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Classic Scotland Tour

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Classic Scotland Tour

11 Days

Experience the unique heritage and culture of Scotland on this tailor-made journey. It will take you to the beautiful and historic cities of Edinburgh and St. Andrews alongside the breath-taking landscapes of Loch Lomond and the North-West Highlands.

Lavish accommodation, exclusive visits, and an incredible luxury train journey combine to ensure you will leave with treasured memories and a great appreciation of this magnificent country.

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HOLIDAY ITINERARY



Day One: Arrive Glasgow followed by cruise on Loch Lomond

Day Two: A special visit to Inveraray Castle

Day Three: Day in Glencoe and the North West Highlands

Day Four: Enjoy a Jacobite Steam Train Experience

Day Five: Tour of Perthshire and Blair Castle

Day Six: Travel to Edinburgh

Day Seven: Day exploring Edinburgh with chauffeur guide

Day Eight: Day trip to St Andrews. Evening aboard Royal Yacht Britannia

Day Nine: Take the Flying Scotsman for train journey north to the Highlands

Day Ten: Continue on Flying Scotsman through the Scottish Lowlands

Day Eleven: Homeward bound from Glasgow or Edinburgh

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HIGHLIGHTS

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Day One: Arrive in Scotland

On arrival at Glasgow Airport be met and welcomed by your chauffeur-guide who will provide a comfortable transfer north to shores of Loch Lomond. Experience the loch in true luxury and style with a private cruise on board a gleaming 46ft luxury motor cruiser. This evening perhaps enjoy your first taste of Scottish cuisine with dinner in the local Michelin starred restaurant.

Day Two: A Fine Time at Lock Fyne

Accompanied by your chauffeur-guide, travel to Inveraray Castle for a special visit. Fans of Downton Abbey may recognise the castle, as it featured as the backdrop for a special episode of the award-wining British drama. A specialist private guide will take you on a tour of the castle. Noted highlights include the Armoury Hall, the fine State Dining Room and Tapestry Drawing Room containing magnificent French tapestries and countless other precious artworks. Afterwards, perhaps pause for a meal at an internationally-renowned seafood restaurant situated on the shores of Loch Fyne itself.

Day Three: The North-West Highlands

Travel north to Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous glen. It lies in the heart of an ancient volcano; glaciers and fiery explosions carved out the rugged and forbidding mountain peaks.  Reserved privately, a local guide will take you on a guided walk.  Tonight you will stay in a stunning Victorian castle nestled in the foothills of mighty Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain, amidst the breath-taking beauty of the West Highlands; evergreen forests, magnificent glens and shimmering lochs.

Day Four: The Jacobite Steam Train

A very special and scenic day lies ahead as you board the Jacobite Steam Train to experience what has been described as one of the world’s great train journeys. From Fort William, travel along the Road to the Isles, experiencing some of Scotland’s most stunning sea and landscapes. Your journey will take you over the 21 arches of the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which are perhaps now best known from the Harry Potter films. Your route continues along a beautiful stretch of Highland coast where, on a clear day, the enchanting Small Isles of Muick, Eigg, and Rhum are visible.

At Mallaig, re-unite with your chauffeur-guide and make the return journey via road. It is equally as scenic as via train and allows more “stop offs” to explore the area. Perhaps pause at Arisaig, which lies at the southern end of The Silver Sands of Morar. The coastline is sublime.

Day Five: Perfect Perthshire

Travel east to Blair Castle in the heart of Highland Perthshire, the iconic white castle has acted as a gatekeeper to the Scottish Highlands for over 700 years. The castle’s fascinating history encompasses visits from key figures in Scottish history including Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and Queen Victoria. Your accommodation for the night will be in another castle set in a beautiful location just a short walk from the charming town of Pitlochry and surrounded by woodland with views overlooking Loch Faskally and Ben Vrackie.

Day Six: The Journey South

Travel south to Edinburgh. Sometimes referred to as the “Athens of the North”, it 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 century.

Day Seven: Exploring Edinburgh

Spend the day exploring the city with your chauffeur and a qualified guide. Explore both the new and Old Town districts. The Old Town is known for its Reformation era buildings and unique medieval layout. Explore the Royal Mile, arguably one of the most famous cobbled streets in the world. Characterised by narrow closes and cobbled paths, it is best explored on foot. You will finish up with a visit to Edinburgh Castle.

Day Eight: The Royal Yacht Britannia & St. Andrews

Enjoy a day trip to St. Andrews which has its place firmly in the history books as being the home of golf.  For the golfing enthusiast, enjoy the opportunity of a private guided walk on the famed fairways of the Old Course.  To follow, perhaps browse the Tom Morris Store, the oldest golf shop in the world, or visit the British Golfing Museum. Alternatively, explore the ancient town in the company of a qualified guide. Noted sites from Scotland’s history books include St Andrews Castle and St Andrews Cathedral.

The day concludes with a unique post-opening visit to the former Royal Yacht Britannia.  Opened exclusively, your VIP experience commences with a “quayside arrival” and from here, you will see the ship in all her splendour. Board via a red carpet on the Royal Brow, a practice previously reserved for members of the Royal Family and visiting dignitaries.

Day Nine & Ten: The Royal Scotsman - Highland Journey

Step aboard the Royal Scotsman, a truly special train that will remind you of the romantic age of travel, when getting there was as much fun as arriving. The Highland journey will take you north. From the comfort of the Observation Car, witness an ever-changing landscape of sweeping glens, towering peaks, rugged shores, and mirror-calm lochs.

The journey stops in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park at a wonderful Highland Estate. In this magical setting, try a spot of clay-pigeon shooting or casting your line with fishing. Enjoy an evening visit to one of the oldest working distilleries and home to one of Scotland’s most famous whiskies. Where better to sample the “water of life”?

Dining on-board is a feast of gastronomic delights, prepared using the freshest local ingredients and accompanied by fine wines. With game-rich glens, a wealth of fresh Scottish seafood and rivers of wild salmon, and supplies of the best Aberdeen Angus beef, the chefs create innovative dishes reflecting traditional and contemporary Scottish cuisine as well as regional specialities.

Day Eleven: The Lowlands to the Highlands

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board before returning to Edinburgh Waverley Station where you will be met by your chauffeur-guide who will provide a safe and comfortable transfer to either Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport, where you will board a flight for onward travel.

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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

LOCH LOMOND CRUISE

Set off from the marina and relax on the upper deck with a glass of champagne in hand.

INVERARAY CASTLE

Enjoys a glorious setting, situated on the shores of Loch Fyne.

INVERLOCHY CASTLE

Was built-in 1863 by Lord Abinger.

JACOBITE STEAM TRAIN JOURNEY

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

BLAIR CASTLE

A castle full of fascinating history due to visits from key figures like Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie & Queen Victoria.

EDINBURGH CASTLE

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

THE PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE

Is the official residence in Scotland of HM, The Queen and The Royal Family.

ST ANDREWS CASTLE AND CATHEDRAL

The cathedral was the focal point of the Church in medieval Scotland.

ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA

Served HM, The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years.

PLACES VISITED

GLENCOE

Scotland’s most famous glen.  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. Scenery and geology aside, the glen 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.

EDINBURGH-CLASSIC TOUR

Scotland’s historic capital city. Edinburgh, sometimes referred to as the “Athens of the North” is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is made up of two distinct areas – old and new. The neo-classical new town, with sweeping crescents, grand boulevards,and elegant squares, has the luxury of two wide avenues: Princes Street and Queen Street, which were only built up on one side to let the light shine through.

The Old Town encompasses the main skyline of the city, which can be seen wonderfully from the Princes Street Gardens. The landscape around the area is also a landmark in itself, with the remnants of an extinct volcano, a castle on a crag, a unique medieval layout and a street which travels along the crest of the volcano. Explore the Royal Mile, arguably one of the most famous cobbled streets in the world. Characterised by narrow closes and cobbled paths, it is best explored on foot.

ST ANDREWS

Ancient coastal town widely regarded as the spiritual home of golf boasting 8 magnificent courses and also where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first met, whilst studying at the world-renowned university. The town is also home to several iconic historical sights.

CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK

Is the largest of its kind in the UK, covering approximately 4, 500 square  It is a spectacular mountainous area; which is home to the UK’s six highest mountains with 55 Munros (a term that is applied to a mountain over 3000 ft).  There are huge forests of ancient native trees, cascading waterfalls and more wildlife than you can shake a capercaillie (a huge woodland grouse native bird of Scotland).

  • 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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