Scotland is Sleigh’s home and somewhere we’re fiercely proud of so, when we were asked to create a trip for clients who wanted to experience traditional Scotland but in an elevated and unique style our eyes and imaginations lit up. Our itinerary naturally took them to Scotland’s highlights; the rugged peaks of the Isle of Skye, the fabled waters of Loch Lomond, the oppressively enchanting Glencoe, as well as our proud capital Edinburgh but all in a carefully curated fashion which reflected their desire to connect with locals and immerse themselves in Scottish food, music, and history.
Their touring outside of Edinburgh started with a foraging and cocktail blending session led by conservationist turned distillers, discovering treasures found along the salt frosted beaches and moss carpeted forests of East Lothian, and ended with a spectacular private falconry display on a boat off the south-west coast. They met with local artisan weavers, beekeepers, and fishermen, connecting to the land in a very physical sense, while also gaining a better understanding of Scottish conservation and the role the tourism industry plays in keeping the ‘old’ Scotland alive.
For the client, the highlight of the trip was a helicopter tour of the rugged northern highlands and the Isle of Skye. From their airborne vantage point, they took in some of the country’s most recognisable landscapes – the Three Sisters of Glencoe, Loch Ness, The Glenfinnan Viaduct, Skye’s Fairy Pools, and the Old Man of Storr – before touching down on the Island for a locally sourced and expertly prepared lunch at the Michelin recommended Three Chimneys.
For our team, there was extensive behind the scenes hours spent communicating with our suppliers; re-arranging schedules to accommodate weather and tides and sharing with local musicians their favourite tunes to be played as a live music accompaniment during a private dinner in Glasgow. All part of the service that means trusting us to create, execute, and deliver your trip will ensure seamless logistics and those ‘spine-tingle’ moments.
The clients departed Scotland not only with cherished memories, but also a greater appreciation for the landscape and the people and history which have shaped the country’s culture.
To create your own authentic connection to this extraordinary place, reach out and let us introduce you to our home and its characters; Scotland.