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The Scottish Highlands: From the Cairngorms to Edinburgh
Canyon your way through a highland glen, hike through the sweeping Cairngorms and enjoy an exclusive whisky and chocolate tasting at Scotland’s second highest distillery
About your trip
Castles, mountains and canyoning. Sounds like our four-day adventure in the Scottish Highlands.
From the Cairngorms National Park to Loch Laggan, this long weekend is all about the great Scottish wilderness. You’ll hike and canyon through the magnificent terrain; abseil down waterfalls and conquer the summit of a 4,000-foot mountain; savour a decadent whisky and chocolate pairing in Scotland’s second highest distillery; and stay in a beautiful castle with a luxurious spa.
- Local transport
- Most meals included
- Max 14 travellers per group
- Atol protected
- Private airport transfers
Remember, flights aren't included. We're happy to help you find the best ones for you.
Day 01 Hello, Highlands
Arrive in Inverness for 1pm, where you can either be picked up in the city centre or at the airport, and meet your guide and fellow solo travellers. Your Scottish adventure then starts with a scenic cycle along the River Ness. Absorb beautiful views of the river unfolding before you, before crossing over to the Ness Islands, with their dappled forests and meandering paths. From here, you’ll continue the journey onwards to the Inverness Botanical Gardens, down the Caledonian Canal and finally out to Moray Firth on the northern coast. Savour a special moment watching wild dolphins leap and swim in their natural habitat. Then, it’s onto Kingussie, where you’ll check into your hotel before a three-course welcome feast in a traditional Scottish pub.
Day 02 Canyon through the glen
This morning, drive an hour west to Bruar Canyon, whose deep blue waters lend the region a serene beauty. Threaded with waterfalls, pools and natural rock flumes, this is a brilliant location for canyoning – which you’ll experience for yourself as you swim, abseil and climb your way through this wilderness playground. This afternoon’s activity? A spot of pigeon shooting (clay ones, naturally) and axe throwing on the atmospheric Ardverikie Estate, complete with views of the shimmering loch and rolling mountains.
Day 03 Highland hiking and whisky flavours
Your first activity this morning will see you hiking in the Cairngorms National Park, under the guidance of a local mountain ranger. As you make your way deeper into the Scottish Highlands, your guide will bring the region to life with histories and tales of the mountains. Savour epic views of your surroundings, with Ben Macdui – the UK’s second highest mountain – well within sight. Then, it’s back down to base camp for a replenishing pub lunch, followed by the perfect indulgent experience: a whisky and chocolate tasting in Scotland’s highest distillery. Dating back to 1897, Dalwhinnie Distillery has survived through countless cold winters to consistently produce some of Scotland’s finest, honey-hued whisky. Such decadence deserves a fitting finale, so tonight you’ll bed down in an elegant rural castle hotel, with a spa at your disposal and atmospheric highland views unfolding before you.
Day 04 FROM A CASTLE TO THE CAPITAL
This morning, you’ll make a scenic three-hour drive down to Edinburgh, where you’ll enjoy a walking tour of the city. From the atmospheric alleys of the Royal Mile to the medieval castle, Edinburgh is laden with historical intrigue – the perfect city to keep exploring at leisure, as our tour officially comes to its end. Whether you wish to extend your adventure in Edinburgh, or fly onto one of our bestselling Europe destinations, we’ll leave it with you.
Our Favourite Hotels
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.
Fonab Castle & Spa
Five-star hotel on a restored castle grounds
This luxurious hotel is surrounded by verdant pine forest, with sweeping views over the loch. What Fonab Castle offers is the indulgent country experience.
Why we stay here
Explore the history of the castle, take a walk along the river (salmon fishing is an option, too) or sink into the sumptuous jacuzzi spa.
Fly into Inverness Airport (INV) and out of Edinburgh Airport (EDI).
If you are flying in for this Scottish adventure, please make sure you are ready to be picked at Inverness airport at 1pm on day 1. If you are arriving by train or car, the minibus can pick you up at 12:40pm from the city centre.
On day 4, those flying home can be dropped off in Edinburgh airport at 2pm, so we recommend you book a flight that leaves around 2 -3 hours later. Alternatively, you can be dropped off in Edinburgh city centre to catch a train, or you can extend your stay to explore this lovely city.
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.
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