Taste of Scotland - The Ultimate Culinary Vacation Package

 

Scotland is well revered for being a country of sheer excellence when it comes to food, whisky and fine dining.
With an array of diverse restaurants that feature traditional Scottish delicacies to gourmet classics from further afield, Scotland is a must visit for those with a sophisticated pallet. Scotland really has it all,
Michelin Starred classics, homely Scottish pubs and traditional fish and chip shops with panoramic views over the sea. At Luxury Scotland Tours we are Scottish food connoisseurs and our Taste Of Scotland Experience is certain to delight your taste buds.

The Taste Of Scotland Experience will take you to the best restaurants and hidden gems that Scotland has to offer. From wine menu matching to whisky and chocolate tasting, this package will delight your tastebuds. The tour includes luxury city dining to isolated restaurant retreats set in the idyllic Scottish countryside.   

TOUR SUMMARY:

Driven round the most beautiful areas in Scotland.
Luxury chauffeur service and guide, luxury accommodation, excursions, fine dining, the full package.

Day 1
The Balmoral Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

Half Day Walking Tour of Edinburgh
No.1 Balmoral, Michelin Star, Fine Dining Experience

Day 2
The Old Course Hotel & Spa, St Andrews

Visit Stirling Castle & Wallace Monument
St Andrews Cathedral & Castle
The Peat Inn, Michelin Star, Fine Dining Experience

Day 3
Gleneagles Hotel & Spa, Auchterarder
Visit Scone Palace (Afternoon Tea)
Gleneagles Wine Cellar Tour
Andrew Fairlies, Double Michelin Star, Fine Dining Experience

Day 4
Boath House, Nairn
Visit Dalwhinnie Distillery (Whisky Tour with Highland Chocolate Pairing)
Lunch at Fonab Castle
Boath House, Fine Dining Experience

Day 5
Boath House, Nairn
Visit Benmorach Distillery, Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle
Rocpool Reserve, Chez Roux Restaurant, Fine Dining Experience

Day 6
Kinloch House, Isle of Skye
Visit Glenord Distillery & Eilean Donan Castle
Loch Bay Restaurant, Michelin Star, Fine Dining Experienc
e

Day 7
Kinloch House, Isle of Skye
Lunch at The Three Chimneys Restaurant,
 Fine Dining Experience
Visit The Fairy Pools, Talisker Distillery, Dunvegan Castle, Misty Isle Gin Distillery
Kinloch Lodge Restaurant, Fine Dining Experience

Day 8
The Airds Hotel, Port Appin
Afternoon Tea at Inverlochy Castle
Visit Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glenfinnan Monument, Glencoe 
The Airds Restaurant, Fine Dining Experience

Day 9
One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow
Visit Oban, Mccaig’s Tower, Loch Lomond Seaplane Tour, Kelvingrove Art Gallery
Number 16, Fine Dining Experience

Day 10
Departure

Tour Details

DAY 1

Accommodation: The Balmoral Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

Half Day Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Restaurant: No.1 at The Balmoral, Michelin Star, Fine Dining Experience

On arrival at Edinburgh airport you will be met by your private driver and you will be taken to the Balmoral Hotel. In the afternoon you will embark on a half day walking tour of Edinburgh. We will provide a blue badge guide that has an unrivalled knowledge of the Scottish capital. You will visit many of the famous sites in the Edinburgh Old Town including Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace. If time permits you will also visit the equally as beautiful new town. You will weave through the stunning Georgian architecture and we highly suggest visiting George street which has an array of high end shops and bars.

You will dine at the No.1 Restaurant within your hotel.  Step in to the sumptuous surroundings of The No.1 at The Balmoral.  You will enjoy a Michelin Star dining experience of Scottish Cuisine from head chef Mark Donald and his team.

After dinner you can relax in your suite, with sweeping views over Edinburgh Castle and the historic capital.
This hotel combines a 5 star hospitality with an unbeatable central location.

 

DAY 2


Accommodation:
The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews

Activities: Stirling Castle & Wallace Monument

Restaurant: The Peat Inn, Michelin Star, Fine Dining Experience

After a luxurious breakfast at the Balmoral Hotel your private driver will be waiting and you will head north west to Stirling. The medieval town of Stirling is steeped in history and you will take a tour of the archaic Stirling Castle. Stirling castle is a former residence of the Stewart Kings and from a historical standpoint one of the most influential castles in Scotland. You will enjoy a guided tour of the castle and meet costumed characters that bring the 16th century life back to the present day.

From Stirling Castle you will make the short trip to the Wallace Monument. The Wallace Monument is one of the most famous towers in Scotland and was built to commemorate Scottish legend Sir William Wallace. The tower offers panoramic views over Stirlingshire but also an in-depth education into “The Battle Of Stirling Bridge” and how William Wallace become a national martyr. 

From Stirling you will continue east to the “Auld Grey Toon” of St Andrews. St Andrews is famously the home of golf and the picturesque town enjoys beautiful views over Westsands beach. Your private driver will give you a driving tour of this archaic town, you will pass St Andrews Cathedral, castle and the university.

Before dinner your driver will drop you off at the Old Course Hotel, your accommodation for the evening. The Old Course Hotel offers 5 star luxury and looks over the famous “ Old Course”.  After a brief recuperation your private driver will escort you to The Peat Inn Restaurant. Located in the nearby town of Cupar, The Peat Inn proudly holds a Michelin star and provides a seasonal menu using the best local Scottish produce. Geoffrey Smeddle, the head chef and owner delightfully presents modern cuisine using traditional techniques.

After a long day of exploring and enjoying sumptuous menus, your private driver will escort you back to the Old Course Hotel.

Day 3

Accommodation: Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder

Activities: Scone Palace (including High Tea), Gleneagles Activities (including Wine Cellar Tour)

Restaurant: Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles

After a luxurious breakfast at The Old Course Hotel your private driver will escort you west across the beautiful rolling countryside. Your first stop of the day will be at Scone Palace. Scone Palace holds a special place in Scottish history and was famously where the ancient Scottish kings got crowned. The Palace is surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens and lush green forests. Inside the palace is a treasure trove of furniture, paintings and artwork.

After exploring you will dine at the Palaces “Old Kitchen Restaurant”. You will be served high tea and get to try the Palaces famous homemade scones. After lunch you will continue west until you reach The Gleneagles Hotel, a luxury 5 star golfing and spa resort. Depending on your interests you can embark on a number of activities including, golf, hunting, fishing, walking through the beautiful estate or relaxing in the exceptional spa facilities.


You will then embark on a private guided tour of the Gleneagles wine cellars.
Led by Gleneagles’ expert sommelier, you will be guided through their extensive wine collection and of course sampling some delicious vintages.

After your wine cellar tour you will dine at the double Michelin Star Andrew Fairlie Restaurant. The restaurant is the only one in Scotland to hold the prestigious accolade of a double Michelin Star. The restaurant combines Scottish and French cooking, using the finest local produce. We highly recommend trying the “smoked lobster” which is infused with whisky barrel chips for over 5 hours.

After dinner you can relax in the “American Bar”, this very intimate venue oozes elegance. The bar has a terrific range of cocktails, champagne and caviar.

Day 4

Accommodation: Boath House, Nairn

Activities: Lunch At Fonab Castle Hotel, Dalwhinnie Whisky & Chocolate Tour
Restaurant: Boath House

After a relaxing morning you will bid farewell to Gleneagles and your private driver will take you north. You will meander through the beautiful Perthshire countryside before stopping at Fonab Castle Hotel. This 5 star castle hotel sits perfectly on the outskirts of Pitlochry and has fine views over Loch Faskally and Ben Vrackie. You will dine at the Fonab Brassiere which offers a range of great dishes all made from locally sourced produce.

After enjoying lunch and exploring the beautiful grounds at Fonab Castle you will continue to venture north. You will enter the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, one of the most scenic areas in the country. With towering mountains, lush green forestry and breath-taking views, this is the perfect venue for a photo stop. You will stop at Dalwhinnie Distillery. This iconic distillery is well known for its sweet single malt that has subtle hints of honey and citrus. The distillery is idyllically set in the Cairngorms mountain range and is close to natural springs and peaty bogs which allow malt production of the highest calibre. You will embark on the “The Dalwhinnie Distillery Tour” tour and learn about the art of whisky production. At the end of the tour you will be treated to a chocolate and whisky tasting session. The chocolate is specifically picked to match the whisky and the guide will explain the skill of pairing chocolate and whisky.


After enjoying the delicious chocolate with a few drams, you will continue your journey north until you reach Boath House. Boath House is a restored Georgian mansion which has artfully combined contemporary decor with traditional influences. The luxury hotel has 9 unique rooms and practices a slightly more relaxed service style, where you are made to feel as if Boath House is your home.

Located in the small town of Nairn, in the heart of Speyside and just outside Inverness.
The Boath House restaurant is revered throughout Scotland and utilises a traditional Scottish larder. With fine views over the lawns and loch the restaurant provides the perfect setting to enjoy the finest of menus. The extensive gardens at Boath House are not just there for aesthetic purposes but play an important role in the seasonal menu. You will have an option to be taken out into the gardens with the head chef and choose the herbs to complement your meal. This level of personalisation cannot be found anywhere else in the country. The fish is caught daily and only locally reared meat is used to ensure each dish is fresh and delicious.

Day 5

Accommodation: Boath House
Activities: Benromach Distillery, Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle

Restaurant: Rocpool Reserve, Chez Roux Restaurant

After breakfast your private driver will be waiting and you will embark upon a highland adventure. Your first stop of the day will be Benromach Distillery. Benromach is the smallest distillery in Speyside and utilises nearby spring water from the Romach Hills to create classic a single malt. On your tour you will visit the famous mash turns and copper stills while learning about the traditional whisky distilling process. At the end of the tour you will be treated to a few drams.


From Benmorach Distillery you will be escorted to Cawdor Castle. This archaic castle was built in the 15
th century and has mythical connections to Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. The castle has an impressive exterior and interior design with fantastic drawing rooms, paintings and a traditional stone fireplace. Enjoy a stroll around the castles manicured gardens and visit the gift shop and find the perfect gift.

Your private driver will the take you south west and you will weave around the breath taking banks of Loch Ness. Your private driver will take you to all the best photo stops. Remember to keep one eye open for “Nessie” the Loch Ness monster. You will be taken to Urquhart Castle which is perched above Loch Ness and offers paranoiac views of the loch. The castle is steeped in history and played a role in the famous wars of independence.

After a long day touring you will visit Inverness, the capital of the highlands. You will dine at the Rocpool Reserve Restaurant. This highly prestigious restaurant is lead by Albert Roux who has numerous awards including a OBE. The restaurant elegantly uses a Scottish larder with a French twist

You will then be chauffeured back to Boath House for the evening.

DAY 6


Accommodation:
Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye
Activities: Glenord Distillery, Eilean Donan Castle

Restaurant: Loch Bay Restaurant

After a luxurious breakfast at Boath House your private driver will be waiting and you will travel north to Glenord Distillery. Glenord Distillery is a 5 star visitor attraction situated on the edge of the Black Isle. Surrounded by fantastic scenery and views over the Muir Of Ord, the distillery is one of the finest in the Highlands. You will enjoy a tour and supplementary tasting at the end of the tour.

You will then continue west, taking in the stunning highland countryside. Sweeping from the east side of Scotland to the west, you will make a stop at Eilean Donan Castle. Eilean Donan Castle is situated on its own island and is sandwiched between where three lochs meet. This beautiful positioning is why the castle is one of the most photographed in the world.

Your private driver will then take you over the Skye Bridge and you will cross into the Isle Of Skye, where you will reside for the next two days. You will be taken to the north of the island to Loch Bay Restaurant. This fine Michelin star restaurant is led by Chef Patron Michael Smith and combines traditional Scottish cooking with classical French cuisine. Situated in the fishing town of Stein the restaurant is steeped in character and provides the perfect backdrop for an evening of fine dining.


You will be dropped off at Kinloch Lodge, your accommodation for the evening.

Kinloch Lodge is a luxury family run hotel and offers an unrivalled service on the Isle Of Skye.
With breath taking views over the Loch na Dal you can enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the Isle Of Skye.

Day 7

Accommodation: Kinloch Lodge

Activities: Isle Of Skye Tour

Restaurant: Kinloch Lodge

After a relaxing breakfast your private driver will be waiting and you will begin a day tour of the Isle of Skye.

You will cut through the centre of the island until you reach the scenic fairy pools. Famed for their tranquillity, these glistening pools of water provide the perfect photo opportunity.

From the fairy pools you will venture until you reach Talisker Distillery. This picturesque distillery looks over Loch Hartport and has incredible views over the Cullins. You will take a tour of the distillery and learn about the art of traditional distilling. You will travel up the breath taking west coast until you reach Dunvegan Castle. Dunvegan Castle is iconic and has the perfect Lochside setting. Famous for being the oldest inhabited castle in the world, Dunvegan has a wealth of history. You will tour this ancient castle enjoying the manicured gardens, artwork and magical aura.

You will weave across and down the island until you reach the quaint fishing town of Portree. You will visit Misty Isle Gin Distillery where you will have a shot at distilling your own gin. From selecting your own botanicals to bottling you will be guided through the whole gin distilling process. At the end of the tutoring you will get to take home a 500ml bottle of gin.

After a long day touring the Isle Of Skye you will return to Kinloch Lodge.

You will dine at  Kinloch Lodges well renowned restaurant. The head Marcello Tully utilises local ingredients and simple recipes that are cooked to absolute perfection. You will be treated to a seat at the Chef’s Table which allows you to see Marcello’s work first hand. Not only will you see your meal be prepared but you will be personally guided through the menu.

Day 8

Accommodation: Airds Hotel
Activities: Glennfinnan, Fort William, Glencoe
Restaurant: Airds Hotel

After breakfast you will bid farewell to the Isle Of Skye and travel south. Your first stop of the day will be at Glenfinnan. Glenfinnan Viaduct is set 100 foot off the ground and the Jacobite steam train hurdles over the viaduct from Fort William and Mallaig. Glenfinnan Viaduct famously featured in the second and third Harry Potter films. The Hogwarts Express making stops at Glenfinnan in both these iconic movies.

Your private driver will take you to the traditional town of Fort William.
You can explore Fort William that sits underneath Ben Nevis, Scotland’s biggest mountain.

Afternoon Tea will be served at the stunning Inverlochy Castle, Fort William.

After lunch you will continue south where you will travel through Glencoe. Glencoe valley is famed for its glorious scenery which has been carved out of glaciers, extreme weather conditions and natural erosion. Make sure you have your camera at the ready, as your private driver will make sure to stop at all the best photo opportunities. You will stop at Glencoe Village and you will be taken back in history to a time where thatched houses and clans ruled Glencoe.    

After a long day of touring you will be taken to Airds Hotel & Restaurant. Based on the shores of Port Appin near Oban, Airds provides luxury accommodation and fine dining. The three rosette restaurant has been Michelin recommended and is renowned for being one of the best on the west coast of Scotland. The traditional Scottish menu utilises fresh local seafood, game and meat. We highly recommend trying the shellfish, venison and lamb but all the dishes are mouth-watering. For the those with a sophisticated pallet, Airds offers a seven course tasting menu which is elegantly matched with complementing wines.

Day 9

Accommodation: One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow

Activities: Mccaig Tower, Loch Lomond Seaplane Tour, Kelvingrove Art Gallery
Restaurant: Number 16 Restaurant

After a relaxing night’s sleep and breakfast, you will start the final full day of your tour. Your private driver will take you to the small seaside town of Oban. You will visit Mccaig Tower that stands tall above Oban. Take in the fantastic sea views and make sure to bring your camera. We suggest walking along the beautiful seafront, exploring Oban Bay and if time permits visiting the famous chocolate shop.

From Oban you will continue south east ,weaving through the breath taking Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. This is one of the most scenic regions in Scotland, with lush greenery, glistening lochs and towering mountains. You will stop for lunch at the Boat House restaurant set on the shores of Loch Lomond. Enjoy the freshest seafood with exquisite views of Loch Lomond.

You will then embark upon a seaplane tour of Loch Lomond. This once in a life time experience offers bird eye views of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. We highly recommend having your camera at the ready.

Your private driver will take you south until you reach Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. If time permits you can visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery. The art gallery has an expansive range of collections from all periods in history and is Glasgow’s flagship tourist attraction.

In the evening you will dine at Number 16 Restaurant. Number 16 could be described as slightly quirky and brings new and modern ideas to Scottish cooking. The menu combines international twists but is still committed to using a local Scottish larder.

You will then retreat to One Devonshire Gardens, one of Glasgow’s finest boutique hotels. Enjoy the fantastic service and elegant nature of this city centre hotel.

Day 10

Your private driver will escort you to Glasgow or Edinburgh airport and you will say your goodbyes to Scotland, with cherished memories and culinary experiences that will live long in the memory.