Luxury Scotland Travel Itineraries



Short Break Activities & Adventure Experiences In Scotland

Year of Natural ScotlandTake time out during the Christmas break to plan an exciting short break experience in Scotland for next year, something to look forward to when Christmas and Hogmanay have long gone.

Written by Linda Jackson

All too soon Christmas will have come and gone and the vibrant Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland will be over. Christmas carols, steaming mulled wine and magical fairy lights at Scottish Christmas markets will be hazy memories, and Santa outfits will soon need to be moth-balled for another year. Be prepared for things to fall a bit flat after the lively Christmas and New Year celebrations in Scotland. Unfortunately they always do.

So… sometime during this festive break why not grab yourself a mince pie, a wee dram, and a comfy sofa beside a cosy log fire to check out these ideas for an exciting short break adventure experience in Scotland. Click on the link to each ‘experience’ for detailed information on the adventure activities and recommended luxury hotels in Scotland.

VIEW ITINERARY Adobe PDF FILE Glasgow, Dumfries & Galloway & Ayrshire

Luxury break - (6 nights/3 hotels)



Combine bustling Glasgow city with Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire coasts on a short break which combines culture in Glasgow - art galleries, museums and stylish shopping - with country and coastal activities.

Discover the beauty of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs on an exclusive flight by seaplane.

VIEW ITINERARY Adobe PDF FILEScotland's West Coast & Scottish Highlands

Photography, cycling & painting special interest short break (5 nights/2 hotels)


Spectacular scenery and excellent cuisine is on the menu of this special interest holiday in Scotland. Activities options in the hamlet of Port Appin, Argyll, include spending a day with and getting advice from an award-winning wildlife photographer or hiring a bike for the day to explore miles of marked cycling trails. Enjoy an oil painting demonstration in the studio of renowned Scottish artist Frances Macdonald or spend a day sailing on a classic yacht going ashore for an island picnic.

VIEW ITINERARY Adobe PDF FILEEdinburgh & Loch Lomond

A luxury break in Scotland for adventurous gourmets - (5 nights/2 hotels)


Two different Michelin-starred restaurants feature in this city and Loch Lomond luxury break. In Edinburgh activities options include a chauffeured visit to Royal Yacht Britannia or a private whisky and haggis tasting tour.

Loch Lomond activities options include adventures such as a guided Segway safari and mountain biking – as wild or as mild as you want.

VIEW ITINERARY Adobe PDF FILESt Andrews & Aberdeen

Golf, castles, whisky & water activities – (5 nights/2 hotels)


Around 45 golf courses, vast sandy beaches and a 117-mile coast path await visitors to Fife – a Mecca for golfers and walkers. Activities in and around famous St Andrews include a private guided walking tour of the town and a chauffeur driven tour to quaint and picturesque fishing villages. While staying on the Aberdeen outskirts there are options to take in some of the magnificent local scenery on an Aberdeenshire private helicopter flight or enjoy a half day fishing on the River Dee or River Don with your own ghillie. You’ll be ideally located to explore fine castles and tour a number of Speyside whisky distilleries.

VIEW ITINERARY Adobe PDF FILEWester Ross, Highlands & Isle of Skye

Outdoor pursuits & kitchen creations – (6 nights/2 hotels)


You’ll be tucked away in a wild and beautiful area for the outdoor pursuits half of this short break in the Highlands. Enjoy some of the best kayaking around on Loch Torridon, take a flora, fauna and local heritage guided walk in the mountains or go fly fishing with a ghillie for the day.

Clay pigeon shooting, climbing, abseiling, gorge scrambling, mountain biking, dawn and sunset walks are also options.

The second half of this adventure activities holiday will be spent at the home and hotel of Scotland’s renowned cook Claire Macdonald on the shoreline of a sea loch, a Michelin-starred abode. Special interest activities options on offer here include savouring a 7-course tasting menu, and a two-morning hands-on cooking course. The region is a walker’s Mecca with dramatic mountains and an outstanding coastline – take your camera, the scenery is stunning.

The above are just a few of the adventure activities holiday itineraries in Scotland, there are more itineraries (each short break suggestion is staying at two luxury hotels in Scotland)  offering a variety of special interest options (click on each itinerary for full details):

Stylishly Exclusive Itinerary

(Edinburgh & Perthshire): activities options include champagne tasting, Edinburgh personal shopper, gundog school, 4x4 scenic Safari, an introduction to falconry…

Whisky, Cuisine, City & Sea Itinerary

(Edinburgh & East Lothian): activities options include The Scotch Whisky Experience, Arthur’s Seat guided walking tour, a bodyboarding lesson, design or draw one-day workshops…

City Trikes, Country Bikes & Photo Safari Itinerary

(Edinburgh & Perthshire): activities options include a trike tour of Edinburgh, guided walking tours and bike tour, and a game photographic safari…

Cocktails, Cookery & Exhilarating Exploits Itinerary

(Inverness & Scottish Highlands): activities options include an afternoon with a mixologist, a RIB Boat wildlife tour, and a cookery demonstration…

The Great Outdoors Itinerary

(Highlands of Scotland): activities options include a sightseeing tour by Rolls Royce, scenic and wildlife tour, photographic tour with deer stalker, half-day canoe or kayak adventure, learn to climb, shellfish safari…

Whisky, Castles & Wild Adventures Itinerary

(Sutherland, Highlands & Nairn): activities options include a wilderness reserve 4x4 tour, a Microlight flying experience, white water rafting, birdwatching boat trip, a Segway adventure…

City & Country Itinerary

(Edinburgh & Scottish Borders): activities options include Michelin dining, an Eat Edinburgh walking tour & theatre, cycling, and a heavenly spa day…

Historical & Hidden Gems Itinerary

(Self-catering apartments in Edinburgh & Dundee): activities options include a hidden & haunted guided tour, a guided run around Edinburgh, a walking tour of the hidden Royal Mile gardens, and a Dundee medieval, maritime and meadows tour…

As The Year of Natural Scotland is drawing to a close, Homecoming Scotland 2014 is waiting on the horizon – it will be a year to celebrate the best of Scotland’s food and drink, the active and natural resources of Scotland, Scottish creativity, culture and ancestral heritage.

So when things get a bit flat after Christmas and Hogmanay, be prepared… it will be time to plan your own Homecoming Scotland 2014 together with some very special Scottish experiences well worth looking forward to.

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