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Edinburgh & the Cairngorms National Park

6 days from £1,850pp

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Tour highlights

  • Take a food tour of Edinburgh's New Town with a food writer.

  • Explore Rothiemurchus Estate in the Cairngorms with a countryside ranger, ending with a champagne picnic.

  • Go horseback riding through the largest swathe of Scots Caledonian pine forest left in Europe.

  • Enjoy a whisky and folklore tour in the heart of Edinburgh.

  • Take a distillery tour and tasting paired with locally made artisan chocolates.

6 days from £1,850pp

Price includes:

  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • In-destination transfers
  • Vehicle hire
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Travel that's shaped around you

We know that travel has the most meaning when it's created individually for you. Our specialists will only start designing your trip once they understand exactly what you want it to be. So, consider this idea simply as inspiration for your own experience.

Itinerary idea in detail

Private tailor-made tour

  • On arrival in Edinburgh, you'll be driven to your centrally located hotel in Edinburgh's attractive New Town. After some time to settle in and perhaps a little self-guided exploration, you’ll join a shared whisky and folklore tour this evening to learn more about the country's myths and legends, as well as its national drink of choice.

  • This morning, meet your private guide for a walking tour through Edinburgh's Old Town and New Town, learning more about their distinctive architecture as well as the city's storied history. The afternoon is yours to explore at your leisure. If the weather allows, we suggest walking up to Arthur's Seat for some excellent views across Edinburgh's distinctive buildings and spires and out to the sea.

  • Today, you’ll take a private gastronomical tour of Broughton Street and its surrounds. You’re led by an internationally published food writer who has an excellent knowledge of Edinburgh's food and drink scene and its local food producers and can take you to the best eateries for some samples. Later, we recommend meandering through Dean Village or perhaps exploring one of Edinburgh's outstanding museums.

  • Collect your rental vehicle this morning and drive north toward the Cairngorms National Park. En route, stop at Dalwhinnie Distillery — the country's highest whisky distillery — for a tour and tasting paired with some locally produced artisanal chocolates.

  • Head to Rothiemurchus Estate this morning, whose Scots Caledonian Pine forest is the largest remaining area of its kind in Europe. You'll meet your private guide here and explore the estate by Land Rover. Finish with a champagne picnic overlooking the national park’s lakes, forests and mountains. This afternoon, join a shared horseback-riding tour along some of the trails that wind through the forest of Rothiemurchus and along lakeshores.

  • Drive north to Inverness today to return your car at the airport, before making your onward journey home.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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The specialist who designs your trip to Scotland will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip.

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