Scotland
  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Aug 08, 2015
  • From $3,698 / person
  • ($680 single supplement) Children: 2,428

Explore the Scottish Highlands!

Explore Scotland with the family! Take the family on a Land Rover tour on a Highland Estate, bike on gravel forest paths and quiet country backroads. Explore Loch Ness on bike and by boat and try and get a good picture of Nessie. Hike to waterfalls and through meadows. Visit the Black Isle and on the way see if you can spot a pod of dolphins. Round off your vacation with a day to opt for many activities offered at Gleneagles Hotel, host of this year’s Ryder Cup Golf Tournament.

  • Family Vacations
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Cycle the quiet roads of the Cairngorms. Whiz over Loch Ness by high-speed boat. Indulge in a double scoop of raspberry ripple at Aunt Betty’s ice cream shop. Scotland’s luscious lake, glen, and mountain scenery offers the perfect backdrop for good, clean family fun.

  • Stop by Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s official holiday residence in Scotland, for a guided tour
  • Pedal through ancient forests and tundra-like wilderness in Cairngorms National Park
  • Take a heart-thumping RIB ride on Loch Ness en route to Urquhart Castle
  • Tour Black Isle’s backcountry roads and coastline by bike and boat, on the lookout for dolphin
  • Visit the Highland Folk Museum and the waterfall at The Hermitage
  • Craft the perfect day at Crieff Hydro, where you can try your hand at lawn bowling, archery, badminton, and banana-boating (and everything in between) – or simply relax at the Victorian Spa

Hands down this was the most fun and truly stress-free vacation ever. Our guides were simply amazing.

Peter Buecker Louisville, KY

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

7 days/6 nights

Inverness, Scotland (INV)

Day 1: Aberdeen / Inverness
Aberdeen / Inverness
Meals Included:  D
Overnight: Kingsmills Hotel

Our guide meets you at Aberdeen Airport or your pre-trip hotel around lunchtime • Transfer to Balmoral Castle (the Queen’s official holiday residence in Scotland) for a visit and tour • Transfer to Inverness to check into your home for the next four nights

 

About The Moorings Hotel
Situated on the banks of the Caledonian Canal at the famous Neptune’s staircase, the location of this hotel is perfect for a short stroll along the canal-side or enjoying a more strenuous walk along the Great Glen Way!

The hotel offers spectacular views of Britain’s highest Mountain, Ben Nevis, with stunning views from the executive rooms over the canal to the Nevis mountain range. The Moorings always strives to give guests that little bit extra - from the warmest of Scottish hospitality welcomes to the finest dining experience, using the best of local produce wherever possible, with salmon, venison, seafood and game featuring daily on their menus.

Day 2: Cairngorms National Park
Cairngorms National Park
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Kingsmills Hotel

A 45 minute transfer takes us to Cairngorms National Park • Enjoy a land rover tour of a Highland Estate and then, after lunch, a bike ride on gravel forest trails and quiet country backroads, taking in the wonderful mountain scenery and fresh air of the ancient Caledonian Forest

Day 3: Loch Ness
Loch Ness
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Kingsmills Hotel

We explore Loch Ness, enjoying a high speed RIB trip (look out for Nessie!) and tour of the mysterious ruins at the Urquhart Castle • After lunch, we explore the quiet roads on the south side of Loch Ness by bike, offering superb views across Scotland’s most famous loch

Day 4: "Black Isle"
"Black Isle"
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Kingsmills Hotel

Just 30 minutes north of Inverness is the ‘Black Isle’ • Though just a peninsula rather than an island, its quiet country roads are perfect for cycling • We start the day with a short boat trip, hopefully spotting the local pod of dolphins • Our bike ride then meanders between pretty villages from Avoch to Rosemarkie and then Cromarty

 

About The Boat Hotel
Nestled in a tranquil, picturesque setting, deep within the heart of Cairngorms National Park, near Aviemore, lies the historic and unique award winning Boat Hotel & Bistro.

The Boat Hotel & Bistro combines historic charm with modern facilities to provide the leading destination and first choice country retreat hotel in the Aviemore area.

Day 5: Creiff
Creiff
Meals Included:  B,L,D
Overnight: Creiff Hydro Hotel

We transfer south to the charming town of Crieff in the Perthshire Highlands • On the way, we visit the wonderful Highland Folk Museum, to learn about life in days gone by • Further south we enjoy a short hike to a beautiful waterfall at The Hermitage (possibly spying salmon leaping) and also take a wee detour to visit the Highland Chocolatier and watch yummy chocolates being made! • Of course, you can take some away with you too!

Day 6: Free day at Creiff Hydro
Free day at Creiff Hydro
Meals Included:  B,D
Overnight: Creiff Hydro Hotel

A free day at Crieff Hydro, enjoying the many family-activities available at the hotel • Have a swim, try archery, play golf – or give one of the more unusual activities a try • Croquet, Segways and ‘super hero training’ are all available! • Enjoy a final night’s dinner with the group

Day 7: Transfer to Aberdeen, Depart
Transfer to Aberdeen, Depart
Meals Included:  B

Transfer back to Aberdeen Airport (2 hours, 15 minutes) • On the way, we stop at the striking ruins of Dunnotter Castle and then finish on a fun gourmet note with a trip to the famous Aunty Betty’s Ice Cream Shop at Stonehaven

* This trip is operated in partnership with Wilderness Scotland.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Wilderness Scotland.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Aug 08, 2015
  • From $3,698 / person
  • ($680 single supplement) Children: 2,428

Departure Dates

  • Aug 8, 2015

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

Departure

Arrival Flight/Day 1 Pickup

You will be met at 1:00 pm at the Aberdeen Airport (or a nearby hotel at 1:30 PM). Your guide will have an Austin Adventures signboard and will be waiting in the airport lobby to transfer you to Balmoral Castle and then on to Kingsmills Hotel (approx. 3 hours transfer).

Day 7 Departure/Return Flight

After breakfast, transfer back to Aberdeen Airport (2 hours, 15 minutes), on the way stopping at a few fun sites (including an ice cream shop!) Your guides will do their best to accommodate your flight schedule. Please plan on flying out of Aberdeen Airport at 4:00 PM or later.

Activities
  • Hiking: Easy to moderately strenuous hikes ranging from 5 to 10 miles.
  • Biking: Moderate fairly flat, gravel trails and quiet country roads, up to 25 miles.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. Meals are included as indicated in the daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 7 (excluding Dinner on Night 5).
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified, professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • All ferry fares, bike hires, entrance fees and private tours as described in the itinerary.
  • Afternoon tea at the castle on Day 4.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt & luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures/Wilderness Scotland guides.
  • Dinner on Night 5.
  • Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • Airport transfers (except to Inverness Airport on Day 7 if required).
  • Extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc.)
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. Find out for yourself whether Nessie is real or not...
  • 2. Scotch, first mentioned in text from the 15th century, was originally distilled by a friar and is believed to have come from a Scottish drink whose name translates to "water of life." Try one of Scotland's most famous exports for yourself and see if it lives up to its name.
  • 3. The Cairngorm Mountains, in Cairngorm National Park, contain some of the highest peaks in Great Britain, with five standing over 4,050 feet tall.
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