Scotland 9-Day Trip

$4,500 – Trip Cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

A deposit of $1,500 is needed to secure your spot. 

I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

There is no single supplement fee for this trip! This makes this trip perfect for solo travelers looking for a luxury trip of a lifetime.  If you would like to share a room with someone you can but there is no discount associated with doing this.

What is included :

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Local Scottish guide and driver
  • Globe Drifters host(s)
  • All meals except 1 lunch at the local pub
  • Cocktail hours with hors d’oeuvres
  • All activities as noted on itinerary
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

What is not included :

  • Optional activities (Antique shopping trip, Golf, etc.)
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages (except during cocktail hour)
  • Souvenirs
  • International flight
  • Supplementary insurance
  1. Because the estate is quite large with 23 bedrooms the average size of the group will be between 15 – 25 people.

  2. Most of our travelers are in their late 30s to early 70s and most are solo travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the group dynamic.

    We think of our trips as get-togethers at amazing destinations. Past travelers have told us that the group dynamic and friendships made are the highlights of the trip.

  3. All meals are included except for one lunch at a local pub in town.  All activities are included except for the optional antique shopping trip and golf excursion.

    Optional activities for Day 3:

    Option 1 – Antique shopping and sightseeing is $60 and includes transport and lunch.

    Option 2 – Golfing is $60 for 18-holes and does not include equipment rental or lunch at the clubhouse.

    Option 3 – Golfing is $30 for 9-holes and does not include equipment rental or lunch at the clubhouse.

    You can purchase an optional activity when checking out. If none of the excursion interests you, then enjoy a free afternoon to make your own plans.

  4. The estate is located in the town of Portpatrick, Scotland which is a 2-hour drive from Glasgow.

  5. There is no single supplement for this trip, meaning you will get your own room without having to pay extra. If you would like to share a room with someone you can but there is no discount associated with doing this.

  6. The official currency of Scotland (UK) is the Pound Sterling £ (GBP) sometimes referred to as quid.

  7. We strongly recommend that you use ATMs while in Scotland as they usually offer the best exchange rates. The easiest way is to pull money out from the ATM at the airport upon arrival. It is always a good idea to carry some cash in case your bank puts a hold on your ATM card.

    If you do want to exchange money, avoid exchanging money at commercial exchange bureaus, hotels, and at the airport which often have the highest transaction fees. It is best to exchange money at a local bank.

    You can find ATMs at almost all bank branches, as well as at most supermarkets, some petrol stations, in shopping malls, airports, and some post offices.

    You can withdraw up to £500 a day from a cash machine (ATM).  Since most of your activities and meals are included you should not need more than this for the duration of your trip.  It is best to pull the maximum amount from the ATM to avoid transaction fees.

  8. Yes, most credit cards are widely accepted throughout Scotland except for American Express which is not always accepted.

    There is a bar at the estate you can order drinks from. Tell the bartender your room number and then you can pay at checkout in either cash or credit/debit card.

  9. Tipping isn’t particularly expected in Scotland but with that being said, it does depend on the service.

    In restaurants, it is considered polite to tip around 10% of your total bill.

    Since we will have the same chefs, waiters/waitresses, drivers, and guides we can pool our money at the end of our trip to give to the staff at the estate.

  10. As most components of your tour have been prepaid, you will only need money for the bar on the property, one lunch, souvenirs, and tips.

    We suggest having access to $200 – $400 USD either in cash or credit/debit card.

  11. Americans, Canadians, and Australians do not need a visa for tourism to the United Kingdom for a stay up to 6 months.

    As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

  12. When using your phone overseas, be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming prices. When you land in Scotland, you will usually get a message from your provider that will give you the price of data, calls and texts in that country. See the example below:

    Welcome to Scotland! Your plan gives you unlimited data at up to 2G speeds and texts at no extra cost. Calls at 20 cents/min. Want our fastest data and unlimited calls? Get an International Pass for just $5/day. 

    You may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts and data beforehand.

  13. Yes, there is wi-fi on the estate and you should be able to access the wi-fi from your room as well as the common areas.

  14. Adapters will be necessary to adapt your plug into the outlet. In Scotland the power plugs and sockets are type G.

    Scottish facilities have 3-prong outlets with two flat prongs in line and one perpendicular, which looks like this :

    See map below:

  15. Scotland has cool nights as well as rain and wind year-round. It is essential to pack a jacket as well as a windbreaker and rain gear.

  16. Bring a good rain jacket and windbreaker as the weather can be unpredictable.

    Below are a few things that we suggest bringing to make your trip more comfortable :

    • Sunglasses/hat
    • Umbrella
    • Rain jacket/windbreaker
    • Warm jacket
    • Comfortable walking/hiking shoes
    • Comfortable clothing for hiking/walking on trails
    • Small, across the shoulder day bag or small backpack
    • Bathing suit (for the beach)
    • Any prescription medication and over the counter medicine
    • Golf outfit/accessories (if you signed up for this excursion)
    • Refillable water bottle
    • Flashlight or head torch

    Hairdryers are provided in each room along with a set of small toiletries.

    Many of the dinners and cocktail hours will be semi-formal.  There is no dress-code per say but if you would like to bring some dresses, slacks, and collared shirts that would be preferable.  We are at a historic estate so let us dress the part!

  17. Yes, there is complimentary daily laundry service that will be returned the following day.

  18. Yes, the estate gets its water from a natural spring on the property.

  19. Yes, after you reserve your spot you will be given a questionnaire that will ask for any special dietary requirements and/or foods that you do not like. We will then cater your menu to suit your needs.

    There are always vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free substitutes available. They vary entirely on the seasonal produce available during that week to ensure freshest quality.  

    The estate strives to support organic, sustainable, and responsible cuisine. They are committed to high grade meats, locally sourced ingredients, organic and cruelty-free farm practices, and most of all, thoughtful conservation in packaging, recycling, and up-cycling. Most importantly, they aim to use game caught on the estate and wild produce foraged year-round. 

  20. Yes, we offer private tours to Scotland for groups of 8 or more people. The itinerary can be entirely tailored to your needs while you enjoy a personalized experience with our guides and your friends and family.

    Please contact us at info@globe-drifters.com for more information.

Visa

Nationals of Australia, Canada, and the United States do not need a visa for a stay of up to 6 months. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months after the date you plan to exit Scotland.

If you are not a citizen of one of the above-mentioned countries, please check with your nearest embassy or consulate for information on visas and travel to Scotland.

Flights

Your arrival and departure city is Glasgow (GLA).

Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation from us.

Dunskey Castle is an impeccably maintained 100-year-old Scottish manor with authentic period furniture and baronial style features. The castle was recently renovated and is now in pristine condition.

Estate Interior

Estate Exterior

All bedrooms are approximately the same size and each room is luxurious and unique in its decor. When we arrive at the Estate room assignments will be decided at random.  After making your deposit, you will be given a questionnaire asking which type of room you prefer: the king-size bedroom with ensuite bathroom (for 1 or 2 people), royal apartment (only for groups of 3 or more), or two-bedroom/one-bathroom apartment (only for 2 or 3 people).  You will be given the room you prefer but the actual bedrooms will be given at random.

There is an elevator on the property so you do not need to worry about going up and downstairs.

14 bedrooms with a king-size bed and ensuite bathroom

4 apartments (three 2-bedroom apartments and one 3-bedroom apartment)

Bedrooms with king size beds and ensuite bathrooms

2 bedrooms with shared bathroom

These rooms are great for 2 friends or family members who want rooms next to one another. There is a shared Jack & Jill bathroom that connects the rooms.  One room has a king size bedroom and the other room can be a king bed or twin beds.

Royal Apartment - 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / Living Room / Kitchen

The royal apartment is in the east wing of the estate on the top floor. A truly spacious and enclosed unit with a modern kitchen, open space living room, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms.  It is full of light and has a wood-burning stove. This apartment is perfect for a group of friends or family.  One of the rooms can be made into a twin or queen bed and the other 2 rooms have king beds.

We recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance for your trip. We recommend Travelex, which offers travel protection plans to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical, and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay, and more. Otherwise, you are welcome to shop around online for a provider and policy that best suits your needs.

For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click on the image below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792. Globe Drifters’ reference location number is 09-0984.

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