Perthshire Itinerary

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Day 1

On arrival at Edinburgh Airport you will be met and welcomed by your local kilted guide who will lead you out to your executive coach for the transfer up into the heart of scenic Perthshire – an area of beautiful hills, mountains and bubbling rivers. This is one of Scotland’s most beautiful and unspoilt areas, situated as it is where the lush rolling countryside of the Lowlands meets the grandeur of the Perthshire Highlands.

You are bound for the picturesque conservation village of Kenmore and your hotel for the next few nights, The Kenmore Hotel.  The scenery in this area is just stunning and very typical of the romantic Highland landscapes.  The Hotel is Scotland’s oldest inn dating back to 1572, nestling in a wonderful position on the banks of the River Tay.  The hotel is privately run and is famous for its warmth, charm and Highland hospitality.

A tasty lunch will be served on arrival at the hotel, and then an outdoor adventure of a lifetime is in store, canyoning down the Alt a’Bhealaich gorge near Kenmore.  Canyoning is the descent of a gorge or waterfalls and you will be equipped with all specialist equipment including wetsuit, buoyancy jacket, helmet and canyoning harness.  Experience the exhilaration of rope lowers over waterfalls, sliding down natural water flumes, scrambling and jumping into deep, clear rock pools.   (Fully qualified safety experts are with you all the way.)

Tonight you can enjoy dinner in the comfort of your hotel.  A Bagpiper will come in and play you a few tunes on his pipes, and for anyone who would like to give it a go, they can have a wee lesson!

Day 2

Today you have a day of discovery and off-road driving in the Scottish mountains with a “Highland Adventure Safari”.  Climb aboard your safari Landrovers to head north with kilted driver-guides into the magnificent mountains of Highland Perthshire.  With panoramic views over the hills and glens this is a unique journey of discovery.   During the morning you will climb to heights of 2,500 feet, and you will experience the challenge of a 25 km route through this mountain environment in 4x4 Landrover Defenders.  Forge your way through mountain burns and up heather clad slopes and discover the Land Rover Spirit of Adventure and the true abilities of these Four Wheel Drives!   Enjoy a dram of whisky as you marvel at the outstanding views, the breathtaking scenery and wildlife.

Navigate the wooded tracks and hillside routes down to the River Tay, by Taymouth Castle to a marquee set on the riverbanks to enjoy a sumptuous lunch.   This will be delicious local produce with New World wines to accompany the meal.

Following lunch your personal ghillies will lead you down to the River to enjoy an afternoon of Salmon Fishing, the sport of Kings.   This sport involves skill; expert advice will be given so listen to your Ghillie’s instructions and Tight Lines!  The River Tay is world-famous for its salmon fishing so you are privileged indeed to try your hand at this exclusive sport!  At the end of the afternoon you will be taken back to the hotel by Landrover once more.

A relaxing barbecue dinner will be served at the hotel this evening (weather permitting).  Hopefully some of the fish you caught earlier - depending on your luck- will be on the menu!

Day 3

Today you will have a day combining Scotland’s “water of life” whisky, and walking in the great outdoors.   Your hill-walking guides will meet you at your hotel this morning and board the coach with you for the short transfer to Aberfeldy.  En route you will be briefed on the hill-walk planned for today, Ben Vrackie.

Now it’s time to take to the hills!  Your guide has many years experience of hill-walking throughout Britain and Europe and has a deep respect of the Scottish mountains. His enthusiasm for the outdoor life combined with the scenery during the walk up Ben Vrackie will ensure you are left with a fabulous memory of the Scottish hills.   A packed lunch is included.

Late in the afternoon, the day is not over, you will finish up with a visit to Edradour Distillery, Scotland’s smallest distillery and one of its most picturesque.  Nestling in the hills east of Pitlochry, Edradour stands alone as Scotland’s last distillery to produce a handcrafted malt in limited quantity, unique quality and by methods which to other distillers are just a fond memory.  First of all enjoy a “wee dram” in the Malt Barn where the history of Edradour and the whisky maker’s art will be revealed.  You will then be taken on a tour of the distillery to witness the traditional methods of whisky making, virtually unchanged since Victorian times!

Return to your hotel later on and to continue the whisky theme a Scotch Whisky Expert will come to the hotel and give you a tutored tasting of a few malt whiskies in the hotel’s charming private room, The Poet’s Parlour.  A delicious finale dinner of Scottish specialities will then be served.

Day 4

It is time to leave Kenmore now and you transfer back down to Edinburgh where you can spend your final day.    This morning you will have the chance to explore the Old Town of Edinburgh on foot with a walking tour with your local guide.  Discover the nooks, crannies and alleyways of the Mediaeval Royal Mile and hear all the fascinating stories of its murky past.   After your walking tour enjoy lunch in a cosy and traditional pub before transferring to Edinburgh Airport for your departure flight.

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