Off-season Tours

Travel beyond the tourists gaze – where you relax as we capture a dark sky, explore an off-the-beaten track distillery and take in some traditional music. Tranquil immersive tours subsumed in fulfilling experiences whilst enjoying world quality produce.

Scotland is beautiful at any time of the year and the experience is truly always unique.

At Serenity Scotland we craft your trip to ensure you have the best possible stay here. Over the last 16 years we have noticed how the out of season experience allows you to escape the growing crowds that flock to the Highlands in the summer.

September onwards is often sunny, of course the weather is changeable here and Autumn is generally bright and comfortable.

There is so much to do and explore and a number of sights remain open all year round. Beautiful landscapes and cultural exchanges do not only take your breath away in particular seasons.

The dark skies here are remarkable, the seasonal colours and hues spectacular and the roads over the autumn and winter months are free to appreciate all that Scotland has to offer.

The museums and galleries are great dry weather options and exploring the arts & crafts and meeting local makers is a fabulous way to learn a skill and to take home with you that practice or knowledge to develop yourself.

Festivals and celebrations are remarkable visits off season: from Hogmanay to Burns, Up Helly Ha to Celtic Connections or the Neil Gow Festival to the sensational Enchanted Forest light show. These are fine events over the off-season months and with local folks can be included in your trip or your Serenity Scotland tour added if you are already planning to attend one of these events.

4, 6, 9 Day Tours

Whisky, Dark Skies and Tradition

The following is a sample itinerary that works particularly well.

Collect from your accommodation and journey to the Kingdom of Fife to sample the wares of Kingsbarns Distillery – a tasting of their new make spirit and a dram of Wemyss Malt whisky, at their tasting rooms accompanied by one of their guides.

St Andrews for lunch – Old Course, castle, cathedral, harbor, quaint streets and charm – opportunity for putting on ‘The Himalayas’ by St Andrew’s Old Course – Edenmill Distillery – over the Tay Bridge and via Dundee for an evening at a local music session, (dependent on day of tour). Next day after a lovely breakfast in your lodgings set out for Dalwhinnie Distillery for tastings -onwards to Laggan – Glen Roy – Plockton. Opportunity for you to enjoy being away from the bright lights of the city and unwind, gentle walks in the evening if you wish, close to your lodgings and under the fabulous dark night skies off season – local music session to complete the evening.

Onwards in the morning to the mystical Isle of Skye to visit the new Torabhaig Distillery on Sleat and sample some of the wonderful whiskies that are at Talisker. Talisker offers a talk and the Talisker flight tastings – tour around the Isle of Skye including the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, the Quiraing, the Fairie Glen, Dun Beag Broch – stay in Portree.

Relaxed day to travel by Loch Carron and if time and weather permit by the Bealach na Bà to Torridon – stay around the ‘short loch’ Gairloch with it’s fine expansive beaches, a particularly pleasing haven often with profound dark sky experiences.

Next day head via the most scenic road through Loch Ewe and Little Loch Broom to Ullapool and the wilds of Ross and Cromarty and Caithness to Wick. Stay in a local castle hotel with a quaint keep.

Drive down the coast and a chance to visit and have a tasting at Tomatin Distillery – head to Inverness to stay there. Visit Benromach and then Gordon & MacPhail in Elgin – visit to the Craigellachie Hotel or Highlander Hotel and their famous bar- visit/view Balvenie Castle – evening music session, where available.

Visit Dunottar Castle dramatically sited Earl Marischal Keith castle – visit Hatton of Ogilvy Farm where they distil for Ogilvy Premium Potato Vodka – Tullibardine Distillery tour – back to Edinburgh for early evening.