OFF-SEASON TOURS


Travel beyond the tourists gaze - where you relax as we capture a dark sky, explore an off-the-beaten track distillery and take in some traditional music. Tranquil immersive tours subsumed in fulfilling experiences whilst enjoying world quality produce.

Scotland is beautiful at any time of the year and the experience is truly always unique.

At Serenity Scotland we craft your trip to ensure you have the best possible stay here. Over the last 16 years we have noticed how the out of season experience allows you to escape the growing crowds that flock to the Highlands in the summer.

September onwards is often sunny, of course the weather is changeable here and Autumn is generally bright and comfortable.

There is so much to do and explore and a number of sights remain open all year round. Beautiful landscapes and cultural exchanges do not only take your breath away in particular seasons.

The dark skies here are remarkable, the seasonal colours and hues spectacular and the roads over the autumn and winter months are free to appreciate all that Scotland has to offer.

The museums and galleries are great dry weather options and exploring the arts & crafts and meeting local makers is a fabulous way to learn a skill and to take home with you that practice or knowledge to develop yourself.

Festivals and celebrations are remarkable visits off season: from Hogmanay to Burns, Up Helly Ha to Celtic Connections or the Neil Gow Festival to the sensational Enchanted Forest light show. These are fine events over the off-season months and with local folks can be included in your trip or your Serenity Scotland tour added if you are already planning to attend one of these events.

4, 6, 9 Day Tours


The following is a sample itinerary that works particularly well.

Collect from your accommodation and journey to the Kingdom of Fife to sample the wares of Kingsbarns Distillery - a tasting of their new make spirit and a dram of Wemyss Malt whisky, at their tasting rooms accompanied by one of their guides.

St Andrews for lunch - Old Course, castle, cathedral, harbor, quaint streets and charm – opportunity for putting on ‘The Himalayas’ by St Andrew’s Old Course – Edenmill Distillery – over the Tay Bridge and via Dundee for an evening at a local music session, (dependent on day of tour). Next day after a lovely breakfast in your lodgings set out for Dalwhinnie Distillery for tastings -onwards to Laggan - Glen Roy - Plockton. Opportunity for you to enjoy being away from the bright lights of the city and unwind, gentle walks in the evening if you wish, close to your lodgings and under the fabulous dark night skies off season - local music session to complete the evening.

Onwards in the morning to the mystical Isle of Skye to visit the new Torabhaig Distillery on Sleat and sample some of the wonderful whiskies that are at Talisker. Talisker offers a talk and the Talisker flight tastings - tour around the Isle of Skye including the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, the Quiraing, the Fairie Glen, Dun Beag Broch – stay in Portree.

Relaxed day to travel by Loch Carron and if time and weather permit by the Bealach na Bà to Torridon – stay around the ‘short loch’ Gairloch with it’s fine expansive beaches, a particularly pleasing haven often with profound dark sky experiences.

Next day head via the most scenic road through Loch Ewe and Little Loch Broom to Ullapool and the wilds of Ross and Cromarty and Caithness to Wick. Stay in a local castle hotel with a quaint keep.

Drive down the coast and a chance to visit and have a tasting at Tomatin Distillery - head to Inverness to stay there. Visit Benromach and then Gordon & MacPhail in Elgin - visit to the Craigellachie Hotel or Highlander Hotel and their famous bar- visit/view Balvenie Castle - evening music session, where available.

Visit Dunottar Castle dramatically sited Earl Marischal Keith castle - visit Hatton of Ogilvy Farm where they distil for Ogilvy Premium Potato Vodka - Tullibardine Distillery tour - back to Edinburgh for early evening.


Serenity Scotland prides itself on taking people to lesser-visited parts of the land and this tour came from an appeal from folks in Argyll to introduce a few more people to their undisputable local wonders and delights.

Mount Stuart House, Arts and Crafts par excellence, a majestic neo-gothic dream, gardens such Crarae and Arduaine with their fabulous Himalayan plants, as well as a geographical and cultural tapestry of small arts and crafts practitioners who welcome wee visits and open us up to where culture and nature in small communities are readily seen and appreciated. Inspirational!

This Tour can be curated to explore traditional crafts, weaving & fiber arts, garden sculpture, earthships, sustainability projects, landforms and garden architecture around Scotland. Please also see our Art Lands Tours for creative, immersive tours for you and/or your group.

1 to 7 Day Tours


Arts and tradition: Inspiration across Scotland or Arts and Fashion: Inspiration in the Scottish Borders
Learn about the innovative makers that work their passion in Scotland. Immerse yourself and explore the movers, makers and shakers in the world of weaving, fashion, design and crafting. Develop your understanding in incorporating the use of traditional, sustainable techniques. Opportunities to explore practices, workshops, demonstrations. Each tour is curated for you or your group.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Glasgow Experience
Investigate the iconic buildings in and around Glasgow that showcase his work. Enjoy a private tour of his finest ventures and visit the CRM Society. Inspirational talks and events and add on the option to meet a local artisan and complete a piece of work inspired by CRM – furniture, glass, fibre arts, stone.

Women of Scotland in Arts & Crafts Tour: Margaret and Frances MacDonald, Jessie King, Anna Phoebe Traquair
Exploring the extraordinary and innovative traditional roots of design in Scotland and women that influenced the Arts &Crafts movement. A fabulous day/s of discovery, patterns, art nouveau, inspiration from Japan, the Islamic world and Europe, weaving sympathetically amongst Celtic nuances.

From the V & A to the Scottish Gallery
The Scottish Gallery is 175 years old and the V & A opened in 2018. A visiting tour exploring the history of the gallery, our galleries and the tradition of collecting and collections in Scotland.
Options to visit the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the V & A Dundee, the Scottish gallery, local bespoke galleries.
Curated tours can include a visit to Jupiter Artland, Kelvingrove Art Gallery – Glasgow and those of personal interest to the client.
Visit nationally significant collections e.g decorative arts, furniture, lighthouses, glass, musical instruments, Scottish sports, archaeology, sewing machines, fishing and many, many more.

Harks back to the age when people in 'society' did a grand tour of Europe , to further their education and broaden their horizons.


From corn dollies in Norfolk, to the vaults of York Minster, from punting on the Cam to wandering though Fountain's Abbey and Studley Royal, from the English folk scene to the cultural delights of contemporary Newcastle, a private custom built tour of the UK tour is broad ranging, a study in contrasts, and great fun.

A custom tour of the Scottish Borders and Northern England that has been done in various customized forms many times successfully includes a tour of Traquair House (and brewery) and the Borders Abbeys at Melrose and Dryburgh before settling for the night in Kelso. The following day head over the border itself into England at Berwick-Upon-Tweed (to see the complete Elizabethan city walls of Berwick). visit Holy Island, option of Bamburgh and onto Alnwick Castle (for Harry Potter fans). A night around Durham and its fantastic Norman cathedral, a study in permanence, before a journey via Robin Hood's Bay and the Yorkshire coast to Whitby.

Stay in and visit York with its minister, a masterpiece of various Gothic styles, the close winding streets of the 'Shambles' and city walls. Head via Harrogate and the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the Lake District for an overnight stop. Visit Lanercost Priory and Hadrian's Wall, back over the Western Marches to see the 16th century 'Scots Dyke' and from Liddiesdale to solitary and frightening, Hermitage Castle. Back to Edinburgh the following day.

On this tour we pay special attention to the respective and comparative histories and folklores of Scotland and England, and how these relate to the story of Britain.