Scotland – A Highland Experience

Get a taste of the true celtic spirit in the majestic highlands of Scotland on this 6 day, 5 night holiday staying half-board at the very welcoming Duke of Gordon hotel. Excursions will include the Highland Games, the Crannog Centre – an ancient loch dwelling, a Highland distillery, the Wildlife Park and a trip up the Cairngorm Mountains on the funicular railway.

Date

06/09/2019 - 11/09/2019

Location

Duke of Gordon Hotel

Scotland - A Highland Experience

About this excursion

£399 per person

Your Itinerary

Visit a local Highland Games. The Highland Games are renowned the world over as a test of strength between Clans. These athletic contests date back over 900 years and the Games are a spectacle where you’ll see Highland dancing, pipe band displays, hammer throwing, tug-of-war and tossing the caber.

Discover what life was like 2,500 years ago at the Scottish Crannog Centre,SCOTTISH CRANNOG CENTRE a unique reconstruction of an ancient loch dwelling in the heart of Perthshire.  Fun, exciting and informative, this award winning centre has something for everyone, from the youngest explorer to the serious knowledge seeker! Experience a Highland distillery, discover the process of turning barley and water into Whisky. World famous for its distilleries this really is a must see when visiting the Scottish Highlands. A fascinating process goes into making the ‘water of life’.

Visit the Highland Wildlife Park where you can see Hamish, the new addition to the polar bear family. Hamish is the first polar bear to be born in the UK for 25 years. The Wildlife Park also has tigers, red pandas and wolves and many other animals that used to be native to the area.

Take a trip up the Cairngorm Mountains on the Funicular Railway – one of Scotland’s top 10 visitor attraction.       When you get to the top station, the Ptarmigan Restaurant offers stunning panoramic views from over 3500 ft.

Duke Of Gordon Hotel

We have stayed in this hotel before and had a most enjoyable holidayDuke-Of-Gordon with really welcoming staff. The Duke Of Gordon Hotel, owned by Cairngorm Travel, is one of the Premier privately owned hotels situated in the Heart of the Scottish Highlands in the village of Kingussie. The hotel looks out across the Spey Valley and the Cairngorm National Park to Ruthven Barracks, the site of an earlier stone castle, constructed in the 1300’s by the ancestors of the 1st Duke of Gordon.

With origins in the eighteenth century the hotel was originally built as a stop-over for passengers travelling by stagecoach along the old A9 to Inverness and the North of Scotland. The facilities and atmosphere now experienced in the hotel, combined with the hospitality of our staff make the Duke Of Gordon the ideal place to stay when visiting the Highlands.

The Duke Of Gordon’s truly traditional Scottish atmosphere proved to be an ideal filming location for the popular TV series MONARCH OF THE GLEN with a number of our guests appearing as extras.

As a result of extensive modernisation, the Duke of Gordon is one of the very few Highland hotels that can offer all the facilities and  some comforts of a modern hotel combined with the traditional  character and heritage of an old Scottish coaching inn. The hotel has en-suite bedrooms, direct dial telephone, colour TV and  tea/coffee making facilities.

Experience five-course candle-lit dining in the elegance and splendour of their impressive Balmoral Restaurant with its heavily corniced ceilings and Peddie murals depicting Scottish Highland history and local scenes of great natural beauty is one not easily forgotten. Their menus are carefully selected and prepared to provide the best traditional Scottish fayre. These, combined with their very personal service, make dining at the ‘Duke’ truly a Jewel in the Highland Crown.

On several evenings guests are piped into dinner by a piper in full Highland dress. Entertainment takes place every evenings in the Ruthven Ballroom in the form of Ceilidhs, folk nights and dancing.

The Duke of Gordon and the Spey Valley have enchanted Royalty through the ages dating back to the visit of Queen Victoria and her devoted Consort on 8th October 1861. Come and see why Her Majesty was so inspired that she made specific reference to her visit to the ‘Duke’ in her personal diaries.

The cost of this holiday includes return coach transport from Milton Keynes, 5 nights half board in the Duke of Gordon Hotel, entry fees to all excursions as shown and, of course, treats.

A deposit of £50 per person will secure your place

Single supplement – £100 per person (double room for sole occupancy) 

 

 

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