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Scotland, Whisky

"It doesn’t matter if it’s soggy or it’s sunny, there are so many lovely roads and awesome rugged countryside in Scotland – that’s what makes it." – Edd China

2 - 8

Guest limits

8 / 7

Days / Nights

 $8,995

Starting Rate Per Person
(Minimum 2)

Embark on an enchanting journey through the heart of Scotland where breathtaking scenery, ancient castles, and rich heritage of Scottish whisky are waiting to be discovered. Explore the winding medieval streets of Edinburgh, taste a range of Scottish whiskies and learn the secrets of the distillation process, and experience the striking natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands and the mythical Loch Ness as you travel through this land of kings, clans, and legends.

"A glass of whiskey in Scotland in the thirties cost less than a cup of tea." - Catherine Helen Spence

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

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    DAY 1. ARRIVAL EDINBURGH

    Land at Edinburgh Airport and transfer to accommodations in the center of the city. Kick off your journey with a wine-paired Welcome Dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant

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    DAY 2. EDINBURGH

    Explore the city’s thriving culinary scene on a mid-day food tour showcasing a variety of Scottish favorites

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    DAY 3. CASTLE & WHISKY EXPERIENCE

    Morning visit to Edinburgh Castle, one of the oldest fortified places in Europe, and evening Taste of Scotland whisky experience and dinner

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    DAY 4. SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

    Journey north to the spectacular Highlands region; check into accommodation in the coastal town of Inverness and savor traditional afternoon tea

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    DAY 5. LOCH NESS

    Experience a Scottish “loch” — Gaelic for lake— on a day long excursion to historical Loch Ness including a boat cruise and visit to Urquhart Castle

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    DAY 6. INVERNESS

    Enjoy an open day to discover the area at your own pace 

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    DAY 7. SPEYSIDE DISTILLERIES

    Head to the renowned Speyside whisky region for tours and tastings at two distilleries and a visit to the only working cooperage in Britain

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    DAY 8. DEPARTURE INVERNESS

    Transfer to Inverness Airport for return flights home

Accommodations

Ness Walk Hotel Inverness4

Ness Walk Hotel Inverness

Surrounded by beautiful grounds, this hotel is set on the leafy banks of the River Ness. Originally a 19th century family home, the restored property features a restaurant and bar. Rooms offer complimentary Wifi, tea/coffee maker, minibar, and bathrooms equipped with toiletries, bathrobe, slippers, and hairdryer.

Ness Walk Hotel Inverness4
InterContinental Edinburgh the George8

InterContinental Edinburgh the George

Located in the heart of Edinburgh, this historic property is made up of 18th-century townhouses that have been refurbished to provide a contemporary and stylish base for exploring the city. The hotel features a grand lobby, restaurant and bar, coffee shop, and fitness center. Rooms offer complimentary Wifi, minibar, tea/coffee maker, and bathrooms equipped with toiletries, bathrobe, slippers, and hairdryer.

InterContinental Edinburgh the George8

“There are few places in my life that I’ve found more ruggedly beautiful than the Highlands of Scotland. The place is magical - it’s so far north, so remote, that sometimes it feels like you’ve left this world and gone to another.” - Julia London

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Fun Facts

Loch is the Gaelic word for lake


Scotland has over 31,000 lochs. Loch Ness contains 263 billion cubic feet of water. It is not the deepest loch in Scotland, that would be Loch Morar, and it is not the largest by surface area, which would be Loch Lomond. But Loch Ness contains more water than all the lakes in England and Wales put together, and it is the loch with the most famous inhabitant.

Nessie is Loch Ness famous inhabitant


The first of many recorded sightings of the Loch Ness Monster dates back to 565 AD when Nessie allegedly tried to eat Saint Columba’s servant. If you are a fan of Nessie, never fear, it remains well hidden under pitch black water. The famous Scottish rain carries peat from the surrounding hills down into the water making underwater visibility very poor. The water temperature remains constant all year round at approximately 5 degrees and never freezes.

The word whisky comes from the Gaelic uisge beathe meaning “water of life”


Charles Joughin, the chief baker of the RMS Titanic, paddled more than two hours in the icy cold waters before being rescued. He believes his survival is due to the amount of whisky he drank prior to the ship sinking. With a population of approximately 5.4 million people and more than 20 million casks of maturing whisky in the country— almost four casks per person, including children— the Scots have nothing to worry about.

Edinburgh Zoo is home to a knighted penguin


Major General Sir Nils Olav III is the world’s only knighted penguin. When the Norwegian King's Guards visited the Edinburgh Military Tattoo of 1961, Major Nils Egelien was fascinated by the zoo's penguin colony. Upon their return to Edinburgh in 1972, Egelien adopted a king penguin as the regiment's military mascot. Sir Nils Olav is named after Major Nils Egelien and King Olav V of Norway, who was the reigning monarch at the time. Nils has since moved up the ranks and became Major General in August 2023.

Details

Included

  • Accommodations during program dates, including all taxes and fees
  • All activities and private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local guides, entrance fees, and private transportation
  • Meals as detailed in your itinerary, including pre-arranged drink pairings
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Airfare to/from arrival and departure cities
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals
  • Gratuities for drivers, local guides, porters, and included meals

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Reservation process

Step 1:

Complete the form above indicating:

  • the number of travelers in your group
  • your preferred travel dates
  • the best way to reach you

Step 2:

We will contact you to discuss your preferences.

Step 3:

Based on our conversation, we will check availability, confirm pricing, and provide you with a detailed proposal.

Step 4:

To confirm the services and accommodations for your private departure, a non-refundable 50% deposit of the total trip fee is required.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How a Private Departure Works:

A Private Departure is a program that our destination specialists have meticulously crafted and curated to highlight the best of a particular destination. While we offer a few options to personalize your journey, the main framework of a Private Departure itinerary has been set. If you are seeking to make changes in the schedule or activities, a Custom Program may better suit your needs.

Destination-Specific Information - Scotland:

This trip will appeal to whisky lovers, history aficionados and those seeking beautiful, dramatic, and rugged landscapes. 

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