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A Scottish Family Programme

14 days

Your family is going to fall in love with Scotland – it’s a country that packs a unique blend of adventure, history, wildlife and spectacular scenery into every square mile and this Destination Showcase is designed to offer you the very best bits.

From the vibrant city of Edinburgh to the real-life adventure playground of the Scottish Highlands, there will be plenty of special activities along the way to keep the whole family entertained.



Your bespoke programme, tailored to your individual preferences, could include any of the following unique experiences:

  • Ride in style through a Highland estate on Segways or E-bikes during a 50-minute adventure with a mix of twists, turns and straight open paths.


  • Meet a internationally renowned chocolatier, who will guide you through a tasting of the finest samples of his collection, and at the end of your experience, will bestow upon you a box of chocolates as a gift.


  • Enjoy a private family falconry lesson at the ‘Playground of the Gods’ which will give you the chance to handle and fly a Harris Hawk.


  • Embark on a sight-seeing tour of Edinburgh with a difference as you climb into two Mini Coopers and head off the beaten track.


  • Spend a day at a local organic farm where you will get to meet the animals and taste some of the homegrown produce.


  • Visit a working stud and meet the gentle giants of the equine world, the Clydesdale Horses. Journey down country roads on a specially arranged carriage ride, pulled by the Clydesdales.


  • Step on-board an exclusively chartered motor cruiser on Loch Ness in search of ‘Nessie’, all whilst sampling some sumptuous Scottish delicacies.
  • Board a traditional steam train and speed through the Highlands and across the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which you may recognise from the Harry Potter.


  • Explore Scotland’s most famous loch from aboard a privately chartered, high-speed RIB. A thrilling addition to any trip, blast along the beautiful shoreline and past the imposing ruins of a destroyed castle.


  • Get behind the wheel of a luxury Land Rover for an all-terrain, off-roading experience. With 70 miles of upland forest and moorland tracks to navigate, it’ll be a memorable experience full of adventure or perhaps a spot of archery, sea kayaking or guided cycling along stunning coastal paths and forest trails is more your thing.


  • Climb to the top of the Wallace Monument, and see the Hall of Heroes with the Wallace Sword at its centre; a reminder of William Wallace’s courage and skill.


  • Tour one of the mightiest strongholds in Scotland. Here you can learn about its impressive history and meet costumed courtiers from the 16th century.


The accommodation provided for you throughout your stay will help to elevate your trip to something truly unforgettable. Stay in a beautiful cottage located in the grounds of a family-run farm, or a castle hotel which has been beautifully restored to combine its historic features with contemporary design.

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Edinburgh Castle, perched on ancient volcanic rock, has stood guard over the city for 900 years and is brimming with tales, from it near destruction on the order of King of Scots, Robert the Bruce to its role as a garrisoned fortress through the Glorious Revolution and the Jacobite Risings.


Take a private two-hour tour of the city in two Mini Coopers. It will be a sight-seeing tour with a difference; venture off the beaten track to discover hidden gems and local favourites that most tourist miss!

By the end of your tour you’ll have experienced Edinburgh like a true local – with lots of stories and photos to show for it!


A winning blend of natural beauty and golfing adventure. Handicap not required on the King’s and Queen’s Courses.


Enjoy a special visit to the picturesque base of the internationally-renowned Highland Chocolatier. This award-winning chocolatier is the creator of the Velvet Truffle; it took over three years to perfect and went on to be judged the “Best Dark Chocolate Truffle in the World”.


Travel over the 21 arches of the Glenfinnian Viaduct, now best known from the Harry Potter films.


Meet the Highland Cattle. With their fluffy hair and long horns, the cows are a true icon of Scotland and make for a great photo opportunity! Perhaps also take the time to meet some of the farm’s smaller residents – chickens, turkeys, pigs, and sheep. Lambing takes place at the end of April, and you will be welcome to feed any pet lambs that may be around.


Just “armed with camera and binoculars” sit back and soak up the sights.


Experience first-hand the art of falconry. Known as the “sport of kings”, this is a wonderful opportunity to see magnificent birds of prey up close. Often including Falcons, Owls, Hawks and Eagles; in full flight, they are spectacular.


After you’ve aced the training, enjoy a privately guided tour of the countryside, seeing places that are not easily accessible by car. En-route, experience a mix of twists, turns and straight open paths.  Keep your eyes peeled and you may also catch a glimpse of some wonderful local wildlife!


Extending 23 miles, the loch provides spectacular views – the scenery is breath-taking regardless of the time of year.


Enjoy an incredible kayaking experience. Your kayaks are fitted with LED lights, illuminating the water under you and giving a new dimension to travelling over the water! A privately reserved expert instructor will accompany you to ensure a safe and fun time for all! The experience is sure to leave you glowing!



A tower standing on summit of Abbey Craig, overlooking Stirling and commemorates Sir William Wallace, a 13th century Scottish hero.



Scotland’s historic capital city. Edinburgh, sometimes referred to as the “Athens of the North”, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It has two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress; and the neo- classical New Town, dating from the 18th The harmonious connection of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character and saw it awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1995.

The Royal Mile, which lies at the heart of the Old Town is arguably one of the most famous streets in the world. Today, it is peppered with stores selling cashmere goods and hand crafted silver jewellery. However, in centuries gone by it was a different story: delving into the Old Town is like leafing through the pages of a dusty historical novel, as each era unfolds with its own legends and characters.


Scotland’s most famous glen which lies in the heart of an ancient volcano.It is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in the country and certainly one of the most dramatic; thundering waterfalls tumble down the sides of mountains into sparkling lochs. Glencoe also has its place firmly in the history books due to its savage history. It was the site of the infamous massacre of Clan Macdonald of Glencoe by government troops in 1692. On a wintery dawn morning, in a terrible breach of trust, the soldiers fell on their hosts.


When Gleneagles first opened its doors in 1924, it was quickly dubbed the Playground of the Gods. Today, its claim to that title is undiminished: experience for yourself the divine setting, dining and facilities of the hotel. As the saying goes, “There are many beautiful places in the world. There are many great hotels. There are many famous golf courses and resorts. There is only one Gleneagles”.

Having won “Best of the Best Family Programme” at the 2013 Virtuoso Awards and “Best Family Hotel” at the 2014 Junior Design Awards, as well as high praise from Condé Nast Traveller, it is little surprise that the resort’s family-oriented activities are nothing short of amazing.


Extending 23 miles, Loch Ness provides spectacular views regardless of the time of year.The loch’s cold, deep waters are said to be home to the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie. It is said that the first sighting of the monster was in the 6th century by St. Columba, and sporadic sightings have been reported ever since.


Stirling is dominated by it’s towering castle, perhaps one of Scotland’s most important: whoever ruled here, ruled the nation.

Built on a crag and tail rock formation, the castle commands the countryside for many miles around. It towers over some of the most important battlefields of our history including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallace’s victory over the English in 1297, and Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce defeated the same foe only 17 years later.


In the words of Sir Walter Scott, Perthshire is “the fairest portion of the northern kingdom“. Taking in the region’s beauty, from its serene glens and endless expanses of lush forest, to its bleakly beautiful moors, rushing rivers and tumbling waterfalls, it’s impossible to argue with him

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