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Festive Family Scotland

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Festive Family Scotland

7 Days

There can be no better place to spend a festive family getaway than Scotland. Spending the holidays in both the beautiful city of Edinburgh and the rugged wilderness that surrounds the ‘Playground of the Gods’, it will be a Christmas to remember.

Explore the land of castles and cashmeres, before retreating back to five-star properties for a nightcap or a sumptuous dinner in award-winning restaurants. Dream Escape will provide private tours, chauffeur-driven transportation, and exclusive experiences to ensure your trip is truly unforgettable.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Your tailor-made programme curated by Dream Escape could include:

  • Warm up with a private tour and tasting at a historical distillery that straddles the border between the Highlands and Lowlands.

 

  • Explore the world hidden beneath Edinburgh’s streets on a tour that walks you through the city’s dark side.

 

  • Experience a magical Christmas with a carefully created package at Gleneagles, full of good food, festivities and entertainment.

 

  • Tour Edinburgh with a difference, roaming around in a classic Mini Cooper.

 

  • Enjoy a Christmas Eve carol concert, featuring a mix of traditional carols and up-beat soul songs specially chosen to put you in the festive spirit.

 

  • Cruise aboard a privately chartered motor cruiser along the waters of the one of Scotland’s most famous lochs; its idyllic forest surroundings have inspired visitors for centuries.

 

  • Take part in the old British custom of visiting a local church for a traditional midnight Christmas service, a hot toddy and mince pie will follow.

 

  • Speed across Gleneagles’ specially constructed ice rink located in the one-of-a-kind surroundings of the hotel grounds.

 

  • Christmas Day lunch will be served in one of Gleneagles’ prestigious dining rooms, accompanied by the joyful music of Gleneagles’ house bands.

 

  • Delight in the range of activities on offer at Gleneagles during your stay, from falconry to cocktail masterclasses and a ceilidh dance.

 

The accommodation during your festive holiday will first be a pair of interconnecting rooms at one of Edinburgh’s landmark hotels. While Christmas itself will be spent in a world-renowned country resort in the divine setting of Gleneagles. Surrounded by world-class hospitality, festive cheer and luxury, it makes for a relaxed and a very special holiday.

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THINGS TO DO

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.

GLENEAGLES

A winning blend of natural beauty and golfing adventure. Handicap not required on the King’s and Queen’s Courses.

LOCH LOMOND CRUISE

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

STIRLING CASTLE

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

GLENGOYNE DISTILLERY

Glengoyne Distillery is regularly referred to as the “most beautiful distillery in Scotland”, it is complete with whitewashed walls and a pagoda roof. Nestled in the foothills of the Dumgoyne Hill, the famous volcanic plug that shimmers like a far-off mirage to the people of Glasgow, the distillery has been in continuous operation, producing Highland single malt for over 175 years

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!

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.

GLENEAGLES

Described as “a Riviera of the Highlands” when it first opened its doors in 1924. Today, its reputation for luxury is undiminished and offers sumptuous accommodation, impeccable service, Michelin-starred dining, and Championship parkland courses. Handicap not required on the King’s and Queen’s Courses.

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.

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.

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    Jill Jergel, Frontiers International Travel

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