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Sailing the West Coast of Scotland View Full Screen Itinerary

9-DAYS ON SCOTLAND'S WORLD-FAMOUS WEST COAST, EXPLORE REMOTE SEA LOCHS, RUGGED HEBRIDEAN ISLANDS, CULTURAL HISTORY AND MUCH MORE, MEET LOCAL LEGENDS, EXPERTS AND REAL CHARACTERS ON A UNIQUE SAILING ROUTING INCLUDING 'OFF-MARKET' TRAVEL GEMS. 

Discover the alluring waters of the West Coast of Scotland on a unique sailing journey that will be taking in some of Scotland's most beautiful locations. Your journey is inclusive of extraordinary land-based elements, hooking-up with the regions foremost experts and guides whom we know exceed expectations. The carefully considered routing sees your rendez-vous with local legends and characters that will bring to life the area with a genuine flavour of Highland hospiality and magic - we are excited for you as your journey includes a variety of unique, 'off-market' style experiences. Meet genuine Clan Chiefs, share lunch with the local scallop divers who have just foraged the seafloor infront of you for prized Scottish King Scallops, tour world-famous whisky distilleries with the owners and founders themselves, join an expert food and whisky pairing guide and discover new culinary delights, visit early Christian holy sites, Viking burial sites, standing stones, marvel at marine and land based wildlife and much more! 

N.B. Based on 2-adults sharing activities. 

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • PRIVATE MOUNT STUART CASTLE VISIT & TOUR
  • PRIVATE SCOTTISH ESTATE SAFARI & TOUR WITH CLAY-PIGEON SHOOT
  • PRIVATE ISLE OF ISLAY WHISKY TOUR, TASTING AND FOOD PAIRING DAY WITH LUNCH
  • PRIVATE MARINE SAFARI, WITH EXPERT SCALLOP DIVER 
  • PRIVATE ISLE OF RUM VISIT AND SAFARI FLY-FISHING WITH EXPERT GUIDE
  • VISITS TO HISTORIC SITES & RUINS INCLUDING UNINHABITED HEBRIDEAN ISLANDS
  • INCREDIBLE WILDLIFE VIEWING FROM BOTH LAND AND SEA 
  • MEETING A CLAN CHIEF AT PRIVATELY OWNED 13TH CENTURY SCOTTISH CASTLE
  • LUXURY LAND BASED TRANSFERS WITH RANGE ROVER & DRIVER/GUIDE
  • 24-HOURS ON THE GROUND SHORE BASED ASSISTANCE 
  • EXCLUSIVE VISIT TO EDINBURGH INC. CASTLE, PALACE AND MUSEUMS 
  • MEET THE MAKER - DESIGN OWN SCOTTISH TARTAN/TWEED WITH EXPERT WEAVER
  • SCOTTISH BAGPIPER WELCOME AND FAREWELL
  • GLENFINNAN VIADUCT VISIT - MOUNTAIN BIKING WITH GUIDE IN THE GLENS
  • GLEN COE, RANNOCH MOOR AND LOCH LOMOND BY CAR

Including our 'Meet the Makers' elements:

Araminta Campbell | Designer from Daysix on Vimeo.

Kilchoman 100% Islay - From Barley to Bottle from Kilchoman Distillery on Vimeo.

 

Day 1

Day 1: Arrival into Glasgow Scotland

Arrive into Glasgow Prestwick Airport - VIP meet and greet at airport airside, fast track through airside customs immigration. 
 
x1 Range Rover Vogue vehicle airside ready to drive to SY/XXX docked somewhere locally on the Clyde. On arrival at their yacht, our...
Arrive into Glasgow Prestwick Airport - VIP meet and greet at airport airside, fast track through airside customs immigration. 
 
x1 Range Rover Vogue vehicle airside ready to drive to SY/XXX docked somewhere locally on the Clyde. On arrival at their yacht, our Scottish bagpiper will be ready to play some welcoming Scottish tunes as they board - before enjoying a welcome drink and chat. Our Scottish piper is one of Scotland's leading pipers, she is the offical Edinburgh piper, and has piped at the Commonwealth Games, for the Pope and Royals etc. 
 
This afternoon we will provide the clients an exciting Land Rover Defender based off-road driving experience with a local guide, the clients will be heading up some exciting estate tracks and trails to a pre set-up location in the mountains where a glass of top champagne or similar awaiting. This would be pretty cool for them actually, overlooking Loch Long - a loch which is more like a Norwegian fjord! Before returnging to the boat, we will visit the ancient village of Luss, on the banks of Loch Lomond. We can then drive them back to SY/XXX.
 
 
 
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Day 2

Day 2: Exploration of Edinburgh with Private Driver/Guide

SY/XXX to Edinburgh via Range Rover transfers. In Edinburgh we are able to have pre-arranged tickets to visit Edinburgh CastleHolyrood Palace (where the Queen stays when in Edinburgh), as well as provide them with a private underground city tour. Together with their French...
SY/XXX to Edinburgh via Range Rover transfers. In Edinburgh we are able to have pre-arranged tickets to visit Edinburgh CastleHolyrood Palace (where the Queen stays when in Edinburgh), as well as provide them with a private underground city tour. Together with their French speaking historian guide, they will be exploring the hidden vaults and buried subterranean streets of 17th century Old Town Edinburgh. Their tour will likely last a couple of hours and include captivating spooky tales of the darker side of Edinburgh’s history! This is a really interesting tour that shows a side to Edinburgh you would never normally get to see. 
 
Pre-arranged luxury lunch reservation at either The Witchery By The Castle (unique atmosphere - very Harry Potter) or are Ondine Seafood Restaurant serving fresh Scottish seafood. 
 
Whilst in Edinburgh we can also show the clients the cities best museums, shops, antique shops, or have a VIP tour of Hamilton and Inches jewellery workshop who hold a Royal warrant. It’s amazing to see a jewellery workshop which in the 21st century, still has no machines at all. Our clients meet the makers and see how they skillfully work the precious metals and stones into works of art. 
 
Do you think your client would like to visit a traditional Scottish weaver who still works with a 100-year old wooden loom in their artisanal studio? They create incredible tartans and tweeds and alpaca based scarves and throws. Would your boss like to have his or her own family tartan or tweed pattern designed by her or at least hear about it? A family tartan can be a lasting legacy for the family to use in generations to come, and can be used to create clothes, fabrics for furnishings, logos, designs, interior decor and much more... tartan can be totally personalised with hidden meanings, each line on a pattern for example representing family generations, numbers indicating parents, number of children, grandchildren etc etc. Meeting the amazing maker herself who has designed fabrics for Royals, leading hotels of the world and many more, the clients can embark on an interesting journey which can be finished easily via emails and Skype before their own fabric is registered with the Tartan Authority. It’s a really cool thing to include in a visit to Scotland, perhaps the ultimate souvenir!?! Check out - for now I’ve included a visit to her studio and the commission of your own fabric design from Scotland. www.aramintacampbell.co.uk 
 
Transfers back to SY/XXX. As an optional extra tonight, onboard in Glasgow, we are able to bring in should you like (subject to her availability): Catherine Ashcroft - Guaranteed to get the hairs on your neck standing! (Alternatively, she could play for them in Oban Harbour on the boat on their final night?
 
 
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Day 3

Day 3: Mount Stuart Castle & Isle of Arran Visit

SY/XXX to sail out of the Clyde past Bute. Stopping off the coast of Bute to have a personalised private tour of Mount Stuart Castle. One of the most extraordinary castles in Scotland with artwork to rival some of the worlds most impressive properties and well...
SY/XXX to sail out of the Clyde past Bute. Stopping off the coast of Bute to have a personalised private tour of Mount Stuart Castle. One of the most extraordinary castles in Scotland with artwork to rival some of the worlds most impressive properties and well known sites. Mount Stuart is a historical and architectural wonder and little known of due in part to its remote location here in Scotland. We recommend a tour of the house and gardens before rejoining SY/XXX and sailing on to Arran. Lunch onboard. 
 
Tender to Arran, meeting your Range Rover transfer cars. This afternoon you have some choices available to you. We can start by visiting the smokehouse at Skipness, here clients will learn about the Scottish smoked salmon industry famous the world over and be able to buy or sample some of Scotland’s very finest smoked salmon! 
 
Arran is a mountainous island sometimes referred to as Scotland in miniature, on Arran we work closely with the Dougarie Estate, knowing the family who own it, we invite you to join them four a tour of the estate heading out learning how a traditional Highland Estate works and operates. Guests can head into the mountains via Land Rover possibly seeing some great wildlife such as Red deer, Eagles and Otters before finishing by visiting the incredible gardens at the main house. Before you leave the estate, we have set up here for you the chance to enjoy organise clay-pigeon shooting! 
 
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Day 4

Day 4: Whisky Galore

Isle of Islay - one of the most famous whisky making areas on the world. Today you will disembark from SY/XXX into one of the main ports on this incredible island where you have a day or exploration and fine whisky ahead of you. You will he...
Isle of Islay - one of the most famous whisky making areas on the world. Today you will disembark from SY/XXX into one of the main ports on this incredible island where you have a day or exploration and fine whisky ahead of you. You will he joined by one of the islands most well known whisky experts, a French lady with a wealth of knowledge who has written a couple of best selling books on the subject of pairing whisky with food - she knows her stuff!
 
Visiting Lagavulin and Bowmore Distilleries, before taking lunch at Islay House where the chef will create something using our guides pairings as inspiration (likely to include delicious Scottish seafood)! Today you will also visit sites of historical importance and interest on the island as there is so much incredible history on Islay, once a Viking stronghold and power base. Your final visit today will be at Kilchoman Distillery where you will meet owner and founder Anthony Wills. He will give you a unique side to this massive industry and you will sample some rare drams with him - perhaps down on the magnificent Machir beach right by the Distillery! 
 
Transfers back to dock to rejoin SY/XXX. If possible relocate to Crinan by Duntrune Castle.
 
 
 
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Day 5

Day 5: Highland Games, Clan Chief and Scallop Diving!

Tender to Duntrune Castle - 13th century castle on the cliffs overlooking Jura and Islay. The longest continually inhabited castle in Scotland and home to the 19th Laird or Poltollach, Chief of Clan Malcolm. Enjoy a very special reception here at the castle, hear of the...
Tender to Duntrune Castle - 13th century castle on the cliffs overlooking Jura and Islay. The longest continually inhabited castle in Scotland and home to the 19th Laird or Poltollach, Chief of Clan Malcolm. Enjoy a very special reception here at the castle, hear of the history, very real ghosts and learn more about what it is to be a modern Clan chief. 
 
Late lunch back onboard Afternoon sail to Isle of Mull - picking up at the Garvellachs Islands or in Loch Spelve your local Scallop Diver who will swim out to the boat. If you pick Guy up at the Garvellachs, here you can also explore these uninhabited islands on foot with Guy, visiting a 1000-year old hermit beehive cave!
 
Guy will dive in front of you,  collecting fresh Scottish King Scallops from the sea bed 40-metres below! Your diver will collect upwards of 100-scallops in circa 20-minutes and prepare them for you, BBQ’d onboard before joining you for dinner to regale incredible stories from Scotland and further afield on wild adventures! Guy’s a real character and all round gentleman who has single handedly sailed the Atlantic in his own 40-foot yacht, and also lived in the Alaskan wilderness for a year building his own log cabin, hunting and fishing to survive. Guy now runs one of Scotland's most successful ethical shellfish companies supplying the UK's top restaurants. 
 
 
 
 
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Day 6

Day 6: Iona, Mull and Staffa

Exploration of Mull. Docking at the picturesque village of Tobermory, our Range Rover car will be there to greet your clients.
 
We are able to take them on a tour of the island heading down to Iona Abbey on the island of...
Exploration of Mull. Docking at the picturesque village of Tobermory, our Range Rover car will be there to greet your clients.
 
We are able to take them on a tour of the island heading down to Iona Abbey on the island of Iona - founded by St Columba in circa 500AD, this is one of the most influential centres of the Christian religion in Western Europe - a very sacred place to visit. As an alternative, today you could take the tender boat from SY/XXX and embark on a privately guided tour (our guide Guy can rejoin today) of the nearby islands such as the impressive Staffa with its geological features and the legendary Fingal’s Cave, also visiting Iona, and / or the Treshnish Isles - home to an incredible Puffin colony. 
 
I should mention that on all of these sailing, you should keep an eye out for seals, dolphins, basking sharks and whales. Scotland’s waters are rich in marine wildlife and soaring above them you are likely to see both Golden and Sea-Eagles hunting, especially around Mull, Islay and Arran. On the shoreline itself, keep a look out for otters and even deer who come down to graze on the seaweed. 
 
This evening you can stay in Tobermory, catch a meal at a local restaurant, grab a simple fish and chips and enjoy a walk around the harbour which is very pictureque and beautiful. Alternatively you can head north with a short evening sail to the southern shores of the Ardnamurchan peninsular which you can see north of the Isle of Mull - a beautiful anchorage here could be just off the village of Kilchoan, where you can moor up by 14th century Mingary Castle. 
 
 
 
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Day 7

Day 7: Sail to Arisaig and Mallaig

This morning you will be sailing up and arond the rugged Lochaber coastline to the Arisaig and Mallaig area. Once here you will disembark where you will be met by our local mountain biking guide, Matt. Matt will take you on a fantastic mountain biking adventure through the local...

This morning you will be sailing up and arond the rugged Lochaber coastline to the Arisaig and Mallaig area. Once here you will disembark where you will be met by our local mountain biking guide, Matt. Matt will take you on a fantastic mountain biking adventure through the local glens, follow tracks and trails along the banks of sea lochs, through beautiful glens and under famous mountains with your guide who will bring to life the journey with stories of local history, as well as information on the natural world around you.

On the adventure today, you will stop for a picnic luncheon pre-prepared by Matt in a location that works well offering you a pictureque stop with views over the breathtaking landscape or seascape or both! Today can of course, be tailored to your fitness levels and preferences, and we advise speaking to your travel planner to inform them of how challenging you wish the day to be today. A typical biking adventure should take around 3 to 4 hours inclusive of a lovely lunch stop. 

This evening you will be able to take a tender boat back out to your yacht moored in a suitable, pre-arranged location on a loch or simply walk back onto the boat tied up in Mallaig harbour. Enjoy sunset tonight as the sun drops beyond the horizon behind the Small Isles to the west (islands which you will be visiting tomorrow!). 

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Day 8

Day 8: Remote Isle of Rum - Private Tour with Fly-Fishing & Lunch

Arriving into the charming harbour town of Mallaig this morning, the clients will be walked down the pontoon with their guide to meet their guide. Now they will be boarding their very own private marine safari on a 45-foot cruiser. A full0-day awaits with a luxury seafood lunch to...
Arriving into the charming harbour town of Mallaig this morning, the clients will be walked down the pontoon with their guide to meet their guide. Now they will be boarding their very own private marine safari on a 45-foot cruiser. A full0-day awaits with a luxury seafood lunch to start (which will commence as they pull out of Mallaig harbour! Think fresh laugustines, lobster, Scottish smoked salmon - all local fresh from the waters nearby). Today remains flexible due to weather, and the clients preferences. However the clients have the opportunity to experience Scotland in a way few ever do. Today gives clients a whole new perspective of Scotland's majestic West Coast, getting them out with a local expert who is a fountain of local knowledge and history pertinent to this area of Scotland. Your marine guide will beguile you with stories of old as well as giving you the chance to fish, haul up lobster pots full of crabs and lobsters and much more! 
 
This afternoon, the main aim for the clients will be take them on an incredible tour of the local waters with an expert local fisherman / turned guide. The marine guide has been fishing these water for over 35-years before now exclusively offering tours for VIPs from around the world. Steaming out of Mallaig on the comfortable 45ft motor yacht with spacious indoor galley/saloon area, as well as large deck area outside to the rear, the yacht will be heading to the Isle of Rum, the largest of the 'Small Isles'. In fact, Rum is the 15th largest island in Scotland, yet only inhabited by 18-people. Here herds of wild Red deer roam free in the mountains, along with seal colonies and puffins on the shore. The skies are home to Sea eagles that hunt from the rugged mountain heights - these mountains define this incredible island. Amazingly, the island is also home to a semi-wild herd of Native Highland Ponies whom the clients will very likely meet as they are quite friendly. On the island clients have the opportunity to enjoy a visit to Kinloch Castle, one of the most interesting castles on the West Coast, built by a wealthy Victorian era merchant, the castle has some incredible statistics but is sadly falling into a ruinous state and will likely not be saved due to its remote location. Enjoying a dram of single malt Scotch whisky on the sailing back to the mainland, clients will toast an incredible day before arriving back into the harbour at Mallaig around 6pm.
 
Guests today will also have the opportunity to fly-fish for trout if they wish - please speak to your guide if this is something you wish to do. 
 
 
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Day 9

Day 9: Farewell to Scotland via the West Coast via Glen Coe & Rannoch M

Sail to Mallaig Harbour where you will be met by your driver guide on the dock, here you will be piped by a piper on the dock - a lament tune will be played (traditional farewell). On your drive back today to Glasgow today, your driver will...
Sail to Mallaig Harbour where you will be met by your driver guide on the dock, here you will be piped by a piper on the dock - a lament tune will be played (traditional farewell). On your drive back today to Glasgow today, your driver will take you via the world-famous, Glenfinnan Viaduct, you routing follows what is often referred to as the world's most scenic railway journey, as you are travelling by car, you will have the chance to stop at many wonderful viewing points and points of historical interest before reaching the town of Fort WIlliam. Shortly after Fort William, where yoyu can visit the ruins of Old Inverloch Castle, you will pass through the majestic Glen Coe - with imposing high mountain peaks on either side of the road, this is Scotland's most dramatic glen.
 
On the whole journey back to Glasgow you will have numerous chances to stop and take photographs and your guide will make sure to point out the very best of the landscapes, as well as culture and history en-route. 
 
Drop off at airport, airside where you will be walked through to your private jet for onward travel.  
 
Glenfinnan
 
 
 
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What's Included: 

VIP Meet & Greet on arrival at Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Airside assistance and welcoming from on-the-ground team, Welcome to Scotland with female bagpiper - celebrity piper on arrival at yacht, Range Rover Vogue private guided road transfers throughout whole time in Scotland where needed, Pre-paid tickets to Edinburgh Castle including self-guided tour, private visit to Armainta Campbell Textiles in Edinburgh studio inclusive of custom family tartan or tweed design registered with the Tartan Authority, Pre-paid tickets to the Palace of Holyrood, lunch reservation at Ondine Seafood Restaurant (bill to be settled directly by clients), Glasgow City Tour and or Land Rover Defender Hill Top Safari by Loch Lomond and Loch Long, Private tour and visit to famous Mount Stuart Castle, private tour and visit of Arran Smokehouse (Scottish Smoked Salmon), private tour and visit to working Scottish Sporting Estate on Isle of Arran inclusive of clay-pigeon shooting session, full-day whisky tasting and distillery tour with expert local guide (French speaking) inclusive of driver and lunch, private marine safari with Scottish scallop diver, private visit to Scotland's oldest continually inhabited mainland castle with audience with Clan Chief - Chief of Clan Malcolm, Visit to Glenfinnan viaduct, Private mountain biking excursion with guide inclusive of expedition luncheon, Private visit to the historic Isle of Rum - a nature lovers paradise with option to fly-fish for wild brown trout in the mountain loch, Glen Coe & Rannoch Moor visit by car with guide, 24-hour on the ground assistance throughout the trip with dedicated Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions team waiting in the wings and available via direct Whatsapp channel at any point. 

What's Not Included: 

Yacht and crew charter, Return international flights, personal expenditure and tips throughout journey. 

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