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Schilde "TREASURE ISLAND", THE CLASSIC CHILDRENS ADVENTURE STORY, BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, WAS WRITTEN IN 1881 IN THE CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK

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Treasures of the Highlands

MULTI-ACTIVITY FAMILY ADVENTURE

Self Drive Tour
7 days, 6 nights from £1,215 per person sharing

This activity filled family adventure promises to be a big hit for all of the family. Immerse the family is a land of myths and legends, castle ruins, spectacular scenery and wildlife. Enjoy sea kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and all with knowledgeable guides. All activities are suitable for beginners.

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVE FORT WILLIAM

Your adventure begins at Fort William, a great location to use as a base for exploring the West Highlands. As this is a self-drive itinerary, you make your way to Fort William in the West Highlands. If you are coming from Edinburgh or Glasgow, you can drive via the stunning Glencoe valley. Or, if you are starting from Inverness, you will drive along the banks of Loch Ness. Fort William, the largest town in the Highlands and is nestled  in the shadow of Ben Nevis. . Settle into your B&B accommodation and overnight.

DAY 2: THE HARRY POTTER STEAM TRAIN

A relaxing day to recover from your journey. After breakfast, don your wizard cloaks and grab your wands and jump aboard the Jacobite Steam Train – also known as the Hogwarts Express – the Harry Potter steam train –  to enjoy one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. Sit back and enjoy the immense and spectacular landscape as you cross the famous Glenfinnan viaduct on your way west. A lunch stop in the fishing port of Mallaig provides the perfect break  before you return to Fort William.
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DAY 3: SEA KAYAKING TO DESERT ISLANDS

Your first adventure activity is today’s sea kayaking on the beautiful coastline, in the Sound of Arisaig.  Here we will find lots of tiny desert islands, quite possibly with hidden treasure buried somewhere! This beautiful stretch of water offers excellent sea kayaking in fairly sheltered waters. It is also an excellent place for seeing marine wildlife such as seals, otters or even dolphins. You will have lots of breaks during the day to ensure that no-one gets too tired. Late afternoon, return to Fort William. (B)

DAY 4: CANOEING IN THE GREAT GLEN

A fun day, starting and finishing near Fort William. Your first stop will be Neptune’s Staircase – the impressive series of 8 canal lock-gates where the Caledonian Canal meets the shore of Loch Eil. Here you collect your canoe equipment and start with a canal-side briefing on how to paddle canoes. Then jump in and paddle north up the canal, enjoying the easy paddling on the calm canal waters and the beautiful views of the  hills, including the north face of Ben Nevis – the highest peak in Scotland. On reaching Gairlochy you’ll be collected and transferred back to the start point. Fort William.

 

DAY 5: CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK – MOUNTAIN BIKING

Driving east this morning to the Cairngorms National Park, 1 hour & 30 minutes away,  you have time to stop for a short walk or visit a whisky distillery. Grab lunch and then you meet your guide and pick up your bikes. We’ll take our mountain bikes on an off-road journey thorugh ancient Caledonian Pine Forests of Rothiemurchus Estate. through the ancient forests, seeking out the wildlife as we ride. The trails  are well-known for wildlife, including reindeer, golden eagles, red deer, squirrels and ospreys. All in all la great biking day through magnificent scenery.

DAY 6: HIKING AND TREASURE HUNTING

During the week you will have been collecting clues as part of your great treasure hunt! Today is teh day to find the treasure! So today is the day you try our geocaching – learning basic navigation skills and then using them, combined with the clues we have already gathered, to find the treasure. So today, we take you on a guided hike, geocaching and treasure hunting along the way. Tonight, enjoy your last night in the Cairngorms.

DAY 7: DEPARTURE… OR CONTINUE WITH AN EXTENSION

Sadly today we bid you all farewell. You begin your journey home. Or if you prefer to remain in the area and do some additional exploring, we are happy to be of assistance in planning your extended stay.

Grand Tour of Scotland

Tour Highlights

Pedal trough the spectacular Cairngorms National Park
An immersion into the best of Scotland’s natural and cultural heritage
Experience Scotlands hidden corners through the eyes of a local guide
Visit the historic University town of St. Andrews
Spend time at Glamis Castle, described at ‘the most beautiful castle in Scotland

Inverness ~ Cairngorms National Park ~ Dundee ~ St. Andrews ~ Edinburgh

Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights
Price: from £1,895 per person sharing

 

Grand Tour of Scotland Bike Tour

INTRODUCTION

Our Grand Tour of Scotland is the perfect way to explore Scotland by bike! A quintessential biking adventure that takes you 230 miles from Inverness to Edinburgh. Pedal on quiet and spectacularly scenic roads as you experienc

Highlights include Royal Lochnagar Distillery to a guided tour of what’s know as ‘the most beautiful castle in Scotland’ this trip will leave you wanting for nothing.

From lunch at the historic battlefield of Culloden to a guided tour of what’s know as ‘the most beautiful castle in Scotland’ this trip will leave you wanting for nothing. Leave the car and tour bus behind, safe in the knowledge that your guides and vehicle support will take care of you. With great accommodation and food completing the itinerary, take part in a classic Scottish adventure.

Grand Tour of Scotland Bike Tour

 

Day 1: Inverness to Grantown-on-Spey

For the start of your Grand Tour of Scotland, we meet in Inverness in the heart of the Scottish highlands. A quick transfer will take you to  the historic battlefield of Culloden where your guide who will give you a trip briefing and bike fitting before a guided tour of the battlefieds and lunch. Then we journey east on a flat road through the Whisky Country of Speyside. In addition, we take an ancient military road, dating from the 1700’s, to our first overnight stop at Grantown on Spey to your first hotel at Grantown-on-Spey. (L, D) Distance 37m/59km

 

Grand Tour of Scotland Bike Tour

 

Day 2: The Cairngorms National Park

Today you ride from west to east across the UK’s largest and most spectacular National Park named by National Geographic as one of the ’50 Must Visit Places on Earth’. Reach your first stop at Tomintoul – the Highland’s highest village and home to one of Scotland’s best whisky shops. After lunch make for the stiff climb over Lecht pass with the summit providing rewarding views over Royal Deeside. Then we continue on to the lovely village of Ballater – your  home for two nights. (B, L, D) Distance 39m/63km

 

Grand Tour of Scotland Bike Tour

Day 3: Royal Deeside to Edzell

Today you will continue east along the River Dee through the picturesque Forest of Birse. An early lunch sets you up for the climb over Cairn O’Mount with its stone cairn said to be more than 4000 years old. Panoramic views of the North Sea and Scotland’s East Coast. Moreover, you have a superb 10 miles of downhill riding all the way to Edzell our home for the night. (B, L, D) Distance 39m/63km

Day 4: Glamis Castle & Dundee, the City of Discovery

Leaving the Cairngorm Mountains behind, head south through Kirriemuir onto Glamis Castle. We stop here for lunch and take a guided tour of what is said to be Scotland’s ‘most beautiful castle’. Following on, we continue on our journey crossing the low-lying Sidlaw Hills before reaching your waterfront accommodation in the City of Dundee. (B, L, D) Distance 42m/68km

 

Day 5: St Andrews & The East Neuk of Fife

Today on your Grand Tour of Scotland, we make an early start from Dundee. Here we visit the art and design V&A Museum. After this we cross the Tay Estuary and reach the historical town of St Andrews with plenty of time to explore. Leaving St Andrews behind, we have a short climb, with rewarding views, before descending to the coast passing through the small coastal fishing village of Crail and onto our overnight stop in Anstruther. Tonight we will enjoy an evening meal at an 18th century Tavern. (B, L, D) Distance 37m/56km

Day 6: Anstruther to Aberdour

Leaving the coast behind we begin our final full day of riding on some quieter roads towards the village of Ceres, home of the Fife Folk Museum. From here we pick up part of the National Cycle Network route passing through a number of villages and the historic Falkland Palace. Today’s lunch stop is at one of our favourite eco-cafes “The Pillars of Hercules”.  Also this afternoon we climb through the Lomond Hills Regional Park and continue ourjourney through the Fife area and to our final accommodation in Aberdour. We can enjoy our final evening together with dinner at the inn. (B, L, D) Distance 50m/80km

 

 

Day 7:  Scotland’s Capital, Edinburgh

The final day of your Grand Tour of Scotland takes you across the spectacular Firth of Forth. We visit Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and climb the road up to the city’s iconic Castle. Equally important, after taking in the outstanding views across the city, we freewheel down the full length of the famous and historic Royal Mile to the royal Palace of Holyrood. The trip ends with a celebration lunch before we bid you farewll. (B,L) Distance 25m/40km

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