Highland Spirit!


Our magical Speyside tour is based at the 4 star Grant Arms Hotel in beautiful Grantown-on-Spey, a planned settlement of glorious 18th and 19th century highland buildings. While there we step back in time to Culloden, take a wildlife spotting cruise, discover the secrets
of the whisky making process from cask to bottle and visit one of the few remaining private castles in Scotland.

Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Culloden Visitor Centre & Dolphin Cruise
We begin our day with a visit to the Culloden Visitor Centre, which tells the story of the 1746 Battle of Culloden. The richly researched, stimulating and sensitive centre, which stands beside the battlefield, is both a monument and a guide. In the afternoon, we board the Dolphin Spirit Boat for a 75 minute wildlife cruise between the Beauly Firth and Inverness Firth. Our guide will provide commentary and we may see otters, seals, red kites, ospreys, herons and the resident bottlenose dolphins!

Day 3 Speyside Cooperage & Glen Moray Distillery
This morning, we visit the fascinating Speyside Cooperage where we enjoy a 45 minute guided tour taking in the sights, sounds and smells of a working cooperage and visit the viewing gallery where we can watch first-hand coopers at work. This ancient art is still an integral part of the whisky industry today and we will see the barrels in a whole different light afterwards, when we visit Glen Moray distillery for a guided tour. Well over a century old, the distillery nestles on the banks of the River Lossie in the city of Elgin, the capital of Speyside and has gone from strength to strength, now producing 2 million litres each year in a variety of casks, each producing its own unique flavour.

Day 4 Ballindalloch Castle & Elgin
This morning we visit Ballindalloch Castle. The castle remains first and foremost a beloved family residence, and there are plenty of personal heirlooms and memorabilia belonging to the current occupants scattered amongst the general finery. Highlights include a fine collection of 17th-century Spanish paintings, one of the finest country house libraries in all of Scotland, the grand dining room with its magnificent fireplace, the vaulted hall and the delightful nursery with its antique toys. In the afternoon, we spend time at leisure in Elgin the capital of Speyside, where we can browse the shops and visit its attractions, including Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere and the impressive ruins of Elgin Cathedral and the Biblical Garden. Afterwards we head home south via the highland town of Forres.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.

Grant Arms Hotel

Situated in the heart of the grand Highland town of Grantown-on-Spey, this traditional, quality Scottish hotel once hosted Queen Victoria and in more recent times, Queen Elizabeth II. The hotel offers modern comforts whilst retaining its traditional character and is proud of its location, surrounded by amazing wildlife, flora and fauna. All 50 well maintained, comfortable bedrooms have spacious bathrooms and are equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a lift to most floors but there are steps to negotiate to some rooms. The large, traditional restaurant is in a beautiful, high-ceilinged room which overlooks the high street and the bar and lounge areas are cosy and relaxing. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is off-site & free of charge

Grant Arms Hotel

Grantown-on-Spey, Scottish Highlands
4 Nights Half Board
Twin from £378pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £119
Selected Dates Only

• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee & biscuits
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre
• Wildlife cruise on the Dolphin Spirit
• Guided tour at Speyside Cooperage
• Guided tour of Glen Moray Distillery
• Entrance to Ballindalloch Castle
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£378 for 5 days

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