Scotland is famous for its natural larder, its fresh seafood and its award winning Angus beef. On top of this, Scotland boasts many Michelin Starred restaurants throughout the nation as well as many fine and unique dining experiences. As a very culturally diverse country you will be able to dine and experience a wide variety of cuisines with all dishes created by talented chefs in idyllic locations using the finest of local produce available to them.
Upon arrival in to Edinburgh International Airport, you will be met by a member of our team who will transport you to your accommodation, The Balmoral Hotel.
In the afternoon, you will be taken on a half day walking tour of Edinburgh by one of our expert guides where you will take in historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle, Scott Monument, The Royal Mile, St Giles Cathedral and Holyrood Palace.
The Balmoral Hotel resides at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street, and this is where you will find yourself on the first night of your Scottish experience. It offers guests with the combination of tradition and modernity as each room was individually designed. The Balmoral includes two luxury restaurants, The Brasserie Prince and Number One.
Number One Restaurant is where you will dine on this evening. One of Edinburgh’s finest restaurants, offering a Michelin star experience and providing visitors with a modern take on Scottish Cuisine while providing a warm and inviting atmosphere which guests have enjoyed since opening in 1997.
Driving north via the Forth Road Bridge into Fife, you will make the journey North to Kinross House in the heart of Scotland.
The 17th Century house at Kinross overlooks Loch Leven and was designed by architect Sir William Bruce. The 100 acres of land within the estate and the house itself was home to the Montgomery Family for almost 200 years. The house is also known to be the location where Mary Queen of Scots discussed the Scottish Reformation with Presbyterian theologist John Knox.
From Kinross, you will make the short journey north to Scone Palace, home to an illustrious and vibrant history. Scone Palace is one of Scotland’s most important stately homes.
After exploring the Palace and Grounds, you will enjoy a fabulous Afternoon Tea experience.
Next, you will make the short journey to the base of The Cairngorms National Park where you will find Kinloch House, where you will spend the evening. Located in 25 acres of peaceful Perthshire Countryside and offering a memorable stay and dining experience, the tasteful character of the house and friendly atmosphere merges quality with informality.
To allow you to taste “Uisge Beatha” (water of life) from its source, you will find yourself enjoying a luxury chauffeur driven whisky tour. The tour will include visits to the Royal Lochnagar Distillery and The Macallan Distillery, which allows you to taste the Scottish whiskies and tour multiple famous distilleries.
Royal Lochnagar Distillery is set on the banks of Royal Deeside and based close to Balmoral Castle. This unique Scottish Whisky sticks to its age old traditions and craftsmanship to offer a timeless experience.
The Macallan is a name synonymous throughout the world which brings a feel of luxury and sophistication. This modern, brand new facility built within The Macallan Estate really showcases the future of the whisky industry and what is to come for this magnificent brand. You will enjoy a true experience of the history of Macallan from conception to the modern day.
In Nairn, you will stay in the luxury award winning Boath House which is widely renowned for its style, quality and fine cuisine. In the evening, you will dine in their award winning restaurant. The menus are seasonal, local and fresh with the hotel’s kitchen gardens providing much of the organic fruit, herbs and vegetables.
You will travel west to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, where you will have the chance to see some of the city before travelling via the Kessock Bridge to the Black Isle. From here, you will continue west to Glen Ord Distillery, the only remaining whisky distillery on the Black Isle which is home to the world famous Singleton Whisky. Despite being sold throughout the world, the Singleton Whisky is rarely found in North America and makes it a much more desirable product.
From Glen Ord, you will continue to the picturesque seaside town of Applecross where you will dine within the award winning and traditional Applecross Inn with beautiful views over the Scottish North Western Coast.
You will make the short journey from here to the majestic Torridon Hotel. Set within 48 acres of prime Scottish forrest and on the banks of a magnificent sea loch, The Torridon is the height of highland luxury in an awe-inspiring setting.
You will dine in the evening within The Torridon Hotel in their 1887 restaurant. The restaurant is the finest hotel in the region and has been awarded three AA Rosettes.
After awaking in the Torridon, you will make a journey to the land which many describe as the origin of myths and fairies, the Isle of Skye where you will visit sites of immense beauty, starting with The Old Man of Storr and then Kilt Rock.
Next you will visit the scenic town of Portree. Here you can enjoy a light lunch before travelling to the North West of the Island where you will visit Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rock in an idyllic loch side setting, this castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland.
You will dine at Kinloch Lodge, a Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards winner for Most Hospitable Hotel. It is a family-run hotel and world-renowned restaurant on the Isle of Sky which is on the north west coast of Scotland.
Leaving Skye via the Skye Bridge travelling south, you will arrive in to the town of Dornie where you will find the magnificent Eilean Donan Castle. This 15th Century Castle is built on its own island at the meeting point of three sea lochs and is regarded as one of the most beautiful monuments in Scotland. From Dornie, you will continue on to Fort William and Inverlochy Castle. From here you will travel the majestic Glencoe, where you will have perfect picture opportunities.
From Glencoe, you will travel to Port Appin where you will find Airds Hotel and Restaurant, a boutique hotel near Oban in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. The restaurant has won AA three rosettes for food and won a gold award from Eat Scotland. They ensure that the presentation of the dining room is impeccable and creates a romantic candle-light atmosphere.
Driving south once more from Port Appin, you will leave the Highlands and drive via the town of Perth and into the region of rolling hills that is Perthshire. Here you will find The Gleneagles Hotel, a magnificent countryside estate which continues to offer multiple attractions including their 5-star luxury hotel, three championship golf courses, award winning spa as well as the only restaurant in Scotland holding two Michelin Stars.
Sadly your Scottish culinary journey must come to an end and we must say our goodbyes.