A Scottish Highlands and West Coast Islands Luxury
House Tour Autumn Adventure featuring the Islands
of Arran, Islay, Mull, Bute and Sk
ye
October 14th - 28th, 2017
Two weeks in Scotland with the first week will be spent at Suleskerry
House, a Five Star Luxury Coastal house on the Kintyre Peninsula.
Suleskerry design combines the very best of old and modern - modern
craft design elements, antiques, subtle fired earth and farrow and ball
colours, comfortable George Smith sofas and lovely beds with crisp fresh
linen combined with 17th and 18th century antiques. Great spaces inside
and out with principal bedrooms that would flatter a sultan. You can
relax in the library, the orangery, the study, reading room or the games
room. Outside, the terrace overlooks Arran and the sunken rose garden,
a haven of aromatic David Austin roses in season. If you're a walker or
birder you'll be in heaven. Living between mountain and water, you are
in Europe's seafood capital with lobster, langoustine, dover sole and
haddock to die for and from the mountains natural Ifferdale lamb,
venison, roe deer, highland beef and eggs with real yellow yolks. Argyll
and Kintyre are linked to Mountains and Sea with Sea Eagles, Otter and
Deer while nature and wildlife form the natural backdrop for all with the
comfort, luxury and homeliness of a Boutique Coastal Villa at the centre
of a timeless ferry network to Islay, Jura, Coll, Gigha, Arran,
Tighnabruaich and beyond. There is so much to do and explore in this
lovely area of Scotland that we are spoilt for choice!
The second week will be spent at Quarryfield House on the Black Isle
near Inverness, a modern, private and spacious home created from
historic farm buildings to offer the luxurious comfort of a boutique
hotel with lofty ceilings, interconnecting living spaces, a very large
conservatory. The house is superbly equipped and appointed, with
original stone walls and timber detailing, finished with travertine
stone or timber floors and designer highland furnishings. Outside, the
grounds have been designed to be used for activities, with the
excellent tennis court to the east of the house, the wonderful
half-moon dining terrace to the front and south, and the fountain
terrace  to the west - ideal for catching the last of the sunshine in the
early evening.
While here we will take in Culloden Battlefield, Inverness, Cawdor
Castle, Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle, Black Isle Brewery,
Glenmorangie Distillery, Nairn, Forres, Elgin and Elgin Cathedral,
Rosemarkie, Fortrose and Fortrose Cathedral and journeys into the
beautiful surrounding countryside.
During our first week we will take a journey to the Isle of Skye where
along the way we visit Eilean Donan Caslte and then once on Skye, we
\will visit The Clan Donald Centre and Gardens and the Museum of
the Isles. We then have afternoon tea at Kinloch Lodge, home of Lord
and Lady MacDonald.
This is a beautiful tour covering two spectacular regions of Scotland. Relax in luxury accommodations and take in all the
breathtaking beauty of Scotland. Price includes 14 nights luxury country house accommodation, 12 dinners, 12 lunches and
breakfast each morning, all activities, sightseeing and entrance fees as listed in itinerary, all taxes, fees and service charges.
Guided minibus travel with airport pick up and drop off and luggage handling. Unfortunately we cannot cater for special
diets.
$5795 per person.
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Day 1 - October 14th - We will meet you upon your arrival into Glasgow International Airport and make our way
to
Loch Lomond taking advantage of the spectacular scenery along the way. Loch Lomond is the largest body of
freshwater in mainland Britain and has long been enjoyed for its unique atmosphere and scenery. We then make our way
through
Inveraray, Lochgilphead and The Rest and be Thankful, one of the most breathtaking vistas in Scotland.
Our journey then take us to just north of
Tarbert where we stop for Afternoon Tea at Stonefield Castle Hotel. Our
new home,
Suleskerry House is now just a short drive away. This evening we will gather for a Buffet Welcoming
Dinner
after everyone has gotten settled in. Buffet Supper and Overnight Suleskerry House. (B,L,D)

Day 2 -
This morning we take a journey to Campbeltown with a Spectacular Coastal Drive along the Kintyre
Peninsula
. Once in Campbelltown we will board a boat for a Shark and Whale Watch Tour. After our boat tour we
take in
Kilbrannan Sound between the Kintyre coast and Isle of Arran regularly provides sightings of basking sharks,
porpoises, bottlenose dolphins and minke whales. Once we are back on dry land we will
Stop for Lunch at Cafe
Bluebell.
After lunch we will explore the peninsula in detail including Machrihanish and then to Southend at the very
end of the peninsula. It has a unique and varied history spanning thousands of years with beautiful coastal scenery, bird and
wildlife and a large seal colony. The famous
St. Columba's Footsteps, etched in the rock for centuries, show where
Christianity was first brought to Scotland from Ireland. We then return home for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight
Suleskerry. B,L,D)

Day 3 -
This morning we make our way up the west coast and to Oban where we catch the ferry across to Craignure on
the
Isle of Mull. Here we find the ancestral home of the Clan Maclean, Duart Castle. Standing proudly on a clifftop
guarding the
Sound of Mull, Duart enjoys one of the most spectacular and unique positions on the West Coast of
Scotland. For over 400 years this has been the base of the Clan Maclean's sea-borne power. While on the Island we will
also explore the lovely coastal town of Tobermory where we
Stop for Lunch at An Tobar Arts Centre. We will explore
some more after lunch before returning to Craignure where we take the ferry crossing back to Oban. Once back in Oban,
we will explore this lovely coastal gateway of Scotland before we stop for a memorable
Seafood Dinner along the
waterfront. We then head back home for
Overnight at Suleskerry. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
Today we make our way to the Island if Islay by way of ferry from Clachan on the mainland to Port Askaig
on Islay
. Islay is the southern-most island of the Inner Hebrides and is often referred to as Queen of the Hebrides.
Islay’s main features are its eight excellent Single Malt Whiskies and White Washed Distilleries which can be
found in the most beautiful settings. It’s often said that the introduction of whisky in Scotland started on Islay, which was
used as a stepping stone for Scotland.
Irish Monks introduced the art of whisky distillation to Islay in the 14th century.
The southern distilleries of
Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig produce very strong peaty flavoured whiskies while the
other distilleries on the north of the island,
Bowmore, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Bruichladdich and Kilchoman
are less peaty. We won't be able to visit them all, but we will take in one or two! On the way home we will stop in
Tarbert
for you to find some dinner.
Overnight Suleskerry. (B,L)

Day 5 -
We are just a few minute away from the ferry dock at Claonaig which will take us across to Lochranza on the
Isle of Arran. The Isle of Arran, is one of the most southerly Scottish islands and sits in the Firth of Clyde between
Ayrshire and Kintyre. Arran is only nineteen miles long by ten miles wide but has a remarkable diversity of landscapes
and seascapes. The pretty villages on Arran's beautiful coastline are complemented by a rugged and mountainous interior
in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south. The island is also home to
Brodick Castle, dramatically set
against the backdrop of
Goatfell Mountain. This grand red sandstone Scottish baronial-style castle has stunning views
over
Brodick Bay to the Firth of Clyde and is renowned for its impressive collections of period furniture, silverware,
porcelain, paintings and sporting trophies. We will
Lunch in the Castle Tearoom before a tour of the castle. We will
explore some more of the Island before we return home for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Suleskerry. (B,L,D)

Day 6
- This morning we take a very long drive up through the Kintyre Peninsula and down through the spectacular
Argyll Forest Park on our way to the ferry terminal at Colintraeve for the 5 minute crossing to Rhubodach on the
Isle of Bute. Then it is just a short drive to Mount Stuart House on the Bute Estate near Rothesay. This amazing
Gothic stately home is the result of one man’s vision,
John Crichton-Stuart, the 3rd Marquess of Bute was a
cultured man, interested in art, astrology and mythology. When the original Mount Stuart was burnt to the ground in 1877,
he set about creating this extravagant masterpiece with his architect
Sir Robert Rowand Anderson. The result is
back home with a
Stop for Pub Farewell Dinner. Overnight Suleskerry. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
We leave Suleskerry behind today as we make our way to Pitlochry, my very favourite Highland Village. We
make our way heading northward to
Loch Awe where St. Conan's Kirk is spectacularly sited overlooking the loch. I
could not imagine venturing through this area of Scotland without visiting this romanesque church. After some time to look
around, we make our way to
Killin and the Falls of Dochart. A bridge crosses over the Dochart River just as you
enter the village of Killin giving a fabulous view of the falls as they cascade down over the rocks and around the
Island of
Inchbuie
, which is the traditional burial place of the MacNab Clan. After Lunch in Killin, we make our alongside
spectacular
Loch Tay through Kenmare and Aberfeldy and to Grandtully where we find Iain Burnett the
Highland Chocolatier.
Once we are in Pitlochry, we will settle into our accommodation before dinner. After dinner we
will take a journey through the
Enchanted Forrest. With dazzling visuals and innovative design set against an original
music score explore the stunning autumn woodland setting of
Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Using the forest as a
natural backdrop, you will experience a lighting show that is, quite simply, out of this world!
Dinner and Overnight
Pitlochry. (B,D)

Day 8 -
This morning we join a Highland Wildlife Safari. We will head high into the hills of Highland Perthshire to
witness one of the most dramatic outdoor experiences in Scotland at this time of year. Hearing a Stag's roar resonate around
the stunning, rugged hillside is an iconic sound of the Autumn. We may even be lucky enough to witness some of the other

Highland Wildlife
such as the Famous Grouse, the elusive Mountain Hare and the soaring Golden Eagle. After
lunch we spend some time in the
Red Deer Centre where we meet and encounter their Barn Owl in a hands-on
demonstration and have fun learning the secrets of this captivating phantom bird of the night time. We will also have a
Red
Deer Encounter
where you can stroke, feed and photograph these magnificent and iconic animals in the company of their
knowledgeable
Safari Ranger who will tell us about their fascinating life cycle, likes, dislikes, habits and personalities. This
is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up really close to these magnificent animals. This afternoon we will visit
Aberfeldy
Distillery and Dewar's World of Whisky
. We will have a tour of the distillery and then a wee dram to take the nip out
of the crisp autumn air. Dinner on your own this evening.
Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 9 -
On our way further north to Quarryfield House near Inverness we stop first at The Queen's View named
after
King Robert The Bruce's wife Isabel but made popular by Queen Victoria. This is one of the most breathtaking
sights in Scotland and will become a favorite of yours. We then make our way to
Blair Atholl to visit Blair Castle and
Gardens. Bonnie Prince Charlie
spent 2 days here in this 700 year old rambling, turreted castle with over 32 rooms
open to the public. It is especially beautiful this time of year with the autumn foliage in all its glory! We will see spectacular
scenery all along the way as we make our way further north and enjoy all the beauty that opens up before as we make our
way through the
Cairngorms National Park and alongside Aviemore, Newtonmore and Laggan. We eventually
make our way to the
Black Isle near Inverness and to our home at Quarryfield House. Dinner and Overnight
Quarryfield. (B,L,D)

Day 10 -
Our first stop this morning is 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
Cawdor for Lunch at the Cawdor Tavern before a visit to the 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 then return for
Dinner and Overnight Quarryfield. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -
This morning we start our journey to the Isle of Skye. Our drive will take us through some spectacular scenery
and several lochs including
Lochy, Garry and Cluanie. When we finally reach Loch Duich, we find Scotland's most
photographed castle,
Eilean Donan. Originally built in 1220 by Alexander II as a defence against the Vikings, it
subsequently became a stronghold of the
Mackenzies of Kintail who installed the MacRaes as Hereditory Keepers.
After our visit we cross the Skye Bridge and on to Kinloch Lodge home to Lord and Lady MacDonald where we
will have
Afternoon Tea before visiting the Clan Donald Centre and Historic Gardens. The gardens offer woodland
trails around
Armadale Castle in south Skye and you can learn about Highland history in the fascinating Museum of the
Isles
. Six interconnecting galleries, each with their own theme, take you through 1500 years of the history and culture of
the area once known as the
Kingdom of the Isles. We will stop for dinner on our way back to the Black Isle. Overnight
Quarryfield. (B,L,D)

Day 12 -
Late Breakfast this morning after the long day yesterday. Today will be spent taking in the house and surrounding
area. Entry to the front is through the huge glass conservatory, which encompasses a large seating area and table tennis,
and affords views across the surrounding farmland and woods and is a perfect place to enjoy the unique Highland light! This
solar room then opens into the main hall, the drawing room, the snooker room and the west wing. The games room, which is
accessed from the front or rear hall, is a magnificent room containing not only a snooker table but a 48" plasma screen TV
and DVD and soft seating. In the afternoon we will
Gather in the Conservatory for a Highland Afternoon Tea.
After tea we will take a drive through
Glen Affric to take in the last glimmers of light through the autumn forest. Dinner
on your own this evening.
Overnight Quarryfield. (B,L)

Day 13 -
Today we make our way to Nairn, an ancient fishing port and market town with award winning beaches. From
here we travel 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. We then make
our way to
Elgin for a visit to 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.
After Lunch at the Ditsy Teacup we drive south to Dufftown to
visit the Dufftown Whisky Shop
in the heart of Speyside. They offer an exceptional selection of over 600 whiskies and
related items and pride themselves on being an all round independent whisky information centre.  You  can get helpful
advice on which single malts to try and how to fully enjoy Scotland's finest product.
 Pub Dinner out this evening.
Overnight Quarryfield. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
Today we take a journey around Loch Ness taking in all of its delights. Most people just journey up or down the
west side completely missing the beautiful scenery all along the east side. There are about forty small rivers, streams,
burns and waterways running into Loch Ness. The Loch itself is connected to the sea via the
River Ness and Caledonian
Canal
- both feeding into the Moray Firth. Loch Ness contains more water than in all of the lakes and rivers of England
and Wales combined. We will stop in
Fort Augustus to do some boat watching at the Caledonia Canal System, a series
of locks connecting
Loch Oich with Loch Ness. Heading further south we make our way through Invergarry and Fort
William
on our way to haunting Valley of Glencoe. Against a backdrop of craggy peaks and the tumbling River Coe,
the Glen offers some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery but has also seen one of the most violent acts in Scottish history
when in 1692 the
Clan McDonald were massacred on this very spot! Our journey then takes us alongside Loch
Lomond
. Loch Lomond is the largest body of freshwater in mainland Britain and has long been enjoyed for its unique
atmosphere and scenery. We eventually make our way to just outside of
Glasgow where we find dinner waiting. Dinner
and Overnight Glasgow.  (B,L,D)

Day 15 -
This morning we return you to the Glasgow International Airport for your journey home.