The highlands of Scotland are one of the few areas of Europe that could arguably be described as a wilderness. Its majestic beauty is formed from some of the world's oldest mountains. Here you can get away from the crowds and pressures of modern life. The Cairngorm's National Park offers a huge variety of outdoor activities. From gentle walks to serious expeditions. The surrounding mountains also host a wide selection of water sports.
We have created a programme to make you feel exhilaration without stress, learn new skills with gentle and supportive guidance and explore areas that few have the privilege to experience.
An Introduction to Canadian canoeing.
Your classroom for the day will be on the placid waters of a Scottish loch with an unspoiled backdrop of deciduous woodland, hills and cliffs in close proximity. You will be taught to paddle as a pair, learning to move your boat forwards backwards and sideways, to turn on the spot and to negotiate obstacles.
Mountain Biking along the old drover roads and whisky smuggling trails through the local highlands.
To rest your canoeing muscles we will transfer from water to land for a biking experience. As with every day, we will be travelling through beautiful wilderness. This will take us up and down quiet valley tracks, through woodlands and past beautiful viewpoints. We will make plenty of time for photographs and stroll up any gentle incline which you consider too steep to peddle.
Canadian Canoeing: A descent down one of Scotland’s famous rivers
Today we will put into practice the skills which we learned on day one. We will teach you to ‘read’ water-flow while you make a real river journey. We might expect to see an Osprey take a fish, or if we are quiet and lucky, watch Otters playing in the waters ahead. We will take lunch on a peaceful river bank or at a cave from which we will have yet more spectacular views.
Hillwalking: climbing a Munro.
Scotland looks spectacular from above. From its eastern summits, the Grampians, you can see right across to the mountains of the west coast, with all that lies in between beneath you. These hills are amongst the oldest in the world and therefore much more eroded than the higher mountain ranges. Summits above 3000 feet (about 900 m) are known as ‘Munros’, after Sir Hugh Munro who compiled their first authoritative list. You will really feel you are getting to know Scotland after walking up to one of its highest points.
If you are feeling adventurous, you might like to spend a couple of hours exploring a beautiful water sculpted gorge. Our favourite gorge is carved by a crystal clear mountain stream, the course of which we can swim and climb. This makes a truly exhilarating and photogenic experience.(afternoon) It would be amiss to spend a week in the Highlands without visiting at least one of the world famous distilleries on the trail, try a selection of malts of all ages and then enjoy a relaxed convivial lunch together in the leisure facilities of a local hotel.
Today we will choose an activity from the following according to your wishes and their availability.
Muckrach Castle offers luxury accommodation and is situated within its own grounds in a magnificent rural, yet accessible, location in the Scottish Highlands, Speyside.
Set in an acre of beautiful gardens, the castle offers outstanding views over the Spey Valley and the Cairngorm mountains. Located only three miles from Grantown-on-Spey and just one mile from the nearest shop in Dulnain Bridge, the castle is ideally located for a range of local services.
Standing on the top of a steep bank in the valley of the River Dulnain, Muckrach Castle is a typical Scottish tower house built to a very simple L-plan, with a main block of four storeys, a garret and a circular stairway.
Muchrach Castle - stunning Scottish scenery
John Grant of Freuchie (4th Laird of Grant) gave Muckrach to his second son, Patrick, in 1583 and the castle was built soon afterwards. Patrick was knighted by James VI and lived until 1626, being the ancestor of the Grants of Rothiemurchus.
From 1978-85 the building was restored after lying in ruins for centuries and a stone dated 1598, with the arms and initials of Patrick and his wife, plus the motto “In God Is Al My Trest” which had been removed to Rothiemurchus, was replaced over the entrance at Muckrach Castle.
The Castle was restored by architect Ian Begg, who has also left his mark with the St Mungo Museum in Glasgow and the Scandic Crown Hotel in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.
We will take our very own chef with us for your holiday. As well as providing a delicious lunch / picnics, she will make each evening a sumptuous occasion with a mouthwatering variety of local produce including local venison, salmon and grouse or pheasant.
And of course we will have a traditional ‘Burns night’ with haggis piped in by a local piper, a wee dram (or more!) of whisky and a recital of some of Robbie’s works.
Min 6 persons / Max 8 persons
Not Included : international flight (Edinburgh / Glasgow / Inverness). Insurance (personal / travel). Drinks.
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