K&N Travel took one Australian group on a journey of their lifetime. Here is a trip we organised for a group of 40 guests in August.
On arrival in Scotland, the group enjoyed a private check-in with canapés at a 5* hotel on the shores of Loch Lomond.
A piper escorted them to a loch-side restaurant for a drinks reception in the evening. They enjoyed a boat tour of the loch before a barbecue dinner with a lively folk band.
Next day the group had an opportunity to explore Britain’s largest inland stretch of water by speedboat. On a tranquil island in the middle of the loch a surprise luxury picnic awaited. That evening they were taken to the legendary Glengoyne distillery to for a private tasting of whiskies up to 21 years old, then to dinner in a charming rustic village pub.
On day three of their trip to Scotland, some visited the bustling city of Glasgow and explored the shops and the legacy of the city’s most famous architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Others made the most of the hotel facilities with a game of loch-side golf or a visit to the spa.
In the evening, a surprise! Tailored traditional Scottish attire – kilts and sashes –were delivered to their room in preparation for a private gala dinner at one of Scotland’s grandest castles, Stirling Castle. With a harpist, string quartet, pipe band and live ceilidh band, the participants were given the best of Scottish music and dancing.
On route to Edinburgh, lunch and a tour with tasting at The Famous Grouse Distillery included seasonal classic Scottish dishes with whisky, such as whisky bread and butter pudding. The guests were transferred to Edinburgh and enjoyed a private check-in with scones and champagne at Edinburgh’s most prestigious hotel. In the evening, the participants learned a little of the history of Edinburgh with a guided walk to dinner in one of the city’s liveliest, most stylish hotspots.
The fifth day started with a walking tour of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile with the opportunity to explore the narrow side-streets, formerly the domain of murderers and thieves. After a visit to Edinburgh Castle, lunch at one of Scotland’s finest restaurants The Witchery for their exclusive use.
In the evening, following a private dinner at the hotel, a drinks reception along with the best seats in the house at the Royal Military Tattoo. Described as “the greatest show on earth”, the Tattoo is an evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance.
Next day was at leisure.
On the following day for golf fans, a day trip to the home of golf – St Andrews was arranged. The participants were surprised with a RIB boat trip to the fishing village of Anstruther for award-winning fish and chips.
On their last evening, they experienced the full royal treatment with a gala dinner on the Royal Yacht Britannia, hosted by a former Commodore. The guests enjoyed a drinks reception in the State Drawing Room, accompanied by a pianist, then a tour of the ship. A harpist and flute player accompanied dinner in the State Dining Room. At the end of the night they returned to the hotel in a classic black taxi.