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    Short Luxury Break

    Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

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    Trip created by Rachael Gavan
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    Region: Scotland
    Accommodation: Luxury

    Grading: Your Own Pace

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    Deep within deciduous woodland where you can still smell the salty air, a luxurious castle retreat gives you the chance to unwind in peaceful luxury. Nestled in Ayrshire, whose landscape rises from the seashores of the southwest, both the castles and the county brim with Scottish history. 

    Whether it’s adventuring into the stunning scenery or learning about the rich past of this ancient landscape, this short break will be tailored perfectly to you. By day, discover secret spots with your private guide. By night, enjoy a moonlit walk under a sky awash with stars. Peaceful, secluded and surrounded by stunning scenery, escape to a castle and the captivating beauty of Ayrshire. 

    The following is an example itinerary but activities can be changed, added and upgraded. All aspects of the trip will be tailored to you.

    Trip Highlights

    • Take to the water and visit the distinct island of Ailsa Craig
    • Discover the history of the region, visiting battlefields and ancient monuments
    • Recharge, relax and enjoy the splendour of your castle hotel
    • Stargaze with a local astronomer, enjoying one of the darkest skies in Europe

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 - Welcome to Scotland

    Arrive in Scotland, meet your guide, and transfer to your castle hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may choose to explore the birthplace of national poet Robert Burns and meet a local storyteller. In the evening, enjoy authentic Scottish cuisine, perhaps taking an after-dinner stroll around the castle’s extensive gardens and enjoy a game of giant chess, boules or croquet.

    Day 2 - Exploring Historic Ayrshire

    After breakfast, head out with your guide into the enchanting wilds of Ayrshire. Spend time exploring on foot, discovering battlefields, ancient monuments and misty lochs. You may choose to spend your whole day out walking, or if preferred, return to the castle to simply relax. Perhaps head into the beautiful grounds to play tennis or enjoy (and participate in) a falconry display. This evening, head out to spot constellations with a local astronomer,  enjoying being in the midst of the first Dark Sky conservation area in Europe, awarded gold-tier status for the very darkest of skies.

    Day 3 - The Island of Ailsa Craig

    On a privately chartered boat explore the uninhabited island of Alisa Craig. Now a seabird sanctuary, the island has an intriguing past. Sail below the imposing granite cliffs and then head ashore for a picnic admiring the sweeping, panoramic views. Return to the mainland for a spot of salmon fishing or a tour of a local distillery. In the evening, curl up in armchairs around a cracking fire and hear tales of Scottish folklore from a local storyteller.

    Day 4 - Exploring the Trails

    Join your guide this morning and set off on your bicycles. There are many routes to choose from, including forest trails, coastal paths or heathery moors. Keep an eye out for kestrels, foxes and hare. Stop for coffee and cake along the way or choose to venture further into the wilderness and eat lunch by a thundering waterfall. Later, relax your muscles in the calm of a local spa, enjoying the swimming pool and sauna or perhaps indulging in a hot stone massage. After a final evening of dining in the castle, enjoy a dram or two before falling asleep within the solid stone walls.

    Day 5 - Homeward Bound

    Depending on when you choose to depart, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then visit a local beekeeper to learn about the art of beekeeping. If you don’t fancy beekeeping, stroll around the gardens and investigate the Victorian glasshouse. Your guide will transfer you to the airport for your journey home.

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    The itinerary is based in an award-winning, castle hotel. Baronial, with a touch of the gothic, this striking castle’s exterior gives way to sumptuous comfort within. Secluded, luxurious and offering breathtaking views, this hotel is the perfect base for your Scottish adventure.

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