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The Highlands and a Private Island

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The Highlands and a Private Island

14 days

Scotland is famous for its dramatic landscapes, rugged castles and fascinating history, all of which will be brought to life on this once-in-a-lifetime artistic journey! This programme will ignite your creative juices and rejuvenate your soul as you enjoy some exciting creative adventures and activities; from Edinburgh, crossing the Cairngorms and Highlands on the way to your very own private island for the ultimate detox from the modern world and art lovers retreat. And relax!

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



This is a very special programme for all generations, offering a handpicked selection of unique experiences and private visits en route to your very own private island where you will be able to relax, reconnect and recharge your batteries. This programme will invigorate and inspire; and could include the following experiences:

  • A helicopter ride providing stunning views of the rugged Highlands as you travel both in style and comfort.

 

  • A chauffeur driven car to Fort William then take the scenic route on one of the world’s great train journeys. The Jacobite Steam Train will take you over the 21 arches of Glenfinnan Viaduct and along a beautiful stretch of the Scottish coastline. Perhaps best known from the Harry Potter films, the area has a history that is close to the hearts of many Scots, with Loch Shiel being the place where Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie), raised his standard at the start of the Jacobite Rising in 1745.

 

En route you could also include : 

  • Private visits of the Fine Arts Society, National Portrait Gallery or the Queens Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of HM, The Queen and The Royal Family and 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.

 

  • A private look into the history of tartan and its enduring appeal from clan origins to a bespoke kilt experience. It was Chanel who brought Tartan to the fore in the fashion world inspired by the colours of the Scottish countryside and legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen used tartan to great effect to symbolise Highland life and it’s turbulent past.
  • Stop over at The Fife Arms in Braemar. The hotel itself is an art and design masterpiece. As well as interior soft furnishing’s in beautiful tweed, designed by Araminta Campbell (also designer of Dream Escape’s own tweed), it contains over 14,000 antiques and artworks – highlights of which include a watercolour of a stag’s head painted by HM Queen Victoria.

 

  • A private tour of Scotland’s oldest working single malt distillery, including an exclusive visit to the Warehouse which houses maturing casks of sleeping spirit, and a tasting of four premium whiskies.

 

  • A Highland Safari experience. Accompanied by a local guide and privately chartered Land Rover, get off the beaten track and discover Glencoe and Glen Etive’s history, geology, wildlife and more.  

 

  • Detox from the modern world on your own private island, Eilean Shona nestles in a tranquil loch on the dramatic west coast of Scotland. Days are filled with cooking and drinking around camp-fires, wild swimming, paddle surfing, hiking, picnicking, kayaking, nature watching. You can also take part in an Art or Cookery Class.

 

  • A day foraging for wild treats such as mushrooms, mussels and samphire on your private island, followed by a warming ‘foraged cocktail’ in front of a roaring log fire.

 

On this journey we suggest you arrive into Edinburgh  and overnight in The Balmoral before heading over to the Fife Arms en route to your private island Eilean Shona, to be perfectly placed for all the on-site activities and visits.

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THINGS TO DO

4X4 OFF ROAD DRIVING

Just “armed with camera and binoculars” sit back and soak up the sights.

A RANGER GUIDED WALK 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.

 

COASTAL FORAGING

Forage for wild treats such as mushrooms, mussels & samphire on your private island, followed by a warming ‘foraged cocktail’ in front of a roaring log fire on a deserted sandy beach.

 

THE JACOBITE STEAM TRAIN

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

SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

One of Edinburgh’s most remarkable buildings – a great red sandstone neo-Gothic palace and home to the national collections of portraits and photography collections.

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.

PRIVATE WHISKY TASTING

A private tour of Scotland’s oldest working single malt distillery, including an exclusive visit to the Warehouse which houses maturing casks of sleeping spirit, and a tasting of four premium whiskies.

FIFE ARMS ART COLLECTION

Art is central to The Fife Arms experience; in keeping with its Victoriana-style, the moment that you step inside, the hotel presents an eclectic collection of artworks comprising pieces from the 19th century to the present day including this one from Pablo Picasso.

PADDLE BOARDING

Paddle boarding, kayaking or wild swimming in a tranquil loch on the dramatic west coast of Scotland.

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.

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.

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).

EILEAN SHONA

An exclusive Scottish Island retreat that nestles in the entrance to Loch Moidart on the dramatic West Coast of Scotland and is a car free wilderness heaven. Days are filled with cooking and drinking around camp fires, wild swimming, reading, hiking, picnicking, kayaking, nature watching, and generally pottering about. Eilean Shona House, with its comfortable, quirky design, is ideal for family gatherings and special celebrations. The holiday cottages are perfect for romantic escapes or family adventures.

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