It's more of an 'autumnal retreat' than a 'tour', as such. The emphasis is on the unwinding, hence placing it at the end of the tourist season, when all the hosts, the venues and even the landscape take a big unwinding sigh and settle into a more introspective season for body, landscape and soul. This is why it is one of my Slow Scotland™ tours, inspired by the Italian Slow Food movement, the opposite of fast food: Scotland enjoyed slowly, richly, in good company.
And the "Star" bit? You will stay in just one accommodation for the duration and explore one region, Highland Perthshire, "Big Tree Country", by 'starring out' no more than 45 mins from our base each day to places of gentle interest, to walk, breathe, explore, photograph. It is the antidote to the tourist season in Scotland!
We'll spend as little time as possible in a vehicle, preferring to experience Scotland on foot, bicycle, horse, kayak... The light-touch daily activities are optional: if you prefer to spend the day around your lodge journaling or doing watercolours with a coffee and greet the others of the small group on our return, that's completely fine. If you want to be dropped off a mile or two a way with a map and meet us for lunch, great!
This tour publishes an even less detailed itinerary than our other tours! Each year, the Slow Scotland™ tour goes to a different region, sampling what that region has to offer in that season. Thus it is quite variable and Samantha and I only finalise the Itinerary in the last week before the tour. Trust us - it'll be great.
There are some guided activities, both indoor and out: perhaps a day with a professional landscape photographer, perhaps we'll do some handcrafts led by skilled locals, or be led by a professional in whisky tasting, maybe we'll do some food foraging and cooking with a chef, there might be a Scottish-themed play at a local theatre. Part of the booking process gives you the opportunity to suggest inclusions in the programme. What would make your ideal Slow Scotland?
£2200 per person, sharing double or twin room,
£2550 solo traveller, single room
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FYI: Tour booking opens around November in the year before the tour. Places are filled by about January and the tour closes for new bookings around March for that year's touring.
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Given that this tour is more of a retreat, most of the outdoor activities are 'light touch' on the physical exersion front. Also, as we are in one accommodation for the week, all activities are optional. You can easily opt to make some into a hike if you want to blow the cobwebs out. There is also more free time in the Itinerary which you can use for more active pursuits, if you wish.