Multi-Day Tour

The Royal Scotsman (8 days)

Dream Escape - Scotland/UK/Northern Ireland

Edinburgh, United Kingdom To Auchterarder, United Kingdom

Valid for Departures Now Through: 03 May 2018


Day 1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian Breakfast

Day One: Arrival in Scotland

On arrival at Edinburgh Airport, be met and welcomed by your chauffeur-guide, who will provide a comfortable journey into the heart of the city centre, and to your accommodation. 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 neoclassical 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 what saw it awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1995. Your accommodation, belongs to a brand that sets the standard in luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. Converted from a Victorian railway hotel, the property has embodied the very best in Scottish hospitality for over a hundred years.

Day 2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian Breakfast

Day Two: Exploring Edinburgh

Spend the day exploring the city with your chauffeur and a qualified guide. The chief architect of the New Town was James Craig. Amazingly, he was only 22 years old when he won a design competition to find a suitably modern layout for the suburb in 1766. A neo-classical paradise of sweeping crescents, grand boulevards and elegant squares, the New Town offers a splendid foil to the famed Old Town. It has the luxury of two wide avenues: Princes Street and Queen Street, which were only built up on one side to let the light shine through. The Old Town encompasses the main skyline of the city, which can be seen wonderfully from the Princes Street Gardens. The landscape around the area is also a landmark in itself, with the remnants of an extinct volcano, a castle on a crag, and a street which travels along the crest of the volcano. For this reason, the building of the Old Town is known as the ‘crag and tall’. The Old Town is known for its Reformation era buildings and unique medieval layout. Explore the Royal Mile, arguably one of the most famous cobbled streets in the world. Characterised by narrow closes and cobbled paths, it is best explored on foot. At the top of the Mile, enjoy a visit to Edinburgh Castle, known as the “Jewel in Scotland’s Crown”. From its volcanic rock, it towers over the city, every inch a mighty fortress and defender of the nation. Highlights start as soon as you find yourself on the Esplanade. Step inside the ancient walls and learn of the royalty who lived and died here, the battles fought there and the struggles for control of the nation.

Day 3
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian Breakfast

Day Three: St. Andrews

Enjoy a day tour to St Andrews, which has its place firmly in the history books as being the home of golf.

For the golfing enthusiast, enjoy the opportunity of a private guided walk on the famed fairways of the Old Course. Centred on the 1st, 17th and 18th holes of the “Old Lady”, walk in the footsteps of golf greats and experience a player's eye view of the fabled links.

To follow, perhaps browse the Tom Morris Store, the oldest golf shop in the world, or visit the British Golfing Museum. With an unsurpassed collection of memorabilia, it tells the story of golf from the middles ages through to the present day.

In the afternoon explore the town further in the company of a qualified guide. Noted sites from Scotland’s history books include St Andrews Castle and St Andrews Cathedral.

Now largely ruined after seeing many a war, the 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.

Before returning to Edinburgh, perhaps take some time to peruse the town’s delightful shops. St. Andrews is still refreshingly free of national outlets and chain stores – save a few exceptions. Instead, there is an excellent range of independent, family-run shops and businesses, where you are guaranteed to find a unique range of goods matched by personal service.

At the end of the day, perhaps saving the best for last, see the former Royal Yacht Britannia.

Opened exclusively, your VIP experience commences with a “quayside arrival” and from here, you will see the ship in all her splendour. Board via a red carpet on the Royal Brow, a practice previously reserved for members of the Royal Family and visiting dignitaries.

A personal guide will bring Britannia to life - she served HM, The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years. Furnished to HM, The Queen’s personal taste, each room was filled with photographs of her children, treasured family heirlooms, much-loved personal possessions and gifts from across the globe.

This was the ship that, even with its full complement of around 300 Royal Yachtsmen and Royal Household staff, HM, the Queen named as the one place where she could truly relax.

Day 4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Day Four & Five:

The Royal Scotsman

Step aboard the Royal Scotsman, a truly special train that will remind you of the romantic age of travel, when getting there was as much fun as arriving. Life on board is relaxed yet indulgent and an intimate country-house atmosphere prevails. With just 36 guests, this is railway travel at its most personal. The Highland journey will take you north. From the comfort of the Observation Car, witness an ever changing landscape of sweeping glens, towering peaks, rugged shores and mirror-calm lochs. The journey stops in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park at a wonderful Highland Estate. In this magical setting, try a spot of clay-pigeon shooting or fishing. Enjoy an evening visit to one of the oldest working distilleries and home to one of Scotland's most famous whiskies. Where better to sample the “water of life”? Dining on-board is a feast of gastronomic delights, prepared using the freshest local ingredients and accompanied by fine wines. With game-rich glens, a wealth of fresh Scottish seafood and rivers of wild salmon, and supplies of the best Aberdeen Angus beef, the chefs create innovative dishes reflecting traditional and contemporary Scottish cuisine as well as regional specialities.

Day 5
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

The Belmond Royal Scotsman

Day 6
Auchterarder, United Kingdom
Gleneagles, Scotland Breakfast

Day Six:

The Lowlands to the Highlands Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board before returning to Edinburgh Waverley Station where you will be met by your chauffeur-guide. Head to Stirling Castle, perhaps one of Scotland’s most important castles – whoever ruled here, often ruled the nation.

Stirling Castle towers over some of the most important battlefields in Scottish history, including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallace’s victory over the English in 1297, and Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce defeated the same foe only 17 years later. It was the favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens, for generations, the Scottish Royal Court gathered here to revel in its impressive buildings, superb sculptures, fine craftsmanship and beautiful gardens. Today, it has been meticulously restored to its original Renaissance glory.

Whisky has been lovingly crafted in Scotland for centuries. It is fair to say that it is the country’s national drink; running deep in our veins. Possibly every visitor should sample the “water of life” as it is affectionately called.

Continue north; nestled at the foothills of the Highlands is Scotland’s oldest working distillery, which dates back to 1775. . It is home to Glenturret, a very popular malt, plus also one of the world’s most popular blends and reputedly the best-selling whisky in Scotland; The Famous Grouse.

Enjoy a private guided tour of the distillery before one of the Ambassadors provides a guided nosing and tasting in the Sample Room.

Thereafter, continue to the world-renowned Gleneagles Hotel. When Gleneagles first opened its doors in 1924, it was described as “a Riviera of the Highlands”; today, its reputation for luxury is undiminished.

As the saying goes, “There are many beautiful places in the world. There are many great hotels. There are many famous golf courses and resorts. There is only one Gleneagles”.

Perhaps dine in Scotland’s only 2-Michelin starred restaurant; Restaurant Andrew Fairlie. Andrew is one of the country’s most celebrated chefs. He trained in the southwest of France and today blends the best in French and Scottish cuisine, with an emphasis on outstanding ingredients from the Parisian markets and fine suppliers closer to home.

Day 7
Auchterarder, United Kingdom
Gleneagles, Scotland Breakfast

Day Seven: The Crowning Place of Scottish Kings

Enjoy a very special visit to Scone Palace. Situated in Perthshire, it is the seat of the Earl and Countess of Mansfield, whose family have lived there for over 400 years. Fifteen hundred years ago, it was the capital of the Pictish Kingdom and centre of the ancient Celtic church. In the intervening centuries it has been the home of Parliaments, the crowning place of kings and immortalised in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In the grounds beautiful blue, green and albino peacocks roam freely, adding to regal ambience. Accompanied by a private specialist guide, discover the palace. Highlights include the State Dining Room and State Drawing Room, with walls clad in 19th century Chinese silks and the magnificent Long Gallery, dating back to 1580. View Queen Victoria’s bedroom and the Lennox Room, where the bed hanging that Mary Queen of Scots made in captivity at Loch Leven Castle is on display. In addition, there is a wonderful collection of paintings and antiques, including ivories, porcelain, clocks and tapestries, as well as a Riesener writing desk given to the 2nd Earl of Mansfield by Marie-Antoinette.

Day 8
Auchterarder, United Kingdom
Gleneagles, Scotland Breakfast

Day Eight: Out

Your chauffeur-guide will provide a safe and comfortable journey to either Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport, where you will board a flight for onward travel.

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Food & Wine
  • Rail Journeys
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking
  • Wildlife & Nature


Experience the unique heritage and culture of Scotland on this eight-day tailor-made journey. Explore the beautiful and historic cities of Edinburgh and St. Andrews alongside the breath-taking landscapes of the Highlands, before experiencing Scottish luxury at its finest at the splendid Gleneagles– “the playground of the Gods”. Lavish accommodation, exclusive visits and an incredible luxury train journey combine to ensure you will leave with treasured memories and a great appreciation of this magnificent country.

About Us

Dream Escape is your Virtuoso on-site providing the ultimate luxury tailor-made travel service in England, Scotland & Ireland, specializing in the following experiences: Private boxes at events including the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo; Country pursuits and golf with access to private clubs and estates; Equestrian - Stud visits, polo and racing; Whisky Experiences. Private distillery visits and tastings; Exclusive Villa Collection; Incentive and board meetings; Private Castle stays; Celebrations and Events; Bespoke City breaks in London, Edinburgh & Dublin, ; Shorex; Chauffeur guided touring; 'Set Jetting.'

Insider Tip

Our in-house Head of Guiding, Rosie Peattie, is the Mary Poppins of guiding. She knows everything and everyone and adds extraordinary vibrancy to each programme she accompanies!

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By: Jordan D

Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2016

Dream Escape put together a wonderful array of activities, lodgings, and restaurants for us to enjoy on our first trip to Scotland. Not being familiar with the lay of the land, it was nice to have expert help in ensuring we experienced a great deal of the pleasures the country has to offer. We would highly recommend using them for your next trip.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Sparks
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By: Struie

Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2017

We had a very poor experience with Dream Escapes - numerous issues continued to plague our trip - one thing going wrong can be overlooked but their were many issues that greatly affected our ability to enjoy our trip.

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By: lola

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

We had a terrific experience but our van in Scotland could have been better..
Travel Advisor:  Michael Distler