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A Scottish Family Programme

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A Scottish Family Programme

13 Days

This chauffeur-driven family adventure is specially designed to give you the opportunity to experience the culture and charm of Scotland – from the history of the vibrant capital city to the epic natural beauty of the Highlands. Along the way there are plenty of special activities arranged which are sure to keep every family member entertained. It will be hard to choose a highlight of the trip – perhaps exploring castles, learning to fish with a local ghillie, or seeing some of the local wildlife along the way!  

 

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HOLIDAY ITINERARY



Day One: Arrival in Scotland

Day Two: Down on the Farm

Day Three: From Field to Table

Day Four: Glorious Glencoe

Day Five: Full Steam Ahead

Day Six: Lovely Loch Ness

Day Seven: The Highland Chocolatier

Day Eight: Perthshire Pursuits

Day Nine: Playground of the Gods

Day Ten: In the Footsteps of Scottish Heroes

Day Eleven: A Mini Adventure

Day Twelve: Ediburgh’s Old Town

Day Thirteen: Onward Travel

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HIGHLIGHTS

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Day One: Arrival in Scotland

Following your arrival at Edinburgh Airport, your touring-chauffeur will welcome you and take you north to your first accommodation – a beautiful cottage located in the grounds of a Perthshire farm.

 

 

 

Day Two: Down on the Farm

The morning is yours to spend at leisure, resting and relaxing following your international flight.

The afternoon begins with a BBQ using beef, lamb and pork sourced from the farm itself, served with a range of salads then followed with sumptuous home-baked cakes and tarts. Your hosts will then take you on a tour of the farm to meet the animals, including the iconic Highland Cows!

The animal encounters continue as you then travel to nearby Bandirran Stud to meet some magnificent Clydesdale horses. These gentle giants love to display their personalities during both work and play. You’ll be taken on a carriage ride, pulled by the Clydesdales, along country roads. The afternoon concludes with a delightful picnic-style Afternoon Tea.

 

Day Three: From Field to Table

Spend the day at a local organic farm. You will be welcomed into the farm house for refreshments with your hosts before being taken on a tour of the farm. Lunch completes full circle of the farm by way of a steak tasting accompanied by a seasonal salad and a selection of other home-grown or home-made foods.

In the afternoon, there is a choice of activities, whether you wish to create your own burgers with fresh organic ingredients in the farm’s butchery or get out into the fresh air with a walk to further explore the farm and learn more of its history and biodiversity.

This evening, enjoy a traditional Scottish dinner with your hosts in their farm house kitchen.

Day Four: Glorious Glencoe

Travel to Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous glen. A local ranger will take you on a walk in this awe-inspiring location. The scenery has attracted many film makers – most famously, it has featured in the James Bond film Skyfall and several of the Harry Potter films.

To follow, explore a nearby estate on Segways. After you’ve aced the training, enjoy a 50-minute adventure with a mix of twists, turns and straight open paths – you may also catch a glimpse of the local wildlife!

Your next accommodation is a two-bedroom suite in a historic mansion house. Its location is incredible, and you’ll enjoy wonderful Highland hospitality from the moment you enter the great hall.

 

Day Five: Full Steam Ahead!

Board the Jacobite Steam Train for what has been described as one of the world’s great train journeys. It will take you over the arches of the Glenfinnan Viaduct which famously featured in the Harry Potter films. Keep an eye out for Arthur Weasley’s Ford Anglia flying overhead!

The area has a history that is close to the hearts of many Scots, with Loch Shiel being where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard at the start of the Jacobite Rising in 1745. See the towering Glenfinnan Monument which commemorates those who bravely rose in support of him.

Your route continues along a beautiful stretch of Highland coast where, on a clear day, the enchanting Small Isles are visible. At the end of the line, re-unite with your touring-chauffeur and make the return journey by road. It is equally as scenic and allows more “stop offs” to explore the area.

 

Day Six: Lovely Loch Ness

Explore famous Loch Ness aboard a privately chartered high-speed RIB. The adventure is guaranteed to blow any Highland cobwebs away as you blast your way to see impressive Urquhart Castle, which dates from the 13th century. Once one of Scotland’s mightiest strongholds, it is now nothing more than atmospheric ruins overlooking dark waters.

The loch is steeped in legend and folklore; keep an eye out for the elusive Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known by locals as Nessie!

 

Day Seven: The Highland Chocolatier

Travel into Perthshire where a ranger will take you on a guided walk to one of the region’s most photographed spots. You would never guess this rich conservation area, cutting a pass where the Highlands meet the Lowlands, was once the site of one of the goriest battles in Scottish history.

Next, meet the internationally-renowned Highland Chocolatier. He will guide you through a tasting flight of five chocolates, teaching you to identify the flavour profiles that make up each one. Luckily, you’ll be gifted a box of chocolates to take away with you!

Your next accommodation is a castle hotel which has been restored to combine its historic past with contemporary design.

 

 

Day Eight: Perthshire Pursuits

Spend the morning with a local ghillie for a fly fishing lesson. It is a sport which combines peaceful surroundings and time away from the busy modern world with a few thrills. Your expert ghillie will provide guidance to help you cast your line in the hope of landing the perfect catch.

Following an organic hot lunch on the river banks, the adventure continues in the afternoon as you get behind wheel of a luxury Land Rover for an all-terrain off-roading experience. In total, there are over 70 miles of upland forest and moorland tracks to navigate. The instructors also have great knowledge about the local wildlife – keep an eye out for red squirrels, deer, and ospreys which nest nearby.

Your experience will be filmed on a GoPro and you’ll be given the footage to take away with you as a fun reminder of your time in Scottish hills!

 

Day Nine: Playground of the Gods

Travel to your next accommodation, an incredible resort known as ‘The Playground of the Gods’.

Once settled, enjoy a private family falconry lesson which gives you the chance to handle and fly a Harris Hawk. Even a beginner can fly one of these magnificent birds of prey and experience it effortlessly land on a gloved fist! In full flight, these creatures are truly magnificent.

Spend the rest of the day on-site. Golfers may wish to play on one of the three Championship courses, while the rest of the family may prefer to take aim at the shooting school or enjoy a lesson with the resort’s delightful gundogs. If in search of some relaxation, The Spa by ESPA is nothing short of incredible.

 

Day Ten: In the Footsteps of Scottish Heroes

Head to Stirling Castle. Whoever ruled here often ruled the nation, and it towers over some of the most important battlefields in Scottish history. It’s a great place for younger family members to explore. Hear horrible tales from the castle’s history and meet costumed courtiers from the 16th century.

Perhaps follow with a visit to Bannockburn Visitor Centre where you can immerse yourself with the sights and sounds of medieval battle. Alternatively, climb the National Wallace Monument, located on the Abbey Crag. Here, the Hall of Heroes has as its centrepiece – the Wallace Sword – a powerful symbol of the legendary William Wallace’s courage and skill.

Travel onwards to Edinburgh and check-in to your final accommodation, a luxury 5* property located in the heart of the city.

Day Eleven: A Mini Adventure

Explore Edinburgh with a private three-hour tour in two Mini Coopers. It will be a sight-seeing tour with a difference; venture off the beaten track to discover hidden gems and local favourites that most tourists miss!  Perhaps drive around Arthur’s Seat – an extinct volcano – and stretch your legs with a short climb to the top of nearby Calton Hill. You’ll then be taken through the street of Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town before exploring the historic Old Town, including a drive through Grassmarket where 18th century executions were held…

By the end of your tour you’ll have experienced Edinburgh like a true local with lots of stories and photos to show for it!

 

Day Twelve: Edinburgh's Old Town

A local guide will take you on a tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Their local knowledge and fun stories about the city and its people will keep every member of the family entertained (and educated!) throughout the day.

Take a stroll along the Royal Mile and through the heart of historic Edinburgh. One heart-warming tale is that of Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal Skye Terrier. See if you can spot the statue of the ‘faithful friend’ when walking around the Old Town!

Late afternoon, your guide will take you to the castle esplanade. On your own, explore incredible Edinburgh Castle. From its volcanic rock, it towers over the city. Step inside the ancient walls and learn of the royalty who lived and died here and the struggles for control of the nation…

 

Day Thirteen: Onward Travel

Your chauffeur will accompany you to Edinburgh Airport.

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THINGS TO DO

EDINBURGH CASTLE

Known as the “Jewel in Scotland’s Crown”.

EDINBURGH MINI-MACK TOUR

Take a private two-hour tour of the city in two Mini Coopers. It will be a sight-seeing tour with a difference; venture off the beaten track to discover hidden gems and local favourites that most tourist miss!

By the end of your tour you’ll have experienced Edinburgh like a true local – with lots of stories and photos to show for it!

GLENEAGLES

A winning blend of natural beauty and golfing adventure. Handicap not required on the King’s and Queen’s Courses.

HIGHLAND CHOCOLATIER

Enjoy a special visit to the picturesque base of the internationally-renowned Highland Chocolatier. This award-winning chocolatier is the creator of the Velvet Truffle; it took over three years to perfect and went on to be judged the “Best Dark Chocolate Truffle in the World”.

JACOBITE STEAM TRAIN

Travel over the 21 arches of the Glenfinnian Viaduct, now best known from the Harry Potter films.

HIGHLAND FARM VISIT

Meet the Highland Cattle. With their fluffy hair and long horns, the cows are a true icon of Scotland and make for a great photo opportunity! Perhaps also take the time to meet some of the farm’s smaller residents – chickens, turkeys, pigs, and sheep. Lambing takes place at the end of April, and you will be welcome to feed any pet lambs that may be around.

PLACES VISITED

EDINBURGH

Scotland’s historic capital city. Edinburgh, sometimes referred to as the “Athens of the North”, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It has two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress; and the neo- classical New Town, dating from the 18th The harmonious connection of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character and saw it awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1995.

The Royal Mile, which lies at the heart of the Old Town is arguably one of the most famous streets in the world. Today, it is peppered with stores selling cashmere goods and hand crafted silver jewellery. However, in centuries gone by it was a different story: delving into the Old Town is like leafing through the pages of a dusty historical novel, as each era unfolds with its own legends and characters.

GLENCOE

Scotland’s most famous glen which lies in the heart of an ancient volcano.It is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in the country and certainly one of the most dramatic; thundering waterfalls tumble down the sides of mountains into sparkling lochs. Glencoe also has its place firmly in the history books due to its savage history. It was the site of the infamous massacre of Clan Macdonald of Glencoe by government troops in 1692. On a wintery dawn morning, in a terrible breach of trust, the soldiers fell on their hosts.

GLENEAGLES-FAMILY

When Gleneagles first opened its doors in 1924, it was quickly dubbed the Playground of the Gods. Today, its claim to that title is undiminished: experience for yourself the divine setting, dining and facilities of the hotel. As the saying goes, “There are many beautiful places in the world. There are many great hotels. There are many famous golf courses and resorts. There is only one Gleneagles”.

Having won “Best of the Best Family Programme” at the 2013 Virtuoso Awards and “Best Family Hotel” at the 2014 Junior Design Awards, as well as high praise from Condé Nast Traveller, it is little surprise that the resort’s family-oriented activities are nothing short of amazing.

LOCH NESS

Extending 23 miles, Loch Ness provides spectacular views regardless of the time of year.The loch’s cold, deep waters are said to be home to the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie. It is said that the first sighting of the monster was in the 6th century by St. Columba, and sporadic sightings have been reported ever since.

STIRLING

Stirling is dominated by it’s towering castle, perhaps one of Scotland’s most important: whoever ruled here, ruled the nation.

Built on a crag and tail rock formation, the castle commands the countryside for many miles around. It towers over some of the most important battlefields of our history including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallace’s victory over the English in 1297, and Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce defeated the same foe only 17 years later.

PERTHSHIRE

In the words of Sir Walter Scott, Perthshire is “the fairest portion of the northern kingdom“. Taking in the region’s beauty, from its serene glens and endless expanses of lush forest, to its bleakly beautiful moors, rushing rivers and tumbling waterfalls, it’s impossible to argue with him

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

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