THE MCLEANSCOTLAND STAG WEEKEND

Where is the weekend? Northern Scotland, Caithness to be exact, with a few droplets of the highlands thrown in. Bring your camera, this will be one of those weekend trips where cameras are a must. There is some walking involved so bring the correct footwear and clothing. Our guide is a man who took this image, he lives in the area and knows where to go for shots like this. Aye, in fact we will be shooting the deer! With lenses and mobile phones. No guarantee to see deer.

Friday. We gather in the highland town of Brora – aye there is a railway station here, see you this evening at the Sutherland inn situated at the centre of the village of Brora, on the north east coast of Scotland. The weekend starts with some pub food and of course a dram or two! You will meet the other weekenders and your hosts. MCLEANSCOTLAND are the people to blame for this, your deer man is Ian, local, great cameraman, should you want a unique whisky cask gift, he is your man (more on tour about Ian).

Saturday. After breakfast we head off hunting the deer (cameras!), Ian will guide you to locations he knows where the deer will be waiting for their photos taken. Lunch, we suggest a packed lunch from the inn. We return to theinn for another evening, good blether, drinks, food and more locals!

Sunday. This morning we move down to Cromarty on the Black Isle, we will transport you no worries. What are we to do you ask? Wildlife Watch – a boat trip to view the best of the Moray Firth, 2 hours. After a short introduction we board ‘Saorsa’ and head out into the Inner Moray Firth where we hope to encounter the resident colony of Bottlenose Dolphins, shy Harbour Porpoise, Common and Grey seals and maybe the Minke Whale. For the boat trip you will be in a 9.5 metre RIB, designed with wildlife watching in mind, a cruising speed of 25 knots, individual pod seating, by utilising the very latest four stroke engine technology it means there are no oily exhaust fumes and almost silent running at idle when we are watching wildlife. The evening will be at the Royal Hotel, Cromarty, great food, drinks, rooms and blethers. The freshest fish…they have first refusal of the daily catch from local fishermen, including a selection of seafood landed at the harbour in front of the hotel – including lobster, crab, langoustine & mackerel. ‘Fast food’ at the Royal means the fish landed in the morning is on the plate by lunch! A good night for your last taste of the highlands (maybe?).

Monday. We are just 25 miles from Inverness where the weekender tour ends, after breakfast we will drive the short distance to drop you in the city centre.

Our weekend trip can be extended for anyone wishing to arrive earlier or stay longer.  Brora has one of the top 100 golf courses in the UK, an 18 hole links course right on the beach with outstanding views. The Inn is set right on the River Brora, only 70-miles from John O Groats and Dunrobin Castle is just a 5-mile drive with castle & gardens and falconry centre. Of course you can also move on driving yourself, or relax with one of our driver guides.

IAN:  Would say the first few months of the year for seeing stags down by the low ground , but you might be lucky to see them all summer in the places the keepers are feeding them.

From £695 per person sharing, based on a group of four guests.

Scotland in Winter – a long weekend

Why not travel to Scotland in our winter months (December – March) and see our beautiful country in a different light.  You stay in Kincraig Castle, north of Inverness and explore the Scottish countryside with your own driver/guide.

Thursday – Arrive into Inverness (airport or station) and go over the Kessock Bridge, directly to a Scottish whisky distillery for a welcome dram.  See amazing scenery before checking in to Kincraig Castle.

Friday – a day trip to The Isle of Skye,  including Plockton and the most photographed castle in Scotland – Eilean Donan. Return to the castle.

Saturday – today we take you to the most northerly point of the Scottish mainland, includes John O’Groats, Durness, Wick and many wee harbours along the coast.  Return to the castle.

Sunday – your final day with us, takes you to Loch Ness, the Great Glen, ending the day in Inverness, the capital of the highlands, where you stay for your final night.  Your driver leaves you today.

Monday – take a taxi to the station or airport for your journey home.

from £850 per person sharing based on four guests, bed and breakfast.

Upgrades and additional nights are available, this tour can be for any number of guests, price on application:  liz@mcleanscotland.co.uk