This is the ultimate luxury tour of Scotland featuring her most lavish properties and experiences. Stay at the Atholl in Edinburgh and Aldourie Castle on Loch Ness to experience the very best of the best, from cutting-edge cosmopolitan to magnificently medieval. Transfers are by chauffeured Mercedes limousines taking in the most ravishing Scottish Highlands scenery.
The Scottish Highlands
A rugged fairy tale landscape of still golden lochs, white sandy beaches, mist shrouded mountains and ancient forests, the Scottish Highlands is one of Europe's least sparsely populated regions, as well as one of its most beautiful. You'll find the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis and its deepest lake, Loch Morar, as well as whiskey distilleries galore due to the abundant supply of barley, peat and fresh water. On top of its sparkling array of natural wonders, the Highlands has a rich history and heritage; visit ancient settlements and bloody battle-grounds, castles and brooding brochs.
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The UK & Ireland, Tailor-made.
We love luxury and style at Ampersand Travel, but we also love to engage with our destination. Our motto is that luxury is in the experience: superb food, art, architecture or the great outdoors – these are the things we adore. All over the British Isles and Ireland – from London to the Scottish Highlands, from the New Forest to County Laois – we know the best country house hotels, the smartest city hangouts, the most ravishing mountains to scale and the loveliest lakes to relax by. What we love most of all, though, is revealing these treasures to our clients by designing their perfect tailor-made experience.
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Whatever the weather, nothing says "holiday" more than a really fabulous swimming pool. The UK & Ireland have a selection of sensational indoor and outdoor pools that will have you reaching for your swimming costume in no time!
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An elegant grand-dame of the London hotel scene, Claridge's is an iconic hotel that maintains strong links with its royal legacy while offering top luxury comforts. Many of the suites have been refurbished by David Linley, interior designer extraordinaire and nephew of Queen Elizabeth II. Afternoon Tea at Claridge's is almost as famous as the hotel itself…
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At Ampersand we believe that “luxury is in the experience”. We love travelling in style but are not afraid to step off the usual circuit in order to experience something more rewarding. We specialise in exclusive tailor-made holidays that are perfect for honeymoons, cultural tours, family trips, wildlife adventures, sabbaticals and multi-generational holidays.
Over the last 10 years we have established ourselves as a leader in luxury holidays to the Indian subcontinent, South East Asia and China. In keeping with our desire to share the places we know and love best, we are thrilled to add the UK to our portfolio of destinations.
Our clients are mostly private individuals who recognise that time is their most precious asset and want to entrust it to experts with a well proven track record. This smoothes out the planning process and ensures that they have the most rewarding and memorable experience possible. We also look after some of the world’s most acclaimed museums and organisations who rely on us to arrange once in a lifetime group tours for their most important patrons.
Why book with us:
Local knowledge & contacts: We are a team of knowledgeable and well-connected individuals who have lived and /or travelled extensively in the destinations we offer.
First-hand experience: We personally visit all the hotels and locations we recommend and can provide you with first-hand information and opinions on them.
Easy to reach: We personally answer all phone calls (during office working hours). You will never be answered by a machine or be frustrated by multiple options. All our clients also receive our personal mobile numbers which they are welcome to use outside working hours.
Financial protection: Ampersand Travel is ATOL bonded meaning that the money spent on your holiday is protected.
Personal service: You will be looked after by one consultant from your initial enquiry until your safe return home from holiday.
Reliability: 80% of our business is from repeat clients and friends they have recommended to us.
Small by choice: We send up to 500 clients a year on holiday. We have deliberately chosen to remain small so that we can look after our clients to the best of our ability and enjoy the process as we go along.
Totally independent: We only sell places we love. Unless we would be happy to stay there we will not sell them – it’s as simple as that.
Owner run: Ampersand is owner run and, interestingly, most of our carefully selected ground handlers are too. We feel that this creates a far more passionate and personal service and a greater sense of accountability, which are key to providing the best possible service.
We love travel: This will become obvious as soon as you contact us!