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Scotland – Royal Residences and Retreats

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Scotland – Royal Residences and Retreats

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A land of castles and cashmere, Scotland has a long and proud relationship with monarchy. Having long been a favoured destination of kings and queens, its royal connections can be found all over the country.

Dream Escape’s tailor-made programme will take you to the finest castles and palaces in Scotland, as well as providing exclusive and private experiences in order to give you the full royal treatment. Beginning in the majestic capital city, you will travel to the most beautiful parts of the country, from Royal Deeside to ancient Perthshire.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Your bespoke programme could include any of the following experiences:

  • Go behind the scenes at the official residence of HM, The Queen in Scotland, with a private post-opening tour that allows you to explore the palace on your own and enter rooms not usually open to the public.

 

  • Enjoy a privately guided tour of a leading whisky distillery; its best-selling malt was first made for one of Queen Victoria’s royal banquets.

 

  • Tour a beloved medieval castle with a private specialist guide. This atmospheric, turreted fortress was the childhood home of the Queen Mother and also had a starring role in one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.

 

  • Explore ‘the fairest portion of the northern Kingdom’ with your touring-chauffeur, and take in the serene glens, endless expanses of lush forests, heater-clad moors, rushing rivers and tumbling waterfalls.

 

  • Pause your journey at one of the most photographed views in the county, an inspiring sight of rolling hills and shimmering lochs. It is now named after the monarchs of old who previously enjoyed the same vista.

 

  • Enter the mighty fortress in Scotland’s capital which looms high over the city from atop an ancient volcano.
  • Visit the ancestral home of King Robert the Bruce and enjoy a private tour led by one of his descendants, who will bring his family’s extraordinary history to life.

 

  • Ride through the Royal Family’s treasured 20,000-acre Highland estate on a guided Landrover tour that takes you through manicured parkland and deep into the surrounding forest.

 

  • Walk down the most famous street in Edinburgh, characterised by narrow closes and cobbled paths, it is filled with shops selling fine crafts, whisky and cashmere.

 

  • Get up close to the oldest surviving crown jewels in the British Isles with a private viewing, the treasures include the Stone of Destiny, an ancient and powerful symbol of Scottish monarchy.

 

  • Take a trip to one of Scotland’s most important castles and the favoured residence of the Stuart kings and queens. Revel in its impressive buildings, superb sculptures, fine craftsmanship and beautiful gardens.

 

Stay in accommodation fit for a king throughout your trip. In Edinburgh check into a stunning Victorian luxury landmark with Scottish baronial influences, before travelling to a relaxed, intimate hotel whose past guests have included Prime Ministers and British royalty.

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THINGS TO DO

BLAIR CASTLE

A castle full of fascinating history due to visits from key figures like Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie & Queen Victoria.

GLAMIS CASTLE

Glamis Castle is famed for its connections to the British royal family and many myths and legends in British history and literature. It has been the family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372.

THE PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE

The official residence in Scotland of HM, The Queen and The Royal Family. It is also home to the changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection, featuring old master paintings, rare furniture, decorative arts and images from the vast photograph collection.

GLENTURRET DISTILLERY

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

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.

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.

PLACES VISITED

ST ANDREWS

Ancient coastal town widely regarded as the spiritual home of golf boasting 8 magnificent courses and 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, St Andrews Castle and St Andrew’s Cathedral.

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.

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

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.”

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