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Scotland with Wildwood & Company

Join Joe Mueller of Wildwood & Company on a tailor-made journey through Scotland, from Inverness to Edinburgh, in search of the finest tweeds, castles and whiskies in April 2018.

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Join Joe Mueller of Wildwood & Company on a tailor-made journey through Scotland in search of the finest tweeds, castles and whiskies.

From the Scottish Highlands near Inverness we journey to Edinburgh through the heart of Scotland, staying in some of the country's most luxurious country hotels and dining together at some of Scotland's most notable restaurants. We'll meet artisanal weavers, learn the secret behind a perfect 15-year malt whisky, tee off on some of the world’s most prestigious golf courses, and explore Edinburgh Castle on a private VIP tour. We'll even cruise the waters of mysterious Loch Ness in search of the elusive Nessie.

This is a trip of discovery and exploration, and of celebrating the deep connections we'll make with Scotland and with each other. Our photographer will be there to capture our adventures with some of Scotland's most magnificent settings as a backdrop. And when we return home, a truly unique gift awaits: yardage of Scottish tweed designed by Wildwood & Company and handwoven exclusively for us.


ACCOMMODATIONS

Five-star luxurious lodgings


DINING

Most meals included


DURATION

7 days, 6 nights


PRICE

$4,999 per person


ARRIVAL

Inverness, Scotland


DEPARTURE

Edinburgh, Scotland


$4,999 per person

April 29 - May 5, 2018

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Your Co-Adventurers

 
 
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Joseph D. Mueller

Proprietor

Joe established Wildwood & Company in 2014 to bring beautiful handmade, bespoke tailoring to Portland and the Pacific Northwest.

Joe's interest in quality fabric and design led him to Scotland. He's proud to share a 'farm to suit' Scotland experience with those who share his passion for tweeds and finely aged whiskies - not to mention magnificent settings, luxurious accommodations, and decadent dining. Join Joe and Modern Adventure on this trip of a lifetime.

 
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Sam Goates

Weaver

Sam weaves beautiful fabrics from her 'wee shed' in the Scottish Highlands. Her work - featured by many of London's iconic Savile Row tailoring houses - is produced on vintage machinery with impecabble craftsmanship. We'll watch as Sam weaves a custom tweed designed exclusively for us.


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Rosie Peattie

Guide

Rosie is a Blue Badge member of the Scottish Guides Association with a degree in Scottish Studies from the University of Edinburgh. Her passion and knowledge will guide us each day.


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Rupert Shanks

Photographer

Rupert is a Scotland-based photographer and filmmaker with a passion for storytelling. He will capture our adventures with envy-inducing images to share with friends and followers.



The Trip

 

Sunday April 29 to

Saturday May 5, 2018

 

Day One

Sunday, April 29

Arrival in Inverness

Welcome to Inverness, capital of the Highlands and spiritual heartland of Scotland. We'll be met at the airport and delivered to Boath House, a stunning Regency mansion that is now one of the country’s finest country-house hotels, nestled on 22 majestic acres of well-tended lawns, gardens and woodland.

We’ll check in, perhaps freshen up with a 'wee goldie' of local spirits, and then convene for dinner at the Boath House's award-winning restaurant - considered one of the top restaurants in Scotland and one of the most notable in Britain. The meal is an unforgettable introduction to the richness of the Scottish larder: from fish to fowl and with vegetables and fruits sourced from the hotel's award-winning gardens, it's a feast that serves as an appropriate fàilte gu Alba – welcome to Scotland!

Accommodations: Boath House
Meals: Dinner included on this day

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All Photos, Boath House

              All photos: Boath House

 

Day Two

Monday, April 30

Weaves & Tweeds

We head east along the scenic Moray Firth to the handsome cathedral city of Elgin. Here we'll visit the mill of Johnstons of Elgin, makers of some of the world's finest woollen cloths since founder Alexander Johnston first put thread to loom in 1797. We'll take a private guided mill tour and see how cashmere is dyed, teased, spun and hand-finished by the latest generation of Elgin craftsmen.

From Elgin it's a short journey to the 'wee shed' of artisan textile weaver Sam Goates. She uses a Victorian-era Hattersley Domestic Loom to create beautiful cloths for some of the world's top apparel makers, including the standard bearer of Savile Row, Anderson & Sheppard (tailors to Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper, and the Prince of Wales). As we watch, Sam will weave lengths of tweed designed in collaboration with Wildwood & Company. After the trip, each of us will receive complimentary yardage of this one-of-a-kind cloth, shipped to Wildwood & Company where Joe and his team will be on hand with a dram of whisky and advice on how best to use our gift.

Dinner is at Cawdor Tavern, a cozy country pub in the closeby village of Cawdor (transport included) and located in the old castle workshop.

Accommodations: Boath House
Meals: Breakfast and dinner included on this day
 
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Left: Sam Goates at her loom

Top & Above: Johnstons of Elgin

 
 

Day Three

Tuesday, May 1

Castles, lochs & Links

The search for Scotland’s most mythical creature has made Loch Ness the country's most famous stretch of water, and we’ll make our own effort aboard a private luxury cruiser. Nessie might remain as shy and elusive as ever, but no matter, for this is one of Scotland’s most beautiful spots, the deep, dark waters of the lake cradled by beautiful mountains that serve as the perfect backdrop for the dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle, which we will also visit.

In the afternoon the choice is yours. Golfers can take on the championship links at Castle Stuart, considered among Scotland's top ten traditional links courses. If history is your preferred game, it's a visit to famous Cawdor Castle, Macbeth's stronghold in the play; in real life it’s been the seat of the Campbell clan since the 16th century and homestay of the Thane of Cawdor – just one of the titles Shakespeare gave his ambitious lord. Alternatively, if you prefer, skip the activities and simply relax or wander the well-tended hotel grounds before dinner, which is once again at the Boath House's award-winning restaurant.

Accommodations: Boath House
Meals: Breakfast and dinner included on this day
 
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Top left: Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle

Above: Cawdor Castle

Left: Castle Stuart golf course

 
 

Day Four

Wednesday, May 2

wilderness & whisky

We say farewell to Boath House and travel south into the heart of rugged Cairngorm National Park. Our first stop is Dalwhinnie, derived from an old Gaelic word that means ‘meeting place’ and where, amid the splendid mountain scenery and at the crossroads of ancient cattle drovers' tracks, sits Scotland's highest working distillery. Dalwhinnie earned a coveted ‘Best Distillery Tour’ award for 2017; we’ll enjoy a private version that includes a detailed explanation of the special art of malt whisky distilling. From whisky scholars we’ll become whisky connoisseurs as we tackle a selection of tasting flights that match its famous collection of single malts – including its signature 15-year-old – with artisanal chocolates by Iain Burnett, the Highland Chocolatier.

In the afternoon we'll take a guided walk around the beautiful wooded gorge at Killiecrankie, site of a famous battle in 1689 that was part of the Jacobite Rebellion against the English. With whisky in our bellies and mud on our boots we’ll soldier on and finish the day as guests of Fonab Castle on Loch Faskally, a five-star Baronial-style luxury hotel built in 1892 as the country house of Lt. Col. George Sandeman – he of the famous port and sherry merchant family. Dinner is a six-course tasting menu in the castle's multi-award-winning Sandeman fine dining restaurant, where each course will be expertly matched with wine from the extensive cellar.

Accommodations: Fonab Castle
Meals: Breakfast and dinner included on this day
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Top row: Dalwhinnie Distillery

Bottom row: Fonab Castle

 

Day Five

Thursday, May 3

Onwards to edinburgh

Into the countryside! In the morning we travel to a working farm in Perthshire. Clydesdale horses, native to Scotland and famous for pulling beer for Budweiser, are among the world’s biggest horses standing at between 16 to 18 hands, or up to six feet tall. Farm owners Ailsa and James will introduce us to Highland cattle and a few of their favorite Clydesdales before treating us to a home-cooked, family-style farm lunch in the big kitchen. This is true, authentic Scottish hospitality like you've never before experienced.

In the afternoon we travel to Edinburgh, where we’ll check into the Witchery, a 16th-century town house on the Royal Mile adjacent to Edinburgh Castle. It has just a handful of luxurious Gothic suites elaborately furnished with four-poster beds and tapestries, where we can relax with champagne and chocolates. Once settled, we'll have free time to explore one of Europe's most beautiful cities, an intoxicating jumble of medieval buildings and neoclassical elegance overshadowed by cliffs and watched over by the magnificent castle. Dinner is by your own arrangement; we'll provide sumptuous suggestions.

Accommodations: The Witchery
Meals: Breakfast and farmhouse lunch included on this day
 
 
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Left column: Ailsa's and James's farm

Right column: The Witchery

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Day Six

Thursday, May 4

the best of edinburgh

The day begins with a very special pre-opening VIP visit to the former Royal Yacht Britannia, opened exclusively us. We'll board via a red carpet on the Royal Brow, a practice previously reserved for members of the Royal Family and visiting dignitaries. Our personal guide, who served the Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, leads us through quarters furnished to the Queen's personal taste, filled with photographs of her children, family heirlooms, much-loved personal possessions and gifts from across the globe. This was the ship that, even with its full complement of around 300 Royal Yachtsmen and Royal Household staff, the Queen named as the one place where she could truly relax. Refreshments will be served privately before departing.

Next we'll visit Edinburgh Castle, dominating the city skyline - incdluding the Royal Apartments where Mary, Queen of Scots, gave birth to the future James VI, before she lost her head. We'll inspect the Scottish crown jewels and see the Stone of Destiny, taken by the English in 1308 and used in the coronation of every English monarch until Elizabeth II in 1953, before finally being returned in 1996.

After, we explore what is arguably one of the most famous streets in the world, the Royal Mile, a warren of narrow lanes, cobbled paths, ancient pubs, and modern shops. Along the way we'll visit Howie Nicholsby of 21st Century Kilts. Howie's two-room bespoke kilt shop is packed with rolls of beautifully colored, richly textured fabrics from wool to faux-lizard skin, and we’ll observe as one of his kilt-makers shows us how to create one from scratch. The remainder of the afternoon is open to explore Edinburgh at your leisure; lunch is by your own arrangement.

Our final dinner is a celebration of Scotland and our unforgettable journey together. We'll gather in the Hunter Room, a period-perfect private dinning room from the 18th century, with views across the gardens to the Firth of Forth. Our hosts, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, will dazzle our palates with a five-course menu of seasonal dishes paired with the finest Scotch whiskies. We’ll toast Scotland, each other, and our many adventures. Slàinte, to our good health!

Accommodations: The Witchery
Meals: Breakfast and dinner included on this day
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Left: Edinburgh Castle & Royal Mile

Right top & bottom: The Hunter Room

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Day Seven - Homeward Bound!

Friday, May 5

Breakfast and private transfers to Edinburgh Airport

 

PRICE INCLUDES

Six nights of five-star hotel and country lodgings

All meals as noted in daily itineraries

Whisky & wine tastings as noted

Guided & leisure activities as noted

Trip photos by photographer Rupert Shanks

Private in-country transportation & private airport transfers

Luggage transfers

Yardage of bespoke fabric woven by Sam Goates exclusively for this trip

Please note:
Daily itineraries are subject to change due to weather, seasonal conditions, and serendipity...

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

Air transportation to/from Scotland

Alcoholic beverages (except as noted at whiksy and wine tastings)

Entrance fees, meals, and all personal items during leisure time

Travel insurance

Excess baggage charges

Gratuities and items of a personal nature

Personal services in hotels (telephone, laundry, room service, etc.)

 

 
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FAQs for Aspiring Adventurers

 

 

How do I book this trip?

You can access our secure online reservation form by clicking the "Book Trip" button on this page.

 

 

Is my booking guaranteed?

Yes. Once your purchase is confirmed, your booking is guaranteed subject to our fine print (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).

 

 

What are the accommodations like?

We stay at luxury five-star hotels: Boath House, Fonab Castle, The Witchery. All accommodations have private bathrooms. If you have questions about the accommodations or a special request, please contact our support team (see below).

 

 

Do I pay a supplement for a single room?

Yes, there is a $1,000 supplement for solo travelers, to be paid after your booking is confirmed.

 

 

When will I receive detailed info about my trip so I can start planning?

After your booking is confirmed, you will receive a Trip Planner that includes a detailed day-by-day itinerary, arrival and departure details, packing tips, and passport and visa requirements.

 

 

How many people will be on this trip?

We limit the group to no more than 16 fellow adventurers.

 

 

Who is operating the trip and what is the cancellation and refund policy?

You may cancel for any reason up to 60 calendar days prior to the scheduled departure date and receive a full refund (made to the credit card used for the original booking) minus a $500 service fee. If you cancel between 59 and 31 days in advance, there is a 50% cancellation fee. Within 30 days or less of departure there is a 100% cancellation fee. Exceptions to our cancellation policy cannot be made for any reason, including weather, terrorism, travel delays, civil unrest or personal emergencies.

The trip is operated by Modern Adventure LLC, and our local partners. Wildwood & Company LLC and its owner, Joe Mueller, are participating in the marketing, and will join us on the trip, however Modern Adventure bears all responsibility for operating and managing the trip, as detailed in our Terms and Conditions. Neither Wildwood & Company LLC nor Joe Mueller bear any responsibility or liability for the trip in any way.

 

 

Should I purchase travel insurance? If so, do you have a recommendation?

We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for all trips. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling. For travel insurance suggestions, please email us.

 

 

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