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Speyside Whiskies, Balmoral Castle & Cairngorm National Park View Full Screen Itinerary

4 DAYS, 3 NIGHTS, SCOTLANDS WORLD FAMOUS SPEYSIDE - A WHISKY MAKING PARADISE, THE CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK, BALMORAL CASTLE (THE QUEENS RESIDENCE), LUXURY BOUTIQUE GUEST HOUSES WITH RANGE ROVER SPORT

Your exciting Scottish Highlands break commences in the north of Scotland, as you fly into the city of Inverness. From here you will be collecting your powerful Range Rover Sport SUV,  before embarking on a 4-day tour of this world-famous region of Scotland. 

Your itinerary sees you visit a number of the regions most famous whisky distilleries, including the brand new Macallan distillery which recently completed a multi-million pound refurbishment. Discover the history of the whisky making industry and the regions best loved 'drams' with the distilleries top guides. Each day you will enjoy tasting sessions and much more before cosy evenings by the roaring fire in carefully selected luxury guest houses and hotels. 

Your itinerary has been selected with careful consideration on all aspects of the trip. We have included accommodation with renowned cuisine, set in great locations with historical connections such as The Fife Arms in Braemar. We have made sure to show you the best of this part of Scotland without too many hours in the car and we are confident you will fall in love with Speyside and the Cairngorms. 

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • WORLD-FAMOUS SPEYSIDE DISTILLERIES
  • LUXURY GUEST HOUSES & HOTELS THROUGHOUT
  • LUXURY RANGE ROVER SPORT
  • CAIRNGORM NATIONAL PARK VISIT
  • WHISKY TOURS AND TASTINGS
  • LOCAL SCOTTISH CUISINE
  • BALMORAL CASTLE & BRAEMAR
  • SNOW-CAPPED MOUNTAINS AND FRESH AIR
  • CASTLES AND RUINS
Day 1

Day 1: Inverness, Macallan & Rothiemurchus

This morning you will be arriving into Inverness airport where you will collect your hire car. On arrival into Inverness you will be met by your Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions representative who will make sure you have your luggage and show you to the car collection point before...

This morning you will be arriving into Inverness airport where you will collect your hire car. On arrival into Inverness you will be met by your Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions representative who will make sure you have your luggage and show you to the car collection point before issuing you with your travel vouchers. 

On leaving the airport you have various options ahead of you. You could head straight to the Cairngorm National Park and enjoy a day of exploring this incredible area of outstanding beauty. From mountains to forest - nature here is thriving. Why not visit the Cairngorm Wildlife Centre and the Reindeer herd? Yes that is right - Scotland, like Scandinavia, has Reindeer! 

An alternative option on leaving the airport may be that you head straight into the heart of Speyside, visiting the Macallan Whisky Distillery before heading south to Aviemore where you will be staying tonight. Aviemore is a charming Highland town with a lot of history. 

Once in Aviemore, we would encourage you to enjoy putting on the boots and taking a walk through this ancient and enchanted Rothiemurchus Forest - the most westerly part of the European Boreal Forest, this is the last stronghold of the once great forest of Caledon that, 1000-years ago and longer, covered most of the Scottish Highlands. WIth an average age of tree of over 100-years old and many at 400+ years old, a walk through the carefully constructed pathways, surrounded by some of the UK's highest mountains will surely help you to connect to this beautiful part of Scotland. 

Tonight you will be checking into your simple yet comfortable accommodation at the historic, Cairngorm Hotel in the centre of Aviemore. 

Accommodation: Cairngorm Hotel in Aviemore on Bed & Breakfast basis. Double Room. 

 

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Day 2

Day 2: Speyside Whiskies & Historical Braemar

After a proper Scottish breakfast, check-out of the hotel and head straight towards the heart of Speyside and kick your whisky tasting with a visit to one of the world's most famous and well loved whisky distillers. Macallan distillery has recently had one of the most expensive make overs...

After a proper Scottish breakfast, check-out of the hotel and head straight towards the heart of Speyside and kick your whisky tasting with a visit to one of the world's most famous and well loved whisky distillers. Macallan distillery has recently had one of the most expensive make overs in the long history of the whole industry. The state-of-the-art facilities and visitors centre will give you a great understanding and grounding of the whisky making world. Enjoy a sample or tasting session (or ask to take home your sample if driving) before hitting the tarmac again on your exciting road trip. 

After your whisky distillery tour, we recommend heading south towards Ballater for lunch in a cosy pub surrounded by forest and mountains. After lunch, you may wish to visit another world famous whisky distillery, Royal Lochnaglar is close by and was a favourite of the late HM Queen Victoria.  If you have had your fill of whisky for the day, then we recommend that your next stop today be that of your hotel in Braemar. Checking into The Fife Arms early will mean you can savour the spendor of this recently refurbished Highland legend. The Fife Arms is owned by two of the world's most successful art dealers, and they have recently spend millions on a complete renovation project, re-launching this grand old coaching inn as what will surely become one of Scotland's most famous hotels. 

Once you have check-in, we recommend you take the time to explore the quaint village of Braemar, take a drive down Glenshee and visit the Ski-Station or put on your boots and go for a gentle highland walk! This is a magical corner of Scotland, one that the Royals love and with good reason. 

Accommodation: The Fife Arms, Scottish Culture Room on Bed & Breakfast basis. 

The Fife Arms - Braemar

Luxury at The Fife Arms in Braemar

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Day 3

Day 3: Balmoral Castle & Speyside Explored

Today you will wake up in the Highland dream. A romantic vision of a bygone age when the Scottish Highlands were made famous by HM Queen Victoria. After a sumptious cooked breakfast at The Fife Arms, you will hit the road again in your Range Rover Sport.

Today you will wake up in the Highland dream. A romantic vision of a bygone age when the Scottish Highlands were made famous by HM Queen Victoria. After a sumptious cooked breakfast at The Fife Arms, you will hit the road again in your Range Rover Sport.

Heading the short distance to Balmoral this morning you will visit the Royal family's Scottish castle. Open to the public from April to July this is a rare chance to visit one of Scotland' and the world's most famous castles. 

After your morning visit to this majestic castle, it will be time to head on back towards Speyside. Today there are an array of whisky distilleries to potentially visit. We recommend that you visit the world famous Glen Fiddach distillery where you can sample some of the world's most famous malts and drams. 

This afternoon is free to enjoy exploring the region, visiting quait villages, more distilleries or taking a walk in the beautiful countryside. Tonight you will be checking into the brilliant Craigellachie Hotel, a cosy atmosphere awaits showing you the best of highland hospitality and great food. 

Accommodation: Craigellachie Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis. 

 

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Day 4

Day 4: Final day in Scotland

This morning is your last in Scotland, until next time! Enjoy a final cooked Scottish breakfast in the cosy dining room at Craigellachie Hotel before packing up and checking-out of this friendly Scottish hotel. Depending on the time of your return flight, you will have time perhaps for...

This morning is your last in Scotland, until next time! Enjoy a final cooked Scottish breakfast in the cosy dining room at Craigellachie Hotel before packing up and checking-out of this friendly Scottish hotel. Depending on the time of your return flight, you will have time perhaps for one more site visit this morning before heading to the airport to drop off your Range Rover. 

At Inverness Airport you will be met again by a French speaking member of Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions who will collect the car and show you to the airport terminal. 

Thank you for choosing to travel with Sandgrouse Travel and for visiting Scotland. 

 

 

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Craigellachie Hotel

Built in 1893, where the rivers Fiddich and Spey come together, the small 26-room hotel stands at the very heart...

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Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore

AVIEMORE'S HISTORIC HOTEL Aviemore’s premier independent hotel, situated directly opposite the railway station in the heart of Aviemore offers a warm...

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The Fife Arms

A ROMANTIC VISION OF THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS This hotel is a true salute to the traditional Scotland all too quickly cast...

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General Overview

This is a short and sharp, luxury mini-break showcasing some of the best aspects of Scotland's Speyside and Cairngorm National Park. We hope that you take away with you a real understanding and love of Scotland after your immersive 'long-weekend'. We have left time within the itinerary for you to enjoy your own discoveries and exploration along with the pre-arranged scheduled tours and excursions. We believe that there is a magic to making your own 'by-chance' discoveries when visiting a country and we feel the balance is just right with our 'Luxury Scotland Mini-Break' itinerary. 

Should you wish for us to arrange further activities or guided tours or trips please let us know. Your travel designer will be only too happy to help assist you in booking these. 

What to Pack

Please pack for changeable weather conditions. The cliche that it rains a lot in Scotland is by the most part, pretty accurate. Bring a good rain jacket to be on the safe side. March when you will be visiting is still very much considered winter in Scotland and there may still be large amounts of snow lingering on in the mountains. Pack warm, practical clothing for your days exploring the Scottish Highlands as well as smart casual for your evenings at both hotels, restaurants and in Edinburgh.

Fun in Scotland(Jumping for joy in Scotland's heather clad mountains).  

What's Included

Pre-arranged 3-Nights luxury accommodation at world-class hotels including The Fife Arms, The Craigellachie Hotel and Cairngorm Hotel. Each booking has been made on a Bed and Breakfast basis (specified in day-to-day summary). 

Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT 4x4 ( Delivery:  26th April Inverness Airport, time TBC, Collection:  29th April, Inverness Airport, time TBC, Mileage:  500 miles 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).

'VIP' Meet and Greet service at Inverness Airport. 

Document Pack with Road directions. Including recommendations to Speyside distilleries and local attractions. 

Opportunity to visit Balmoral Castle - HM The Queen's Scottish residence. 

24-hours on the ground French speaking assistance.

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