Scotland Camps to Castles
Scotland Camps to Castles
SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
Scotland has produced some of the greatest explorers of our time: David Livingstone, Mungo Park, and John Muir to name just a few. Our exclusive Scottish Ramble shows that there’s plenty to the legends.
from $6,415 pp 10 Days/9 Nights $642/Day
SCOTLAND CAMPS & CASTLES
EDINBURGH | OBAN | GLENCOE | PERTHSHIRE
Scotland has produced some of the greatest explorers of our time: David Livingstone, Mungo Park, Alexander Gordon Laing, and John Muir to name just a few. Our exclusive Scottish Ramble shows that there’s plenty to the legends.
Our 10-day journey through Scotland follows in their footsteps. Chock full of adventure, this trip uncovers a side of Europe you never knew existed. Hike up the side of a volcano, maneuver around whirlpools on the coast, and mountain bike for miles along empty trails. You'll sea kayak the dramatic west coast looking for marine life, and spin out your legs cycling Bond-esque country roads. At the end of each day's adventure an incredible lodge awaits, rich in history and architectural wonder, where you can unwind with a glass of local scotch next to a roaring fire in a castle built for a king.
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THE RUTLAND HOTEL
Arriving into Edinburgh, you’ll be whisked by private transfer to your boutique apartment in the heart of the city. Spend this first day getting acclimated to the hum of the local culture, or dive straight into an activity with an afternoon hike up Arthur's Seat, a dormant volcano. The next morning, you'll transfer across the Atlantic coast to the Scottish Highlands, stopping at historic sites along the way. After this restful introduction to the wonder of Scotland, the adventure truly begins.
Days 2, 3
Wild Atlantic, Oban
LOCH MELFORT HOTEL
After the arrival of your rental car you will set off cross-country to Scotland’s wild Atlantic coast. Opportunities for excursions abound along this drive. Beyond the breathtaking scenery you can find Stirling’s Wallace Monument or the ruin of Kilchurn Castle. When you reach your destination you’ll find the seaside town of Oban where Loch Melfort Hotel will be waiting to welcome you. The next day you’ll take a private RIB (zodiac) adventure to Islay, the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, known as “The Queen of the Hebrides”. En route to Islay you’ll see Corryvreckan, the world’s third largest natural whirlpool! Over 200 years ago Robert Burns wrote “My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go.” As you immerse yourself in life here we don’t think it will take long before you can truly understand his sentiments.
Days 4, 5
Hike & Bike in Glencoe
GLENCOE HOUSE HOTEL
The next two days will be a whirl of excitement and adrenaline, as you hike your way through Glencoe's most dramatic peaks and mountain bike miles of uncrowded trails. Glencoe House Hotel is your homebase for this portion of the trip, providing the perfect setting to hang with the locals at a nearby pub and recharge in the historical country house, surrounded by acres of private gardens.
Kayak the Atlantic Coast
Today we take things up a notch with a sea kayaking adventure. Watch for seals, otters, porpoises, and eagles, and reap the rewards of your effort with a delicious meal around a fire before you spend the night camping on the beach.
Days 7, 8, 9, 10
Highland Village of Pitlochry
FONAB CASTLE HOTEL
After returning to shore from your Kayak camp, you'll journey east to the Highland village of Pitlochry. The trip wouldn't be complete without sipping a local dram, so on the way you'll stop by to tour Scotland's smallest distillery. The evening is yours to relax in the comfort of the Fonab Castle, where you'll spend your next three nights overlooking Loch Faskally and Highland Perthshire. The trip ends on a high note with a packed itinerary: The following day a cycling adventure along Scotland's most spectacular country roads is in order. You'll finish off the trip with a final mountain bike ride followed by an afternoon spent fly fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tay before saying good-bye to bonny Scotland!
WHY GO ON THIS TRIP
- An epic active journey to Scotland, just a short flight away from home
- Enjoy an itinerary steeped in culture, with historical landmarks, lore, and castles to stay in each night
- Hike the side of Edinburgh's dormant volcano
- Take a boat ride to the world's third largest natural whirlpool off the coast of Islay, the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides
- Fly fish for salmon and trout
- Hike near the historical village of Glencoe, and join the locals afterward in the local pub
- Mountain bike miles of uncrowded trails in the Pitlochry area and in the Highlands
- Go on a sea kayak voyage to an overnight camp, while spying for seals, otters, and porpoises along the way
- Road bike the rolling countryside, reminiscent of something out of a Bond film
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