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Scotland Encompassed: 

Highlands, Lowlands, and Everything in Between. 

Location: Edinburgh, Inveraray, Glencoe, Portree, Isle of Skye, Gairloch, John O'Groats, NC 500, Inverness, Stirling, Glasgow, St. Andrews, and more!

  • Dates: May 12-27, 2023
  • Price: 6,795.00
  • Deposit: 700.00
  • Group Leader: Eduardo and Leigh
  • RSVP Limit: 12
  • Trip Physical Level: 3 (with optional level 4 hikes and activities)

 

 

UPLIFT FINANCING AVAILABLE

Scotland unparalleled, exclusive and inclusive! Travel like true Scottish royalty on this epic tour, recharging in your castle and luxury country stays!

We take on Scotland the way only 1000 Treks does, delving deep while still traveling far and wide. During this 16-day journey we will fully immerse ourselves in Scotland with an itinerary that has been curated to satiate desires and appetites across the board, some of which you don't even yet know exist! Book your spot and relax - it's all been created for you.

Straighten your crown & let's be on our way! 

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HIGHLIGHTS:

- Visit the Highlands and Lowlands, from big cities to small villages, seeing many famous backdrops and settings such as the Glenfinnan Viaduct and Glencoe, the highly coveted Isle of Skye and even John O'Groats.  

- Enjoy unique accommodations like kings and queens and true Scots: Multiple luxury country house stays: Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, Dunkeld House Hotel, Duisdale Luxury Country House Hotel; Castle stay: Melville Castle; and other extraordinary accommodations: John O'Groats glass-fronted lodges and Isles of Glencoe.

- Ferry, boat, train, gondola, and coach all around Scotland, to enjoy it from a multitude of transport mode perspectives.

- Get fitted for your own kilt and wear it to a private dinner near the end of our trip.

- Play our very own Highland Games on the grounds of one of our country stays.

- Learn and play the Bagpipes in our own custom "Blaw and Squeeze" workshop. 

- Hike Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in all of Scotland, the UK, and British Isles; or take a gondola up the Ben Nevis range, and bike, walk, or gondola back down.

- Enjoy afternoon tea on a beautiful railway.

- Golf at St. Andrews and more! Tee off for fun with an optional welcome day golf experience, or play at St. Andrews during our day's visit there if you fancy.

- Tour the manmade and natural: see various castles, ruins, modern monuments, brochs, lochs (including Loch Ness, of course, and many more), and more. 

- Visit the national parks of Scotland, Trossachs and Cairngorms, as well as multiple nature reserves.

- Drive some of the world's most scenic routes, including Glencoe and the famous North Coast 500 (NC 500).

- Explore beaches, caves, waterfalls, pools, gorges, mountain ranges, and so many more of Scotland's natural phenomena. Optional hikes, ziplining, and canyoning.

- Wildlife safaris and viewings galore: Hairy coo safari, red deer greet & feed, puffin tour, falconry display, sheepdog experience, visits to the renowned yet remote John O'Groats and boat outing to see an unbelievable array of birds and sea animals.  

- Curated city tours, village and port visits, whisky academy tour, and even ghost tour. 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 12 - ARRIVE IN EDINBURGH | FREE DAY IN EDINBURGH 

OPTIONAL GOLF EXPERIENCE | LUXURY COUNTRY STAY 

 

Arrival day in Edinburgh, Capital of Scotland. 

Located on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, Edinburgh has been the capital of Scotland since 1492.

Edinburgh still breathes the spirit of its past, with its streets running through town like scars of distant memories, home of the Royal Mile and The Palace of Holyroodhouse, once home to Mary, Queen of Scots and now the British Royal Family’s official Scottish residence. Cobbled streets and narrow lanes of the Old Town and the elegant Georgian grandeur of the neoclassic New Town makes Edinburgh's historical centre so peculiar, described by many as one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world. The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

 

Optional Golf Half Day for those arriving early in the day at Kingsfield Golf Course:

  • Coffee & Biscuits on Arrival, Light Lunch
  • Introduction to Golf in Scotland, the Home of Golf
  • Golf Clinic – with PGA Golf Professional
  • Play Trackman Golf Games in Golf Bays

 

Finish the day at the luxurious Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club where we will spend the night. 

The present Dalmahoy house was built in the 1720's, to the design of William Adam, for George Dalrymple, youngest son of the Earl of Stair. It was then acquired by the Douglas family in 1760.

Mary, Queen of Scots is said to have been a visitor to Dalmahoy and when she was later imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle, the Douglas family came to her aid. George Douglas, who was in love with her, was banished for concocting a plan to free her. His brother, William Douglas then helped her escape and threw the keys of the castle into the loch. In the 19th century, the loch was drained and the keys were found. These were presented to the Douglas family and are currently held in their home on the Dalmahoy Estate.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

MEALS: N/A

 

SATURDAY, MAY 13 - EDINBURGH 

PARTICIPATE IN HIGHLAND GAMES | BAGPIPE WORKSHOP | KILT FITTING | OPTIONAL TEA 

 

Today we will participate in our very own Scottish Highland Games.

Hosted on the grounds of our luxury country stay. Our very own Scottish heavyweight athlete will provide a demonstration of the Highland Games disciplines. The Heavy Events are among the oldest contested sports in the world, encompassing a series of feats of strength events. Many of the events are derived from the Scottish military weapons of war, while others came directly from everyday life. The Demo can be divided into three categories: Distance, Height, and Caber. 

 

Bagpipe Workshop - 'Blaw and Squeeze'

We then continue our day with an interactive bagpipe workshop during which we will learn how to play the Scottish bagpipes and actually play it! 

 

Kilt Fitting Session for the Gentlemen (to be worn at the end of the trip during our Farewell Dinner) 

 

Optional Afternoon Tea (& snacks) at our hotel, the grand manor house of Dalmahoy, nestled in acres of breath-taking Scottish countryside, only adds to the sense of occasion.

 

Organized but optional bistro dinner at our 4-star hotel.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

MEALS: Breakfast.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 14 - FALKIRK | LUSS & TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK | INVERARAY | GLENCOE | BALLACHULISH

THE KELPIES | LOCHS LOMOND & FYNE | GLENCOE HILLSIDE & GLEN ETIVE 

 

Our first stop will be the magnificent Kelpies.

Scotland certainly has no shortage of myths, legends and fairytales to share with the world, but none is more recognized or shrouded in mystery than the enduring tale of the Kelpies. These shape-shifting water spirits are traditionally thought to haunt rivers and streams; usually taking the form of a horse. There’s no better tribute to this ageless story than with two colossal 30-meter high statues, designed by Andy Scott, the same sculptor of the Beacon of Hope in Belfast. Completed in October 2013, the 300 ton structures tower over the River Carron, near Falkirk in Central Scotland.

 

Luss & Loch Lomond

Today we pass through some breathtaking countryside including valleys, mountain ranges, and lochs. We will stop for some refreshments and sightseeing in the beautiful village of Luss, which sits on the banks of the renowned Loch Lomond.

 

Inveraray, a traditional country town of Argyll, overlooking the still waters of Loch Fyne.

Established in 1745 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, head of the powerful Clan Campbell, the town is an absolute set piece of Scottish Georgian architecture. 

  

Drive through Glencoe and walk Glen Etive, filming location of James Bond's "Skyfall" and several Harry Potter movies.

A home of living history, Glencoe is one of the most impressive valleys in Scotland, and probably the most recognized. Steeped in history, the formidable surrounding mountains were carved out by glaciers and volcanic explosions that occurred thousands of years ago. You’ll have the wonderful opportunity to take a guided walk through Glen Etive.

 

Tonight's accommodation is a fantastic base and relaxing retreat perfect for our Highland adventure. Launch the canoe and explore the islands, or hike to nearby summits for a bird's eye view. Soft sheets and hearty local food will be waiting for you.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Isles of Glencoe Hotel & Leisure Centre

MEALS: Breakfast.

 

MONDAY, MAY 15 - INVERNESS-SHIRE | ISLE OF SKYE | NEVIS RANGE | MALLAIG | ARMADALE 

BEN NEVIS HIKE (OPTIONAL) | NEVIS RANGE MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE | GLENFINNAN VIADUCT (HARRY POTTER'S BRIDGE) MALLAIG FERRY | FISHING PORTS 

DUISDALE HOUSE LUXURY COUNTRY STAY 

 

Ben Nevis Hike (Optional)

For those who desire to hike Scotland's most iconic mountain, which also happens to be the largest in the UK, Scotland, and British Isles, you will have the option to start your day with this 4,411 foot beauty. Leaving early in the morning, you will enjoy several hours accomplishing this exciting and beautiful feat and meet the rest of the group upon return.

 

Nevis Range Gondola and Mountain Range (Optional)

Some of us may take a gondola up the beautiful Nevis range, with the option to take the gondola and/or walk down, or even mountain bike down one of the three paths to the bottom.

 

Viewing of the Glenfinnan Viaduct AKA The Harry Potter Bridge.

Glenfinnan attracts many thousands of visitors from around the world to experience the stunning scenery but also the special atmosphere. The famous Glenfinnan viaduct carries the railway to Glenfinnan Station across a 1,000 foot span, 100 feet above the ground. The Jacobite steam train runs from here to Fort William and Mallaig in summer months with regular trains available the rest of the year. The filming of the second and third Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban took place in this area with the Hogwarts Express calling at Glenfinnan!

 

Mallaig Harbor (and ferry to Armadale)

The bustling port of Mallaig is situated on the northwest coast along the famous Road to the Isles. The town is a fascinating place where visitors can soak up the atmosphere of a working fishing port but at the same time its remote location makes is a great place to relax. We will spend a little time in this charming village, and, schedule permitting, take the ferry to Armadale.

 

Luxury country stay accommodations: In the evening, we will check into our 4-star luxury, award-winning, family-run hotel that began as a hunting lodge in 1860, on Skye's southern Sleat Peninsula. 

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Duisdale House Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast. 

 

TUESDAY, MAY 16 - ISLE OF SKYE

VISIT FAMED VILLAGE PORTREE | HIKE OLD MAN OF STORR | KILT ROCK | FAIRY POOLS | SKYE MUSEUM OF ISLAND LIFE | DUISDALE HOUSE LUXURY COUNTRY STAY & DINNER

 

 

Portree

The largest town on, and capital of, the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Portree has a harbor fringed by cliffs, with a pier designed by Thomas Telford.

 

Old Mann of Storr Hike

Probably the most famous walk on the Island (3.8 kilometers), a large pinnacle of rock that can be seen for miles around. As part of the Trotternish Ridge, the Storr was created by a massive ancient landslide, leaving one of the most photographed landscapes in the world.

 

Kilt Rock

So named for the towering basalt columns that make up the cliff, which are said to resemble the pleats on traditional Scottish plaid, Kilt Rock is a breathtaking site. From atop these vertical cliffs your eye follows the thundering waterfall as it plunges down into the sea below. The horizon seems to stretch forever and with the iconic Skye skyline as your backdrop there are few more photogenic locations. Not to mention you may catch a sighting of dolphins, minke whales, or maybe even a killer whale here!

 

Fairy Pools - Stunning crystal clear blue pools on the River Brittle that entice visitors worldwide.

 

Skye Museum of Island Life 

Step back in time to an old Highland village. The museum offers visitors a unique experience and a true insight into island life 100 years ago. This award winning attraction is a must for all visitors to the beautiful Isle of Skye.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Duisdale House Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast. 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 - HIGHLANDS | NC 500 TO GAIRLOCH

EILEAN DONAN CASTLE PHOTO STOP| GAIRLOCH | INVEREWE GARDEN & STATE | CORRIESHALLOCH GORGE NATURE RESERVE AND FALLS OF MEASACH

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Eilean Donan Castle

As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognized worldwide. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish highlands. The castle is also a popular location for films, TV, advertisements, fashion shoots, and music videos. You might know it from Highlander (1986), The World is Not Enough (1999), and Made of Honor (2008).

 

Scenic drive up to GairlochWe'll now work our way along the wonderful north west coast of Scotland and through part of the now world famous NC 500 (North Coast 500) all the way to Gairloch.

 

Inverewe Gardens & Estate 

Rare species thrive in this heritage garden as the effects of the Gulf Stream meet the Highlands. Explore the garden of experimentation, and even spot Scotland’s Big 5 in wildlife: red squirrel, red deer, otter, seal and golden eagle. You may even see a big 6th – the sea eagle! Look out for Inverewe’s huge California redwoods that tower into the sky – you can’t miss them!

 

Visit the Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve and Falls Of Measach.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Swallow Caledonian Hotel The Highlands

MEALS: Breakfast. 

 

THURSDAY, MAY 18 - HIGHLANDS | DURNESS | BALNAKEIL | JOHN O'GROATS

KNOCKAN CRAG OUTDOOR MUSEUM | HIGHLAND BEACHES & SMOO CAVE | BALNAKEIL CRAFT VILLAGE | OPTIONAL GOLDEN EAGLE ZIP LINE | JOHN O'GROATS GLASS-FRONTED LODGES

 

Knockan Crag Outdoor National Nature Reserve 

Located in the Northwest Highlands Geopark, the rocks and geology at Knockan Crag hold the key to an amazing story of colliding continents and scientific intrigue. The low cliff of Knockan exposes rocks that set the scientific world ablaze in the 19th century. The Moine Thrust, as it is known, was created by the force of two continents crashing together many millions of years ago.

 

Lunch stop in Durness or Balnakeil and a visit to Balnakeil Craft Village

Balnakeil Craft Village is situated next to the village of Durness which is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the Highlands. The craft village is currently home to a range of local artists & businesses including a chocolatier, hairdresser, art galleries, paintings & prints, ceramics, woodwork, glass work & more unique crafts.

 

Smoo Cave & Cape Wrath - We will journey to Britain's largest limestone sea cave, Smoo Cave, where we can explore the many beautiful beaches and possibly catch the ferry that runs to Britain's most north-westerly point at Cape Wrath. 

 

Optional Golden Eagle Zip Line at DurnessThe most Northerly zipline in the UK. Thrilling zipline flights with speeds up to 45MPH and amazing ocean views from up to 100 feet above one of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland. Weather dependent, paid on the spot.

 

Then we will check in at our incredible accommodations at John O'Groats, self-catering glass-fronted lodges located in a tiny hamlet set amongst a stunning and extreme landscape that combines awe-inspiring coastal stacks, dramatic cliffs, forests and white sandy beaches.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: John O'Groats Glass-Fronted Lodges

MEALS: Breakfast.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 19 - NC 500 (NORTH COAST 500) | THURSO, DUNNET, JOHN O'GROATS, WICK, AND BRORA

PUFFINS & WILDLIFE AT JOHN O'GROATS | SCENIC COASTAL DRIVE & BROCKS

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Puffins & Wildlife Tour at John O'Groats and boat outing

Awe-inspiring cliffs, colonies of puffins (May is perfect timing to see them!), guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, skuas, gannets, shags & much more! We will head to the Island of Stroma or Stacks of Duncansby, which the Captain will decide based on tidal conditions & weather. This is the natural habitat of the Atlantic Grey Seal, rare by world standards but seen in the hundreds here! Also watch for minke whales, harbour porpoise, risso & common dolphins. They are all regular visitors to our waters. If you are really lucky you may see the magnificent Orca! The apex predator of the oceans.

 

Coastal Route along the Famous NC 500 - We will take an incredible scenic drive along the east coast of Scotland with some wonderful opportunities to go for walks and explore old brochs.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: John O'Groats Glass-Fronted Lodges 

MEALS: Breakfast. 

 

SATURDAY, MAY 20 - HIGHLANDS 

DUNROBIN CASTLE | FALCONRY DISPLAY | URQUHART CASTLE & JACOBITE CRUISE ON LOCH NESS | LIVE MUSIC & DINNER AT GASTROPUB

 

Dunrobin Castle - The most northerly of Scotland's great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. It is also one of Britain's oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland. 

 

Falconry Display

This will be a real treat, in which we learn about and get to interact with fascinating birds of prey. 

 

Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness by Jacobite Cruise - Cruise the Loch, searching out Nessie herself, and visit the castle on this two-hour adventure. 

 

We may end our day with an awesome optional get-together at Macgregor's Gastropub for live music and eats.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Pentahotel Inverness

MEALS: Breakfast.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 21 - HIGHLANDS | AVIEMORE & CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK | BROOMHILL STEADING

SHEEPDOG FARM EXPERIENCE | STRATHSPEY RAILWAY JOURNEY

 

Working Sheepdog & Farm Experience at Ruthven Farm

We will get up close and personal for an incredible experience at a traditional upland livestock farm running mainly Blackface sheep and mules. We will tour by foot, guided by knowledgeable farmers, and get to see how the sheepdogs and sheep/mules interact and work together.

 

Afternoon Tea on the Strathspey Railway

This ten-mile restored section of the original Highland Railway Line enables you to travel back in time to an era when steam whistles blew, carriage doors slammed shut, and there was a familiar click-clack rhythm of the rails, as the train travels along the track celebrating forty years of the return of steam travel through the Highlands of Scotland.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Speyside Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast.

 

MONDAY, MAY 22 - HIGHLANDS | AVIEMORE | PITLOCHRY | BRUAR | PERTHSHIRE

HIGHLAND COO SAFARI & FEEDING RED DEER | SALMON LADDER | OPTIONAL CANYONING | LUXURY COUNTRY HOUSE STAY

 

Rothiemurchus Estate - Highland Coo Safari, followed by meeting & feeding the Red Deer 

Owned and cared for by the Grant family for over 500 years, Rothiemurchus is the jewel of the Cairngorms National Park and has been recognized throughout history as a special place for its beauty, magnificent pine forests and abundant wildlife. David Attenborough has described Rothiemurchus as ‘one of the glories of Wild Scotland’. Visit the Home Farm and meet the cheeky Highland cows as they pose for your photos, peeping through their long fringes. Then go on to meet our red deer herd, where guests can feed the deer from their hand! 

  

Stop for lunch and walk the Salmon Ladder in Pitlochry, one of Scotland's most beautiful and vibrant places.

 

Optional Canyoning in Bruar 

Bruar is a very special place for canyoning in Scotland. Its first descent was over 15 years ago, and was one of the first canyoning venues opened in Scotland. It has exquisite waterfalls and rock features surrounded by beautiful pine forests. This canyon has everything to offer; awesome jumps ranging from 2 meters to 8 meters, flumes, vertical rock slides and awesome waterfall abseils. Bruar Canyon is non stop fun, with something for everyone

 

We will check in tonight to our 4-star luxury country house hotel which sits on 280 acres of well-maintained natural woodland, overlooking the wide and fast-flowing River Tay, renowned for its famous salmon fishing. The hotel amenities include a spa, indoor pool, and health club.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Dunkeld House Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast. 

 

TUESDAY, MAY 23 - HIGHLANDS | KILLIN | CALLANDER | STIRLING | GLASGOW

VILLAGES & TOWNS | STIRLING CASTLE & BRIDGE | GLASGOW ARRIVAL

 

Killin - a lovely little village at the Falls of Dochart, a spectacular series of rapids, at the western end of Loch Tay.

 

Callander - we will stop for lunch at this bustling little town situated on the River Teith and A84, west of Stirling, and set dramatically beneath high, wooded crags.

 

Stirling Castle (& Bridge visit)

The colossal fortress has dominated the landscape of Stirling for over 900 years and remains one of the most important castles, both historically and architecturally, in the whole of Scotland. Before Scotland unified with England, Stirling served as the centre of the Royal court and is where many Scottish Kings and Queens were crowned, including Mary Queen of Scots in 1542, who spent much of her life there. The castle has experienced 8 sieges, most notably during the Scottish Wars of Independence which dominated the 14th century

 

We end our day with our arrival in Glasgow.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Grand Central Glasgow Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 - GLASGOW - CITY TOUR | FREE TIME 

 

Glasgow city tour.

Some famous Glasgow sights include: The Glasgow Cathedral, Barras, Glasgow Green and People's Palace, Clyde Banks, Metropolitan Cathedral of St Andrew, Riverside Museum, Kelvingrove Gallery, Glasgow University, George Square, & Buchanan Street. 

 

Spend the rest of the day free, exploring the city at your leisure.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Grand Central Glasgow Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 25 - EDINBURGH 

EDINBURGH CITY TOUR | ARTHUR'S SEAT WALK | PRIVATE DINNER IN KILTS | CASTLE STAY

 

Today we will have a city tour of Scotland's most important city, where we will visit many sites.

Some of many famous sights we can see: Calton HillEdinburgh CastleHolyrood Palace, Royal Yacht Britannia, and a light hike up Arthur's Seat.

 

Tonight we will check in to our real Scottish castle accommodations and enjoy a private dinner like kings and queens in our kilts (men) and sashes (women) we were fitted for at the beginning of our trip! Our castle stay combines Scottish grandeur with many original touches. Each of the castle's bedrooms and suites are unique and call in the airs of old royalty.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Melville Castle

MEALS: Breakfast. Dinner.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 26 - EDINBURGH | ST. ANDREW'S 

VISIT TO ST. ANDREWS | JOHNNIE WALKER PRINCES STREET WHISKY TOUR | GHOST TOUR 

Visit to St. Andrews - We will visit this world-famous location and hit the links at St. Andrews (Balgove  is usually available for play without reservations) or just go to see the Cathedral, University, and town.

 

Whisky Academy at Johnnie Walker

We will meet up for an awesome and delicious whisky drink "academy" tour with a panoramic city view at Johnnie Walker Princes Street.

 

Dark Side Ghost Tour

On this 2-hour Dark Side walking tour, we will see Edinburgh's shady and wild side as we hear real-life tales of witches, body-snatchers and cannibals. Explore the spots where murders, monsters and mayhem have become things of legend, and visit Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard, two of Edinburgh’s most chilling cemeteries. 

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Black Ivy

MEALS: Breakfast.  

 

SATURDAY, MAY 27 - EDINBURGH 

FREE DAY & DEPARTURE  

We will have our final day as a free day to catch up with shopping, or visit any other places we still want to visit in this culturally rich city. Or even stay another night if you wish! 

We will recount our unforgettable trip and bid each other slán go fóill ("bye for now") until we next meet again. 

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: N/A

MEALS: Breakfast.

 

- 16 nights accommodations (including luxury country house stays: Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, Dunkeld House Hotel, Duisdale House Hotel; Castle stay: Melville Castle; and other extraordinary accommodations: John O'Groats glass-fronted lodges and Isles of Glencoe, at double-occupancy (please see OCCUPANCY below).

- Breakfast at all hotels and farewell castle dinner.

- Entrance to activities, tours, & locations listed in the itinerary unless otherwise listed as optional (Optional activities include: Arrival day golf experience, arrival day afternoon tea experience; Ben Nevis hike; Ziplining at Durness; Canyoning in Bruar)

- Some included activities:

- Private Highland Games workshop and private game.

- Bagpipe lesson.

- Kilt fitting & donning at dinner near trip end (gentlemen).

- Take a gondola up the Ben Nevis range, and bike, walk, or gondola back down.

- St. Andrews visit and tour, golfing optional.

- Ferry from Mallaig Harbour to Armadale (confirmed once schedule is published).

- Visits to cities, villages, and ports with city tours and special stops where mentioned.

- Visits to all natural and manmade monuments, ruins, and castles listed. Castles including Holyrood, Eilean Donan (photo stop), Dunrobin, Urquhart, Stirling, Edinburgh, and the one in which we are staying (Melville).

- Visit to Inverewe Gardens and Estate. 

- Visits to Skye Museum of Island Life and Knockan Crag Outdoor Museum.

- Falconry experience.

- John O'Groats Puffins and wildlife boat tour.

- Loch Ness Jacobite cruise.

- Sheepdog farm experience.

- Strathspey railway journey and afternoon tea.

- Highland coo safari, and meeting & feeding of red deer. 

- Arthur's Seat and Old Man of Storr hikes.

- Johnnie Walker Whisky Academy tour.

- Dark History Ghost tour.

- Local guides, as well as 1000 Treks guide(s) throughout our tour.

- Transportation to and from Edinburgh airport to the hotel if you arrive within the guidelines on FLIGHT GUIDELINES below. If you arrive or leave at a different time, you’ll have to arrange your own

- All transportation to our scheduled activities as well as to and from hotels while with the group. If you do your own activity or arrive/leave on a different day, you’ll have to arrange your own transportation. 

 

- Flights (see FLIGHTS below). 

- Optional activities.

- Meals other than those specifically stated in the itinerary. 

- Tips to guides, drivers, staff, etc. 

- Any potential rentals. 

- Souvenirs or anything extra you would like to get. 

- Any activity not described in the itinerary. 

 

- Double-occupancy: You will be paired up with someone of the same gender as a roommate, unless you have someone that you are already coming with.   

 - Single supplement (if you want a room for yourself): $2,995

- The last people to RSVP and pay the deposit MAY have to be put in triple-occupancy rooms (if we end up with an odd number of men or women). 

 

Flights are NOT included. Shuttles will be provided if you meet the FLIGHT GUIDELINES below:

 

FLIGHT GUIDELINES 

- Arrive in Edinburgh (EDI) by 11:00AM on May 12, 2023.  

- Leaves Edinburgh (EDI) on May 28, 2023 anytime before 12:00PM. 

 

- Price: $6,795.00

- In order to save you money, we don't add the cost of credit card processing to the price of the trip, so this price is for check, bank transfer, or any form of payment that does not incur a fee. We can take the deposit via credit card, but need the remaining balance to be paid by a direct form of payment. If you want to pay for the remaining balance with a credit card, we can accept it, but have to add a 5% fee. 

- A deposit of 700.00 (non-refundable, but movable) starts your reservation. Once we receive your deposit, we'll send you a questionnaire and a contract that will need to be returned to us in 72 hours to guarantee your spot.  You can read the contract in advance HERE. 

- Once you return the filled out questionnaire and signed contract, we will send you an invoice for the remaining amount. You will have until February 12, 2023 (three months before the trip) to finish making your payment. 

- Once you are confirmed, your deposit becomes movable. That means, if you need to cancel your participation on the trip for any reason, you may request a credit for 100% of your deposit that can be applied to any 1000 Treks Trip which departs within one year of the departing date of the original trip. 

- When you make your deposit, you will be asked for your email. MAKE SURE YOU LIST AN EMAIL YOU CHECK DAILY WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR PAYMENT. THAT'S WHERE YOU'LL RECEIVE YOUR QUESTIONNAIRE, INVOICE, AND ALL THE EMAILS IN REGARDS TO THE TRIP. 

 

 

- Full payment is only due on February 12, 2023, three months before the trip. You can make payments when and how you prefer so long as you are fully paid by the due date.   

- If you make payments or pay in full before the due date, your payments (minus the deposit) are refundable before the due date. After that, all payments are entirely non-refundable.  

 

- All trips are governed by our comprehensive contract. You should familiarize yourself with it prior to signing up for any of our trips. You can access it by clicking HERE or visiting https://www.1000treks.com/contract/A link to the contract can also be found at the bottom of all our webpages under CONTRACT. 

- Travel insurance is REQUIRED. You may purchase insurance with any company you wish, but we require that your policy covers personal injury, death, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and treatment, repatriation, and personal liability, with a minimum coverage of USD $200,000. You will be required to submit proof of insurance no later than (seven) 7 days prior to the start of the trip or you will not be allowed to participate in the Trip and will forfeit all your payments. Although not part of the requirement, we STRONGLY suggest that you get insurance right away (within 15 days of making your deposit), and that you buy a policy that will cover you in case you need to cancel your trip for any reason. 

- Because of the adventurous nature of our trips, our itinerary and some locations are subject to change due to weather, tides, road conditions, logistics, and other unforeseen circumstances. It’s not likely, but it could happen. Whenever we make a change in the itinerary, we will do our best to maintain the integrity of the trip. 

- A passport is required for all international travel. Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your
return date. If you don't have a valid passport, or if your passport expires before 6 months after the date
you will arrive back in the U.S., make sure to get started on a new one ASAP.

Here's the link for the Department of State Passport section: http://travel.state.gov//content/travel/en.html

- As of the time of this posting American citizens don’t need a visa for Scotland. If you have a
foreign passport, you may need a visa. Here's the Scotland Embassy website so you can look into that: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y. We also recommend that even American citizens periodically check to make sure visa requirements have not changed.

- If you need to take care of any those issues, make sure to get on them ASAP so you don't get held up
because of some unexpected delay. We've had people miss trips and lose money because they
waited too long or had unexpected issues come up and couldn't take care of them before the trip
started.

- Having a valid passport and all the required visas is your responsibility. Please make sure you have
those, and any other necessary issues are resolved well ahead of time. 1000 Treks is not responsible for any problems resulting from you not taking care of issues ahead of time.