In addition to the perfect blend of breathtaking scenery, historic castles, and incredible walks, the Scottish Highlands are also home to the perfect blend of Scotch whiskey. Steeped in history and pristine natural surroundings, this Scotland hiking tour takes you from the deep blue waters of Loch Lomond to the grandeur of Glamis Castle. Enjoy sweeping views from the water as you cross Loch Katrine by boat, while at Castle Menzies, your expert guide brings history to life. Visit a whiskey distillery, and delight in creative Scottish fare during picnic lunches and at fine-dining restaurants. Relax in comfort at elegant accommodations throughout your tour. This Scotland walking tour through the Highlands is a scenic journey you’ll remember for a lifetime.
Ballathie House Hotel
Situated within its own private estate, overlooking the River Tay, gateway to the Scottish Highlands, this charming country house provides luxurious accommodation in tranquil surroundings. One of the UK’s leading country house hotels, Ballathie House aims to offer a traditional taste of the Scottish Highlands. It features 41 beautiful en suite bedrooms, each one naturally cooled without air conditioning, individually decorated, and spread out over the main house, Riverside Building and the Sportsman Lodge. There is also award-winning cuisine in the 2AA Rosette Restaurant. Set in Kinclaven, Stanley, just 11.8 miles from Perth city center, which is home to a theatre, concert hall, and specialist shops, Ballathie House occupies an ideal position from which to explore the many attractions of the Scottish Highlands.
Blythwood Square Hotel
This iconic five-star historic hotel has a prestigious address overlooking a private garden square right in the heart of Glasgow. It is within walking distance of some of the city’s most well-known historic landmarks and shopping areas. These Georgian townhouses were originally home to wealthy merchants and now its sympathetically restored original features and modern touches, including air conditioning and a luxury spa, combine to create a timeless elegance and glamour.
MacDonald Forest Hills Hotel and Resort
Nestled on the banks of Loch Ard, within the Queen Elizabeth Forest, this relaxing country retreat features well-appointed, un-air conditioned guestrooms with landscape-inspired décor and in-room WiFi. Enjoy the pool and spa facilities, as well as walking trails in the surrounding countryside. The restaurant’s terrace looks out over Loch Ard.
2020 Pre-Tour Extension - Glasgow
1 Night From $248
per person, double occupancy
Upon arrival at Glasgow Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage claim area. A complimentary small-group transfer will take you to the Blythswood Square. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (No meals included.)
If you are delayed for any reason, we kindly request that you contact our emergency assistance provider. This service is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week to assist you with any type of travel delay.
Please note: If you arrive early, and your hotel room is not available prior to the designated check-in time, you may store your luggage with the reception desk.
After breakfast the day is yours to explore. A visit to the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens set in historic Glasgow Green or to Glasgow Cathedral, standing proudly in the heart of the city won’t disappoint. Or, take a train from the nearby central station for a day in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. Here, for a taste of British high-drama, visit the legendary Edinburgh Castle, high atop the volcanic Castle Rock and flanked by the city’s Old Town of Reformation-ere buildings and quaint pub-lined alleys. Browse the shops of the Royal Mile or climb the peak of Arthur’s Seat.
Whatever you pick, enjoy returning to your five-star hotel—a luxurious, historic retreat in the heart of the city.
Accommodation: Blythswood Square, Glasgow
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 1 dinner and 2 lunches|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz|
|Two extra nights in Blythswood Square, Glasgow|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Cat Trebilco fell in love with Scotland at age 6 on a family visit and was a frequent visitor to the mountains of the Scottish Highlands before permanently moving to Edinburgh in 2012. Considering Scotland to be her spiritual home, and with her love of nature, wildlife, and the stunning views that Scotland has to offer, she became a part time mountain guide in 2009. By 2013, she had quit her corporate job to work full time in the great outdoors! Cat is also a qualified life coach and takes people out into nature to help them discover their true path in life. Cat loves to sing, which she often does when walking in the mountains, sometimes without noticing that she’s doing it!
Alan Wright is very proud of his Glasgow roots but has lived most of his life just outside Stirling, which is on the edge of one of Scotland’s only two National Parks. His love for the outdoors began over 25 years ago and he has hiked extensively all over the Scottish Highlands and Islands giving him a wealth of knowledge and wonderful experiences. Following a career in the finance sector, he changed gears and qualified as a mountain guide in 2014 so he could spend his time following his passion for the wonderful landscape, varied wildlife, and remarkable history that his country has to offer.
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