Multi-Day Tour

Scotland: An Adventure Playground (7 days)

Dream Escape - Scotland/UK/Northern Ireland

Edinburgh, United Kingdom To Glasgow, United Kingdom

Valid for Departures Now Through: 03 May 2018


Day 1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Gleneagles, Scotland Breakfast

Day One: The Playground of the Gods

On arrival at Edinburgh International Airport, be met and welcomed on arrival by your experienced local driver and your guide who will accompany you for the duration of your time in Scotland. Enjoy a safe and comfortable journey north to the world renowned Gleneagles resort. When Gleneagles first opened its doors in 1924, it was quickly dubbed the Playground of the Gods. Today, its claim to that title is undiminished: experience for yourself the divine setting, dining and facilities of the hotel. 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”.

Day 2
Auchterarder, United Kingdom
Gleneagles, Scotland Breakfast

Day Two: Country Pursuits

Spend the day at leisure. Having won “Best of the Best Family Programme” at the 2013 Virtuoso Awards and “Best Family Hotel” at the 2014 Junior Design Awards, as well as high praise from Condé Nast Traveller, it is little surprise that the resort’s family-oriented activities are nothing short of amazing. Perhaps participate in a new challenge or a familiar pastime. Assistance is provided whether novice or expert. 

For a truly exhilarating experience, leave the manicured lawns behind and discover the water splashes, ditches, escalating ridges, gullies and steep gradients. Learn the thrills and skills of handling a four wheel drive vehicle over two of Scotland's most testing 4x4 off road driving courses. 

The Equestrian School is one of the most impressive riding facilities in Europe. There is tuition available from riding basics to dressage, cross country, and polo. Set out on a pony trail or enjoy the style and elegance of carriage-driving as you explore the estate and surrounding countryside. 

The Falconry School at Gleneagles belongs to the first dedicated school in the world, and their proud heritage continues today. Be amazed by a display including falcons, owls, hawks and eagles, or experience for yourself the “sport of kings”, learning how to handle and fly these magnificent birds of prey. 

The Gun Dog School takes its inspiration from Scotland's great sporting heritage, wherein Labradors, Spaniels and other breeds have, for many centuries, partnered sportsmen and women in the field. Learn how to handle a trained gundog, whose obedience is matched only by its agility in retrieving. 

Retreat from the world for the space of a few hours, and cast your line in the company of an expert ghillie. With their own private lochs stocked with rainbow and brown trout as well as the opportunity to try salmon fishing on the famous river Tay (during the season), the net is cast wide enough for all to enjoy.

Day 3
Auchterarder, United Kingdom
Gleneagles, Scotland Breakfast

Day Three: Scotland’s Spectacular Scenery – Your Day, Your Way

Scotland is famed for its truly breath-taking scenery, from imposing mountains to heather-clad hills. Whether you decide to venture off the beaten track with a knowledgeable guide, or to take the wheel yourself, discover that Scotland is a paradise for lovers of nature and adventure.

Option One: Just “armed with camera and binoculars” sit back and soak up the sights from the comfort of your chauffeur-driven four wheel drive vehicle. Your Safari Ranger will bring Scotland alive, transporting you into “Europe’s last wilderness”.

Travel to an exclusive location 2500ft high on the hills above Loch Rannoch and Loch Tummel, offering dramatic views towards Ben Nevis some 50 miles to the west.

Here on the mountain slopes, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch served from wicker baskets.

You may even be lucky enough to see the majestic Red Deer, the Famous Grouse, the elusive Mountain Hare and the soaring Golden Eagle.

Option Two: Get behind the wheel of some fabulous classic cars to experience an exhilarating taste of Scotland - from monuments to mountains and everything in between!

Classic Cars include:

 Morgan 4/4 - (which stands for 4 wheels and 4 cylinders) and dates back to 1936. It is believed to have the longest production run of any car model in the world. It is now the only British owned and built sports car and is still being hand-built.  Austin Healey 3000 MK111 BJ8 – from 1966, the last of the ‘Big Healeys’ built – it is considered to be the ultimate traditional British Roaster.  Jaguar MK11 – finished in Racing green with chrome wire wheels, this is the definitive sixties sports saloon and for those that watch, easily recognisable as ‘the car’ from the Inspector Morse series. This vehicle can also lay claim to be the car of choice in the 1960s by bank robbers as their getaway vehicle!

Your driving experience will take you to the ‘Trossachs’, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Straddling the border between 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.
Day 4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Gleneagles, Scotland Breakfast

Day Four: Edinburgh – Your Day, Your Way

Enjoy a day trip to Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital city.

Visit Edinburgh Castle which, positioned on top of the volcanic mound, towers over the city. Highlights start as soon as you find yourself on the Esplanade - keep an eye out for the imposing statues of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. Step inside the ancient walls and learn of the royalty who lived and died here and the struggles for control of the nation.

To follow, take a stroll 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 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.

We fully appreciate that in a large multigenerational gathering, not all family members will have the same interests and passions. Therefore, we propose a variety of activities to select from.

Highlights include:

 The Scottish National Portrait Gallery - Visit the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, one of Edinburgh’s most remarkable buildings – a great red sandstone neo-Gothic palace. Enjoy a private curator-led tour of the gallery and come face to face with iconic figures of Scottish history including Mary, Queen of Scots and Sir Walter Scott – painted by Sir Henry Raeburn.

 Royal Edinburgh – Accompanied by a private guide, follow in the footsteps of Royalty as you explore the city, an ancient seat of power. Hear tales of romance and mystery as you weave your way through the city. Stand in the spot where the rebellious Jacobites were led by Bonnie Prince Charlie. Explore the Queen’s Palace to find the stunning state apartments. Outside, see the ruins of the 12th century Holyrood Abbey.

 Gallows to Graveyard - Your private guide takes you to the spot where Edinburgh’s gallows once stood. Their storytelling will bring this grisly chapter of history to life as they conjure images of baying crowds and executioners. Your guide will act as an expert narrator; thrilling and amusing you in equal measure with tales of drifters, criminals and witches.

At the end of the day, your chauffeur will return you to Gleneagles for a final evening.

Day 5
Dalry, United Kingdom
Blair Estate Breakfast

Day Five: via Loch Lomond to Ayrshire

Depart Gleneagles and head west to 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.

To fully appreciate the waters, two fabulous activities beckon:

Step aboard a sea plane and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the water from a cruising altitude of 500ft. Soar over the vast expanse of the loch, admiring the islands which populate the water and the majestic mountains encircling it.

Preparing to take off is an extraordinary experience, poised as you are on the gleaming loch. Amid droplets of spray, the plane accelerates down the loch before soaring high above the thickly wooded slopes, turning bobbing boats into tiny specks.

Flying low over the magnificent Trossachs National Park opens up sublime landscapes, unveiling hidden lochs, glorious glens and forbidding stone castles. In the distance, you can glimpse craggy islands among sparkling waves.

To follow, enjoy a private leisurely motor cruise on the water. Cruise past the loch’s many islands, including Inchmurrin and see the hidden coves situated on the banks of the loch. The scenery is beautiful at any time of year, and there can be no better way to experience it than from a luxury motor cruiser with a glass of champagne in hand.

To follow, venture further south to Ayrshire where you will find your final accommodation, Blair Estate, which will be reserved exclusively for your use. The property itself is situated in within acres of grounds, featuring peaceful woodlands, sweeping lawns and beautiful gardens.

Enjoy the service of a high end hotel in the quiet and privacy of the Scottish countryside. Each of the bedrooms are individually designed with classic, yet stylish, décor, en-suite bathrooms and luxurious soft furnishing and bathroom amenities.

This evening, dinner will be a testament to Scotland’s larder. Wonderful produce from the sea and the land featuring fabulous fish, seafood with seasonal game and meat dishes will be served.

Day 6
Dalry, United Kingdom
Blair Estate Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Robert Burns

This morning travel to Alloway. This small, unassuming town is the birthplace and home of Scotland’s national Bard – Robert Burns. Born in 1759, he died less than 40 years later after penning works that include Auld Lang Syne and Tam O‘Shanter .

In this town lies Burns Cottage, the two roomed, thatched cottage where the legendary poet was born over 250 years ago. Opened exclusively for your use, a guide will bring to life this amazing piece of living history.

The tour concludes in the byre where a delicious breakfast will be served. Meals have only just started being permitted in the cottage, a truly special experience.

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son, and again it would be opened exclusively.

A private guided tour by one of the Directors will also take you behind the scenes and even provide you with the unique experience of holding priceless pieces of work, penned by the man himself.

A special celebration will be arranged for your final evening.

To start enjoy a charming performance by a bagpiper and Highland dancer, resplendent in full dress.

To follow, during dinner a kilted performer will recite the infamous “Address to the Haggis” – an amusing poem by our famed poet Robert Burns and local resident.

The evening concludes with a spectacular display.

See a pipe band marching and drumming as they perform a military ceremony known as Beating Retreat. This dates back to the 16th century and was first used to recall nearby patrolling units to their castle.

The drums echoing around the estate make for a stirring and emotional finale to your time in Scotland.

Day 7
Glasgow, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Day Seven: Homeward Bound

Your chauffeur-guide will accompany you to Glasgow Airport where you will board your flight for onward travel.

Tour Features


  • Adventure
  • Cruises & Water Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Food & Wine
  • Rail Journeys
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking
  • Wildlife & Nature


Experience this bespoke chauffeur-driven journey, specially designed to showcase Scotland at its most spectacular. Reside in a world-renowned property described as a ‘Riviera of the Highlands’ set amidst the stunning Perthshire countryside and an exclusive estate tucked away in Ayrshire, enjoying visits to the vibrant capital city and a loch steeped in romance and mystique. No expense is spared to ensure an experience that is both intimate and lavish. As well as luxurious accommodation and impeccable dining, a wealth of tailor-made experiences such as private cruises, an adventure in a fleet of classic cars and exclusive visits to historical sites will be arranged – enjoying Scotland’s magnificent settings as a backdrop.

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