A SAMPLE ITINERARY TO VIEW THE BEST OF SCOTLAND +

DAY 1

Arrive at Glasgow Airport. Transfer to Blythswood Square, one of Scotland’s most luxurious and environmentally friendly five star hotels. It has been sympathetically and sumptuously restored to its former glory including a beautiful spa with bespoke Scottish treatments.

Welcome lunch and familiarization tour of hotel and spa.

Private reception and tour of Glasgow School of Art, designed by world-famous architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Dinner at the Blythswood Square.

DAY 2

Private tour of Charles Rennie Mackintosh architectural gems in the company of Stuart Robertson, Director of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society. Lunch at the House for an Art Lover followed by a private viewing of seldom seen Charles Rennie Mackintosh paintings.

Dinner at Rogano, Glasgow’s oldest restaurant and an authentic Art Deco jewel.

DAY 3

After breakfast we will drive north to Inverlochy Castle one of Scotland’s finest hotels. It was built in 1863 near the site of an original 13th century fortress and is framed by the majestic and highest mountain in Scotland, Ben Nevis. Queen Victoria stayed there for a week in 1873 and wrote, “I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot.” You may wish to do nothing but relax in such a fabulous place and look forward to dinner in the Michelin Star restaurant. Or perhaps you would like to see the railway viaduct made famous in the Harry Potter films or visit the Ardverikie Estate, the setting for BBC’s Monarch of the Glen.

DAY 4

A scenic drive to the Isle of Skye and Kinloch Lodge on the spectacular West Coast. Awarded the Island Hotel of the Year 2010 at the Scottish Hotel Awards, Kinloch Lodge is the only Michelin Star restaurant on the Scottish Islands. The Kinloch kitchens, started by award-winning cookery writer Claire Macdonald and overseen by head chef Marcello Tully, are dedicated to making the most of Scotland’s seasonal larder. All 15 bedrooms are luxuriously appointed with breathtaking views.

The restaurant here is really second to none and we have no doubt you’ll enjoy your trip to stunning Skye.

DAY 5

Travel north into the Spey Valley to Elgin, the home of Johnstons of Elgin, premier producer of Scottish cashmere since 1797. A VIP tour of the mill followed by a browse through their award-winning store and a delicious lunch of local produce.

After lunch you will arrive at your home for the night, The Boath House, often described as the most beautiful Regency House in Scotland. It is set in 20 acres of delightful gardens which produce some organic produce for the renowned Michelin Star restaurant. In the early evening you will be heading a little way south into the Spey Valley to meet the family who make Glenfarclas single malt Highland whisky.

Before dinner, a member of the Grant family, owners of the distillery since 1865 will take you on a private tour. During dinner you will sample some of this splendid malt whisky dating back 50 or more years.

DAY 6

Heading south into Perthshire, you will arrive at the Fortingall Hotel at the foot of Glen Lyon. The hotel is adjacent to the Fortingall Yew Tree, Europe’s oldest living organism.

Lunch in The Gleneagles Hotel, a Mediterranean style Food Market restaurant; the hallmark of which is the use of the finest fresh produce available locally in Perthshire and Scotland, as well as from specialist suppliers around the world. Spend the afternoon in Dunkeld on a walking tour along the banks of the River Tay.

Live traditional music session and dinner at Fortingall Hotel.

DAY 7

Arrive at the Bonham Hotel, a fabulous boutique hotel comprising 3 Victorian Town Houses lovingly restored with a contemporary twist retaining all the original features.

Start your final day in Scotland by participating in the making of a kilt with Kinloch Anderson, kiltmakers to the Royal Family. Followed by a VIP tour of the museum and store behind the business which started in 1868. Enjoy lunch at one of Edinburgh’s many award winning restaurants while you decide how to spend your afternoon. It may be a VIP tour of Edinburgh Castle, a visit to Rosslyn Chapel, a round of golf on a legendary course or a tour of the Scottish countryside on a Harley!

Farewell dinner with some of the team who have made your trip to Scotland with Fish Out Of Water so special.

DAY 8

Depart after a proper Scottish breakfast. The unforgettable sight and sound of a bagpiper, fully attired in traditional Highland kilt, will create a lasting memory of your farewell to Scotland.