Scotland might not be the largest country in the world, but the sheer magnitude of things to see and do here can leave you spoiled for choice. The number of #Brilliantmoments waiting in Scotland is simply limitless.
Watch as our celebrity adventurers, Kate Thornton and Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood, journey around Scotland with Magic 10.4 FM’s Kirsteen O’Sullivan joining them for the ride, and experience a little bit of everything that makes this country so special, and has visitors returning time and again. Check-out their envy-inducing #Brilliantmoments so far…
Day 1 – Gin, Bass Rock and a ceilidh
After arriving at Edinburgh Airport and checking-in at luxury boutique hotel The Glasshouse, Craig and Kate rendezvous with Kirsteen in Princes Street Gardens in the shadow of the magnificent Edinburgh Castle to get the rundown of what #Brilliantmoments the day has in store for them.
First up is something a little out of the ordinary, a trip to Edinburgh Gin. Here self-confessed gin-lover Kate is given an initiation into the Ginaissance taking place in Scotland, and even gets to try her hand at making her own special blend. Located in the city’s elegant West End, Edinburgh Gin Distillery also offers guided tastings and gin-making tutorials, making it a welcome addition to your usual Scotch whisky distillery tour.
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Meanwhile, Kate sets off for North Berwick. Located just half-an-hour from the capital, this seaside town boasts a long sandy beach and picture-postcard views of the Firth of Forth. After an exhilarating boat tour around the famous Bass Rock – an island and world-renowned seabird sanctuary that juts out on Firth of Forth – Kirsten gladly tucks into a delicious fish supper courtesy of the Lobster Shack.
Suitably attired following a personal kilt-fitting by Howie Nicholsby of 21st Cnetury Kilts, all three head to the Ghillie Dhu for a traditional ceilidh. Housed inside a beautifully restored church, the Ghillie Dhu is one of the city’s most stunning venues and legendary for its public ceilidhs.
Thus concludes Kate and Craig’s fantastic first day in Scotland. Check back here throughout the week for daily updates on all their #Brilliantmoments during their time in Scotland.
Day 2 – Oysters, Loch Lomond and a Highland safari
The day begins with Kate taking a trip to Argyll. During the drive up the M9, there is a quick stop at the Helix to take in the awe-inspiring Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world (no, really), before arriving at Cairndow, home of the famous Loch Fyne Restaurant & Oyster Bar. Here Kate tastes her very first oyster as part of a mouthwatering seafood platter served straight up from the waters of Loch Fyne. Next up is a private tour of Inverary Castle and its stunning grounds.
In the meantime, a kilt-clad Craig is off to the Scottish Highlands for his own adventure. After reaching Aberfeldy, he embarks on a Highland Safari in a 6 x 6 Land Rover to soak up some astounding scenery and native wildlife. It’s then time for a lunch unlike any other in a mountain bothy set 2500ft high up in the hills above Loch Rannoch and Loch Tummel, with dramatic views towards Ben Nevis.
High on the fresh Highland air, Craig even finds the time to sneak in a little Julie Andrews moment!
Don’t forget to Listen to Magic in the Morning starting from today to find out how you can be at their ‘Big Friday Broadcast’ live from Edinburgh castle, with special guests Deacon Blue.