Multi-Day Tour

Exclusive Family Fun (9 days)

Dream Escape - Scotland/UK/Northern Ireland

Inverness, United Kingdom To London, United Kingdom

Valid for Departures Now Through: 03 May 2018


Day 1
Inverness, United Kingdom
The Boath House Breakfast

Day One: Arrival in Inverness

On arrival at Inverness Airport, be met and welcomed on arrival by your experienced local driver and your project manager who will accompany you for the duration of your time in Scotland. Enjoy a safe and comfortable journey north to your home for two evenings, which will be reserved exclusively for your use. Once described as “the most beautiful Regency House in Scotland”, the property is set on 20 acres of well-tended lawns, walled gardens, woodland and streams. 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. In the afternoon, experience first-hand the art of falconry. Known as the “sport of kings”, see magnificent birds of prey up close. Often including Falcons, Owls, Hawks and Eagles which are spectacular in full flight. The property’s fine dining restaurant holds a coveted Michelin Star and offers fabulous views over the lawn to the lake. The hotel’s kitchen gardens provide much of the organic fruit, herbs and vegetables; the focus is on creating dishes combining these with produce of local, artisan growers, breeders, and foragers.

Day 2
Inverness, United Kingdom
The Boath House Breakfast

Day Two: On-Site Activities

Fun-filled family activities on both land and loch beckon. Full equipment and tuition is provided and the activities can be as competitive as the family members would like…. 

Archery - take aim with this great and noble sport 

Canadian Canoeing – take to the water in versatile 2-person open canoes. As always, keep your eyes peeled for Nessie! 

Bushcraft Skills – learn how to build a fire, build a shelter and try outdoor cooking. 

Orienteering & Treasure Hunt – learn the basics of map reading before venturing out to find hidden markers as part of a specially devised treasure hunt in the woods. 

Segways – explore the awesome Highland scenery with these all-terrain two-wheeled self balancing people transporters. (minimum height 140cm) 

Mountain biking – take to the saddle to explore in exhilarating style; tackle the climbs before feeling the thrill of descending downhill

Day 3
Fort William, United Kingdom
Inverlochy Castle Hotel Breakfast

Day Three: Loch Ness

Travel to the northern shores of 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. To best appreciate the waters, two fabulous experiences beckon: See the water than from aboard a luxury motor cruiser which, with a capacity for just six guests, would be reserved exclusively. Sumptuous platters of Scottish delicacies are served as you sit back and admire the spectacular scenery, including impressive Urquhart Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. Once one of Scotland’s mightiest strongholds, it is now nothing more than atmospheric ruins overlooking dark waters. For a more adventurous experience, board a privately reserved, high-speed RIB. Powered by a mighty 315hp engine, they cruise around 30 knots – guaranteed to blow any Highland cobwebs away! To follow, travel 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. Arrive at your second accommodation, which nestles in the foothills of Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain. This renowned Relais et Chateaux property was built in 1863. In 1873, Queen Victoria visited the area, spending a week sketching and painting. She wrote in her diaries, 'I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot'.

Day 4
Fort William, United Kingdom
Inverlochy Castle Hotel Breakfast

Day Four: The Jacobite Steam Train

Your chauffeur-guide will take you to Fort William to board what has been described as one of the world’s great train journeys. Sit back and relax on a one-way journey aboard the Jacobite Steam Train. Your journey will take you over the 21 arches of the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which are perhaps now best known from the Harry Potter films. Admire views towards Loch Sheil and the Glenfinnan Monument, a poignant reminder of the final Jacobite Rising. Bonnie Prince Charlie first raised his standard here in 1745. This 18m monument depicting a lone kilted Highlander commemorates those who rose in support of him, standing in memory of a way of life which was cruelly extinguished. 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. Disembark at “the end of the line” where your chauffeur-guide will be waiting. Make the return journey via the road which is equally as scenic as the train. Perhaps pause and admire the sublime coastline at Arisaig, situated at the southern end of The Silver Sands of Morar. On the shores of Loch Nan, The Prince’s Cairn marks the spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie finally embarked for France in September 1746 after evading the government forces that had been trying to capture him since Culloden.

Day 5
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel Breakfast

Day Five: The Highlands to the Lowlands

Depart your castle accommodation and begin the journey south.

Pause at Glen Coe, Scotland’s most famous glen. It lies in the heart of an ancient volcano; glaciers and fiery explosions carved out the rugged & forbidding mountain peaks. 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.

Reserved privately, a local expert will take you on a guided walk.

American Broadcaster CNN was so impressed with the scenery in Skyfall, some of which was filmed here, that it declared Scotland one of its top travel destinations. Glencoe was also used as a location in several Harry Potter films; most notably the Quidditch matches, while the outdoor shots of Hagrid’s hut in The Prizoner of Azkaban were shot nearby Clachaig Gully and further afield Loch Etive stood in for Hogwarts’ lake.

Afterwards, perhaps take the time to visit the tiny village of Glencoe itself. The local folk museum, housed in 18th century thatched cottages, although small is very personal and provides a rich and unrivalled insight into the area and its people. Some of the most fascinating treasures include weapons found in the thatched roofs of local houses, concealed after the massacre for more than 200 years.

Continue south 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 chief architect of the New Town, James Craig, was only 22 years old when he won a design competition to find a suitably modern layout for the new suburb in 1766.

The Rocco Forté Collection's Balmoral is situated in what was once the North British Station Hotel, a Victorian building with Scottish baronial influences. 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.

Here they recognise that some of their most important guests are also the smallest. From the Families R Forte passport to the Owl Teddy Turndown Service, the Families R Forte Programme makes sure junior guests are just as pampered as the grown-ups.

Day 6
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel Breakfast

Day Six: Edinburgh – Your Day, Your Way

This morning, an early start is required for your exclusive pre-opening private guided tour and breakfast at Edinburgh Castle. From its volcanic rock, it towers over the city, every inch a mighty fortress and defender of the nation. As you enter, keep an eye out for the imposing statues of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace once you find yourself on the Esplanade. Step inside the ancient walls and learn of the royalty who lived and died here, the battles fought over it and the struggles for control of the nation. A special treasure hunt will be arranged to keep the whole family entertained! Visit the Jewel House to see the “Honours of Scotland” – the Scottish Crown Jewels. Learn how the oldest Crown Jewels in the United Kingdom were secreted out of the castle and hidden from Oliver Cromwell, only to be rediscovered and returned in 1818 by the author Sir Walter Scott. Of course, 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.

Day 7
London, United Kingdom
The Athenaeum Breakfast

Day Seven: Country to Country

At Waverley Station, board a train and relax in first class seats as you journey south to London. Be met on arrival by your local chauffeur-guide. With its unique blend of history and culture, the bustling metropolis has long been considered a mustsee destination. It is constantly changing, offering a wealth of historic buildings and monuments as well as an eclectic mix of museums and world famous attractions. A private, chauffeur-driven panoramic and orientation tour is a great way to be introduced to the city. See and stop at London’s many historical landmarks, including:  Piccadilly Circus, featuring the statue of Eros, and always full of exciting street artists.  Trafalgar Square, with Nelson’s Column and the four huge lion statues protecting it.  The Houses of Parliament, home of the British government. Guy Fawkes tried to destroy them in 1605 – since then, to celebrate his defeat and capture, British children celebrate Guy Fawkes’ night on the 5th November with a bonfire.  Big Ben, named after the 13 ½ ton bell in the Clock Tower. Its brother, Little Ben, lives further down Victoria St.  Buckingham Palace – spot the palace guards and their famous ‘bearskin’ hats!  The River Thames, running through the heart of the city. Your chauffeur-guide will then accompany you to your final accommodation. The property has been family-run since the 1990s and provides true five-star service to compliment stylish and comfortable rooms and first class dining. Instantly recognisable by its famous ‘Living Wall’, the property is one of the finest in London. Ideally situated opposite the Royal Parks and Buckingham Palace, guests staying at the hotel enjoy a privileged position in the heart of London with iconic attractions on the doorstep - perfect for your family getaway.

Day 8
London, United Kingdom
The Athenaeum Breakfast

Day Eight: London – Your Day, Your Way

Listed below are some of the most popular sites to visit in the city. To enhance your experience of the visit, a private specialist guide can be reserved privately.

 The Tower of London - a famed UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the early 1080s, the Tower has borne witness to many defining events in British history. See the guards, popularly known as ‘beefeaters’, perhaps spot the seven ravens who act as ceremonial guardians of the tower, and visit the Crown Jewels – an amazing 23,578 gems in total

 Tower Bridge - One of London’s most recognisable landmarks and arguably one of the most famous bridges in the world, it offers a fantastic bird’s-eye view of London through its glass walkways, set 137ft above the River Thames.

 The British Museum - the world’s oldest museum, founded in 1753. ‘Around the World in 90 Minutes’ will take you to the most famous treasures and some less well known gems.

 The London Eye - It is the world’s largest observation wheel and provides stunning views over central London and beyond.

 The Natural History Museum – Delve into the natural world with hundreds of exciting and interactive exhibits. A gigantic blue whale skeleton is set to become the centrepiece in summer 2017.

 The London Dungeon - Exciting, scary and fun - the London Dungeon has lots of scary stories about London's history for you to discover. Experience live actors, dark history, thrilling rides and special effects… are you brave enough to face London’s goriest past?

In the afternoon head down to the River Thames and here step aboard a privately chartered, high speed river cruiser. With plush interiors designed by Matthew Hilton, a state of the art sound system, limited edition diamond-dusted Damien Hirst artwork, cut crystal Swarovski luminaires and an intimate deck, it promises to deliver London in true style.

Sip on champagne (and age appropriate drinks for the children!) as the journey takes you on a journey with iconic landmarks at each and every bend in the river.

It is the perfect finale to your time in London.

Day 9
London, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Day Nine: Homeward

Bound Your chauffeur-guide will accompany you to a London Airport, where you will board your outbound flight.

Tour Features


  • Adventure
  • Cruises & Water Tours
  • Family Vacations
  • Rail Journeys
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature


A tailor-made and chauffeur-driven journey specially designed to create family memories of fun and adventure that will be treasured for years to come. The journey commences in the spectacular Scottish Highlands, continuing south to the historic city of Edinburgh, before concluding in London – one of the most exciting cities in the world. To complement luxurious accommodation a wealth of memorable and exclusive experiences have been proposed, thus ensuring each and every member of the family enjoys this unique journey.

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.

Scotland Ireland

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