Bentley Motors and The Macallan Single Malt together have plotted what they feel is an extraordinary journey of discovery, a road trip experience that offers the chance to drive a Bentley through stunning British landscapes, including the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Cairngorms.
The scenic route begins at the home of Bentley Motors in Crewe, Cheshire, and finishes at The Macallan Estate in Scotland’s Speyside region.
A year ago, Bentley Motors and The Macallan announced a major brand partnership and this is the fruits of this union, the first time customers are able to experience the homes of both brands together
Seasonal and locally-sourced produce will be served to guests throughout the scheduled culinary experiences. Nature, history, arts and culture, wellbeing and relaxation will all form a part of the trip.
The driving program spans five days of scenic drives, with four nights in luxury accomodations.
Guests will be able to access usually private and exclusive experiences, including a dinner within the Bentley factory itself. Guests will be provided with a private car to travel from Cheshire to Scotland; a chance to drive a Bentley perhaps for the first time, or for existing customers to experience new models, in a unique driving-led experience.
The Bentley Event team will offer a full concierge service looking after guests’ needs along the way. Places on the exclusive trips are limited, with just five couples within each group. The program will run through late 2022.
The cost is £11,350 per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement options are also available. And the use of a Bentley is included.
The package also includes all accommodation, food, drinks and activities throughout the five day program.
Overview of the itinerary
Arriving in Cheshire, guests from around the world will be greeted by the Bentley team at the brand’s flagship CW1 House showroom in Crewe. A private lunch will be served before guests are transferred to the Bentley factory. Following an opportunity to tour the site, an intimate, private dinner will take place in the factory, each ingredient sourced within a 26-mile radius.
Guests will drive in convoy, in Bentley’s latest models – the Continental GT, the Flying Spur and the Bentayga – towards the Peak District National Park. With a short break at the historic manor house, Fischer Barlow, the group will continue north towards the ‘Dark Peak’ region. Lunch at the Northcote by chef Lisa Goodwin Allen will be accompanied by a private tour of the aromatic gardens of the Michelin-starred restaurant. Set within the Yorkshire Dales, Georgian country house hotel Middleton Lodge will play home for the evening, offering a home-grown and locally-sourced seasonal produce for dinner.
An optional, private guided yoga practice will greet guests as they wake at Middleton Lodge. The convoy continues into the North Pennines and Northumberland National Park, offering some of the world’s most spectacular roads. Passing Hadrian’s Wall, drivers will head into the Scottish Borders for lunch at an Edwardian manor, nestled in the Tweed Valley.
The journey continues through rolling hills, passing spellbinding abbeys, awe-inspiring stately homes and castles before arriving at The Treehouses at Lanrick. A hidden gem bordering the Trossachs National Park, this green accommodation does not compromise on luxury. As night falls, the group will gather to meet their chef for the evening, the renowned Tony Singh. An al fresco dinner with local, seasonal produce follows a guided stargazing experience with Scotland’s Astronomer Royal Catherine Heyman.
Heading northeast toward The Cairngorms, guests will stop for refreshments at the peerless Fife Arms in Braemar, a 200-year-old Scottish lodge. A pioneer in recycling and upcycling, the hotel is home to a collection of over 16,000 antiques and curios, and artworks – from Picasso, Freud, Bruegel, to watercolors by HM Queen Victoria and HRH Prince Charles.
The journey will then continue on to The Macallan Estate, set on 485 acres of Speyside countryside and home to the brand’s award-winning distillery, designed by internationally acclaimed architects to promote sustainability. The immersive experience will feature a meal in the surroundings, tutored tasting, and private distillery experience. The final destination in the journey celebrates the partnership between Bentley and The Macallan, sharing an insight into the process, production, people and passion that make their single malt whisky special. A farewell for guests will culminate in a private, specially curated dining experience at the Elchies Brasserie, before moving on to stay at the restored Rothes Glen.
After a final breakfast, chauffeurs will transfer guests to Aberdeen International Airport to travel onwards home. Alternatively, the Caledonia Sleeper from Inverness can be arranged, offering the iconic railway journey to London.