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Family Tattoo Adventure

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Family Tattoo Adventure

10 Days

Your family is going to love holidaying in Scotland – after all, it’s a country that packs oodles of adventure, history, wildlife and scenery into every square mile!

 Specially designed with energetic families in mind, there are plenty of unique activities and experiences arranged which are sure to keep every family member entertained – without a doubt, it will be hard to choose a highlight.

 Each day has been carefully crafted; the trip is the perfect balance of activity and learning about the local way of life. A team of guides with local knowledge and a gift for talking, will explain and expand on the area’s rich history and cultural heritage like no book can. Their stories and company will no doubt make your family trip truly unforgettable.

 Beginning in the spectacular Scottish Highlands – without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in the world – you’ll continue to Perthshire to enjoy animal encounters and a very special chocolate tasting, before your journey concluding on the cobbled streets of the capital city, when a series of festivals bring the famed Old Town to life and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo bangs its mighty drum.

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HOLIDAY ITINERARY



Day One: Arrival, Glasgow and to Glencoe

Day Two: Explore Glencoe

Day Three: All Aboard! The Jacobite Steam Train

Day Four: Highland Perthshire

Day Five: Down on the Farm

Day Six: Country Pursuits

Day Seven: Travel To Edinburgh

Day Eight: A Mini-Mack Adventure

Day Nine: Edinburgh – The Festival City

Day Ten: Homeward Bound

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Day One: Arrival to Glasgow & onto Glencoe

From Glasgow, pass along the shores of Loch Lomond to Glencoe and check-in to your accommodation, a historic mansion situated in one of the most spectacular locations in Scotland.

Your family suite is far removed from the typical hotel room and you will experience five-star treatment according to the rules of Highland hospitality starting from the moment you enter the property’s great hall.

Day Two: Glencoe Activities

Guaranteed to blow any lingering cobwebs away, explore Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous glen. You’ll see what seduced many a location scout to entice a director to shout ‘action’.

American Broadcaster CNN said that it was so impressed with the scenery in the James Bond film Skyfall, some of which was filmed here, that it declared Scotland one of its top travel destinations.   Glencoe was used as a location in several Harry Potter films, most notably the Quidditch matches, while the outdoor shots of Hagrid’s hut in The Prisoner of Azkaban were shot nearby Clachaig Gully and further afield Loch Etive stood in for Hogwarts’ lake. More recently, the opening shots of the very first Outlander episode were of The Study of Glen Coe, looking over to mountains known as the Three Sisters.

Your exploration continues as you move from on foot to a Segway. This is a fun and novel way to explore places not easily accessible by car. After you’ve aced the training, enjoy an adventure with a mix of twists, turns and straight open paths – you may also catch a glimpse of the local wildlife if you’re lucky!

Day Three: All Aboard! The Jacobite Steam Train

A very special and scenic day lies ahead for ‘Potterheads’ as you board the Jacobite Steam Train, otherwise known as the ‘Hogwarts Express’.

The journey will not take you to wizarding world, however it does take you through an area which has a history that is close to the hearts of many Scots, with Loch Shiel being the place where Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie), raised his standard at the start of the Jacobite Rising of 1745. See the towering Glenfinnan Monument that pays tribute to the clansmen who gave their lives for the Jacobite cause.

The return journey will be made via road. Perhaps pause at Arisaig, which lies at the southern end of The Silver Sands of Morar, or at Loch Eilt which in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, was the spot where Hagrid was seen skimming stones across the water. Eilean na Moine, an island on Loch Eilt, became the site of Dumbledore’s final resting place, and where Voldemort steals the Elder Wand in Deathly Hallows Part I.

 

Day Four: Highland Perthshire

Depart Glencoe, travelling into Highland Perthshire.

For chocoholics – the ultimate visit gets the day underway with a private tutored tasting at the Highland Chocolatier.

You will be welcomed into the superbly-named Chocolate Lounge where a member of staff will guide you through a chocolate tasting flight of five chocolates – allowing you to learn and identify the flavour profiles that make up each chocolate. By special arrangement, you can meet with the master craftsman chocolatier himself.  Do ask him about the Velvet Truffle; it took over three years to perfect and went on to be judged the “Best Dark Chocolate Truffle in the World”.

To follow, travel to the shores of Loch Tay for an exciting exploration aboard a privately chartered RIB. Your skipper will provide a fascinating insight to the Loch’s history, from ancient ruins and local legends up to the present day. There will be plenty of wildlife-spotting opportunities and fantastic scenery along the way.

Your accommodation for the evening is a castle impeccably restored to combine its historic past with contemporary design to create a unique and luxurious retreat. Situated in the heart of Highland Perthshire, the property benefits from 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 Five: Down on the Farm

By special arrangement, the day begins with a visit to a family-owned working farm and stud. Enjoy a personal connection with the animals, and the opportunity to meet with locals.

You will be met and warmly welcomed on arrival by the farm’s owners, Ailsa and James, before heading to the Stud to meet the Clydesdale horses. Derived from the farm horses of Clydesdale, Scotland, they are instantly recognisable by the long hair that grows down each leg, often covering each hoof.

To follow, return to the farm to 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!

The visit concludes with a delicious home-cooked lunch in the family-style Farm Kitchen.

Travel thereafter to your penultimate accommodation, a world-renowned resort. When it first opened its doors in 1924, it was described as a “Riviera of the Highlands”; today, its reputation for luxury is undiminished. The 850-acre estate is situated in the heart of Perthshire, and offers sumptuous accommodation, impeccable service, Michelin-starred dining and an array of country pursuits and leisure activities with expert tuition on-hand.

Day Six: Country Pursuits

Spend the day at leisure, doing as much or as little as you please. The resort is renowned for offering some of the best country pursuits and leisure activities in the country, and there is something to suit every preference and interest.

Perhaps tee off on one of the resort’s three iconic courses, take aim at the shooting school, retreat to the trout loch for a spot of fishing, or enjoy the thrill of off-road driving in the hills.

For animal lovers, perhaps experience falconry – the sport of kings – or put the delightful and impeccable trained Labradors through their paces at the Gundog School! The Equestrian School provides expert instruction for beginners, while experienced riders may wish to enjoy a trail ride in the peaceful surrounding countryside.

Day Seven: Travel to Edinburgh

Travel south to Edinburgh and check-in to your final accommodation, a hotel which belongs to a brand that sets the standard in luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. Converted from a Victorian railway hotel, it has embodied the very best in Scottish hospitality for over a hundred years.

This evening, attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Staged every year, it is a unique celebration of immaculately-choreographed music, dance and pageantry against the spectacular brooding backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

A highlight for many is the wondrous sight and sound of the Massed Pipes and Drums emerging from the huge castle gates, playing the inspiring battle tunes of Scotland’s most famed regiments. The event is brought to a poignant conclusion as a lone piper high on the castle ramparts plays a haunting lament, while a spectacular firework display lights up the sky.

 

 

Day Eight: A Mini-Mack Adventure

Enjoy a private two-hour tour of Edinburgh 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!

Perhaps drive around Arthur’s Seat – an extinct volcano – and stretch your legs with a short climb to the top of nearby Calton Hill, before travelling through the street of Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town then 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!

The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure, exploring the city on your own.

 

Day Nine: Edinburgh - The Festival City

Accompanied by a local walking guide, explore Edinburgh’s famed Old Town.

Begin with a visit to Edinburgh Castle – from its volcanic rock, it towers over the city. Step inside the ancient walls to uncover the castle’s secrets. Learn of the battles fought over it and the struggles for control of the nation, visit the Jewel House to see the Scottish Crown Jewels, and keep an eye out for ghosts! No castle in Scotland would be complete without ghostly goings-on; there are stories of a mysterious piper lost in the tunnels below, and a poltergeist in the castle dungeon.

To follow, walk along the Royal Mile which lies at the heart of the Old Town and is arguably one of the most famous streets in the world.

During August, the Royal Mile comes spectacularly alive with outdoor performers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. Witness scores of musicians, acrobats and other street performers – kids will be captivated!

Later, delve into the depths of Edinburgh’s ghostly past as your private cloaked guide leads you away from the bustling Royal Mile and into the shadowy closes of the Old Town. These dark streets allow you to hear only the faintest whisper of the crowds you have left behind; with the scene set, your guide will begin to tell you dark tales of days gone by.

Next, descend underneath the city, gaining exclusive access to underground vaults which are reputed to be amongst the most haunted places in the city. In this atmospheric location, lit only by the flicker of candle light, your guide will regale you with stories of murderers and vagrants, torture and hangings. A former haunt of the real-life Jekyll and Hyde, the true history of the vaults is even more terrifying than fiction.

 

Day Ten: Homeward Bound

Your chauffeur-guide will provide a transfer to Edinburgh Airport where you will board your flight for onward travel.

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HIGHLIGHTS

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THINGS TO DO

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”.

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.

EDINBURGH GHOST TOUR

Follow your cloaked guide through the shadowy streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town for a private exploration of underground vaults which are reputed to be amongst the most haunted places in the city. In this atmospheric location, lit only by the flicker of candle light, your guide will regale you with stories of murderers and vagrants, torture and hangings. Their true history is even more terrifying than fiction.

THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO

Taking place on the Castle Esplanade, this legendary event includes nearly 1000 performers from all over the world.

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!

EDINBURGH FESTIVALS

During August, the Royal Mile comes spectacularly alive with outdoor performers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. Witness scores of musicians, acrobats and other street performers – the whole family will be captivated!

 

 

 

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 century. 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.

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.

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

THE HIGHLANDS

The Highlands very much embody the romance of Scotland; they really are the Scotland of your imagination, a beautiful and inspiring region of ancient landscapes with a fascinating history. Spend the day exploring with your chauffeur-guide. There is a wealth of places to visit

  • 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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