Highlands, Highlands, Highlands - A Scottish Highlands
Luxury Autumn Adventure House Tour
October 18th - November 1st, 2019
The first 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. I love when the sun is
setting and it set sky on fire and creates a pallet of spectacular autumn colours,
tints and hues.
While here we will take in Glencoe, Culloden Battlefield, Inverness, Clave
Cairns, Urquhart Castle, Nairn, Forres, Elgin and Elgin Cathedral, Dufftown
Whisky Shop, Dunnet Head, John O'Groats, Rosemarkie, Fortrose, Wick and
the Old Pulteney Distillery, Dalwhinnie Distillery and Highland Chocolates
along with a journey to the North of Scotland all along the coastline taking in
the very most northerly point of Mainland Scotland. We will spend the night in
Thurso and take in the beautiful north coast of Scotland taking in Duncansby
Stacks, some amazing sea stacks as well as John O'Groats for some amazing ice
cream. We then take the spectacular east coastal drive back to the Black Isle
and to our home. I love this drive at any time of year, but during autumn with
the spectacular colours at every turn, it is magical!      
Our second week will be spent at Mains of Taymouth Country Estate which is the
grounds for Taymouth Castle. We will be staying in the Farmhouse, a stunning and
absolutely breath taking 5 Star Detached Farmhouse Conversion over two levels with
every luxury possible - hot tub, sauna, wet room, private enclosed garden and snug
room. It has a large private enclosed garden with outdoor sheltered seating area with gas
barbeque, hot tub, sauna, garden furniture and Summer house with 4 in one table
consisting of pool table, air hockey, table tennis and table football. Inside there is and
extensive lounge/dining area with wood burning stove, solid oak floors, underfloor
heating and floor to ceiling glass for maximum natural light. The bedrooms are large,
bright and airy and very well appointed. The grounds are just a stone's throw from Loch
Tay and Kenmore Village with an abundance of walking. There is also a courtyard
restaurant and bar, courtyard shop and delicatessen, a gold course, riding stables and
just a short walk away is the lovely village of Kenmore is the Kenmore Hotel which is
Scotland's Oldest Inn!
While here we will explore all the wonders of Loch Tay and the Tayside are along with
Blair Atholl and Blair Castle, A Highland Wildlife Safari, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, the
Enchanted Forrest, House of Bruar, Menzies Castle, Scone Palace, Glamis Castle, Falls of
Dochart and Stirling Castle and all the beautiful surrounding countryside which in
Autumn is not to be missed! We love doing our Autumn house tours where
each day is spent exploring the countryside and then each evening is spent nestled snug
and warm into out Highland house with a wee dram of lovely whisky beside you! We
will have a whisky tasting evening as well as a games night while here.
On our house tours we stay in 2 amazing properties for a week each. We take day trips out from the houses and return home at the end of
the day with the Scottish Dream Tours team preparing most meals. This beautiful tour covers two spectacular regions of Scotland where
you can spend your time relaxing in luxury accommodations and take in all the breathtaking beauty of Scotland. Price includes 14 nights
luxury country house accommodation, 10 dinners, 10 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.

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Day 1 - October 18th - Arrive into Glasgow International, but our adventure begins in the Highlands with a weeks stay near
Inverness at Quarryfield House.
 Our journey then takes us through the striking mountains of Glencoe with its assemblage of
peaks, ridges and valleys which rise up above the peat hags and scattered lochans of
Rannoch Moor. The waters which tumble from
these high mountains give rise to a series of spectacular waterfalls that gather initially at the
'Meeting of the Three Waters' to form
the
River Coe. We will stop at the Clachan Inn for Lunch before we visit the site of the Glencoe Massacre. 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! After we get settled into the house,
we will gather for a
Welcoming Dinner. Dinner and Overnight Quarryfield. (L,D)

Day 2 -
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 3 -
Today will be spend taking in Spectacular Autumn Colors of Glen Affric, a National Nature Reserve often claimed to
be the most beautiful of all the Scottish glens.
Strathglass, situated in the North West Highlands has long been recognised as one of
the most scenic areas of Scotland. The main centres of population are at
Cannich, Tomich and Struy with several smaller settlements
scattered around. The area also boasts
Glen Cannich and Glen Strathfarrar, areas of breathtaking beauty that provide access to
some of the wilder and more remote areas of Scotland. We will make several stops including the
Corrimony Chambered Cairn,
another
Clava Type Cairn in a remarkable state of preservation. It demonstrates the skill and planning of its builders where
considerable resources went into the construction of its grave, and unlike at Clava, much of the passage’s roof survives. We then make our
way to
Beauly, home to many lovely shops and where we will find Afternoon Tea at the Lovat Arms. Our drive home will take us
through
Contin, Strathpeffer and Dingwall. Strathpeffer is a leafy Victorian Spa Town surrounded by wooded hills and makes for
a great stop. We then return home for a
Light Supper. Dinner and Overnight Quarryfield. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
 Today will be spent taking in the house and the surrounding area here at Quarryfield. 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 you are free to roam either the house or the wonderful walks from the house taking in more of the
spectacular autumn colours! Dinner on your own this evening.
Overnight Quarryfield. (B,L)

Day 5 -
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 before returning home.
Overnight Quarryfield. (B,L,D)

Day 6-
Today we take a journey to Loch Ness taking in all of its delights.  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 the 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. After a leisurely
drive along the loch we stop at
Drumnadrochit. Know only as 'Drum' to the locals, this is a delightful village where a wee look around is
in order before a
Stop for Lunch and then a visit to Urquhart Castle just up the road. The magnificently situated castle, on the banks
of Loch Ness, remains an impressive stronghold despite its ruinous state. Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart’s remains
include a tower house that commands splendid views of the famous loch and Great Glen. We then return home via
Inverness where we
will stop to take in the
Capitol of the Highlands and where you can find some dinner on your own. Overnight Quarryfield. (B,L)

Day 7 -
This morning we leave Quarryfield behind as we make our way to Kenmore with a few stops along the way. Most
people just journey up or down the west side of Loch Ness completely missing the beautiful scenery all along the east side, so we will take
some of the in today. 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. Our journey will take us through Invergarry, Spean Bridge and Laggan on our way to
Dalwhinnie where we find the Dalwhinnie Distillery. 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 and then a real treat at end of the tour we will sample single malt whiskies paired with specially selected
Handmade Highland
Chocolates from the Highland Chocolatier!
Then we had a bit further south to get checked into our new home before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Mains of Taymouth Farmhouse. (B,L,D)

Day 8 -
Today will be spent in Blair Atholl at Blair Castle, 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. Just a few minutes away from the
castle we find the
House of Bruar, the home of Scottish Country Clothing. Traditional Heritage Tweeds and Fine Cashmere
coats stand alongside the latest cutting-edge offerings from
Barbour, Musto and Aigle in the clothing halls and their Knitwear Hall,
which is home to the widest selection of pure cashmere in the UK. Nowhere else will you find such a rich selection of premium materials in
both traditional Scottish and excitingly contemporary styles. You can also find the
Finest Country Fayre  of Traditional Scottish
Food and Drink in the Food Halls and Delicatessen.
While here you can find yourself some lovely things to have back at home for
your dinner.
Overnight Mains of Taymouth Farmhouse. (B,L)

Day 9 -  
This morning we will join Highland Safaris as we head into the hills to experience this sub Arctic Wilderness and search for
elusive
White Hare, Ptarmigan and Red Deer on their Alpine Safari! 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 as well as discovering
the natural wonders of
Highland Perthshire on a fun and inspiring short walk. The end of the day finds us back home to rest up before
dinner. Then we make our way to Pitlochry for an after dinner excursion to the
Pitlochry Festival Theatre for their Autumn offering.  
Overnight Mains of Taymouth Farmhouse. (B,L,D)

Day 10 -
Today will be spent in and around Mains of Taymouth Farmhouse following a Late Brunch.  The farmhouse conversion
has been renovated and furnished to the highest of standards, combining modern style and convenience with traditional comfort and
ambiance. This, coupled with the idyllic rural surroundings with stunning views across
Loch Tay, creates an unforgettable experience to
share with your new friends. The lounge has a comfy wood burning stove and has floor to ceiling windows looking out over the
Drummond Hills. It's a hugely inviting space and one which you can relax in at any time of the day. The property benefits from a
Sauna and Hot Tub for a bit of relaxation. There is easy access to the hill or village for walks and also a path down to the loch. In the
mid afternoon we will gather for a
Traditional Highland Afternoon Tea in the Dining Room followed by the rest of the afternoon
and evening free to do as you wish.
Overnight Mains of Taymouth Farmhouse. (B,L)

Day 11 -
This morning we make our way to Perth and Scone Palace, the home of the Earls of Mansfield. Once the crowning place
of
Scottish Kings, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in Scotland's history. A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery
and the rightful home of the celebrated
Stone of Scone, Scone Palace is regarded as a national treasure and is revered as the historic
jewel in Scotland's crown. You will want to visit the
Grounds and Gardens as well. Our next stop is Glamis Castle, the childhood
home of the late Queen Mum
. Home to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth and beloved
childhood home of the Queen Mother, Glamis Castle has witnessed over 600 years of history. Once inside, every room has its own story
and the evolution of the castle and its legendary tales and secrets are brought to life by their enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guides.
We will have a
Pub Dinner Outing and then out to Enchanted Forest Light and Sound Show in Faskally Woods! Overnight
Mains of Taymouth Farmhouse. (B,D)

Day 12 -
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 cuppa 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. We then make our way
back home taking in more of the
Tay Forrest Park and through Coshieville and Keltneyburn and then home to Kenmore for
dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Mains of Taymouth Farmhouse. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - This morning we visit Castle Menzies for a guided tour of this very haunted castle! Castle Menzies is a spectacular sixteenth
century Scottish castle, restored during the twentieth century by the
Menzies Clan Society. Architecturally fascinating, it is a splendid
Renaissance example of the transition in Scottish castles from earlier rugged Highland fortresses to later mansion houses. We then make
our way to
Grantully to visit the Highland Chocolatier and then to Pitlochry for Lunch and some time to take in this delightful
Highland Village. You may want to visit the Fish Dam and Ladder and also the Heathergems Factory and Shop. There is
plenty here to keep you occupied for a few hours! We then make our way back to the Mains of Taymouth  for our last evening at the
farmhouse. Tonight we will have a
Halloween Costume Party at the lodge complete with dinner, goodies, games, best costume contest
and
Halloween Smores! Overnight Mains of Taymouth Farmhouse. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
This morning we leave Kenmore and the Highlands behind as we make our way back toward Glasgow. On our way south
we will stop in
Killin to see 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. If not the most impressive falls in Scotland there are easily the most accessible. We then make our way through the
Trossachs
and the towns Lochernhead, Strathyre and to Callander where you can find some lunch before we visit Stirling
Castle.
Stirling is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Scotland. Mary Queen of Scots was crowned here and the
Great Hall and Chapel Royal are wonderful highlights. Here you will be able to step back into the sumptuous world of Stirling
Castle’s Royal Court.
An ongoing project has returned the six ground floor apartments in the castle’s Renaissance Palace to how
they may have looked in the mid 16th century.
Farewell Dinner and Overnight just outside Glasgow. (B,D)

Day 15 - November 1st -
Return to Glasgow International Airport for the journey home.