lochside location this morning, we will launch canoes out on the loch to experience the quietness of gliding on the open water amongst the stunning scenery. Don’t worry if you have never been in a canoe before, your expert guide will be on hand to show you what to do and help you develop your paddling skills. While we are out on the water we can take another chance to look out for the illusive Loch Ness Monster! In the afternoon we can enjoy another short hike in a nearby location or perhaps a gentle stroll around the castle’s 500 acre estate soaking in the beauty of this special place.
After enjoying a final relaxed breakfast in your castle residence it will be time to depart. Transfers to the local train station or airport in Inverness can be arranged to make your onward connections.
Fly into Edinburgh Ariport on day 1u2013 there are many direct flights into Edinburgh now from all over the world. On day 7 we can arrange transfers to the local airport or train station so you can make your onward connections.
Full details on how to get to Edinburgh, please see our Travel to Scotland.
As an avid adventurer, Stevie has life-long experience in Scotland’s outdoors. He’s Co-Owner and Head of Adventure with Wilderness and been with us for over 15 years in a variety of roles, with innovative trip design being both a passion and a specialty. In his spare time Stevie runs the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, bringing the world’s most inspiring adventure film makers and athletes to an audience of over 1,500 each year.
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