If travellers are looking for a holiday which, in the present situation, makes it easy for them to maintain social distancing, then they need look no further than Scotland. This beautiful country has a wealth of unspoilt nature, wide-open landscapes, pristine beaches and room to roam in abundance!
The dream of a bespoke vacation can be fulfilled by providing the most unique experiences of a lifetime: the charter of a private jet, then being chauffeured in a limousine from the airport straight to an exquisite hideaway, being pampered in an exclusive-use mansion house or a suite of a 5-star castle, possibly topped off with a truly mind blowing glamping experience in closest proximity to mother nature.
High end travellers are free to choose an airport close to their home, even a small one, because private jets can fly in to all sizes of airports as long as the runway is at least 4,000ft long (approx. 1,220 m). The collection point can be anywhere in Germany or any other country in Europe. Discerning travellers can choose from a variety of private jets, the most popular of which are:
– Citation CJ4 for max. 6 passengers
– Falcon 50EX for max. 9 passengers
– Falcon 900EX for max. 14 passengers
As well as to international airports of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Prestwick, one can also fly to smaller airports in order to arrive closer to one’s destination. These include:
– Dundee which provides close proximity to The Old Course in St Andrews, Home of Golf
– Islay, an ideal destination for connoisseurs of fine whisky wishing to experience some of the nine distilleries on this small island
– Stornoway on the Outer Hebrides for total escapism and the ultimate get-away-from-it-all destination
– Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre for the perfect combination of playing a round of golf at Machrihanish and enjoying a whisky-tasting at Springbank
– Kinloss in Moray where aficionados can head for the world-famous Speyside Whisky Trail
Premier travellers seeking accommodation tailored to their expectations will find a wide range of options to choose from in Scotland. To make their dream come true they can pick one of the historic castle hotels such as Inverlochy, Crossbasket or Glenapp or choose a castle such as Kincardine Castle where they can live with and like a laird. Or they can opt for a landmark resort such as Gleneagles, Schloss Roxburghe or the Isle of Eriska, all of which offer a whole range of activities and spa treatments. If they are looking for more privacy, guests can book a small boutique hotel, such as Boath House, Cromlix, Knockinaam Lodge or Glenmorangie House, where they can make reservations for all 7 or 8 rooms to accommodate their party, giving them total exclusivity. For the utmost luxury experience travellers can also hire a very special place exclusively for themselves such as Borthwick Castle or a historic house with an estate like Kinross House or even their own train, the Belmond Royal Scotsman, or a luxury ship such as the MV Hebridean Princess or Fingal, the latter being moored in Leith Harbour as one of the finest luxury 5-star hotels in the Edinburgh area.
Whatever their favourite activity or hobby might be, travellers will be well entertained during their stay with unforgettable and authentic experiences. If their passion is single-malt whisky, they can choose from around 130 working distilleries in Scotland. Their private jet provides the opportunity to combine a savouring of the peated whiskies of Islay with tasting the smoother ones of Speyside and even Highland Park on Orkney, all on one trip. Ambitious golfers can play some famous or challenging golf courses on their bucket list even if these courses are further apart from each other. Suggestions include the Ailsa Course at Turnberry, Royal Aberdeen close to the City of Aberdeen, Castle Stuart and Royal Dornoch – both in the Highlands near Inverness -, Askernish on the Outer Hebrides and Machrie Links on Islay in the Inner Hebrides. For country pursuits, there is salmon and troutfishing on the Rivers Tay and Tweed, as well as clay-pigeon (or photo) shooting on the Roxburghe Estate. For the more adventurous there are ample opportunities for highland safaris with 4×4 vehicles and marine/sea safaris on luxury yachts. There are also unique romantic moments such as a marriage proposal in a historic room in Edinburgh Castle or the gift of a luxurious cashmere sweater or Harris tweed jacket from the House of Bruar, Scotland’s premier country fashion outlet, or the views from the infinity pool at Portavadie at sunset.
Whatever the ideas, ambitions and dreams of discerning travellers might be, they have a private jet at their disposal 24/7. They can sit back and relax without queues at check-in or security and no hassle on board and can enjoy their once-in-a-lifetime holiday in Scotland, while the pilot does the flying, the chauffeur the driving and the chef the cooking of memorable meals. Travellers will dream, experience and build memories to share whilst a travel designer together with a concierge service does the planning and booking to their specification, providing total peace of mind that every detail will contribute to one of the best holidays ever – in Scotland … where else!
Dorothy Welsh is the CEO of Luxury Scotland. Luxury Scotland offers true Scottish hospitality, culinary delights and unique experiences.