Soaking up the sound of Scottish bagpipes and marveling at Highland dance routines over dinner in Inverness. Take a private tour of Glenturret Distillery and a private cruise on Loch Ness. Traveling through pretty-as-a-picture Glencoe, surrounded by forest, mountains, and moors. Exploring historic castles, from Blair to Edinburgh. This is but a wee glimpse into what a week in storybook Scotland could look like for you with our esteemed supplier, well-versed in everything the country has to offer and guided by regional experts.
Let’s take a closer look at what you can look forward to during a week in Scotland.
With a historic landmark hotel as your home base, explore Glasgow at your leisure. Stirling Castle is a delight – a remarkable example of Scottish Renaissance architecture and how a town can develop around a castle. Here, too, you’ll take your exclusive tour of the Highlands’ oldest single malt distillery, where you can enjoy a sample and learn the art of whisky making. Before venturing into the wild Trossachs region, attend an impressive falconry presentation.
Move through Glencoe and Loch Lochy to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, after an iconic cruise across Loch Ness. Spend a couple of days here, going back to the medieval days of the Cawdor Castle. Macbeth fans will recognize the castle’s connections to Shakespeare’s Scottish king’s tragedy. History buffs will enjoy a visit to the famous fields of the pivotal Battle of Culloden, which divided families and clans in the region. Later, learn about clan tartans and Scottish kilts during a typically Scottish evening, complete with Highland dancers and bagpipe music.
After your insightful stay in Inverness, continue on toward Edinburgh, stopping first for a traditional sheepdog demonstration at a picturesque Highlands farm. Then, move on to the beautiful Blair Castle, passing through the granite Cairngorm Mountains and the soaring Grampian Range. In Blair Atholl, get your first glimpse of the namesake castle, where you can imagine life in 16th-century Scotland as you tour 30 historic rooms. Then, head south to Edinburgh.
Spend a couple of hours on the Royal Mile before an exclusive visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Queen’s official residence when she is in Edinburgh. Take in the sights at Edinburgh Castle, where Scottish kings were crowned on the “Stone of Destiny.”
Note: if you visit Edinburgh during August, you can attend the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, performed in front of the castle by Scottish military units.
Photo credit: The Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel lobby
If you’d like, spend even more time in enticing Edinburgh and visiting its myriad museums, historic sites, galleries, and gardens. Or, if you’re a passionate golfer, visit St. Andrews by the sea, where you can soak up the regional golf lore and play some of the finest greens of your life.
Stay in Stately Scotland Accommodations
Your overnight stays in Scotland put the finishing touch on a delightful week. Depending on availability, you may stay at:
The Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel
Settle in at this prestigious address overlooking a private garden square. While it has been brought firmly into the 21st century and is renowned for its esteemable service, it’s easy to feel the history of the square, once lined by townhomes that were homes to wealthy merchants.
Join the legions of royalty, heads of state, celebrities and savvy travelers who have enjoyed the warm hospitality of his charming hotel just outside Inverness. Venture out for whisky tours, fishing and golf, then head back to your spacious, comfortable guest room to unwind.
InterContinental Edinburgh The George: A five-star gem comprising five, connected Georgian townhomes on the city’s best shopping street, just a short walk from Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and Waverley Station.
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