Written by Linda Jackson
Scotland has numerous ways of tempting you to experience the Year of Natural Scotland in style… from landscape painting master classes, guided nature walks, bodysurfing, and Scotch whisky nosings to gundog lessons, yacht charter, foraging with chef and wildlife photography workshops.
What an exciting place Scotland is. With a plethora of activities on the doorstep, exciting experiences hiding in every nook and cranny, fine dining and whisky galore plus a hoard of spectacular vistas, it's only natural to expect visitors to choose Scotland for a luxury short break with a difference.
Trust us… the Year of Natural Scotland will be a year to remember - a year to experience Scotland in style, naturally, and very differently: a year to remember for a lifetime.
To celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland we have put together a number of five- and six-night itineraries, each containing a number of exciting activities and 'experiences' that visitors to Scotland might want to consider.
In order for guests to experience different areas in Scotland and enjoy the uniqueness of the luxury hotels in the Connoisseurs Scotland portfolio, all itineraries – with the exception of two - are designed to stay at two luxury properties during one short vacation in Scotland.
The two itinerary exceptions are: an itinerary based at three hotels located in the same proximity over a six night break, and an ultra-luxury itinerary combining a luxury Scottish train with a luxury Scottish cruise ship – namely The Royal Scotsman with MV Hebridean Princess who have teamed up for the first time to offer a unique holiday touring Scotland in style.
In Edinburgh, where we have six properties, we have Scottish holiday activities and experiences included in the itineraries ranging from shopping with your own Personal Shopper and going on a guided one-hour run in Edinburgh with personal trainer, to a private champagne tasting….plus many more Edinburgh activities options and suggestions.
Scottish artist Frances Macdonald
In Perthshire itineraries include whitewater rafting, fishing for beginners on the River Tay, falconry, and an introductory gundog lesson.
Guests can learn about the workings of a professional restaurant kitchen and cook with a head chef on the Isle of Skye (in a hotel owned by award-winning cook and food writer Claire Macdonald), or go foraging with a Michelin starred chef at Auldearn.
In Crinan guests have the opportunity to see renowned Scottish artist Frances Macdonald at work and in North Berwick there are designing and drawing courses to join for a day.
Bodyboarding is included in an itinerary for East Lothian, and in Argyll, chartering a yacht on Loch Crinan. Private guided walks, 4x4 safaris with a ranger, wildlife sea safaris in a RIB boat and shellfish safaris on a small fishing boat with a local skipper, call for either good walking boots, a sense of adventure, or sturdy sea legs. In the Borders you can take an unusual chauffeur driven trike tour.
You’ll be amazed, very amazed, at the lengths we’ll go to tempt you to experience the Year of Natural Scotland in style. It doesn’t take much to get under the influence of Scotland.
Talking of being under the influence… we can also arrange tours around Scottish whisky distilleries as well as tastings and nosings at various venues. You’ll also have the option of savouring a few superlative tasting menus just to give you a real taste of Scotland. Incidentally, fresh air is complimentary… naturally, very naturally.
For more information on these special itineraries created to celebrate
the Year of Natural Scotland go to our SPECIAL OFFERS page on