Inspiration and Ideas for Your Holiday in Scotland
Providing an excellent and personal client service is very important to us. We appreciate each client has different interests and requirements and we want to use our extensive knowledge and contacts to give you the best advice, based on what works for you. Our aim is to give you the holiday of a lifetime.
Below we have put together a few suggestions to help your holiday planning and perhaps give you a few ideas. Please let us know what your interests are; if you have Scottish connections, for example, or if you have specific areas you wish to visit, we can put together your holiday to include any of this, the more information we can get during the planning stage the better!
Castles, Cathedrals, Country Houses and Gardens
Scotland has a huge range of historic buildings and stunning gardens. If this is a particular interest of yours, we can design your itinerary to whatever level you want. Through our local contacts, we can also arrange a private tour with the estate manager or owner of some of Scotland’s most magnificent country houses and castles - some of which are not normally open to the public.
Walking and Wildlife
These two interests go hand in hand, and we can organise your itinerary to suit. We can organise anything from an exciting RIB boat expedition to see whales and other marine life, to bird watching. Archie, who is from a rural background, as well as being a keen hill walker and fisherman, is well acquainted with some of the lesser known walks and “secret glens” of Scotland. If you want, we can also arrange for a qualified guide to take you hill walking or to look for wildlife.
Food and Drink
Scotland is fast becoming a worldwide destination for its quality local produce. Your interests may be whisky, quality local ales or food (or indeed all three!), just let us know, and we will adapt your itinerary accordingly. We can organise tasting events, private whisky tours or you can taste some delicious local beers at a wide range of breweries. There are also a wide range of local food, whisky and beer festivals that we can incorporate into your itinerary.
History and Heritage
Scotland is renowned the world over for its rich history and heritage. Let us know where your interests lie and we will ensure that this is built into your itinerary. We have highlighted below just a few areas of Scotland’s history that you may be interested in:
- Vikings: Vikings had a strong influence on Scotland particularly in the north west and north east
- Scottish wars of independence between Scotland and England in the late 13th Century and early 14th Century
- Jacobite rebellions of the early to mid-18th Century
There are numerous battlefields in Scotland relating to these and other conflicts which we can arrange for you to visit, some of which are less well known than others.
Events and Festivals
There are a wide range of fantastic local events and festivals in Scotland throughout the year - from folk festivals to orchestral concerts, local art exhibitions and local ceilidhs to live music. We can organise any of these for you. We can incorporate a visit to the local pub to catch some live music or perhaps visit the World Pipe Band Championships, where the sound and quality of the piping are second to none. Scotland’s Highland games, which take place all over the country during the summer months, are also well worth a visit. Whatever your interests, we can help.
Farm and Estate Tours
Archie and his wife Jo, are from a rural background and assist with the running of the family estate and farm at their home on Sheriffmuir near Dunblane. They also have a number of contacts throughout Scotland who work on both arable and livestock farms. We can organise private farm visits where you can meet the guys on the ground and they will talk you through their various farming systems and give you a tour of the farm, as well as showing you some of their farm animals!
We also know a number of both Lowland and Highland estate owners and managers who would be happy to give you a guided tour of their estates and talk you through the day to day management including traditional activities such as fishing, shooting, farming, forestry and property management. To help them survive, many of these estates have now diversified into other areas such as opening up farm shops, mountain biking, wildlife tours, clay pigeon shooting, renewable energy and hosting events such as music festivals and horse trials. We can organise any of these things and more as part of your tour if you wish!
Archie, as well as having a passion for Scotland, also has a passion for fishing and he can organise this for you. Scotland has some of the finest fishing in the world, from its salmon rivers and trout lochs to sea fishing, there is something for everyone. Archie can organise a day's fishing with a ghillie (guide) and tackle hire on some of the most famous salmon rivers in Scotland and indeed the world. If you fancy something a little less formal, we can advise you as to some of the smaller and more secluded rivers and lochs that you can fish in Scotland.
Scotland is seen as the home of golf and there are over 550 courses around the country. We can help arrange a round of golf or two on some of these courses, depending on your preferences.
Romantic breaks and Honeymoons
Scotland, with its stunning scenery, rich heritage and culture, top quality luxury accommodation and delicious local food and drink, is without doubt a fantastic place for the perfect romantic break or Honeymoon experience. Whatever the occasion, let us know your interests and we would be delighted to assist in creating the ultimate romantic break for you here in Scotland.
Cruise Liner Shore Excursions
We can put together a day or multi day private tour to suit your timings and interests for passengers docking at either Greenock (Glasgow), Leith or South Queensferry (Edinburgh). We specialise in tailor made private tours to suit your interests and requirements and would be happy to put together a tour that suits you. Please contact us for more information.
Other outdoor activities and adventure sports
Scotland offers a wealth of outdoor adventure and activity options - from families looking for their next adventure, to couples seeking new active outdoor pursuits, to singles' adventure holidays. Activities range from kayaking and canyoning to stand up paddle boarding or, if you fancy, you could even fit in a bungee jump! We can advise you in relation to this.
Scotland’s stunning landscape has provided the ideal backdrop to many famous films - a number of which are shown below:
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- Chariots of Fire
- The Wicker Man
- Local Hero
- The World Is Not Enough
- Rob Roy
- Harry Potter
- The Da Vinci Code
- The Eagle
- Sunshine on Leith
If you want to visit any of these film locations or perhaps theme your holiday around a specific film, let us know and we will design you itinerary to suit.