|Expect an invigorating nip in the air, steely-gray lochs, and mist-shrouded granite mountains rising from ethereal moors. The otherworldly Highlands beg to be explored, whether by slow ramble, mountain-bike sojourn, or wandering kayak. At day’s end we’ll rest up in an expertly curated selection of atmospheric escapes, boutique hotels, and haunted castles, where after a hearty dinner you can sink into an overstuffed sofa before a roaring fire with a wee dram or three.|
|Considered one of Europe’s most extraordinary wildlife destinations, with vast spreads of protected lands and two amazing national parks, Scotland offers a wealth of spectacular wildlife-viewing opportunities. We’ll keep a constant eye out for land & sea wildlife, whales and dolphins, puffins and seals. As for the twitchers, they can expect to check off red kites, peregrine falcons, and ospreys, among many more avian species. And, of course, there’s always the elusive Nessie, whose home waters we’ll dare to cross.|
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”
There is something quintessentially Scottish about Glencoe House, which offers five-star suite accommodations far removed from the typical hotel room. Suites feature a substantial sitting room, an array of period features, and an open fireplace, giving you space to rest and unwind. Each suite has two twin/double rooms with panoramic vistas, where you can gaze out over the loch views, garden views, and spectacular mountain views.
Take a step back in time for the next four nights as you stay at Bunchrew House Hotel, a 17th-century Scottish mansion with a magical, castle-like feel. Bunchrew offers excellent accommodations and award-winning cuisine. This historic Inverness mansion, with its unique waterside setting and woodland gardens, is a perfect Highlands welcome. Though not quite as spacious as Glencoe House, Bunchrew House more than makes up for this with its fantastic location, looking out over the Beauly Firth to the Black Isle.
|Your home for the next two nights is the Bonham, a luxury, four-star boutique hotel situated in the West End of Edinburgh. Set in a quiet leafy crescent, a stone’s throw from the city’s most popular attractions and surrounded by the stunning backdrop of Scotland’s magnificent capital, the Bonham is without a doubt one of the most stylish hotels in Edinburgh.|
MEET THE GUIDE
Will Snow is the perfect guide for all that Scotland has to offer, a fun and energetic companion with all the right connections and an inexhaustible well of local knowledge. He will be your expert Wilderness Scotland guide, bringing on other local, specialized guides for activities such as sea-kayaking, touring Edinburgh, etc. As a former geography teacher at Robert Gordon’s College, in Aberdeen, Will has a passion for the land, with deep experience in Scottish “hill-walking,” kayaking, rock-climbing, conservation, and cycling. In 2011, he conquered the Tour Divide, a 2,745-mile mountain-bike race from Canada to Mexico. And although he’s led many overseas expeditions to Asia, Africa, and Latin America, Will reckons he hasn’t yet discovered anywhere in the world with the diversity and unique natural beauty of Scotland.