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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 as one of the world’s most desirable travel destinations. From its ancient cities to its rugged countryside, Dream Escape will take you on the trip of a lifetime and show you all the wonder that Scotland has to offer.

Beginning your journey in the stunning capital city of Edinburgh, travel onwards to the majestic Highlands, the famed Isle of Skye and the magnificent Glencoe valley. Along the way experience unique, private experiences, luxurious accommodation and warm hospitality.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Your bespoke programme crafted by Dream Escape could include the following experiences:

 

  • Enjoy a privately guided tour of Scotland’s oldest working distillery, including a chance to look inside the Warehouse and participate in a guided nosing and tasting sessions led by one of the distillery’s ambassadors.

 

  • Walk the windswept moors of Culloden, site of the infamous 1746 battle.

 

  • Greeted by a lone piper and Highland dancer, board of a privately chartered, luxury motor cruiser and sail across Loch Ness.

 

  • Accompanied by a private chauffeur, drive along the ‘Road to the Isles’ and take in the magnificent view from the Highland coast towards the enchanting Small Isles and the crystal-clear Atlantic Ocean.

 

  • Spend the day at a local organic farm and see how they rear their Aberdeen Angus cows, rare-breed pigs, and working sheepdogs. In the evening enjoy a traditional Scottish dinner with your hosts in the farmhouse kitchen.

 

  • Let a qualified guide take you on a tour of the two contrasting halves of Edinburgh; the historic maze of the Old Town, and the architectural marvel of the Georgian New Town.
  • Visit the ‘home of golf’ at St Andrews and walk one of the most famous courses in the world.

 

  • See one of Scotland’s most evocative prehistoric sights, the Clava Cairns. The ancient stone circle was the inspiration for the ‘Craig na un’ in the Outlander series.

 

  • Forage on the shores of Loch Na Dal with a local guide, and seek out wild treats such as mushrooms, samphire and mussels. Afterwards, enjoy a warming gourmet lunch complemented by specially created cocktails.

 

  • Explore the mighty medieval fortress of Edinburgh Castle.

 

  • Embark on a guided walk through the heart of an ancient volcano and discover one of the most dramatic landscapes in Scotland; Glencoe.

 

  • Experience traditional country pursuits such as falconry, clay pigeon shooting, fishing, archery, off-road driving and horse riding at the ‘Playground of the Gods’, one of the world’s premier country resorts.

 

The accommodation during your stay will include some of the best properties in the world. From a charming rural retreat offering seclusion from the modern world and spectacular views to a grand city hotel offering Michelin-starred dining and a tranquil spa, your stay will epitomise luxury.

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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 the Jacobite forces were outnumbered and defeated.

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.

  • 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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