On this Adventure we will roam the Central Highlands of Scotland. We will visit a working woolens mill circa 1784, as well as Johnstons of Elgin Woollen Mill (famous for weaving Burberry Tartan), sample haggis (if you dare), dine on gourmet food and even take in a pub or two! Of course visiting a few castles won’t be difficult. We will visit a few distilleries, enjoy tastings and even see how the barrels are made in the “only cooperage in the UK”. The heather is in full bloom! Everyone will enjoy Scotland in the Fall. Our Medieval Castle accommodations have been specially chosen for an authentic Scottish Highland week and best of all we are not sharing with anyone else!
Day 1– Sunday
We will meet you at Aberdeen Dyce Airport and transport you by private van through the beautiful Scottish countryside to your home for the week in the Scottish Highlands. After settling in, we will all be ready for a scrumptious dinner prepared by Chef Walter and AGA in the Castle Kitchen.
After a hearty breakfast we will head to Glenfiddich, here we will have an inspiring half day visit to the home of the world’s most awarded single malt. You will be warmly welcomed over coffee by one of their most experienced guides. Your time at Glenfiddich begins by delving into their 127 years of family ownership and discovering what has led them to become the world’s best selling single malt. Throughout the visit you will experience the wealth of craftsmanship and traditions that are still used by them today and learn how they balance these with the innovation that has allowed them to create a range of exceptional whiskies. You will visit a number of warehouses, including their oldest, Warehouse 1 where you will discover the craft that is still employed on their on-site cooperage. Following visits to warehouses 1 and 8, we will delve into the hidden depths of their warehouses by visiting number 12, home to the Malt Master’s Selection. Lunch at a local pub or restaurant.* Dinner prepared by Chef Walter and AGA in the Castle Kitchen.
After breakfast, we will visit the Speyside Cooperage. In the heart of Scotland’s rolling hills lies Speyside Cooperage, the only working cooperage in the UK where you can experience the ancient art of coopering (barrel making). Then on to Fyvie Castle – Ghosts, legends and folklore are all woven into the tapestry of Fyvie’s 800-year-old history. But stories aside, we do know William the Lion was at Fyvie around 1214 and later Robert the Bruce and Charles I were among its royal guests. Lunch at a local pub or restaurant.* Dinner prepared by Chef Walter and AGA in the Castle Kitchen.
Today we venture toward Loch Ness. On our way we will visit the Johnston Elgin Mill. Founded in 1797, Johnstons of Elgin, is one of the premiere wool mills in the world. Out of Scotland Johnstons makes arguably the best cashmere and woolen knits in the world. You can take a guided tour of the entire manufacturing process with one of their experienced tour guides. Watch for yourself as the cashmere is dyed, teased, carded, spun and hand finished by the latest generation of Elgin craftsmen, then visit their store. Then on we go to Loch Ness, perhaps for a Nessie hunting cruise? Lunch and dinner out in a local restaurant.*
After a hearty Scottish breakfast, we will venture into the Scottish countryside to visit some ancient sites of the Scottish ancestors. Then on to Strathisla. This small, intimate distillery was built in 1786 on the banks of the river Isla, and today is the oldest and most picturesque distillery in the highlands of Scotland. This classic Speyside malt has a deep fruitiness with a complex array of nutty and hay-like flavors and is the heart of all the Chivas Regal blends. Lunch at a local pub or restaurant.* Dinner prepared by Chef Walter and AGA in the Castle Kitchen.
A filling breakfast and perhaps a Surprise or two today? Dinner prepared by Chef Walter and AGA in the Castle Kitchen.
After a full breakfast, we will say goodbye and transport you to the Aberdeen Airport to return home or on to your next destination!
Lickleyhead Castle is a well-restored turreted 16th-century L-plan castle dating from around 1600, and is full of nooks and crannies. The castle is a little south of Auchleven, by the banks of the Gadie Burn, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and sits on 10 acres of woods. With its amazing fireplaces, circular stairway and fertile land, it’s regarded as one of Scotland’s most beautiful historic homes.
This also the castle where Game Of Thrones’ star Rose Leslie was born and raised. Rose plays red headed Ygritte, an unconventional beauty, skinny but strong. In Downton Abbey, Rose plays Gwen, the ambitious daughter of a farm worker. She appeared in all seven episodes of the first series – which recently won four Emmys in America. Rose’s father Sebastian is the Aberdeenshire Chieftain of Clan Leslie. The castle has been in the family for more than 500 years.
There is a large great hall for spending time together in front of original medieval open fireplace. The dining room seats 16. There are 5 delightful bedrooms with 5 bathrooms, some tucked away in turrets. and a cozy paneled sitting room with open fire and large flat screen TV ( internet and wifi).
Price and What's Included
Tour cost is included. The Adventure cost covers ground transfers to and from your home for the week originating at Aberdeen Dyce Airport, daily ground transportation by air conditioned van, all breakfasts, picnic lunches and dinners, when dining at accommodations.
Airfare is not included.
Travel Insurance is required and can be bought on line from Travelguard.com/ or Allianz Travel Insurance.com.
$3450 pp single occupancy
$3150 pp double occupancy
Nonrefundable deposit of $750 pp due upon booking.