Sophisticated Scotland

Picture your new home for a week: a magnificent, fortified 16th Century tower located just 20 miles east of Edinburgh.
Secluded in the Scottish countryside, we have created a six night itinerary perfect for groups of friends and family. Our private chef will prepare gourmet meals throughout your stay, your driver will guide you through the history of the area, including a foodie tour of Edinburgh, visiting a Tartan mill, Whisky tasting, and a bagpipe concert in the privacy of your own castle!
This itinerary is for exclusive use only, and can be taken for groups between six and eight.

The Itinerary

Sunday
Greeted by your host, you will depart Edinburgh in our luxury private transfer service direct to your private castle for the week. The journey time is less than one hour. A champagne reception will welcome you as you are introduced to the staff. After you settle in to your rooms and explore the castle, indulge in a delicious four course dinner, prepared by your private chef.

Monday
After breakfast this morning you will take a ten minute drive to visit Dirleton Castle, a romantic castle often in the forefront of Scottish history since it was built in the 12th century: one of the oldest standing castles in Scotland. The renowned gardens include an Arts and Crafts Victorian garden and the herbaceous border, which has been authenticated by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest.
Return to the castle for your first lunch, followed by a relaxing afternoon in the tower, or enjoy exploring the extensive gardens and for the energetic perhaps a walk up to a nearby viewpoint with 360 panoramic views of the breathtaking landscape.
Enjoy cocktails and a superb four course dinner.

Tuesday
After a leisurely breakfast, you will have an opportunity to spend some time in the kitchen learning some of the chef’s culinary secrets during a cooking demonstration while he prepares your next gourmet meal.
After lunch, depart for a short drive to North Berwick, a quaint seaside village with 2000 years of history. After a walking tour of the area, you will have an opportunity to take a boat ride on the Three Islands Seabird Safari where you will see a range of amazing wildlife in their natural habitat, including the world’s largest colony of Northern gannets on the Bass rock.
Return to the castle to sip on a cocktail before indulging in another wonderful dinner.

 
Wednesday
After breakfast, depart for a full day excursion to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. Today you will explore the famous Royal Mile.
Firstly, stop at a Tartan Weaving Mill – an exhibition which shows the whole process involved in tartan production, from shearing sheep, to making a kilt. You will learn the history and importance of tartan in Scottish history, along with learning about the Scottish clans. To conclude your visit, you will have the opportunity to be dressed and photographed in traditional Scottish Highland dress.
Next you will visit  the John Knox House, dating back to 1470. It is one of the two only original medieval building surviving on the Royal Mile. This house tells the story of two of its most famous inhabitants, James Mossman and John Knox as well as the story of the Reformation period and life in 16th century Edinburgh.

This afternoon you will take a food tasting tour of old & new Edinburgh. Met by a local guide, you will be led through some of Edinburgh’s favourite eateries to sample their local delicacies whilst learning about the rich culture this city has to offer. Among the many delicacies you will sample will be ‘Haggis neeps & tatties’,  Edinburgh raspberry Gin, Scottish beer and a Malt whisky tasting.
Return to the castle for another relaxing evening and gourmet meal at the castle.

Thursday
Spend your morning at leisure today, whether your preference is relaxing with your favourite novel in the library, or for those craving more activity, clay pigeon shooting or archery can be arranged on site.
Enjoy a wonderful lunch at the castle before departing for a Scotch Whisky tasting at Glenkinchie, located on farmland this is a rural distillery dating back to 1852. Here you will sample four whiskies, in a breathtaking setting while learning the history of the production of the nation’s favourite tipple.
While you enjoy your cocktails this evening, you will be entertained by a local piper and his bagpipes. For the more musically inclined, there will be an opportunity to try your hand at the Scottish instrument yourself.
Enjoy another wonderful meal in the comfort of your own private castle.

Friday
After breakfast you will take a short drive to Haddington, home to one of Scotland’s most ancient and notable houses: Lennoxglove House. A history of Scotland is told through the celebrated art collection from Van Dyke, Raeburn, Lely and Kneller along with important artifacts from Mary Queen of Scots, Napoleon and Charles II.

After your visit, stop at the small village of Athelstaneford, the birthplace of the Scottish Flag. Visit the heritage centre, showing a visual dramatisation of the traditional origins of Scotlands flag.
Return to the castle for an afternoon at leisure, perhaps fishing in the castle ground’s pond, or challenging the staff to a game of boules on the lawn.
Enjoy cocktails and your six course farewell gala dinner.

Saturday
Depart the castle after breakfast to return to Edinburgh for your onward travel arrangements.

Available For Exclusive Use Only
8 Person Tariff: $64,000 
6 Person Tariff: $56,000
What’s Included
  • Six nights luxury accommodation at the Castle
  • Breakfast, lunch & four course evening meals prepared by your private chef
  • Daily guided excursions and entrance fees
  • All ground transportation during your stay
  • Five star service including thrice daily housekeeping
  • Laundry Services
  • All alcoholic & non alcoholic beverages during your stay
What’s Not Included
  •  Travel Insurance
  •  Gratuities 
  •  Travel to & from the pick up point in Edinburgh
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