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Whisky and Walking Holidays in the sublime Cairngorm Mountains (Cairngorm National Park)

Whisky and Walking Holidays in the sublime Cairngorm Mountains

Please note this can be self-drive tour or a private tour at additional cost.

Full-on Adventure Walking Tour

This full-on adventure walking tour was tailormade around a young couples wish to maximise their two Private Guided Tour Kintyreweek holiday away from their children. It does not have to be such a tough schedule but this one was great!

Monday arrival at Edinburgh Airport at 07.50 am; travel by taxi to Aonach Mor Guest House (4 star B&B with 4 poster bed, en suite) check in luggage, entrance to Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Abbey via the Historic Scotland Three Day Explorer Pass; dinner in the Old Town

Tuesday time to climb Arthur's Seat, visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens, sample local hostelries and other places of interest

Wednesday pick up by Iain at 8.30am, travel to Stirling Castle (Explorer Pass), visit the Wallace Monument (included), visit Doune Castle (of Monty Python's Meaning of Life - Explorer Pass), travel through Rob Roy country to Oban, visit Ben Cruachan (the Hollow Mountain), stay at The Barriemore Hotel (four star with sea view, en suite) Oban

Thursday Visit Oban Distillery (entrance included), hike in Glen Coe, a pint of beer at the Clachaig Inn, travel up Loch Linnhe and the Great Glen to Kintail, stay at the Kintail Lodge Hotel (3 star, no loch view but with large en suite); lively traditional music session in pub and good food

Friday Over the bridge to Skye for some climbing, abseiling and sea kayaking, followed by a hike into the Quirang (amazing basalt rock formations); into Portree on Skye for food at the wholesome and funky Cafe Arriba before catching three pipe bands playing in Somerled Square, the centre of town; back to stay at the Kintail Lodge

Saturday Day walk to the Falls of Glomach, an epic twelve mile round trek through some of Scotland's great wilderness with scores of deer, birds of prey and lots of emptiness; eat at Plockton Shores and retire tired but happy to the Kintail Lodge (clothes washing and ironing arranged through the hotel)

Sunday Leave Kintail via Loch Carron, short walk through lush mixed woodland to the splendid Rogie Falls, visit Inverness for gifts and whisky and then onto Benromach, a great distillery owned by independent bottlers, Gordon and McPhail of Elgin; follow-up sampling with food at the up-and-coming whisky hostelry, the Highlander Inn in the heart of Speyside whisky country and a night cap in the world famous whisky bar of the Craigellachie Hotel.

Monday A morning's fly fishing on the Spey at Aberlour, a bonny drive over the Lecht Summit to Royal Deeside, views of the queen's Balmoral Estate, a hill walk to see some old hamlets above Invercauld; through Glenshee and past a million sheep and lambs (seemingly) to Aberfeldy; stay at Balnearn House, Aberfeldy (3 star double en suite)

Tuesday 18 holes of golf at Aberfeldy Golf Club in the morning continued with some shopping for whisky at Robertsons in Pitlochry and then an energetic hike up Ben Vrachie (The Speckled Mountain) above Pitlochry , visit the 300 year old Moulin Hotel (with its own brewery at the back) and partake insome of its' home wares and hearty food including haggis; stay at Balnearn House, Aberfeldy

Scotland tour at its best

10 Day Custom Walking Tour continued

Wednesday River bugging on the River Tay in the morning (a one person infaltable raft), lunch in Dunkeld utlising the services of Dunkeld's tasty Country Bakers, views of the cross, the cathedral and the bridge, biking in the afternoon, Kenmore Highland Games in the evening with our adventurous couple experiencing the 'interesting game plan' of the local minister as they join in the annual hill race together

Thursday Visit to St. Andrews to walk on the Old Course by the Swilken Burn, swim in the North Sea at the 'Chariots of Fire' beach at West Sands; view the important Reformation sites in the town, visit the castle and its' tunnel, have lunch at the Oak Rooms; drive (with a wee nap for the passengers) to the bustling city of Glasgow; sightseeing tour on wheels; time for shopping and exploring; fish teas at the University Cafe and then drinks with friends at the characterful Tennents Bar with its extensive real ale selection

Friday Early start up Loch Lomond and over to the Arrochar Alps for a climb up the Cobbler (Ben Arthur), clouded in mist en route but magnificently clearing at the summit; travel West to East Scotland with a farewell coffee and cake stop (and time to draw out our route on a big map ) at Harthill before arriving at Hilton Edinburgh Airport (double room)

Saturday Free shuttle provided by Hilton EI to Edinburgh Airport (2 minutes drive) for check in for flight leaving Edinburgh at 09.20 am

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