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Dream Escape is a leading luxury travel design company and destination specialist offering the ultimate in exclusive and inspirational customised travel experiences to England, Scotland and Ireland.

Our team of experienced creative planners, dedicated guides and expert curators handle every aspect of a client’s journey from concept to completion and our extensive contact book means that clients travelling with Dream Escape gain private access to attractions, sights and activities usually off-limits to the general public.

Dream Escape caters to all group sizes for both leisure and corporate clients. We work with the finest accommodation and transport providers and are experts in booking exclusive use properties.

Dream Escape prides itself on its high service levels, professionalism and discretion as well as its extensive experience in handling extremely high-end clients from across the globe. Dream Escape ensures that expectations are exceeded every step of the way.


Be it private clients or corporate, incentive groups, Dream Escape’s ability to combine country sports with spectacular parties in private castles, whisky and golf tours, to name but a few, is second to none.

Whether your clients are looking for a flexible individual programme filled with plenty of exciting activities and experiences for all the family; or a golfing trip to play a world-famous golf course with access to further private golf clubs; or simply to experience whisky tastings in private distilleries that aren’t open to the public. Dream Escape will work with you to provide a truly unique and special itinerary.


  • Private Box Events including Wimbledon, Chelsea Flower  Show and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Country Pursuits and Golf – access to world famous golf courses and private clubs
  • Equestrian Encounters – Stud Visits, Polo and Racing including Ascot
  • Whisky Experiences – Private Distillery Visits and Tastings
  • Exclusive Use Properties and accommodation
  • Incentive Trips and Board Meetings
  • Water and Island Based Experiences
  • Private Castle Stays
  • Celebrations and Events
  • Bespoke City Breaks and Tours of London, Edinburgh and Dublin – Literary and Cultural Themes
  • Chauffeur Guided Touring
  • Set Jetting – Following in the footsteps of Harry Potter, Outlander,  Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey
  • Multi-generational and Skip-generational Programmes


Dream Escape is a leading and award winning destination specialist and its founder, David Tobin, is a Conde Nast Traveller Top Travel Specialist and has been voted one of Travel+Leisure’s “A” Travel Agents.

Dream Escape is affiliated to all the key travel consortiums including Virtuoso, Signature Travel Network, Traveller Made, American Express/Crafted Journeys, ALTOUR, Andrew Harper Travel, and XO Private.


Our team at Dream Escape is made up of experienced creative planners and travel industry professionals who all have the same mind-set – to provide the best service to our clients. We are always happy to help you plan your next dream escape.

David Tobin

Owner & Director

Holly Mackie

Owner & Director

Claire Stone

Managing Director

Gordon Donald

Director of Finance

Rosie Peattie

Head of Guiding

Lesley Scott

Head of Planning Scotland & Ireland

Louise Murray

Head of Planning London & England

Nicola Barbour

Head of Operations

Sue Morris

Head of Marketing

Emer Mortell

Head of Sales

Karen Darlow

Head of Client Services

Angela Tennant

Bookkeeper / Finance Assistant

Michael Davies

Creative Planner

Annika Busam

Creative Planner

Alasdair Wells

Creative Planning Executive

Sanda Light

Creative Planning Executive

Georgia Beith

Creative Planning Assistant

Felicity Mann

Creative Planning Assistant and Copywriter

Jenny McIntosh

Scottish Blue Badge Guide

Sally Strange

London Blue Badge Guide

Helen Kidd

Senior Operations Executive

Becca Davies

Operations Executive

Rebecca Morrison

Operations Executive

Ashley Harris

Operations Executive

Sarah Butler

Marketing Executive

Joanna Heathcote

President, JH Hotel & Companies


We are always looking for creative and enthusiastic people to join our team. Our vision is to enrich lives through travel, employment and opportunity. We offer the valued members of our team real opportunities to develop professionally and personally.

Are you interested in becoming part of the Dream Escape family? We are always looking for strong candidates who share our passion for travel and customer service, who know how to remain flexible and gracious in an industry whose only constant is change and who believe, like we do, that work should also be FUN! What awaits you is a challenging, dynamic work environment, a close-knit team of true professionals and opportunities for travel and training.

If you are ready to pursue an exciting career in travel and tourism and already have some work experience and knowledge of the UK and Ireland, send your CV and a cover letter to: Claire Banks, Dream Escape, 10a Great King Street Edinburgh EH3 6QL

or email

We look forward to hearing from you!



We are always on the look out for energetic and creative people to join our dynamic planning teams in London, Edinburgh and Dublin. You will be responsible for liaising with high end clients to help plan and create tailor-made tour programmes to the UK and Ireland. Essential requirements include practical experience within the travel industry, knowledge of planning and operating high end travel programmes in the UK and Ireland, ability to multi task, work under pressure and demonstrate an exceptional attention to detail. We are always keen to hear from people who fit the bill. It is an exciting job opportunity for any travel industry professionals who want to be part of a fun and dynamic team within a rapidly expanding and award winning destination management company. For further information and a more detailed job specification, please contact or call +44 (0) 845 260 1085.


For Students. Participants in our short-term placement programme are generally students from colleges or universities looking to gain practical experience in a work environment for several months over the summer. The programme gives placement students the opportunity to build on their existing skills, acquire valuable insight into the travel business and develop observational and organisational competence. Our staff will work with each placement student to develop a programme tailored specifically to his or her needs and provide ongoing supervision and evaluation. Positions have been filled for 2019 placements but please contact us about opportunities for 2020. or call +44 (0) 845 260 1085.

  • "Probably the best of the best in the UK and Ireland for organising amazing trips. They know their stuff, have fantastic relationships with suppliers and always go the extra mile."

    Rob Arrow, Al Tayyar Group

  • "Lovely suite. Fabulous private tours. Everything has exceeded our expectations. "

    William A Heim, Client

  • "I had the most wonderful time with you and learned so much...What you offer is rare and much needed in the truly exclusive travel world. "

    Jean Newman-Glock, Signature Travel Network

  • "You were the heart and soul of the trip….I truly admired your sunny personality, sense of humor, organization and professionalism.  You also demonstrated  that a guide’s work is never done as you were constantly researching….. Did you ever rest??? "

    Sharon Delano, Frosch

  • "We want to thank you and the team from Dream Escape.  All six of us in our group had a wonderful time, and we all agreed we owed that in large measure to the work of Dream Escape. From the onset of working with you, you demonstrated a tremendous knowledge about all the activities we wished to pursue —from playing golf to dining at excellent restaurants to seeing historical sites and the Tattoo and Fringe Festival.  And, then you executed "

    Thomas Cohen, Client

  • "THANK YOU a zillion times over for choosing/assigning Rosie to be with this family.  She MADE the trip for them – there’s no other way to put it! "

    Jill Jergel, Frontiers International Travel

  • "Our holiday in Scotland now tops their lists of best trips…… To their growing list of amazing and memorable first-time experiences, our sons may add fishing for trout and salmon on the River Tay; steering a motor boat on Loch Ness; and taking private guided tours on Culloden Moor Of the eight full days we were in Scotland, Alex and Mattie thought each and every day was the best"

    Michael Guadarrama & Trammi Nguyen, clients of Peter Carideo. CRC Travel

  • "All six of us were deeply moved by the whole experience. Bravo Dream Escape "

    Max Levy, Direct client

  • "Thank you Karen and all of the staff and guides affiliated with Dream Escape…..the Flemings are having an awesome tour of Scotland. You all have made me look like a star! "

    Joni Gerace, The Travel Society, LLC

  • "Thanks for all your help and we can chalk this one up as a big success!   Our anniversary celebration was all we could have hoped for "

    Clients of Courtney Regan, Affiliate of Brownell Travel

  • "Rosie was MORE than outstanding – she went out of her way to help us in every regard...She was so knowledgeable – we all loved her"

    Jill A. Jergel, Frontiers International Travel

  • "I cannot thank you, Nicola and all the Dream Escape “clan” for the wonderful care & attention you have provided, and are providing for my clients"

    Cindy Evans, Travel Consultant

  • "I hope I have another opportunity to work with Dream Escape in the near future. The company is so professional, yet approachable and easy to work with. It has been a pleasure!"

    Carole McFarland, Universal Travel

  • "Dream Escape is delivering in a superb manner. Jim Johnston is a great driver and one of the best guides we've had - I wish to very much thank the Dream Escape Team for fulfilling a Dream…"

    Donald M. Davis, President, Luxury Travel, Inc.

  • "Thank you all so much it's great to have trusted friends on the ground to take care of our clients!"

    Peter Carideo, CRC Travel

  • "The trip was great.... Dream Escape is the name of the game"

    Ann Lipschitz, Worldview Travel

  • "Your level of service is just outstanding"

    Debra Fini, VWTI

  • "Dream Escape don’t just organise trips – they create adventures"

    Financial Times, How to Spend it

  • "It was, without doubt, one of the most spectacular weekends I have ever had"

    Country Life

  • "David Tobin’s an ace at getting inside private castles and estates and he’s well connected.... "

    Conde Nast Traveller Magazine

  • "The level of service they provide is outstanding. They truly care about every aspect of the trip to ensure you have a fantastic stay. Rosie is a hidden gem of a tour guide. Just fabulous."

    Yvonne Malka, Signature Travel Network, April 2018