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Scottish Highlands & Icelandic Geysers

Scottish Highlands & Icelandic Geysers

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7 nights

Luxury Holiday
Geyser
Portree
Orkney

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A phenomenon in nature occurs when brilliant golden sunshine dances across misty, green glens to create a supremely rare effect of celestial light. The luxury of this luminosity is the inspiration for our journey from Scotland to Iceland with wild wonders in-between. In our “dear green place”, Glasgow, we seek the interlude of modern and ancient sites from Loch Leven, where its castle once imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots, to the “armadillo” performance arts centre designed by famed architect Lord Foster.

We shop at charming Buchanan Street, comparable to London’s West End, and tee off at two legendary golf courses in Ayrshire: the Royal and the Turnberry. We follow a crinkled shoreline around a maze of islands to find Port William. Considered the “outdoor capital of the UK,” Port William is the gateway to the Ben Nevis Mountains and Scotland’s prettiest glens including Glencoe and Glenfinnan, made even more famous in the movies Skyfall and Harry Potter respectively. The light in Skye is exceedingly remarkable and helps spotlight some of the most geologically diverse landmasses in the world. But perhaps the brightest star shines most kindly on its favourite resident, the Talisker whisky distillery. Rare and remarkable, the Orkney Islands exemplify the serenity of remoteness. Once considered the “edge of the world,” the Shetland Islands mark the northernmost point in the United Kingdom, with a ruggedly beautiful landscape with the warmest people.

Chasing the midnight sun, we call on the Faroe Islands, a fairytale of unfathomable allure that seems to come straight out of a Jules Verne novel. Waterfalls plunge straight into the ocean, lakes sit atop sheer cliffs, green fjords dotted with jagged islands and a land where sheep outnumber people. Is there any wonder why the summer sun refuses to leave these islands? Our journey’s final salutation to the sun in Iceland begins enlightening experiences on the land.

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Scottish Highlands & Icelandic Geysers Itinerary

Day 1 - Greenock

Arrive in style to the haunting hum of a piper. Bursting with colourful character and a cutting-edge arts scene, this vibrant city merges history and heritage with architecture and design. Visit Medieval spires, Victorian gems, Art Nouveau icons at art galleries and the museum at Kelvingrove. Set forth out of town to experience mythical landscapes; romantic yet rugged countryside where glacial lochs rest, small islands skirt and wildlife runs free. Known for courage, Glaswegians welcome with wee tales of clans, kilts and crests.

Day 2 - Fort William

Ben Nevis awaits you, whilst Fort William sits safely within the shadows. Boldly hike up the 2,000-foot heights or rise up aboard the Nevis gondola for eye-watering panoramic views; miles of rolling hills dressed with dramatic mountain peaks that sink into the darkest depths of Loch Leven. Discover the town’s life and history through the Commando Monument, fresh seafood, distilleries, cosy pubs and more ducks than you can imagine. And as you face the powerful vision that is Loch Ness, you’ll understand why this location ruled for Bond and Braveheart.

Day 3 - Portree, Isle of Skye

Arrive at the sloping port of Portree, into the lands of the MacDonald clan. Wander through this wildlife haven where waterfalls tumble under shifting skies, wide-eyed deer stand alert, sheep lazily graze and sea eagles swoop. Explore the painted buildings of the charming fishing town, the Talisker distillery and relax in the comfort of a cosy local pub. Capture all the visual treats of this little piece of paradise, for a whole host of new memories.

Day 4 - Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

Orkney’s capital and most southern isle is blessed with architectural wonders. Capture the true Viking spirit in the ‘Church on the Bay’; visit grand sandstone seafront buildings, visit St Magnus Cathedral and smaller churches, the enigmatic Standing Stones of Stenness and other ancient sites. Play Ba, eat cream teas, shop local boutiques and watch fishing fleets depart the bay. Previously claimed to be the most beautiful Scottish high street, soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere and splendour of this royal Scottish Burgh.

Day 5 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Slowly explore this tiny harbour town surrounded by rugged Scottish terrain and native wildflowers. Wander to historical ruins, archaeological sites, the Shetland Croft House Museum and step back in time in the ancient capital, Scalloway. Amble along Da Street for local boutiques and listen to Celtic music where fiddlers tell tuneful tales. View the stunning Shetland archipelago as you spot porpoises, otters and seals. And then there’s the ponies – animated short-legged, long fringed caricatures – like Lerwick, they’re hardy yet gentle.

Day 6 - Thorshavn

Relax into the peaceful ambiance of this small capital city (named after Thor, God of Thunder), where neighbouring volcanic islands lie dormant, the sheep supply shops with jumpers. Discover churches, museums, rows of turf roofed houses and Faroese culinary delights. Hike out of the city or set off by boat to glimpse whales, dolphins and a real-life puffin paradise. With over 300 rainy days per year, and more ewes than people, you will return warm, but perhaps not dry.

Day 8 - Reykjavík

Feel the magnetic lure of adventure at the world’s northernmost capital. Mystical landscapes promise dramatic snow-capped volcanoes, ice fields and mountains for thrilling quests; explore by helicopter, ride Icelandic horses, zip through lava tunnels on super trucks and rocket across glaciers on snow scooters. Then slow down to visit a geothermal-fired bakery and greenhouse, soak in wellbeing springs, the blue lagoon or refresh at the nearby face mask bar. And as the nightlife beckons under the sun that barely sets, drink black death schnapps as a poetic reminder of Reykjavik’s exhilarating activities.

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