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Depart for Edinburgh and your first hotel situated just a stone’s throw away from the main attractions, and surrounded by the stunning backdrop of this magnificent Scottish capital city.
Conveniently located in Edinburgh’s fashionable and leafy West End, just four minutes’ walk from Princes Street, your hotel exudes contemporary urban chic, despite being housed in a traditional Victorian town house. This fusion of styles works beautifully however, with classic original features providing the perfect backdrop for collages and abstract works of art by talented Scottish artists – it’s almost like staying in a stylish modern art gallery!
The hotel has created an environment that is fun, upbeat, welcoming, with the unmistakable buzz of being part of a great Scottish city. The striking design is carried through to the bedrooms, which are lavishly decorated in warm, bold colours and boast huge inviting beds with in fabulously luxuriant fabrics.
The restaurant is renowned throughout the city and offers a tempting menu of French style cooking using the finest seasonal Scottish produce. Open for lunch and dinner the restaurant serves a range of menus offering a selection of eating options.
Visitors from all over the world are drawn here by the wealth of historic sites, galleries, museums, shops, restaurants and bars – not to mention the spectacular sight of Princes Street and the castle rock. Yet it’s still perfectly possible to avoid the crowds and find quiet cobbled streets, peaceful cafes and, above all, to simply soak up the ambience of this most scenic of cities. We are ideally placed to give you plenty of suggestions, including the more unusual, off-the-beaten-track hidden gems that only a local would know.
Today you will head north to the Trossachs (the Scottish lakeland) and your second hotel – a wonderfully romantic retreat framed by magnificent Trossachs scenery.
One of our favourite destinations for nearly twenty years: it still gets better every time we visit. A beacon of welcome after a four mile drive along a windy single-track road, the traditional farmhouse and courtyard steading will surprise and delight you at every turn, as they reveal a fascinating, yet subtle, mix of old and new, rustic and chic. The restaurant has earned a superb reputation – cooking is Tom’s passion, and he creates exceptionally imaginative dishes on an ever-changing menu, reflecting whatever produce he can source directly and locally. The hotel’s organic garden provides a regular supply of herbs and vegetables, whilst the breakfast scrambled eggs come courtesy of the chickens in the yard – hence their deep orange colour. With magnificent views over Loch Voil and Loch Doine, this is the perfect place to soak up the peace and tranquillity of a sprawling highland estate, where red deer and grouse roam through dramatic walking country and red squirrels scurry across your path before darting back into the undergrowth.
As well as many scenic roads through the Trossachs and around Ben Lawers, this is excellent walking country. The area is also famous for its connections with Rob Roy MacGregor, the outlaw, whose his grave is in nearby Balquhidder churchyard. A little further afield, you can explore Stirling and its dramatic Castle and old centre; or take a boat trip on the beautiful Lake of Menteith (the only “lake” in Scotland!) and visit the island of Inchmahome Priory, once a hiding place for the young Mary Queen of Scots.
Today’s route takes you first through the dramatic and imposing Glencoe valley, then past the glorious sandy beaches of Arisaig and by ferry to Skye.
Sheltered by a gently curving bay, your charming whitewashed hotel sits right on the seashore enjoying expansive views over the Sound of Sleat to the wilderness of Knoydart. This, the most southerly part of Skye, is an area of great natural beauty, often referred to as the Garden of Skye thanks to its abundant bird life and profusion of wild flowers. The hotel is very much the heart of a Gaelic-speaking community and the bar is a convivial meeting place for the locals, who mix happily with hotel guests – often to the accompaniment of traditional music and Gaelic song in front of the roaring log fire. Twelve bedrooms (six in the Garden House) are decorated with pretty cotton and linen chintzes and there are four new suites in the recently restored stables, each enjoying superb views across the water to the lighthouse of Isle Ornsay.
Candlelit meals in the wood-panelled dining room reflect the estate’s culinary riches, with wonderful shellfish and game featuring prominently on the menu.
On the little harbour right beside the hotel is the headquarters of ‘The Gaelic Whiskies’, where you can sample an excellent range of connoisseur brands before browsing in the nearby craft shop. The surrounding area of hills, moorland, woodland and seashore offers endless opportunities for walking and drinking in the magnificent sea views. Don’t miss the enchanting walk to the Point of Sleat, from where you can gaze across to the small isles of Rum and Eigg and dream of future visits! On the way down to the Point of Sleat, it’s worth stopping off at the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle, with its fine arboretum and lovely garden. Further afield, in the north of the island, you’ll find historic Dunvegan Castle, and Portree, the bustling island capital. A day trip by boat to the beautifully unspoilt neighbouring island of Raasay is well worth considering for those who enjoy walking in the wilds!
Today you will return home, back over the Skye Bridge.
This honeymoon is based in Edinburgh, the Trossachs and the Isle of Skye.
£1005 per person for March & November, £1050 per person for April & October and £1085 per person from May to September based on 2 people sharing a double room for 7 nights on a bed & breakfast basis (3 of these nights include dinner).
Your holiday also includes:
Various room upgrades are possible on this holiday – ask us for a quotation. This combination can easily be tailor-made to suit.
All our touring holidays include a map of Scotland with recommended routes from your specified starting point, suggestions on places to see and visit depending on your personal interests and our expertise to help you get the most from your holiday.
All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.
All our holiday prices include a service charge of £9 per person per night towards the costs we incur in researching, planning and designing your holiday.
We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. This will ensure that we can improve the experience for all our future guests.
Highly professionally organised - hotels were really lovely. Just a very warm and heartfelt thank-you . We had a great time (750 pictures taken :))Bettina & Mustafa, Wanden, Switzerland
This honeymoon is available all year round until mid December
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