Highland Wildlife Park Credit Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)
Scottish Whisky & Wildlife Our brilliant Speyside tour is based at the 4 star Grant Arms Hotel in beautiful Grantown-on-Spey, a planned settlement of glorious 18th and 19th century highland buildings. While here we step back in time to Culloden, enjoy some wildlife spotting, discover the secrets of whisky making and visit one of the few remaining private castles in Scotland. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Culloden Visitor Centre & Dolphin Cruise We begin our day with a visit to the Culloden Visitor Centre , which tells the story of the 1746 Battle of Culloden. The richly researched, stimulating and sensitive centre, which stands beside the battlefield, is both a monument and a guide. In the afternoon, we board the Dolphin Spirit Boat for a 75 minute wildlife cruise between the Beauly Firth and Inverness Firth. Our guide will provide commentary and we may see otters, seals, red kites, ospreys, herons and the resident bottlenose dolphins! Day 3 Highland Wildlife Park & Aviemore Our day begins with a visit to the Highland Wildlife Park , a 105 hectare safari park in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. There are both drive-through and walk-round areas to explore with over 200 animals to spot, including native Scottish species and rare and endangered animals from around the world. We keep our eyes peeled for Scottish wildcats, snow leopards, Amur tigers, Japanese macaques and Scotland’s only polar bears. We spend the rest of the day at leisure in Aviemore with free time to explore this popular Cairngorms resort, famous for its winter sports and hill-walking. Day 4 Ballindalloch Castle & Glen Moray Distillery This morning we visit Ballindalloch Castle . The castle remains first and foremost a beloved family residence, and there are plenty of personal heirlooms and memorabilia belonging to the current occupants scattered amongst the general finery. Highlights include a fine collection of 17th-century Spanish paintings, one of the finest country house libraries in all of Scotland, the grand dining room with its magnificent fireplace, the vaulted hall and the delightful nursery with its antique toys. In the afternoon, we visit Glen Moray distillery for a guided tour and tasting . Well over a century old, the distillery nestles on the banks of the River Lossie in the city of Elgin, the capital of Speyside, and has gone from strength to strength, now producing 2 million litres each year in a variety of casks, each producing its own unique flavour. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.
Grant Arms Hotel Grantown-on-Spey, Scottish Highlands Plus
Situated in the heart of the grand Highland town of Grantown-on-Spey, this traditional, quality Scottish hotel once hosted Queen Victoria and in more recent times, Queen Elizabeth II. The hotel offers modern comforts whilst retaining its traditional character and is proud of its location, surrounded by amazing wildlife, flora and fauna. All 50 well maintained, comfortable bedrooms have spacious bathrooms and are equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/ coffee making facilities. There is a lift to most floors but there are steps to negotiate to some rooms. The large, traditional restaurant is in a beautiful, high-ceilinged room which overlooks the high street and the bar and lounge areas are cosy & relaxing. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is off-site & free of charge 4 Nights Half Board Twin from £437pp Double for Sole Use Supplement from £167 Selected Dates Only
Inclusions • Porterage • Choice of menu • Tea/coffee after dinner • Entrance to Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre • Wildlife cruise on the Dolphin Spirit • Entrance to Highland Wildlife Park • Entrance to Ballindalloch Castle • Guided tour & tasting at Glen Moray Distillery
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