> A Royal Weekend in the Scottish Highlands
Celebrate the Coronation with Cookson Adventures
- This May, mark the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort in Great British style in the Scottish Highlands
- An exclusive opportunity for up to 20 guests to stay in one of Scotland’s finest private homes, which neighbours the royal residence of Balmoral
- Cookson Adventures to organise a unique itinerary of special visits to Balmoral Castle, elevated celebrations and tailored helicopter and biking experiences in the Cairngorm National Park
Luxury travel company, Cookson Adventures, is offering an exclusive opportunity from from 4th – 7th May 2023 to celebrate the historic event of King Charles’s coronation from one of Scotland’s finest private homes.
Candacraig neighbours the Balmoral estate in the heart of Cairngorms National Park and a stay in this grand 12-bedroom castle will include special access to the celebrations at the Royals’ favourite holiday retreat.
Originally built in the 17th century, by the early 1800s, Candacraig was transformed to its current Scottish Baronial style by the same architect who designed neighbouring Balmoral Castle. While its elegant interior has been updated for luxurious modern living, the estate has remained largely unchanged ever since. With a butler at the guest’s disposal, this grand country house also boasts a vast whisky library, a games room, private woodland sauna and an Italian formal garden.
Combining royal access and unlimited adventure for an exclusive group of up to 20 guests, Cookson Adventures will tailor every element of this weekend to the group’s interests, from the coronation festivities to the different outdoor pursuits across this 16,000-acre estate.
How to experience
Celebrate the coronation in the Scottish Highlands with Cookson Adventures from £200,000 for exclusive hire of Caincraig for three nights from 4th-7th May based on 20 guests. This rate includes all Royal themed meals by a private chef, special visits to Balmoral Castle, elevated celebrations, tailored helicopter and biking experiences in the Cairngorm National Park, and all logistics taken care of by Cookson Adventures. www.cooksonadventures.com
Balmoral coronation visit
Guests can tour the spectacular ballroom and breath-taking grounds of Balmoral Castle with a private guide. Then, experience an as-yet-unannounced programme of spectacular events surrounding King Charles III’s Westminster coronation at his royal residence. We can expect the likes of coronation celebrations, falconry displays and a performance from the Ballater Pipe Band.
Treasure hunt & Isle of Skye heli trip
Touch down at the iconic Three Chimneys formation on the Isle of Skye before hopping over to a wilderness reserve for lunch and an immersive treasure hunt through its 23,000 acres of rewilded grounds.
Cairngorms mountain biking
Home to one quarter of Scotland’s native forest and 25% of the UK’s endangered species, this national park is bigger than Luxembourg and has a vast network of trails and paths to explore by mountain and e-bike.
Celebrating in Great British style
From a picnic on the heather covered hills to a wood-fired feast in the Italian formal garden, Cookson Adventures will organise memorable dining experiences throughout the weekend. Be guided through a unique tasting of Scotland’s ‘amber nectar’ from the castle's extensive whisky library or experience a traditional celebratory dinner. Sit down to a haggis supper, before pushing all the furniture to one side for live music and a proper ceilidh party.
Bushcraft & wildlife tracking
Learn critical survival skills and discover Scotland’s wildlife through a fascinating bushcraft experience with conservation and sustainability at its core. Guests will be able to spot everything from red squirrels to antlered deer.
Fly fishing & foraged cocktails
Fish for salmon and sea trout in the flowing waters on a private stretch of the River Don, capping it all off with cocktails from foraged ingredients – taken around the fire of a private estate.
Hiking & wild swimming
Enjoy a gentle stroll through the remarkable landscapes of the Highlands or dive right into the pristine, cool river waters, followed by a lavish picnic lunch on the banks of the River Dee.
Guests will be able to get their eye in across a series of hot-shot activities, ranging from clay pigeon shooting to archery and axe throwing.
Land Rover safari
Leave the beaten path and scale the Cairngorms National Park in a selection of Land Rovers. Discover a land steeped in folklore and watch for golden eagles and herds of red deer. Half of the Cairngorms has been recognised as being of international importance for nature.
Celebrate the coronation from this 16,000-acre estate
The elegant interiors at Candacraig
Gather for pre-dinner drinks in the sitting room
Relax in the private woodland sauna
The Fraser Bedroom
Aerial view over Balmoral Castle
Play a game of giant chess in the private & historic Victorian walled garden
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