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Classic Tour of Scotland and Ireland

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Classic Tour of Scotland and Ireland

16 Days

Embark on a bespoke journey that takes you through the beauty and culture of Scotland and Ireland. These two countries complement each other perfectly, with both famed for their warm hospitality, cinematic natural landscapes, and rich cultural heritage.

On a two-week long adventure, let private chauffeur-guides take you off the beaten track and exclusive experiences unlock the stories of these two magnificent nations.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Dream Escape’s programmes are all tailor-made and could include any of the following experiences:

  • Cruise along Scotland’s most famous stretch of water on a privately chartered luxury motor cruiser. Relax as you are served platters of Scottish delicacies whilst admiring your spectacular surroundings.

 

  • Discover the heritage of Irish music and dance on an expert-led tour of Dublin who will entertained, educate, and perhaps teach you a few moves along the way.

 

  • Walk through the heart of Scotland’s most famous glen, standing on the site of an ancient volcano, forged by fire and ice.

 

  • Tour a traditional perfumery in the heart of a stunning and unusual rocky landscape renowned for its biodiversity.

 

  • Experience one of the world’s greatest train journeys along the Road to the Isles.

 

  • Visit the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye, the crystal blue waters look enticing and make for great ‘Wild Swimming’.

 

  • Spend a day touring the home of golf. Walk the world-renowned Old Course and see the university where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first met.

 

  • Explore some of the 26,000 acres that make up Ireland’s first national park, world-renowned for its beauty.
  • Let your private chauffeur drive you round the Ring of Kerry, one of the best scenic drives in Ireland. Weave around an iconic mosaic of rugged coast, wild waves, and steep mountains.

 

  • Take a private tour of the beating heart of the Irish thoroughbred industry. Marvel at the power and grace of their immaculately bred stallions as you watch them at close quarters.

 

  • Unearth the secrets history of Edinburgh on a walking tour of the Old Town. The streets are filled with a jumbled assortment of fascinating buildings, galleries, palaces, and hidden alleyways.

 

  • Listen to tales of the history, myths, and legends of the Emerald Isle as you enjoy a gourmet picnic on your trek through Ireland’s highest mountain range.

 

  • Take a sip of the ‘water of life’ on a tour of Skye’s only distillery, a perfect introduction to the national drink of Scotland.

 

  • Satisfy your appetite on a walking tour of Dublin’s foodie highlights, sample both local and international delicacies in the best eating spots in the city.

 

The hand-picked accommodation on your trip offers the highest standard of luxury while also retaining an air of local charm and intimacy. In Edinburgh stay in the only five-star hotel on the Royal Mile before moving to a Victorian castle nestled at the foot of Scotland’s highest mountain. In Ireland, your accommodation includes the undisputed star of the Dublin hotel scene and an 800-year-old castle set on a sprawling estate overlooking a beautiful lake.

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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

EDINBURGH CASTLE

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

TALISKER DISTILLERY

Skye’s only distillery, which can be found situated on the banks of LochHarport, with dramatic views of the Cuillins in the background.

DUNVEGAN CASTLE

The oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and the stronghold of the Chiefs of Macleod for nearly 800 years. It is teeming with historical artefacts which bring bloody clan history to life – the mystical fairy flag and Sir RoryMor’s ceremonial drinking are highlights for many a visitor!

CULLODEN BATTLEFIELDS

The moving site of the infamous 1746 battle where in less than 60 minutes the Jacobite forces were outnumbered and defeated.

TRINITY COLLEGE

Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, it is home to one of the most impressive libraries in the world, the Book of Kells and the Brian Boru Harp.

THE IRISH NATIONAL STUD

The beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry. HM, Queen Elizabeth II took a tour here as recently as 2011. Her fascination is understandable, as the farm and its stock were gifted to the Crown in 1917.

JAPANESE GARDENS

Are world-renowned; they were laid out by a Japanese father and son team to symbolise the Life of Man. St. Fiachra’s Garden commemorates St. Fiachra, the patron saint of gardeners.

ROSS CASTLE

On the shores of Loch Leane in the Killarney National Park.

“CRAIG NA UN” STONE CIRCLE

Standing stones said to be one of Scotland’s most evocative sacred prehistoric sights, believed to be around 4000 years old.

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.

A RANGER GUIDED WALK IN 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. Reserved privately, a local guide will take you on a guided walk.

 

ISLE OF SKYE

Unquestionably the most popular isle of the Inner Hebrides. Voted by National Geographic as one of the world’s top five islands, it is rich in history and romance, famed for its natural beauty, traditional charm, breath-taking scenery and wildlife.

DUBLIN

Dublin is steeped in history, with Viking, medieval and Georgian influences all having left their marks. Since the time of the Vikings, Dublin has been the principal gateway to the Emerald Isle. The medieval city, with its intimate knots of small alleys and broad streets south of the river, was developed in Norman times around St Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle, and later came to symbolise British rule in Ireland. The 18th century was the “Age of Elegance”, a time of relative prosperity when the Irish gentry set about remodelling the city into one of elegance, replete with graceful terraces, wrought-iron balconies and fanlight doorways. The city became Ireland’s capital with the establishment of the Republic of Ireland in 1937, and today is regarded as one of the liveliest and most atmospheric in Europe.

KILLARNEY

Located by the three lakes and mountains of the Killarney National Park, Killarney is well known for its excellent shops, restaurants and cosmopolitan appeal. During the summer months, the lively on-street musical entertainment complements the meandering of tourists and locals alike. On bright evenings, one can browse in a bookstore, admire art or savour the delights of homemade ice cream or a finely prepared lobster.

THE BURREN

The Burren is truly is a special place full of wonder, beauty and discovery. It is a karst landscape made up of an extraordinarily rich geological, botanical and archaeological heritage with parts of the region classed as a National Park. This limestone plateau resembles a lunar landscape; in the spring and summer months, great colour abounds against the stark landscape. Ruined forts and castles and numerous prehistoric sites dot the landscape; the region has been aptly described as ‘one vast memorial to bygone cultures’.

  • 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.

  • "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