Follow us on:

2021 Scotland Destination Showcase

  • Scotland
  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY
  • HIGHLIGHTS


itinerary Map

2021 Scotland Destination Showcase

15 Days

Scotland is renowned across the world for its dramatic and brooding landscapes, rich cultural history and enduring traditions. This once in a lifetime journey will commence in the wilds of the Highlands, close to the country’s most famous glen before journeying across the sea to explore ethereal scenery and remote isles.

From magnificent castles to spectacular lochs, this destination showcase draws on incredible experiences to delve deep into Scotland’s past. Learn from experts and locals alike to get a true understanding of this amazing country and why it has forged such a strong cultural identity.

GET IN TOUCH
  •   
  •   
  •   
  •   

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Dream Escape’s recommended programme could include the following experiences:

  • Enjoy a gentle, privately guided walk of Scotland’s most famous glen, Glencoe, renowned for its beautiful scenery and dramatic history.

 

  • Forage on the shores of stunning Loch Na Dal for seasonal, wild treats such as garlic, edible mushrooms and mussels in the company of a friendly, local expert.

 

  • Explore the captivating natural beauty of the Isle of Skye and the surrounding islands and enjoy a delicious fresh seafood lunch aboard a privately chartered catamaran. Explore the remote island of Rona, it’s resident seal colony and ancient ruins.

 

  • Bask in spectacular sights of Scotland’s most famous stretch of water, Loch Ness, whilst indulging in Scottish culinary delicacies on board a luxurious private motor cruiser.

 

  • Explore Scotland’s renowned Speyside region. Visit both traditional and state of the art modern distillers producing some of the worlds best selling whiskies and indulge in a tasting of the ‘Water of Life’.

 

  • Take a majestic tour of Royal Deeside with a Land Rover safari through Balmoral Estate. Journey past the manicured gardens at the front of HM The Queen’s private Scottish castle residence and go deep into the forest, a haven for wildlife such as Red Deer and Grouse.

 

  •  Meet a local ranger for a guided walk where the Highlands meet the Lowlands. With historical connections and breathtaking views, this tranquil spot was one of Queen Victoria’s favourites.
  • Stop for a bespoke visit at a Perthshire organic farm to learn more about the local food scene.  Enjoy a wonderful tour before indulging in a delicious steak-tasting.

 

  • Take 2 very special tours in the Kingdom of Fife, the ancestral home of Scottish Monarchs:-
    • Meet the Hereditary Keeper and enjoy exclusive access to the country retreat of the House of Stuart, Falkland Palace, adored by Mary Queen of Scots.
    • Explore Broomhall House, the Hereditary home of King Robert the Bruce with the current Earl who will bring his extraordinary family history to life.

 

  • Uncover the fascinating secrets of medieval Edinburgh. Explore the Old Town, Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, rumoured to be the most besieged place in Britain.

 

  • Walk in the footsteps of golfing greats by visiting a world-famous course, beautifully situated in a picturesque town known as the ‘undisputed home of golf’.

 

During your Scottish adventure we suggest the following accommodation.

A real-life castle then to the enchanting Isle of Skye to relax at a beautiful property.

A resplendent Regency style house and a restored coaching inn at the historic village of Braemar.

Explore the world-famous ‘Playground of the Gods’ before your trip concludes in Edinburgh at a luxurious landmark property.

Check out our Accommodation Collection for more details.

 

 

Contact our Creative Planners Now


HIGHLIGHTS

VIEW ALL HIGHLIGHTS


  •   
  •   
  •   
  •   

HIGHLIGHTS

VIEW ALL HIGHLIGHTS

THINGS TO DO

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.

 

LOCH NESS MOTOR CRUISE

Extending 23 miles, the loch provides spectacular views – the scenery is breath-taking regardless of the time of year.

FALKLAND PALACE

Experience a day in the life of the Stuart monarchs at Falkland Palace, their country residence for 200 years – and a favourite place of Mary, Queen of Scots. Set in the heart of Falkland conservation village, and surrounded by extensive gardens, this Renaissance palace is partly in ruins but the original and reconstructed rooms are packed with 17th century Flemish tapestries, elaborate painted ceilings and antique furnishings.

BROOMHALL HOUSE

For the first time since it was built more than 300 years ago, Broomhall House, the ancestral seat of the Earls of Elgin and the Fife home of the family of King Robert the Bruce has opened its doors.

A private guided tour conducted by Lord Bruce, the heir of the 11th Earl of Elgin will showcase this remarkable and fascinating property plus bring his extraordinary family history to life.

EDINBURGH CASTLE

Edinburgh Castle, perched on ancient volcanic rock, has stood guard over the city for 900 years and is brimming with tales, from it near destruction on the order of King of Scots, Robert the Bruce to its role as a garrisoned fortress through the Glorious Revolution and the Jacobite Risings.

ISLE OF SKYE – PRIVATE CATAMARAN CRUISE

Enjoy a leisurely cruise to stunning Rona Harbour (Acarsaid Mhor), taking in views of the iconic Storr and Cuillins along the way. Wildlife spotting opportunities will be abundant; in particular, Rona has a resident seal colony – make sure to borrow a pair of binoculars to try to spot them basking on the rocks. Before stepping foot on Rona, tuck into a hearty lunch of fresh seafood onboard and soak up the beautiful views of the harbour. It is a truly special place.

LOCHSIDE FORAGING IN SKYE

A privately reserved local guide will take you foraging on the shores of Loch Na Dal. Against a beautiful backdrop, he’ll share both his local knowledge as you venture in search of wild treats; the crop very much depends on the season, but can include edible mushrooms, wild garlic and sorrel in the forest, and delicious seaweeds, mussels, samphire along the shoreline.

 

CLAVA CAIRNS

 

Clava Cairns is a Neolithic burial site and standing stones said to be one of Scotland’s most evocative sacred prehistoric sights, believed to be around 4000 years old. Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series may recognise the site as the inspiration for the “Craigh na Dun” stone circle through which Claire Randall travels back in time in.

GLENEAGLES

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

PLACES VISITED

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

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.

ST ANDREWS GOLF COURSES

St Andrews is the undisputed home of golf. It has seven magnificent courses, including the world-renowned Old Course, which remains essentially unchanged from the days of Old Tom Morris in the mid-to-late 19th century. To play the hallowed grounds of the Old Course is often viewed as the pinnacle in any golfers’ history.

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

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.

ROYAL DEESIDE

Royal Deeside is an area that is characterised by a blend of moody mountains, lofty crags, tumbling rivers and moors and forests. Nearly 160 years ago, it was an area that captivated Queen Victoria; she surely spoke for future generations of visitors when she wrote: “Every year my heart becomes more fixed on this dear paradise.”

  • "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