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A Luxury Weekend Escape: From Barra to Skye and Beyond

Updated: Jun 22, 2023

As they anticipate the yearly tradition of four former colleagues, each now CEOs of different firms, convening for a long weekend of culture, luxury dining, and bonding, I present the first of four captivating trip ideas for their 2024 reunion. Our journey begins with a spectacular beach landing on Barra, voyages to the beautiful Isle of Skye, and stretches beyond, unveiling the alluring charm of Scotland's hidden gems.

Thursday: They begin their adventure by touching down after a short commercial flight from Glasgow at Barra airport, a unique location where the beach serves as the runway. From there, they're whisked away to a magnificent yacht awaiting their arrival.

They set sail away from the breathtaking coastline of Barra, heading towards their first stop, Carbost on the Isle of Skye. An exploration of the renowned Talisker Distillery, the oldest operational distillery on Skye, invites them to savour the flavourful depths of award-winning Talisker Single Malt Whisky. The day culminates in a splendid dining experience at the Michelin-starred Loch Bay Restaurant, before retiring to the comfort of their yacht for the night.

Friday: The Trotternish Loop tour awaits them the following morning, after a refreshing breakfast aboard their yacht. The group indulges in a luxury picnic lunch amidst this scenic tour before visiting the iconic Eilen Donan Castle, instantly recognizable to Monty Python fans. They then rejoin their yacht, docking at Arnisdale, for a scenic sail to Inverie. The day's exploration concludes with a hearty meal and warm conversation at Britain's most remote pub.

Saturday: Today's itinerary offers a blend of nature and luxury. A hike through the picturesque landscapes of Inverie is followed by a short sail to Mallaig where they say a farewell to their skipper and yacht as they board the Jacobite Steam Train for a nostalgic journey to Fort William. They spend the evening ensconced in the grandeur of Inverlochy Castle, where they enjoy a gourmet feast at the Albert and Michel Roux Jr restaurant.

Sunday: Their Scottish adventure reaches its conclusion, with a scenic drive through the awe-inspiring Glen Coe to Glasgow airport. Time permitting, they'll pause for a nostalgic lunch at the historic, haunted Drovers Inn at Loch Lomond's northern tip. As they bid farewell to Scotland, they carry with them cherished memories and experiences of this annual tradition of exploration and bonding.

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