Highlands, Highlands, Highlands - A Scottish Highlands
Luxury Autumn Adventure House Tour
October 18th - November 2nd, 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 Craiganour Lodge, a beautiful Victorian Lodge that
commands gorgeous views across Loch Rannoch to the impressive Schiehallion in the
east and the famous Black Wood of Rannoch just across the water. Set amidst its own
21,000 acres, Craiganour is a great example of what Scotland does best; fantastic
landscapes, endless outdoor opportunities, tradition and a warm welcome.
The lodge has spectacular rooms starting with the dining room, with the room itself
providing an airy and inviting space to enjoy all the meals of the day, particularly for
dinner in the evening. The room also has an open fire which adds to the atmosphere and
enjoyment, especially in the winter months. The drawing room also has an open fire, and
enjoys wonderful views out to Schiehallion and Loch Rannoch. It's a hugely inviting
space and one which you can relax in at any time of the day. The common room benefits
from a range of facilities including a mini grand piano, plasma television with full Sky
package, and a Bose DVD player with surround sound system.
While here we will explore all the wonders of Loch Rannoch and the Rannoch Moor
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
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
, 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 -
Pack an overnight bag for our journey to as far north as you can go on the Scottish Mainland. We will start out with a stop in lovely
fishing village of
Ullapool on the west coast of Scotland. The main part of the village is part of Thomas Telford's original design and
many of the buildings date back hundreds of years. Wandering the streets you will see many old houses dating from its fishing heritage
and churches that have been places of worship for generations. After some exploration we head north.  I love the drive through the
Assynt Mountains and Loch Assynt with its spectacular viewpoint. We will travel the Scenic Coastal Route to Thurso with some
of the most amazing scenery to be found anywhere in Scotland. On this coastline you will see some of the most amazing
Beaches and
you have ever seen and we will stop for some of the best chocolate you will ever have! Much of the coastline is composed of sea lochs
and kyles and including
Loch Laxford, Kyle of Durness, Loch Eriboil, Loch Hope and the Kyle of Tongue. Our journey will
eventually end up near the town of
Thurso where we will get checked into our accommodation before you find some dinner on your own.
Overnight Thurso. (B,L)

Day 4 -
As we make our way back home today we will stop at Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on mainland Britain. We will also
stop at
John O'Groats before we make our way to Wick to visit the Old Pulteney Distillery. Pulteney distillery is one of the most
northerly distilleries on the Scottish mainland. The extreme location and unique stills have resulted in a
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
that is bursting with the power and subtlety of the sea. You can find some lunch on your own in Wick before we make our way southward
along the east coast and through more beautiful scenery all the way to
Tain and then to Nigg where we take the wee ferry across to
Cromarty through Rosemarkie, Fortrose and back home to Quarryfield before dinner. Overnight Quarryfield. (B,D)

Day 5 -
Late Breakfast this morning after the long day yesterday. Today will be spent taking in the house and the 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 6 -
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
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 7 -
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 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 by way of  the
Corrimony Chambered Cairn,
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 return
home for our last dinner and night at Quarryfield.
Dinner and Overnight Quarryfield. (B,D)

Day 8 -
This morning we leave Quarryfield behind as we make our way to Kinloch Rannoch 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
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!  
Next we get checked into our new home before dinner. Dinner and Overnight
Craiganour. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
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 Craiganour. (B,L)

Day 10 -  
This morning we will join Highland Safaris as we head into the hills to experience this sub Arctic Wilderness and search for
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 into the
Enchanted Forrest in Faskally Woods!
Overnight Craiganour. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -
Today will be spent in and around Craiganour Lodge following a Late Brunch.  The Lodge 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 Rannoch, creates an unforgettable experience to share with your new friends. The
drawing room has an open fire, and enjoys wonderful views out to
Schiehallion and Loch Rannoch. It's a hugely inviting space and
one which you can relax in at any time of the day. The common room benefits from a range of facilities including a mini grand piano,
plasma television with full Sky package, and a Bose DVD player with surround sound system. 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
Drawing Room
followed by the rest of the afternoon and evening free to do as you wish. Overnight Craiganour. (B,L)

Day 12 -
This morning we make our way to Perth and Scone Palace, the home of the Earls of Mansfield. Once the crowning place
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.

Pub Dinner Outing
and then out to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre for their Autumn offering.  Overnight Craiganour. (B,D)

Day 13 - Happy Halloween!
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. We then make our way back to Craiganour for our last evening at the lodge.
Tonight we will have a
Halloween Costume Party at the lodge complete with dinner, goodies, games, best costume contest and
Halloween Smores roasted over the Open Fire! Overnight Craiganour. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
This morning we leave Craiganour 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
MacNab Clan. If not the most impressive falls in Scotland there are easily the most accessible. We then make our way through the
and the towns Lochernhead, Strathyre and to Callander where you can find some lunch before we visit Stirling
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 2nd -
Return to Glasgow International Airport for the journey home.