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Your honeymoon starts in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital and one of Europe’s top city holiday destinations. 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 Gardens 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. With our personal knowledge 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.
Your Edinburgh hotel is one of the city’s most stylish and is set in a beautiful townhouse, within a terrace on a classic cobbled street just 10 minutes’ walk from Princes Street. You’ll find no tartan or deer-heads here, instead a cool oriental theme in the public spaces, coupled with sumptuous and comfortable bedrooms in contemporary style. Breakfast is served until appealingly late in the day, helping you relax, perhaps after a late evening at a show or simply taking in some of the many enchanting after-dark delights on offer in Scotland’s breath-taking capital. In-house dining is composed almost entirely of the finest Scottish ingredients, while you’ll find several fabulous alternatives within a short walk of the hotel.
Your route today brings you through the heart of the Highlands past the Cairngorm National Park and on to the shores of Loch Ness, the most famous loch in Scotland.
This privately owned and personally managed small luxury hotel has a beautiful setting overlooking the famous and evocative Loch Ness. The design blends the traditional with the contemporary and takes its inspiration from the natural environment of the Highlands. Each bedroom is individually styled and most have spectacular views across the loch to the hills beyond. The theme continues into the drawing rooms and dining room where understated elegance and antique furniture is punctuated with more contemporary style and artwork. The steeply sloping grounds of the Lodge have been skillfully landscaped into beautiful gardens with a small bridge across the pond, a feature which is attracts a variety of wildlife. The perfect spot for a late afternoon drink.
You are perfectly placed to explore the myths and legends of the most atmospheric loch in Scotland – perhaps taking a boat trip from the nearby jetty, or visiting Castle Urquhart. Inverness, capital of the Highlands, is a short drive away, as are the distilleries of Speyside and the beaches of the Moray Coast. You might simply choose to relax and soak up the scenery, or use the hotel’s spa facilities.
Your journey now brings you to the west coast of Argyll, your rather unique island destination.
What could be more romantic than staying on your own private island? Cross the rickety bridge from the west coast mainland to this idyllic hideaway and you enter a different world, a world of luxury and seclusion. This delightful island retreat offers intriguing contrasts and pleasant surprises at every turn. The hotel building itself is a sprawling mansion with a comfortable country house feel. Meanwhile, the leisure facilities at the Stables Spa are a testament to streamlined modernity, with a 17m indoor heated swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym, sauna, steam room, aromatherapy and reflexology suite – plus a terrace restaurant for leisurely lunches. There’s a short but challenging golf course, putting green and driving range, as well as a croquet lawn and many other activities. What’s more, September 2014 saw the hotel’s restaurant win its first Michelin Star for its commitment to creating a food identity to match its natural surroundings. But what really makes this place special is the child-like pleasure of wandering along secret woodland pathways and discovering rocky coves where you’re unlikely to meet another soul save for a few playful otters.
Your stay includes free use of the golf course and driving range, gym, sauna, steam-room and swimming pool. Massage and beauty treatments are available subject to an extra charge – just let us know and we can pre-book these for you. If you want to venture further afield, the bustling harbour town of Oban, gateway to the islands, is less than half an hour away, with easy day trips possible to Mull and Iona, amongst others.
You are also perfectly located to visit a number of garden, including Kinlochlaich House, with its nursery, Ardchattan Priory and Barguillean Angus Garden, or a little further south the National Trust garden of Arduaine. There are also numerous castles to visit nearby, including Dunstaffnage, as well as the infamous, and quite stunning valley of Glencoe.
Today you return to Edinburgh or Glasgow with the chance to enjoy some more classic roads as you cross the West Highlands.
This triple centre honeymoon features Edinburgh, Loch Ness and a private island off Scotland’s west coast
£1135 per person for March & November, £1230 for April & October, £1290 for May, June, July & September, £1390 for August.
Prices are for 6 nights in 5 star hotels, with Edinburgh and Loch Ness on a bed & breakfast basis, but dinner included while on the private island. A bottle of chilled champagne will await your arrival in Edinburgh.
For that extra special touch, room upgrades are available at all hotels from around £30 per person per night.
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.
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