Explore Scotland - Fri 2 March 2018 to Tues 6 March 2018

About Explore Great Britain

Dear Partner,

I am delighted you are joining us for the ExploreGB educational trip and I hope you enjoy your time touring Great Britain.

Our Product Development Team in London have been working incredibly hard over the past 12 months to ensure you have a fantastic trip with new itineraries including visits to top attractions, hotels and destinations which you can sell to your clients.

Below you will find a detailed itinerary of your educational trip, along with a comprehensive map and contact details for all the suppliers you will be meeting with throughout the tour.

I hope this ExploreGB educational experience provides you with the inspiration and contacts necessary to enable you to deliver your own tours to Great Britain.

Best Wishes,

Carol Dray Commercial Director

Explore Scotland

Scotland is renowned for its stunning scenery – with 40 designated National Scenic Areas from mountains to islands and gentle countryside. Beyond this natural beauty, Scotland’s cities offer a wide range of cultural attractions, including a wide range of castles and museums, as well as some of the best shopping and dining in the UK.

Key gateways

Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

Aberdeen, Newcastle

Day 1

Friday 2 March

Newcastle - Edinburgh

16:00 Coach transfer to train station
 16:56 Train from Newcastle to Edinburgh
Dinner at Principal Charlotte Square Hotel, Edinburgh
Overnight Principal George Street Hotel, Edinburgh

Itinerary Details

This itinerary starts with a journey on the Virgin East Coast train line, from Newcastle in the North of England, to Edinburgh in Scotland – taking approximately 1.5 hours.

BABA, at the Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square Hotel, is a truly delicious way to start to this trip. The Middle Eastern-inspired dishes here are prepared on a charcoal grill in an open kitchen.

Supplier Information

Name Principal Hotels
Category Accommodation
Profile THE PRINCIPAL HOTEL COMPANY, comprising PRINCIPAL - a collection of luxury four and five star city-centre hotels based in landmark buildings in exceptional locations across the United Kingdom such as London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, York, Manchester, Oxford and Cardiff., and DE VERE – modern, country estate hotels, with mansion houses at their heart, with market-leading conference facilities.
Email hayley.stokes@theprincipalhotel.com
FIT or Groups: both
Day 2

Saturday 3 March


07:30 Breakfast and hotel check out
Coach transfer
10:00-12:30 Whisky Blending Experience at Scotch Whisky Experience
13:00-16:00 Eat Walk Food Tour of Edinburgh
16:10 Back to hotel for luggage collection
17:30-21:00 (Check times) Train to Inverness
21:00 Check-in Kingsmills Hotel
21:30  Optional dinner a-la carte in Hotel
Optional visit to live music in Inverness

Itinerary Details

No visit to Scotland is complete without a taste of one of its finest exports – whisky! The Scotch Whisky Experience is a must for any whisky enthusiast. It includes the chance to sample a selection of whiskys and compare different blends, as well as a tour of the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky.

A walking tour is a great way to get to know a city – and with an Eat Walk Food Tour, visitors get a real taste of Edinburgh in more than one way! Taking in Edinburgh’s best foods and incorporating at least five different tastings, this fascinating tour also gives the chance to learn about the quirky history of the city and its vast selection of restaurants, bars and shops.

From Edinburgh, it’s northwards to Inverness, with a train ride taking approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes.

With delicious, fresh and well thought-out local produce such as west coast scallops and Loch Erriboll langoustine, the Conservatory Restaurant at Kingsmill Hotel, Inverness, is a great choice for dinner.

Supplier Information

Name The Scotch Whisky Experience
Category Attraction
Profile Located beside Edinburgh Castle, at the top of the historic Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, the award-winning, 5-star Scotch Whisky Experience is one of Scotland’s most prestigious visitor attractions.
Phone 0131 220 0441
Email info@scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk
Website https://scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk
Frequency: Please see tour information above
FIT or Groups: Groups
Translation: Audio guides are available in 20 languages at no extra charge on the Silver and Gold Tour ONLY. These languages are: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Swedish, Japanese, Polish, Czech, Hindi, Mandarin, Gaelic, Brazilian Portuguese, Cantonese, Korean, British Sign Language and American Sign Language. All other tours are offered in English only, and no live translation will be permitted.
Extra information: Child-friendly exhibits and tailored tours, fully wheelchair accessible. Expert tour guides and whisky advisors are on hand throughout the experience to tailor make your visit and ensure the enjoyment of every member of your party.

Supplier Information

Name Eat Walk Talk, Edinburgh
Category Guided Tours
Profile Eat walk Edinburgh tours visit at least five venues tasting locally sourced food with three of the stops also having drink tastings. The guide will talk about the history of the area and recommend other places to visit after the tour is over as you walk between venues.
Phone 07740869359
Email info@eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk
Website https://www.eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Kingsmills Hotel
Category Accommodation
Profile The Kingsmills Hotel is a fabulous four-star luxury hotel in Inverness. Set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, we offer a variety of extremely luxurious rooms, impeccable dining options and good old-fashioned Scottish hospitality to all our guests.
Phone 01463 237 166
Website https://kingsmillshotel.com/
FIT or Groups: N/A
Day 3

Sunday 4 March


08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Inverness walking tour
10:00 Castle Viewpoint
10:15 Transfer to Jacobite Cruise start
11:00 Jacobite cruise on Loch Ness
11:30 Arrive at Urquhart Castle
12:45 Depart for drive to Drumnacrochit
13:00 Lunch in Drumnadrochit – Loch Ness Inn
14:30 Transfer to Tomatin Distillery
15:30 Distillery Tour
16:30 Return to Inverness
17:00 Free time
18:30 Highland Dinner in Inverness – Kingsmills Hotel
Overnight Kingsmills Hotel

Itinerary Details

Inverness is the capital of the Highlands. A walking tour of this small city takes in landmarks like Inverness Castle, the Victorian Market and the Old High Church Cemetery – showcasing its beautiful landscapes and history. Castle Viewpoint is the newest attraction in Inverness, with a viewing platform which boasts panoramic views of the city below and the wild landscapes beyond.

The Loch Ness Monster (or Nessie!) is known across the globe. A one-hour Jacobite cruise across Scotland’s most famous loch reveals the legends and tumultuous history of these waters as well as the chance to learn how Nessie’s story began. The tour also includes a stop at the stunning Urquhart Castle, one of Scotland’s largest fortresses, bursting with medieval tales of battles and banquets.

Built in 1838, the traditional Loch Ness Inn is an authentic place to stop for lunch. Its charming Lewiston restaurant has a wood-burning stove and serves hearty Scottish fares, made with locally sourced ingredients.

After lunch, it’s on to discover the history of some of Scotland’s award-winning spirits at the Tomatin Distillery. A guided tour here offers the chance to see how whisky is made, reveals some of the secrets behind the flavours and offers the chance to sample some of the best single malts.

Supplier Information

Name Jacobite Loch Ness Tours
Category Attraction
Loch Ness Tours Cruise the legend with Loch Ness by Jacobite
  • Explore Loch Ness by sailing on its legendary waters.
  • Discover the monster, the Scottish history and more.
  • Arrive at Urquhart Castle the best way - by boat.
  • Experience a five-star voyage – all year round.
Phone 01463 233999
Email info@jacobite.co.uk
Website https://www.jacobite.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Urquhart Castle
Category Attraction
Profile Discover more than 1,000 years of stirring history centred on the Great Glen. The magnificently situated Urquhart Castle, on the shore of Loch Ness, has seen some of the most dramatic chapters in our nation’s story.
Phone 0131 668 8600
Website https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/urquhart-castle/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Loch Ness Lodge
Category Accommodation
Profile Luxury bed and breakfast accommodation near Inverness. Welcome to Loch Ness Lodge, an elegant and intimate exclusive retreat in the heart of the Scottish Highlands overlooking the mysterious and beautiful Loch Ness near Inverness. Bringing together the very best of traditional Scottish architecture and more contemporary design, Loch Ness Lodge is a luxurious, boutique bed & breakfast in a truly inspirational setting.
Phone +44 (0)1456 459469
Email escape@loch-ness-lodge.com
Website https://www.loch-ness-lodge.com/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Tomatin Distillery
Category Guided Tours
Profile Explore our distillery and learn how we produce our award winning whiskies. You will learn about the unique legacy of Tomatin which, having started in 1897, is the driving force for the company today. Finish up with three of our Tomatin Single Malts, each revealing why we are the ‘softer side of the Highlands’.
Phone +44(0)1463 248 148
Website http://www.tomatin.com
FIT or Groups: N/A
Day 4

Monday 5 March


08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Drive to Culloden Battlefield
09:20 Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre visit
10:30 Drive to Cawdor Castle
11:00 Cawdor Castle Visit
12:30 Drive to Dores Beach – meet Nessie Hunter
13:00 Lunch – Dores Inn
14:30 Tour along South Side of Loch Ness to Foyers
15:00 Coffee / Cake at Camerons Tea Room
16:00 Suidhe Viewpoint
16:30 Return to Inverness
17:30 Free time
19:00 Dinner at Mustard Seed Restaurant
Overnight Kingsmills Hotel

Itinerary Details

The Culloden Battlefield is where the Jacobites made their last stand, in a desperate bid to return the Stuart monarchy to the British thrones. With its interactive exhibition, a visit promises an insightful and emotional snapshot of the battle here, as well as a look at artefacts from both sides of the conflict.

Dating back to the late 14th century, Cawdor Castle is a place of fairy tales and rugged beauty. It is still home to the Cawdor family today, and a tour of the fortress and its grounds showcases just how much it has changed over the last 600 years.

After a morning of exploration, it’s time for lunch on the shores of the mighty Loch Ness, at Dores Inn – offering home cooked food and stunning views.

A tour along the south side of Loch Ness reveals Dores – well known for being home to Steve Feltham, who has been the ‘Nessie Hunter’ for the last 25 years – as well as the rugged village of Inverfarigaig, the ruined yet historic Boleskine House, and the pretty Falls of Foyers. And no trip to this region would be complete without visiting  Camerons Tea Room & Farm Shop – renowned for miles around for its delicious home-made cakes, traybakes and muffins, best washed down with a coffee or cup of tea!

A short journey up to Suidhe Viewpoint, gives the perfect photo opportunity. Sitting at 1,200ft above sea level it overlooks the majesty of Loch Ness and the Highlands.

Dinner tonight is at the Mustard Seed restaurant – housed inside a converted church! Sitting on the banks of the River Ness, it is the perfect spot for some alfresco dining – as the weather allows – as well as some cosy, hearty dinners next to the open log fire.

Supplier Information

Name Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
Category Attraction
Profile Visiting Culloden the last hand-to-hand battle fought on British soil takes on a whole new meaning with the opening of an exciting new visitor centre and interactive exhibition. The battlefield itself is now restored to as close as possible that marched on by the two sides on that fateful day. Come and find out why this battle that lasted only one hour changed the way of life of the Highlands and Islands for ever. With the new visitor centre and exhibition now open there's so much more to experience at Culloden Battlefield.
Phone 0844 493 2159
Email culloden@nts.org.uk
Website https://www.nts.org.uk/Visit/Culloden/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Cawdor Castle
Category Attraction

With Scottish history that you can touch and see and sense for yourself. Cawdor Castle is not another cold monument, but a splendid house and the home of the Cawdor family to this day.

Phone (01667) 404401
Email info@cawdorcastle.com
Website http://www.cawdorcastle.com/Home.aspx
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Dores Inn
Category Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues
Profile The Dores Inn is the only pub/restaurant spectacularly situated on the shores of South Loch Ness, 8 miles. from Inverness on the B862. As you approach Dores from Inverness, the first thing you see is an iconic view of the loch, and the second,. as you get nearer is The Dores Inn directly by the beach.
Phone 01463 751203
Email info@thedoresinn.co.uk
Website http://www.thedoresinn.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Camerons Tea Room
Category Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues
Profile The Camerons Tea Room & Farm Shop is now open for business on Glenlia Farm in the village of Foyers in the Highlands of Scotland. It is situated a short stroll away from Camerons Holiday Cottage between Inverness and Fort Augustus on the peaceful South side of Loch Ness. Perfectly situated for refreshments while staying in the holiday cottage. It is only a quarter of a mile from the famous Falls of Foyers waterfall. Look out for the sign to Camerons Holiday Cottage, Camerons Tea Room and the highland cattle in the fields.
Phone +44 (0) 1456 486475
Email alimoglenliafarm@aol.com
Website http://www.lochnesscottage.com/Camerons-Tea-Room-and-Farm-Shop.php
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name The Mustard Seed Restaurant
Category Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues
Profile The chefs at The Mustard Seed have close relationships with their suppliers, selecting a variety of produce each week to create a menu of dishes that reflect each season. They use the quality Scottish ingredients to create a modern European menu with Highland influences. In addition to the main menu there is always a great selection of daily specials.
Phone 01463 220220
Email groups@mustardseedrestaurant.co.uk
Website http://mustardseedrestaurant.co.uk
FIT or Groups: n/a
Day 5

Tuesday 6 March


Fly from Inverness to London