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Scotland: Touring for Two

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Scotland: Touring for Two

10 Days

This tailor-made and chauffeur-driven journey is specially designed to create lasting memories  filled with fun and adventure! Beginning in the spectacular Scottish Highlands – without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in the world – you’ll continue to Highland Perthshire to enjoy animal encounters and a very special chocolate tasting, before your journey concludes in the vibrant and historic city of Edinburgh.

 Unique private experiences are arranged along the way, ensuring a truly unforgettable trip!

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HOLIDAY ITINERARY



Day One: Arrival to Glasgow

Day Two: Glencoe

Day Three: Jacobite Steam Train

Day Four: Highland Perthshire

Day Five: A Highland Adventure

Day Six: Down on the Farm

Day Seven: Country Pursuits

Day Eight: Travel to Edinburgh

Day Nine: Explore Edinburgh

Day Ten: Homeward Bound

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Day One: Arrival Glasgow

On arrival at Glasgow Airport you’ll be met and welcomed by your local chauffeur-guide who will provide a comfortable journey to your first accommodation.

Travel through the Trossachs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is an area that straddles the colourful meeting of the Highlands and Lowlands and 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.

Pass along the shores of Loch Lomond, one of the country’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 legend and history and has inspired artists, poets and writers for centuries.

 

 

Day Two: Glencoe

Explore Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous glen, accompanied by a local guide.

Glencoe was also used as a location in several Harry Potter films, and American Broadcaster CNN said that it was so impressed with the scenery in the James Bond film Skyfall, some of which was filmed here, that it declared Scotland one of its top travel destinations.

Scenery and geology aside, the glen has its place firmly in the history books due to its turbulent history. It was the site of the infamous massacre of Clan Macdonald of Glencoe by government troops in 1692. For 10 days, some 100 soldiers captained by Robert Campbell were hospitably entertained by the unsuspecting Clan Macdonald. On a wintery dawn morning, in a terrible breach of trust, the soldiers fell on their hosts.

 

Day Three: The Jacobite Steam Train

This morning travel to Fort William. A very special and scenic day lies ahead as you board the Jacobite Steam Train to experience what has been described as one of the world’s great train journeys.

Your journey will take you over the 21 arches of the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which are perhaps now best known from the Harry Potter films.

Your route continues along a beautiful stretch of Highland coast where, on a clear day, the enchanting Small Isles of Muick, Eigg and Rhum are visible. Framed by a dramatic rocky backdrop, the Atlantic Ocean tumbles crystal-clear on to sparkling beaches.

At Mallaig, re-unite with your chauffeur-guide and make the return journey via road – it is equally as scenic as via train and allows more “stop offs” to explore the area.

 

 

 

Day Four: Highland Perthshire

Depart Glencoe, travelling into Highland Perthshire. It is a region renowned for its beauty, from its endless expanses of lush forest to its rushing rivers and waterfalls.

Enjoy a special visit to the picturesque base of the internationally-renowned Highland Chocolatier. This award-winning chocolatier is the creator of the Velvet Truffle; it took over three years to perfect and went on to be judged the “Best Dark Chocolate Truffle in the World”.

To follow, travel to the shores of Loch Tay for an exciting exploration aboard a privately chartered RIB. Your skipper will provide a fascinating insight to the Loch’s history, from ancient ruins and local legends up to the present day. There will be plenty of wildlife-spotting opportunities and fantastic scenery along the way.

 

 

Day Five: A Highland Adventure

Travel into the Cairngorms National Park, a spectacular mountainous area home to the UK’s six highest mountains and fifty-five munros.

Here, visit a Highand Estate. The scenery was described as “one of the glories of wild Scotland” by world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough. In this nature’s playground, a range of exhilarating outdoor activities is on offer.

Begin with pony trekking on the estate. Friendly and skilled guides will accompany you as you ride through varied hill, moorland, river and pine forest. Much of it off track, giving you the chance to see wildlife and enjoy the peace, space and magnificent scenery.

To follow, your Ranger will take you to meet and feed the herd of Red Deer. Armed with grain, it is the perfect chance to get up close with this lovely animals.  To follow, your Ranger will take you to the farm to meet the Highland Cows. Once called, these creatures often come up to the fence to say hello to their visitors!

 

 

Day Six: Down on the Farm

By special arrangement, the day begins with a visit to a family-owned working farm and stud. Enjoy a personal connection with the animals, and the opportunity to meet with locals.

You will be met and warmly welcomed on arrival by farm’s owners, Ailsa and James, before heading to the Stud to meet the Clydesdale horses. Derived from the farm horses of Clydesdale, Scotland. They are instantly recognisable by the long hair that grows down each leg, often covering each hoof.

To follow, return to the farm to 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

 

 

Travel thereafter to your penultimate accommodation, a world-renowned resort. When it first opened its doors in 1924, it was described as a “Riviera of the Highlands”; today, its reputation for luxury is undiminished. The 850-acre estate is situated in the heart of Perthshire, and offers sumptuous accommodation, impeccable service, Michelin-starred dining and an array of country pursuits and leisure activities with expert tuition on-hand.

Day Seven: Country Pursuits

Spend the rest of the day at leisure, doing as much or as little as you please. The resort is renowned for offering some of the best country pursuits and leisure activities in the country, and there is something to suit every preference and interest.

Perhaps tee off on one of the resort’s three iconic 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 Perthshire hills.

For animal lovers, perhaps experience falconry – the sport of kings – or put the delightful and impeccable trained Labradors through their paces at the Gundog School! The Equestrian School provides expert instruction for beginners, while experienced riders may wish to enjoy a trail ride in the peaceful surrounding countryside.

 

Day Eight: Travel to Edinburgh

Sometimes referred to as the Athens of the North, it 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 be awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1995.

Check into your final accommodation, a hotel which belongs to a brand that sets the standard in luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. Converted from a Victorian railway hotel, it has embodied the very best in Scottish hospitality for over a hundred years.

 

 

Day Nine: Explore Edinburgh

Meet your qualified guide in the hotel foyer and set off to spend the day exploring Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Commence with a visit to Edinburgh Castle – from its volcanic rock, it towers over the city. Step inside the ancient walls to uncover the castle’s secrets. Learn of the battles fought over it and the struggles for control of the nation, visit the Jewel House to see the Scottish Crown Jewels, and keep an eye out for ghosts! No castle in Scotland would be complete without ghostly goings-on; there are stories of a mysterious piper lost in the tunnels below, and a poltergeist in the castle dungeon.

To follow, walk along the Royal Mile which lies at the heart of the Old Town and is arguably one of the most famous streets in the world. Today, it is peppered with stores selling whisky, cashmere 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.

 

 

 

 

Day Ten: Homeward Bound

Your chauffeur-guide will provide a transfer to Edinburgh Airport where you will board your flight for onward travel.

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HIGHLIGHTS

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THINGS TO DO

THE JACOBITE STEAM TRAIN

Travel over the 21 arches of the Glenfinnian Viaduct, now best known from the Harry Potter films

EDINBURGH CASTLE

Known as the “Jewel in Scotland’s Crown”.

FALCONRY

Experience first-hand the art of falconry. Known as the “sport of kings”, this is a wonderful opportunity to see magnificent birds of prey up close. Often including Falcons, Owls, Hawks and Eagles; in full flight, they are spectacular.

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.

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.

HIGHLAND CHOCOLATIER

Enjoy a special visit to the picturesque base of the internationally-renowned Highland Chocolatier. This award-winning chocolatier is the creator of the Velvet Truffle; it took over three years to perfect and went on to be judged the “Best Dark Chocolate Truffle in the World”.

PLACES VISITED

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.

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.

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.

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

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).

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.

  • 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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