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An Adventure Playground

  • Scotland
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An Adventure Playground

7 Days

Spend a week in the land of cashmere and castles, using five-star properties as your bases to explore the magnificent people and places of Scotland. No expense is spared as you unwind at the ‘Playground of the Gods’, before travelling to a luxury castle reserved for your exclusive use.

Enjoy day trips out to Scotland’s beautiful capital city, as well as many of its stunning areas of natural beauty. From exclusive visits to private cruises and expeditions in classic cars, experience adventure-filled days before spending your evenings relaxing in intimate surroundings.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Your tailor-made programme will be carefully curated to your tastes by Dream Escape and could include any of the following experiences:

  • Board a sea plane and soar above the hidden lochs, glorious glens and forbidding stone castles of a beautiful national park.

 

  • Enjoy breakfast at the birthplace and home of Scotland’s national Bard after an exclusive tour of the property.

 

  • Embark on a private guided tour of the dark side of Edinburgh’s history.

 

  • Venture 2500ft up into the rugged Scottish hills on a nature safari and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch as you look out for Red Deer, Mountain Hares, the Famous Grouse and Golden Eagles.

 

  • Step inside the ancient walls of an imposing castle and learn of the royalty who lived and died here, and how control of the nation was fought for from this fortress atop an ancient volcano.

 

  • Relax with chauffeur-driven transportation throughout your trip, allowing you to fully de-stress and enjoy the spectacular scenery around you.
  • Take a leisurely cruise on the waves of a serene loch. There can be no better way to experience the famed beauty of its surroundings than on board a luxury motor cruiser with a glass of champagne in hand.

 

  • Get behind the wheel of some impressive classic cars and take your touring into your own hands. Drive off the beaten track and explore the hidden beauty of Scotland.

 

  • Enjoy a range of traditional country pursuits such as golf, falconry, fishing, gun dog training, equestrian activities, and 4×4 off-read driving.

 

  • Experience a traditional celebration on your final night, a pipe band will march in full resplendence in front of you as they perform the Beating Retreat. Listen to their drums echo around the estate, creating a stirring and emotional finale.

 

Dream Escape recommends two five-star properties for this programme. The first is a world-renowned country resort offering the best in luxury hospitality for almost 100 years, while the second is a magnificent former family estate that aims to create the atmosphere of a home from home.

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HIGHLIGHTS

A visual glimpse of the key things to do and places that will be visited on this exciting itinerary

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HIGHLIGHTS

A visual glimpse of the key things to do and places that will be visited on this exciting itinerary

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THINGS TO DO

4X4 OFF ROAD DRIVING

Just “armed with camera and binoculars” sit back and soak up the sights.

CLASSIC CAR EXPERIENCE

Get behind the wheel of some fabulous classic cars.

WALLACE MONUMENT

A tower standing on summit of Abbey Craig, overlooking Stirling and commemorates Sir William Wallace, a 13th century Scottish hero.

STIRLING CASTLE

Perhaps one of Scotland’s most important castles as whoever ruled here, often ruled the nation.

EDINBURGH CASTLE

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

SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

One of Edinburgh’s most remarkable buildings.

SEA PLANE RIDE

Step aboard a sea plane and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the water from a cruising altitude of 500ft.

BURNS COTTAGE AND ROBERT BURNS BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM

Where the legendary poet was born over 250 years ago.

ADDRESS TO THE HAGGIS

A special celebration will be arranged for your final evening.

PLACES VISITED

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.

THE TROSSACHS

The ‘Trossachs’, are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 
Straddling the border between the Highlands and Lowlands, the Trossachs is often referred to as Scotland in Miniature – within a few miles, you can find towering peaks and deep wooded glens, as well as babbling streams and rivers which run into magnificent lochs.

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.

LOCH LOMOND

Loch Lomond is one of the Scotland’s most famous stretches of water. Formed during the last Ice Age, the north is dominated by mountainous peaks and a scattering of islands can be found at the southern shores.

The loch is steeped in history and has inspired artists, poets and writers for centuries. Praised by such figures as Robert Burns and Gerard Manley Hopkins as well as being the focus of the ever-popular song “The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond”, which closes many a night of revelry, it has earned its place in Scottish culture both high and low.

  • 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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    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