INVERNESS | 5 ★
TORONTO to EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Experience an exclusive unrivalled winter escape in Scotland! Spend a month on the grounds of the 17th-century Achnagairn Estate Lodges only seven miles from Inverness. Discover spectacular scenery and enjoy walking tours through local villages while exploring stunning landscapes, including the Isle of Sky and iconic Loch Ness. Visit beautiful castles, tour Scotland’s famous whiskey distilleries and sample local delicacies. An arry of activities including hiking, cycling, whisky trails and a cruise down Loch Ness can be enjoyed with Achnagairn Estate Lodges as your base. Glen Affric, Urquhart Castle, the Caledonian Canal and three Championship Golf courses lie within a 45-minute drive. This adventure will inspire you with an insight into this magnificent natural wilderness and leave you with memories to last a lifetime!
INCLUDES DAILY BREAKFAST & TWO DINNERS
• *Round-trip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass†
• Airport transfers in country
• 28 nights accommodation at the luxurious Achnagairn Estate Lodges with breakfast daily (each Lodge consists of five – six bedrooms (sleeps max 10 or 12 guests) with private ensuite bathroom, shared modern kitchen with full cooking facilities, fridge freezer, kettle, toaster, crockery, wine chiller, microwave, ironing facilities, dishwasher and washing machine
• Welcome and farewell dinner
• Free WiFi, free parking, restaurant, bar, lounge, housekeeping daily
• Three km from Moniack Castle, six km from Beauly (small town) for restaurants and shopping, 10 km from Beauly Priory, Glen Ord Distillery and Muir of Ord Golf Club.
• Three full-day excursions, including Isle of Skye, Lock Ness and a visit to a whisky distillery with tasting
• All taxes and gratuities
• Merit Travel tour host**
The kitchens are fully equipped with full cooking facilities, fridge freezer, kettle, toaster, crockery, wine chiller, microwave, ironing facilities, dishwasher, and a washing machine. The Estate provides starter packs of milk, juice, tea and coffee (this can be extended to guests wishes at an extra cost), they also provide the little things like kitchen towels, dishtowels, and dishwasher soap. There is a large lounge in each Lodge with a TV. Table Manors restaurant is next to the Lodges and serves daily Scottish breakfast. Dinner (three-course) can also be served at guests request at an extra cost. The chefs have built up a reputation for their quality and standard of food and were awarded two Rosettes (they are aiming for a third) and AA Best Breakfast Award. The Estate has won a Gold Service Award.
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Day 1 Mar. 1, 2020 | TORONTO - EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Board overnight flight to Edinburgh. KLM Airlines flight 692 departs Toronto 6:05 p.m. arrives Amsterdam 7:25 a.m. (following day). Then connects to KLM Airlines flight 1281 departs Amsterdam 12:20 p.m. arrives Edinburgh 12:50 p.m.
Day 2 Mar. 2, 2020 | EDINBURGH - INVERNESS (D)
Upon arrival, your local representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your luxury Lodge in Inverness (approx. a three hour drive). Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at the manor restaurant.
Overnight at Achnagairn Estates Lodges (28 nights)
Days 3 - 28 Mar. 3-28, 2020 | INVERNESS (B)
Enjoy your days at leisure in Inverness. A Scottish breakfast is included daily. An arry of activities including hiking, cycling, whisky trails and a cruise down Loch Ness can be enjoyed with Achnagairn Estate Lodges as your base. Glen Affric, Urquhart Castle, the Caledonian Canal and three Championship Golf courses lie within a 45-minute drive. The following three excursions are included with the option to add more excursions locally.
Included full-day excursion of whisky distillery with tasting: (March 10, 2020)
No tour of Scotland is complete without having a dram of Scottish Whisky. Board your coach for a day trip through the beautiful scenery of the Highlands. With live commentary from your local expert guide this immersive tour will allow you to explore Scotland’s largest geographical whisky producing area. From rich and textured to fragrant and floral, the visits to Tomatin and The Macallan estate will let you explore the best this region has to offer. In the morning explore Tomatin distillery with a guided tour followed by a tutored nosing and tasting of six different whiskies, trailed by lunch and time at leisure in the picturesque and quaint Grantow – On-Spey. In the afternoon visit Macallan distillery and visitor experience in the heart of The Macallan Estate and get insight into the method of aturation of this Single Malt.
Included full-day excursion to Isle of Skye: (March 17, 2020)
Board your coach and prepare for a long, and rather magical day trip to one of Scotland’s most iconic retreats – the Isle of Skye. Its scenic landscapes will take your breath away, combining craggy outposts, luscious stretches of coast and evidence of unique volcanic activity. Your expert guide will narrate the stories that took place in this unique part of the world, including between the Clan warfare, the Jacobite Rebellion, and tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Your first port of call is in the south of the island, at Armadale Castle. The spiritual home of Clan Donald, it is now mostly a romantic ruin, replete with woodland trails and delightful formal gardens, as well as the Museum of the Isles, which takes visitors on a 1500-year journey through the life of the MacDonald’s, once the proud owners of the estate. The exhibit includes a look at emigration, tracking the journeys of Scottish people all over the world.
The afternoon will present you with a number of possibilities, including visiting local towns such as Portree, natural wonders such as the fairy pools, and the Old Man of Storr. The legendary Scottish weather may dictate the direction somewhat, but you’re guaranteed a spectacular and unique adventure, before returning to the estate.
Included full-day excursion to Lock Ness: (March 24, 2020)
Scotland’s most famous loch welcomes you today, as shrouded in mystery as it ever was. Just a half-hour drive from the estate is the north shore of Loch Ness. You’ll set sail on a cruise over the mysterious waters, and your guide will provide expert commentary on the Loch and the stories it has to tell. From the building of Urquhart Castle, to the legends of the monster, to a fascinating series of hoaxes and attempts to prove the beast’s existence, the human stories of this natural beauty are every bit as interesting as the fantastical myths. After your cruise, you’ll head down to Urquhart Castle, where a number of excellent photo opportunities await you.
Day 29 Mar. 29, 2020 | INVERNESS (B, D)
This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your group.
Day 30 Mar. 30, 2020 | INVERNESS- EDINBURGH - TORONTO (B)
After breakfast check out of your Lodge and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
KLM Airlines flight 1278 departs Edinburgh 9:10 a.m. arrives Amsterdam 11:45a.m. Then connects with KLM Airlines flight 695 departs Amsterdam 5:55 p.m. arrives Toronto 7:50 p.m.
*CDN$ p.p. dbl. occ. Taxes included. Professional fee of $65 plus HST per booking is not included. Single supplement: $3,600. †Plaza Premium airport lounge pass applicable at Toronto airport only. Airfare available from most Canadian airports, please enquire. **Minimum 15 passengers required for a Merit Travel tour host..
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