Highlights

  • Stay in three of Scotland's most luxurious hotels
  • Indulge with Michelin star menus designed by the Roux brothers
  • Sample whisky tasting in the comfort of your hotel, or at local distilleries
  • Explore historic sites, stunning coastlines and cosmopolitan cities

On our Flavours of Scotland tour you'll stay in some of Scotland's finest hotels, carefully selected for their menus, where you'll enjoy the very best in Scottish hospitality at the end of each day's adventures. Our suggested driving route starts north of Edinburgh in Dunblane, before taking in the coastal delights of Ayrshire and the stunning eastern coastline. Along the way, you'll stay in castles and country houses with fine dining influenced by the likes of Albert and Michel Roux Jnr. Your days are your own to discover the true tastes of Scotland, whether its a Lowland whisky distillery for a tasting, or a sedate afternoon tea. Whatever you decide, with a focus on local ingredients and suppliers, you'll sample a true taste of Scotland.


Day 1

Depart London Euston

If you're based in the south we've included an overnight journey on the famous Caledonian Sleeper from London Euston, departing in the evening to maximise your time in the Scotland. With brand new trains introduced in 2019, you'll enjoy the best in onboard comfort, from Glencraft mattresses to that all-important breakfast, served in your cabin. Go for a Club or Caledonian Double and you'll benefit from an en-suite toilet and shower room as well. Remember, if you live elsewhere in the UK, speak to our specialists who'll tailor-made your trip to your specific requirements

Stay: Caledonian Sleeper


Days 2 – 3

Arrive in Edinburgh

Arrive in Edinburgh just after breakfast and collect your hire car at Waverley Station for the drive north, the route follows Scottish history, firstly through Falkirk where William Wallace was defeated in 1298, then on to explore Bannockburn, then Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument which dominate the skyline - the heart of the nation’s independence. From the castle ramparts you can see the sites of many historical battlefields, including the Battle of Bannockburn.

After your dose of history, continue to Cromlix, converted from a private house into a luxury country house hotel in 1981 and in 2013 purchased by tennis legend Andy Murray, the hotel is situated near his home town of Dunblane, furnished with specially-sourced Scottish antique furniture and situated in beautiful countryside, set in 34 acres of secluded woodlands and garden grounds, with its own house loch.

The hotel boasts a Chez Roux restaurant, offering  menus focussing on using seasonal locally sourced produce such as North Sea Cod and Smoked Scottish Haddock or New Season Scotch Rump lamb.

We recommend booking a whisky tasting by the fire experience, where your expert guide can teach you to appreciate the subtle differences between highland, lowland and island whiskies.

Stay: Cromlix

Breakfast included

Cromlix Hotel

Cromlix Hotel

Cromlix Hotel

Chez Roux at Cromlix

Cromlix Hotel

Cromlix Hotel


Days 4 – 5

Dunblane to East Kilbride nr Glasgow

After breakfast head south, this is a perfect opportunity to explore Glasgow, a beautiful city with a rich culture and history alongside a quirky, vibrant contemporary social life full of friendly and eccentric locals. Discover the city's museums, walk through Kelvingrove Park, a beautiful and peaceful city central park,  or get under the skin of Glasgow’s trendy side by visiting Byres Road and Ashton Lane, where you’ll find local pubs and fantastic restaurants bustling with locals, it'll be a day filled with exciting exploration. Then continue to your castle accommodation situated just 20 minutes south of Glasgow. Crossbasket Castle, a Scottish retreat with a story behind every staircase and soaring turret. You could be hanging clothes in the Duke of Cambridge's wardrobe, or gazing at the grounds that belonged to Charles Macintosh, the castle has 15th century roots dating back to Robert the Bruce.

Crossbasket Castle is also the perfect base to explore the rolling landscapes of Ayrshire, perhaps visit the cottage of Robbie Burns, followed by a stop at one of the country's grandest manor houses Dumfries House set in a stunning 2,000-acre estate, or wander the tropical gardens of Culzean Castle, perched on a cliff edge. You could visit Ayr, a lovely seaside town, complete with charming sea front and fantastic esplanade with a long sandy beach which is perfect for a peaceful walk.

Back at your hotel, dining inspired by Michelin starred chefs awaits you, where Albert and Michel Roux Jr have designed a sumptuous menu using the best Scottish ingredients from West coast crab, to Tweed Valley beef and desserts using Perthshire strawberries, raspberries and other locally sourced ingredients.

Stay: Crossbasket Castle

Breakfast included

Crossbasket Castle

Crossbasket Castle

Crossbasket Castle

Crossbasket Castle

Crossbasket Castle

Crossbasket Castle


Days 6 – 7

East Kilbride to Gullane nr Edinburgh

After breakfast make the drive east, follow the southern coast of the Firth of Forth and break the journey in the cosmopolitan town of Leith, now famous for its art scene, but also the home of the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Continue along the coast to your final accommodation Greywalls Hotel, complete with six acre formal walled garden, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1901. Originally built as a holiday home for its original owner, the Hon. Alfred Lyttelton. Lyttleton, a keen golfer who insisted that the house be built ‘within a mashie niblick shot of the eighteenth green at Muirfield’.

Greywalls is the perfect base base to explore Scotland’s capital, or for exploring the stunning coastal driving routes, alternatively perhaps join a boat tour including a visit to Bass Rock, with biggest Northern gannet colony in the world and Isle of May, a legendary island which has been home to a magical mix of seabirds, seals and smugglers. As you cruise the beautiful North Sea waters, you will have the opportunity to see some stunning wildlife that is unique to the are including razorbills, guillemots, cormorants, shags, seals and dolphins on top of the gannets and puffins. The area is truly blessed with sea life.

Nearby lies one of Scotland’s only Lowland distilleries. We recommend a visit to the home of 'The Edinburgh Malt’, Glenkinchie Distillery, for a tour and tasting experience, and if Gin is your preferred drink then the NB Gin Distillery in nearby North Berwick has been recognised as one of Scotland's leading Gin producers.

As always you have the option to return to your hotel for Michelin star inspired dining and a menu designed by the Roux brothers with a Scottish themed menu including rabbit, trout and ingredients from some of Scotlands finest producers.

Stay: Greywalls

Breakfast included

Greywalls Hotel

Greywalls Hotel

Greywalls Hotel

Greywalls Hotel

Greywalls Hotel

Greywalls Hotel


Day 8

Departure

After breaksfast, make the short drive back into Edinburgh and drop off your hire car, before joining your day train back to London.


About the itinerary

"I designed this itinerary to highlight just a small collection of the wonderful small luxury hotels in Scotland, where you can stay in historic buildings in superb locations, and sample the best of local gastronomy designed by the famous Roux brothers in-house, or venture out into the local surrounds to experience the rich array of delicacies created from local producers and growers, and in the case of the finest whiskies some of the tastes have been perfected over hundreds of years."

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £1,585 pp

Low Season from: £1,585 pp
High Season from: £1,735 pp

Includes

  • Caledonian Sleeper train from London Euston to Edinburgh - Twin Club sleeper with ensuite bathroom
  • 7 days car hire in an Economy size vehicle
  • 2 nights accommodation on a BB basis at Cromlix Hotel, Dunblane
  • 2 nights accommodation on a BB basis at Crossbasket Castle, East Kilbride nr Glasgow
  • 2 nights accommodation on a BB basis at Greywalls Hotel, Gullane nr Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh to London Kings Cross day train - one way

Optional Restaurant - Dinner 

Chez Roux, Cromlix Hotel

Albert & Michel Roux Jr at Crossbasket

Chez Roux, Greywalls Hotel

We would recommend enjoying the restaurants at each of the hotels for at least one night of your stay, it is advised that reservations for dinner are made at the same time as confirming accommodation. Menus are seasonal and changeable, but Wexas are able to obtain sample menus to coincide with your stay.

Optional Experiences

Cromlix Hotel - Whisky tasting experience by the fireside

Greywalls Hotel - Wildlife boat tour to Bass Rock

We would recommend booking the above experiences at the time of confirming accommodation if you would like to add these to your itinerary


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