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Family Touring in Scotland

Without a doubt, your family will fall in love with Scotland. For younger family members, it’s a land of ancient castles and legendary warriors; a land where a young wizard took a steam train into the wonderful magical world. For grown-ups, the country is no less magical: discover awe-inspiring landscapes, enduring traditions, warm hospitality and perhaps even the odd dram of single malt whisky.

This remarkable week-long adventure combines city and countryside living. Your trip commences on the cobbled streets of the capital city, then you will venture into the Highlands to encounter famed Glencoe before your time in Scotland draws to a close in a glorious playground that is perfect for visitors of all ages.

 

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



This 7 day Scottish family Dream Escape could include the following experiences;

  • In Edinburgh, get off the beaten track to discover hidden gems and local favourites with a private tour in some iconic Mini Coopers!

 

  • A guided visit to Edinburgh Castle with a family-friendly quiz to keep all members of the family entertained (and educated!) along the way.

 

  • A privately guided Segway tour in glorious Glencoe. What is a Segway? They are environmentally friendly, electronically powered transporters that deliver the most fun you can have on two wheels! In this incredible location, keep your eyes peeled and you may also catch a glimpse of some wonderful local wildlife.

 

  • A journey aboard ‘The Hogwarts Express’, passing over the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct. It’s a must for all Harry Potter fans!

 

  • A wonderful visit to a private farm to meet with a lovely local family and hear about their way of life as they take you on a tour. Meet some of the farm animals and then there may even be the chance of feeding the lambs or collecting eggs from the hens. For many, the highlight is seeing a working sheepdog hard at work in the field, managing the sheep with his trusty handler.

 

  • Visiting a horse farm to meet some impressive Clydesdale horses, which will then lead you on a carriage ride in the Perthshire countryside.

 

  • Guinness World Record holder Mark B has cycled around the world – twice! Let this native Scot, take you on a personal cycling journey closer to home in fabulous Perthshire. Rest assured, the experience is suitable for non-world-record holders!

 

  • A full day to enjoy a range of outdoor pursuits:
    • For the budding Robin Hoods – take aim and try your hand at archery
    • For fans of birds – experience flying a magnificent bird of prey and then feeling it land on a gloved fist; with all the weight of a feather
    • For dog lovers, the wonderful world of gundog training beckons, spending time with a beautiful, affectionate and enthusiastic canine companion

 

During your week-long adventure, stay in three different properties.

In Edinburgh, stay in a stunning apartment in Edinburgh’s newest destination for the modern luxury traveller; located in the heart of the city.

In the Highlands stay in an historic mansion, residing in a grand two-bedroom suite.

Your final accommodation in Perthshire is a resort known as “The Playground of the Gods. Experience the divine setting, dining, activities and facilities of this incredible hotel.

 

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THINGS TO DO

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 CASTLE

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

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.

THE JACOBITE STEAM TRAIN

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

FALCONRY

Experience first-hand the art of falconry. Known as the “sport of kings”, this is a wonderful opportunity to see magnificent birds of prey up close. Often including Falcons, Owls, Hawks and Eagles; in full flight, they are spectacular.

GLENCOE SEGWAY TOUR

After you’ve aced the training, enjoy a privately guided tour of the countryside, seeing places that are not easily accessible by car. En-route, experience a mix of twists, turns and straight open paths.  Keep your eyes peeled and you may also catch a glimpse of some wonderful local wildlife!

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.

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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