Scottish Highlands Group Highlights
This adventure takes guests firmly off-the-beaten-path to experience a region of Scotland seen by few tourists. Guests will stay at two different Highland Lodges, traditional estates focused on conserving the unique landscapes and wildlife of the Scottish Highlands.
Guests will spend the trip roaming the Scottish landscape like highlanders of old. They will spend time with local rangers at each property, learning about their conservation work and getting hands on to help. The group will take hikes into the wilds where they will never see another soul. They will ride a zodiac on the open sea beneath the highest sea cliffs on mainland Britain, making landfall at Eilean nan Ron Island. Abandoned in 1938, the ruins on island stand as a testament to the history of the islands and a lifestyle no longer found in Scotland. Finally, if individual guests so choose, they can cycle to their second lodge across the wild moors of the north, past beautiful mountains and remote lochs on the North Coast 500, Scotland’s answer to Route 66.
The group will also experience the cuisine of Scotland starting with their most iconic drink, Scotch, or as it simply known here… whisky. Guests will tour a famous distillery and have a private tasting where they will learn the nuances of flavors in each whisky they taste. They will explore local culture through Scotland’s most famous performance art forms, telling a tale and music. During their trip, a storyteller will regale the group with Scottish legends and local bands will entertain them with traditional folk music.
Traveling in a small group, the feeling of wilderness and sense of place will make this trip even more memorable.
Guests fly into Inverness Airport, which has a number of direct flights to key international hub airports including, London (Heathrow and Gatwick), Amsterdam, Dublin, Manchester, and Birmingham.
Guests will stay at 2 exclusive lodges. The first is a privately-owned estate in the Caledonian Forest in north Scotland. It is being managed as a conservation estate to restore it to its natural state by increasing the tree cover, reintroducing native animals, and encouraging biodiversity. The mission of this lodge is to create a wilderness reserve inspired by visits to South Africa’s game reserves. The second estate is a luxury lodge in a secluded glen with the surrounding lands now owned by the conservationist owner. The vision for the estate is different from the first lodge. It is a model Highland estate, conserving not just the wilderness, but creating local jobs and running profitably, sustaining the local culture.