Scotland: In Search of the Mythic Arctic Char

May 21—29, 2017 | From $14,875


Introduction

The richness of life is often measured in peak experiences, while the true value of an experience can be measured in its uniqueness and exposure to history. Join us on an angling adventure to the wilderness of Scotland's Highlands guaranteed to feed your soul and provide you with one of these life-changing experiences.

Indulge in not only walking in the ancient footsteps of fly fishers who crafted the cradle of salmon fly fishing, but on a tour of new discovery as we pursue a fabled salmonid species deep in the heart of a Scottish Wilderness that is the essence of mystery in Scotland: the Arctic Char, a fish so rare many life-long highland anglers have never seen their brilliant colors. This wilderness is so remote, most of these char have never seen a human, much less a fine steel hook veiled in fur and feather.

From formal kilted dinners in one of Scotland's most elegant castles to the rare experience of waking to the sound of true silence in a wilderness days from the nearest road or trail, from the stirring chorus of a dedicated Highland piper to the soft evening wails of loons on a wilderness loch, there is something to embrace every soul on this adventure. If we are fortunate, the northern lights will pierce the calm of night to complete this unworldly experience.

This adventure welcomes anglers of all skill levels of fly fishing as we have professional ghillies who will instruct our every cast if needed. Conversation around the dinner table or campfire will be robust with anecdotes from life-long fishing guides and your host, a Biologist who creates the most beautiful trophy fishing habitats on the planet. Be ready to be embellished with fishing secrets that have never been shared in writing because they are so valuable that only a few friends will ever deserve them. You will not simply be learning the best angling techniques, you will be given new philosophies and thought that will forever change the way you see the world of fish and water.

The mythical salmon and char of Scotland await.


Highlights of the Expedition:

  • Staying in a spectacular, vintage Scottish Castle
  • 4 days fishing for Atlantic Salmon & Brown Trout
  • 3 days fishing for the mythic and elusive Arctic Char
  • Flying in a helicopter over remote Highland lochs 
  • Getting a personalized kilt
  • Private Royal Brackla whiskey tasting
  • Spending a night camping in the Scottish Wilderness

Itinerary @ a Glance

  • May 21: Arrive in Inverness + Evening Kilt-Fitting
  • May 22: Fishing for Atlantic Salmon or Arctic Char
  • May 23: Fishing for Atlantic Salmon or Arctic Char
  • May 24: Fishing for Atlantic Salmon or Arctic Char
  • May 25: Fishing for Atlantic Salmon or Arctic Char
  • May 26: Fishing for Atlantic Salmon or Arctic Char
  • May 27: Fishing for Atlantic Salmon or Arctic Char
  • May 28: Fishing for Atlantic Salmon or Arctic Char
  • May 29: Say Goodbye to Scotland!

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Detailed Itinerary

May 21 | Welcome to Scotland + Kilt Fitting Experience

Fly into Inverness Airport, where you will be picked up and transferred to Leys Castle, your home base for the next 8 nights on your epic fishing expedition in Scotland. Upon arrival, enjoy a meal, settle in to your room, and meet your fellow travelers and fishermen. Your trip leader, Brad Kerr, will review the itinerary and answer any questions you have about the trip. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the stunning grounds around Leys Castle, try some of the local whiskey with your new friends, or spend time relaxing on your own. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to be fitted for a traditional Scottish Kilt made exclusively for you by a local kilt maker. Afterwards, a special Welcome Dinner will be served, and the rest of the evening is yours to spend as you wish.

Overnight: Leys Castle | Meals: Lunch, Dinner


May 22—28 | Fishing for Atlantic Salmon & Arctic Char in Scotland!

The next seven days will be spent in search of Salmon and Arctic Char in the Scottish Highlands. The Highlands is a wilderness fly fishers dream come true: Miles of undisturbed Lochs and Rivers exist here and extremely limited access translates into some of the most pristine surroundings to be found anywhere in the world. You’ll spend 4 days fishing for Atlantic Salmon and 3 days in search of the elusive Arctic Char. Most days, Land Rovers will be your mode of transport as you make your way to rarely-fished lochs throughout the Highlands.

On two days, however, you will use a helicopter to gain access to remote fly fishing locations in Scotland. This is an incredible experience and not just for the fly fishing alone: Flying out of Inverness and into the rugged snowcapped mountain ranges while admiring the awe-inspiring scenery is quite a wonderful experience. This will stay with you for the rest of your life. Simply knowing that you are going to a remote hill loch that would take days on foot to get into that hold untold amounts of rarely fly fished for Wild Brown Trout & Arctic Char can be inspiring. The thought of knowing that you are placing an imitation fly over the top of Trout that may have never been fly fished before can be quite exciting and the temptation to rush into it has to be controlled with self-discipline.

Throughout the expedition, fully insured and qualified guides will be with you. For beginner fly fishers, one-on-one guide will be provided. For more experienced fly fishers, one guide per 2 fishers will be provided. These guides will look after your every need and will give instruction and fly choice for the chosen beats.

At the end of each day, we will return you to the Castle for a rest, a much deserved dinner, and a variety of evening activities including a clay shooting experience and a special whiskey tasting.

Overnight: Leys Castle | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


May 29 | Depart Scotland

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in Inverness for your flight home or on to your next destination.

Overnight: None | Meals: Breakfast


Accommodations | Leys Castle | Inverness, Scotland

Located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and just a stone’s throw from the City of Inverness, Leys Castle is an ideal, secluded location that caters for a multitude of purposes. The Castle has been lovingly restored and its Gothic and Romanesque detailing deliver a unique experience - from the eight exquisite and opulent bedrooms to the charming and sociable public rooms. The magnificent lawns, surrounding landscape and rich wildlife frame the Castle superbly. Our staff can turn your dreams into reality at Leys Castle, taking care of everything from catering and transport to entertainment and security. Or, if you prefer to do things yourself, our staff are happy to take a back seat allowing you maximum flexibility.

The Highlands is home to rich wildlife and the Cairngorms National Park is right on our doorstep. The possibilities for fishing, shooting, and golf in and around Leys Castle are endless. If it's activities of the 'adrenalin' kind you seek then skiing, biking and other adventures abound. As well as the grounds of Leys Castle, there is extensive walking and sightseeing to be had at Loch Ness where the elusive 'Nessie' likes to keep a low profile. Inverness itself offers a wide range of shopping and eating experiences, and Culloden Battlefield and Urquhart Castle provide a range of unique sightseeing opportunities.

From the moment you step into Leys Castle, the experience begins. Marvel at the detailing of this renovated 19th century Gothic mansion. Close your eyes and take a step back in time as the carefully selected period furniture and features make an immediate impact. From the Grand Entrance Hall that is rather aptly named, to the magnificent dining room, every room is a sensory experience - from the feel of traditional, yet high quality fabrics to the smell of crackling wood in the octagonal library fireplace. The Castle's six public rooms suit every mood - from a well-stocked library to a games room and drawing room which has splendid views across the estate and beyond. The opulent accommodation is equally welcoming whether your indulgence is to have it all to yourself, or whether it plays its part in a larger gathering or event.

At Leys Castle, we understand that clients want it to look and feel the way it does but to experience it a little differently to what its owners did when it was built 200 years ago. That's why the most recent renovations include modern telecommunications, the latest high quality, state-of-the-art kitchen and bathroom appliances, and the essential luxuries we all take for granted in our modern-day lives. Whilst the Castle's kitchen may therefore hark back to days of old, the equipment and fittings are as good as many top restaurant kitchens.

Photo Courtesy of Leys Castle

Photo Courtesy of Leys Castle


Pricing & Inclusions

Trip Price: $14,875/pp

The cost of this Scotland: In Search of the Mythic Arctic Char Expedition is $14,875 per person. This price is based on a minimum group size of 8 people. Prices may vary for groups smaller than 8 people.

Please Note: We will adhere to this itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (weather, etc.) may require us to make slight changes in the itinerary. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary at any time if deemed to be in the best interest and/or the safety of the group. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participant.

What's Included?

  • Transfers between the Inverness Airport and Leys Castle
  • Welcome drinks on arrival at Leys Castle
  • 8 nights’ accommodation @ Leys Castle (private use)
  • All food and beverages throughout the trip (including lunch while fishing)
  • 4 days of fishing for Atlantic Salmon
  • 3 Days of fishing for Arctic Char and Trout
  • Personalized and fitted traditional Scottish Kilt
  • Private Royal Brackla whiskey tasting
  • 2 Range Rovers for the 9 days plus drivers
  • Use of a helicopter for 2 days (TBD)
  • Fishing guides at a ratio of 1 guide per 2 fishers
  • All Equipment: Waders, Boots, etc.
  • BBQ on 1 evening of your choice
  • Clay pigeon shooting on 1 evening of your choice
  • A night porter on call for your requirements

What's Not Included?

  • International air tickets
  • Other items of personal nature
  • Tips & gratuities for guides and staff
  • Travel insurance of any kind
  • Anything else not mentioned above

The Arctic Char are calling your name ...  

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