THE LUXURY SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS EXPERIENCE (4 NIGHTS)
Scottish seafood, lochs and islands: this four-night chauffeur-driven tour will delight all the senses and ensure you experience the absolute highlights of the 'hidden Highlands'. After being met by your chauffeur in Glasgow, you will travel past the bonnie banks of Loch
Lomond, into the heart of Argyll and onwards over the sea to enjoy two nights on the Isle of Skye. Overnight accommodation includes the relaxed luxury of Airds Hotel & Restaurant in Appin and the tranquillity of Kinloch Lodge on Skye.
"We took our first trip to Scotland, visiting Edinburgh and the Highlands (including Isle of Skye). Our driver/guide absolutely made the trip for us! He was a storehouse of knowledge on Scottish history, places to visit, a great driver on those narrow roads, a true professional, attentive to our interests and needs, and a genuinely delightful person. Highly recommended!"
Upon arrival at Glasgow Airport or city centre train station, you will be met by your own private chauffeur guide and escorted to your pristinely presented chauffeur driven hybrid saloon to begin your exploration of the West Highlands of Scotland. After leaving the airport you will quickly pass along the shores of Loch Lomond before heading across the Rest and Be Thankful into the heart of Argyll. If your appetite has already been aroused, a lunch stop could be made at the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar or in the country town of Inveraray with its imposing Gothic Revival style castle which today is home of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll. Your day will end in the gentle and relaxed surrounding of Airds Hotel and Restaurant in Appin.
After reluctantly checking out of Airds, your journey north will continue towards the Isle of Skye to allow you to explore this amazing island over the next two days. The United Kingdom’s highest mountain lies in the shadow of Fort William and before starting to head west, you are only a gondola ride away from heading into the heart of the Nevis Mountain Range which has now become a focus for winter sports and other mountain activities. ‘The Road to the Isles’ is steeped in history and it’s hard not to become immersed in this as you pass through Glenfinnan. Harry Potter fans will marvel at the viaduct which the Hogwarts Express crosses and historians will enjoy reliving the Jacobite Uprising of 1745 led by Bonnie Prince Charlie – the Great Pretender! From here you will head "over the sea to Skye” and Kinloch Lodge, your haven of island tranquillity for the next two nights.
Today, all that Skye has to offer is yours from the comfort of your chauffeur driven car. Dramatic mountains, lochs, glens, birds of prey and an abundance of wildlife which you could combine with a high-speed boat trip to a secret loch only accessible by foot or boat. All of this will combine to leave a lasting impression of the great island of Skye. Local arts and crafts along with artisan businesses whose products are exported all over the world are there to ensure that the memory of this island lives on in the comfort of your own home.
Leaving Skye by the less traditional road bridge, your journey south will take you through yet more dramatic mountain scenery and past what is probably the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan. Barren landscapes with only a handful of remote properties dotting the hillsides eventually give way to small villages, some of which still have old coaching hotels at the heart of their communities. Returning to Fort William, you will head to Glencoe House - a unique 'suite styles' property nestled on the edge of what is arguably Scotland's most famous highland scenery. No stay in the area would be complete without visiting the Glencoe Visitor Centre which is the gateway to exploring the area.
With the main access cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh being two and three hours away from Glencoe House, your final day will be dependent upon your onward travel plan, but whatever your choice you can be assured that your chauffeur will round off your short break in Scotland leaving you wishing for more and planning your next journey with us.
ABOUT OUR TOURING CHAUFFEURS
What better way to tour Scotland than with your own private chauffeur guide at the wheel of a luxury car? From the moment you arrive at the airport or train station, you will be cosseted in the kid-gloved hands of your very own touring chauffeur. Your bags will be loaded and unloaded at each hotel and personal introductions will help ease you into each property when you first arrive. Your safety and comfort is of utmost importance to us and you can rest assured that your car will be prepared each day, just as your hotel room will be
cleaned and refreshed, ensuring that your Luxury Scotland experience is exactly what you, the discerning traveller, expects. As you pass through the glorious countryside visiting castles and historical landmarks, the country will open up in front of you in a way that can only happen when someone else is doing the driving. What's more, you can relax each time you visit a distillery in the full knowledge that driving is not something you will need to worry about on the other side!
Can I change elements of the itinerary?
Of course, the very essence of a chauffeur driven tour is flexibility so we can tailor the experience to accommodate your own needs. Let us know your thoughts and we can adapt any trip as required or create something completely bespoke.
How many people are included in this package?
The starting point for the tour creation has been for them to involve two people sharing a room and one of our chauffeur driven cars, but that should not be seen as a limitation or restriction. Hotel pricing can be based on single occupancy and if more than one room is required then we can provide you with full costings. Prices for the chauffeur driven car will always be based on a price per vehicle not per person. Our luxurious Mercedes V-Class people carriers can carry up to 6 or 7 people and are ideal for families, and again the cost is per vehicle, not per person. Contact us for more information.
What are the terms and conditions?
As each trip is individually tailored, each will have its own terms and conditions. Luxury Scotland properties are mainly privately owned and each has its own set of guest terms and conditions. When you are ready to confirm a booking of both your hotels and chauffeur driven car, all the terms will be carefully outlined for each property. We would always recommend ensuring you have a robust and up to date personal travel insurance policy in place for any trip you take.
When is this experience available from?
As soon as the restrictions on non-essential travel, and any variation to these guidelines issued by the Government, are lifted we would anticipate being able to offer these, subject to availability.
What are the costs involved?
The cost for each trip will vary depending upon hotel availability, car type and the length of the trip. Prices for the Hidden Highlands experience start from £6,300 based on two people on a room only basis, with arrival and departure transfers and time with your touring chauffeur conducting local sightseeing. Contact us for more information.