I recently embarked on an unforgettable journey to the heart of the Scottish Highlands to uncover hidden gems and travel tips for my fabulous clients (and clients-to-be). It is a region where history, breathtaking landscapes, and fine dining options can make for an interesting and exciting itinerary.
Our adventure began in Edinburgh’s easily walkable historic city center, which has a lovely blend of ancient and modern architecture. For history buffs and art lovers, the city offers a treasure trove of delights, from the iconic Edinburgh Castle, to the charming architecture lining the Royal Mile, and the large modern art museum.
Where Luxury Meets Tranquility. Our next stop was the splendid Isle of Eriska Hotel & Spa,
The staff at this newly renovated castle-like hotel (with more upgrades on the way) greeted us with open arms; their warmth and attentiveness made our stay truly exceptional. Nestled on a private island, amidst lush lawns and gardens, this hidden gem is a haven for food and wine lovers. It offers a true boutique experience, perfect for discerning travelers seeking exclusivity, spa pampering, and access to outdoor activities. This charming country house hotel boasts stunning views of Loch Linnhe and offers many an activity for all ages, from boating, hiking and birding, to croquet and squash . Each room is designed with a local flare, ensuring you will feel comfortable and a bit spoiled.
The restaurant showcases the best of Scottish cuisine, featuring locally sourced ingredients, from fresh seafood to traditional haggis, and includes its own secretly sourced whiskey.
Diverse Terrain and Lush Beauty Driving through the Highlands was a journey through a green paradise. As you traverse this picturesque region on winding roads, keep an eye out for adorable highland “coos”, and Ben Nevis, the UK's highest peak.
If you are a hiking enthusiast, consider a guided trek to the summit for a truly unforgettable experience.
The vistas from the top are second to none and provide a glimpse of the diverse and rugged terrain that defines the Highlands. The Highlands are also a paradise for art lovers, offering a canvas of ever-changing colors and textures that will inspire any creative soul, painters and photographers alike.
Artistic Cuisine and Design Flair Our next stop was the Boathouse Hotel and Restaurant, a hidden gem tucked away in the Highlands near Culloden and the Clava Cairns. The grounds are a breathtaking sight, surrounded by lush greenery, and meticulously cared for gardens. The interior decorations are clean and contemporary, and highlight local artistry.
As a travel planner who specializes in custom-designed experiences for food and wine lovers, this place is a true treasure, with a highly sought after restaurant nestled in the garden. Their culinary offerings are a feast for the senses, making it a must-visit for gourmands.
Historical Significance: Clava Cairns & Culloden
The Highlands are not only about natural beauty, but are also steeped in history. One such historical gem is the Clava Cairns, a prehistoric burial site dating back thousands of years. For history buffs (and fans of the Outlander series), these well-preserved cairns will take you back in time. The mysterious alignment and striking stonework will leave you in awe of the past.
And, of course, we cannot forget the historical significance of Culloden Moor, the site of the last battle fought on British soil.
Explore the battlefield and the visitor center to relive the important moments of the Jacobite Rising and its impact on Scottish history.
Custom Travel Design for Food, Wine, History & Art Lovers The Scottish Highlands offer a unique blend of cultural charm, culinary delights, and historical intrigue, all set against a backdrop of natural wonders.
As a foodie, history buff or simple appreciator of beauty, the memories you'll undoubtedly create make it a must-visit destination. Let me be your custom travel designer, and I'll craft a bespoke Scottish adventure just for you. Slàinte!
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