After breakfast and check-out, embark on a day of adventures en route to Edinburgh and a Scots farewell.
First, we have a profoundly moving tour of the Culloden battlefield site with a National Trust for Scotland historian, who will explain the lay of the land, the tactics employed by commanders on the English and Highland sides – and the resulting carnage, with the ‘flower of Scotland’ lying torn and bleeding on the battlefield.
Consider a reviving coffee and cake at the museum café, before we make a brief visit to the standing stones at Clava Cairns, constructed sometime around 4,000 BC but newly-famous because of their starring role in Outlander. Stand in the magic circle and imagine travelling back in time.
Making our way steadily south east, we stop for early lunch at the excellent Druie Café on the Rothiemurchus Estate near Aviemore, one of Scotland’s most popular resorts.
As we drive, we will notice the landscape softening into the Lowlands, and after an optional tea-and-cake stop at the Macmillan Tea Rooms outside Perth (run by a loyal team of volunteers, with all proceeds going to the cancer charity Macmillan, and known for its delicious Scottish teas), we’re very nearly back where we started.
We’ll reach Edinburgh late afternoon, this time checking into the gloriously and eccentrically opulent Prestonfield House south east of the city. Rest, shower, take in your rich velvet surroundings – and prepare for our celebratory farewell dinner!
This evening we assemble in our elegant private dining room for drinks and Goodbye Scotland dinner – your last chance to sample haggis, neeps and tatties – and to raise a glass to the Auld Country. Slàinte!
PRESTONFIELD HOUSE HOTEL (B, L, D)