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Tattoo and The Highlands

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Tattoo and The Highlands

9 Days

The first Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo took place in 1950; over the following decades it evolved from a local institution to a world-renowned attraction, combining traditional Scottish music and dance with international performances.

 This specially-designed journey takes in a performance of this sell-out event with the added luxury of a behind-the-scenes recital from a cast member, before venturing north to the Highlands.  Here, delve into the history and culture of the region, as lavish accommodation and exclusive visits combine to create an unforgettable experience.

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HOLIDAY ITINERARY



Day One: Arrival in Scotland

Day Two: Edinburgh Highlights

Day Three: St Andrews & Glamis Castle

Day Four: The Lowlands to The Highlands

Day Five: The Jacobite Steam Train

Day Six: Loch Ness

Day Seven & Eight: Highland History & Heritage

Day Nine: Homeward Bound

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Day One: Arrival to Edinburgh

Upon arrival at Edinburgh Airport be welcomed by your local chauffeur-guide who will accompany you for the duration of your stay. He will ensure a safe and comfortable transfer into the city centre and to your accommodation for three nights.

It is a luxury hotel in the true sense of the word. While many Edinburgh hotels claim to have Edinburgh’s landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their own doorstep is a landmark.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure, resting and relaxing following your international flight.

This evening, perhaps retire to the Scotch Bar where you can relax on one of the comfortable Tweed sofas and allow one of the Whisky Ambassadors to provide a tutorage on Scotland’s national drink – they have over 500 varieties from which to choose.

Day Two: Edinburgh Highlights

This morning, meet your chauffeur-guide in the hotel foyer for a panoramic tour of the 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.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps admiring some of the Fringe Festival performers on the Royal Mile.

In the evening, experience “the most famous show in the world”: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Your once-in-a-lifetime experience opens with dinner in the award-winning Amber Restaurant within The Scotch Whisky Experience, just moments away from the Tattoo arena.  A three course specially selected Scottish menu will be served, during which there will be a brief recital from a member of the Tattoo cast.  A host will then accompany you to your seats. It is guaranteed to be a truly memorable evening!

Day Three: St Andrews & Glamis Castle

Depart Edinburgh and travel to the ancient coastal town of St Andrews which has its place firmly in the history books as being the home of golf.

For the golfing enthusiast, see the famed fairways of the Old Course, Swilcan Bridge, and the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse.  Browse the Tom Morris Store which was opened by the golfing great himself in 1866, making it the oldest golf shop in the world.  Perhaps explore the British Golfing Museum’s unsurpassed collection of memorabilia, telling the story of golf from the Middles Ages to the present day.

Travel north to magnificent Glamis Castle which is famed for its connections to the British royal family and many other myths and legends in British history and literature.  It stands in the valley of Strathmore, nestled between the Grampian Mountains and the red sandstone Sidlaw Hills on an estate covering more than 14,000 acres.  As you enter through the Queen Mother Memorial Gates and drive along the mile-long drive, the stunning castle and its beautiful pepper pot turrets will come into view; few could remain unmoved in the face of such splendour.

On arrival, enjoy refreshments in the 16th century chambers before your specialist private guide takes you on a tour of the castle.

Your accommodation for the evening is a family-owned castle property first built in 1892. It has been impeccably restored to combine its historic past with contemporary design to create a unique and luxurious retreat. Situated in the heart of Highland Perthshire, the property benefits from a beautiful location just a short walk from the charming town of Pitlochry and surrounded by woodland with views overlooking Loch Faskally and Ben Vrackie.

Day Four: The Lowlands to The Highlands

Following a leisurely breakfast, travel north-west, watching the scenery change as the Lowlands give way to the Highlands.

Arrive 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.

Continue to your next accommodation. Nestled in the foothills of mighty Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain, this stunning Victorian castle is a renowned Relais & Châteaux property situated amidst the breath-taking beauty of the North-West Highlands.

Dining at the castle is a much sought-after culinary experience, with the restaurant having been awarded AA 3 Red Rosettes. The evening begins with a drink by the fire in the Great Hall, before guests are seated in one of three dining rooms, each of which is decorated with elaborate period furniture presented as gifts from the King of Norway.

 

Day Five: The Jacobite Steam Train

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.

From Fort William, travel along the Road to the Isles, experiencing some of Scotland’s most stunning sea and landscapes.

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.  Perhaps pause at Arisaig, which lies at the southern end of The Silver Sands of Morar.  The coastline is sublime.

Day Six: Loch Ness

Drive along the Great Glen, a huge geological fault running 73 miles which joins the east and west coasts of Scotland.  Surrounded by towering mountains and filled with four impressive lochs, it also forms the Caledonian Canal and ultimately flows into what is perhaps Scotland’s most famous stretch of water; Loch Ness.

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

There can be no better way to see the water than from aboard a luxury motor cruiser which, with a capacity for just ten guests, would be reserved exclusively for you.  Sumptuous platters of Scottish delicacies are served as you sit back and admire your surroundings, including the atmospheric ruins of Castle Urquhart which lie on the banks of the loch.

Re-unite with your chauffeur-guide and travel to your final accommodation.

Once described as “the most beautiful Regency House in Scotland”, it is set on 20 acres of well-tended lawns, walled gardens, woodland and streams. An ornamental lake in the grounds is stocked with brown and rainbow trout and is also home to swans, wild geese, and ducks.  A series of well-kept paths connect with the house, enabling guests to explore the gardens and rest and relax in secluded seating areas or on sunny terraces.

 

 

Day Seven & Eight: Highland Heritage and History

Spend two days exploring the Highlands, a region famed for its turbulent history, spectacular scenery and skilled whisky distilling.  There is a wealth of places to visit.

 

Perhaps travel to Cawdor Castle and Gardens.  A fairy-tale castle best known for its role in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the castle’s most unique feature is the living holly tree it was built around. The beautiful grounds are also well worth exploring.

Perhaps enjoy a visit to the Clava Cairns, 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 “Craig na un” stone circle through which Outlander’s Clare Randall travels back in time in.

You may like to visit Culloden Battlefields, the moving site of the infamous 1746 battle where, in less than 60 minutes, the Jacobites of Scotland lost to the armies of the British throne.  Nearby is Fort George which was built by George II to try and discourage further uprisings and unrest by the Jacobite’s.  It was the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain, if not Europe.

Day Nine: Homeward Bound

Your chauffeur-guide will transfer you to Inverness Airport in time for your outbound flight.

 

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THINGS TO DO

THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO

Taking place on the Castle Esplanade, this legendary event includes nearly 1000 performers from all over the world.

CLAVA CAIRNS

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

CULLODEN BATTLEFIELDS

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

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.

JACOBITE STEAM TRAIN

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

LOCH NESS MOTOR CRUISE

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

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 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

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.

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.

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.

  • 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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