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Away from the Ordinary is a travel company quite unlike any other.
Our founder, Aeneas O’Hara, and his dedicated team of travel experts craft tailor-made travel experiences in Scotland curated with you in mind.
Every single person is different, and we honour that when planning your trip to Scotland.
We value the rarer luxuries of time, stillness, and space.
We celebrate the Scottish qualities of humanity, hospitality, and honesty.
Our connections throughout Scotland enable us to offer you a holiday experience that is unique to your passions and interests.
From after-hours tours of historic castles, to private whisky tasting before your very own ceilidh, or a feast from Scotland’s glorious larder, Away from the Ordinary weaves holidays, family gatherings, special vacations, and retreats that are full of exclusive experiences, just for you.
Get in touch with our dedicated and passionate team now, and discover your very own tailor-made, luxury trip to Scotland.
Wonderful, wild, and brimming with history, Scotland is shrouded in myth and legend.
Scotland – and its people – are known to be both progressive and traditional, proud and humble.
This incredible country is an essential destination for any traveller.
At Away from the Ordinary we make sure that your trip to our wonderful nation surpasses all expectations.
By getting to know you, Aeneas develops a hyper-personalised, detailed itinerary that reflects your interests and passions.
Below are just some of the experiences we can weave together for your delight:
For custom private tours, Away from the Ordinary crafts itineraries with eye-popping niche experiences – surfing on the Isle of Lewis; salmon fishing on the insanely scenic River Lochy, in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Scotland’s tallest peak; sampling yet-to-be-released casks at micro whisky distilleries.
Deeply committed to both the environment and local Scottish communities, Away From The Ordinary is dedicated to protecting the land and investing in its people – so that Scotland’s natural beauty and unique culture can be enjoyed for generations to come.
From wild swimming to fishing, golf, and hiking (or even skiing, depending on the season), Scotland’s countryside is rich and bounteous.
With shimmering shorelines, stern mountains, and silver lochs, discover unforgettable vistas and views with Away From The Ordinary.
Redefine fine food and drink – with a seven-course tasting menu in a Michelin starred restaurant, or freshly-caught langoustines and hand-dived scallops in a local pub.
Breathe in the briny air as you journey by boat to an island distillery for private tours and tastings, and discover the wealth of flavours in a single dram of whisky.
Experience Scottish history first-hand with exclusive tours, only available through our connections.
Retrace the steps of legendary figures such as Bonnie Prince Charlie, Robert Burns, or Robert the Bruce as you walk the countryside. And, later that same day, meet his descendant – Lord Bruce – as you are conducted on a private tour of his home, Broomhall House.
Be certain of a warm welcome, wherever you go.
Aeneas’ black book of contacts ensures that your Scottish experience is authentic and genuine, offering real connection with the communities that make Scotland the incredible nation it is.
Discover ancient bloodlines, thrilling tales, and unearth rogues, royalty, or romance as we delve into your own heritage. Working with a genealogist to trace your roots, we organise trips to the areas and villages where your ancestors resided for a glimpse of living history.
Our hotels, private distillery tours, guides and restaurants were all recommended and booked by Away from the Ordinary. It felt like a concierge service... Everything exceeded our high expectations and I would have no hesitation in recommending Away from the Ordinary for luxury travel in Scotland.
Hammad Hussain – Washington DC
I’ve never been on a better trip than my last one organised by Away from the Ordinary. We did and saw so much in Scotland, none of which was in the guidebook!
Dan Cliff – London
I worked with Aeneas in planning a trip to the Highlands, and couldn't be more pleased with his service… I don't think I would have been able to come up with such a detailed and thoughtful itinerary on my own (and I usually plan all our trips myself). You won't regret enlisting his expertise!
Lisa Stewart -Texas
I really can’t say enough about what an amazing experience it was working with Aeneas and would very highly recommend him to anyone eloping or traveling to Scotland!!
Steffani Campbell – New Hampshire
Every accommodation, restaurant, recommended sight-seeing and location specific guide that he set up for us was superb... He was incredibly responsive and thorough.
Jim Campbell – California
We had a fantastic chauffeur for the whole trip, stayed in off the radar places, had private tours of distilleries and ate the best food. We really cannot wait for our next adventure to Scotland!
Mike Ward – London
Aeneas is responsive, flexible and knows his Scotland. We couldn’t have done better. And you won’t either.
Barry Adler – New York
With the perfect planning by Aeneas, I just simply relaxed and enjoyed the trip. I was really impressed by the hotels and restaurants he picked for us.
Flora Ng – Hong Kong
Let’s start a conversation about your dream trip
Aeneas O’Hara – Highlander, Ambassador, Scotsman – is your first point of call as you discover the magic of Scotland.
Brought up in the Western Scottish Highlands, Aeneas’ childhood was like that of a storybook. Part of a tiny community, he grew up with an innate appreciation for the things that make Scotland such a wonderful place to live and visit.
After a highly successful career in Financial Technology that took him around the globe, Aeneas realised one day in New York, that something away from the ordinary was calling him home.
Blending incredible attention to detail, native insight and a very exclusive black book of connections, Aeneas and his wife founded the company with one goal in mind: to sustainably share the wonder and majesty of Scotland with travellers from all around the world.
Offering the luxury of a slower pace of life, set against the magnificence of the Scottish landscape, Away from the Ordinary has delighted its clients from the very beginning.
By taking the time to understand you as an individual, Aeneas crafts an itinerary that surpasses all expectations: helping you to make memories to last a lifetime.