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Hidden Gems Vacation in Scotland

Hidden Gems Vacation in Scotland

One of the best fishing holidays in Scotland which visits the some of the finest venues in our portfolio. Lunch in unique outdoor locations. Sample fine local food. Discover the best of Scotland, away from tourists. Trace ancestry and breathe in our stunning landscapes, folklore, and heritage. Play on some of the world’s best golf courses. Connect with nature.

Delivered by a team of fishing guides, tour guides, photographers and event planners.

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A Unique Fishing & Touring Vacation in Scotland

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Hidden Gems vacation scotland

The Hidden Gems of Scotland tour mixes fishing with non-fishing activities, it is one of the best fishing holidays in Scotland. This is a chance to see the real Scotland and fish the very best of Alba Game Fishing’s varied angling portfolio. The tour is ideal for couples that want the best of both worlds.  For example, add in unmissable activities like Outlander Film Location Tours, Ancestry, Visits to Castles and Sightseeing some of Scotland’s real Hidden Gems. Fine-tuned since 2004, and based on over 40 years of knowledge, we have created a truly memorable and unique, bespoke fishing and multi touring vacation package.

Scotland is a country of inventors and innovators. The people have great humour and warmth, and guests from North America can enjoy a safe, inspiring and relaxing vacation. This tour gives you the opportunity to see Scotland as the locals see it, and escape the tourist traps and bus parties.

Starting in Historic Edinburgh, after transfer to your hotel a chance to acclimatise and enjoy up the beauty of one of the world’s best cities. Edinburgh is blessed with stunning architecture, and steeped in history.  The few days spent in Edinburgh, soaking up city culture include a tour of the city and the less obvious delights such as historic old pubs for lunch, a visit to a gothic school (the inspiration for Hogwarts in Harry Potter) and a tour highlighting the sinister side of Edinburgh. Fantastic restaurants and lodging in a renovated Townhouse with stunning Georgian architecture. The Bonham.

After Edinburgh you head south for a few days to the beautiful Borders region to fish a private beat of the River Tweed. 3km of private fishing located in a typical Scottish Country Estate, and a wonderful homely fishing lodge which dates back to the Jacobite era. Pheasants in the gardens, woodpeckers outside the window at breakfast, and a few hundred yards from you accommodation to the river, abundant with wild brown trout, sea trout and atlantic salmon…when none of them are in the mood, you can fish for the lady of the stream the Grayling. This beat produces specimen fish for any species. Lunches served in the river side cabin are made lovingly from locally sourced ingredients and of course you can enjoy a dram of vitamin “W” (Malt Whisky) Lodging two nights in a four posted bed in the River Tweed Lodge set in 130 acres of woodland and river frontage, a secluded paradise, yet a short distance from Edinburgh. Non-fishers can enjoy a day of pampering at the renowned Stobo Castle Health Spa; you can relax and choose from a huge range of treatments. This is a wonderful place where you can irrigate your parched soul and unwind. Located only 30 minutes from the River Tweed Lodge

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Fishing lunch in style

When in the Borders you can enjoy fly fishing or spin casting for Scotland’s predator, the pike. This is a private loch, which is not accessible to the public and is something of a secret gem. Fish average 8lb and 20lb fish are not uncommon. As you drift around the loch in a place of absolute beauty and solitude, the tranquility is frequently broken by the savage take of one of these fearsome predators. You can pause to catch your breath in the fishing lodge that overlooks the water, and enjoy a hot delicious lunch, a dram of whisky, and chat about the one that got away.

Driving north the next day and a brief stop at the stunning Cathedral town of Dunkeld on the River Tay, before a delightful walk through an ancient forest under the canopy of 200ft Douglas Fir trees and on to a huge waterfall and viewing platform. Built as a garden for the mistress of the Duke of Atholl, this is a garden paradise.  From here you cross over to the West Coast, the landscape changes, dramatic hills rise up into the clouds and it seems everywhere you go, there are stunning views and landscapes. Lodging is in the Isle of Eriska a lovely hotel facing the sea on its own private island.

The following day you will tour one of the worlds iconic landscapes. Used in movies such as Highlander and Braveheart as well as the James Bond movie Skyfall. This is Scotland at is best and you will enjoy a fantastic seafood lunch in a unique waterside restaurant, boasting the freshest seafood in Scotland.

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Edinburgh 50 mins from River Tweed Lodge

A visit to Scotland would not be complete without indulging in some of the best shore fishing in Europe, fly fishing and spin-casting for a fearsome predator, the Pollock. These fish are the hardest fighting in British waters. The venue for this will be the Isle of Skye, and you will spend a few days here soaking up the Tolkien like landscapes and scenery. Lodging in the Flodigarry Hotel, with astonishing scenery and incredible sea and mountain views.

Included in this wonderful vacation is a visit to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, a classic scene from Scottish history and movies set in Scotland. From the castle a drive North along the shores of Loch Ness, where you can try and spot the monster as you pass by Urquhart Castle and on to Inverness for the final night. You will lodge in a deluxe room overlooking the River Ness.

Included

  • Royal Stag, Highlands, Scotland, Scottish iconic scenery
    A magnificent Royal Stag

    Dinner Bed and Breakfast accommodation in a unique Scottish mansion house or Scottish castle

  • Professional consultation and logistics planning. A complete one-stop shop to book your vacation.
  • Edinburgh Airport transfers
  • All transport throughout your trip in Mercedes people carrier – we hold “hire and reward insurance”
  • Premium equipment, rain gear, breathable Orvis waders
  • Fishing permits for exclusive venues(not fished by the public)
  • First class dedicated professional guides.
  • Concierge service, to make anything happen in Edinburgh.
  • We will provide everything; you need only bring your enthusiasm.
North Coast 500, Highland Beach, Caithness, Scotland the best
Typical Highland Beach

Itinerary

Day One, arrive in Edinburgh, early afternoon. (Please confirm flight number and arrival time).  Pick up in Mercedes People Carrier, transfer to Bonham hotel. We would then have a coffee and a quick chat through the itinerary, fine tune and add any bespoke requirements. The rest of this day would be yours to relax, settle in and get acclimatized.

Recommended Hotel – https://www.thebonham.com/partner/edinburgh-bonham/

Recommended restaurant – The Honours – 10 mins walk from Bonham

Day Two, Hidden Gems tour of Edinburgh, Holyroodhouse, old town, ghost tours, botanic gardens, the gothic school that inspired Hogwarts of Harry Potter, lunch in the Canny Mans pub, the best old pub in Edinburgh (not know to tourists) Learn the history of this ancient old town. Transport in a Mercedes People carrier, refreshments and snacks provided, driver guide in kilt included.

Recommended Hotels – https://www.thebonham.com/partner/edinburgh-bonham/

Recommended restaurant – Scran and Scallie 5 minute taxi or 30 mins walk through the New Town Georgian part of Edinburgh

Day Three, Predator fishing on a private exclusive loch near Edinburgh. Fly-fishing or spin casting from shore or boat. We will provide a delicious lunch, in a fishing cabin overlooking the loch. Stunning scenery big pike and plenty of fish. Transfer to River Tweed Lodge at the end of the day (25 mins)

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Four Poster Room, River Tweed

Overnight River Tweed Lodge 

Dinner in Windlestraw or Cringletie – 15 minutes from the River Tweed Lodge – We would organise transfers

Day Four, Trout fishing River Tweed – private stretch of water beside River Tweed Lodge – A non-fisher can enjoy a day chilling and be treated like a princess (or prince) at Stobo Castle health spa in 30 mins from Lodge.

Overnight River Tweed Lodge 

Dinner in Windlestraw or Cringletie  – 15 minutes from the River Tweed Lodge – We would organise transfers

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The Lounge, River Tweed House

Day Five, Depart for tour of the Highlands, starting in Dunkeld, which is the gateway to the Highlands. A short easy walk to a romantic waterfall, then on to House of Bruar, the Harrods of the North, before the beautiful drive over to the West coast at Fort William, overnight Isle of Eriska Hotel and Spa  – Deluxe room 

Day Six, – Walking and photography tour of Glencoe – Lunch in Loch Leven seafood cafe. This is a hidden gem, serving the freshest of seafood almost straight out of the sea into the kitchen, under the shadow of Glencoe. overnight Isle of Eriska Hotel and Spa  – Deluxe room

Day Seven, – Depart for Skye, via Glenfinnan monument and Kyle of Lochalsh and the bridge to Skye. Breathe in some of the most majestic scenery and landscapes, numerous opportunities for photographs. Breathtaking scenery. Expect to see Red Deer stags and iconic landscapes. If you are peckish, do not miss traditional fish and chips in newspaper in Kyle of Lochalsh. The freshest Haddock you will taste in Scotland. Overnight luxury guest House Dunvegan, Skye

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15ft double hand pollock fishing for big fish

Day Eight, – Shore fishing in Skye in the sea for pollock, the hardest fighting fish in Scottish waters – Afternoon to the Old Man of Stohr, soak up Tolkien like scenery and over night luxury guest House Dunvegan, Skye

Day Nine, – Depart for Fort Augustus, a tour of Eileen Donan castle, a fully restored 13th Century castle. Alfresco lunch served outdoors in a scenic spot. Tour up the shore of Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle, for a brief stop and possible sighting of the Loch Ness monster and on up to Inverness. Overnight River Ness view room – Deluxe  http://www.glenmoristontownhouse.com/rooms/townhouse-deluxe-river-view

Day Ten, Depart for 2.5 hour transfer to Edinburgh – A9 is a straight easy and safe road back to Edinburgh, a chance to see magnificent scenery en route.

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Guideline price – POA

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Included

  • All accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal guide with Mercedes People carrier
  • Delicious Lunches on the fishing days
  • Pro photography of the whole trip
  • Premium Fishing tackle, clothing, and waders
  • Entrance to castles and other attractions in itinerary
  • Fuel for all the driving
  • Concierge service for Scotland
  • Planning and hotel reservations. We are a one-stop shop and will take care of all the hassle

Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Evening meals or hotel extras such as bar bill and telephone calls
  • Airport/ City centre drop off in Tesla S 75 Electric car – £65 *
  • Lunch on non-fishing days
  • Stobo Castle Health Spa fees
  • Gratuities

* All transfers include a meet and greet by your chauffeur, an unbranded welcome sign (for airport pick-ups), complimentary in-vehicle bottled water (1 per guest, 330ml glass bottles, still or sparkling), complimentary use of in-vehicle USB charging ports (4 available).