Chocolate and Whisky Galore!
With fudge, castles, ice cream, pubs, shortbread and tearooms
April 1st - 15th, 2020
A real taste of Scotland with some of my favourite stops! I want everyone to experience
Scotland in just this way and I am sure that if I take everyone to my favourite places
that they will become their favourites too! So along with some of my favourite places to
stop for whisky, chocolate, fudge, shortbread, ice cream and afternoon tea I have
included historical stops along with spectacular countryside and scenery to take in every
essence of this wild, historic and romantic country. These are some of the best tastes in
Scotland! My goal on every trip to Scotland, is for those we take with us to fall in love
with Scotland and love it just as much! Come fall in love" - Shannon McDonald Tate.
This is a small group intimate tour of Edinburgh, the Highlands and the breathtaking
countryside. This tour is designed to accommodate only 10-12 people for a more
personal experience to allow you to get the most of your holiday. Keeping the tour
size small gives us the opportunity to veer from the beaten track and to take
advantage of accommodations, restaurants and sightseeing venues that would not
be available to larger groups. You may find yourself staying in a delightful city
guesthouse, a small country house hotel, a comfortable farmhouse and an old
coaching Inn all in the same visit. Our goal is to show you the real Scots people and
some of the wonderful sights to be seen all over this beautiful country.
Highlights include - Perth and Scone Palace, a Highland Safari, Iain Burnett the
Highland Chocolatier, Dalwhinnie Distillery and Dalwhinnie Chocolate and Whisky
Pairing, House of Bruar, Blair Castle, Kilted Fudge Company, Tomatin Distillery,
Cocoa Mountain, Glenmorangie Distillery, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns,
Lossiemouth, Elgin Cathedral, Johnstons Cashmere, Huntly Castle, GlenDronach
Distillery, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen City, The Chocolate Bar, Dunnottar Caste,
Arbroath Abbey, St. Andrews, Falkland Palace, Pittenweem Chocolate Company,
St. Monan's Kirk, Dunfermline Abbey, Edinburgh's Georgian House, Scottish
Kelpies, Stirling Castle and more!
Tour includes all accommodation, full Scottish breakfast each morning. All lunches and
dinners as listed in itinerary. Porterage of one suitcase per person. Minibus travel including
tour guide. Knowledgeable guide for all tourist venues. All sightseeing as indicated in
itinerary including any entrance fees. All taxes and service charges. As with all of our tours
we try to offer as many different kinds of accommodations as can be found in Scotland.
$6495US per person. $995US single supplement. Sold Out!
$500 per person deposit.
Day 1 - April 1st. Arrive into Glasgow International Airport, but our adventure begins in the Highlands Village
of Pitlochry
. Our first stop of the day will be Tunnock's, one of Scotland's most famous homegrown brands. Since 1890
the company has stayed true to its roots with its creations of some of the country's most iconic products. All off Tunnock's
tasty creations are made here - the
Snowballs, Caramel Logs, Caramel Wafers, and the Infamous Tea Cakes! We
will have a
Tour of the Factory and then make our way up the road to the lovely town of Callander where we will
explore for a bit before having
Afternoon Tea. Our next stop is the lovely Falls of Dochart in Killin, an especially
lovely spot for a short respite. We will also stop in the delightful village of
Dunkeld which sits upon the banks of the River
Tay
where you can walk along a variety of specialist shops or take a walk down by the river, which provides excellent views
of
Thomas Telford's Dunkeld Bridge. From here it is just a short way to our accommodation. Welcoming Dinner
and Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L,D)

Day 2 -
This morning we will join Highland Safaris as we climb aboard our Land Rover complete with Kilted Guide
and journey to the high tops through a land sculptured by the elements and steeped in history, culture, nature,
and breathtaking views with no shortage of photo opportunities. We may even be lucky enough to see the
Majestic Red
Deer, the Famous Grouse, the elusive Mountain Hare or the soaring Golden Eagle
as we travel through
forests, mountains and moors on private hill tracks. Our safari includes
Hot Chocolate, Coffee and Tea, a Dram of
Dewars Whisky with Shortbread in their Mountain Bothy
. When we return from our safari we will have Lunch in
the Café
and look through the shop before we experience a Red Deer and Barn Owl Encounter where we come face to
face with Britain’s largest native land mammal – the majestic Red Deer and meet and encounter their tame Barn Owl in a
hands on demonstration. On our way home we stop at
Grandtully and the Legends of Grandtully, home to Iain
Burnett, the Highland Chocolatier! Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 3 -
This morning we head toward my favorite Glen in all of Scotland, Glen Lyon. On the way, we will stop in
Fortingall to see the Fortingall Yew
standing next to the wee church there. The yew tree which grows there has been
estimated to be 5,000 years old and is the oldest living organism in Britain and possibly the world. The churchyard also has
grave slabs and incised crosses that are hundreds of years old. The drive through Glen Lyon is mystical and magical with
wee villages and breathtaking scenery around every turn. The
Bridge of Balgie is a popular place to stop for a cup of tea
and catch up on the day with the locals. We then head north to the
Spectacular Loch Rannoch and along the loch to
Kinloch Rannoch where we Stop for Afternoon Tea. Once back in Pitlochry we make our way to Edradour,
Scotland's Smallest Distillery
. We will be welcomed with Two Drams of Edradour in the old Malt Barn. We will
then be guided around the working distillery to see the traditional methods of whisky making and maturation, hand-crafted
today as it was in Victorian times.
Pub Dinner and Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
This morning as we head north we make our way to Blair Castle at Blair Atholl, ancestral home of the Dukes
of Atholl
. Blair Castle is set in extensive parklands, including the recently restored Hercules Garden and Diana's
Grove
, and with 725 years of history and over 30 rooms open to the public, an absolute delight to explore! We will have a
guided tour of the castle and then you will have some time on your own in the castle and on the grounds before we gather
for a
Traditional Highland Castle Afternoon Tea. We then make our way further north to the village of
Dalwhinnie and to Dalwhinnie Distillery. The distillery stands in the Cairngorm National Park at the heart of
the Scottish Highlands. From this remote location comes their
Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky,
it is also known as the ‘gentle spirit’. We will have a distillery tour and see how they make their single malt whisky. At end
of the tour we will sample single malt whiskies paired with specially selected
Handmade Highland Chocolates! Then
on to
Aviemore and the Kilted Fudge Company where you will be spoilt for choice with the smooth textured,
deliciously creamy, mouth watering Scottish favourites and tempted by other luxurious flavours of our handmade cream
and butter fudge.
Dinner and Overnight near Inverness. (B,L,D)

Day 5 -
This morning we make our way north with a first stop at Evanton and the Storehouse with their huge
variety of artisan products.
Local Cheeses, Exclusive Wines, over 100 Gins and Selection of Tonics, Local
Sausages, Salmon, Chocolate, Black Isle Dairy Ice Cream and fresh bread from Cromarty Bakery
. The gift
shop is stocked with fabulous presents for all , or just to treat yourself! From locally made
Whisky Gifts to the finest
Italian Leather Handbags.
We then travel further north to Dornoch where we find Cocoa Mountain, home of
some of the best
Hot Chocolate you will ever taste! Freshness, quality and innovation are words used to describe their
chocolate and truffles, which are made using the highest quality chocolate, premium ingredients, and natural flavourings.
They make every chocolate by hand and it really shows! We then Stop for
Afternoon Tea at the Dornoch Castle
Hotel
before making our way to Tain and Glenmorangie Distillery. Glenmorangie means ‘Valley of Tranquillity’
in Scots Gaelic. After our
Distillery Tour we visit the Signet Room to sample Glenmorangie Signet, one of their
rarest expressions and undoubtedly the richest whisky in their range and my one of my personal favourites!
Overnight
near Inverness. (B,L)

Day 6 -
Our first stop this morning Culloden Battlefield, a desolate stretch of moorland that looks much as it did on
16th April 1746, the date of the Last Battle to be fought on British soil. Here Bonnie Prince Charlie made his
last stand for the Stewart cause. The battlefield is restored to as close as possible as it was when the two sides marched on
that fateful day. We will find out why this battle that lasted only one hour changed the way of life of the Highlands forever.
Then on to 4000 year old
Clava Cairns, one of Scotland’s most evocative sacred prehistoric sites. The cairns are
dominated by a line of three exceptionally well-preserved burial cairns, each enclosed by stone circles. We know little about
who the cairn builders were, for they left no written record. The actual remains of those buried within the cairns no longer
survive because of overzealous archaeological digging in the early 20th century. We will stop for lunch before making our
way to
Forres where we stop to see the Sueno's Stone, a Pictish Stone that is the most remarkable sculptured
monument in Britain. It stands over 20 feet high and dates to the end of the first millennium AD.
Dinner and Overnight
Moray Firth. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
First thing this morning we visit Elgin Cathedral, the superb ruin of what was perhaps the most beautiful
cathedral in Scotland. Elgin Cathedral is Scotland's second largest cathedral behind St. Andrews and was known as
'The
Lantern of the North'
. If suffered many mishaps and then was rebuilt only to see the Reformation in the 1500's. Even in
ruins, it is still one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Scotland. We then visit the
Johnstons of Elgin, with a 220 year-old
story of Scottish innovation and luxury, celebrating the skills of our Scottish Craftspeople and generations of herding
communities from
Mongolia, Afghanistan and Peru, and of natural fibres reaching their full potential. After our visit
we have
Afternoon Tea at the Ditsy Teacup in Elgin before we drive a bit further up the road to Lossiemouth on
the Moray Firth. This is a lovely seaside village where we can find some
Great Ice Cream before a stroll on the beach.
Dinner on your own this evening.
Overnight Moray Firth. (B,L)

Day 8 -
Today as we head south with a stop at the Factory Shop for Walker's Shortbread in Aberlour. It was over
a hundred years ago that the
Walker Family started baking shortbread in the Speyside village of Aberlour, surrounded
by the picturesque landscape of the Scottish highlands, and it is where they remain to this day. Then we make our way to
Huntly Castle in the village of Huntly. It is a magnificent ruin of a castle, from the 12th century motte to the palace
block erected in the 16th and 17th centuries by the
Gordon Family. The architectural details and heraldic enrichments
are particularly impressive. Now it is time for more shortbread as we make our way to
Dean's of Huntly. Here you will
find Dean’s extensive range of melt in the mouth
Shortbread and Biscuits along with a wide range of quality gifts
including
Jewellery, Handbags and Gifts for the Home and a selection of Premium Food and Drink Products.
After some shopping we will have a
Proseco Afternoon Tea at Deans. We then visit GlenDronach Distillery for
their
Discovery Tasting Tour. Then on to our home on Royal Deeside where we find dinner waiting. Dinner and
Overnight Banchory. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
This morning we make our way to my favourite Stone Circle anywhere in Scotland! It is situated on a farm in
Aberdeenshire. The stone circle remains today just as it looked over 4,000 years ago and has not been manicured or
changed in any way! We then make our way into
Aberdeen, a port city built where the Dee and Don Rivers
meet the North Sea.
While in the Granite City we will visit Cocoa Ooze for a Private Chocolate Workshop with
their
Master Chocolatiers. We will learn how to make truffles & chocolate bars and experiment with flavours. Taste
testing is a crucial part in making the chocolates so you will be delighted to hear that they do encourage this! We then make
our way south to
Dunnottar Castle, a spectacularly situated coastal castle with breathtaking views. This dramatic and
evocative ruined cliff top fortress was the home of the
Earls Marischal, once one of the most powerful families in
Scotland. Steeped in history, this romantic and haunting ruin is a photographer’s paradise, a history lover’s dream and an
iconic tourist destination for visitors the world over.
Oliver Cromwell's Army laid siege to the castle in 1652, but The
Honours of Scotland were smuggled out of the castle and taken to Kinneff Church, where they remained until the
restoration of the monarchy in 1660. Dinner on your own in Banchory.
Overnight Banchory. (B,L)

Day 10 -
This morning we make our to the Kingdom of Fife with a lovely drive through the Angus Countryside. Our
first stop will be
Fettercairn and the Fettercairn Distillery, situated under the Grampian Foothills in the Howe
of Mearns.
It was founded in 1824 by Sir Alexander Ramsay making it one of the oldest licensed distilleries in
Scotland. We will have a
Tour of the Distillery before making our way to Brechin for a stop at 88 Degrees, an Artisan
Chocolatier and Cheesemonger
selling freshly made food and coffee in eclectic surroundings. From here it is just a
hop, skip and jump to
Forfar to experience the Famous Forfar Bridie which is a lovely meat pie in delicate pastry. Our
next stop is the village of
Glamis where we find Glamis Castle. The castle has been witness to a thousand years of
history. Home to the
Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth and beloved
childhood home of the late
Queen Mother. On a tour of the castle you will follow in the footsteps of Mary, Queen of
Scots, James V, Bonnie Dundee, the Old Jacobite Pretender to the throne James VIII,
the ill-fated Janet
Douglas
and of course tell the story of the bitter-sweet life of Mary Eleanor Bowes.  We then make our way to the East
Neuk of Fife
where we find dinner waiting. Dinner and Overnight Fife. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -
We cannot let the tour come to end with visiting the Highland Chocolatier again, this time in his St. Andrews
Shop.
This Award Winning Artisan Chocolatier creates an internationally renowned range of fresh cream truffles
and spiced praline for a heavenly experience! While in St. Andrews, you may also want to visit
Fisher & Donaldson,
World Famous Cakes, Breads and Exquisite Chocolates!
St. Andrews is also well known for Ice Cream at both
Janetta's and Nardini's
where you are spoiled for choice! You will also be able to take in the Ruins of St. Andrews
Cathedral
, once the largest cathedral in Scotland and Consecrated in 1318 by King Robert the Bruce. We will then
have
Afternoon Tea with a View at Rocca Restaurant in St. Andrews overlooking the Old Course before taking in
the
Swilcan Bridge on the Old Course and visiting the Clubhouse. We then return home with enough time for you
to explore this lovely fishing village we are staying in and to find some dinner on your own.
Overnight Fife. (B,L)

Day 12 -
We will take in a few of the lovely coastal villages of the East Neuk of Fife on our way to Edinburgh this
morning. We will stop in
Pittenweem to visit the Pittenweem Chocolate Company and Cocoa Tree Café.  
Chocolatier Sophie Latinis in addition to producing her own range, sources fine speciality chocolates from Scotland,
Belgium and around the world. The café is open all year round and is renowned for its
Indulgent Hot Chocolates. We
will also stop in
St. Monan's to visit St. Monan's Kirk. St. Monan was an Irish missionary who, around 832, lived in a
cell close to where a burn meets the sea and just by the present site of the Old Kirk which dates back to 1265. We will stop
for
Afternoon Tea in Dunfermline before we visit Dunfermline Abbey. Dunfermline Abbey was founded about 1070
by
Queen Margaret, wife of Malcolm Canmore. Margaret was made a saint, and she and Malcolm were buried here.
Robert the Bruce's body (apart from his heart, which is at Melrose) is buried here as well. Once in Edinburgh, the rest of
the afternoon is free for exploring
Princes Street, the Royal Mile before dinner. Dinner and Overnight Edinburgh.
(B,L)

Day 13 -
Today will be spent in the Capitol City on a Sweet Indulgence Spree! Our first stop will be the Royal Mile
and the
Fudge House where every one of their twenty-seven fabulous flavours is made by hand in the shop. From
Classic Creamy Vanilla and Sophisticated Dark Chocolate to Fruity Strawberry and Authentic Italian
Nougat
, their fudge is made to a traditional recipe right here on the Royal Mile. Then we join and Eat and Walk
Culinary Tour of Edinburgh with a Starter, Main Course, Cheese, Charcuterie and Dessert
at 5 different
venues! During the tour there will be the chance to taste
Haggis, Neeps & Tatties, enjoy Edinburgh Raspberry Gin,
Scottish Beer and a Malt Whisky Tasting.
After some free time, this evening we are out to the Fudge Kitchen. Don
your hat, apron and gloves and get stuck in under the guidance of a fudge making expert! We will be involved in the whole
fudge making process and have ample chance to sample a wide variety of flavours. Dinner on your own in the city.
Overnight Edinburgh. (B,L)

Day 14 -
We will have a more leisurely start to the day on our last day together. We make our way back to Glasgow with
a stop if
Falkirk to see The Scottish Kelpies. We will see the world's largest equine sculptures up close to marvel at the
complexity and the engineering which created these fantastic pieces of art. Our
Guided Walking Tour takes us through
the vision of artist
Andy Scott and how history and industry impacted on his designing of these breathtaking sculptures.
The pinnacle of the tour is that we get to experience a Kelpie from the inside, and see for ourselves the breathtaking
engineering and design of The Kelpies. Then we make our way into
Glasgow for a West End Wander Tasting Tour.
We will walk through
Glasgow’s West End tasting the fabulous Scottish food and Drink the city has to offer, enjoying
the
Glasgow Patter and some Gaelic, while exploring the history and culture of Glasgow itself. Our guide will show us
some interesting gems of the West End while visiting 6 amazing, well known restaurants, shops and bars where you’ll
interact with the locals, taste unique delicacies, sample some fabulous gin and enjoy a wee dram. We then get settled into
our accommodation before dinner.
Farewell Dinner and Overnight near Glasgow. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - October 15th -
This morning we return to Glasgow International for your journey home.