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Highlands to Islands on the ultimate Scotland road trip

With Pelorus at your side, commence a once-in-a-lifetime road trip through the natural drama and urban sophistication of Scotland. Dictate your own route through deserted glens colored with purple heather and yellow hawthorn, stop at the ruins of a lochside castle, or spend another night tasting whisky in a remote luxury hotel. This is an unfiltered encounter with the best of Scotland.

When to go
Apr-Oct
From price
$9,000 pp*
Ideal length
7 nights
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EDINBURGH & GLENEAGLES GOLF

Begin your adventure in Edinburgh, the cultural capital of Scotland. Explore its cobblestoned lanes, visit the iconic Edinburgh Castle, and browse boutiques—and historic pubs—of the Royal Mile.

Once you’ve breathed in enough of Edinburgh’s history and sophistication, it’s time to set off into the north. Drive on increasingly empty roads as the freedom of four wheels allow you to explore at your own pace, discovering hidden gems just off the roadside, far from the crowds.

Seize the opportunity to play on a world-class golf course as you arrive to stay in the luxurious Gleneagles. Refresh your swing and up your putting game with a private lesson from a professional or enjoy a round before taking to the bar for a well-earned single Scottish malt. Dine in the two-Michelin starred, French-influenced Andrew Fairlie restaurant.

HEBRIDES HAVEN & ISLE OF MULL

Transfer west to the archipelago of the Hebrides, passing through the picturesque town of Tobermory before experiencing the charms of small island life on the Isle of Mull. Stay in a family-run castle and be part of the intimate community passionate about conserving this remote Scottish haven for future generations.

Watch the eagles soaring above Calgary Bay and contemplate the serene Sound of Mull while dining on the homemade Caledonian delicacies created by the village. Kayak to Fingal’s Cave and explore the rock columns formed millions of years ago by a volcanic eruption.

CLIMB BEN NEVIS & ISLE OF SKYE

Leave the tranquillity of the Isle of Mull behind as you travel to your next destination—the iconic Scottish landmark of Fort William. Home to the UK’s highest peak at 4,413ft tackle the steep and challenging ascent of Ben Nevis with a Pelorus guide. Taking trails off the beaten track, you’ll be rewarded with a delectable lunch spot offering panoramic views across the surrounding Munros, intersected with gin clear lochs and rivers. Learn about the Battle of Inverlochy and the role of this iconic town in Scottish history. 

Emerge through the famous Glencoe valley and set out toward your second island experience. Arguably the most beautiful and spectacular of the Hebrides, Skye offers white sand beaches with Caribbean blue sea to remote lighthouses balanced on cliff edges.

Take a bracing dip in the fairy pools before a revitalizing private tasting of single malt whisky at the Talisker distillery. Finish an exhilarating day with one of the finest and freshest meals in Scotland, with the saline sea still pleasantly present in the seafood. Embrace the majesty of the Cuillins mountains and Glen Bittle, either on two feet or two wheels.

ALLADALE RESERVE & MEDIEVAL CASTLE STAY

Leave Skye and return to the mainland to burrow deep into the enchanting wilderness of the north. Reach the ‘conservation first’ Alladale Wilderness Preserve and, through challenging and engaging hikes, discover the wildlife of the Highlands.  

Or fish for your dinner from a glassy river abundant with wild sockeye salmon. Assist the wildlife experts at Alladale as they outline their important conservation efforts on the estate, whether it’s planting trees, helping to vaccinate and build habitats for the declining red squirrel population, or reinforcing Scotland’s wild beaver population.

Your journey culminates with a stay in your very own medieval castle. In a secluded spot on the Perthshire border, you’ll enter through the grand doors of a castle steeped in mystery and myth. Immerse yourself in Scottish heritage by learning Scottish traditions, and taking a wee dram to reinvigorate yourself after playing in your own personal Highland Games.

Join in a local Ceilidh and, to the strums of Scottish folk music, practice your traditional dancing as you soak up the authentic tales. The next day, a Pelorus expert historian will guide you through your 15th-century castle, supplying the gory and seductive details of the lives of the dukes and kings that had previously inhabited those ancient stone walls.

* Prices depend on level of experiences and accommodation. This is based on 4 adults traveling for 7 nights excluding international flights.