Driver Guided Tours

SCOTTISH FARM AND ESTATES TOUR - 4 DAYS

This 4-day driver guided tour will take you off the beaten track to some of Scotland’s most beautiful and unexplored landscapes. Archie, being from a rural background and having worked in land management as a rural surveyor, is keen to introduce people to the extraordinary diversity of rural Scotland. This tour is perfect for those interested in finding out more about the various aspects of land management in Scotland including visits to a mixture of lowland arable and livestock farms and Highland Sporting Estates.

The tour gives an insight into rural life in Scotland with exclusive visits to Monzie Castle, a private tour of Alvie Estate and Glen Tanner estate as well as visiting a range of farms to see their diverse produce and livestock, rounded off with a trip to Cairn O Mhor Winery. Clients are given the opportunity to meet the characters and their teams that run these impressive historical estates.

Your accommodation starts with exclusive access the wonderfully secluded “Gardeners Cottage” on the beautiful Monzie Estate in Highland Perthshire, which was listed in The Times “Top 50 Cottages in the UK” for 2016. The cottage is located by a small river close to the 17th Century Monzie Castle. You will then have a night at an exclusive 4 Star Culloden House hotel located near Culloden Battlefield to the East of Inverness, once lived in by “Bonnie Prince Charlie” himself. Your last night will be spent at the cosy Boat Inn on the banks of the River Dee in Royal Deeside.

Guide price: £2,475 GBP (£1,238 per person based on 2 people sharing)

Price includes

  • 3 nights in our carefully selected accommodation
  • Breakfast every day
  • Comfortable vehicle and luggage space
  • Archie as your driver and guide for 4 days
  • Pick up and drop off from your accommodation in Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Fuel, insurance and parking
  • Itinerary planning
  • Tour of Old Leckie Farm, Stirlingshire, includes refreshments
  • Visit to Mid Torrie Farm to see their herd of Highland Cattle
  • Private tour of Monzie Castle 
  • Private tour of Alvie Estate in the Cairngorm National park
  • Private tour of the remote Glen Tanar Estate in the heart of Royal Deeside
  • Cairn O Mhor winery tour and tasting

NB Above prices do not include extras such as evening meals, lunches or attraction/distillery admission prices (unless mentioned above), although these can be added and we will be happy to advise you on lunch and dinner options for your trip.

Highlights include:

  • Old Leckie Farm. A picturesque family livestock farm steeped in history. Head out round the farm on foot, or by quad bike, to meet their cows and sheep, enjoy the views over beautiful rural Stirlingshire and discover ancient bridges and waterfalls. You will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie and head back to the 16 Century Tower house of Old Leckie for some coffee, tea and homemade cake and biscuits
  • Mid Torrie Farm. Situated on the edge of beautiful and rugged Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in Rob Roy Country. Meet their herd of Highland cattle - cows and calves
  • Doune Castle
  • Drummond Castle and Gardens (optional)
  • Monzie Castle and Estate. You will have a private tour of Monzie Castle, home of the Crichton clan with light refreshments included. The castle, which dates back to 1634, but was rebuild by famous Scottish Architect Robert Lorimer following a fire in 1908. As an optional extra, you will also have the opportunity to head out on a private tour of the Estate with current Clan Chief, David Crichton
  • Dunkeld Cathedral
  • Alvie Estate, Cairngorm National Park. Take a tour of this diverse Highland Estate with Factor, David Kinnear, starting in Alvie House and then into a 4x4 vehicle out & around the Estate.  Find out more about the woodchip production on the Estate, and visit Alvie Farm to see our prize winning shorthorn Cattle herd, Alvie Gardens & their soft fruit production, the fish hatchery, quarries, standing stones & the different tourist activities on the Estate such as clay pigeon shooting, archery, Alvie stables, quad bike treks & their Zip Trek Park as well as Dalraddy Holiday Park.  If time permits you may be taken up onto the hill to discuss the sporting & forestry side of the Estate with a visit to Stag Bothy.  There is always the possibility of seeing a variety of wildlife on the Estate, such as Red Deer and the beautiful Red Squirrel. During the whole visit David will be explaining to you some of the trials & tribulations of running a Highland Sporting Estate, whilst happy to answer any questions that may arise
  • Connage Highland Dairy Farm. A traditional, family-owned, fully organic business, situated on their family farm at Ardersier. Try some of their delicious award winning cheeses
  • Speyside whisky region
  • Glenlivet Estate and Whisky Distillery tour (optional)
  • Cairngorm National Park and Royal Deeside
  • Glen Tanar Estate. Situated in a beautiful glen at the heart of Royal Deeside and within the spectacular Cairngorm National Park, Glen Tanar Estate offers some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery. Take a landrover safari or guided walk to explore the Estate. The exclusive guided tours of this magnificent Highland estate are led by experienced guides who know the estate inside out and will take in all the varied landscapes which make up Glen Tanar, including forestry, farmland and open moorland. Refreshments are provided. Your guides will also be pointing out some of the rare species of flora and fauna that flourish in this remote and beautiful landscape
  • Finzean Estate Farm Shop
  • The beautiful “Cairn o Mount” drive over to the picturesque village of Fettercairn
  • Angus Glens
  • Glamis Castle, without doubt one of Scotland most impressive castles (optional)
  • Cairn O Mhor Winery, Perthshire. Take a tour around this rare Scottish winery where production methods are explained and demonstrated by knowledgeable guides. You will then proceed to their tasting rooms where you will be treated to a tutored sampling of their delicious fruit wines
  • Forth Bridges including the spectacular Forth Rail Bridge, now a World Heritage Site

NB This itinerary is only a guide and can be adjusted to suit your interests. A significant benefit of private tours is the flexibility it gives you on your holiday

Please contact us for more information or to book this tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

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