Scottish Dream Tours Presents
Scotland, Lake District and Wales
with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Castles,
Pubs, Abbeys and Tearooms
August 21st - September 5th, 2021
There are many wonderful drives between London and Scotland, but when we
have the time we love to drive down through and around the Lake District and
then down to Chester. From Chester to North Wales and into Snowdonia
exploring all of this region and then south through Llandrindodd Wells, through
the Brecon Beacons and then further south to Cardiff. All along the way we love
to visit the wee villages, towns and countryside that make up these beautiful
regions. We of course, will spend time in Scotland taking in Edinburgh, Highland
Perthshire including Pitlochry and Stirlingshire before making our way south.
Please join us for this lovely ramble through the British countryside!
Places we will take in are: Abbotsford House and Gardens, Melrose Abbey, Royal
Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh's Georgian House,
Afternoon Tea on a Vintage Routemaster Bus, Hopetoun House, Scone Palace, Blair
Castle, House of Bruar, Highland Wildlife Safari, the Highland Chocolatier, Loch
Tummel, Loch Tay. Doune Castle, Stirling Castle, the Kelpies, Lake District, Carlisle
Castle, Castlerigg Stone Circle, William Wordsworth House and Gardens, Rydal
Mount and Gardens, Hilltop House and Gardens, Towneley Hall. Chester, Conwy
Castle, Llandudno, Bodnant Garden, Penryhn Castle, Caernarfon Castle,
Abbey-Cwm-Hir, Hay-on-Wye, Tintern Abbey, Cardiff Castle and more!
17 Days on a small intimate tour of Wales and Scotland. No place on earth is
tea more a way of life than in Great Britain and we have attempted to include every
type of tearoom and teatime opportunity to give a full experience of this wonderful and
fascinating ritual. There is much more about Britain than just tea,but you have to eat
somewhere! This tour is limited to 12 people in order to provide a more personal
experience. In keeping the tour size small we are able to take advantage of
accommodation, restaurant and sightseeing options that would not be available to a
larger group. We are also able to veer off the beaten track and explore areas that
larger tours would not be able to!
We will not rush you from venue to venue and each tour is designed to spend as little
time on the minibus as possible. We will stay in delightful city guest houses and lovely
country houses. Includes all accommodation, breakfast daily, all listed meals, all
entrance fees and admissions, all taxes and guided minibus travel.


$7495US per person. $1195US single supplement.
$500 per person deposit to reserve your spot on the tour.
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Day 1 - Arrive into Edinburgh International Airport but our adventure begins south of the city near the lovely
Borders Town of Melrose with a stop at Abbotsford House and Gardens, home of Sir Walter Scott. Abbotsford is
the extraordinary home of the 19th century novelist and
‘Great Scott’ who Popularised Tartan, saved the Scottish
Banknote
and rediscovered his country’s Crown Jewels. Discover a treasure trove of intriguing objects which inspired
his greatest poems and novels. Learn about Scott’s life, browse the gift shop or simply relax in the beautiful formal gardens
and tranquil woodlands.
Afternoon Tea at Abbotsford following a guided tour. We then make our into Melrose to visit
Melrose Abbey
, a place so beloved by King Robert the Bruce, he chose it as the final resting place for his heart. Melrose
Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale, and it was a highly desirable place to be buried. We then get checked into our
accommodation near Edinburgh before a
Welcoming Pub Dinner and then a night out to the Royal Edinburgh
Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. Dinner and Overnight near Edinburgh. (L,D)

Day 2 -
Today we will spent taking in the lovely city of Edinburgh when we journey into the city on the train. Our first
stop will be
Edinburgh's Georgian House, a magnificently restored Edinburgh New Townhouse with fine collections
of paintings, costumes and period furnishings. The Georgian era produced some of Scotland’s most distinctive architecture.
In the late 1700s, this grand townhouse was at the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town development. The house was
designed by acclaimed architect
Robert Adam and was a true statement of luxury in an era of enlightenment, for those
who could afford it. After a tour of the house we will have
Afternoon Tea on a Vintage Red Bus. Combining two
Quintessentially British Classics with an afternoon tea aboard a Vintage Routemaster Bus, touring around the
Scottish Capital. So whilst you are admiring the beautiful sites of Edinburgh city you can indulge in a gorgeous afternoon
tea!  The rest of the afternoon free to take in more of Edinburgh's delights before we return home where you can find some
dinner on your own.
Overnight near Edinburgh. (B,L)

Day 3 -
This morning we leave the city behind on the way to Hopetoun House, Scotland's finest stately house. The
atmosphere of warmth and vitality within the house reflects its status as the home of the
Hope Family from its building
in 1699 to this day. The magnificent interiors which have remained virtually unchanged for three centuries reflect the
elegance of the Georgian era and are decorated with the best period furniture, paintings, tapestries and clocks, with
beautifully crafted finishes of carving, gilding and plasterwork. Following a guided tour we will have
Afternoon Tea at the
Stables Tearoom at Hopetoun
before we continue on to Perth and Scone Palace, the home of the Earls
of Mansfield.
 Once the crowning place of Scottish Kings, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in Scotland’s
history. A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery and the rightful home of the celebrated
Stone of Scone,
Scone Palace is regarded as a national treasure and is revered as the historic jewel in Scotland’s crown. We then make our
way further north to the lovely
Highland Town of Pitlochry to get settled in before Pub Dinner. Dinner and
Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
This morning we make our way to Blair Atholl and Blair Castle. Bonnie Prince Charlie spent 2 days here
in this 700 year old rambling, turreted castle with over 32 rooms open to the public. This ancient seat of the
Dukes
and Earls of Atholl
enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire. This fully furnished
castle is a delight to wander through as is
Hercules Garden and Diana's Grove! We then have Afternoon Tea at a
Country Manse
before a visit House of Bruar, home of Scottish Country Clothing with an extensive range of high
quality products in both the
Men’s and Ladies Clothing Halls. You can also find the Finest Country Fayre  of
Traditional Scottish Food and Drink
in the Food Halls and Delicatessen. It also houses the largest collection of
Cashmere in the UK. The Country Living Shop carries plenty of choice for decorating your home, or even the perfect
gift. You can also take a stroll through the
Art Gallery, where work is displayed from up and coming artists who have a
firm interest in Scottish wildlife and scenery within their art. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free in Pitlochry
where you will find an abundance of
Lovely Shops including the Heathergems Factory and Showroom, many Fine
Eateries
and beautiful walks through the village and alongside the river. Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 5 -
After breakfast we will enjoy a Highland Wildlife Safari. We will head high into the hills of Highland Perthshire
to witness one of the most dramatic outdoor experiences in Scotland at this time of year. We may even be lucky enough to
witness some of the other
Highland Wildlife such as the Famous Grouse, the elusive Mountain Hare and the
soaring
Golden Eagle. We will Lunch at the Highland Centre before taking in the Red Deer Centre, where we meet
and encounter their
Barn Owl in a hands-on demonstration learning the secrets of this captivating phantom bird of the
night time. We will also have a
Red Deer Encounter where you can stroke, feed and photograph these magnificent and
iconic animals in the company of their knowledgeable Safari Ranger who will tell us about their fascinating life cycle, likes,
dislikes, habits and personalities. On the way back to Pitlochry we will stop at the showroom and shop of
Iain Burnett,
the Highland Chocolatier.
This evening we will be out to Dinner and then a Performance at the Pitlochry Festival
Theatre! Dinner and Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L,D)

Day 6 -
Much of today will be about spectacular scenery and photo ops as we make our way from Pitlochry and alongside
the spectacular
Loch Tummel to Tummel Bridge. Then through the Braes of Foss to Fortingall and then alongside
the north shore of the breathtaking
Loch Tay to Killin where we will Stop for Lunch and to see the Falls of Dochart.
A bridge crosses over the Dochart River just as you enter the village giving a fabulous view of the falls as they cascade
down over the rocks and around the
Island of Inchbuie, which is the traditional burial place of the MacNab Clan. If not
the most impressive falls in Scotland there are easily the most accessible. We then travel through the
Trossachs
National Park
to the lovely village of Callander for a wee stop before continuing on to Doune Castle. The castle a
magnificent late
14th Century Courtyard Castle and famous for the filming location of Monty Python's The Holy
Grail
and more recently, the Outlander TV Series as Castle Leoch. This is one of my most favorite places as it gives
such a wonderful glimpse into 14th century Scottish castle living. We then get settled into our accommodation in Stirling
before you find some dinner on your own.
Overnight Stirling. (B,L)

Day 7 -
Today our first stop will be Stirling Castle, one of the finest examples of Renaissance Architecture in
Scotland.
Mary Queen of Scots was crowned here and the Great Hall and Chapel Royal are wonderful highlights.
Here you will be able to step back into the sumptuous world of
Stirling Castle’s Royal Court. An ongoing project has
returned the six ground floor apartments in the castle’s Renaissance palace to how they may have looked in the mid 16th
century. After you find some lunch in Stirling we make our way to
Falkirk and Helix Park to see the Scottish Kelpies,
the
World's Largest Equine Sculptures. We will have a Guided Walking Tour that takes you through the vision of
artist
Andy Scott and how history and industry impacted on his designing of these breath-taking sculptures. The pinnacle
of the tour is that you get to experience a Kelpie from the inside, and see for yourself the breathtaking engineering and
design of the Kelpies. We then make our way back to Stirling and to dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Stirling. (B,L,D)

Day 8 -
This morning we start our journey south to the Lake District with a few stops along the way. Our first stop is
Moffat Woollen Mills in Moffat. Here you will find Ladieswear, Menswear,  Food & Gifts, Cashmere,
Footwear, Yankee Candles, Portmerion Pottery, Harris Tweed, Cashmere, Hector Russell Kiltmaker,
Whisky Shop and Ponden Home
all under one roof. We then make our way to Gretna Green for you to find some
lunch. Gretna Green is well known for Weddings at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop. We then make our way
into Carlisle to visit Carlisle Castle
. Standing proud in the city it has dominated for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle
remained a working fortress until well within living memory. It has withstood many sieges, held captive a royal prisoner,
and been home to the
King's Own Royal Border Regiment. Here you can explore the medieval castle rooms, discover a
turbulent history with the exhibition, and walk some of the castle walls. We then make our way into the
Lake District
where we find dinner waiting at our accommodation.
Dinner and Overnight Lake District. (B,D)

Day 9 -  
We will enjoy a day in the spectacular Lakes Countryside with a first stop just outside of Keswick where we
find the
Castlerigg Stone Circle,  one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain, and is the most
visited stone circle in the north of England. Castlerigg is perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all
British
Stone Circles
, with panoramic views and the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat as a backdrop. We will then spend
a bit of free time in Keswick before we take Afternoon Tea. We then make our way to
Cockermouth to visit the childhood
home of
William Wordsworth at Wordsworth House and Gardens. This lovely Georgian townhouse, in the was the
birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. Presented as it would have
been when they lived here with their parents, three brothers and servants, Wordsworth House and Garden offers an
unforgettable chance for all ages to experience life in the 1770s.
Overnight Lake District. (B,L)

Day 10 -
Our first stop this morning is Rydal Mount and Gardens, the famous home of William Wordsworth with
the breathtaking views of the lakes, you can understand why he loved to write here. This was Wordsworth's best loved
family home for the greater part of his life from 1813 to his death in 1850 at the age of 80. We then make our way to the
lovely wee village of
Grasmere. This is a delightful stop and we will spend some time exploring before letting you find some
lunch at one of the many venues in this charming town. We then travel to just outside of
Hawkshead at a place called
Near Sawrey where we find Hilltop House and Garden. It is kept exactly as Beatrix Potter left it, complete with
treasured furniture and china. You will feel as if you stepped into her books! Full of her favourite things, the house appears
as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a 'tale'. The lovely C
ottage
Garden is a Haphazard Mix of Flowers, Herbs, Fruits and Vegetables.
We then make our way to Hawkshead
to visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery housed in a 17th century building that was once here husband William Heelis'
office! Step inside this charming old building to enjoy an exhibition of Beatrix Potter's original drawings and watercolours.
Pub Dinner and Overnight Lake District. (B,D)

Day 11 -
This morning we make our way to Llandudno in Wales. Our first stop will be in Burnley to visit Towneley
Hall,
family home of the Towneley’s for nearly five centuries. From the Priest’s Hole to the Attic, Towneley Hall is
fascinating with period rooms covering several centuries of life at the hall. See the cat fast asleep by the range in the
Victorian Kitchen, stroll along the long gallery past bedrooms dating back to the 16th century, imagine the glamorous
parties held in the regency rooms or have a quiet moment in the
Towneley Chapel. We then make our way to Chester
where our first stop is for
Afternoon Tea at Oddfellows. Chester, first settled by the Romans in AD 79. The main
street is lined with timber buildings called the
Chester Rows first built in the 13th & 14th centuries. The Rows are
continuous half-timbered galleries, reached by steps, which form a second row of shops above those at street level along
Watergate Street, Northgate Street, Eastgate Street and Bridge Street. The Rows are unique in the world and
some are the original 13th century buildings, including the
Three  Old Arches in Bridge Street which have survived the
ravages of time and are still magnificent and greatly contribute to the beauty and character of Chester. We then continue on
to Wales and our accommodation where find dinner waiting.
Dinner and Overnight North Wales. (B,L,D)

Day 12 -
Following breakfast our first visit of the day is Conwy Castle. Words cannot do justice to Conwy Castle it is by
any standards one of the
Great Fortresses of Medieval Europe. Conwy's well-preserved castle wall helps the town
maintain a medieval character lost by other Welsh castle-towns over the years. Conwy is also home to
Britain's Smallest
House
, measuring 10 feet by 6 feet. The structure was used as a residence from the 16th century until 1900 when the
owner was a 6ft 3 inch (1.9 meters) fisherman named
Robert Jones. We then head further north to experience A
Traditional Afternoon Tea in Llandudno
, a seaside resort which has kept its Victorian and Edwardian elegance
and splendour. After tea we will take some time to explore this wonderful seaside town with a walk up and down the
embankment and through the shops, cafes and restaurants all throughout town before we visit
Bodnant Garden. With
intimate corners, sweeping lawns, grand terraces and verdant woodland, there are many gardens in one at Bodnant, this
haven of rarity and beauty with a stunning backdrop of the
Carneddau Mountains of Snowdonia is a delight for the
senses.
Overnight North Wales. (B,L)

Day 13 -
Our first stop this morning is to Penrhyn Castle at Bangor. This 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular
surroundings sits between
Snowdonia and the Menai Strait. It's crammed with fascinating items, such as a one-ton
slate bed made for Queen Victoria, elaborate carvings, plasterwork and mock-Norman furniture. It also has an outstanding
collection of paintings. The restored kitchens are a delight and the stable block houses a fascinating
Industrial Railway
Museum and a Model Railway Museum.
Then Afternoon Tea at Red Boat Ice Cream Parlour in Beaumaris
before some free time in this delightful town. You may want to visit Beaumaris Castle, Edward I's great unfinished
masterpiece. It was never finished as money and supplies ran out before the fortifications reached their full height.
Nonetheless, it is an awesome sight and regarded by many as the finest of all the great
Edwardian Castles in Wales!
Last but not least we continue on to
Caernarfon Castle. Caernarfon is architecturally one of the most impressive of all of
the castles in Wales. Mighty Caernarfon is possibly the most famous of Wale's castles. Its sheer scale and commanding
presence easily set it apart from the rest, and to this day, still trumpet in no uncertain terms the intention of its builder
Edward I. Most impressive of all is the
Eagle Tower crowned by its triple cluster of turrets. Pub Dinner and Overnight
North Wales. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
Upon leaving the north behind we drive south and through Snowdonia,  a region concentrated around the
mountains and glacial landforms of massive
Snowdonia National Park. We will make a few stops on our way and
eventually we will find our way to
The Hall at Abbey Cwm Hir, mid Wales most unique and beautiful stately home and
historic house. This
52 Room Victorian Revival Gothic Mansion sits in 12 Acres of Gardens overlooking the ruins
of the
12th century Cistercian Abbey. Paul and Victoria Humpherston bought the Hall in late 1997 and spent 9
years restoring it to a building of Gothic splendour; boasting stunning interiors and fascinating collections. They have also
restored 12 acres of
Victorian Gardens in a beautiful setting above the ruins of the 12th Century "Abbey of the Long
Valley"
. After Lunch in the Conservatory we will have a tour of the house. After some time to explore the gardens, a
lovely drive through more spectacular Welsh countryside will take us to our accommodation near the
Brecon Beacons.
Dinner and Overnight Mid Wales. (B,L,D)

Day 15 -
This morning we will explore Hay-on-Wye before we will make our way through the Brecon Beacons with
scenery which is both beautiful and diverse with rolling countryside and valleys along with wide open spaces. Hay-on-Wye
is
World Renowned for Books and Bookshops although there is so much more to this delightful town. After some
exploration we make our southeast to
Tintern where you can find some lunch before we visit Tintern Abbey. The
Cistercian Abbey of Tintern is one of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales. It was only the Second Cistercian
Foundation in Britain
, and the First in Wales, and was founded on 9th May, 1131. This magical ruins has been
drawing artists, poets and history lovers for many generations. You can't help but be drawn into the mystical, magical and
provocative ruins that have inspired so many over the year! The valley is exceptional beautiful itself and a
Lovely Walk
along the River Wye
will take you into the Charming Village of Tintern. Our drive then takes us even further south
to just outside of
Cardiff where you will be able to find some dinner. Overnight near Cardiff. (B,L)

Day 16 -
This morning we make our way into Wales Capitol City. Cardiff was only made a city in 1905, and proclaimed
Capital of Wales in 1955, making it the Youngest Capitol City in the UK. After a visit to Cardiff Castle we will
have our very last
Afternoon Tea together! Cardiff Castle is located at the heart of the capital, within Beautiful
Parklands and Gardens.
The Castle’s Walls and Fairytale Towers conceal 2,000 years of history. Much of what
you see today is the
19th Century Restoration by the 3rd Marquis of Bute, John Patrick Crichton Stewart and
his architect
William Burgess. We will have a Guided Tour of the Castle which will take us through some of the most
amazingly opulent, highly decorated rooms you will ever see. Amongst the rooms you will visit with our guide are the
Winter Smoking Room, The Nursery, Lord Bute’s Bedroom and The Roof Top Garden. You will have time to
explore more of the city before we return to our accommodation before dinner.
Farewell Dinner and Overnight near
Cardiff. (B,L,D)   

Day 17 -
This morning we are off to the Cardiff International Airport for the journey home.