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Scottish Highlands Luxury Weekend View Full Screen Itinerary

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS, GLENEAGLES HOTEL, EXCEPTIONAL CUISINE, FULL DAY LAND ROVER OFF-ROAD DRIVING COURSE ON SCOTTISH ESTATE, FALCONRY, CLAY-PIGEON SHOOTING, GUIDED HILL WALKING, WHISKY TASTING WITH LEADING AUTHORITY ON WHISKY PLUS LAND ROVER DISCOVERY VEHICLES

Get set for an incredibly special weekend in Scotland. You will arrive on a Friday morning into Edinburgh Airport where you will be met by your Sandgrouse Travel representative before jumping into two luxury Discovery 5 Land Rover vehicles. Head north via the impressive Stirling Castle towards the Highlands, your destination is the world famous Gleneagles Hotel. Here you have an array of experiences arranged from time spent at the British School of Falconry to an exciting Clay-Pigeon shooting session.

Whilst staying at Gleneagles we have arranged for you to dine in the Michelin star Andrew Fairlie resturant where you will be accompanied by Scotland's leading authority on Scotch whisky, Charles Maclean. After dinner you will enjoy a fantastic tasting session with the man himself in a private room where Charles will educate you on 'appreciation' of fine whiskies from around Scotland. 

You trip also sees you enjoy a full-day Land Rover off-road driving excursion with the official Land Rover Experience centre near Blair Atholl Castle. With the guidance of one of their expert tutors, tackle challenging forest and rolling farm terrain before a light lunch. Your afternoon will be spent putting your new found skills to the test following a maze of mountain top estate tracks on the Duke of Atholl's 145,000 acre estate. 

Your final morning sees you rendez-vous with a local guide who will take you to another private estate for a great local hike including a mountain top tented picnic. 

N.B. Price based on 5-adults in 5 rooms 

Dates: 5th April to 7th April 2019

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS:

2x LUXURY LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 5 VEHICLES

GLENEAGLES HOTEL & GOLF COURSE

PRIVATE WHISKY TASTING SESSION WITH CHARLES MACLEAN

5-COURSE DINNER AT ANDREW FAIRLIE MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANT

FULL-DAY LAND ROVER EXPERIENCE SCOTLAND SAFARI (CHOICE OF LAND ROVERS)

HALF-DAY MOUNTAIN HIKE WITH ZEISS OPTICS EQUIPMENT & MOUNTAIN TOP PICNIC

BRITISH SCHOOL OF FALCONRY DISPLAY AND HANDLING

CLAY-PIGEON SHOOTING SESSION

Day 1

Day 1: Arrival into Scotland - to Gleneagles!

This morning you will arrive into Edinburgh Airport where you will be met by a representative of Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions in the arrivals terminal. They will make sure you have all your luggage before directing you the short walk towards your luxury Land Rover Discovery 5 vehicles...

This morning you will arrive into Edinburgh Airport where you will be met by a representative of Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions in the arrivals terminal. They will make sure you have all your luggage before directing you the short walk towards your luxury Land Rover Discovery 5 vehicles which will be waiting for you outside. After a short demonstration on how to operate the vehicles, you will be following the built-in GPS units north towards the Perthshire Highlands, where we believe the real Scotland starts! 

Your destination today is Gleneagles Hotel which is not more than an hour north of Edinburgh. Here you will be able to check-in to your luxury rooms before heading for an afternoon of exciting activities on-site. We have arranged for you after your lunch a 1-hour falconry display at The British School of Falconry. The school itself is home to some incredible birds of prey, you will be able to hold and fly eagles, hawks and falcons and learn about how these birds are used in conjunction with dogs to hunt prey with their handlers on Gleneagles estate land. 

After your fantastic experience with the birds, it will be time to move on to the shooting school. Here we have arranged for you a 90-minute shooting session where you will be able to shoot simulated game birds and fast moving haggis! Your instructors will talk you through all you need to know should you not be familiar with a shotgun. Allow your competitive streaks to have a flurry as you try to out shoot your friends on the range! 

This evening you will be able to make the most of the on-site leisure fascilities at Gleneagles, before joining together again for dinner booked in the brilliant Strathearn Restaurant. 

Accommodation: x5 Classic Rooms on Bed & Breakfast basis. 

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Day 2

Day 2: Land Rover Experience Centre Scotland

This morning is an early start for a 7am, full Scottish cooked breakfast. After perhaps your first experience of world famous Haggis with some poached eggs, it will be time to leave for Dunkeld. Today you are heading off on a wonderful off-roading adventure with the Land Rover...

This morning is an early start for a 7am, full Scottish cooked breakfast. After perhaps your first experience of world famous Haggis with some poached eggs, it will be time to leave for Dunkeld. Today you are heading off on a wonderful off-roading adventure with the Land Rover Experience Centre. You will enjoy a morning of on-site tuition putting the vehicles through their paces on rutted tracks, through woodland and forest and across water features all with the guidence of expert driving tutors. We have arranged three cars for you to use, and with rotation each of you will be able to enjoy these fantastic group experience surrounded by Scottish scenery. 

Lunch will be taken today at the off-road centre's main buildling before you head out for an afternoon following challenging estate tracks high on the mountain tops. The tracks will take you to 2,500ft and even 3,000 above sea-level so there will be a high chance of snow drifts and incredible views as well as some technical driving. Your guides will provide the three vehicles with 2-way radios so you can keep in touch with one another before decending for around 4pm. 

Should you wish, before heading back to Gleneagles, you will be able to visit 'the home of country clothing', The House of Bruar. This is a luxury shopping complex that sells everything from local produce to luxury tweed and tartan. This is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir from your trip for your family back home!

On returning to Gleneagles, you will have time to recharge and freshen up before dinner at 7pm in the Michelin Starred Andrew Fairlie Restaurant, renowned throughout Scotland as one of the top places to eat this will be a culinary treat for the whole group. We have arranged for you to enjoy the 5-course menu which should take between two to three hours. 

After dinner you will be heading to a private whisky tasting experience in a room within the hotel with whisky legend Charles Maclean. Charles has written around 11-books on whisky and is widely regarding as one of the industry's leading experts. He will be able to provide you with a whisky tasting experience like no other, allowing you to fully appreciate the subtleties of the whiskies and their regions. 

 

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Day 3

Day 3: Mountain Hike & Picnic

Today is your final day in Scotland on this short but sharp trip! You will be able to savour a final Scottish breakfast in the wonderful breakfast rooms at Gleneagles Hotel before jumping in the Land Rovers and heading in convoy with your guide further into the hills...

Today is your final day in Scotland on this short but sharp trip! You will be able to savour a final Scottish breakfast in the wonderful breakfast rooms at Gleneagles Hotel before jumping in the Land Rovers and heading in convoy with your guide further into the hills once more. You will drive about 30-minutes into the Perthshire hills, before driving down a private estate track to park up. Your guide will issue you each with Zeiss optics to use incase you see any fantastic wild or birdlife which abounds in this area includin Red deer, Sea Eagles, Golden eagles, Red grouse, Black grouse and many more species. 

Today's walk is not too ambitious, due to the fact that this is your last day in Scotland and of course the snow conditions likely on the higher peaks in the area. We will be attempting to climb a local Corbett (mountain over 2,500ft) with the added enjoyment of a mountain top coffee/picnic stop that has been pre-arranged for the group by prior consent with the land owner. With some luck we will be able to see some great wildlife, experience the Scottish hills at their best affording you some fantastic views and fresh air. 

Once the walk is over, you will have the 1-hour drive back to Edinburgh where you will drop off your vehicles at Edinburgh Airport before checking in for your return flights home. 

We hope that you have enjoyed visiting Scotland and thank you for travelling with Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions who have enjoyed hosting you. 

 

 

 

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Gleneagles Hotel & Golf Courses

A FIVE STAR LUXURY ICON WITH GOLFING HERITAGE AND CLASS Gleneagles Hotel needs little introduction - a member of Leading Hotels...

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'Charles MacLean is Scotland's leading whisky expert' - The Times 2010

When it comes to Scotch whisky, there are few with more knowledge and passion than Charles MacLean.  That is precisely why we at Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions have included his expert tasting sessions in our Luxury Scotland itineraries. 

Talks & Tastings

Charles' talks and tasting are tailored entirely around the requirements of the client or audience, the emphasis of these being on developing a better appreciation of whisky.

The smallest audience Charles has addressed to date was two; the largest five hundred. Charles presents a number of tasting a year throughout the globe for a multitude of whisky enthusiasts, from brand owners, companies, clubs, academic and many other institutions. Overseas Charles has conducted talks in Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, Luxemburg, Norway, Russia, Taiwan, Finland and Sweden. 

Tastings with Charles can be more or less tutored, vertical or horizontal and can include as many whiskies as requested, although after about six samples the nose and palate become tired. It is desirable that the audience be seated, with samples in front of them: larger audiences can be accommodated by an introductory talk, followed by a peripatetic tasting.

Whisky Dinners

The idea here is to match food and whisky, so that the former highlights characteristics in the latter.  

To learn more about a Luxury Scotland itinerary with Sandgrouse Travel and to feature Charles MacLean in your very own holiday, speak to your travel consultant today or email enquiries@sandgrousetravel.com

(Whisky barrels or casks sat in the warehouse at the Glenturret Distillery. Photo Credit VisitScotland) 

(Enjoy Scotland's finest experiences from clan castles to heathered glens, historical talks and rare single malts - Photo Credit VisitScotland). 

What's Included

'VIP' Meet and Greet at Edinburgh Airport by Sandgrouse Travel representative

x2 Land Rover Discovery 5 ( Delivery:  5th April Edinburgh Airport, time TBC, Collection:  7th April Edinburgh Airport, , time TBC, Mileage:  700 included, additional mileage will be charged at 30p plus Vat per mile. Fuel:  Vehicle will be provided with and should be returned with a full tank of fuel. Insurance: Price includes insurance for two drivers between the ages of 25 and 70 with no more than 6 points on each licence which should have been held for a minimum of 3 years).

x2 nights luxury accommodation at Gleneagles Hotel & Golf Course on a Bed & Breakfast basis in x5 Classic Rooms including use of spa facilities

x1 pre-booked dinner at Andrew Fairlie Michelin Star Restaurant at Gleneagles Hotel for 6-adults (should you wish for Charles Maclean to join you prior to your whisky tasting session). 

Table Booking at Strathearn Restaurant Gleneagles Hotel

90-minute Clay Pigeon Shooting at Gleneagles Hotel

1-hr British School of Falconry Display and Handling

Full-Day Land Rover Experience Centre Scotland off-road driving adventure trek, including choice of Land Rover vehicles. x3 cars with expert tuition from guides. Access to private estate tracks owned by The Duke of Atholl. Simple lunch at off-road driving centre. 

Half-Day guided local hike on private sporting estate climbing prominate local mountain including mountain top picnic and use of Zeiss Sporting Optics for wildlife viewing. 

 

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