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Scotland – A Destination Showcase

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Scotland – A Destination Showcase

15 Days

A land of castles and cashmere, Scotland is renowned for its rugged landscapes and enduring traditions. This tailor-made programme is specially designed to showcase Scotland at its finest.

 Commencing in the historic capital city Edinburgh, travel to the famed Isle of Skye and the majestic Highlands before travelling south to Perthshire. Your journey will combine a wealth of luxury accommodations and exclusive private experiences to create incredible memories that will be treasured for years to come.

 

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Day One: Arrival to Edinburgh

Day Two: Edinburgh’s Old Town – History & Heritage

Day Three: Edinburgh – Your Day, Your Way

Day Four: The Kingdom of Fife

Day Five: The Lowlands to The Highlands

Day Six: Highland History

Day Seven: Loch Ness & Over the Sea to Skye

Day Eight: Simply Skye

Day Nine: Simply Skye by the Sea

Day Ten: Return to the Mainland

Day Eleven: Glorious Glencoe

Day Twelve: The Playground of the Gods

Day Thirteen: From Field to Table

Day Fourteen: The Spirit of Scotland

Day Fifteen: Onward Travel

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Day One: Arrival to Edinburgh

Edinburgh 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 is what gives the city its unique character and what saw it be awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1995.

A chauffeur-guide will provide a transfer from Edinburgh Airport to your first accommodation. It is a grand luxury hotel in the true sense of the word. Complete with kilted doormen, a Michelin-starred restaurant and tranquil spa, the hotel is the city’s premier property.

 

Day Two: Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Heritage

A qualified guide in will take you on a walking tour through Edinburgh’s Old Town.

It is brimming with cobbled streets, tightly-packed buildings, narrow closes and hidden courtyards, all steeped in history and many astonishingly well-preserved. Take time to stroll along the famous Royal Mile which today is peppered with stores selling whisky and cashmere goods.

Later, explore Edinburgh Castle. Step inside the ancient walls and learn of the royalty who lived and died here, the battles fought over it and the struggles for control of the nation.

 

Day Three: Edinburgh - Your Day, Your Way

Once again, a local guide will accompany you in Edinburgh today. There are countless places to discover in the city, with something to suit every interest. Suggested highlights include:

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse & Gardens – The official residence of HM, The Queen and Royal Family when in Scotland.
  • AntiquesUnearth unique treasures, from fine jewellery and art to furniture and curios as your private guide takes you to some of the city’s best antique shops.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens EdinburghFounded in the 17th century, it is internationally-renowned as being home to one of the world’s largest collections of plants.

 

Day Four: The Kingdom of Fife

A local guide will provide a tour of St Andrews. It is the home of golf and, more recently, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first met whilst studying at the prestigious university.

For the golfing enthusiast, see the famed fairways of the Old Course and the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse. Sought-after tee times can be also be reserved on St Andrews’ world-class courses.

Golf aside, the town is a charming place to explore and is full of places of historical interest including the atmospheric ruins of both the castle and the cathedral.

 Return to Edinburgh via the East Neuk route. This delightful part of Fife is full of picturesque villages and harbour that stand testament to the heritage of sea-fishing which once thrived in the area

Day Five: The Lowlands to The Highlands

Depart Edinburgh and travel into Perthshire. Begin your exploration with a visit to one of the region’s most photographed spots, the Pass of Killiecrankie; you would never guess this rich conservation area, cleaving a pass where the Highlands meet the Lowlands, was once the site of one of the goriest battled in Scottish history.

You will be met here by ranger who will take you on a guided walk. Learn about the deadly Highland Charge that was used in the 17th century Jacobite battle, as well as the geology, wildlife and history of the area. The views are breath-taking – a perfect place to pause and contemplate the past.

Travel onwards and northwards through the Cairngorms National Park to your next accommodation. The beautiful mansion house is set on 20 acres of lawns, walled gardens, woodland and streams. The hotel is a winner of many accolades, most notably for dining.

Day Six: Highland History

The Highlands is a truly inspiring region; heather clad hills and ancient landscapes combine with castles, clans and culture to very much embody the Scotland of your imagination.

Perhaps walk windswept Culloden Battlefield, site of the infamous 1746 battle, or visit Cawdor Castle – best known for its role in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, its most unique feature is undoubtedly the living holly tree it was built around.

For those interested in ancient history, visit the Clava Cairns, one of Scotland’s most evocative prehistoric sights. It was the inspiration for the “Craig na un” stone circle through which Claire travels back in time in the Outlander series.

Day Seven: Loch Ness & Over the sea to Skye

Travel to the shores of Loch Ness. A lone piper, resplendent in uniform, will be waiting to greet you. He and a traditional Highland dancer will entertain you with a performance before you set off to experience the loch in a privately chartered luxury motor cruiser.

Platters of Scottish delicacies are served on board as you admire your surroundings, including the atmospheric ruins of Urquhart Castle.

Travel onwards to the Isle of Skye. Your accommodation is a charming retreat from the modern world with spectacular views, wonderful hospitality and incredible food. It is owned by the High Chief of Clan Donald and his wife, an award-winning cook and food writer.

Day Eight: Simply Skye

On the shore of tranquil Loch Na Dal, a privately reserved local guide will take you foraging. Against a beautiful backdrop, he’ll share both his local knowledge and ‘craic’ as you venture in search of wild treats: mushrooms and wild garlic in the forest, and seaweeds, mussels and samphire along the shoreline.

Return to your accommodation for a specially-created foraged cocktail and a warming gourmet lunch.

The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps visit Talisker Distillery to sample its alluring, full-bodied single malt, or head south to Armadale Castle and delve into clan history at the Museum of the Isles.

 

Day Nine: Simply Skye by the Sea

Travel to Portree, the island capital, to board a privately chartered 40-foot catamaran. Enjoy a leisurely cruise to stunning Rona Harbour, taking in views of the iconic Storr and Cuillins along the way.

Equipped with binoculars, wildlife spotting opportunities will be abundant. Savour a hearty lunch of fresh seafood onboard before heading off to explore Rona on foot. Perhaps take a hike to the ruins of a settlement that dates back to the Scottish Clearances, visit a small 14th century chapel, or walk to the dramatic Church Cave which was used for Sunday worship until 1912.

 

 

 

Day Ten: Return to the Mainland

Return to the mainland by ferry then drive along the ‘Road to the Isles’. From this beautiful stretch of Highland coast see the enchanting Small Isles and the Atlantic Ocean tumbling crystal-clear on to white beaches.

The area’s history is close to the hearts of many Scots, with Loch Shiel being where Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie), raised his standard at the start of the Jacobite Rising. See the towering arches of the Glenfinnan Viaduct – now most famous from the Harry Potter films – and the Glenfinnan Monument.

Your next accommodation is a stunning Victorian castle hotel, nestled in the foothills of Scotland’s highest mountain. Inside, grandeur, opulence and a charming traditional country house style is evident at every turn.

 

Day Eleven: Glorious Glencoe

A local ranger will take you on a guided walk at Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous glen. It lies in the heart of an ancient volcano and is one of the most dramatic and beautiful places in Scotland.

You may recognise it from the James Bond film Skyfall, and several of the Harry Potter films. The glen was the site of the infamous massacre of Clan Macdonald of Glencoe by government troops in 1692.

Your final accommodation is a world-renowned resort dubbed the Playground of the Gods. The 850-acre estate offers sumptuous accommodation, Michelin-starred dining and an array of on-site activities.

Day Twelve: The Playground of the Gods

Spend the day on-site; there is something to suit every preference and interest. Perhaps play one of the three Championship golf 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.

Animal enthusiasts are well catered for, with falconry, Gundog experiences and horse-riding all available. Alternatively, the world-class spa is a wonderful space in which to find relaxation and rejuvenation.

Day Thirteen: From Field to Table

Spend the day at a local organic farm. You will be welcomed into the farm house for refreshments with your hosts before being taken on a tour of the farm, which will often include the chance to see the Aberdeen Angus cows, rare-breed pigs, and the working sheepdogs.

To follow, get to grips with the other side of farm life by gowning up and visiting the butchery. Lunch will follow by way of a steak tasting accompanied by a seasonal salad.

In the afternoon, there is a choice of activities; perhaps create your own burgers with fresh organic ingredients in the farm’s butchery or get out into the fresh air with a walk to explore the farm’s Site of Special Scientific Interest.

 This evening, enjoy a traditional Scottish dinner with your hosts in their farm house kitchen.

Day Fourteen: The Spirit of Scotland

Whisky has been lovingly crafted in Scotland for centuries. As the country’s national drink, every visitor should sample the “water of life” as it is affectionately called.

There can be no better place to do so than Glenturret, Scotland’s oldest working single malt distillery. Your privately guided tour will include an exclusive visit to the Warehouse which houses maturing casks of the sleeping spirit. To follow, one of the Ambassadors will provide a guided nosing and tasting of four specially selected premium drams from the Glenturret range in the Sample Room.

Next, the day concludes at Lindores Abbey Distillery, the spiritual home of Scotch whisky since 1494. Single malt distillation is occurring once more on this historic site under the watch of your host. A privately guided tour of the distillery will provide personal insight to its history and the decades of planning behind its revival.

Day Fifteen: Onward Travel

Your chauffeur-guide will accompany you to Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport for onward travel.

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THINGS TO DO

CLAVA CAIRNS

A Neolithic burial site and standing stones said to be one of Scotland’s most evocative sacred prehistoric sights.

GLENTURRET DISTILLERY

Nestled at the foothills of the Highlands, Glenturret is Scotland’s oldest working distillery.

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.

LOCH NESS MOTOR CRUISE

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

PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE

is the official residence in Scotland of HM, The Queen and The Royal Family. The baroque Palace stands against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat and is closely associated with Scotland’s rich history.

ST ANDREWS

TheNew Course is often regarded as the oldest “new” course in the world.  It was built in 1895 by the legendary Old Tom Morris.  It is said to be St Andrew’s best kept secret, the course is a classic links with undulating fairways and delightfully challenging greens. No Handicap required.

WALLACE MONUMENT

A tower standing on summit of Abbey Craig, overlooking Stirling and commemorates Sir William Wallace, a 13th century Scottish hero.

CULLODEN BATTLEFIELDS

The moving site of the infamous 1746 battle where in less than 60 minutes.

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.

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.

ST ANDREWS

In addition to being the home of golf, St Andrews is also where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first met, whilst studying at the world-renowned university. The town is also home to several iconic historical sights. Now largely ruined after seeing many a war, St Andrews Castle was once the magnificent home of the Bishops and Archbishops of St Andrews. As to the Cathedral, it was the focal point of the Church in medieval Scotland, and in the thick of the struggle for the hearts and minds of the nation during the Protestant Reformation.

CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK

Is the largest of its kind in the UK, covering approximately 4, 500 square  It is a spectacular mountainous area; which is home to the UK’s six highest mountains with 55 Munros (a term that is applied to a mountain over 3000 ft).  There are huge forests of ancient native trees, cascading waterfalls and more wildlife than you can shake a capercaillie (a huge woodland grouse native bird of Scotland).

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

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.

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.

LOCH NESS

Extending 23 miles, Loch Ness provides spectacular views regardless of the time of year.The loch’s cold, deep waters are said to be home to the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie. It is said that the first sighting of the monster was in the 6th century by St. Columba, and sporadic sightings have been reported ever since.

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.

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  • 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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